Recently I was tasked by a client with figuring out how to connect to their Flash Media Server for administration purposes. I personally have not ever used FMS so I didn’t even know where to begin. After trying to bring up the admin console in a browser on port 1111 and receiving an error as noted below I finally figured out that you must install a package from Adobe and make the connection through that software. I describe below the steps I took to make the connection to the clients Flash Media Server or more correctly the Flash Media Administration Console.
Error Received Attempting To Connect To Flash Media Server Admin:
Initially I was hoping I could just connect to the FMS admin port, which is port 1111, via a browser however my hopes were crushed after receiving the above error. Then after some research I realized you must install the FMS software from Adobe to make the connection as shown in the below steps.
Connect To Flash Media Administration Console From Windows Computer:
- Download Flash Media Development Server: First visit this Adobe URL to download the Flash Media Development Server software which will include the Flash Media Administration Console needed to make a connection to your existing FMS install. You will be required to login so either type in your Adobe username and password or sign up for an account and then login.
- Begin Flash Media Development Server Install: The file downloaded at the time of writing this article was named FlashMediaServer_4_all.zip. Unpack the file which will create a directory called FlashMediaServer_4_all. On Windows you should go into the Windows directory and click on either FlashMediaServer4.exe or FlashMediaServer4_x64.exe if you have a 64 bit machine. Once you click on the .exe file the below screen will appear starting the Flash Media Development Server Installation Wizard.
Click the Next button to begin. Select the defaults unless otherwise specified in the steps below.
- Flash Media Server Serial Number: After a couple of the Installation Wizard screens you will be asked for a serial number as shown in the below example image and you can simply leave it blank and continue. Regardless of inputing a serial number during the Installation Wizard you will still be able to make a connection to a FMS server.
- Adobe Flash Media Server Components: After a couple more screens you will need to select the components to install and here I selected Custom and removed the check from Apache before clicking the Next button as shown in the below example image.
- Flash Media Server Ready To Install: After entering username, password, and port information you will be presented with a recap screen that describes what is going to be installed and where it will be installed as shown in the below example image.
- Flash Media Server Installation Completed: Once the installation is completed the below window will be displayed. If you are in a similar situation as I am, which is you only want to use the Flash Media Administration Console, then you should uncheck all of the boxes as shown in the below example image.
- Launch Flash Media Administration Console: Now launch the Flash Media Administration Console by clicking on the Windows icon (Windows 7 but similar in Vista/XP), selecting Adobe from the pop up menu, and then clicking on Adobe Flash Media Administration Console as shown in the below example image.
- Enter FMS Server Info: By clicking the application in step seven it will launch the fms_adminConsole.htm file in a browser window which will look like the below example. Enter the server IP or domain, username, and password and then click Login button.
- FMS Administration Console Server Details: Now after making a successful connection you can view the Flash Media Server details as shown in the below example image.
After following the above steps you should be able to make a successful connection to the Flash Media Server in question. After making the connection you can view details about the server, details about the FMS applications, and perform other tasks such as restarting the Flash Media Server.