Can he put just the install machine online briefly one-time, without even cameras?
The manual says you need to connect/create to a Myaxis account to complete the install only. There is a check box to enable/disable Myaxis access to uncheck.
After that it says that you need to connect to Myaxis only if you need Internet access.
They may have a way of e-mailing the install file for totally offline installs, I left a message to see.
Very bad idea. We have learned the hard way on that. The Axis cameras keep poor time and without an NTP time server the cameras will show the wrong times and recordings will be off. Each AXIS camera time has to be set manually if there is no time server and the times slowly get off causing problems. We had to install a GPS time server as a last resort, but not worth the headache.
Veracity has a PoE Powered NTP time server that uses GPS.
You can make any Windows PC act as a time server:
1. In the 'Services' window(part of Administrative Tools) Stop the 'Windows Time' service if already running. The 'Startup Type' should be set to Automatic.
2. In the Registry Editor following changes to be made under the Key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\W32Time:
** Config -> AnnounceFlags = 5.
** HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\services\W32Time\TimeProviders\NtpServer -> Enabled = 1.
3. Start the 'Windows Time' service in the 'Services' window(part of Administrative Tools).
"...refuses to put this machine online (super sensitive business stuff on there)"
I'm surprised nobody has suggested the obvious: get a separate machine for ACC that CAN be put online. A cheap $350 desktop machine should suffice.