DigitalSentry: How to configure a DS system using DS Admin.


The steps detailed in the resolution of this article may result in a loss of critical data if not performed properly. Before beginning these steps, make sure all important data is backed up in the event of data loss. If you are unsure, please contact Product Support Services prior to attempting the procedure below.


  • Configuring a new database while keeping recorded video.
  • Manual setup of analog and IP cameras.

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


  • Digital Sentry Series
  • DSSRV(2)
  • DS


  • DS Quick Setup will delete previously recorded video when running a "New Setup", if a system recovery has been run or a reinstallation of the Digital Sentry software has been performed there may be video which needs to be saved. 
  • Manual setup of DS.


Windows configuration:

  1. Configuring the Computer Name on the DSSRV
    1. Click on Start
    2. Right-click on Computer
    3. Click on Properties
    4. On the properties page under computer name, domain, and workgroup settings click Change Settings
    5. On the Change Settings page click Change...
    6. Type in the new name under Computer name:
    7. Click Ok
  2. Configuring the IP address on the DSSRV
    1. Click on Start
    2. Click on Control Panel
    3. Click on Network and Sharing Center
    4. Click on Change Adapter Settings
    5. Right-click Local Area Conenction
      NOTE Local Area Connection should be used for client connection and/or outside connection. Local Area Connection 2 should be used for the camera network.
    6. Click Properties
    7. Click on Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4)
    8. Click on the Properties Button
    9. Enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway (If required)
    10. Click Ok

DS Admin Configuration: 

Complete the following steps to make a DS server available to your client computer:

  1. Open DS Admin. Start > All Programs > Integral or Pelco > DS Admin.
  2. Login using admin / admin. If asked to locate a file (dsservers.ini) click NO then on next screen click Save.
  3. Right-click Available Systems and choose Add System. This opens the Add System dialog box
  4. In the System Name field, type in the computer name.
  5. Enter the static IP address of the DS server. If the server will not be connected to a network during operation, enter
  6. Leave the reconnect interval at 20.
  7. Check Auto Connect.
  8. Click Save to add the server to the Available Systems list.

NOTE: If you do not select Auto Connect, you will have to manually click Connect to connect to that server. You can refresh a connection to a server at any time by right-clicking on the server name in the directory tree and selecting Refresh.



Perform the following steps to add a VAU to a server:

  1. Right-click the VAUs folder.
  2. Select Add VAU. This opens the Add VAU window. Enter the following information, this should match the information from the Available System :
    • VAU computer name
    • Static IP address
    • Video Server port (default 18772)
  3. Click Save.
  4. To configure the VAU, click the system name in the directory tree. The following tabs will be displayed:
    • VAU Info: Video Input Device is not used with DS NVR and DS NVs. For device number 1-4 on DS HVR systems with analog cameras. TX400 xmux2-16 or 32 will be selected if XMUX's are being used, ECP240-16 or ECP240-32 will be selected if DVR is a DS1000, MP3000 will be selected if the DVR is a DSRealVue, HP3000-16 will be selected if HVR is a DSSRV with ENC5416's, ENC5516 will be selected if HVR is a DSSRV or DSSRV2 with ENC5516's.
      Note: A video input device will be grayed out if it contains a PTZ camera. If you want to change the device you need to turn off PTZ support for each camera connected to the device on the camera configuration PTZ tab.
    • Serial Ports:
    • Storage Locations: Configures the local and remote storage locations connected to the DS system.
    • Audio Channels:
    • IP Cameras: Configures the IP cameras connected to the VAU.
    • Delete VAU: Deletes a VAU from the system.

CAUTION: The Delete VAU function removes all data for that VAU. This includes all recorded video, unless it is the only VAU added to the server. If only one VAU is added, its data must be deleted manually. If a large amount of data is stored on a VAU, deleting the VAU can require as much as one hour to complete. Performance might also be reduced during the deletion process. By default, the permission to delete a VAU is not granted to new users.

Note: If manual programming was done on a system that had prior recorded video on it and the video is needed. Please refer to article: How to perform a database rebuild in a Digital Sentry system in order to restore the video information into the database. Computer Name must be configured the same as it was before.

Configure schedule:

Programming recording schedules in the Digital Sentry software.

Configuring Storage Options:

The Storage Option allows you to configure the length of time that video is stored on the DS System before it is automatically deleted. Alternatively, you can select the Force Video to be Deleted option in the Storage Options section. To do this, select the checkbox and enter the number of days. Be aware that this option overrides other video storage options. In a case of lack of space, you can also enter an Expected Number of Days. If video is deleted before this number of days, a warming message is displayed.


Starting DS Services:

Go to services by going to Start > In the Search type services > Click on Services and change DigitalSentryStorage Service, DigitalSentryVideoServer Service to startup type Automatic and start both services (right click on the service and go to properties to set startup type and start service).

How to start and stop the Digital Sentry services.


Verify Live video:

Open DS ControlPoint (desktop) and right click on the blank screen in the Systems tab and select Add System. Fill in Name, IP, User,Password and check the Video Recorder and Auto Connect check box on the right then click OK. Cameras should now be able to be viewed in the live tab by dragging and dropping cameras into view panes.


Configure Motion sensitivity:

Configuring motion detection on a DigitalSentry system using DS ControlPoint.