Setting up a Security Center Federation™ - Security Center 5.9 - 5.10

All about Security Center Federation™

Applies to
Security Center 5.9 - 5.10
Last updated
2021-07-28
Content type
Guides > Administrator guides
Language
English (United States)
Product
Security Center
Version
5.10
5.9

To federate one remote Security Center system using Security Center Federation™, you must create an configure a Security Center Federation™ role.

Procedure

  1. Open the System task and click the Roles view.
  2. Click Add an entity (), and click Security Center Federation™.
  3. In the Directory field, enter the name or IP address of the remote Security Center Directory.
  4. Enter the username and password that the Federation™ role is going to use to log on to the remote Security Center system.
    The rights and privileges of the Federation™ user determine what the users on the Federation™ host can see and do on the federated system. The Federation™ user account should have minimum privileges and should not have administrative privileges.
  5. In the Federated events section, select the events that you want to receive from the federated system, and click Next.
  6. In the Basic information page, enter a name and description for the role.
  7. Select a Partition this role is a member of, and click Next.
    All federated entities are created in the partition you select. Only users that are part of the partition can view or modify those entities.
  8. Click Next > Create > Close.
  9. Select the new Federation™ role (), and click the Properties tab.
    The connection status should say Synchronizing entities, or Connected.
  10. Decide what happens if the connection between the Security Center Federation™ role and the federated Security Center Directory is interrupted by configuring the following options:
    Resilient connection
    When this option is turned on (default=OFF), if the connection between the Federation™ role and the federated Security Center Directory server is temporarily interrupted, the Federation™ role attempts to reconnect to the Directory for a set amount of time before the connection is considered lost and the role goes into a warning state.
    NOTE: Activating Resilient connection is highly recommended for remote systems that might have an unstable connection to the cloud.
    Reconnection timeout
    Specify the number of seconds that the Federation™ role attempts to reconnect to the Directory before the connection is considered lost.
  11. Configure the additional options for Security Center Federation™:
    Forward Directory reports
    When this option is turned on (default=OFF), you can view user activities (viewing cameras, activating the PTZ, and so on) and configuration changes performed at the federated site from the Activity trails and Audit trails reports on the Federation™ host, as long as the Federation™ user has the privileges and access rights to view them.
    IMPORTANT: Forward Directory reports is only supported with 5.8 systems and higher (including federations). This means that if your federated system is 5.7 and lower, the Forward Directory reports option is grayed out and not available.
    Default live stream
    Default video stream used for viewing live video from federated Security Center cameras (default=Remote).

    If your workstation does not require specific video stream settings for Federation™, you can use the default stream settings from Security Desk instead.

    Enable playback requests
    When this option is turned on, users can view playback video from federated Security Center cameras.
    Federate alarms
    When this option is turned on, alarms are received from the federated Security Center system.
  12. Click Apply.
  13. If necessary, change the default multicast addresses used by the Media Router for local and federated streams.

After you finish

In the Area view task, expand the Security Center Federation™ role () and make sure all the federated entities were imported by the role.

The entity hierarchy corresponds to the area view on the federated remote system.