Affected Roles: Owner, Administrator
Related Digital Watchdog VMS Apps: DW Spectrum® IPVMS
Software Version: DW Spectrum v184.108.40.206990 or later
Last Edit: December 11, 2020
In some circumstances, it is necessary to replace an entire Server with another device. This may come from the need for more data storage or for more processing power. In some cases, it may even come as a result of needing to replace a Server that is experiencing system failures.
This article will outline the process of replicating the Database on a new DW Spectrum® Server after replacing the Server hardware.
Note: If you are replacing a DW Spectrum® Server that is inoperable and you are unable to obtain the Database Backup files from the old System, you may need to treat the replacement Server as if it is a brand new System with first-time setup.
If this is the case and you are using a DW Blackjack® Series unit as the Server, use the for the initial setup process of your model.
When replacing a DW Spectrum® Server, the following is recommended:
The activation of Recording Licenses are required to save video footage through DW Spectrum® IPVMS for each IP camera and device connected to the DW Spectrum® Server.
It is highly recommended to deactivate the Recording Licenses of the DW Spectrum® Server before replacement. By deactivating the Recording License beforehand, the process of installing and configuring the replacement server will be easier and create less delay in returning the recording system to an operational status.
Please be sure to document the License Keys for during prior to or during deactivation so that they may be used for the replacement DW Spectrum® Server.
For more information, you may use Deactivating License Keys.
To create a Database Backup (DB Backup) when replacing a Server:
Note: Take a moment and click on the Updates tab. Take note of the current firmware version of the old Server. It is important that the new Server uses the same firmware version as the old Server when transferring the Database Backup file.
Select the General tab and locate the Backup and Restore section.
Click on Create Backup.
Name the DB Backup file, then click Save.
Note: This section assumes that you have a copy of the Database Backup from the old Server. If you do not have a Database Backup file available, you will not be able to restore the System onto the new Server and will need to create a new System.
Note: If you are using an Ubuntu/Linux OS Server, you may need to use a workstation computer to upload the Database Backup.
To apply a Database Backup (DB Backup) to the replacement Server:
Click on the Updates tab.
Ensure that the new Server is using the same firmware version as the old Server. In this example, both Servers are running DW Spectrum v220.127.116.11990.
Click the Restore from Backup button and select the DB Backup from the old Server.
Click Open to prompt the DB Backup restoration.
If the System informs you that the devices cannot be communicated with, add them, regardless.
Right-click on the old Server, then select Delete to remove it from the System.
Note: If you have not already done so, configure the DW Spectrum® Server’s NIC (Network Interface Card) settings for the camera network. Once the new Server is assigned to the same subnetwork as the cameras, camera video will be able to stream through the DW Spectrum® Server again.