How to List, View and Update the CloudFront Streaming Distribution

How to List, View and Update the CloudFront Streaming Distribution

AWS CloudFront is a content distribution service offered by AWS to speed up the distribution of static content, such as media files, html, js, css, etc. CloudFront can stream media files using the Adobe Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). It is required that the streams file is on AWS S3 and should not be served from any other origin. The user can stream the file using a JWPlayer, Adobe Flash player or flow player. The user can create a streaming distribution. The end user can view the streamed media file using the player specified by the user.

The AWS allows creating multiple streaming distributions for a single bucket and the user can stream the media objects using any of the valid streaming distributions.

The present guide demonstrates how to list, view or update an existing streaming distribution.

1. Go to the AWS CloudFront console using. The console lists all the existing streaming as well as the download distributions. The user can create a new streaming distribution. Go to the Cloufront configuration settings by clicking the [i] button of any download distribution.

2. All the details about the above mentioned streaming distribution are listed in the streaming properties. It lists the following information:

a. Delivery Method of distribution : Streaming / Download

b. Origin : Origin bucket Name

c. Domain Name: Domain name used to access the AWS streaming distribution

d. Price Class : The maximum price that the user is ready to pay for the distribution

e. Log bucket : Shows details if logging is enabled

f. CNAME : If the user has specified an alternate domain / CNAME

g. Trusted Signers: If the user has added other AWS accounts

Click on the Edit button to update the configuration details.

3. In the Edit window, CloudFront allows to update the existing streaming properties:

a. Origin Name: The DNS name of the origin bucket

b. Restrict Bucket Access: It allows the user to provide access to only signed URLs.

c. Origin Access Identity: Used along with Restrict Bucket Access to specify the special CloudFront user.

d. Comment : Field to identify a new origin access identity

e. Grant Read Permission : Used along with Restrict Bucket Access to update the bucket policy

f. Restrict Viewer Access: Used to add trusted signers

g. Trusted Signers: Lists other AWS accounts added by the user

4. In the same screen, provide further details as given below:

a. Price Class: The maximum amount that the user is ready to pay for the streaming distribution. The price will be different based on the different edge locations of different regions.

b. CNAME: Lists the alternate domain name as specified by the user

c. Logging : Allows the user to log the activities on that distribution

d. Log Prefix, Log Bucket

e. Comment : The comment field, which specifies the distribution

f. Distribution State: If enabled, CloudFront allows the request for the distribution to be processed.

5. Save the changes with the “Yes, Edit” button. The distribution will be deployed again. This may take about 5-10 minutes to complete.

Keywords: Amazon Web Services, AWS, Amazon AWS Console, AWS S3, Amazon CloudFront, AWS CloudFront, CloudFront, AWS EC2, AWS S3, Amazon S3, Download Distribution, AWS IAM, CloudFront Key Pairs, Trusted Signers, CDN, Content Distribution Network, Origin Caching Headers

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