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    ‎11-26-2018 02:22 PM
     In August 2018 (10-08-2018) the VRM version 03.71.0029 was released. The Video Recording Manager 03.71.0029 is fully supported with BVMS 8.0 and Product Management of BVMS and VRM recommend to use this VRM version instead of the former Release version of VRM 03.70.0056. Changes / Bug Fixes: One of the main bugfix reasons to use VRM 03.71.0029 is a fix in regards to correct display and replay of recorded clips in continous and alarm recording mode. This fix is listed on page 2 of hte attached Relase Letter. For Troubleshooting and support reasons it is essential to double-check a reported gap in recording and to analyze on Level 2 and Level 3 support side what circoumstanced could lead to a video gap. See in the following chapter what kind of data a trained BOSCH partner, Installer or Video expert should provide to the BOSCH Technical Support to advise on next steps. The data described here below can and should be collected before the software VRM is changed and updated to a latger version. Note: Video Recording Manager version 03.71.0029 is not the latest available version of VRM, but in combination with other 3rd party implemantation or usage of special BOSCH VMS software version (e.g. BVMS 8.0) this VRM version 03.71.0029 may be required. VRM logging to collect for in depth expert troubleshooting In certain situations and troubleshooting scenarios extended logfiles might be required. The BOSCH Level 1 and BOSCH Level 2 team will assist all users on how to collect these data and cooperate with the BOSCH Level 3 Support where needed. Backup the configuration of BVMS and VRM (BVMS elements and VRM config.xml file) Enable debug logging of the VRM Depending on the used Configuraiton Software the debug logging need to be enabled to get an extended logging informaiton. In case a gap in recording happened in the past it is anyhow helpful to enable the debug logging for a defined time for future incidents. To analyze the already occured video recording gap the available VRM logging must be collected. Depending on 32-Bit or 64-Bit version of the VRM software, the loggings are found in the "primary" or "secondary" sub-directory structure. Surch for     ...\Bosch\Video Recording Manager\VRM Server   folder at your VRM server to find a similar directory view like shown in the screenshot here below: Inside the directory "log" the standard logging data of the VRM are found and need to bre collected. In addition to the standard logfiles of the relevant day, the debug logging from a defined time period need to be provided in case debug logging was enabled prior to an incident. Here the "debug" logfiles are found: The debug loggins are saved in a special directory "debug". The Spanhistory logging does provide details of the storage usage. It describes which internal "storage block" was used. It describes the IP of the target, the LUN and the block used for a recording. The Spanhistory of the day where the recording was done and shows issues (e.g. the video reocriding gap), the related spanhistory logfiles is required. As seen in an earlier screenshot above the VRM configuration file is found in the directory:     ...\Bosch\Video Recording Manager\VRM Server\primaryAll versions of the config.xml need to be provided to the Technical Support.  
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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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    ‎08-09-2019 08:24 AM
    Question BVMS Lite is a BVMS edition which can be downloaded and activated free-of-charge. How can I set-up a basic (live and recorded video) BVMS Lite system? Answer First, you need to download the software package, active the BVMS Lite license and install the software. This is described in this article: BVMS - Activating a license. Second, you need to prepare an iSCSI environment which is suitable for recording video. Any Windows Server based operating system will do. This is described in this article: BVMS - Configuring a Microsoft iSCSI target. Last, you need to add cameras to the system and start the recording. This is described in this youtube video: How to add a new camera using Configuration Client (BVMS). Now, have a look at the Operator Client quick guide and you're ready to go! Where can I get more information on advanced functionality? Once the software (configuration client or operator client) is running you can press F1 at any time to open the embedded software help! All of the advanced functionality BVMS offers is explained in the help files.
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    ‎01-17-2019 10:12 AM
     The Software "VIDOS" or "VIDSO-NVR" with the replay tool "Archive Player for VIDOS" are all rather outdated former software developments of BOSCH ST. We kindly request all our partners and customers in the need to get technical support on license transfers to get in contact with a local BOSCH team (e.g. Sales contact person). Level 2 Support / ASA organization can assist and help you to find a correct contact person as well, but a support ticket should and can no longer be created as license transfers are no longer offered for discontinued and outdated software. Status of Aug 3, 2018   In many countries, the VIDOS Software went end of live 2011. With this announcement, we inform about the discontinuation of the software maintenance and license transfers. Please be aware of the EOL status (End of life). EOL was rolled out globally in June 30, 2011 with some exceptions in North America. December 31, 2012 and later it was no longer possible to purchase the software. End of 2015 License management was restricted. Due to many other changes (Operating system limitations and not state of the art security support), it is anyhow no longer possible to use those software. BOSCH does offer for a long time other software generations and we offer migration support from commercial side to find software today that can meet the needs in projects. Since 2018-08-03, BOSCH Support can no longer offer license transfers for VIDOS and similar former Software packages. Following Type Number and SAP Number is included:   For more details you can check with the Technical Support for video products at BOSCH in your region.
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    ‎08-02-2019 03:47 PM
    Question Does BVMS meet the requirements specified in IEC62676-1? Answer The attached document describes how a BVMS system meets the requirements specified by IEC62676-1.
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    ‎08-26-2019 01:03 PM
    Question How can I combine a ISS SecureOS Auto system (providing ANPR functionality) with a BVMS system? Answer The attached document describes the steps how to configure BVMS and the ISS SecureOS Auto system for achieving watchlist ANPR alarms and recorded ANPR detections into the BVMS logbook.  
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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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    ‎10-30-2019 08:07 AM
    Symptoms During the introduction of BVMS 10.0 the BVMS Plus unmanaged site expansion licenses were not introduced, even though this functionality was announced to be available. Solution The LIF file attached to this article (in the zip archive) can be imported in BVMS Plus 10.0 installations using the license manager (the license manager can be found in the "Tools" menu of the BVMS Configuration Client). Once imported, the purchased licenses (MBV-XSITEPLU-100) can be activated.
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    ‎09-19-2019 08:32 AM
    The attached document aims to provide concerned parties, such as customers, users, operators or consultants, with an overview of data privacy and protection related features of BVMS Person Identification. Moreover, this document describes how data, as processed during the Person Identification steps, can be classified. Finally, this document lists technical measures for data protection in the context of BVMS Person Identification.
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    ‎07-18-2019 07:50 AM
    Question Can I move the BVMS Logbook database to a separate Microsoft SQL Server to ease maintenance or increase the size of the Logbook? Answer The BVMS Logbook database can be moved to another SQL Server. The attched guide describes the steps that are necessary to migrate the database and describes how to confirm if the migration was successful.
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    3 weeks ago
    Symptoms The Activation Key provided from SLMS cannot be activated in BVMS. During the introduction of BVMS 10.0 the BVMS Lite16, 32, and 64 base licenses were not introduced and succeeded by BVMS Lite 10.0 (8 channel base package). Existing BVMS Lite customers might still want to upgrade to BVMS 10.0. Solution The LIF file attached to this article (in the zip archive) can be imported in BVMS Lite 10.0 installations using the license manager (the license manager can be found in the "Tools" menu of the BVMS Configuration Client). Once imported, BVMS Lite 16, 32, 64 systems that are covered under SMA can be upgraded.    
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    ‎09-18-2019 09:17 AM
    As video surveillance use grows in commercial, government and private use cases, the need for low-cost storage at scale is growing rapidly. BVMS, Bosch cameras, HPE hardware and SUSE Enterprise Storage provide a platform that is an ideal target for recording these streams. There are numerous difficulties around storing unstructured video surveillance data at massive scale. Video surveillance data tends to be written only once or become stagnant over time. This stale data takes up valuable space on expensive block and file storage, and yet needs to be available in seconds. With this massive scale, the difficulty of keeping all the data safe and available is also growing. Many existing storage solutions are a challenge to manage and control at such scale. Management silos and user interface limitations make it harder to deploy new storage into business infrastructure. The solution is software-defined storage (SDS). This is a storage system that delivers a full suite of persistent storage services via an autonomous software stack that can run on an industry standard, commodity hardware platform. Bosch, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and SUSE have partnered to deliver the benefits of SDS to the video surveillance industry. Using SUSE Enterprise Storage™ on HPE ProLiant DL and Apollo servers in a Bosch video surveillance environment simplifies the management of today’s volume of data, and provides the flexibility to scale for all enterprise storage needs. The full description can be found in the attached whitepaper.
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    a week ago
    Compared to hardware, in which it is relatively easy to define an end-of-support concept based on the expected lifetime, software behaves totally different. In theory, when the environment does not change, software can still be running ten years after it has been installed. As new versions of the software are released regularly, it is important for customers to know what they can expect from Bosch Building Technologies when the software is purchased. This document describes how Bosch Building Technologies handles the life-cycle of the BVMS, BIS, AMS, and APE, and in which state a specific release can reside. Additionally this document lists the up-to-date situation for all of those software packages.
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    3 weeks ago
    Collect Video SDK Logs for VSDK based applications:
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    ‎10-28-2019 08:43 PM
    BVMS Installer - Windows Pending Restart Message Issue:  The pop-up dialog window message: "Setup has detected a pending restart.  Please reboot the system and rerun the installation"  appears when attempting to run the valid BVMS windows installer package. BVMS Installer Pending Restart Message   Cause:  This is a known Windows specific problem when another (non-BVMS) installer does not properly manage its creation and deletion of the “PendingFileRenameOperations” registry key. The most common user created way for this key value to be left resident in the system is when an installation prompts for a restart, yet the system is not expeditiously restarted.     Resolution:  A. Restart the affected workstation B. If the issue still persists, delete the orphaned "PendingFileRenameOperations" registry key value Open a registry editor, such as Regedit.exe or Regedt32.exe.   Navigate to "HKLM\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\" In the right navigation pane, right-click the "PendingFileRenameOperations" key value and select delete Close Registry Editor. Run the software Installer again as Administrator   Note:  This message is not a Bosch product failure message. This is a problem within windows and it's registry clean-up handling.  This is a Windows work around. 
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    ‎10-28-2019 03:38 PM
    BVMS Mobile Video Service - Creating a Self-Signed Certificate to establish a trusted connection Some sites may request or require that the connection to the Mobile Video Service is a trusted connection.  The following procedure will allow you to create a self signed certificate to allow a trusted connection between a web browser and MVS. -Navigate to the Microsoft Management Console Run command mmc.exe Go to File ---> Add/Remove Snap-in… Highlight Certificates and Add for Computer Account You should see certificates listed for Local Computer Save a copy of this console to the Desktop -Run Windows PowerShell ‘as administrator’ on the MVS Server Run the following commands in Windows Power Shell to create the self-signed certificate including the IP address of the MVS and the DNS name so both will work when accessing from a web browser. $todaydt = Get-Date $20years = $todaydt.AddYears(20) New-SelfSignedCertificate -DnsName "mvsIPaddress",”DNSname” -notafter $20years If creation was successful, you will see a thumbprint with a hash as well as the subject CN=ipaddress -Navigate back to your saved MMC console Find the newly created certificate under the Personal  ---> Certificates directory Copy the Certificate to Trusted Root Certification Authorities ---> Certificates directory -Navigate to the IIS Manager Highlight the server machine name on the top-left and then double-click Server Certificates Double-click the created certificate and verify that a private key corresponds to the certificate and that the certificate is OK under the Certification Path Expand the server machine name on the left to reveal the Sites Highlight BoschIVS Select Bindings… on the far right-hand side Edit the Binding for 443 Select the newly created certificate under the SSL certificate dropdown Select OK Click Yes that you want to change the binding Add… new binding Type: https Port: 444 Choose BoschVms in the SSL certificate dropdown Click OK -Navigate to the BVMS Config Client to edit the MVS URL Change the MVS URL to reflect port 444 Example:  https://mvsIPaddress:444/mvs Red X should go away Save/Activate  (BVMS will be bound on the new port and still be able to communicate with the MVS server -Open Internet Explorer (as administrator) and navigate to the MVS URL using the IP address or the DNS Name Continue to the site with the certificate error Click on the certificate error in the navigation bar Click View Certificates and then Install Certificate Install for the Local Machine Place certificate in the Trusted Root Certification Authorities store Click Finish and close out the browser Open IE again and navigate back to the MVS.  There should be no more error.   *The reason behind changing the port to 444 is to make browser access for basic users easier.  This way basic users only have to enter the IP address or DNS name and do not have to enter a special port in the URL.    
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