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Utilities

Table Of Contents

Utilities

Exporting Data from the Administration Pages

Managing Software and Downloads

Managing the VSOM Database

Backing Up the Database

Restoring the Database


Utilities


This chapter describes the utilities that are included in VSOM and that can aid in system management.

This chapter includes these topics:

Exporting Data from the Administration Pages

Managing Software and Downloads

Managing the VSOM Database

Exporting Data from the Administration Pages

You can export the data on any of the VSOM Administration pages that include a table with an Export icon . When you export data, the system saves it in a comma separated value (CSV) format that you can open with a spreadsheet program, such as Excel, or a text editor.

To export data, click the Export icon . When the system prompts you to save the information, click Save and specify a file name and location.

Managing Software and Downloads

The Software and Downloads page contains links for downloading VSM software and documentation. To display this page, click the Software and Downloads link under Utilities in the Admin pages.

Table 4-1 describes the available downloads.

Table 4-1 Software and Download Tasks 

Task
Description

Download a PDF version of Cisco Video Surveillance Operations Manager User Guide

Download this guide in PDF format.

Download the Virtual Matrix client

The Virtual Matrix client allows you to control the video that is displayed on your computer.

See Cisco Video Surveillance Virtual Matrix Client Configuration Guide for more information.

Download the VSOM video client

The VSOM video client is an ActiveX control that allows you to play back videos without being logged in to VSOM. The client is installed automatically when you open the Operator page for the first time.

Download the VSOM Install-less video client

The VSOM video client is an ActiveX control that allows you to play back videos without being logged in to VSOM.

With the install-less version, you can play video on a PC even if the VSOM video client is not installed on the PC.

See Cisco Review Player User Guide for more information.

Download Smart Search

The Cisco Smart Search application allows you to quickly search through large video archives. It is used primarily for forensic purposes and allows scanning of video archives based on specified parameters. See Chapter 9, "Using Smart Search."

Smart Search is installed automatically if you click the SmartSearch icon on the Operator page.

Logos

The logos are used if the VSOM skins are changed.

See the "Configuring System Settings" section on page 6-25.


Managing the VSOM Database

The VSOM database contains all of the configuration information that is accessible from the VSOM Administration pages, including device, video feed, account, and system information. Cisco recommends that you back up the database on a regular basis to ensure that configuration information is not lost in the event of system failure or disruption. The appropriate frequency of backups depends on how often you change the VSOM configurations. You can perform backups at any time.

VSOM supports the following backup options:

Back up the database on demand using the Database Backups page. See the "Backing Up the Database" section.

Set up scheduled backups using Settings page. See the "Configuring System Settings" section on page 6-25.

Because backups are created on the VSOM host on which you specify a backup, make sure that you create a process to copy the backups to another system on a regular basis.

Backing Up the Database

Open the Database Backups panel to manage backups of the VSOM database. When you request a backup, the VSOM database is backed up to a tar.gz file with a and given a name in the following format:

VSOM_<server>_backup_<yyyy><mm><ddxxxxxx>.tar.gz

where:

<server> is the host name of the VSOM server

<yyyy> is the year, <mm> is the month, and <dd> is the date that the backup is created

<xxxxx> is a unique system-generated identifier

Table 4-2 describes the functions that you can perform on the Database Backups panel.

Table 4-2 Database Backup and Restore Tasks 

Task
Description

Create a backup for download

Create a database backup file (tar.gz file) to save on your local computer or another computer on your network.

Click Create a backup for download, and then click Save to save the backup file.

Create a backup on the VSOM server

Create a backup tar.gz file to save on the VSOM server.

Click Create a backup on the server. The server backup is created and added to the list of backups on the Database Backups panel.

Download a previously created backup

Click the Download icon for the backup file and then click Save.

Delete a previously created backup

Click the Delete icon for the backup file.

Delete multiple previously created backup

Check the check boxes for the backup files and choose Edit > Delete Selected.


Restoring the Database

You can restore the database from the backup file stored on the VSOM server or copy a backup file from another machine to the VSOM server. For instructions see the Cisco Video Surveillance Manager Installation Guide.