Adaptation in multimedia systems is usually restricted to defensive, reactive media adaptation (often called stream-level adaptation). We argue that offensive, proactive, system-level adaptation deserves not less attention. If a distributed multimedia system cares for overall, end-to-end quality of service then it should provide a meaningful combination of both. We introduce an adaptive multimedia server (ADMS) and a supporting middleware which implement offensive adaptation based on a lean, flexible architecture. The measured costs and benefits of the offensive adaptation process are presented. We introduce an intelligent video proxy (QBIX), which implements defensive adaptation. The cost/benefit measurements of QBIX are presented elsewhere . We show the benefits of the integration of QBIX in ADMS. Offensive adaptation is used to find an optimal, user-friendly configuration dynamically for ADMS, and defensive adaptation is added to take usage environment (network and terminal) constraints into account.