The RealServer 8.0 Basic is twelve-month trial version software that delivers choreographed multimedia presentations -- audio, video, images, slides, Web pages, and text -- over the Internet or corporate intranets to up to 25 simultaneous users.


Connect to your Virtual Private Server via Telnet or SSH and complete these steps.

  1. Download the Real Server 8.0 Basic software. Do the following, according to your Virtual Private Server O/S.

    • FreeBSD [RealServer 8.0.1]
      The software is found at the RealNetworks Web site. Be sure to select "FreeBSD 3.0" as the server Operating System!

    • Solaris [RealServer 8.0.1]
      The software is found at the RealNetworks Web site. Be sure to select "Sun SunOS 5.6" as the server Operating System!

      NOTE: Because of the nature of the Virtual Private Server environment, the RealServer Admin pages do not work on the Solaris Virtual Private Server.

    • If you don't know the Virtual Private Server O/S, try the following:
  2. Create an install directory for Real Server. Issue these commands while connected to your server via Telnet or SSH:

    % cd
    % mkdir usr/local/real
  3. Upload the Real Server software (in BINARY format, if you are using FTP) to this new install directory.

  4. If you entered the registration information correctly when downloading the software, a Real Server Evaluation license key file will be e-mailed to you by RealNetworks (it was probably included as an attachment). RealNetworks offers the following advice for uploading your license key.

    Your license file for RealServer will be corrupted if it is transferred from one computer to another via FTP as a text document. Doing so will cause changes in the file to the degree that the checksum the RealServer runs on the installed license file at startup will fail, and the RealServer will not start.

    The file can be successfully transferred via FTP as a binary document.

  5. Run the setup utility by issuing the following commands (the example is the file for the Solaris installation. Change the filename to the name of the file you downloaded from RealNetworks):

    % cd usr/local/real
    % chmod 755 rs-8-01-solaris-26.bin
    % virtual ./rs-8-01-solaris-26.bin

    During the setup process, follow these guidelines:

    • When the setup utility prompts you for a directory path, use the virtual path to the directory: /usr/local/real. Do not use a path like ~/usr/local/real or /usr/home/LOGIN/usr/local/real.

    • For the user name and password, we suggest that you use your Virtual Private Server login and password.

    • You can accept the default port for the server PNA (7070) and HTTP (8080) requests. A RealSystem Administrator port number will be randomly generated. Just make sure you don't introduce any port conflicts. For all of the ports, you must choose a port number greater than 1024. Here are some suggestions:

      RTSP Port: 5540
      Admin Port: 4574
    • When the setup utility gives you the option to start the RealServer and RealSystem Administrator, type "No". Before you can start the RealServer you must make one other addition to the configuration file (~/usr/local/realserverg2/rmserver.cfg). Add the following lines at the end of the file, substituting your Virtual Private Server IP address for YOUR.IP.ADD.RESS:

      <List Name="IPBindings">
      <Var Address_01="YOUR.IP.ADD.RESS"/>
  6. To start RealServer, issue these commands:

    % cd ~/usr/local/real
    % virtual ./Bin/rmserver -m 32 rmserver.cfg &

    You should also add the following line to your Virtual Private Server Rc file (~/etc/rc ) so that RealServer will automatically start in case of a host machine reboot.

    /usr/local/bin/daemon /usr/local/bin/virtual \
    /usr/local/real/Bin/rmserver -m 32 /usr/local/real/rmserver.cfg

Did It Work?

To make sure that RealServer is running correctly, connect to the RealSystem Administrator using the following URL:


"4574" is the default setting for the RealSystem Administrator port. If you chose a different port number while running the setup utility, you will need to substitute that number.

From the menu you should see on the left, choose "Samples". If you have already installed a RealPlayer on your PC, you can then attempt to play one of the sample Real Media clips.

Serving Real Media

Now that you have successfully installed and tested RealServer, you are ready to Serve Real Media from your Web site.

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