Documentation for Axxon Next 4.2.2. Documentation for other versions of Axxon Next is available too.

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To install Axxon Next, regardless of the type of installation, you must perform the following steps:

  1. Insert the Axxon Next installation disc into the CD drive, or unpack the archive with installer package.

  2. Run the Setup.exe file.


    If you cannot run the installation files downloaded  from Internet, do as follows : allow running programs and unsafe files in Windows OS.

  3. In the dialog box, choose the desired language from the list and click OK

  4. Select the Axxon Next software installation type in the dialog box by clicking the appropriate option button:
    1. Client – This type of installation is used for installing the software's user interfaces, which enable any user to connect to any server within a single security system and to perform administration/management/monitoring of a guarded location based on the permissions granted by the administrator.
    2. Server and Client — installs Client and Server services. Axxon Next Server: 

      1. interacts with devices (cameras, microphones, inputs, outputs, etc.) that constitute a security system;
      2. writes video footage to archives on system disks; interacts with archives on NAS;

      3. hosts VMDA database;

      4. employs detection tools to analyze live video;

      5. keeps configurations of the security system, user settings, custom layouts, macros, etc.

    3. Failover Server and Client—  installs Client and Server services enhanced with the Failover capability.  In emergency (power outage, network problems),  the Failover technology restores the server configuration on another server. Please refer to the section titled Configuring Failover VMS for details on how to install VMS with the Failover capability.

  5. To record all installation-related events to a log file, select the Enable full installation log check box.
  6.  Click the Next button.

    A dialog box prompts you to select the components for installation.

  7. Select check boxes for the components that you want to install. We recommend installing all components.

  8. Click the Install button. All selected components will be installed. The installation process may take considerable time.


    The following required software is installed, if necessary:

    1) PostgreSQL 9.2.2 server database If an older version of PostgreSQL is installed, it is updated to version 9.2.2.  A new log database is automatically created (name: ngp, user name: ngp, password: ngp).

    2) .NET Framework 2.0, .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 and .NET Framework 4.0

    3) Acrobat Reader, which is necessary for exporting in PDF format and printing freeze frames (see Frame export).

    4) VLC Player The VideoLan folder, in the Axxon Next installation folder, contains the file VLC.exe, which is a version of the VLC Player that can be run from any connected disk without installation. This file can be used to view exported archive video.

  9. After installation of the required software and drivers, preparation begins for Axxon Next installation.

  10. Click Next on the setup wizard's welcome screen.
  11. To proceed with installation, accept the terms of the license agreement by selecting the radio button next to I accept the terms of the License Agreement and click Next.
  12. Indicate the destination folders for installation of Axxon Next components and click Next


    The installation path for Axxon Next and its databases must contain only Latin letters and numbers.


    By default, the software will be installed to the directory C:\Program Files\AxxonSoft\AxxonNext\


     To add quick launch shortcuts or desktop shortcuts, select the corresponding check boxes

  13. In the window that opens, select an installation method and click the Next button. 
    If the Custom installation method is selected, you can perform advanced configuration of the installation of Axxon Next. 
    If the Standard installation method is selected, you are prompted to select an Axxon domain (Step 20). Default values will be used for other steps/settings.

  14. Select a user account in the file browser:


    The file browser helps to navigate through the Server's file system (such as when choosing disks for log volumes). The user account for the Windows file browser will be created with administrator privileges.


    After installation of Axxon Next, make sure that a file browser account has been created in Windows and belongs to the Administrators group.

    1. Create a new account; the default name selected will be AxxonFileBrowser.
    2. Select the LocalSystem account.
    3. Specify username and password for new or already existing user.

  15. Select a folder for storing the files and folders of the Axxon Next configuration.


    By default, the files and folders of the configuration are stored at the following path: C:\ProgramData\AxxonSoft\AxxonNext\

  16. Select a folder for storing Axxon Next databases: the log database and object trajectory database.


    The installation path for Axxon Next and its databases must contain only Latin letters and numbers.


    You are advised to place the log database and object trajectory database on a disk that has sufficient space. If you will be using only a log database, the disk capacity must be at least 5% larger than the archive size. If you will also be using a trajectory database, the disk must be at least 15% larger than the archive.

    The following formulas can help to determine the required disk size for the trajectory database:

    Size of object trajectory database = N×T×(0,5GB / day)– sufficient disk size;

    Size of object trajectory database = N×T×(1GB / day)– sufficient disk size plus reserve space;

    Size of object trajectory database = N×T×(5GB / day)– sufficient disk size plus a large reserve.

    N equals the number of video cameras in the system actively recording metadata; T equals the period of time (number of days) that metadata will be stored. By default, T = 30 days.

    If you have less than 5 GB of free disk space, the Object Tracking DB is overwritten - new data records over the oldest data records.


    By default, the log database and the object trajectory database will be placed in: C:\Program Files\AxxonSoft\Axxon Next\Metadata (in the pg_tablespace and vmda_db subdirectories, respectively).

    In the future, the metadata database can reside on network storage (see Configuring storage of the system log and metadata)

  17. Click the Next button.

  18. Specify the range of ports to be used for the Server. To do so, specify the lower end of the range, as well as the number of ports. This feature guarantees that any server process will use only ports from the allowed range for its needs. The minimum possible number of ports is 20.


    The number of ports that you select affects the scalability of the system. Keep the following in mind when specifying the number of ports:

    6 ports  is a minimum system requirement for machines with Axxon Next.

    - In a 32-bit configuration, for every 32 cameras, 6 ports are required (for multistreaming cameras). In a 64-bit configuration, for any number of cameras, 6 ports are required.

    2 ports are required to write to the archive.

    - To use the Object Tracking database (track recording), 1 port is required.

    - To use basic detection tools, 2 ports are required.

    - To use Scene Analytics, 2 ports are required.

    - To use E-mail- (through SMTP), SMS or server audio notification 1 port is required .

  19. Set the outside local address for a Server behind the NAT.

  20. To restrict visibility of Servers on particular networks in the list of Servers during Axxon Next setup:

    1. Click the button Select network interfaces... The Network interfaces window opens.

    2. By default, use of all available network interfaces on the Server is allowed, meaning that Servers on the relevant networks will be visible in the list. If you do not want for the Servers on the networks of certain network interfaces to be visible in the list, clear the relevant check boxes.


      Depending on the network topology, it will still be possible be reach the Servers manually (if broadcasting is allowed between the network segments).

    3. Click the Apply button.

  21. Click the Next button.

  22. Create a new Axxon Domain with the name Default (for the definition of an Axxon Domain see Appendix 1. Glossary). If you want to add the computer to an Axxon Domain at a later time, select Server will be manually added to already existing Axxon-domain later. Click the Next button


    When reinstalling Axxon Next, you have the option of using the previous Axxon Domain (select Use existing configuration)


    Using the same Axxon Domain name does not guarantee that the Servers will be in the same Axxon Domain. To place all Servers into one Axxon Domain, you must use the Axxon Next interface to add each Server to the necessary Axxon Domain. Axxon Domain configuration is described in detail in the section titled Configuring Axxon domains.

  23. A dialog box then appears, showing the installation parameters corresponding to the selected type of installation.
  24. Verify your installation settings and click Next to begin installation of Axxon Next.
  25. Installation of Axxon Next is then performed.

    A message indicating the completion of Axxon Next installation will appear in a new dialog box.
  26. Click Finish to confirm completion of the installation.

Installation of Axxon Next is now complete.