Flash Video is being used more and more in the internet replacing the older stream like RTSP/MMS. With this it has been noted that a lot of these sites that don't work when a client is going via a Proxy.
The reason for this is that some Flash Video servers have a configuration file that tells the Browser Applet how to communicate with the stream. By default this is port 1935 and a lot of these are coded with the IP Address of the OCS (Web site).
To prove this a simple Packet capture on the PC accessing the site will show if this is the case.
Wireshark filter : http.request or http.response or tcp.port == 1935
Client IP : 10.91.1.79 Blue Coat IP : 10.91.1.210 OCS Site : xx.xx.xx.xx
In this example we see the HTTP Request go via the proxy on port 8080
1825 2010-02-25 15:36:09.298827 10.91.1.79 10.91.1.210 HTTP GET http://www.testvideosite.com/demo/vidoefile.flv HTTP/1.1 1829 2010-02-25 15:36:09.305138 10.91.1.79 10.91.1.210 HTTP GET http://www.testvideosite.com/vidoefile.flv HTTP/1.1 1837 2010-02-25 15:36:09.884679 10.91.1.210 10.91.1.79 HTTP/XML HTTP/1.1 200 OK 1838 2010-02-25 15:36:09.896081 10.91.1.210 10.91.1.79 HTTP/XML HTTP/1.1 200 OK
In the response from the OCS are the Video details and we then see a direct request over port 1935
In most cases there is a firewall between the Client PC and the Internet that would block this traffic. So 1st check the access logs on the Firewall for these Denied requests.
The solution here is to allow the IP address / Port through the firewall or contact the hosting company as ask for this to be altered
If examining a local PC PCAP no connection is made over 1935, 80 or 443 directly to the Hosting Site then check to see if the hostname is resolvable from a DNS query.
If the hostname is not resolvable via DNS then the Flash Player will not attempt to make these connections making troubleshooting that bit harder.
To verify the above issue try adding a host entry (normally found in the http/xml file) into the PC Local host file for the hosting site and IP address. Then repeat the above testing and obtain a PCAP.
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