Differences between Windows Media Server and Web Server

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I want to be able to stream live video via Windows Media Encoder or Player. I know this can be done by streaming to WMS after which the CDN gathers events. What’s the difference between Windows Media Server and a web server? Is it possible to host websites on WMS? Is a WMS also a Windows 2003 server?

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Differences between Windows Media Server and Web Server

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Hello Dan,

A webserver is simply the software or hardware used to surf the web like a HTML page and other medias. This is what you web browser uses to communicate to your end users. While in your case the Windows server which is an application server  is a software and it's use is  to run specific applications. This application server does not have a GUI therefore it just gets data supplied to the clients. Both this servers can be run on one site. In this case the webserver plays the role of delivering primary content while the Windows server runs applications that deliver  and added content. They can co-exist with each other.

Windows server being an application server is more flexible than webservers because it has more resource and freedom to execute, therefore easily attacked and exploited. A webserver is limited there for easier to secure and therefore not prone to attacks.

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