VideoXpert: CMG / VXS NTP setup and validation

Issue

The VideoXpert equipment needs to sync to an external time source (i.e. SM5200, VideoXpert Accessory Server, GPS clock).

Product Line

Pelco Video Management

Environment

VideoXpert CMG v1.12
VideoXpert VXS v1.12

Cause

Improper setup can cause devices to display a wide range of symptoms including the wrong time on the overlay, connect failed messages and failure to record.

Resolution

NTP Setup:

  1. If needed, download and install Meinberg NTP on the CMG or VXS.

    Note: Current units shipped with v1.12 have Meinberg pre installed. If this is the case, edit the ntp.conf file to match the screenshot in Step 12. Otherwise proceed with the installation steps below.
     
  2. Right click the installer and select Run as administrator.
  3. Click I Agree.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Select Create an initial configuration file with the following settings.
  7. Under You can specify up to 9 NTP servers, type in the IP Address of the Accessory Server or Virtual IP of the CMG's if in a dual core environment.
  8. Uncheck Use fast initial sync mode.
  9. Check Add local clock as a last resort reference.
  10. Click Next.
  11. When prompted to review the config file click Yes.
  12. Edit the file (C:\Program Files (x86)\NTP\etc\ntp.conf) to match the below.

    A (#) needs to be placed in front of server 127.127.1.0
    A (#) needs to be placed in front of fudge 127.127.1.0 stratum 12
    Under  Use specific NTP servers, it should display the IP address of the SM5200, VideoXpert Accessory Server, or the VIP if running in dual core environment . There should NOT be a (#) in front of this line.


     
  13. Save and close the file.
  14. Select Use SYSTEM account.
  15. Click Next.
  16. Click Finish.
     

Validation:

  1. Validate the CMG / VXS is syncing with the NTP device (Start > Apps > Meinberg > Quick NTP status).
  2. Any change made to the ntp.conf file will require the service to be restarted (Start > Apps > Meinberg > Restart NTP Service).
  3. There should be an (*) next the the IP address of the NTP device as shown below. If the service was just started or restarted it may take up 15 minutes for the (*) to appear.