We have 8 PVC300 cameras deployed and are recording video using a Windows 2003 server running the SWVMS16 software client. We are using a Cisco NAS as the storage space for the recordings from the SWVMS16 software.
So far, this has presented several problems.
1) There does not seem to be a way to record the video with the SWVMS16 client on the server and then view the historical footage with SWVMS16 (or otherwise) on a separate client. Loading the software on another client machine and does not allow you to use the playback application to play the video recorded on the NAS. In fact, the playback application does not allow you to select a location to play files from. Even if you configure the second software client to store video to the same NAS location as the server client, the playback application is still not able to play the video files.
This creates a problem because we need multiple individuals to have access to the recorded video from their desktops instead of having to go to the server room and login to the server directly. Ideally, this access would be on an application level to directly access the video stored on the NAS and not require the user to actually log into the server remotely. We have also tried using remote desktop to login to the server and then run the application. Everything works over remote desktop except the video feeds. We are using VNC as a workaround but this is not at all an ideal solution and scales very poorly. Is there a way to get this working in the SWVMS16 client or with another application? If not, this is a serious shortcoming of the software client.
2) Recordings do not automatically resume following a reboot. This appears to be caused by the SWVMS16 client not running as a service but instead requiring a user to be logged in so that the client can be started and recordings begun. This causes a problem when attempting to run the recording software on an unattended server in the server room. The other issue here is that we are trying to record the video to the Cisco NAS. The SWVMS16 client does not appear to store user credentials so NAS access is also a problem. The workaround we have found is to keep the user with saved credentials for the NAS logged in so the SWVMS16 client can utilize the NAS to save video. Is there a better option here? If not, this is again a serious shortcoming of the software client.