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Security Center Installation and Upgrade Guide 5.8 GA

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Security Center 5.8 GA
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If you need to upgrade your Security Center system from an earlier version to 5.8, you must go through a series of preparatory steps.

Before you begin

What you should know

  • Starting with Security Center 5.6 GA, there is a new license option called Number of restricted cameras. Cameras developed by some manufacturers have been restricted due to a higher cybersecurity risk profile; these cameras require a special connection license, in addition to the normal camera license. If you have restricted cameras on your system after upgrading to Security Center 5.8, these video units will stop working and the Archiver will be in a warning state until you license the restricted camera connections.

    To view a list of manufacturers that require a restricted license, use the Restricted License Type filter on the Supported Device List.

  • Different versions of the Security Center clients can coexist on the same machine, but different versions of Security Center Server cannot. Not all current settings are kept if you uninstall your current software version before installing the new one.
  • If the Active Directory role is not on the same domain as the Active Directory it is synchronizing with, you must set up a domain trust relationship. For more information on setting up domain trust relationships, see your Microsoft documentation.


  1. Close all applications related to Microsoft Management Console (MMC), such as Services, Event Viewer, and so on, because they might lock the Security Center services and prevent them from being updated.
  2. If you plan to start using restricted cameras, or increase the number of restricted cameras in use, do the following:
    1. Contact your sales representative to obtain a special connection license for your restricted camera connections.
    2. Sign the “Exclusion of Liability and Hold Harmless” waiver.
  3. If you are running Windows 7 SR1 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, you must install Microsoft hotfix 2588507.
    NOTE: This hotfix is not required for SV appliances.
  4. If you are running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2, you must install Microsoft update 2919355 followed by 2999226.
  5. If you are running Microsoft SQL Server 2005, install a more recent version of the database server.
    Security Center 5.8 is not compatible with Microsoft SQL Server 2005. (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.
  6. If you have an Active Directory role in your current system, make sure that the Windows user configured to connect to the Windows Active Directory has Read access to the accountExpires attribute.
    Starting from Security Center 5.2 SR6, a new standard Windows Active Directory attribute (accountExpires) is used by the Active Directory role to import users and cardholders to Security Center. The new attribute sets an expiration date for imported cardholders in Security Center, and changes the status of imported users to inactive after the specified date.
    If the Windows user does not have Read access to the accountExpires attribute, all cardholders and credentials previously imported from the Windows Active Directory are deleted the next time you synchronize Security Center with your Windows Active Directory after the upgrade.