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Windows 7: How do I set up a "media server"?


11 Jan 2012   #1

Windows 7 64 bit
 
 
How do I set up a "media server"?

I have Windows 7 64 bit (brand new) and want to set up a "media server" so that I can securely access files over the internet.

I don't want to access my entire computer, but something like a front end http page that has links to files I link.

I fear this is pretty basic, please forgive my ignorance.

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11 Jan 2012   #2

Win7Ultimate x64 + x32, Win7Pro x64, XP x32, Win 2003, Ubuntu and OpenIndiana
 
 

HTTP access is not recommended unless you have the skills and time to learn to run a web server securely. This is non-trivial.

The easiest solution for moderately skilled users is to share your media folders on your LAN as normal and then connect to your LAN remotely something using a zero-configuration VPN tool like Hamachi. You'll be able to see your shared folders and other LAN resources through the VPN when connected via the Internet.

Things get a lot more complicated if you want to transcode your media into lower bitrate versions to cope with low upload bandwidth availability.
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11 Jan 2012   #3

Systems 1 and 2: Windows 7 Enterprise x64, Win 8 Developer
 
 

What do you want your media server for? If you're just talking serving up web pages, that's a web server. You can use IIS, Apache, etc.

If you want to stream media, you can go the Linux route (more free apps), instead a Helix server (I think it's still free for limited streams) for something like Flash Media Server (FMS) which starts to cost bucks.
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