You can configure either a broadcast or an on-demand publishing
point to stream a single file from a directory.
If you are using a broadcast publishing point, set the
publishing point path to reference the directory and the name of
the file you want to stream, such as
If you are using an on-demand publishing point, you can set the
publishing point path to the directory and name of the file you
want to stream, such as C:\WMPub\WMRoot \myfile.wma, or you can set
the publishing point to simply reference the directory, such as
C:\WMPub\WMRoot, and make the connection URL for the publishing
point specify the file in the directory that you want to stream.
For more information about streaming files from a directory, see
Sourcing from a
The server does not use your user account to
access files and streams; it uses the Network Service account by
default. If you are sourcing from a file that is in a folder other
than C:\WMPub, make sure that the folder is shared and that the
Network Service account has at least read permissions for the
folder. If the Network Service account does not have permissions
for a folder, the server will not be able to connect to it. For
more information about rights and permissions, see Understanding rights.
Content streamed by Windows Media Services must
meet the minimum supported content length of the player to ensure
reliable playback. The minimum supported content length for Windows
Media Player 9 Series or later is 5 seconds. The minimum supported
content length for previous versions of Windows Media Player is 30
If your publishing point is accessing files on a
computer running Windows 2000 Server as a source of content, you
may have difficulty streaming the content due to differences in the
way that Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 handle
user account authorization and privileges. If the two computers are
members of the same domain, on-demand publishing points that have
the WMS NTFS ACL Authorization plug-in enabled and attempt to
retrieve content from a computer running Windows 2000 Server will
cause remote clients to receive an "Access denied" error message.
Local clients, such as the Test stream feature of Windows
Media Services, are not affected. If the two computers are not
members of the same domain, see To access
content on a computer running Windows 2000 Server.