VMS Installation Comparison

Author: Sarit Williams, Published on Aug 28, 2013

The first real experience most integrators have with a VMS is installing the software. Immediate issues can create a bad impression. Worse, challenges can lead to integrators giving up in favor of an easier to install products.

Installation impacts ongoing operations as well. The longer and more complex a VMS is to install, the more it costs, the more likely something goes wrong, and the less likely it can be delegated to a junior tech.

In this report, we share our test findings of installing Milestone, Genetec, Avigilon, Exacq, Network Optix and Video Insight VMSes.

Key questions answered:

  • What is the availability of the installer / installation files?
  • How large was the installer and how long did it take to download and install?
  • How complex was the set up process and what could go wrong?
  • What add-ons or modules were separate that might cause issues or confusion later?
  • What is the licensing process and what delays might one experience?

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** ******* ********** *** ****** *************** *** ************* ****** *** VMS ************ ****** ** *** ************. ** ********** *** ***** of *** *************: ********* *** ***********. *** ********* ***** (********, Milestone, *******, *** ***** *******) ****** ******* ** .*** *.* Extended (*** ******** *** ******* *******) **** ******** * ******** installation. ********, *** **** *** **** ******** ** * ******** for *********, *******, *** ***** ******* ****** ************ **** ~ 4 *******, ****** *** ************* *** **** ** *** *** installer. ******** **** * *********** ********, ***** *****, ******* ***** use ******.

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*** **** ** *** ******* *** **** ******** ** ******* Optix/ ******* ******** *** ***** *******. ******** **** *** ** detail ** ****** *** ** ********* ** ************ ****, ******* and ******* (***** **** ** ***** ** ******* ******** ** same ****** ****).

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*. **'* *** ***** **** ***** ************ ***** *** *** program, *** ******** ***** (**********, ******, ******* */*) *** *** number ** ********** **** **** ** **** ********.

*. "**** ********* ******** *** ****** ******* *** * ****** users ****** **--** *** ***** **%. **** ** ********* ***. That ****** **** ** ** ** **** ********* ** *** power ** *** ********* *** ** *** ****** ******* **** processors." *****, *'* **** **** ** ******* **** ** **** with **** ** *** ** **********. :)

*** **** ******* **** *** *****, **********, ******** *** *** motion ********* ***** ****? *'** ********* **** ** ***** ***** uses *** ********* ******** *** * *****, ** ** * reource ***. ** ** ******** *** * *** **+ *.* and *** ******* ******* ** *** ****** ***** ***** *** my ********* ***** *** ***** **%

** ** ******* *'* ******* ******* **** ****** *** ** cameras **** ** ****** **** ****** **** * ****** ****** users ***** ****** ******** *** * ****** ***** ***. * mix ** *.* ********* *** * *********. ********* **** *** that ****. *** **** *******'* **, **** *** ******* ** video *******.

**** *** ***** ***** ** ****? *** **** ******** **** the *** "**** ***** ** ***** *******"? * *** ***** of *** *** ** *** ******** * ****** *** *********. Turn ** *.***, *** **** ****** **** ****** *** *** your ******* ** ** *** *** *** ** **** **** the ********* ***** ** ****. ****'* ****** ** * **** world *******.

** *** **** "**** ***** ** ***** *******" ** ******* not *********, *** ************** **** * *** ******. * *** not **** ** *** **** **** **** ******* ** *******, I ***** ** ****** *** **** **** **** ********* *** serving ******* ** ******* *******. * *** *** **** ** imply *** ******* **** *** **** *********.

****, **** **** ********* ****, *** ** *** ****** ****** h264 ******* *** *****'* ** **** ** ********* ** *** server ****, ** ****** *** **** **** ** * ********** if ** ** ***** ** ****. *** **** ** ***** done ** *** ****** ******* *** ****** ** ****** ** to ****, *** **** ** *** ******* ****** ** ****** the **** ******.

*** * ***'* **** ** ** *** **** *** *******. I ******* **** **** *** ***** **** ** *** **** the ****** **** ******** ************* ** ********* ****** *****, ******* Optics, *** * *** ****** **** **** *** ** **** heavy *** ********** *****.

* ***'* ********** **** ********* **** *** **** *** ***** Onssi, ****** **** ********* **********, ** ** * "********* ***".

*** **** ********* * ***** ****** ** ******** ***** ** needed ** ********* ******** ******** *********. ** ** **** ******* to ** ******** ** ***** ********** *** *******? ***** ********* be *******?

***'** ******* * *** ************* ***. ** *** *** ****** side ****** ********* */*.*** ** ** *** **** ******** ********* than ***** ** ** *** ** ****** *** **** ***** in ***** ** ** *** ****** *********. **** ***** ***'** recording ** ******** ** **/* ** *** **** ** ****** events ** ****** ** ****** ****** **** *** ****** ***** imo ** **********.

******** ** ******** **** ***** ********* ** * ******** *** which *** **** ** **** *****.

** *** ** ***** **** * *** ********* ** ******** ES ***** *** ****** *** ***** ***. **** ******* ** Milestone ********* * *****? *****'* * *** ** ******** ******** in ***** ***** ** *******. ******** ********, ******** ********, *******, SQL, ********* *******, ***. **'* *** ****.

***'* *** ** ***** *'* *** ****** ** ** ********. When *********** ******** **** *** **** ***** *******! * ***** my **** ****** ***** ** **** ** *** **-** ****** sites ***'** ****** *** ***** * *** ****** *** **** exacq **** * ******** ****** ***.

********* ******-****** *********** ** * ****** ******** ********. ****** *** Client ********** ******* ******** **** *** ****** *** ** *** urging ** *** ** *** *********, ** ************ **** *** Web ****** *** *** ***** ****** *** ********* *** **** interact **** *** ******.

*** ****** ****** ** *** ********** ******** **** ****** ** the ***** ** **** ****** *******. *** ******** ** ** transcode *** ******/**** ***** **** ******** *** ******* *** ** the ****** ** * *** *** ***** ****** **** *** be ******* ** ****** *** ******** ** *** ****** ***.

*** *********** **** ** * **** ******** ********...****** ***.... ******* it ********* **** ********* *** ****** ****** ******* ********* *** the ***** *** ** **** *** ********** ** ***** *******, then **** ** ******** *********** ******** ******** ** **** *** salvo *** **** *********. ****** **** *** **** *** ****** user.

**** ******* *********** ******** *** ***** **** * **** **** system ** ***% *** *** * ****** ** ******* ******** on *** **** ******* *** ******.

** *** ********* ** *** ********* ** ******** * ****** class ****** *** **** ****** ****** ******** **** **** **** to ******* **** ********.

*** ***** ****** **** ***** *** ****** ** ***** *********** streams **** *** ***** ******* ******* *** *** ****** ***** is ******* **** *** ******* '****' ******* ** *** **********. This ******** *********** ** ********** ** ********* *** ***** ****** Manual:

"***** ***** * ******* ***** ******* ***** ***** ********* ***, it ****—*** ** *** **** *** **-******** ******—*** ********** ********* on *** ************ ****** ******."

****,

**** ******, * ***** ******* ********* ***** ******** - *** you *** *** **** **** ** ;)

* ****** ** ****** ** *** ****** ****** ***** ****** time ****** **** ***** **** *** **. * **** ******* to **** ******** ****** ***** *** ****** *** * ***** ago ****** ** ****-**:** *** *** *** **** ** ***** in ******* ** **** **** ****** *** *** ******. * think **** **** ** **** **** *** ***** * *** of ********** ******* *******.

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* ***, ********** ******* ******** ****** **** ******. ** ** certainly ******* *** ****** ** ******* **** **********. *******, ** is *********** ******** *** * ******/********************** ******* *** ** ********** **** * **** *******, ********** when ***** **** **** ******* ********. ** ********, ** ** also *** ** ********** ***** ***** **** **** ***** ****** changes. *** *******: ******* (***** ******* ********) *** ** ********* simultaneously, *** **** ****** ****** ** ******** ***** *** ****** to ******** *** **** *****, ** ********* *****? *** **** have ******** **** ********** ******/**** ************* *** ***** *** ** record *****.

*** ************ *** ****** ***** ** * ***** ******* ** may ****** ** *** ******.

* ******** ******* **** ***** ******* ***** *** **** ** would *** ***** ******* ***** *** ***** *** ******* *** selves. ** ****** *** ********** ****** **** *** ***, * don't ******** *** ****** **** ****'* **** **** ***** ** least **** ** *** ******** *****.

****** ** *** ***** **** ** ** ******* ** * "client/server" ****. *** ** ******* ***** ******/********** ********** ** * single ******* *** **** **** ******* ************ **** *** ****** DB. ** **** *** *** ****** ******* ***** *** ********* lock ** *** ** **** *** ******* ** ***** **** or ******* *** ********* **** *** ****'* *********. *** *** server ** **** ** ****** *********** **** *********** **** ***. The ******* ** **** *** ****** ** *** ** *** in ****** ********** ** * *** *********** ****** ** *********** in ****** ** *** * *** *********.

**** ******* ** *** ******** ***** ** *** ******* *****, we ********* **** ***** ***** ******* ********* ** *** ******* precisely ******* **** *** ** ***** *** **** **** ******* to ******** ** **** **** **** * ***** *****.

* ******* **** *** * *********** ****** ** **** **** I *** *********** **** *** ****** *** ** ******* ** add ***** ** *** ****** ******* ****** ** **** **** for *** *********.

** ****** *** ***** ***** ***** * **** ** **** frequently ** *** ********* *** ********* * **** ****** *******. We ********* **** * **** *********** (***** ** **** *** customers **** *********) *** **** ** *** *** ********* **** are ** **** ***.

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