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Installing Axis Camera Station on Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.

Introduction

Axis camera station is a simple to use program that you can use to manage the cameras on your network.

Installing Axis

  1. Get the latest “Axis Camera Station” at Axis Communications website.
  2. Double click  “AxisCameraStationSetup.exe” to run the application.
  3. Hit “Next”, It will begin to install automatically. If you are using VMWare or an older computer then you may be presented with an information message saying “The Graphics card driver is old…”, ignore it.
  4. Accept the “License Agreement” and proceed until you reach the “Select Components” section.
  5. If you are installing this on a server, choose “Full installation”, both the Axis Camera Station Client and Server should be checked.
  6. If you are installing this onto a workstation, you want to choose the “Axis Camera Station Client”.
  7. Once finished you should see something like this.
  8. After this a menu will pop up called “License Selection for <yourServer>”. You will be able to select from 3 license modes; Licensed Version, Demo, Axis Camera Station One – Free Version. Choose the “Licensed Version” and hit ok.

  9. This will display the “License Registration for <yourservername>”, which will be covered in the “Licensing” section below.

Licensing 

  1. Licenses for Axis will have to be put in one by one. I must say this is very annoying! For every key that you have you will have to put and register them in the “License Registration Form” (below). Make sure the option “The Server is connected to the internet”, or you will be placed on a “Grace Period”.

Set Master Credentials

  1. Setting the master credentials will allow you to navigate in the Axis software with more ease. Setting Master Credentials will stop login prompts from popping up every time you make a change.
  2. Open the Axis Camera Station Client and Navigate to the main screen.
  3. In the options tab select “Set Master Credentials” .
  4. This will throw a small menu, where you will enter your Username and Password to use the software.
  5. Once these credentials are set up you will be able to add cameras.

Add and Rename Cameras

  1. In “Axis Camera Station Client”, navigate to the “Configuration” tab, choose “Add/Remove Cameras”.
  2. A menu will pop up. We need to search the network for available cameras, do this by hitting the “Search” button
  3. A list of available cameras you can connect to will pop up, check the “check box” to add the camera. Check all cameras you want and hit ok.
  4. When you have added all the cameras you need it will look something like this.
  5. You may need to configure the cameras with IP addresses manually if the network search doesn’t return any results.

Edit User Permissions

  1. On Axis1, Navigate to the Configuration tab and select “User Permissions”.
  2. When you click on it, the “Users Permissions” menu will open with your current user permissions.
  3. Hit the “Add” button to add a “User/group” to user permissions.
  4. I know the groups that I want to add, so I have put the beginning of these groups into the search bar. Click on the group/user you want to add and hit the “Add” button. The ‘domain’ field will be available if the server you’re working on is connected to the domain.
  5. This will throw a menu called “User/Group Privileges”. Choose the “Role” of the rule and Check the cameras that the rule will be able to view. Hit “OK” to finish adding the rule.
  6. Continue to add your groups/users until you finish, it should look something like this.

Install Decoders

  1. You will need to install the Axis Camera Station Decoders to view “Live view” in Axis1.
  2. On Axis1, Navigate to the “Options” tab and select “Install Decoders”.
  3. This is pretty basic, just hit next and accept the license agreement, the decoder will install.

Live View Settings

  1. Navigate to the Configuration tab, and select “Live View Settings”.
  2. Choose the Camera you want to edit, and click the “Edit…” button.
  3. For each camera, the default “frame rate per second” that the camera is recording at, is 15fps.
  4. I changed this to 4 fps, to save on recording space. You can change the fps by hitting the “Change” button, and you can adjust the settings for “Framerate”. This still allows close-to-perfect viewing though.

Recording Settings

  1. Navigate to the Configuration tab, and select “Recording Settings”.
  2. A menu will pop up called “Recording Settings”. We are only going to concentrate on “Continuous Recording” right now. Click on the camera you want to edit and hit the “Continuous…” button.
  3. A menu will pop up called “Edit Continuous Recording Settings”, I want to change my fps on my camera from 15fps to 4fps, hit the “Change” button.
  4. A small menu will pop up called “Change Media Profile”, under the “Framerate” section change 15 to 4. Hit “ok” when you are done.
  5. Do this for every camera that you have, reducing framerate will save on storage space.

Upgrade Firmware

  1. Note: Upgrading Camera firmware will temporarily take the camera offline.
  2. Navigate to the “View” tab and choose “Camera Management”.
  3. Right click on the camera you want to edit and hit “Upgrade Firmware” from the drop down list.
  4. A warning will pop up stating that the camera will be inaccessible when you edit the firmware. If this is ok hit “Yes”
  5. A menu will pop up “Upgrade Firmware”.  Choose the most resent update from the drop-down and click ok. If you don’t see anything in the drop down list you may have to re-click the “Check for Updates” button.
  6. Do this for all the cameras you need to, and you should be done.

Setup Camera Recording Storage

  1. Navigate to the Configuration tab and click on “Recording Storage…”
  2. This will open a menu called “Recording Storage Settings at Axis1” . Choose the hard disk that will be used for recording and hit the “Add Server Disk…”. Give the drive a letter and hit the ok button.
  3. Select the camera that you want to set up storage for and hit the “Edit” button. Then select the drive you want to configure for the camera storage (E:\ in my case). Hit the ok button when finished.
  4. Do this for each camera that you would like to setup storage for.

Requests

  • By request, here is a example of a camera feed in Internet Explorer.
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Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Axis Camera Station

 

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Using a Lantronix MSS100 to check the status of a switch console port

Understanding the Lantronix MSS100

Lantronix Components

The MSS can be used to start outbound Ethernet connections to hosts on TCP/IP, IPX/SPX and LAT networks. It can also provide interactive access to a device connected to its serial port.

The MSS has three components.

  • The Power cord
  • A typical Ethernet cord
  • A serial cable: one end being “DB 25 female”, the other end being “DB 9 female”.

Setting up your Lantronix MSS100

  1. If you have any questions about these settings you can find the user guide download here MSS100 guide.
  2. Install puTTY from here; puTTY downloads.
  3. Assuming that you haven’t assigned an IP address, follow these steps to do so.
  4. Connect the serial port from your MSS100 to the back of your computer. Also, connect the MSS100 to your network with an Ethernet cord.
  5. Open “Putty” and click on the “Serial” button and hit enter.
  6. This will open a putty session to the MSS. You should see a login prompt similar to the image below.
  7. Type the command “SET PRIVILEGED”. For the password use the default password which is “system”.
  8. Type in the command
    “CHANGE IPADDRESS <IpAddressHere>”.
    Note: Ensure that nothing else on your network has the same IP address or you will possibly knock it offline!
  9. Next we will want to configure the MSS’s subnet mask and domain. Type in the commands
    “CHANGE SUBNET MASK <YourSubnetMask>”
    “CHANGE DOMAIN <YourDomian>”
  10. Next we want to change the gateway that the MSS will use. Type in the command
    “CHANGE GATEWAY <YourGateway>”
  11. At this point we want to control incoming logins to the MSS. I want to allow only Telnet logins and disable “LAT” logins. Type in the commands:
    “CHANGE INCOMING NONE”
    “CHANGE INCOMING TELNET”
  12. To add a bit more security to the MSS, I am going to require a password at login. Type the command:
    “CHANGE INCOMING PASSWORD”
  13.  Next disable the IPX Parameter, with this command:
    “CHANGE NETWARE DISABLED”
  14. Here is a list of recommended settings for the MSS100.
    All the commands (SET PRIVILEGED must be done first for these to work):
    SET PRIVILEGED
    CHANGE IPADDRESS <IpAddressHere>
    CHANGE SUBNET MASK <YourSubnetMask>
    CHANGE DOMAIN <YourDomian>
    CHANGE GATEWAY <YourGateway>
    CHANGE INCOMING NONE
    CHANGE INCOMING TELNET
    CHANGE INCOMING PASSWORD
    CHANGE NETWARE DISABLED
    CHANGE SNMP DISABLED
    CHANGE FTPSERVER DISABLED
    CHANGE RARP DISABLED
    CHANGE DHCP DISABLED
    CHANGE BOOTP DISABLED
    CHANGE WINS DISABLED
    CHANGE SPEED <BAUD>
    CHANGE FLOW CONTROL < CTSRTS, NONE, XONXOFF >
    CHANGE PARITY < EVEN, MARK, NONE, ODDSPACE >
    CHANGE CHARSIZE <# of bits>
  15. Note: To see the changes you have made use the command:
    SHOW SERVER
  16. Note: If you need the 'break' key to send out through the serial port to a connected device, you must run the command:
    CHANGE BREAK REMOTE
  17. Note: If the connection doesn't work, it's worth adding a null modem adapter during diagnosis, this is a common problem.  

Testing the MSS100

A managed switch provides a good opportunity to test the MSS100 serial connectivity.

  1. Connect the MSS100 to your network via Ethernet.
  2. Connect a serial cable (DB 9) to the testing switch, and connect the other end to the MSS (DB 25).
  3. Connect Power to the MSS.
  4. When everything is hooked up correctly it should look something like this.

Connecting to the MSS100 Serial Port via IP

  1. Open puTTY.
  2. Under Host Name, enter the IP Address of the MSS.
  3. We will be preforming a “Telnet” connection, change the “Port” to 2001. Your settings should look similar to the image below.
  4. When you have achieved a successful connection, putty will open a cmd that looks something like this depending on your test switch.
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Windows SharePoint WSS

 

Installing a Secondary Print Manager Plus Server

This  post is a guide to installing Print Manager Plus on a secondary print server. This print server was set up in a previous post, Setting up a Onyx RipCenter 10.1 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.

Installing Print Manager Plus

  1. Start out by downloading “Print Manager Plus”. Click “Download Evaluation” and fill out the necessary information in the next step.
  2. After filling out the necessary information you will be redirected to a download page. Choose the second option “Print Manager Plus 2010 Single Server Edition”.
     
  3. Extract the .zip file that you just downloaded. Run the “Launch Main Install” application.
  4. Accept the “License Agreement”, hit “next” and “next” again.
  5. Choose “Full Setup” for the “Select Features” section, hit next.
  6. For “Select Database” section, it depends on the setup you have. If you already have a SQL server up choose “Use an existing instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 or later”. If you don’t have a SQL server, select “Use SQL 2005 Express Database”. I’ll be using the first option.
  7. The next step will ask you to choose a SQL Server. Click “Browse” and locate the server you will be using. Click “ok” once you have located the “Database Server” you will be using. Click “Next”.
  8. The setup will go through “Looking up database”.
  9. If you database was detected then there will be a pop up stating “A database was detected”. Click “yes”.

    Note: If you get an error that says “There was an error logging in to %s. Error: %s[DBNETLIB][ConnectionOpen (Connect()).]Specified SQL server not found. (6)”. Look at the troubleshooting section at the end of this post.
  10. You will be asked to enter your Account and Password for <yourPrintServer>.
  11. This should finish the set up of Print Manager Plus 2010, you will have to restart the VM.

Opening Ports for Print Manager Plus

  1. On your print server, open the “Control Panel” -> “Windows Firewall”.
  2. Hit “Advanced Settings” and click on “Inbound Rules”. Then click “New Rule…” on the right.
  3. A menu will pop up, we are opening ports, so select “Port” and hit next.
  4. In the text box near “Specific local ports” enter the ports that you will be opening. The ports that need to be opened for Print Manager Plus are 445, 48100, and 48101.
  5. Hit next until you get to the end. Give the rule a name, ” Print Manager Plus” and enter a description, “This rule was made to open ports 445, 48100, 48101 for Print Manager Plus”.
  6. Hit finish and Print Manager Plus will start recording jobs sent to the printers on your network automatically.

Running a Report

  1. Open “Print Manager Plus 2010” and navigate to the “Reports” tab. Click on “Server Reports” then click “Summary of all Servers”.

Troubleshooting “Print Manager Plus” SQL problem.

  • Troubleshooting the error: “There was an error logging in to %s. Error: %s[DBNETLIB][ConnectionOpen (Connect()).]Specified SQL server not found. (6)”.
  • When we cannot connect to SQL remotely there are 3 causes.
    1. SQL can have TCP/IP turned off.
    2. SQL can be listening on the wrong IP address.
    3. Local firewall (on onyx) or the firewall on the remote system (mprint1) is on and no exception set on mprint1, which was my problem.
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in Print Manager Plus

 

Installing ESXi 4.1 on a USB Stick

This post covers installing ESXi 4.1 on a usb stick.

Start out by downloading:

Procedure:

  1. Extract the VMware .iso file to a temp folder.
  2. Extract the “imagedd.bz2” from the extracted contents of the ISO.

    How the folders look:

  3. Now open Winimage (run as administrator). Under “Disk” choose your USB drive, then select “Restore Virtual Hard Disk image on physical drive…”.
  4. Select your USB drive and click “ok”.
  5. Now select the “VMWare ESXi 4.1.ul.vhd” that you extracted earlier.
  6. Winimage should throw a warning, select “yes”.
  7. Once the installation is finished the server can now be booted from the USB stick.
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in ESXi