Designing a deployment

An Adobe Media Server deployment can be as simple as one computer. It can be as complex as multiple clusters of edge servers and origin servers with authentication and content storage performed on separate computers.

Run the installer on each computer on which you want to run Adobe Media Server. After running the installer, you can configure the server to run as an origin server or an edge server.

Choosing to install Apache HTTP Server

You can choose to install Apache HTTP Server with Adobe Media Server. If you install Apache, the server can serve media, client SWF files, HTML files, and other page-related files such as CSS, JavaScript, AIR applications, and images over HTTP.

If you install Apache HTTP Server, Adobe Media Server can also stream media over HTTP. HTTP streaming is different from progressive download. When media is streamed over HTTP, clients can skip forward without waiting for the file to download. Adobe Media Server supports streaming media over HTTP to the Flash Platform and to clients that support Apple® HTTP Live Streaming.

During Adobe Media Server installation, the default option is to install Apache. If you want to use your own web server, do not install Apache. You can proxy HTTP connections from Adobe Media Server to your web server.

Serial numbers

Before running the installer, verify that you have a serial number.

If you require different or additional serial numbers, contact Adobe Support and Customer Service.

Enter a serial number:

  • To enter a serial number, do any of the following:

    • Run the installer. Follow the prompts to enter a serial number.

      Note: If you do not enter a serial number during the installation, Adobe Media Server Starter installs. You can enter a serial number after installation to upgrade to another server edition.

    • Enter the number in the rootinstall/conf/ams.ini configuration file and restart the server. By default, Adobe Media Server installs to C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Media Server 5. The documentation refers to this directory as rootinstall.

      SERVER.LICENSEINFO = <ENTER_SERIAL_NUMBER_HERE>
    • Open the Administration Console and click Manage Servers > License tab > Enter Serial Key > Add Serial Key.

      Note: The terms serial number and serial key have the same meaning.

Add additional serial numbers:

You can add an unlimited number of serial numbers for capacity increases.

  • To stack serial numbers, do any of the following:

    • Enter the number in the rootinstall/conf/ams.ini configuration file and restart the server. Use semi-colons to separate serial numbers:

      SERVER.LICENSEINFO = <FIRST_SERIAL_NUMBER>; <SECOND_SERIAL_NUMBER>
    • Open the Administration Console and click Manage Servers > License tab > Enter Serial Key > Add Serial Key.

Note:

Stacking is not supported in Adobe Media Server Standard.

Enter license files provided by Adobe:

During installation, leave the serial number field blank and install the Starter server. Install the license file after you install the server.

  • Copy LIC files to the rootinstall/licenses folder (the server ignores old LIC files).

Note:

Stacking is not supported for license files.

Third-party software conflicts

Some antivirus programs may cause Adobe Media Server to fail. If you are experiencing problems with Adobe Media Server and have antivirus software installed, try removing the antivirus program.

Note:

Norton AntiVirus™ is compatible with Adobe Media Server. Panda Antivirus is not compatible with Adobe Media Server.

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