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Can't play video on Sever 2008 R2

I have several videos in avi and mp4 format on a html page as links.  They play fine on my local machine but when we put them on the server they show with the black video player box but they don't play - any ideas?

Thanks,
John
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By Default the Internet explorer security setting wont allow any external site to execute any remote content with specifically allowing it.

Check internet explorer security setting to allow the URL for the avi & mp4 files and allow as appropriate.

This is also not recommended if these are hosted on external website.

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It's on the intranet and the network admin says we are not locking down the internal
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You need to download the Codecs pack for Windows Media Player

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We are trying that now - thanks dariusg

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He installed windows media service but not sure what to do now
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Download the Windows media plays codes k-lite and install

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He doesn't want to put any third party products on the server - why is it that you can double click on the file and it plays but you click from a link and it doesn't
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So, you can play the file on the server itself but not through a link?

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Yes
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On the server you can play the videos when you are directly on the server. If you get a black screen on  the server then you must install the codecs for Windows Media player to player videos. Or you can purchase a product that isn't Window Media to allow for the video playback

You comment above says otherwise

They play fine on my local machine but when we put them on the server they show with the black video player box but they don't play

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We search microsoft and they dont have anything for server 2008 r2 except that "Windows Media Services 2008" - why don't they have codecs for their own product?
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Windows Media Play does not support this

http://msmvps.com/blogs/chrisl/articles/10453.aspx
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Your best bet is to have firefox and vlc plugin for playing any streaming media.

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These come closest to a solution.

Thanks