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Security Center Installation and Upgrade Guide

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When performing a silent installation, you can specify additional options for the Security Center.

The following table lists the Installer options for Security Center. All Security Center options are written in capital letters. Unlike the setup options, none of them are preceded with a forward slash (/). All options names are case sensitive.
IMPORTANT: All servers on the system share the same password. Therefore, for the installation of both main and expansion servers, only use the option MAINSERVER_PASSWORD to specify the password.
Security Center option Description
ACTIVATIONCODE This is the activation code required to allow System Availability Monitor Agent (SAMA) to collect system data.


AGREETOLICENSE Indicate that you agree with our software license agreement.
IMPORTANT: The only accepted value is Yes. If omitted, the installation will fail.


ALLOWSQLUPGRADE Allow the installer to upgrade your database server to SQL Server 2019 Express Edition if your operating system supports it. The accepted values are 0 and 1.
  • 0 = Do not upgrade (DEFAULT)
  • 1 = Upgrade if your operating system supports it
SQL Server 2019 Express is only supported on the 64-bit version of Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 and later.
IMPORTANT: Be sure to back up your databases before the SQL Server upgrade.


When SKIPSQLVALIDATION=1 is specified, the database server upgrade is ignored.

COLLECTPOLICY Configure the data collection policy for our Product Improvement Program. The accepted values are:
  • On: We will collect data with system information.
  • Anonymous: We will collect anonymous data.
  • Off: We will not collect data.
IMPORTANT: This option is mandatory if you are installing the main server on a clean machine. If omitted, the installation will fail.

You can also use this option to change the existing data collection setting if you are upgrading the main server. It is ignored if you are installing an expansion server or a client workstation.


CONFIGURATION_SETTINGS Specify which configuration settings to use if older configuration files (ConfigurationFiles\*.gconfig) are found on your machine. The accepted values are:
  • KeepExistingSettings (FIRST DEFAULT)
  • DeployNewSettings (SECOND DEFAULT)
  • UpgradeOldSettings
The first option is applicable only if configuration files for the current major version (5.10) are found on your machine.

The last option is applicable only if configuration files from an older major version are found on your machine.

NOTE: This option is only application for fresh installations. If you are upgrading your system, it always upgrades your current settings.
CREATE_FIREWALL_RULES Add the installed Security Center applications to the Windows Firewall exceptions list. Accepted values are 0 and 1.
  • 0 = Do not create firewall rules
  • 1 = Create firewall rules (DEFAULT)


DATABASE_AUTOBACKUP Back up the Directory database after the software upgrade, but before the database upgrade. Configuration Files are also backed up in the same destination folder as the database. Accepted values are 0 and 1. When this option is omitted, the default value is 1 if the last backup is more than one day old. The default backup folder is C:\SecurityCenterBackup on the SQL Server machine.
  • 0 = Do not back up the Directory database
  • 1 = Back up the Directory database (DEFAULT)


DATABASE_SERVER Same as GLOBAL_SERVER option. This parameter maintains backward compatibility with previous silent installation scripts.
DEACTIVBASIC This is a Boolean value that specifies whether basic camera authentication should be deactivated.
  • 0 = Basic authentication enabled
  • 1 = Basic authentication disabled (DEFAULT)


GLOBAL_SERVER Specify the database server name for all roles installed by default. When omitted, the default value is (local)\SQLEXPRESS.


LANGUAGECHOSEN Language used by Security Center. The possible code values are:
  • Arabic - 1025
  • Chinese (Simplified) - 2052
  • Chinese (Traditional) - 1028
  • Czech - 1029
  • Dutch - 1043
  • English - 1033
  • French - 3084
  • German - 1031
  • Hebrew - 1037
  • Hungarian - 1038
  • Italian - 1040
  • Japanese - 1041
  • Korean - 1042
  • Norwegian - 1044
  • Persian - 1065
  • Polish - 1045
  • Brazilian Portuguese - 2070
  • Russian - 1049
  • Spanish - 1034
  • Swedish - 1053
  • Thai - 1054
  • Turkish - 1055
  • Vietnamese - 1066


If the code is invalid, English will be used. If this option is omitted, the installation language (specified with the /language: setup option) will be used.

MAINSERVER_ENDPOINT Used for expansion server installation. Specify the name or IP address of the main server.


MAINSERVER_PASSWORD Mandatory option for server installation commands.
IMPORTANT: The password must meet the following requirements:
  • At least 8 characters long
  • 1 or more upper case letters
  • 1 or more lower case letters
  • 1 or more numerical characters
  • 1 or more special characters
  • No spaces or double quotation marks.


PRODUCT_UPDATES Turn the automatic check for software updates ON or OFF. Possible values are:
  • true - Turn the automatic check ON (DEFAULT)
  • false - Turn the automatic check OFF
SAMA_COLLECTPOLICY Configure the data collection policy applied by the SAMA. The accepted values are:
  • On: SAMA will collect data with system information (requires ACTIVATIONCODE).
  • Anonymous: SAMA will collect anonymous data (DEFAULT)
  • Off: SAMA will not collect data.


SECURE_COMMUNICATION This is a Boolean value that specifies whether secure communication (Directory authentication) should be enforced.
  • 0 = Not enforced, Directory authentication turned off (DEFAULT)
  • 1 = Enforced, Directory authentication turned on


SERVER_TYPE Specify whether to install a main or an expansion server. The accepted values are:
  • Main: Install Genetec™ Server with Directory (DEFAULT)
  • Expansion: Install Genetec™ Server without Directory
SERVERADMIN_PORT Specify the HTTP port for the web-based Server Admin.


If not specified, the default is 5500.

SERVICEPASSWORD Specify the password to use in the services.


  • The username and password must be created first with the right credentials before using those properties. If not specified, the default is blank.
  • Double quotation marks cannot be part of the password. However, you can use them to wrap your password if you want to include a space. For example: SERVICEPASSWORD="abc efg".
SERVICEUSERNAME Specify the username to use in the services.


SKIPSERVICESTART Use this option to prevent the Security Center services from starting immediately after the installation (default behavior). You can use this option, if for example, you need to install hotfixes right after the full installation. If you use this option, don’t forget to start the Security Center services (NET START GenetecServer and NET START GenetecWatchdog) after the hotfix installation.


SKIPSQLVALIDATION Use this option if your instance of SQL Server is not available at the time of installation, so the installer will not attempt to connect to it to validate its version.


When this option is turned on, the ALLOWSQLUPGRADE option is ignored.

SQL_INSTANCE_NAME This option must be specified when SQLSERVER_GROUP is set to NewServer. It specifies name of the SQL Server instance you want to create on your local machine.
IMPORTANT: Do not add the server name to the instance name.
SQLSERVER_GROUP Specify if a new or an existing SQL Server is silently installed. The accepted values are:
  • ExistingServer (DEFAULT)
  • NewServer (must be used with SQL_INSTANCE_NAME)


UPGRADE_DATABASE Specify that the Directory database should be automatically upgraded. If no database exists, this option is ignored. Possible values are Y or N. When this option is omitted, the default value is Y.


WEBSERVER_PORT Specify the HTTP port for the web-based Server Admin.

If not specified, the default is 80.