If i have a server that is providing content that is flash enabled, is adobe flash player needed on the server to do so?
for instance, lets say i have a web page that has a flash animated file that it is presenting.
do i need flash player on the server to provide that content? or is flash player only required on the endpoint?
I don't care if i cannot view the content from the server itself.
Flash Player plugin is installed on the client-side, not server-side.
Note that some browser vendors (Microsoft, Google) embed Flash Player plugin in their browsers (IE/Edge on Win8/10, Chrome respectively). There is no need to install Flash Player separately for these browsers.
Just to be super clear, the answer is no. You don't need to install Flash Player to serve Flash content. You might need to do a little work to configure the appropriate mime-types for thse file extensions you want to serve, and you should probably consider serving an appropriate cross-domain security policy file. (More details on that in the security articles here: https://helpx.adobe.com/air/archived-docs-download.html)