Backward compatibility requirements for Security Center - Security Center 5.7 GA

Security Center Installation and Upgrade Guide 5.7 GA

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Because Security Center 5.7 GA is backward compatible with many Security Center 5.x components, you can upgrade your Security Center system in stages.

IMPORTANT: Security Center 5.7 is backward compatible with the three previous versions. This means that a server or a workstation that is three versions old can connect to the 5.7 Directory, but a server or a workstation that is four versions old cannot. If you plan to upgrade your system in stages, you must follow a two-step upgrade process when you upgrade from a system more than three versions old. However, not all roles and tasks can run in backward compatibility mode. For more information, see the tables that follow.
The requirements for Security Center backward compatibility are as follows:
Upgrading to the latest version
When upgrading, you must always upgrade the main server hosting the Directory role and Config Tool. Always upgrade each expansion server hosting a role type that is not backward compatible.
Using new features
To use the new features introduced in version 5.7 GA, upgrade your Security Center servers.
Role assigned to multiple servers
If a role is assigned to multiple servers, such as in a failover configuration, all of its servers must be running the same version of Security Center.
Directory assigned to multiple servers
All Directory servers must use the exact same software version and service release. For example, if you upgrade to Security Center 5.7 GA, you must upgrade all Directory servers to 5.7 GA.
SQL Server
Because Security Center 5.7 is not compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2005, you must install a more recent version of the database server (see the software requirements for a list of compatible versions). For more information on how to upgrade your SQL Server, refer to your Microsoft documentation.
IMPORTANT: Because adding backward compatible connections slows down the performance of the Directory, it is recommended only as a temporary solution before you are able to upgrade all servers and workstations.

Backward compatibility between Security Center roles

Each new version of Security Center includes new role features that might not be compatible with earlier versions. The Security Center roles that are backward compatible are outlined in the following table.
IMPORTANT: All expansion servers hosting a role that is not backward compatible must be upgraded to the same version as the main server hosting the Directory.
5.7 role Backward compatible with 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6
Access Manager Yes
Active Directory Yes (starting with 5.6)
Active Directory Federation Services No
Archiver Yes
Auxilliary Archiver Yes
Directory Manager No
Global Cardholder Synchronizer Yes
Health Monitor No
Intrusion Manager Yes
LPR Manager Yes
Map Manager Yes
Media Gateway (renamed from RTSP Media Router in 5.5 SR1) No
Media Router No
Omnicast™ Federation™ Yes
Plugin (all instances) No
Point of Sale No
Report Manager No
Security Center Federation™ Yes
Web Client Server Yes (introduced in 5.6)
Web-based SDK Yes
Zone Manager Yes

Backward compatibility with Security Center tasks

The Security Center 5.7 tasks that are backward compatible with Security Desk 5.4 and 5.5 are summarized in the following table.

Task category Task type Backward compatible with Security Desk 5.4, 5.5, and 5.6
Operation Monitoring (live and playback video) Yes
Maps Yes
Remote No
Cardholder management Yes
Credential management Yes
Visitor management Yes
People counting Yes
Hotlist and permit editor Yes
Inventory management Yes
Alarm management Alarm monitoring Yes
Alarm report Yes
Investigation Incidents Yes
Transactions No
Zone activities Yes
Investigation > Access control Area activities Yes
Door activities Yes
Cardholder activities Yes
Visitor activities Yes
Area presence Yes
Time and attendance Yes
Credential activities Yes
Credential request history Yes
Elevator activities Yes
Visit details Yes
Investigation > Asset management Asset activities No
Asset inventory No
Investigation > Intrusion detection Intrusion detection area activities Yes
KiwiVision intrusion detector No (introduced in 5.7)
Investigation > LPR Hits Yes
Hits (Mutli-region) Yes
Reads Yes
Reads (Mutli-region) Yes
Patroller tracking Yes
Inventory report Yes
Daily usage per Genetec Patroller™ Yes
Logons per Patroller Yes
Reads/hits per day Yes
Reads/hits per zone Yes
Zone occupancy Yes
Parking sessions Yes (introduced in 5.6)
Parking zone activities Yes (introduced in 5.6)
Investigation > Video Archives Yes
Bookmarks Yes
Motion search Yes
Camera events Yes
Forensic search Yes
Video file explorer Yes
Maintenance System status Yes
Audit trails Yes
Activity trails Yes
Health history Yes
Health statistics Yes
Hardware inventory Yes
Maintenance > Access control Access control health history Yes
Access control unit events Yes
Cardholder access rights Yes
Door troubleshooter Yes
Access rule configuration Yes
Cardholder configuration Yes
Credential configuration Yes
I/O configuration Yes
Maintenance > Intrusion detection Intrusion detection unit events Yes
Maintenance > Video Camera configuration Yes
Archiver events Yes
Archive storage details Yes