Media Streaming in SharePoint. Part 2 of 3
Following on from yesterday, at Twynham School we have been delivering our media resources online since 2005. The development which has taken place in the last 3 years has been delivering digital media through SharePoint. When looking at how to deliver media through SharePoint the first thing we discovered was the lack of resources available and in fact the only book we could find on the subject was Windows media services resource kit. This book proved invaluable in providing a set by step guide to media streaming in SharePoint. Before this however the first thing to consider was the physical architecture needed to deliver streaming media.
In early 2008 we had the opportunity to move our resources over to a new setup as we were upgrading our SharePoint farm and it seemed the ideal timing for the move. Below you can see the SharePoint setup we decided on. The application server not only handles the SharePoint indexing service but also windows media services. This was built on a Windows Server 2008 64 Bit install with the application server attached directly to a Dell Power Vault MD3000. The MD3000 had 2 TB of storage and this allowed us some flexibility and future proofing with the onset of high definition video and the file sizes associated with the HD format media files.
One of the reasons for wanting to deliver our media files through SharePoint was the indexing capabilities IN SharePoint. Quite early on we decided to number our video files not name them as naming would leave us open to typing errors and given we now have over 4000 video files all numbered but with no reference to the name. In the next part of this blog series I will tell you how we delivered the video and audio files to the end user and also touch on the important subject of how to backup and restore digital assets