Frequently Asked Questions

Windows VM Support


Can you install the Red5 Pro Server on a Windows VM?


It’s possible, but we do not recommend this. Here’s why:

  • There is no camera on a Windows VM.
  • Although you can publish a screen share or publish through RTMP on a Windows VM, there are easier ways to do that.
  • We do not recommend Windows for production.

We highly recommend you consider other options. If you have a specific case that requires installing the Red5 Pro Server on a Windows VM, see the instructions below.

Installing Red5 Server on the Windows VM:

You should remote desktop into the instance and run the .bat file the same way you do on the desktop.

You should be able to navigate to http://localhost:5080 locally on the Virtual Machine without opening any of the ports.

Here’s what we did to install the server on the Windows VM:
1 – Logged into the machine via the Remote Desktop connection (from the Azure portal, choose the server and “connect”)
2 – Opened a browser, logged into and downloaded the latest server build
3 – Unzipped the build to a folder on the desktop
4 – Double-click red5.bat (Note: by default, the .bat extension is not displayed on the server-this should just open a command window and run)