Windows Media Server 2008: Can it do everything on port 80 if port 554 is blocked?

Posted on 2012-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-09-25
I have a Windows 2008 R2 server dedicated to be a Windows Media Server. Everything was working fine until they decided to block port 554 at our external firewall. Of course everything works great inside the firewall and nothing happens for our external users. I'm a developer, not a server admin. Can this server work if everything must use port 80 for control and streaming? They told me to set it up to for access only on port 80.

What I have read so far talks about changing the server control protocol from RTSP to HTTP but you need the streaming protocol also. I'm confused. It's Friday afternoon. I want my TV and a beer. Thanks in advance to anybody who gets me closer to my weekend.
Question by:BruceDimon
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    Accepted Solution

    Have a look at the following two pages.  

    The general topic of this technet article is more concerned with telling you how to allow both a webserver and Windows Media Server on the same system, but you need to address the opposite problem - you don't need a webserver configured, you just want WMS configured.  So take that into account when you read the instructions on how to set up a port to use a particular protocol, etc.

    Author Comment

    Thanks ee-reach, That seems to work. It failed at first because there is a missing step in the instructions for the protocol switch. Following the instructions, the HTTP protocol would not start; an error saying that port 80 was already in use.

    Before enabling the WMS HTTP Server Control Protocol, one must first disable the WMS RTSP Server Control Protocol. After that, the WMS HTTP Server Control Protocol can start up. It seems to be working now and I'll test it at home tonight to be sure. Thanks.

    Author Closing Comment

    The instructions on forget to mention that one must disable the WMS RTSP Server Control Protocol before enabling the WMS HTTP Server Control Protocol.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for the update to the missing step.  So glad it seems to be working for you!

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