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How to use your microphone and camera with your server/VPS

The provided instructions outline the steps to redirect a web camera and microphone to a VPS. The process involves preparing your local machine, configuring remote desktop settings, and setting up the VPS server side. It's a comprehensive guide that covers various aspects, from testing your camera and microphone locally to configuring the VPS server. If you have any questions about specific steps or need further assistance, feel free to ask.

If you require help with the setup of your web camera and microphone on our VPS, we're here to assist. To make the process smoother for you, you can download and install TeamViewer or AnyDesk. This will allow us to establish a connection to your computer and take care of the setup on your behalf.

Local Machine Setup:

Begin by ensuring that your web camera and microphone are properly connected.
Open the "Camera" app to verify that both devices are functioning correctly.
Check the functionality of your microphone by visiting in your web browser.
Access your Camera Privacy Settings.
Activate the Desktop App Web View option. If there's a specific app you're using, make sure to enable it as well.
Similarly, for your Microphone Privacy Settings, turn on the Desktop App Web Viewer.
If you're using specific apps, ensure they're allowed for camera and microphone access.

Remote Desktop Configuration:

Launch the Remote Desktop Connection application on your local computer
Click on "Show Options" to reveal additional settings.Navigate to the "Local Resources" tab.
For the microphone, click the "Settings" button located under "Remote Audio."
Make sure to select "Record from this computer" under "Remote audio recording." Then, return to the "Local Resources" tab.
Click on "More" under "Local devices and resources."
Check the box labeled "Video capture device" and confirm by clicking "Ok."

Server Side Configuration:

On your server machine, search for "Server Manager" in the Start menu.
Within the Server Manager Dashboard, click on "Manage" situated in the upper right corner.
Choose "Role-based or feature-based installation" under "Installation Type."
Preselected servers should be listed under "Server Select." Simply proceed by clicking "Next."
Locate and select "Remote Desktop Services" under "Server Roles."
In "Roles Services," check all boxes except for "Remote Desktop Virtualization Host." Each time you check a box, the "Add Roles and Features Wizard" will appear. Click "Add Features" to continue.
Click the "Next" button to complete the wizard.
Monitor the installation progress as it may require a reboot.
After the installation is complete, reboot the VPS.
Testing the Web Camera:

To test the functionality of the web camera, open the "Camera" app on the server.

Updated on: 18/08/2023

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