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Release Notes for Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager for Release 5.1

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Release Notes for Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager for Release 5.1

Contents

Introduction

Related Documentation

Installation Notes

Software Filenames and Part Numbers

Stream Manager Software Filenames and Part Numbers

Firmware Filenames and Part Numbers

System Requirements

Desktop PC System Requirements

Cisco Video Surveillance Software and Firmware Compatibility

New and Changed Information

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Configuration Module

Threshold Setting for Activity Detection Alarms

Recording Schedule for Recorders

Minimum Retention Setting

Maximum Retention Setting

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Monitor Module

Improved Retention Reporting

New Firmware Features

Pelco Firmware Compatibility

Caveats

Using the Bug Toolkit

Resolved Caveats

Security

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

Cisco Product Security Overview


Release Notes for Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager for Release 5.1


January 4, 2008

These release notes describe important information for Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager, Release 5.1.

Release 5.1 is a minor release of Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager containing new features and updates. Users of a previous release(s) should check the "System Requirements" section section for compatibility information and instructions on how to use existing data with this new release.

Users of a previous release(s) of either Cisco Stream Manager or ClearClient are encouraged to upgrade. See the "Installation Notes" section for more information.

Contents

This document includes the following information:

Introduction

Related Documentation

Installation Notes

Software Filenames and Part Numbers

System Requirements

Desktop PC System Requirements

Cisco Video Surveillance Software and Firmware Compatibility

New and Changed Information

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Configuration Module

Caveats

Security

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

Introduction

The Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager application is a collection of discrete software modules. Release 5.1, includes the following modules:

Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Configuration Module
Used to identify and program Cisco Video Surveillance IP Gateway encoders, decoders, and storage devices. The Stream Manager Upgrade Module is included in the Configuration Module and is used to upgrade firmware on Cisco Video Surveillance Services Platforms, Integrated Services Platforms, and IP Gateway encoders and decoders.

Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Client Viewing Module
Provides access to all system operations, including camera control, stored video review, and alarm notifications. This is the primary PC application for viewing live or stored video from the network.

Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Administration and Monitoring Module
Enables monitoring of network, server use, and dynamic system health, and provides status reporting. An alternative version with the Failover Module also provides failover management.

In addition, this release includes the following firmware updates.

Firmware for Service Platforms

Firmware for Decoders and Encoders

Firmware for the XVCR Decoder

Related Documentation

Use these publications to learn how to install and use the Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager.

Document Name
Description and Location

Cisco Video Surveillance System User Guide

Provides instructions to install, uninstall, and upgrade the Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Software and Cisco Video Surveillance firmware. This document also includes information on planning and deploying a complete Cisco Video Surveillance system.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/physical_security/video_surveillance/hybrid/stream_manager/5_1/english/user/guide/vssm_51.pdf


Installation Notes

To install the same or a newer version of a Stream Manager module that already is installed on the computer, you must first uninstall the existing module.

For instructions to install or uninstall Cisco Video Surveillance firmware and Stream Manager software, refer to the documents described in Related Documentation.

Install the modules one at a time, performing the installation procedure for each module that you want to install.

Installation software and firmware is located on the Stream Manager installation disk, or you can download it from the following URL:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6940/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Before you install the Stream Manager software, make sure that the computer on which you are installing meets the minimum hardware requirements. See Desktop PC System Requirements for more information.

Software and firmware filenames and part numbers are described in the following section, Software Filenames and Part Numbers

Software Filenames and Part Numbers

For Cisco Stream Manager release 5.1, you must install the software and firmware versions described in this section.

Cisco Stream Manager 5.1 software and firmware is not compatible with any previous version.

All software and firmware must be upgraded to version 5.1 for proper operation.

Before you install, make sure that the computer on which you are installing meets the minimum hardware requirements, as described in System Requirements.

You can install software that you obtain on a Stream Manager installation disk or that you download from the following URL:
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/ps6940/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

This section contains these topics:

Stream Manager Software Filenames and Part Numbers

Firmware Filenames and Part Numbers

Stream Manager Software Filenames and Part Numbers

Table 1 describes the desktop Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager software. To download the compressed firmware files, go to http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/.

Table 1 Cisco Stream Manager Software Filenames and Part Numbers

Software Module
Version
Filename

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Configuration Software

5.1.22

StreamManagerConfig5.1.22.msi

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Client Software

5.1.0

StreamManagerClient5.1.0.msi

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Administration Software

5.1.2

StreamManagerMonitor5.1.2.msi

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Administration with Failover Software

5.1.2

StreamManagerMonitorwithFailover5.1.2.msi

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Upgrade Software

5.0.8

StreamManagerUpgrade5.0.8.msi

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Player Software

5.1.0

ClearPlayer.exe


Firmware Filenames and Part Numbers

Table 2 describes the desktop Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager firmware. To download the compressed firmware files, go to http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/.

Table 2 Cisco Stream Manager Firmware Filenames and Part Numbers

Module
Version
Filename

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Encoder Firmware

5.1.7

SPNFirmware_CSEN_5.1.7.tar

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Encoder DSP Firmware

5.1.7

SPNFirmware_CSEN_DSP_5.1.7.tar

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Decoder Firmware

5.1.7

SPNFirmware_CSDE_5.1.7.tar

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Decoder DSP Firmware

5.1.7

SPNFirmware_CSDE_DSP_5.1.7.tar

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Hybrid Decoder Firmware

5.0.5

SPNFirmware_XDEC_5.0.5.tar

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Services Platform Firmware

5.1.13

SPNFirmware_XVCR_5.1.13.tar

Video Surveillance Stream Manager Database Firmware

5.0.11

SPNFirmware_XVCR_DB_5.0.11.tar


System Requirements

This section contains these topics:

Desktop PC System Requirements

Cisco Video Surveillance Software and Firmware Compatibility

Desktop PC System Requirements

A desktop PC r laptop running Stream Manager Software requires the following hardware and software:

Table 3 PC System Requirements for the Stream Manager Software, version 5.0 

 
Client Viewing Module
All Other Modules

CPU

Pentium dual-core, 2.8 GHz

Pentium IV, 8 GHz

RAM

1 GB

512 MB

Hard Drive

40 GB

40 GB

CD or DVD Drive

Recordable, if video is to be exported

Read-only

Audio Card

Optional, for listening to audio provided by a camera

Optional, for listening to system alerts

Video Card

ATI X1600XT 512MB PCI-e

or

NVIDIA E-GEFORCE 7600GT CO 256MB DDR PCI-e

Standard PC video card

Network Card

10BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 1000BASE-T

10BASE-T, 100BASE-T, 1000BASE-T

Operating System

Microsoft Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Theme

Note To change the theme on your Windows PC, select Control Pane l > Display > Themes and select Windows XP from the drop down menu.

Microsoft Windows XP Pro with Service Pack 2, Windows XP Theme

Note To change the theme on your Windows PC, select Control Pane l > Display > Themes and select Windows XP from the drop down menu.

Web Services

Microsoft Net 2.0

Microsoft Net 2.0


Cisco Video Surveillance Software and Firmware Compatibility

Stream Manager 5.0 software and firmware is not compatible with any previous version.

All software and firmware should be upgraded to version 5.0 for proper operation. For the required version of each module and firmware file, see Software Filenames and Part Numbers.

New and Changed Information

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Configuration Module

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Monitor Module

New Firmware Features

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Configuration Module

This section contains these topics:

Threshold Setting for Activity Detection Alarms

Recording Schedule for Recorders

Minimum Retention Setting

Maximum Retention Setting

Threshold Setting for Activity Detection Alarms

The threshold setting specifies the level of activity in a region that must be surpassed to trigger an alarm. This feature is used with the Sensitivity slider to reduce the number of unnecessary alarms.

Recording Schedule for Recorders

Recording schedules allow a user to define the days and times when ports on a recorder retain audio or video. This feature ensures recorders retain video only when necessary, and saves recording capacity for critical usage.

Minimum Retention Setting

The minimum retention setting defines the minimum number of hours for a video recorder port to capture video before video grooming is applied.

Maximum Retention Setting

The maximum retention setting defines the maximum number of days for a video recorder port to capture video before video grooming is applied.

New Software Features in the Stream Manager Monitor Module

This section contains these topics:

Improved Retention Reporting

Improved Retention Reporting

The retention graph data is displayed using the following colors:

Green: The camera current meets all configured retention values.

Grey: No video was recorded.

Orange: The camera does not currently meet the configured maximum retention value (for example, to 10 days.

Red: The camera does not meeting the user-configurable minimum retention value.

White: An Event occurred.

Black: The retention values are unknown because the retention value data is supplied from a recorder running a Cisco Stream Manager software release lower than Release 5.1.1. The retention status of the camera cannot be determined. To enable retention reporting for the camera, update to Stream Manager version 5.1.1 or higher.

New Firmware Features

This section contains these topics:

Pelco Firmware Compatibility

Pelco Firmware Compatibility

Stream Manager is compatible with the following versions of Pelco 9760 Keyboard and Endura Matrix Switch:

Kbd: 8.03, 8.42, 8.45

Matrix Switch: 7.8 (v7), 8.03.017 (v8), 9.03.037 (v9)

Caveats

Use the Bug Toolkit to find information on the caveats (bugs) for the current release, including a description of the problem and available workarounds. The Bug Toolkit lists both open and resolved caveats.

This section contains these topics:

Using the Bug Toolkit

Resolved Caveats

Using the Bug Toolkit

You can search for problems by using the Cisco Software Bug Toolkit. To access the Bug Toolkit, you need the following items:

Internet connection

Web browser

Cisco.com user ID and password

To use the Software Bug Toolkit, follow these steps:

Procedure


Step 1 To access the Bug Toolkit, go to http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/action.do?hdnAction=searchBugs.

Step 2 Log on with your Cisco.com user ID and password.

Step 3 To look for information about a specific problem, enter the bug ID number in the "Search for bug ID" field, then click Go.

Step 4 To look for information if you do not know the bug ID number:

a. Select "Security" from the "Select Product Category" menu.

b. Select "Cisco Video Surveillance Stream Manager Software" from the "Select Product" menu.

c. Select the version number from the "Software Version" menu.

d. Under Advanced Options, select "Use default settings" or "Use custom settings". The default settings search for severity 1, 2 and 3 bugs, open and fixed bugs, and bugs containing bug details. Use the custom settings to change the severity and status parameters, or to search for keywords within the bug headline and description.


Tip For information about how to search for bugs, create saved searches, create bug groups, etc., click Help in the Bug Toolkit page.



Resolved Caveats

Table 4 lists the important defects that are resolved for Cisco Stream Manager release 5.1. For a complete list of resolved defects, refer to the instructions in Using the Bug Toolkit.

Table 4 Resolved Caveats for Cisco Stream Manager Release 5.1 

Identifier
Headline and Bug Toolkit

CSCsk95266

Extra Message appears on the monitor overlays and the video briefly freezes.

http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/search/getBugDetails.do?method=fetchBugDetails&bugId=CSCsk95266

CSCsk41140

CSfirmware - A green screen is displayed when switching between 4cif, 5fps to 4cif, 30.

http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/search/getBugDetails.do?method=fetchBugDetails&bugId=CSCsk41140

CSCsl26861

XVCR FW 5.1: Timemaster custom sync fails on Pelco matrix setup.

http://tools.cisco.com/Support/BugToolKit/search/getBugDetails.do?method=fetchBugDetails&bugId=CSCsl26861


Security

For information regarding Cisco Stream Manager security issues, see the Security Advisory at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/products_security_advisory09186a00808b4d38.shtml

Use the advisory to determine the security issues, if any, that impact your products or installation. This advisory includes information on affected products, software versions and fixes, and obtaining fixed software.

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html

Cisco Product Security Overview

This product contains cryptographic features and is subject to United States and local country laws governing import, export, transfer and use. Delivery of Cisco cryptographic products does not imply third-party authority to import, export, distribute or use encryption. Importers, exporters, distributors and users are responsible for compliance with U.S. and local country laws. By using this product you agree to comply with applicable laws and regulations. If you are unable to comply with U.S. and local laws, return this product immediately.

A summary of U.S. laws governing Cisco cryptographic products may be found at: http://www.cisco.com/wwl/export/crypto/tool/stqrg.html. If you require further assistance please contact us by sending email to export@cisco.com.