Playing a DVD from a win 2003 server

Posted on 2008-09-30
Last Modified: 2013-11-06
I'd like to know the best way to share a Movie (DVD disc) on a Win 2003 server in other to have other users to view the movie. I shared the DVD drive but it only shows the movie and audio files to the clients. Do I need to create a shortcut to a specific file in order to launch this movie or is it best to change the format of this movie altogether (maybe rip it into a SWF file or some other ones)
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Question by:Nyko333
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ID: 22605174
its because the dvd has an autorun.inf file which will run once the drive starts spinning, this wont work with a shareed folder or dvd drive.

first of all you need to make sure that the end user can play and head dvds on their pc.

you can then copy the audio_ts and the video_ts to a shared drive and users can double click the VOB file in the video_ts and view this in their DVD software they have installed on their pc

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ID: 22605942
Unfortunately Bertling it does not work! I followed your suggestions and created a shared on the server and  the client pcs still can't launch the movie. The power DVD application does pop up when the user clicks on the "video_TS" file but nothing else happened! The Powerdvd apps is launched but no movie played.  

Any hints?
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ID: 22606020
you need to open the vob file, but you for the first time may have to select open with, then browse for power DVD
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Author Comment

ID: 22606173
I have done that but still doesn't work. I even mapped a drive to the shared and tried from there. It launches the powerdvd application but not the movie itself. There got to be something link to the fact that it is a shared drive or maybe do I need to play the movie in some "special" mode?
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ID: 22606260
does it work if you set windows media player to read VOB files?

Author Comment

ID: 22606316
I've tried that also and it only plays the audio portion, not the video.
Quick time player won't play either one.
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Bertling earned 250 total points
ID: 22606380
have you tried windvd?

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