VBrick Systems VB Directory System User Manual

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VBDirectory

Users Guide

Version 4.1

June 27, 2007 4410-0061-0009

VBrick Systems, Inc.

Telephone: 1-203-265-0044

12 Beaumont Road

Toll Free (USA Only): 1-866-VBrick-1

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492

www.VBrick.com

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Copyright

VBrick Systems, Inc. copyrights this manual with all rights reserved. Under the copyright laws, this manual may not be reproduced in any form, in whole or in part, without the prior written permission of VBrick Systems, Inc.

VBrick Systems, Inc., 2007

Disclaimer

VBrick Systems, Inc. has reviewed this manual to insure it is an easy-to-use guide. All statements, technical information, and recommendations in this manual and in any guides or related documents are believed to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness thereof are not guaranteed or warranted and they are not intended to be, nor should they be understood to be, representations or warrants concerning the products described. VBrick reserves the right to make changes in the specifications of the product without notice and without obligation to notify any person of such changes.

Trademarks

VBrick, VBrick Systems, StreamPlayerII and StreamPlayer Plus are registered trademarks of VBrick Systems, Inc. Other brand and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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Table of Contents

 

COPYRIGHT...........................................................................................................................................

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DISCLAIMER ..........................................................................................................................................

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TRADEMARKS ........................................................................................................................................

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TABLE OF CONTENTS .............................................................................................................................

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1: INTRODUCTION................................................................................................................................

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BENEFITS OF VBDIRECTORY ..................................................................................................................

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2: INSTALLATION .................................................................................................................................

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YOUR NETWORK....................................................................................................................................

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SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ........................................................................................................................

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INSTALLATION........................................................................................................................................

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3: OPERATION ......................................................................................................................................

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LAUNCH VBDIRECTORY .........................................................................................................................

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FEATURES ............................................................................................................................................

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VBDIRECTORY SETTINGS.......................................................................................................................

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CONFIGURATION....................................................................................................................................

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FILTER..................................................................................................................................................

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GROUPS ...............................................................................................................................................

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GROUPS ...............................................................................................................................................

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HOST NAME ........................................................................................................................................

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CONNECTING TO VBRICKS....................................................................................................................

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Unlisted VBricks.............................................................................................................................

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USERNAME AND PASSWORDS ...............................................................................................................

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All Units..........................................................................................................................................

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Groups ...........................................................................................................................................

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Individual Units...............................................................................................................................

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VB1000-2000-3000...........................................................................................................................

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VB1000-2000-3000 Connection.....................................................................................................

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VBAdmin .....................................................................................................................................

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Telnet..........................................................................................................................................

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VB1000-2000-3000 Upgrade .........................................................................................................

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VB1000-2000-3000 Settings ..........................................................................................................

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Host Name ..................................................................................................................................

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Management SAP.......................................................................................................................

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VB4000-5000-6000...........................................................................................................................

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VB4000-5000-6000 Connection.....................................................................................................

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VB4000-5000-6000 Upgrade .........................................................................................................

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Settings for Upgrade Preferences...............................................................................................

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Upgrade ......................................................................................................................................

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VB4000-5000-6000 Settings ..........................................................................................................

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Host Name ..................................................................................................................................

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Setting the Management SAP.....................................................................................................

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ETHERNETV-STB ...............................................................................................................................

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EtherneTV-STB Connection...........................................................................................................

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EtherneTV-STB Upgrade...............................................................................................................

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EtherneTV-STB Settings................................................................................................................

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Host Name ..................................................................................................................................

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Setting the Management SAP.....................................................................................................

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COMPATIBILITY ....................................................................................................................................

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INDEX...............................................................................................................................................

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ICON KEY

Important

Information

CHAPTER one

1: Introduction

Brick products are now shipped with a management application called VBDirectory, Vwhich provides quick reference and access to all VBricks on a network. It is

available as a standalone program available on the product CD ( or from the VBrick website) and bundled with the release of many VBrick products.

The VBDirectory application listens to the Management SAP (Session Announcement Protocol) sent by each VBrick on the network1. This allows the administrator to locate the name and IP Address of each VBrick on the network through its Host Name, which is set in the Internet Protocol, or IP section of the software. If a Host name has not been selected, the VBrick is identified through the Media Access Control (MAC) address, a hardware address that uniquely identifies each node of a network. On Ethernet models, the VBrick’s Host Name identifies the VBrick to various network applications, including DHCP, SNMP and VBrick application tools.

As long as SAP transmit is enabled, the VBrick sends a Management SAP to VBDirectory’s default address. When a new VBrick device is added to the network, VBDirectory automatically locates it and adds it to its list. Double-clicking the VBrick address after locating the SAP in the VBDirectory interface launches a Web Interface that provides VBrick control though one of the following:

VBrick 1000, 2000, 3000 Series (MPEG-1) appliances through VBAdmin software or through Telnet access.

VBrick 4000, 5000 and 6000 Series (MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and WM) appliances through the Integrated Web Server (IWS).

EtherneTV-STB appliances through a web browser interface.

EtherneTV WM IP Receiver through a web browser interface.

Benefits of VBDirectory

Significantly simplifies management of environments with multiple VBrick appliances.

Automatically recognizes when VBricks are added or removed from the network.

Allows VBricks to be grouped together for management purposes.

1VBDirectory is compatible with software release 2.0.0 or higher for the VBrick 6000 Series and release 2.4.0 for VBrick 3000 series. The Upgrade function for the VBrick 3000 series requires VBAdmin release 3.2.5.1 and higher. It is not backwards compatible with previous versions of code.

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CHAPTER two

2: Installation

Your Network

The PC running VBDirectory needs to be connected to the network, and there needs to be at least one VBrick configured to send Management SAPs (please refer to the VBrick Admin Guide). It operates on any PC that has access to the network.

System Requirements

VBrick Systems recommends the following minimum system specifications:

2000, XP, or Vista.

Any Pentium processor.

128 Mb RAM.

Minimal space required (under 400k).

Installation

VBDirectory is installed in either of the following two ways:

Run SetupVBDirectory4_1_0.exe and follow the on-screen directions. The Setup program installs the program on your computer. It is recommended that the default settings be used. The setup installs the software in the default location in Program Files>VBrick>VBDirectory . Use the default folder or specify the location.

VBDirectory is installed along with the installation or upgrade of VB1000-2000-3000 MPEG-1 and VB400-5000-6000 MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 VBrick appliances when using Intelligent Download, the VBrick installation and upgrade program.

IMPORTANT: VBDirectory must be closed during installation or upgrade to avoid an error being reported. If the application is open, just close the file and complete the installation.

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CHAPTER three

3: Operation

Launch VBDirectory

VBDirectory runs from the Start menu, Programs, VBrick, VBDirectory.

Create a shortcut by right-clicking on VBDirectory and choosing Create Shortcut.

Features

VBDirectory can be resized by dragging the corners or sides of the menu.

You can sort the listing by clicking on any column header.

Check the version of VBDirectory by viewing the About Box. The About Box can be accessed by selecting the VBDirectory icon in the top left of the menu or by right clicking anywhere in the title bar or from the Windows bar.

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VBDirectory Settings

VBDirectory detects and identifies all VBricks that are configured to send Management SAPs to a network address accessible to the PC on which VBDirectory is running.

The interface window for VBDirectory displays a list of the VBricks on the network:

Name – Either the Host Name or MAC address of the appliance.

IP Address – The IP address of the unit.

Type – MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, STB (Set-Top Box), WM (Windows Media or WM IPR).

Model – The VBrick Model number.

Configuration

The Configuration pull down menu contains the settings for:

The Default Management SAP IP Address.

The Port and the Timeout value.

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