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Azure Management Portal (Media Services)

Updated: August 13, 2014

This topic describes Azure Media Services related tasks that can be accomplished by using the Azure Management Portal.

To start working with Azure Media Services, you must first configure your Azure account for Media Services. You can create multiple Media Services accounts on your Azure subscription. To create a Media Services account, click Quick Create in the Management Portal. Then, specify the required options: name, region, and a storage account that you want to associate with your Media Services account. For more information see How to Create a Media Services Account.

When you delete a Media Services account, all Media Services metadata records are deleted along with your account. Deleting the Media Services account does not delete the associated storage account or the blob data.

When accessing your Media Services account programmatically, you must supply your Media Services account name and either your primary or secondary access key. They correspond to your client name and secret (password), respectively. Use Manage Keys to view and regenerate your primary and secondary Media Services access keys and to also synchronize any new storage account keys with your Media Services account. For more information, see Connecting to Media Services with the Media Services SDK for .NET.

On the Dashboard page you can view the Media Services account information and usage metrics. You can also monitor the number of queued encoding jobs as well as failed, queued, and active tasks for encoding jobs. You can choose to monitor your data for the last 6 hours, 24 hours, or 7 days. Note, to start monitoring data you must first configure storage monitoring for your Media Services account.

For information on how to monitor your account, see How to Monitor a Media Services Account.

The Content page enables you to perform the following tasks: upload new content, encode content, play content video, publish/unpublish content, and delete content.

You can use the Azure Management Portal’s MEDIA SERVICES CONTENT PLAYER to test your published content.

If you want to play content that was encoded to adaptive bitrate, make sure to get at least one streaming unit for the streaming endpoint from which you plan to deliver your content. For information on how to scale Media Services, see How to scale a Media Service.

Note that the MEDIA SERVICES CONTENT PLAYER plays from the default streaming endpoint. If you want to play from a non-default streaming endpoint, use another player. For example, http://amsplayer.azurewebsites.net/

For more information, see How to Manage Content in Media Services.

On the Jobs page, you can track job progress. You can filter by status, date, and job ID to only view jobs that are of interest to you.

For information on how to scale Media Services, see How to scale a Media Service.

By default every Media Services account can scale to up to 25 Encoding and 5 On-Demand Streaming Reserved Units. You can request a higher limit by opening a support ticket. To open a support ticket do the following:

  1. Click Get Support. If you are not logged in, you will be prompted to enter your credentials.

  2. Select your subscription.

  3. Under support type, select "Technical".

  4. Click on "Create Ticket".

  5. Select "Azure Media Services" in the product list presented on the next page.

  6. Select "Media Processing" as "Problem type" and then select "Reservation Units" under category.

  7. Click Continue.

  8. Follow instructions on next page and then enter details about how many Encoding or On-Demand Streaming reserved units you need.

  9. Click submit to open the ticket.

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