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Installing Axis Camera Station on Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.

16 Nov

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.
Side Note: If you liked/disliked this blog please leave a comment! I want to know what you think!
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7 Comments

Posted by on November 16, 2011 in Axis Camera Station

 

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7 responses to “Installing Axis Camera Station on Server 2008 R2 Datacenter.

  1. Jason

    November 17, 2011 at 12:00 am

    Nice entry. Do you have any screenshots of viewing the camera feeds?

     
  2. Quick Geek

    March 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    The same question as above . . .Can we see an IE screenshot?
    Is this ACS version 2?
    I am told Version 3 does not support “Camera Station Web interface”
    I got this software for streaming 4 camera to a web browser.
    I have been trying to do this all week in IIS7 followong the insruction on PAGE 21 here:
    http://www.axis.com/ftp/pub_soft/cam_srv/cam_station/2_11/Documentation/ACS_2_11_UM.pdf
    Any thoughts welcome
    QG

     
    • win1337ist

      March 16, 2012 at 9:03 pm

      I’ve attached a screen shot at the end of my Axis post for you. It shows a camera feed in Internet Explorer.
      This is Axis Camera Station 3.
      We (typically) use the Axis Camera Station client to view the video feeds. We are currently running “Client Version: 3.50.044”.
      The website you linked me to was for Axis Camera Station 2. I would suggest doing this again on Axis Camera Station 3.

      Please give me an (detailed) outline on what you’ve done or and trying to do.
      Server version?
      Are you running a server?
      Client Version?
      Error Screen shots?

       
  3. Quick Geek

    March 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I meant PAGE 29

     
  4. pec workouts

    July 27, 2012 at 11:28 am

    You really make it seem really easy together with your
    presentation but I to find this topic to be really something that I think I’d never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely vast for me. I am taking a look ahead to your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

     
    • win1337ist

      August 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Stick in there! It seems overwelming at first, but Google and Axis Support are your friends! Let me know if you need any help with anything.

       
    • win1337ist

      August 6, 2012 at 5:19 pm

      Stick in there! It seems overwhelming at first, but Google and Axis Support are your friends! Let me know if you need any help with anything.

       

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