Connecting to the Administration Console

About the Administration Console

The Administration Console is an Adobe Flash Player application (ams_adminConsole.swf) that lets you manage the server and view information about applications running on the server.

The Administration Console connects to Adobe Media Administration Server, which connects to Adobe Media Server. To log in to the Administration Console, the Administration Server must be running.

By default, Adobe Media Administration Server in installed on port 1111. To change the port number of the Administration Server after installation, edit the ams.ini file. Clients cannot access the Administration Server securely (over RTMPS). As a result, Adobe recommends blocking port 1111 from external requests so that only clients within your firewall can access the Administration Server.


The Administration Console calls Administration APIs to inspect and manage the server. Use the Adobe Media Server Administration API Reference to build your own administrative applications.

Connect to the Administration Console

There are two types of administrators: server administrators and virtual host (vhost) administrators. When you log in to the Administration Console as a virtual host administrator, your session is specific to a virtual host, and you can only manage applications running on that virtual host. Server administrators have access to all applications running on the server.

  1. To open the Administration Console, do one of the following:

    • On Windows, select Start > Programs > Adobe > Adobe Media Server 5.0 > Adobe Media Server Administration Console.

    • On Linux, open the ams_adminConsole.htm and ams_adminConsole.swf files in a browser with Flash Player.

    • On Mac® OS, copy the ams_adminConsole.htm and ams_adminConsole.swf files to the Mac. Open the ams_adminConsole.htm file in a web browser that has Flash Player installed.

    If you installed Apache with Adobe Media Server, the ams_adminConsole.swf and ams_adminConsole.htm files are located in the rootinstall/webroot folder. Otherwise, the ams_adminConsole.swf and ams_adminConsole.htm files are located in the root installation folder.

  2. (Optional) Specify a server name. This name is an alias you can use to connect to a server quickly. The Administration Console remembers the server address for this server name the next time the console is opened.

  3. In the Server Address box, do one of the following:

    • Type localhost if the server and the Administration Console are running on the same computer. If the Administration Server is installed on a port other than 1111 (the default), you must enter the port number as well; for example, localhost:1234. Entering localhost connects you to the default virtual host on this computer.

    • To connect to a virtual host other than the default virtual host, enter the fully qualified host name (for example, The host name must be mapped to a valid network IP address. To test this behavior on Windows, you can edit your local hosts file at windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts.

    • If you are connecting remotely by running the Administration Console on another computer, enter the server’s name ( or the IP address and port number ( of the Administration Server to which you want to connect. Ensure your computer has permission to connect to the specified port on the other computer. Also, check that the Administration Server has not been configured to prohibit connections from the specific domain or IP address you are using.

  4. Enter your username and password.

    If you are the server administrator who installed the server, enter the administrator user name and password you entered during installation. Otherwise, enter the username and password you received from the server administrator.

    For security reasons, the Administration Console does not save your password between sessions.

    To log in to a virtual host that is not on the default adaptor, you must specify the name of the adaptor. For example, when logging in to a virtual host on the adaptor _secondAdaptor_, the vhost administrator JLee would enter the following information in the Username box: _secondAdaptor_/JLee.

  5. (Optional) Select the Remember My Password option.

  6. (Optional) Select the Automatically Connect Me option.

  7. (Optional) Click Revert to return the Administration Console to its default settings.

    Reverting deletes all saved servers, user names, and passwords from the Administration Console. All custom resizing within the Administration Console is restored to the original state. (The Revert button, however, does not affect the server.)

  8. Click Login.

    You can disconnect at any time by clicking Logoff.


The color of the vertical bar in the upper-right corner (next to the question mark icon) indicates whether the Administration Console is connected (green) or not connected (red) to a server.

Near the top of every screen of the Administration Console are two icons. Click the folder icon to display links to the Adobe Media Server website and related resources. Click the question mark icon to display links to Adobe Media Server Help.

To run the Administration Console from a computer other than the one in which the server is installed, copy ams_adminConsole.htm and ams_adminConsole.swf to the other computer, or make sure that this file is in the webroot directory so it can be accessed remotely. In both cases, verify that the Allow and Deny tags in the Users.xml file allow the connection from the other computer’s IP address.

Change or pause the refresh rate

The information in the Administration Console panels refreshes every 5 seconds by default. You can change the refresh rate to any time interval between 1 and 60 seconds, or pause refreshing at any time.

Change the refresh rate of the Administration Console

  1. Click the pop-up menu next to Refresh Rate (upper-right corner) and select a new time duration, such as 10 seconds.

Pause refreshing the Administration Console

  1. Click the pop-up menu next to Refresh Rate (upper-right corner), scroll down, and select Pause.

  2. Click Pause Refresh to continue.

    A red border appears around the panels of the Administration Console to show that the refresh feature is paused.

  3. To start refreshing information again, click the pop-up menu and select a time duration.

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