With the DSA E2800 Bosch introduced Multipathing. It is a fault-tolerance technique that defines more than one physical path between the camera and its iSCSI storage devices through redundant network connections.
When using this feature, recording of video data and replaying video data is possible even in case of an iSCSI controller failure. To ensure also that outages of infrastructure equipment (e.g. Switch) could be covered, we recommend following Interconnection.
This article describes the easiest method for adding Expansion shelves to a Base unit DSA E-Series E2600, E2700 or E2800.
This article also applies when:
The amount of storage is overloaded and you need additional storage after fully populating the base shelf.
1. Configuration Manager
2. Configuration Client which is included with BVMS
3. Santricity Software
The purpose of this article is to provide a step by step guide about how to perform backup and recovery procedures of the VRM data base in the DIVAR IP 2000 EZ Recording Appliance.
Backing Up the Working Configuration:
1.To backup the working configuration of a DIVAR IP 2000 Recording Appliance, open the Appliance's "Dashboard":
2. From the Dashboard select the "Configuration" tab in the top right hand portion of your browse:
If one of DIVARs IP 5000 AIO is selected on a user profile, the Operator Client opens the site and works fine. One message is displayed when two or more DIVARs are added into the same Enterprise system.
If you already have a DIP 5000 AIO into your Enterprise system and you want to add additional units but you receive the following message, you can solve this by using the steps below:
"Server of configuration database is already in the server list. Remove either the server that is twice in the list or make sure that the configuration database is not cloned between servers."
If you have the option "Extended (security)/configuration mode" active on a VIDEOJET decoder 7000 (VJD-7513) in Configuration Manager, then no video image will be shown and the BOSCH logo will be displayed at the cameo of the monitor output of the decoder.
This is as designed in Configuration Manager, and this mode is to give you the opportunity to enable the SSD Encryption and to disable the USB ports.
Once you are finished changing the extended security features, you must uncheck the check box and the decoder will go back to normal functioning.
The BVMS Logbook database can be moved to another SQL Server.
This article describes the steps that are necessary to migrate the database and describes how to confirm if the migration was successful.
BVMS is using Microsoft SQL Server Express to store its logbook. Based on the information provided by Microsoft (Compare SQL Server 2017 editions), SQL Server Express is limited to a 10GB database size.
This could be insufficient for larger installations or installations that require a very long logbook retention time. Additionally, some organizations have a dedicated SQL server environment which should be utilized by all applications. The BVMS Logbook database can be moved to another SQL Server. This guide describes the steps that are necessary to migrate the database and describes how to confirm if the migration was successful.
Time is everything: meetings, public transportation, religion, transactions: the whole world is working because the concept of “time” exists. Within a security (or any other) system this is not different: recording schedules, logging, authorizations, encryption keys, timelines, all of these concepts can exist because of time.
As a result, time can either make or break a system: problems can appear only due to a time difference of a couple of seconds between two system components.
This article describes how time services can be configured in a BVMS version ≤ 10.1 environment.
For BVMS version ≥ 11.0 please refer to the following article:
Where can you configure NTP server for cameras/encoders in BVMS≥11?
Time: what is the challenge?
Each device has its own internal clock, which is based on a hardware mechanism. This mechanism acts like a watch: try to put two watches together and synchronize them on the millisecond. A security system consists out of more than two devices, it can consist of thousands of devices.
Synchronizing the time of all these devices by hand is a very time consuming task. Additionally, due to small differences in electronic components, devices can have deviations from one another.
These deviations cannot be detected by the human eye, but can result in considerable time differences when a device is running for months.
The Network Time Protocol (NTP) was created to solve these challenges. The Network Time Protocol is a network-based protocol for clock synchronization between system components. The protocol utilizes a standard IP network to communicate and can maintain a time difference (considering a local area network) of less than one millisecond between components. The Network Time Protocol is a standard protocol and documented in RFC 5905.
The operation and configuration of the Network Time Protocol are complex: a hierarchical architecture needs to be set-up including several layers of systems which are able to run the Network Time Protocol. To reduce complexity the Simple Network Time Protocol (SNTP) was created. The Simple Network Time Protocol is mainly used when less accuracy (deviations of 1-2 seconds are acceptable).
Windows Time Service
The Bosch Video Management System is running on Microsoft Windows Server operating systems. Windows includes an internal time service, which is explained on Microsoft Technet:
“The Windows Time service, also known as W32Time, synchronizes the date and time for all computers running in an AD DS domain. Time synchronization is critical for the proper operation of many Windows services and line-of-business applications. The Windows Time service uses the Network Time Protocol (NTP) to synchronize computer clocks on the network so that an accurate clock value, or time stamp, can be assigned to network validation and resource access requests. The service integrates NTP and time providers, making it a reliable and scalable time service for enterprise administrators.
The W32Time service is not a full-featured NTP solution that meets time-sensitive application needs and is not supported by Microsoft as such. For more information, see Microsoft Knowledge Base article 939322,Support boundary to configure the Windows Time service for high-accuracy environments (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=179459).”
Source: Windows Time Service Technical Reference - Microsoft Technet
The Windows Time service is based on the Simple Network Time Protocol.
The Network Time Protocol requires a very complex infrastructure, which impacts the total installation and configuration effort of the system. The Simple Network Time Protocol (also used for the Windows Time Service) reduces the complexity, but at the same time also reduces the accuracy.
For most security applications the Simple Network Time Protocol provides sufficient accuracy. Bosch recommends to use the Windows Time service, based on the Simple Network Time Protocol, as basis for time synchronization in a security network. This article provides best-practices on how to configure the Bosch Video Management System and related components in a time synchronization environment based the Windows Time service.
Alternatively, the Network Time Protocol can be used whenever it is already existing inside an infrastructure or when event accuracy with a deviation less than one second is required. Due to the complexity of the infrastructure Bosch does not make any recommendations related to the Network Time Protocol.
Management server configuration
A. Operating system configuration
This section also applies for the Video Recording Manager and Mobile Video Service when these are not running on the management server.
Microsoft has prepared a lot of documentation related to time configuration Go to the Microsoft Support: How to configure an authoritative time server in Windows Server page and scroll down to the section “Configuring the Windows Time service to use an external time source”. Click the download button under the “Here’s an easy fix” section.
Figure: Download the Microsoft Windows Time service configuration utility
The utility will configure external time servers. To select these, browse to http://pool.ntp.org and select two servers which are related to the geographical location of the system, for example “de.pool.ntp.org” and “nl.pool.ntp.org”, referring to Germany and the Netherlands. Another (local or external) (S)NTP server can also be chosen.
Start the Microsoft configuration utility and configure it as indicated and shown in the figure below.
Administrative access is required to run the utility.
Figure: Pool.ntp.org locations
Figure: Windows Time service configuration
Alternatively the configuration can be done from the command-line, using the command shown below.
net stop w32time w32tm /config /syncfromflags :manual /manualpeerlist : "nl.pool.ntp.org, de.pool.ntp.org" net start w32time
The configuration can be verified by starting the Windows Command prompt and issuing the command “w32tm /query / status”, as shown in the figure below. Notice the time source, this should point towards the configured servers.
Figure: verifying configuration
It can take up to one minute before the correct time source is displayed.
When there is a problem, the configured (S)NTP server can be tested by issuing the “w32tm /stripchart /computer:de.pool.ntp.org”, which should result in the output displayed in the figure below.
Figure: test the (S)NTP service
When an unexpected result is returned, it is recommended to check access to the specific (S)NTP server. A firewall might prevent the communication between the (S)NTP server and the management server.
B. BVMS Management Server configuration
BVMS automatically points devices to its own time-server. This can be changed by editing the BvmsCenterlServer.exe.config file, located in C:\Program Files\Bosch\VMS\bin\. Find the key "TimeServerIPAddress" and adjust the value, as shown in the example below (192.168.0.1).
<!-- Ip address of the time server for VRM/NVR encoders(defaults to the Central-Server IP if not set). --> < add key = "TimeServerIPAddress" value = "192.168.0.1" />
C. Workstation configuration
The Bosch Video Management System Operator client runs on a Windows workstation. When the workstation and server are part of the same Microsoft Active Directory service domain, no manual time synchronization needs to be configured.
Figure: workstation configuration, "192.168.0.200" needs to be replaced by the IP address or Fully Qualified Domain Name of the management server.
When the Bosch Video Management System workstation and management Server are not joined in a domain, or into the same domain, the workstation(s) need to be manually configured to use the management server as a time server. To achieve this, the description above can be used. Instead of using the pool.ntp.org as a server, the management server is now entered.
D. Camera configuration
If a camera is connected to a BVMS system the time server will be automatically configured.
This article will guide you how to remedy invalid expansion licenses on your Bosch Divar IP 5000 all in one. Error indication
Despite that the registration of your additional purchased licenses has been completed successfully. The licenses may become invalid after a following reboot. This behavior is caused by switching the MAC address of your teaming interface.
It only depends on the version of BVMS you have.
If you have BVMS 7.5, certain cameras with a certain FW have been tested and are supported.
If you have BVMS 8.0, certain cameras with a certain FW have been tested and are supported.
For BVMS versions of 9.0 or lower, only tested cameras must be added, otherwise we cannot support new setup.
On DIP 3000 you can only upgrade to BVMS 8.0.
The version of Windows installed on it does not support older versions of BVMS, it is not compatible.
Recommended to use BVMS 8.0, the largest version supported on that unit.
You need to make sure that those cameras are on the list of tested devices of the version you have.
Regarding the ONVIF Compatibility of the cameras, please see the following Bosch Knowledge Base article:
The following procedure describes how to restore DIVAR IP 5000 ALL-IN-ONE to the factory default image.
1. Start the unit and press F7 during the BIOS power-on-selftest.
The Recovery menu is displayed.
2. Select one of the following:
– Initial factory setup: restores to factory default image and deletes all data on the HDDs. or
– System Recovery (back to Factory Defaults): restores to factory default image; data on the HDDs will not be deleted.
Note: While the System Recovery option doesn't delete video footage stored on the data HDDs, it still replaces the complete OS (operating system) partition (including VMS settings) with a default configuration.
In order to access existing video footage after recovery, the VMS configuration needs to be exported before System Recovery and re-imported afterwards.
Notice! Do not turn off the unit during the process. This will damage the Recovery media.
3. The unit starts from the Recovery media. If the setup is successful, press OK to restart the system.
4. Windows performs the initial setup of the operating system. The unit restarts after Windows has completed the setup.
5. After the restart of the unit, the factory settings are installed.
6. After the system has reboot, the next step is to change the BVRAdmin password. The default one is WSS4Bosch.
When using the BVMS 9.0 installer on a Windows 10 "October 2018 update" machine (Build 1809) the SNMP services cannot be installed.
Microsoft has changed the way the SNMP services are installed in Windows 10 "October 2018 update".
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.
Similar to VRM eXport Wizard 2.0, encrypted and unencrypted VRM recordings can be exported (VRM block export) from any video surveillance system based on Bosch Video Recording Manager (VRM) and exported recordings can be converted to mp4-files.
VRM eXport Wizard 2.10 introduces a new look and feel of the graphical user interface and some UX changes. In general, the VRM eXport wizard is a software tool that allows you to export video directly from the VRM and to convert exported video data to mp4. You can find the VRM eXport wizard setup file in the VRM Master Installer or in the bonus directory of the BVMS zip file.
Exports made with the VRM eXport Wizard 2.10 can be open in BVMS (Viewer) 9.0 or newer. In this document we describe how to use the VRM eXport Wizard for either export of video data and conversion of the exorted video data to mp4. With the VRM eXport Wizard 2.10 encrypted and unencrypted VRM recordings can be exported (VRM block export) from any video surveillance system based on Bosch Video Recording Manager (VRM) and exported recordings can be converted to mp4-files.
Therefore, the VRM eXport Wizard 2.10 offers - similiar to the previous version - the following two options, compare also Figure 1:
Export Video Recording Manger recordings of cameras
Convert already exported data to MP4 files
With the VRM eXport Wizard 2.0 encrypted and unencrypted VRM recordings can be exported (VRM block export) from any video surveillance system based on Bosch Video Recording Manager (VRM) and exported recordings can be converted to mp4-files. Therefore, the VRM eXport Wizard 2.0 offers the following two options, compare also Figure 1:
Export VRM recordings of cameras
Convert already exported data to mp4-file
This article describes how to configure a generic Microsoft Windows Server (2012 R2, 2016 or 2019) based server to serve as an iSCSI target for a Bosch video surveillance environment.
SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) is most commonly used for the communication between computers and peripheral devices, such as hard drives.
iSCSI enables devices to use SCSI over a network interface, therefore it makes a lot of sense for cameras to use iSCSI to record video.
The camera is a small computer that needs a (network) connection to a "hard drive" to store video footage. In other systems this job is performed by the network video recorder (NVR).