Windows Media Player now works with Kerberos

You may have seen in a network trace that when Windows Media Player connects to Windows Media Services that if the server had Negotiate authentication enabled for the publishing point that Kerberos would fail with a Service Principal Name unknown error.  Specifically in the trace you’d see a response that contained KRB5KDC_ERR_S_PRINCIPAL_UNKNOWN.  WMP would fail silently and…

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WMP unable to connect to WMS 2008; WMS returning 503 Service Unavailable

I’ve talked to a number of people that are having problems streaming from Windows Media Services 2008 on Windows Server 2008 when the server is behind a NAT firewall, some proxies, or load balancers.  Clients on the internal network work just fine.  In a network trace you’ll see at WMS is returning a 503 Service Unavailable…

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Cheap load balancing using an ASX as created by an ASP

This load balancing solution will cost you a grand total of about 10 minutes of time.  Now I will say that it’s definitely not the best load balancing solution out there, but it’s cheap and works amazingly well for something so simple. First I need to explain a feature of ASX files that makes this somewhat bullet…

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Using Wallclock Scheduling in WMS to start a broadcast at a specific time

Over the years I’ve talked to a number of people that want to broadcast a live video at a certain time of day.  Usually this is in a corporate network where a CEO is doing a large broadcast to the entire company or something similar that needs to happen at a specific time without the…

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Windows Media Player Protocol Rollover

When Windows Media Player connects to a Windows Media server the player tries to use the most efficient protocol for the job.  However, the player is not always able to connect with the first protocol it tries.  This is usually due to either a firewall issue or the version of the client and server that…

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Easy automatic ASX generation

Easy automatic ASX generation In my first post, I thought it would be helpful to show how to use classic ASP to dynamically create ASX files for any file.   An ASX file is essentially a shortcut or playlist file for Windows Media Player.  Technically when you are embedding Windows Media Player in a web…

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