Thursday, September 27, 2007 2:59 PM
I am testing Server 2008. That it can not play wmv is a surprise.
Thursday, September 27, 2007 4:11 PM
In windows server 2008 alot of windows features are not installed by default like (WM Player, Desktop Theme or even a photo management software), I met this problem until I got the solution. simply, you just need to install a feature called " Desktop Experience". to install desktop experience, open Server Manager and choose Add feature, then select Desktop Experience to be installed.
I know, now you asking your-self why they disable it ?
because Servers are the most critical point in the network, and because features like WMPlayer is not important to use on the server (for example you will not going to play a Movie/Song on a server, basically; you can't stay a long time in servers room because the law temperature ), anyway; as I said it's a critical point. so, by disable features like WMPlayer or any un-needed services you got two advantages:
1. Security: by disable un-needed services you reduce the surface attack, read Microsoft Security Bulletin MS06-005 to know more about how can WMPlayer make your windows vulnerable.
2. Performace: by disable un-needed services you increase your server performance, because you save the hardware resources that were used by these u-needed services (e.g. RAM and CPU)
Sunday, September 30, 2007 4:47 PMThanks. Done by following your instruction. The WMV video worked fine now.
One new problem is the JPEG display. JPEG photos can be displayed on Windows XP and Vista perfectly in our software. But Windows Server 2008 did not display. Is Windows Server 2008 disabled the JPEG codec?
Windows Server 2008 is well organized in desktop management. Different users have their own focus. In our application multimedia capability is critical.