Installation and operation of the DS Archive Utility


How do I install the DS Archive Utility?
How do I playback archived video?
Can I export a video clip from archived video?

Product Line

Pelco Video Management


  • DS Archive Utility
  • Digital Sentry (product)
  • DS NVs


Requires recovery of video if disaster strikes the video recorder.


Single Archive Job

  • Maximum camera count per job is 64.
  • Must not exceed 480 fps.
  • Maximum recommended client network bandwidth is about 6 MB/Sec (48 Mbps).
  • Supports both video and audio archiving.


Two or more Archive Jobs

  • Total frame rate for two or more archive jobs must not exceed 720 fps.
  • Maximum recommended client network bandwidth is about 10MB/Sec (80 Mbps) for two or more DVMS archives.
  • Supports both video and audio archiving.

Article Content Links
 Section 1: Installation
 Section 2: Create New Archive Job
 Section 3: Archive Utility Player - View and Export archived video



  1. Archive Utility must be installed on a seperate workstation.
  2. Extract the downloaded file of DS Archive Utility that matches the version of Digital Sentry used, to a folder and then double-click the Setup.exe located inside.
  3. If a UAC (User Account Control) prompt is display, click Yes.
  4. At "Welcome to the InstallShield Wizard for Archive Utility" window, click Next.
  5. Click Yes to the License Agreement.
  6. Verify that the Archive Utility, Archive Utility Player and Archive Utility Administrator are all checked.

  7. Click Next to continue.
  8. Fill in the Windows user account  that the IntegralArchivingService will use to run on the archive server, must be an administrator account.  Leave the Domain field blank unless the user account is a domain user.

    note: this windows user account is the windows user and password for the PC Archive Utility is being installed on.

  9. Click Next to continue.  

    Note: If an invalid user is entered you will receive an error message.

  10. Start Copying Files window.

  11. Click Next 
  12. Enter the purchased Archive Utility license key or click the <+> on the left and then click on "Create a trial license key" link (the trial key is good for 90 days.)

  13. Click OK

  14. Click Finish to complete the installation.


Create New Archive Job

NOTE: To archive video that has previously been recorded by a DVR, set the archive schedule to begin at the date and time in the past when you want to begin archiving video. Or, for real-time archiving, set the archive schedule to begin at a date and time in the near future (perhaps 15 minutes).

Suggested configuration for first time use: Create a one-time job that will archive historical data, then configure a separate job to begin real-time archiving.

  1. Run Archive Administrator (Start > All Programs > Pelco > Archive Administrator or double-click the icon on the desktop.)
  2. At the Archive Server Login window, enter the IP address of the archive utility server or leave default localhost if installed on the same system.  This is a connection to the Integral Archiving Service and not the Digital Sentry recorder.

  3. Leave the Port: setting 19772 and then click OK.
  4. When the administrator opens, click the Setup menu and then select Create New Archive Wizard....

  5. The New Archive Job wizard will launch.

  6. Click Next
  7. Click Browse and select the location where the Archive Utility will store the archived video, you will have to create a folder in the location specified. (Example DSSRV36 Archive). If using a network share type the path as the Browse button will only search for local storage locations. Example \\IPAddress\Driveletter\Foldername (\\\Z\DSSRV36 Archive) or \\computername\Driveletter\Foldername (\\DSArchive\Z\DSSRV36 Archive).

  8. Select whether you want to use all of the available storage space or configure a maximum amount allowed, then click Next.
  9. Click the Add DVR button.

  10. Enter the IP address of the Digital Sentry recorder along with valid Digital Sentry user credentials (Default = admin,admin) and then click OK.

    Note: You can use the Refresh button to test communication, after all the information has been entered click the Refresh button. If communication is successful the IP address in DVR Name or Address: will change to the recorder host name. The user credential used to login with must have the "Configuration Viewer" User Right added in DS Admin as well as be assigned to the cameras that will be scheduled to archive.
  11. Click OK to add the DVR.

  12. Click Next to continue.
  13. Select what type of video you want to be archived; ALL (includes continuous, motion and alarm) or Motion/Alarm only.  Select the Maximum frames rate (FPS) the video will be archived with (30 frames/sec high -- to -- 10 secs/frame low)

  14. Click Next
  15. Select your video retention settings.
    • Keep until manually deleted (Warning on this option, the Archive Utility does not FIFO or overwrite old video.  This means that once the storage location runs out of free space the archive job stops functioning.)
    • Keep for at least   XX days
    • Keep for exactly   XX days (Recommended method, can use the DS CALCULATOR to determine space required.)
    • Note: XX days allows from 1 day --to-- 365 days to be configured.

  16.  Click Next
  17. Select the schedule on which the archive job will run.
    • Archive Start Date/Time - This is the date/time that the job will start to archive video from. 

      Example: If you configured the Archive Start Date/Time for 1 week prior, the job will go back and pull over video from the start time to the current time no matter the other archive settings.  So even if configured for "Archive Every XX minutes", will still pull the prior week in one shot and then start the every XX minutes.
      Warning: This field cannot be edited after the job has been created, a new job will need to be created if a new start time is required.
    • Archive One time only - Use this as a single backup job where this field is the "End Time". 

      Example: If the DVR has 4 months recorded video and you only need to archive one of the middle months, use this selection.
    • Archive Every: XX minutes - Most common configuration, will start the job and pull over any video since the last archive every XX minutes configured.
    • Archive Weekly on: Schedule and specific day or days you want the job to run, like over the weekend or maybe over night.  Also lets you specify the time to start the job on the day selected.
    • Archive Monthly on: Schedule for a day of the month for the job to run, also lets you specify a time on that day to start.

  18. Click Next
  19. Enter a name for the archive job in Archive name: field.

  20. Click Next to continue.
  21. Click on the Archive Streams Configuration... button.

  22. Click on the Video tab and verify all cameras that need to be archived are check marked.

  23. Click on the Audio tab and make sure that cameras which are not recording audio are unchecked. ***Very Important***

    Note: Can use the "Archive All/None" button at bottom to globally deselect all audio channels.  If audio channels are selected but there is no actual audio recorded on the DVR, the files created from the archive job will use more storage and therefore result in less retention time. 

    Warning: Editing or modifying (Modify Archive Wizard...) the archive job resets the audio channels back to all enabled, make sure to disable again all channels not recording audio.
  24. Click Apply > OK
  25. Click Finish to complete job creation.
  26. The Archive Utility Administration window will now show the status and the job should run.  Verify the job completes successfully.


 Archive Utility Player - View and Export archived video

  1. Launch the Archive Utility Player from the icon on the desktop or (Start > All Programs > Pelco > Archive Utility Player.)
  2. The Player will open and immediately look for the IArchive.mdb file located in the archive directory. 

  3. Navigate to the archive directory and select the IArchive.mdb file, then click Open.
  4. Select Start Date/Time and End Date/Time and then click the Search button.

  5. Drag-n-Drop cameras from the "Matching Video Streams" to the Video display window.  Use the play controls to playback the video.  Can playback up to 4 cameras at one time.
  6. You can export a video clip from the Archive Player.  The export will use the start and end times used in the Search Criteria.

  7. Click on File > Export....
  8. Select or highlight the camera you would like to export.

  9. Click the Export to file... button.
  10. Select a location to save the video clip.

  11. Give the file a name and click Save.

    Note: The export file format is .XPA. which requires the DS Media Player (IMedia) to view.


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