Setting up a Security Center Federation™ - Security Center 5.9

Security Center Administrator Guide 5.9

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Security Center 5.9
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To configure a Security Center Federation™, you must create a Security Center Federation™ role for each remote Security Center system you want to federate.


  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. In the next two fields, 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 that user determine what your local users will be able to see and do on the federated system. The remote 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.
    The new Federation™ role () is created.
  9. 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. If you want to view user activities (viewing cameras, activating the PTZ, and so on) and configuration changes performed at the remote site through the Activity trails and Audit trails reports, set the Forward Directory reports option to ON.
  12. From the Default live stream drop-down list, select the default video stream used for viewing live video from federated Security Center cameras (default=Remote).
    If you know that a workstation does not need to follow the default settings of the Federation™ role, you can change its configuration to use the default settings of Security Desk instead.
  13. To disable users from viewing playback video from federated cameras, then switch the Enable playback requests option to OFF.
  14. If you do not want to receive alarms from the federated system, then switch the Federate alarms option to OFF.
  15. Open the Area view task.
  16. Expand the new Security Center Federation™ role () in the area view, 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.