Windows Control Daemon Installation

Windows Control Daemon Installation

NOTE: The Windows Control Daemon is not yet available for download, but will be released soon.

A Windows control daemon installation provides only the portion of Centova Cast required to use a Windows server to host Windows Media Services streams. You must also have a separate Linux server running the Centova Cast web interface.

System Requirements

The Windows control daemon is compatible with any edition of Windows 2003 or Windows 2008, with Windows Media Services 9 or later installed. The daemon runs as a Windows service and is very small, requiring only (approximately) 8MB of memory.

Installing the Daemon

  • Before beginning the installation, ensure that Windows Media Services (WMS) is installed on your Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 server. You may need to download an update from the Microsoft web site, or insert your Windows CD, to install WMS. On some Windows editions you may need to enable WMS via Start->Control Panel->Add or Remove Programs->Add/Remove Windows Components.

  • To begin your Windows control daemon installation, connect to your Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 server via RDP, launch your web browser, and download the Centova Cast Control Daemon from your client area at

  • Locate the downloaded installer .exe file and double-click on it to begin the installation.

  • Follow the steps in the installation wizard to proceed through the installation process.

  • At the end of the installation process, you will be prompted for your license key, the URL to Centova Cast, and the Centova Cast administrator password. Upon providing this information, the control daemon will automatically configure your Centova Cast web interface to work with this new server.

At this point, if you log in to your Centova Cast web interface, you should be able to create Windows Media Services streams on the new server. You should also see the new server listed if you click the "Hosts" link on the left.

Managing the Daemon

The Windows Control Daemon runs as a Windows service and thus has no user interface of its own. It is configured to automatically start at boot, and typically does not require management of any kind.

A management console is provided for the daemon, and can be invoked via Start->All Programs->Centova Cast Control Daemon->Centova Cast Control Daemon Manager. The console provides options including:

  • Starting and stopping the service
  • Changing advanced settings and security restrictions
  • Configuring a list of IP addresses which are authorized to communicate with the daemon (which should be limited only to the IP address of the Centova Cast web interface server)
  • Reviewing logs for the daemon
  • Checking licensing status and information