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  1. #1
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    Jan 2014

    Default Access is denied

    Trying to point the media 'content' folder to a folder on a file server.
    I am getting an error when changed the path of '<StorageDir>' (in 'cof\vod\Application.xml') to a network path, e.g. '\\fileserver\content\'.
    Security access on the network folder has already been granted to the account that Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0.5 service account is running under on Windows 2012.
    Below is the error log:
    ... (Access is denied)|at Method)|at<init>(|at<init>(|at|at

    Can someone help me?
    Last edited by jchen12; 08-11-2014 at 05:09 AM.

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    If you're sharing using as network path with UNC notation then I think that will only work with disks that are local to the Wowza installation. I suspect your best options are to run Wowza as a "normal" user and then you can reference the shares in StorageDir and Wowza should be able to have access to them. There's a quick and simple way, and a more involved but more robust method,

    Option 1: Run Wowza in stand-alone Mode

    This option allows Wowza to run as the user who is logged on to the Windows machine. Therefore the Wowza Streaming Engine services will have the same permissions as yourself and should be able to access the shared storage.
    To run in Stand-alone mode you will need to stop the Wowza Streaming Engine service via the Windows Services manager and then open up a command shell and navigate to the following directory (assuming standard installation of version 4.0.x on your C: drive):
    C:\Program Files (x86)\Wowza Media Systems\Wowza Streaming Engine 4.0.x\bin

    You then type in the command startup.bat. This runs Wowza in stand-alone mode. You should then be able to reference shared drives in StorageDir, like Z: etc.

    Option 2: Create a Windows Scheduled Task to run Wowza Streaming Engine as a named user

    This option essentially results in the same outcome as option 1 but it executes startup.bat script at user login, thus automating the process. As with option 1 you will need to disable the Wowza Streaming Engine service if it is set to automatically start.
    We also use this method to allow Wowza to perform hardware transcoding under Windows, and so the following article has the relevant steps.

    Last edited by Paul_S; 08-12-2014 at 01:12 AM. Reason: link fixed

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jan 2014


    Yes. Option 1 works.
    I will try option 2.


  4. #4


    Thanks Paul_S

    I see all method's are working well. Thank' again.

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