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Video Surveillance Design

Hi,

Can anyone help me with Cisco Video Surveillance, because i am new on it, we have a project with the folowing BoQ:

CIVS-MSP-4RU    4RU w/Motherboard;1 CPU;RAID;Pwr Suppl;NO Drives;NO Options    2

NA                         1TB SATA Drive OEM    36

CIVS-PS-900    Redundant 900W Power Supply for CIVS-MSP 2RU, 4RU    2

CIVS-CAB-16-CU    CIVS C16 Power Cable UK    3

CIVS-VSM-SW4262    CIVS-VSM Video Surveillance Manager v4.2/6.2 SW Mfg Image    3

CIVS-MS-SW6.2    CIVS-MS Media Server v6.2 Software Lic. with Hardware Bundle    2

CIVS-CAB-16-CU    CIVS C16 Power Cable UK    2

CIVS-OM-SW4.2=    CIVS-OM Operations Manager v4.2 Software Lic. w/ SmartSearch    1

CIVS-VM-SW6.2=    CIVS-VM Virtual Matrix v6.2 Software License    1

CIVS-VM-1DFL=    Cisco VS Virtual Matrix Client License, 1 Client    2

CIVS-MSP-1RU    1RU MSP Assembly    1

CIVS-HDD-750    750 GB SATA Drive for CIVS-MSP    1

CIVS-VSM-SW4262    CIVS-VSM Video Surveillance Manager v4.2/6.2 SW Mfg Image    1

CIVS-CAB-16-CU    CIVS C16 Power Cable UK    1

CIVS-IPC-2520V    Cisco 2520 Dome IP Camera, Full Resolution, Day/Night indoor    104

CIVS-PWRPAC-12V    Cisco VSCIVS-PWRPAC-12V for Encode/Dec    0

CIVS-CAB-BCU    CIVS C15 Power Cable UK    0

CIVS-IPC-VT31    Cisco IP Camera Tamron 3-11mm Varifocal Lens    0

CIVS-IPC-2530V    Cisco 2530V IP Camera, Full Resolution, Day/Night Outdoor    13

First can i install the Video serveiellance manger sofrwars from the recovery DVD, because it is the only DVD in the goods?

Second how can i use this servers (Serveiaalnce manager, operation manager, Storage, or may be as a redundancy)? and how can i distribute the Hard Disks in the servers?

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Cisco Employee

Video Surveillance Design

Hi,

1. You use recovery DVD to reinstall VSM 6.3.x software on CIVS-MSP-4RU server.

Note: Before running a Factory restore the RAID configuration must be manually configured.

***MSP Server RAID Configuration

**Default configuration

The VSM MSP 2RU and 4RU servers use RAID with their storage. All of the drives are grouped into a RAID-

5 array, with the array divided into one volume for the operating system and 1-2 volumes for video storage:

servers with up to 12 hard drives contain one volume for video ( /media1), servers with more than 12 drives

have a second volume for video ( /media2).

*Configuring the RAID

Should it become necessary to setup the server's RAID configuration again, the process is as follows:

1. After the motherboad BIOS loads the 'MegaRAID SAS-MFG BIOS' will load and display a long list of

the controller configuration - controller, list of disks, list of volumes; at the bottom of this display the

message to press CTRL-H to enter the MegaRAID? configuration.

2. When the configration program starts you will first be presented with a brief menu to select the

MegaRAID? controller - only one controller is possible so press SPACEBAR to continue or click the

'Start' button.

3. To configure the RAID for VSMS server select ‘Configuration Wizard’ -> ‘New Configuration’ -> ‘Custom

Configuration’

4. Create a Disk Group (DG) by selecting each of the Phsyical Disks and clicking the 'AddtoArray' button.

You can select each disk one at a time, or select multiple disks with the SHIFT key depressed. Each of

the disks will appear in the righthand DiskGroups? window. Once all of the disks are in the DiskGroup?

, click Accept DG to create DG0. Click Next to continue.

5. Configure a Span by selecting DG0 from the Array With Free Space window and clicking the Add to

SPAN button. Click Next to continue.

6. Create two Virtual Disks, starting with VD0. In the VD Definition form, set the following values:

RAID Level RAID 5

Strip Size 64 KB

Access Policy RW

Read Policy Normal

Write Policy WThru

Wrthru for BAD BBU Checked

IO Policy Direct

Disk Cache NoChange?

Disable BGI No

Select Size 12288 MB

7. Click Accept to create VD0.

8. Click Back

9. If the unit has (12) or fewer hard drives:

1. Select DG0 from the Array With Free Space window again and click the Add to SPAN button.

2. Click Next to continue.

3. Create VD1. In the VD Definition form, set the following values:

RAID Level RAID 5

Strip Size 64 KB

Access Policy RW

Read Policy Normal

Write Policy Wthru

Wrthru for BAD BBU Checked

IO Policy Direct

Disk Cache NoChange?

Disable BGI No

4. The Select Size box will fill in the correct size for VD1.

5. Click Accept to create VD1

6. Click Next to continue.

7. The Disk Group and Virtual Disk configuration will be displayed as follows:

-+ DG 0

|- VD 0

|- VD 1

10. If the unit has more than (12) hard drives:

1. Select DG0 from the Array With Free Space window again and click the Add to SPAN button.

2. Click Next to continue.

3. Create VD1. In the VD Definition form, set the following values:

RAID Level RAID 5

Strip Size 64 KB

Access Policy RW

Read Policy Normal

Write Policy Wthru

Wrthru for BAD BBU Checked

IO Policy Direct

Disk Cache NoChange?

Disable BGI No

4. In the Select Size box enter "9999999".

5. Click Accept to create VD1

6. Click Back

7. Select DG0 from the Array With Free Space window again and click the Add to SPAN button.

8. Click Next to continue.

9. Create VD2. In the VD Definition form, set the following values:

RAID Level RAID 5

Strip Size 64 KB

Access Policy RW

Read Policy Normal

Write Policy Wthru

Wrthru for BAD BBU Checked

IO Policy Direct

Disk Cache NoChange?

Disable BGI No

1. The Select Size box will auto-fill with the correct value.

2. Click Accept to create VD2

3. Click Next to continue.

4. The Disk Group and Virtual Disk configuration will be displayed as follows:

-+ DG 0

|- VD 0

|- VD 1

|- VD 2

11. Click Accept to accept the configuraiton.

12. Click Yes to save the configuration.

13. Click Yes to initialize the created Virtual Disks.

14. The Virtual Disk details page will appear and display the new Virtual Disks with progress as they are

initialized. It should only take a minute or less to initialize a 10TB VD.

15. Once the process is complete, press Home.

16. To exit the WebBIOS? click the Exit option from the main menu. When prompted, reboot the server by

pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL.

Hard drive positions

The hard drives in the MSP servers are in numbered slots 0-11 in the 2RU, and 0-23 in the 4RU. Starting with

the first drive, slot 0, is in the lower left corner of the front of the chassis the slot numbers go UP in the first

column, then start again at the bottom of the next column to the right, with the last slot in the upper right

corner.

*VSM Intallation Procedure.

The Factory option will clear the RAID configuration and reconfigure it; to do this the DVD will need to be run twice - part way through the first run the server will automatically reboot and the DVD will need to be booted again and the Factory option selected.

1. Insert the DVD into a USB DVD-ROM, connect the drive to the MSP server and reboot or turn on the server.

2. Press F11. When the BIOS appears to boot from the DVD-ROM. At the end of the initial boot a boot menu will appear, select the CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive from the menu options.

3. The computer boots from the DVD you will get a menu prompting you to select the recovery option:

1. Factory - Restore the server to the factory default, clearing all data in the process.

2. Repair - Reinstall the operating system and VSM software. Do not touch the VSM video repositories.

4. Wait for approximately 20 minutes.

5. DVD will be ejected at the end of the process and computer will reboot. It is now at factory default.

Please refer to user maual from cisco.com for how to Configure and use VSOM, VSMC, VSVM and cameras.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/ps9152/products_user_guide_list.html

Regards,

Raghav.

Video Surveillance Design

Thank you for your reply, and now how many HDDs i must set on each server, and how many volume i must configure on each server, and what is the usage of each volume, and if the volime for the video storage how to configure that.

Regards,

Mohammed

New Member

Video Surveillance Design

Wow, that's an old BoQ, if that's been running for the last 3+ years you can be sure the HDDs are going to start failing.  When i use a recovery DVD or USB drive it always takes the LSI controller and makes the new VSM configuration during the factory command, but if RM says to go into the LSI controller during boot well then do so, Ctrl-H. If you cannot find a 6.2.x? recovery DVD then maybe use a newer one and remove the RPMs and down revision it to 4.2/6.2.x.  Be careful to bring the camera firmwares up but not past 6.2.x support.  I would recommend getting it to 6.3.3 and the highest v6 camera firmwares very soon after you restore the VSOM/VSMS backups.

Silver

Video Surveillance Design

Mohammed,

Not to convey any insult, but I would highly recommend you engage a qualified Cisco Advanced Technology Partner for their Video Surveillance solution. 

This BoM is exceptionally old (they don't even ship the 4RU or the 750GB drives anymore!), and unless you have a really clear design and deployment plan, this is likely to end up being a giant headache for you.

There are soooo many variables that go into IO and storage levels/limitations that I can't even begin to recommend how to split up the loads without knowing significantly more detail.

That being said, use the Cisco ET portal (http://www.ciscoet.com/) to get a valid storage calculator for this version of VSM and use that as a guide to experiment with different server configurations if you really want to go it alone.

Cheers.

Scott Olsen Solutions Specialist Bulletproof Solutions Inc. Web: www.bulletproofsi.com

Video Surveillance Design

This project was designed three years ago, and the goods put in the store for this period, so now it is my task to implement the project.

I am reading from the Design Guide and from admin Guids, and i don't have problem with configuration, my problem now how to use the servers, how to divide the Hard Disks on the servers, and how many volume on each server, i decide to use the 1U server for the VSOM & VSVM, and the both 4U servers for VSMS, does this right.

New Member

Video Surveillance Design

That sounds right, but check if the 1RU has all disks or one (all disks can be made into a RAID for VSMS), i would Q whether to even use the 1RU for VSMS, using it for VSOM is standard practice.  Here's something you can do quickly:

1) Decide how many global "Hot Spares" spares are to be used in each chassis (unless you want on-the-shelf spares), set these aside for now.

2) Put all remaining disks in the 4RU servers (minus "Hot Spares"), factory restore each server chassis to 6.x.x, immediately upgrade to 6.3.3.

3) Put a disk or remaining disks in 1RU server (minus any "Hot Spares"), do the same thing.  (Note: i usually do a single disk then mirror (RAID1) it for the VSOM - but this may make things technically harder for you to do, so just go with the 3-disk RAID5 that Cisco makes or a single disk).

4) Add "Hot Spares" in, use the RAID controller in console (Ctrl-H during boot) to configure them as Hot Spares.

5) Make sure all partitions are in use in the Management Consoles.

6) Add all your cameras to VSOM using the batch method, load balance all your cameras between media servers.

7) Update ALL camera firmwares to latest v6.3.2/3 supported firmwares immediately.

8) Enjoy!

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