Important notes

  • MediaCP Install will automatically install XAMPP with Apache on port 2000 and MySQL on default port 3306.
    If you already have a MySQL database installed, installation will conflict - please remove your MySQL server before starting installation.

  • For Windows Media Services integration, you will be required to use Windows Server Standard Edition or higher. Web Edition is not supported by the MediaCP. You will also require the Windows Server Installation Disc mounted or inserted in the computer to install Active Directory & Windows Media Services.


A full list of system requirements are specified at our System Requirements page.


Windows Server 2003 / 2008 Installation

This guide is written for MediaCP and newer, for older versions of the control panel please click here.

NOTE: If you intend to use the MediaCP with Windows Media Services, please follow our Windows Media Services Configuration Guide first.

To install MediaCP on Windows Server, you will need to download and run our Instalation Software from the following URL:



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If you receive an error regarding the above message then you will need to install Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable Package (x86) from the following download link below:


Installation Instructions for MediaCP 216



Before We Start

Difficulty: For Advanced Users Only

Estimated Duration: 1 hour

The files will appear corrupted if you download with Internet Explorer. We recommend using Google Chrome instead.

System Prerequisites:
Disk Space: 100MB Minimum, 500MB Recommended
Memory: 256MB Minimum, 1GB Recommended
Licensing Requirements: 1 Static IP Address & 1 Static Domain Name with access to
MySQL Configuration: Strict Mode Disabled.

You will need to have the Windows Server Installation Disc mounted or inserted in the computer to install Active Directory & Windows Media Services.


Configure Server for WMS 

Follow this step only if you plan to use Windows Media Services with the MediaCP.

Important Note!
Windows Media Services integration on MediaCP will only work on 32bit operating systems.
Wowza Media, Shoutcast etc will all function fine on a 64bit operating system.


  1. Install Active Directory
    Open Start -> Run and type "dcpromo".
    You will see the welcome screen, press Next.
    You will now see the Operating System Compatibility screen, press Next.

    Domain Controller Type
    Select "Domain controller for a new domain" and press Next.

    Create New Domain
    Select "Domain in a new forest" and press Next.

    New Domain Name
    Enter a domain or subdomain name that you wish to associate with the server.
    For example
    Press Next when you have entered this.

    NetBIOS Domain Name
    You can generally leave this as the default and press Next.

    Database and Log Folders
    You can generally leave this as the default and press Next.

    Shared System Volume
    You can generally leave this as the default and press Next.

    DNS Registration Diagnostics
    If the diagnostic fails, do not worry - select the"Install and configure the DNS server on this computer, and set this computer to use this DNS server as its preferred DNS server".
    Press Next when selected.

    Select the first option "Permissions compatible with pre-Windows 2000 server operating systems" and click Next.

    Directory Services Restore Mode Administrator Password
    This is an important password to restore your system if you ever need to remove the MediaCP in the future.
    Be sure to enter a secure password and record this for your own records.

    Press next to begin installign Active Directory & DNS.
    This may take a while. Once this is completed you will need to restart your server.

  2. Configure Active Directory for MediaCP
    You will need to create an organisation unit for your windows media services customers.
    This will enable you to secure/lockdown the user accounts used in association with Windows Media Services.

    Open Start -> Program Files -> Administrative Tools -> Active Directory Users & Computers.
    Right click on your computer/domain and select New -> Organisational Unit.
    Name this MediaPanel and press OK.

    Right click on MediaPanel OU and select New -> Group.
    Name this "MediaPanel" and enter the pre-windows 2000 name as the same.
    Press OK and close Active Directory Users and Computers MMC.

  3. Update Administrator account "Member Of"
    For 64bit operating systems, it is crucial that you include all of the following Security Groups under the administrator account.

    a) Click on the "Users" Organisational Unit and right click your administrator account.
    b) Now select the "Member Of" tab.
    c) Ensure the following groups are added:
      - Administrators
      - Cert Publishers
      - Domain Admins
      - Domain Controllers
      - Domain Users
      - Enterprise Admins
      - Group Policy Creator Owners
      - Schema Admins

  4. Configure LDAP communication for PHP
    Create the folder structure for C:/openldap/sysconf/
    Create a new text file in C:/openldap/sysconf/ldap.conf
    In this text file paste the following:
    TLS_REQCERT never
    TLS_CACERT c:/openldap/sysconf/myserver.pem

    Copy the ldap.conf into C:/ldap.conf and C:/windows/system32/ldap.conf
    (Some versions of PHP look in these spots incorrectly for the ldap.conf)

  5. Install & Configure Secure Certificate
    Open Start -> Control Panel -> Add or Remove Programs.
    Select "Add/Remove Windows Componants".
    Check Certificate Services then press Yes when prompted.
    Press Next.

    Select Enterprise root CA then press Next.
    Enter the common name as the NetBios Domain Name and press Next.
    Continue steps until installation is completed.

    Open Start -> Administrative Tools -> Certificate Authority.
    Right click your server and select Properties.
    Select View Certificate then select Details tab and press the "Copy to File..." button.
    Export a Base-64 encoded X.509 (.CER) to your desktop as myserver.cer

    Open the zip file and drag bin to C:/bin/ (We will delete this later)
    Move the myserver.cer into C:\bin\myserver.cer
    Open Start -> Run and type cmd.exe then hit enter.
    Enter the following and press enter, this will create the myserver.pem certificate in c:\openldap\sysconf\myserver.pem:
    C:\bin\openssl.exe x509 -in c:\bin\myserver.cer -out C:\openldap\sysconf\myserver.pem

  6. Install Windows Media Services
    Open Start -> Administrative Tools -> Configure Your Server Wizard.
    Select Streaming Media Server when prompted and press Next until installed.

  7. Configure Windows Media Services
    Open Start -> Administrative Tools -> Windows Media Services.
    Select your server (usually HOSTxxxxx).
    On the right hand side of the WMS MMC Console select the Properties tab then select Authorization.
    Right click WMS Publishing Points ACL Authorization and select Properties (also ensure it is enabled).
    Select Add then select Object Types.. and tick Groups. 
    Add the Security Group of "MediaPanel" and allow them to Read and Write (Not Create!).

    That is it, you have now pre-configured your system to use Windows Media Services

Configure Wowza Media Server 

  1. Install Java JDK
    Download and install the latest Java JDK from
    We recommend JDK over JRE as JDK will allow you to manage your Wowza Media Server using the Java Console.

  2. Install Wowza Media Server 3
    Download and install the latest Wowza Media Server 3 from

  3. Install Additional Wowza Libraries
    Download and extract 
    Open then open MediaSecurity/lib and drag the two jar files into "C:\Program Files (x86)\Wowza Media Systems\Wowza Media Server 3.x.x\lib"
    Open and do the same (only 1 jar file).

  4. Download MaxMind GeoLiteCountry, extract and place the GeoIP.dat file in [WowzaInstall]/conf/ directory.

  5. Open [WowzaDir]/conf/Server.xml
    Enable <JMXRemoteConfiguration> and disable JMXRemoteConfiguration -> Authentication
    The Server.xml file should look like this:
    	<IpAddress>localhost</IpAddress> <!-- set to localhost or internal ip address if behind NAT -->
    	<RMIServerHostName>localhost</RMIServerHostName> <!-- set to external ip address or domain name if behind NAT -->

    Now find the line containing <ServerListeners> and add the following to this section:

    All other values in this file should be left with their default settings.

  6. Update VHosts.xml and Authentication.xml
    Open [WowzaDir]/conf/VHosts.xml
    Change "Name" to "default".
    Change "ConfigDir" to “${com.wowza.wms.ConfigHome}/vhosts/default”.

    Open [WowzaDir]/conf/Authentication.xml
    Update the the value for the first two instances of "passwordFile" to the following:

  7. Update VHost.xml
    Open [WowzaDir]/conf/VHost.xml
    Change "1935" to "1935,554" to support Android/Blackberry.

  8. Update admin.password
    Open [WowzaDir]/conf/admin.password and configure a username and password seperated by a space on a new line.
    For example: admin changeme

  9. Create the virtual host
    Create a new directories for [WowzaDir]/vhosts/default
    Copy applications, content, conf, keys and logs into [WowzaDir]/vhosts/default/

  10. Install additional Wowza lib files
    Following the release of additional Wowza lib files will need to be installed on your server.
    Download the files from the link below:
    Extract the files to the following directory: C:/Program Files/WowzaMediaServer3.x.x.x.x/libs/

  11. Restart Wowza Media Server
    Open Start -> Run and type in "services.msc".
    Locate Wowza Media Server, right click and select Restart.

    Congratulations! Your Wowza Media Server is now ready for MediaCP.


Configuring Web Server 

The following instructions will install XAMPP with Apache & MySQL.
If you prefer to use your own MySQL server, you must NOT start or stop the MySQL service in XAMPP control panel.

  1. Older Windows 2003 or 2008
    You may be required to install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Redistributable.
    Download: x86 x64

  2. Download & Install Google Chrome
    This is required to download the MediaCP Application.
    You can download google chrome from

  3. Download & Configure XAMPP
    Download the XAMPP from

    The file is approximately 160MB and includes:
     a) Webserver, PHP & MySQL (XAMPP)

    Extract the files to C:/xampp/

  4. Configure Webserver on Port 2000
    Open C:/xampp/apache/conf/httpd.conf in WordPad.
    Press CTRL + F to find "Listen 80" and change this to "Listen 2000".

    Press CTRL + F to find "conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf" and place a hash (#) at the beginning of the line
    This line should now look like: #Include "conf/extra/httpd-ssl.conf"

    Save and close the httpd.conf file.

  5. Configure LDAP and CURL extension for PHP
    Open C:/xampp/php/php.ini in WordPad.

    Press CTRL + F to find "php_curl.dll" and uncomment this line (delete the ; before the line).
    Press CTRL + F to find "php_ldap.dll" and uncomment this line (delete the ; before the line).

    Save and close the php.ini file.

    Copy C:/xampp/php/libsasl.dll into C:/Windows/libsasl.dll
    (some php versions have difficulty finding this file, it is necessary for LDAPS secure connection)

  6. Start XAMPP, MySQL & FileZilla FTP Server
    Open C:/xampp/setup_xampp.bat
    Wait for it to say "Press any key to continue..." then close the window.
    This will configure xampp for your system.

    Open C:/xampp/xampp-control-3-beta.exe
    a) Check the service box next to "Apache" to install the apache service. Run as Administrator and uncheck "Run this program with restricted access"
    b) Check the service box next to mySQL to install the MySQL service. Run as Administrator and uncheck "Run this program with restricted access"
    c) Check the service box next to FileZilla to install the FileZilla FTP Service. Run as Administrator and uncheck "Run this program with restricted access"

  7. Configure XAMPP & MySQL Authorisation
    Open  the browser on the server and navigate to http://localhost:2000/security/index.php
    Update the MySQL root password and configure the XAMPP Directory username/password.

  8. Congratulations! XAMPP is now configured to support the Media Control Panel.


Install Media Control Panel 


  1. Configure Prerequisites / 3rd Party Media Servers
    Open and drag "CastControl" into C:/xampp/CastControl/

    Move C:/xampp/CastControl/rrdtool/DejaVuSansMono-Roman.ttf and VeraMono.ttf into C:/Windows/Fonts/

  2. Download MediaCP
    Latest Stable:
    Latest Unstable:

  3. Extract into XAMPP
    Extract the .zip to your desktop.
    Move all files inside the upload_and_rename/ directory into C:/xampp/htdocs/
    Delete the C:/xampp/htdocs/index.html

  4. Install Ioncube Loader
    You now must install the ioncube loader for your operating system.
    You can do this by accessing the wizard at http://localhost:2000/ioncube/loader-wizard.php
    Select Local Install.
    Follow the instructions and remember to restart XAMPP -> Apache when you finish.

  5. Run the MediaCP Setup
    From your local PC, open

    Enter your license key and press Proceed.
    You will be prompted with a file permissions check, press Next.

    Database Configuration
    Enter the database password you configured earlier on.
    For Database Name, if you are using the root username enter anything you like - for example "mediacp".
    The database will automatically be created if it does not exist.

    Set the RRDtool binary path to "C:/xampp/CastControl/rrdtool/rrdtool.exe"

    Complete the remaining details on this page and press Submit Details

    Scheduled Task Configuration

    Open Start -> Control Panel, right click Scheduled Tasks and select Explore
    Click "Add a new scheduled task"
    This will open the scheduled tasks wizard, click next.

    On the next step you will be prompted to select an application, scroll down if necessary and select "Command Prompt". Click Next and where requested to enter a task name enter "MediaCP" which describes the purpose of this individual task.

    Click next, ignore the Start time on this page and click next once again.

    Enter "NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM" or simply "SYSTEM" for the username field and leave Password BLANK .

    On the final page, select "Open Advanced Properties when i click finish" and click "Finish".

    In the "Run" field you will need to enter the following:
    C:\xampp\php\php.exe -c C:\xampp\php\php.ini C:\xampp\htdocs\scanner\cron.php auto=1

    Select the Schedule tab then press Advanced.
    Check the box for Repeat Task and set "Every 1 minutes".
    Check "Duration" and set to "24 hours"
    Check the box next to "if the task is still running, stop it at this time."
    Apply all settings.

  6. Application Module Preperation
    Check all the boxes except for services you do not wish to install then press Continue Setup Process.

    Windows Media Server
    DomainThe domain name that you configured for Active Directory:
    UsernameYou must enter your Administrator username here (usually Administrator)
    PasswordYou must enter the administrator password here
    OUThis is the organisational unit you configured above.
    This should be set to "MediaPanel" if you followed the entire guide.
    GroupThis is the security group you configured above.
    This should be set to "MediaPanel" if you followed the entire guide.
    UserSwitchOndemandAllow Customer to change service to Ondemand Streaming
    UserChangeFromOndemandAllow a Customer with Ondemand Service to change to Shoutcast or Live Streaming.
    WindowsUsernamePrefixApply a prefix to all windows user accounts that are created.
    ShowWMPlayerWhether to display a windows media player on the webpage or not.

    Wowza Media Server
    WowzaDirThe full path using backslashes to Wowza Media Server
    Example: C:\Program Files (x86)\Wowza Media Systems\Wowza Media Server 3.x.x\
    AdminUserPassEnter the username and password configured earlier seperated by a colon.
    OnDemandDirThis is where Media Files are stored.
    default stores Media Files in C:/xampp/htdocs/content/

    To change this, enter the full path to where you prefer to store these:
    Example: D:\Media\
    Be sure the directory already exists!
    FtpIntegrationThese options are now deprecated. Configure FTP Settings after installation
    UserSwitchOndemandAllow Customer to change service to Ondemand Streaming
    UserChangeFromOndemandAllow a Customer with Ondemand Service to change to Shoutcast or Live Streaming.
    ShowRTMPLink / RTSP / RTMPTShow Direct RTMP/RTSP/RTMPT links on customers service overview.
    ShowJWPlayerDisplay a Flash Player with embed code for the customer.
    BitrateThresholdPercentage that the customer is allowed to stream over their services bitrate limit.
    We recommend 5% as sometimes Flash Media Encoder can use slightly more than the rates configured.

    Icecast 2.3.2
    Select Operating System as Windows.
    Executable path is C:/xampp/CastControl/Icecast2/icecast2console.exe
    Share is C:/xampp/CastControl/Icecast2/

    Shoutcast 1.9.8
    Select Operating System as Windows.

    Shoutcast 2
    Select Operating System as Windows.

    sctransv2 (AutoDJ)
    Select Operating System as win32.

  7. Firewall Exceptions
    You may wish to add program exceptions for the following:
    Shoutcast C:/xampp/htdocs/files/shoutcast198/windows/sc_serv.exe
    Icecast C:/xampp/CastControl/Icecast2/Icecast2Console.exe

    Congratulations! Cast-Control Media Control Panel is now installed!
    We highly recommend reading our Quickstart Guide to get started.
    If you have difficulty, please refer to our windows server 2003 troubleshooting document.


What to do next? 

Now that the control panel basics are installed you can either configure additional features or begin creating your media services.

Wowza Media Server Tuning Guide
It is highly recommend to run the Wowza Media Server Tuning Guide if you have installed Wowza Media Server.
Click here for more information.

Control Panel Configuration


Create Media Services