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    ‎08-26-2019 08:34 AM
    The attached document describes how the GDPR impacts video surveillance systems and how BVMS can be configured to function in a GDPR compliant organization.
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    ‎09-19-2019 03:08 PM
    Question What is the decoding performance of BVMS? How many cameras can I open on the screen before the systems is overloaded (and frames are being dropped)? Answer The BVMS client performance overview is attached to this article and shows, based on several workstation configurations and a specific BVMS version, how many cameras can be opened before the workstation is overloaded.
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    3 weeks ago
    Related Products: BVMS, application crash, memory dump This article lists the scenarios in which technical support normally request dump file from a BVMS system. It contains general guidelines how to create a dump file for BVMS system and provides links to more concrete articles, that correspond to particular issues and exact steps to create a dump. BVMS dumps are needed to troubleshoot the following types of issues: Application crashes – dump is expected to provide more information about the cause of the crash and its origin. Memory or handle leaks – dump is expected to point to their origins Deadlocks, freezes and hangs – dump is expected to point to their origins Recommended tool to create BVMS dumps. The recommended tool is Procdump. It is a command line tool which must be started from the command shell. Development provides couple of .bat files that start Procdump with predefined parameters and cover the most common dump creation cases. The tool as well as the set of .bat files are attached to this article: BVMS_DumpTools_V2.zip The batch file names follow a naming guideline: <Executable>_<Dump use case> , where <Executable> is one of: ConfigClient ConfigWizard OperatorClient ManagementServer ArchivePlayer ExceptionTest and <Dump use case> is one of SingleDump TwoDumps DumpOnException DumpOnHang ActivatePostmortemDebugging There are 3 possible error scenarios and corresponding dump creation methods: Dump creation for reproducible crashes that trigger Windows Error Reporting Run the affected application/service (Operator Client, Configuration Client or Management Server Service) Reproduce the steps that lead to the crash Leave the Windows crash dialog open Run the corresponding batch file for creating a single dump: *_SingleDump.bat. E.g. run OperatorClient_SingleDump.bat to create a single dump of the Operator Client process. Provide support with the resulting .dmp file a description of the steps to reproduce the problem ConfigCollection Note: attached you can find a configured example for this scenario and application Operator Client - BVMS_OC_dump_onException.zip Dump creation for reproducible memory or handle leaks Run the affected application/service (Operator Client, Configuration Client or Management Server Service) Run the corresponding batch file for creating two dumps: *_TwoDumps.bat. E.g. run OperatorClient_TwoDumps.bat to create two dumps of the Operator Client process. Note that by default, the delay between the two dumps is set to one hour (3600 seconds). Depending on the magnitude of the memory leak, you might want to increase/decrease the delay. To do that, edit file *_TwoDumps.bat: replace value "3600" by a value that fits your needs e.g. a value of "7200" will create two dumps with a delay of two hours. Reproduce the steps that lead to the memory leak. Wait until the second dump was created. Provide support with the resulting two .dmp files a description of the steps to reproduce the memory leak a ConfigCollection Dump creation for crashes/hangs/freezes that are hard to reproduce Deactivate the restarting option for Operator Client / Configuration Client: To deactivate the restarting option for Operator Client / Configuration Client: edit ..\Bosch\VMS\bin\ConfigClient.exe.config or ..\Bosch\VMS\bin\OperatorClient.exe.config. Navigate to section <appSettings> add a new entry <add key = "DisableExceptionHandling" value="TRUE" />. Run ActivatePostmortemDebugging.bat Run the affected application/service (Operator Client, Configuration Client or Management Server Service) As soon as the issue appears, check whether the dump was created. Provide support with the resulting .dmp file description of the steps to reproduce the crash ConfigCollection Note: attached you can find a configured example for this scenario and application Operator Client - BVMS_OC_dump_Just-In-Time-Debuger.zip
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    ‎09-16-2019 10:38 AM
    Question How can I protect my security system, from an IT security perspective? Answer The attached document explains how the security system can be hardened. Additionally the BVMS - Network Design Guide includes best practices for desgning a secure network.  
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    ‎08-09-2019 08:15 AM
    Functionality for security operators
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    ‎01-11-2019 09:05 AM
    The entire BVMS installation package, available on the downloadstore, contains the client as well as the server components. When a BVMS client needs to be deployed, all of this data (over 2.5GB) needs to be copied to the target workstation, which can be quite a challenge in some environments. Once the BVMS Management Server is set-up, it creates a client installation package (mainly used for the auto-upgrade functionality). This client installation package is a lot smaller compared to the full installation package and is located on the BVMS Management Server (assuming the default installation directory is used): C:\Program Files\Bosch\VMS\Update In order to use the client installation package: copy all the files in this directory from the management server to the new workstation and start BVMS.msi (please note Setup.exe will trigger the auto update mechanism, which will not work as there are no existing components to be updated). The MSI will start the installation process and will allow you to select Operator Client, Configuration client and/or SDK. Please note: The correct version of the .NET framework will need to be installed manually before this procedure is used. This can be found in the zip file available in the product catalogue: “zip file extraction location”\ISSetupPrerequisites\Microsoft .NET Framework x.x.
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    ‎10-10-2018 03:42 PM
     Bosch software is distributed via the Bosch website, but can also be re-distributed by Bosch partners. It is important for the system-installer to check if the installation file he or she has received, matches exactly with the output of the engineering process. There are several risks that, in the distribution path, changes are made to the installation file. Keyloggers or other spyware could be added to the installation, or in theory video surveillance footage could be routed to external resources. The attached document describes how the integrity of software can be checked.
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    ‎08-17-2018 07:34 AM
      The attached document, which can be found in the attachments iconn on the bottom or right side of the page, shows the keyboard shortcuts that can be used by operators when operating the BVMS system. 
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    ‎03-26-2019 02:54 PM
    Question How can I migrate the full configuration (including server configuration and user settings) of a BVMS system from one server to another? (please note that, currently, the export mechanisms provided in the BVMS Configuration Client do not export the userdata. This is a known problem and being worked on. Until then this work-around should be applied). Answer Stop the BVMS Central Server service on the existing server from the Windows task manager or Services overview. Stop the BVMS Central Server service on the new server from the Windows task manager or Services overview. Copy the contents of the directory C:\programdata\Bosch\VMS\UserData on the existing server to the same directory on the new server (via the network or other media). Copy the "elements.bvms" file located in the directory C:\programdata\Bosch\VMS\ on the existing server to the same location on the new server (via the network or other media). Start the BVMS Central Server service on the new server from the Windows task manager or Services overview.
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    ‎08-08-2018 11:06 AM
    Want to know how flexible BVMS can assign streaming profiles to cameras?
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    ‎08-17-2018 07:31 AM
     The attached document (attachements can be found on the bottom of the page) describes how Streamlining works and how it can be finetuned.
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    ‎05-18-2018 07:35 PM
      Related Products BVMS Overview When working with previous versions of BVMS, remote connectivity was cumbersome due to the amount of port mapping that needed to be configured. BVMS 7.5 provides a new method of remote connectivity utilizing Secure Shell (SSH) Tunnelling. The attached document (attachments can be found on the bottom of the page) describes the set-up and configuration of the SSH functionality in BVMS. Tags: SSH, BVMS Issue Solution Notes
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    ‎05-21-2018 08:39 PM
    This article guides you through the process of installing the BVMS Logbook Health Checker. The Bosch VMS Logbook Health Checker is a tool that is capable of fixing the overflow of the Bosch VMS Logbook database before it occurs.
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    ‎05-13-2018 02:30 PM
    Standard Service Documents The calculation of the storage capacity is done in different way in Configuration Client and VRM Monitor: - In BVMS Configuration Client Capacity (GB) stands for the available physical capacity of the storage, as calculated and provided by the storage vendor (for example NetApp). -In VRM Monitor – under Target Overview – Total is listed the number of all available blocks multiplied by the size of the blocks that is by default 1GB. This calculation concerns the logical storage and depends on the way the storage is used (for example how many Luns are imported in the system).
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    ‎05-14-2018 06:27 PM
    This article guides you through the process of activating Bosch VMS Audio Intercom functionality on Windows 7.
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    ‎04-01-2019 12:33 PM
    Related Products: BVMS SDK, BVMS    Overview: Analyzing BVMS systems with SDK components is a challenging task, because the functionality and the runtime behavior of those systems are harder to determine than for a BVMS systems without SDK functionality. In order to troubleshoot BVMS systems with SDK components support needs the following information and logging.   Please prove the following information to support. 1. Detailed description of the expected behavior of the SDK functionality. 2. Detailed description of the actual behavior of the SDK functionality. 3.SDK Components What type is the standalone SDK application (based on ClientSDK, ServerSDK, or CameoSDK) and on which machine is it running? Are there additionally client scripts, server scripts or workstation startup scripts? 4.SDK Interactions Do SDK components interact with remote Operator Clients? Do SDK components interact with the Operator Client UI? Do SDK components control devices? How often are client scripts triggered? How often are scripts triggered by BVMS event? 5.Environment Which shared resources are accessed by SDK actions? (Dome cameras, AMG, Operator Client UI) Do SDK components interact with an unreliable environment? (Unstable network, offline devices, offline PCs, etc.) Do SDK components properly handle offline situations? (offline devices, configuration changes, etc.)    Please provide the Scriplet and/or Log files The optimal approach is to provide both the scriplet and logging. ClientScript logfiles: can be found in the ConfigCollection of Operator Client machines. Make sure that logging is implemented in the script and that logging is activated in the configuration. ServerScript logfiles: can be found in the ConfigColletion of Management Server machines. Make sure that logging is implemented in the script and that logging is activated in the configuration.  
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    ‎10-11-2019 12:02 PM
    This article provides you with information related to the Windows Firewall, how to access, configure and adjust it.   Firewall A firewall is a program installed on your machine or a piece of hardware in your network, that uses a rule-set to block or allow access to a computer, server or network. It seperatres dedicated network segments, likly your LAN from the Internet. Firewalls can permit traffic to be routed through a specific port to a program or destination, while blocking all other traffic.   Windows Firewall The Windows Firewall interface can be accessed multiple ways. The  way we will look during this TB is via the Windows search function. Click the Windows icon and type in “firewall“.  Then, click on the “Windows  Firewall with Advanced Security” icon.   The GUI provides you a general overview, about the basic function of the software. Displaying the current status of the firewall also which profiles are currently set up. By default the firewall should be enabled. We strongly recommend that the Windows Firewall is enabled on all your Bosch devices featuring a Windows Operating System.   Firewall profiles There are 3 different profiles within your Windows Firewall, which are simply groups of different firewall rule-sets, depending where your machine is currently connected. Public Profile: This profile is used when the computer is connected directly to a public network like a restaurant, library or airport. This profile should be the most restrictive because security is usually not well controlled in public places. Private Profile: This profile is used if your are only connected to  a private network, not directly to the Internet. In these cases, your device is located behind a router or hardware firewall. Which allows to set this profil less restrictive. Domain Profile: This profile is used when the machine is connected to a domain controller, which in turn is controlling a windows domain. This profile should be the least restrictive of the other  profiles because security is usually very well controlled within a domain.   Standdard rule-set by default the Windows Firewall behavior is the following:  Windows Firewall never blocks outgoing traffic. Any requests sent out from the server will not be hindered in any way. Windows Firewall blocks all incoming traffic, except for traffic that is in responses to a request. This means that if you make a request to Google, Google’s inbound reply to your outbound request will not be blocked. Windows Firewall blocks all other traffic. This means that any traffic that is not explicitly allowed is blocked in the firewall. In the Windows Firewall we can filter connection in two different kinds: port exceptions (rule assigned to a dedicated port number)  and program exception (rule assigned to a dedicated program)   In general we need to distinguish between the inbound (frome somewhere to your machine) and outbound (from your machine to somewhere) rule-set.   Open a port in the firewall (inbound rule) In the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security window, right-click "Inbound Rules", and then click "New Rule..." in the action pane. "Rule Type" dialog box, select "Port" depending on your need and then click "Next". In the "Protocol and Ports" dialog box, select "TCP". Then select "Specific local Ports", and then type the port number and then click "Next". In the "Action" dialog box, select "Allow the connection" and then click "Next". In the "Profile" dialog box, select any profiles that apply and then click "Next". (We have allowed all three for demonstration purposes, your selection may vary.) In the "Name" dialog box, type a name and description for this rule, and then click "Finish". At this point, you will now see a new rule in the main firewall rules in the center section, as well as a new listing in the right window panel.   Open a program in the firewall (inbound rule) Click on the "Inbound Rules" option on the top left of the firewall interface. Then, click on the "New rule…" Under "Rule Type" dialog box, select the option "Program" and then click "Next". Select the option "This Program path" browse to the path/location of the program  and click "Next". Next, we select the option “Allow the connection” and then click “Next”. Select the "Profile" the rule will be applied to and click "Next". (We have allowed all three for demonstration purposes, your selection may vary.) Select a "Name" and "Description" for this rule and then Click “Finish”. At this point, you will be dropped back to the main firewall screen. You will now see a new rule in the main firewall rules in the center section, as well as a new listing in the right window pane   Edit a port / program in the firewall Right-click on the rule which will open a context menu. Then click  "Properties" and adjust the rule according your needs .   Close a port / program in the firewall Right-click on the rule which will open a context menu. Then click  " Delete".       Adjust program rule after BVMS upgrade In case you upgraded your current BVMS up to BVMS10, refering to the article TSG-Upgrading-VRM-from-32bit-to-64bit you need to adjust the inbound + outbound rule "Bosch VRM Server" and  "USB Transcoder". Therefore right-click on the rule which will open a context menu. Then click "Properties" and adjust the programs path to: Bosch VRM Server: "C:\Program Files\Bosch\Video Recording Manager\VRM Server\bin\rms.exe" USB Transcoder: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Bosch\Video Recording Manager\VRM Server\bin\usbsvc.exe" Keep in mind, that you need to perform this action on all four rules (inbound and outbound) Alternatively download the attachment set_fw_rules.zip (1 KB) locally to your device, extract the archive and run the PowerShell script "set_fw_rule_trancoder.ps1" as administrator. The script will adjust all necessary rules.
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    ‎04-01-2019 12:31 PM
    Related Products: BVMS SDK, BVMS    Overview: BVMS Scriptlets can be debugged via logging to a logger file or messaging to the Operator workstation. This article describes how to enable BVMS Scriplet logging. You can log to the Server Script log or the Client Script log. Logs are default send to C:\ProgramData\Bosch\VMS\Log   1.Creating Log files ClientScriptLogger – automatically created Creates file “ClientScriptLog.txt” ServerScriptLogger - automatically created  Creates file “ServerScriptLog.txt” 2.Log information to the log files There are 3 methods to log information: Log Info Log Error Log Debug   Examples: [Scriptlet("59c4d66e-9395-4dcc-8d27-90dc2b7a00c4")] public void DemoLogger() { //use refence:C:\WINDOWS\Microsoft.NET\Framework\v2.0.50727 MessageBox.Show("Hello World"); Logger.Info("Hello World script started"); Logger.Error("Hello World script started"); Logger.Debug("Hello World script started"); // Not writing to ClientScriptLog.txt ! } 3.Logging Location - C:\ProgramData\Bosch\VMS\Log. The logs are automatically collected by the BVMS Configuration Collection Tool. 4.Changing the location of the BVMS Scriplet Logging. Server Scripts : Logging Directory can be found in the file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Bosch\VMS\AppData\Server\CentralServer\BvmsLogCfg.xml and is defined by the ServerScriptLogAppender path: Default: </appender> <appender name="ServerScriptLogAppender" type="Bosch.Vms.Shared.Logging.Imp.RollingFileAppender, Bosch.Vms.Shared.Logging.Imp"> <file value="%CommonApplicationData%\\Bosch\\VMS\\Log\\ServerScriptLog.txt"/> Client Scripts : Logging Directory can be found in the file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Bosch\VMS\AppData\Client\OpClient\ApplicationWiring\Nvr\LogCfg.xml and is defined by the ClientScriptLogAppender path: Default: </appender> <appender name=“ClientScriptLogAppender" type="Bosch.Vms.Shared.Logging.Imp.RollingFileAppender, Bosch.Vms.Shared.Logging.Imp"> <file value="%CommonApplicationData%\\Bosch\\VMS\\Log\\ClientScriptLog.txt"/>            
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    ‎03-21-2019 11:14 AM
    Related Products: BVMS Operator Client, BRS Overview: BVMS CS gets from BRS the camera states and the events. BVMS OC connects to BRS for camera live view and playback. The BVMS OC to BRS connection is DCOM based (BVMS CS to BRS connection - either web services or DCOM). Troubleshooting and information providing steps: 1. Connectivity issues between BVMS OC and BRS. We speak for BVMS OC to BRS connectivity issue when: BVMS CC scans the BRS and BVMS CS gets the camera states and events (red dot on camera icon when the camera is recording for example) but BVMS OC get no live view or playback from the BRS cameras.      Step 1.  Check if the cameras are correctly configured in BRS and that BRS itself gets live view and recording from the cameras Step 2. DCOM "ConnectionServer" is not registered correctly. "dcomcnfg.exe" navigate to "Component Services - Computers - My Computer - DCOM Config" check if entry "ConnectionServer" is listed. if there is no such entry, register the ConnectionServer out of the installation dir. Open console and navigate to the BVMS installation DCOM directory, e.g. C:\Porgram files (x86)\Bosch\VMS\DCOM type "ConnectionServer.exe /regserver" - press enter refresh DCOMconfig window and check if entry "ConnectionServer" is listed. Restart OC and BRS cameras should work. Step 3. Check and correct the DCOM settings on OC. start dcomcnfg go to Computer and then to MyComputer right click on MyComputer and open properties switch to DCOM-Security Go one after other to both tabs "Edit Limits" and for the accounts "Everyone" and "Anonymous" check all the checkers under the option "Allow" restart the PC   2. BVMS OC doesn’t get BRS cameras Live View, but playback from the same cameras works. Reproduce the issue, note the date and time. Is there other BVMS OC machine where the liveview works as expected? Is the live view working in BRS itself? provide the answer to the above questions and the BVMS OC Configuration Collector Logs to technical support   3. BVMS OC doesn’t get playback from BRS cameras, but gets live view from the same cameras Does the BVMS OC find the time line of the recording? Is it possible to get the playback of the camera on the BRS Appliance itself? Is there other BVMS OC machine where the playback works as expected? Is the playback working in BRS itself? Reproduce the issue provide the answer to the above questions and the BVMS OC Configuration Collector Logs to technical support
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    ‎03-17-2019 06:55 PM
    Question How can I find the source (details of the workstation) and credentials that are used to attempt to login into BVMS (when the attempt has failed)? Answer The username that is used to login is saved into the BVMS logbook and can be found by searching the logbook from the Operator Client (username of login is "blabla").   The details of the workstation (mainly the IP address) is logged into the BVMS client log files. These can be found on the workstations in the directory: C:\ProgramData\Bosch\VMS\Log (Hint: for log file analysis a lot of free / open source tools are available. Snaketail is one of these tools, and can be found here.) Open the BVMSClientLog.txt (there could be multiple files which are all related to a different timeframe) and search for the phrase "InvalidCredentialException". If an user has tried to login to the system the following log lines should be present in the log file: 2019-03-17 18:31:53,668 75516 [GUI Thread] INFO Bosch.Vms.Frontend.OpClient.Wcf.DataAccessServiceClient ConnectAndAuthenticate - Call failed with InvalidCredentialException 2019-03-17 18:31:53,670 75518 [GUI Thread] INFO Bosch.Vms.Frontend.OpClient.ServerManagement.CentralServerManager AuthenticateAtMainServer - Main-Server 192.168.20.190: WCF online authentication result is WrongUserOrPassword This needs to be checked for every workstation which runs the BVMS Operator Client.  
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