VMS/VSaaS Management Guide

By Sean Patton, Published Jul 12, 2021, 10:43am EDT (Info+)

This 30-page guide provides an in-depth explanation of managing VMS and VSaaS systems.

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This is part 3 of our upcoming VMS / VSaaS Course, starting in the fall.

VMS / VSaaS Management Overview

The function of a VMS / VSaaS is to manage the following fundamental aspects:

  • Who can view live and/or recorded video?
  • What cameras are connected to the system?
  • What servers are used to host cameras and record video?
  • Where is the video recorded?
  • What task(s) can users perform?
  • What events or actions need to alert users?
  • What applications are used to notify users of alerts?

Each one of those functions has multiple variables or options based on the VMS / VSaaS, we explain the most common features inside.

VMS ************ / ****** *********

***** *** ******** ************ **** *** traditionally ********* ** *********, ***** ******* 2 ******** *********; ****** ** ******. Server ******** ** ******* ** *** system, ********* **** ************* **** ******* *********. ****** ********, *************, ** ********* on ********* ** *** **** ** the ****** *** ** **** ** view ***** *** ****** *******. **** client ******** ** ********* ******** ** as * "***** ******" ***********.

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** ****, *** *** ******* ******, there *** ********* **** ****** ********* installed **** *******. ********** ****** ******** is ** ********* **** *** ******** application ** ** ********* ******. *******, the **** *** ********** ** *** client ******** **** ******, ***** ***** client ******* ******** ***** **** ~***** to **** ***:

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**** **** ***** **** ************ **** for *** ******* ** ********* ******** clients *** ***** **** ***** * minute ** **** ** *******.

***** **** ******** ***** *** ******* which ** *** ******* ************, *** the ******** ** **** ********* ***** less ************* **** ***** *******.

VSaaS ************ / ****** **********

******* ****** ***** ** * **** advantage ** ***** **** ***** ** all/most ** *** ***** ********** ******** is ** *** *****.

************, **** ******* ******** *** *** clients, ***** ** *** **** ********** and *** ******** ************* ** *** cloud. **** *** **** *********** ****, depending ** *** ****** ** ****** computers **** ******* ** *** ******, as ***** ****** ******** **** *** need ** ** *******.

*******, **** ******* ***** ***** ******* which ********* ******* **** ******* ******** (e.g. ******* *** ******), *** **** to ** ********* *** ******* ********* to *****.

Single ****** ** ******** *******

**** ***** *** * ********* ****** strictly *** ****** **********, ***** ****** use * ****** ****** *** ********** and **********:

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*** ********** ** * ****** ****** are **** ****** * *********** ** install, ******, ******, *** *********. *******, a **** ********* **** ***** **** for ******* **** *** ********* *** video, *** *** ** ********* *** configuring *** ******** *** ***.

******* ** ****, **** ***** (*.*. Milestone) *** * ********** ****** **** an ********* **** ** **** ********* than *** ***** ********** *********:

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** ******* ******** *** *** *******, specifically *** ****** **********, **** ***** have * ****** ****** ** ** thick ******.

User **********

***** *** ***** ****** **** ***** have ****** ** *** ******. ***** are **** ******** ******* **** ***** usernames *** *********, **** * ******* master ** ************* ******* **** *** initial *****:

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********** ****** (**** ******* *** ******) provide *** ******* ***** ** ******** and **** ********, *******, **** ** 2023, ****** ****** *** ********** *****, who *** ***** * ********** ** is ***** ******.

***** ******* ** ** ***** ** less **** ** ********** **** ***********, most *****/***** ******* **** ****** *** Roles, ***** ********** ********** *********** *** should ******** ************* ******.

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User ******

**** ****** ******* ******** ***** ***** have ******** *********** *** ****/******** ******* and *************.***/******* ******** ***** ***-******* **** ****** with ***-******* ********** ** ***** ****** to *** ***** ******* ** ****** minimal **** ***********.

*******,**** *****, ************ ***** ******** **** low-cost ****, ** *** ***** ***-******* groups *** ******* *** ************* ** create ****.

User ********** *********** (****/***/****)

***** ******** ******* *********** ** * Windows ****** ****** ********* ** ****** users' ******** *** **** **** ****** to *** ***. **** ***** *** administrators **** ** ******** *** ********** of ******** *** **** **** ** multiple ************. ***********, ** ****** *** user ** ******** * ****** ******** for ****** *** *** *** *******.

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******* ******* *** *********** ** *** Internet, **** ** *** ******** ******* traditional **-******** ******* ****** ********* ***********, but ************ ******* *****-***** ****** ****-** integrations **** *********, ******, ****, *** others ***** **** *.* *** *.* protocols:

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2-Factor / *****-****** **************

******* ***** ******* *-****** ** *****-****** authentication ** **** *** ******** ******** applications, ***** ** ** ** ******** feature *** *****.

*-****** ************** ******** ** ********** ***** of ******** ** ********* * ********* one-time ******** ** ******** ** *** username *** ******** ** *** ** to *** ******. **** ***** **** a ******** ********** ************** ******* **** sends * **** ** ***** **** the ********:

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***** ****** *** **** ******* ***-***** authenticators **** ******** *************, ** ************** ******** **** * Single ****-** *******.

***** *-****** ************** ********* *** *********** to ***** ****** ******* *****, ** only *** **** **** ******* ** have ****** ** *** ***-**** ****. However, ** **** *** ** **** steps ** ******* **** *** ****** to **** *****, ***** ***** ** an ***** *** **** *****. ********, when ***** ****** ***** ******* ** mobile *******, ***** ** ** ***** layer ** ********** ** ******* **** the ****'* ************** ******* ******* *** new ***** ****** ** ******, ***** is ******** *** ****'* *** ********.

Permissions / **********

***/***** *********** (** **********) ******* ***** application ********* ***** *** **** ** access ** *** ******. *********** *** commonly ******* *** **** ** *****.

******************** *** ******* ******* **** **** widely ***** ***/*******. ************, **** ***/***** may ****** ******* ********** ********; *** example, ** * **** *** ****** to ***, **** **** **** ****** to **** * ****** **** ** default; ** ** * **** *** view ******** ***** **** * ******, they *** **** **** *****.

*********** *** ***** *** **** * simplistic ******** *** *********/****:

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*******, **** ******* *** **** ******** layers ** ********** *** ****** *********** with ******** ********** ** ****** ** permissions:

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***** ********** ****** ** ********** *** provide **** *********** *** **** ***** users ***/*** *** ******* ** ******* in *** ******, *** ******* *********** setup *** *******, ******** ** ***** checkboxes.

*********, ***/***** *********** *** ********* **** operation ********** (*.*. ******* ***** ** searching ***** ***********):

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*****

***** *** ******* ** **** ******, as **** *** ******** **** ** manage *********** ** *** ****** *** multiple *****. *******, ** ********, *********** defined ** ***** *** ******* ** multiple **** ******. ** ****, ***** offer ** ****** ** ********* * system ** ********* *** *********** ** an ************ ******* ****-***** *********** ****** (e.g. ** ** ********) *** ******** groups (*.*. ** *** ******** *****).

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*** *** *****/******* **** ***** *********** from **** ******, *** ******* *** or *** *****, **** * ****** level ** ***********, ***** ******* ************* complexity. *******, **** *****, ******* ******** organizations, **** ******* ****** **** ***********.

*** ****, * **** *** ********* allowing **** ******* **** *** ** created *** ******** ** * ********* Groups **** *** **** * ********* sets ** *******.

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*** *******, * *****-****** ********** *** have ******** **** ****** **** ******* privileges ** *** ******** *** **** and ******** *******, *** **** ****** to ********* ******* *** **** ******.

*********

** ***/*******, ********* *** ******** ******** for *********** ***** ************* *** **** login. *** *******, ****** ***** *** a ***** ******** *** ** ******* to ******** *****.

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****, ************* *** ** ******* ** specific ****** ** ******* ****/***** ********* on *** ****'* ****************:

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******* ** ********* ********, *** *********** of **** ***** ** ************* *** be ******** ****** ****** **** ********* VMS/VSaaSes. ********, ********* ** *** ********** of *** ************* **** *** ******* significant ********** ***** **** ** *** VMS/VSaaS.

******* ***** *** ** ********* ********** for ********* ********* ** *** **** of *** ** ****, ********* **** historically **** *** ******* ************. **** is **** ******** **** ** **** as ******* ***** **** ********* *************.

*** *******, * ****** *** ****** continuously ****** ******** *****, *** **** record ****** *** ****** ******* ** that ********:

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User ****

***/******* **** **** ** ******* ** each ****, ***** ** ******** ** audit *** ********** ********* (*.*. ****** video, ******* **, ********* *** *****).

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*** ******* **** ****, *** **** VMSes ******* ******* **** ******* ****** (e.g. *** **/***, ******* *******), ** save ******* *****:

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*******, ******* **** *** ********* ****** text *****, *** ******* **** ** minimal, ****** * ****** *** ******** or ********* ** ***** ********** ********* of ***** **************.

**** *** **** *** ******** ** unformatted ** ***-*********** **** *****, ***** may ** ****** *** ************ *******, but *** **** * ********** ** end-user ********** ** ************:

************, ******* ***** ***** ******** ** use * ******* '*****' *******, **** make ******* ************* **** ****** **** needing ** ******** *** ******** * sensitive ***** **** ** ******* * camera's ********* *************.

Hardware **********

* ******** ********** **** *** ***/******* is ******** *********** *** ********** *** hardware (*******, *******) **** ***** ** the **** ** *** ******.

*******

****** ********** ******** ******** * **** range ** *****, **** ****** *******, configuring ******* **********/** *********, **** ***** selection *** ********* *******, *** ******** system *********:

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*******, ****** ********** ***** **** **** widely **** **-******* *******, **** ***-**** NVRs ***** ********* ******* *************, *** advanced ***** ***** ********* ************* ****.

******* **** ******* **** *** ****** servers **** ** **-******* ******** ***** than *******, **** ** *** ******** require *********** ****** ***** ** *************. For ***** **** **** **-******* **********, management ** ********* ******* ** *********** Internet ***********.

Multi-Server **********

******* **** ******* **** **** **** a ****** ******, *** ********* ***** managing ****** ** ********* ** ******* from * ****** *****:

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*******, *****-****** ********** *** ** ******* to ********** *****, ******-**** ******** ** the ***. ******* *** ********** *****-******, as *********** ********** ** ** *** cloud, ***** ******** ** *** ** one's *******.

*** *****, ********** ******** ******** ** a ********** ********* ** ******** ******** that **** ** * ****** ******* users *** *********, *********** *********** **** management. *** ******** ** *** **** of **** ** ******** * ****** point ** ******* *** *** ***** system ** *** ******/********** ****** ** offline ** ***********.

VMS **********

* ***** ****** ** ***** ***** a *****-****** ********** ******* ****** "**********", which ****** ******* ****** ** ********* across ********* ******* (*.*., ******* *** the ****** **********) **** *** **** manufacturer's *****. ******* ** *****-****** **********, VSaaSes ***** ********** ************* ** * default ** ****** ****** ********** *********** in *** *****.

**** ** *** ******** ********* *** typically ******** ********** ********/****, *** ****** single ****-** ***** *********** ** ******** systems, *** ***** *** ********** ** opened/closed *********** **** ****** (*.*. ******** incidents, ******* ******, ********* **********).

Recorder ******* **********

******** ******* ******** *********** ** *******, manage ***** *** ***** ** ****** and *** **** ** ** ******.

******* ***** ** ********* ** *** correct ****** ******, *** **** ********** of *** ***** ** ****** ** will ****** *** *** *** **** operate. ***** ********* ******* ********* ** multiple *********, ********* ******* ** ******** storage:

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**** ***** **** ***** *** ****** to ****** ***** ** * ****** storage ********, *** ****** ********* ** recovery ** *** ********'* ******* ******* fails:

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***** ********* ********** ** ********* **** complex ******* ******* *********, ******, *** backups *** ************* ********** *** ********** by *** ***** ********.

******* ***/***** ********* ******** **** *******.

*******

****** *****, *************, *** *********** *** the **** ****** ***** **** ******** a ************ ******.

***** *** ****** ********** ******** ****** to **** *****, ********* *********** *** adding *******, ********* ****** ********, ****** health **********, ******** **********, ****** ***** reports, *** ****** *********** *****.

Camera *********

****** ********* *** ****** ******* ** a ***/***** *** *** ***** ***** to ******** * ******. *** ******* varies ********** *** ***** *** *****, primarily ** *** ***** ******** *** party *******.

*** ****** ********* / ******

*** ***** (*** ***** ********** *** party ******* **** ** *********) ** is ********* * ****-********* ******* **** scans *** *** ******* **** *** online *** ******* *** * **********:

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*******, ******* ********* ********* *** *** always **** ********* ** *** ***/***** and *******, ****** ****** *** ****** tools **** ** ****. **** **********, a **** **** *** ******** *** required ** *** *** ****** ** the ***/*****.

***** ********* / ******

******* ******** **** "*****-****" ************ ** their ********, ********** *******, *** ********** to ***** ******* ************* **** **** are ******* **** ** ******** **********.

*******, **** ***** ******* *** ********* to ******** **** * ******* ** a ** **** **** *** ************'* mobile ***, ** ***** ** * serial ****** ** ******** *** ****** with ***** *****:

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************, ** ***** *****, ******* **** VSaaSes ******* *** ***** *******, **** offer ****** ********* ***** ******* ** those ***** ** *********** *****.

Camera ********

***/******* ******* ********* ****** ******** ** ensuring ******* ************* (**********, ***** ****, compression), ***** ** ******** *** ****** functioning, ***** ** *** ****** ************* for ********* *** ******* ************.

*** ******** ** *** ***/***** *** synchronized **** *** ****** ** **** multiple ******* *** ** ********** **** a ****** *********:

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*** ********* ******** *** ******* **** vary **** **** ***/***** *** ****** manufacturer, ********* ** *** ******* ** the ******, *** ***** ** ****** integration *** *** ******:

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******* ******** ****** ***** ****** ********, in ** ****** ** ******** *** interface *** **** **********, *** ***** are ********** **** ***** ********** ******** options:

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Camera ****** **********

******* ***/******* *** **** ********* **** cameras *** ********* *** *********, ****** health ********** ***** ******* * ******** function.

***** ***** ********* *** ** ********** to **** *** ***** ******** ** a ****** ** ******* ** *** recording, ************, **** ***** ******/******* ****** status ******* **** *** ** ********* in ****-****:

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*** ****** * *** ** *** more ********* ** *** ** ** monitor ****** ******, ***** ********** *****-******** camera ******* ****** *** **** ** support ***** ******** ****.

******* ******** ***** * "*********" **** for ************** ***** ******** ******/******* ******, camera ********** ** ***** ***** ******, and ***** ****** *********** *** *** connected *******:

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Camera ***********

**** ******* **** ** *** *******, being **** ** ************* ********* ********** from *** *** ****** **** ***** of *** ****** ****** ** * significant *******-**-**** ******* *** *****. ******* them, * **** ***** **** ** remember ** ****** * ********* ******* while ************* ** ********, ***** ***** result ** ****** ******** ** **** time.

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************, ****** *********** ***** ************* **** the ************* ** ******** **** *** previously ********* ****** ** *** *** camera ** * ******* **** *** service ***********/**********. *******, ****** *********** ** only ****** ** **********-******* *****.

Firmware **********

******** ****** ******** ** ********* ******* helps **** * ***/***** *****-****** *** as ***** ******* ****** **** ******, it ******* **** ********* *** **-**-**** and ******** ** ********. *** ******* varies *** ***-**-*** ******* ** ***** that *** ********** *** ***** *******.

***/***** **** *** ***** *******

*** ***/******* ***** *** ***** *******, firmware ******** *** ********* * ****** process:

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********, ******** *** ***** ****** ******** through * ***/***** ** ********** *** often ******** ***** * **************** ************* *********** *** ****** ************.

***-**-*** ***/*******

***/******* ********* ************* ******** ** ***** own *******, ******* ***** ** ****** from *****:

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*******, ***-********* ******* *** **** ** automatically ******* **** *** ****** ** is ********* ** ** ******* (********* to ****** ******), ***** ***** ******* often ******* ****** ** ******* *******.

Events *** *******

***/******* *** ******** ********/********* ** ****** per ****, ******* ** ******** ******** (server, ******) ******, ******** *************, *********, licensing, ******* ************, *** ******:

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***** ****** *** ********* ****** *** can ** ******** ******** *** ******** purposes. *******, ** **** *********, * user **** **** * ******** ****** to ****** **** ** ***** ** triggered. *** ******* **** *** ** triggered **** ****** *** ********* ***/*******.

*** *******, **** * ****** ******** detects * ******, **** * ************ on *** *******:

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**** *****-**-****** ******* *** ** **** useful ** ********** ****** ***** *** proactively ********** *** ****** *** ****** problems, ** ******** *******. *******, ******* of *** ********** ** **** *****, the ****** ***/** ******* ***** *** not ** ******* *******, *** ******* extensive ******* ** *****-***-***** ** ********* properly:

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*************

***/***** ****** ***** * *********** ***** of *************; ******** ******-*****, *** ******** (email/SMS/3rd ***** ***). ************* *** ********* triggered ***** ** ****** **** *** critical ** * ****, ** ****, notifications **** **** ****** *** ******.

******** *************

*** **** ****** ************* *** ***** sent ** * ***/***** ****** ****. VMS/VSaaSes ********* ***** ********* ***** ****** send ************* ** ***** ************:

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*** **** ** ******* ** ******** notifications ** **** *** ********* **** typically **** ** ****** **** *** application ** ******* *** ************. *******, some ***/***** ****** **** ******* ************ alerts **** ** *** **** **** not **** *** *** ****.

******** *************

******* ***** *** *** ****** ******* a ***/***** ***********, ******** ************* *** useful *** ******** ****** ** *** events. ***** ** *** **** ******** supported ******, ******** ***/**** ******** *** be *********.

***** ************* **** ***** ******* ******* of *** ********** *****, **** *** time *****, *** * ******** ** the ***** **** *** ******, ** a ****** ********* *** ***** (*.*. analytics, * ****** *********, ****** ********):

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***** ********* ******* * *** ***** email ****** ** **** ***** *** sending ******, ******* **** ** *** offer ***** ******** ** *******. ******* VSaaSes *** ********-********* *** *** ***** notifications ** ******* *** **** ******* registration *** ************, **** ** *** require *** ***** *************.

***** ******** ***** ***** *** ************ for *************, ******* ** ******* **** communicate **** *** ********, *** ** is ********* ******* *** * ***** to ******* ** ** ******** *** API *** ************* **** ***** ***** own ************* ******:

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***** ** ** ********* ****** *** an **-******* *** ****** ******* ***** app ************, *** **** *** *** widely *******.

Comments (3)

**: *** ****** ******** ****

*** ***** "** **** ***" ** somewhat ******. *********/**** ******** **** ** key. *** ******* *** ** ***** this ** ** ******** *** *** Setup ********* ***** ** ~** **.

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**** *** *** ***** ** ** unfair ** *******, ** ** ****** a ******* ********* ** ******** **** size. *******, ** *********** **** ** an ***** ** * *************** ******** ****** ****, ** ** ** ************* ****** than **** *** ********.

********, ** ********, **** *** ** not **** **** ******** ********** ** available, *** **** ********* ******* *** be ************* **** *********. ** ** experience, *** ******* *** ***** ********* takes **** ****** ** ******* **** using *** **** ********* **** ** locations **** *-****** ******** ****, ***** was ****** ** ****** ********** ********, small ******* ******** *******, **** ***********, etc.

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**** *** **** ****** ****** ** the ***********. ******

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