# VBrick Systems VBrick Systems Server ETV v3.1 User Manual

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VBrick

EtherneTV Portal Server

ETV v3.1 Portal Server

 VBrick Systems, Inc. 12 Beaumont Road November 10, 2005 Wallingford, Connecticut 06492 4410-0118-0002

Wallingford, Connecticut 06492 USA www.VBrick.com

Founded in 1997, VBrick Systems, an ISO 9001 certified vendor, is a privately held company that has enjoyed rapid growth by helping our customers successfully introduce mission critical video applications across their enterprise networks. Since our founding, VBrick has been setting the standard for quality, performance and innovation in the delivery of live and stored video over IP networks—LANs, WANs and the Internet. With over 20,000 video appliances installed across over 1,000 IP networks world-wide, VBrick is the recognized leader in reliable, highperformance, easy-to-use networked video solutions.

VBrick is an active participant in the development of industry standards and continues to play an influential role in the Internet Streaming Media Alliance (ISMA), the MPEG Industry Forum, and Internet2. In 1998 VBrick invented and shipped the world's first MPEG Video Network Appliance designed to provide affordable DVDquality video across the network. Since then, VBrick's video solutions have grown to include Video on Demand, Management, Security and Access Control, Scheduling, and Rich Media Integration. VBrick solutions are successfully supporting a broad variety of applications including distance learning and training, conferencing and remote office communications, security, process monitoring, traffic monitoring, business and news feeds to the desktop, webcasting, corporate communications, collaboration, command and control, and telemedicine. VBrick serves customers in education, government, healthcare, and financial services markets among others.

## Contents

Preface

Organization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii Font Conventions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . vii Related Documents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii Printer-Friendly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . viii

1. Introduction

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Downloaded Components. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

MySQL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

ETV Portal Server. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

Server Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Desktop Requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

End User Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Administrative Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Additional ETV Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

EtherneTV Video-on-Demand Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

EtherneTV-STB Set-Top Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

VBrick Encoders/Decoders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Additional Portal Server Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

ETV Network Video Recorder . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

ETV Live Portal Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Portal Server License Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Administrator Login. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Administrator Options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Global Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Global Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Custom Fields. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Customize Streams. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Servers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

VBricks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

Set Top Boxes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

Recorders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Script Devices. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

Scripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

URLs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Emergency Broadcast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Modify VOD Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

Access Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36

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Using Single Sign-On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Using LDAP Servers with SSL . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Diagnostics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44 Logout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44

3. Access Control

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 STB Authentication. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Authentication by PIN. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Authentication by IP Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 1. Setup and Configure the EtherneTV System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 2. Choose an Authentication Method . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 3. Create User Groups on the Portal Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 4. Create Resource Groups on the Portal Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 5. Create Users on the ETV Portal Server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 6. Assign Resources to Users or User Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51

Users . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 Add/Modify User Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 Add/Modify User's Group Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Add/Modify User's Resource Group Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Add/Modify Live Channel Privileges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Allow Access to Specific VOD Servers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Allow Access to Specific VOD Content. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Allow Viewing by Content Type . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Allow Content Publishing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Allow Content Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Default Content Recording . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Allow VBrick Access . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 STB Access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Schedule Privileges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Emergency Broadcast Privileges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56

User Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56 Add/Modify Group Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Add/Modify Group's User Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Add/Modify Group's Resource Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Resource Groups. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58 Add/Modify Resource Group Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Add/Modify User's Resource Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Add/Modify Group's Resource Assignments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59

4. Configuring for SSL

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

Generate a Certificate Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61

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Submit a Certificate Request . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Install the Certificate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Configure Resources for SSL. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63

5. Auto Content Ingestion

Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65

Removing Closed Captions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66

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Preface

This EtherneTV Portal Server Administrator Guide is written for anyone who will be using or evaluating the VBrick EtherneTV Portal Server. This includes system administrators, software developers, network technicians, and others. The ETV Portal Server is a web-based portal for accessing and managing video assets including both live or stored audio and video files. The ETV Portal Server is a key component in VBrick's EtherneTV Media Distribution System. The ETV Portal Server provides a simple, intuitive interface that auto-discovers available media assets in your network. Key components in VBrick's EtherneTV solution include:

EtherneTV-NXG Video-on-Demand Server – Provides all standard Video-on- Demand (VoD) features including support for MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 for maximum flexibility.

EtherneTV-STB Set-Top Box – Leading edge digital set-top box that provides a lowcost standalone decoder for DVD-quality MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 videos.

VBrick Hardware Encoders/Decoders – Rugged, reliable video appliances that can reside anywhere on your network to provide either distributed or high-density centralized encoding/decoding of MPEG-1, MPEG-2, and MPEG-4 video.

Organization

Introduction – provides an overview of the application including server and desktop requirements and an overview of features and functionality.

Administration – provides detailed explanations of all ETV Portal Server global settings and configuration options, as well as diagnostics and status windows.

Access Control – explains how to configure the system for access control. It explains how to create users and groups with specific permissions and access to resources.

Configuring for SSL – explains how to securely configure the system using the Secure Sockets Layer.

Auto Content Ingestion – explains auto content ingestion. This is the process whereby video content is automatically populated on the portal server.

Font Conventions

Arial bold is used to describe dialog boxes and menu choices, for example: Start > All

Programs > VBrick

Courier fixed-width font is used for code elements (C++, HTML) as well as filenames, directories, etc.

Bold Courier fixed-width font is used to indicate user input in keyboard commands, scripts, etc.

Italics are used to emphasize specific words or phrases.

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Related Documents

The following documents describe key components in the EtherneTV Media Distribution System.

EtherneTV Portal Server User Guide

EtherneTV Portal Server Release Notes

EtherneTV-STB Quick Start Guide

EtherneTV-NXG 1&2 VoD Quick Start Guide

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Chapter 1

## Introduction

### Overview

VBrick's EtherneTV Media Distribution System consists of a group of products that includes the EtherneTV Portal (ETV Portal Server), EtherneTV Encoders, the EtherneTV-NXG Video-on-Demand Server, EtherneTV Set-Top Boxes and StreamPlayer software. This integrated system delivers both live and on-demand audio and video over an IP-based infrastructure. The ETV Portal Server functions as a video portal, permitting end users to view live and on-demand MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 and other streams on a PC, Macintosh, or Set-Top Box. The ETV Portal Server comes as software-only solution that can be installed on a Windows Server or as a pre-configured hardware/software combination.

For Windows-based PC users only, ETV Portal Server uses VBrick StreamPlayer softwarebased components to decode video streams on the user desktop. The Portal Server downloads these components to each user machine the first time you access the Portal Server. No download is necessary for subsequent access. If this is a new installation, you must answer Yes to security requests to download these components. The EtherneTV Portal Server may require the installation of up to five components. If you check the box Always trust content from VBrick Systems Incorporated, any required components will be automatically downloaded the next time they are needed. You don’t have to restart your computer.

The standard method to download these components is by using CABs. When a user connects to the Portal Server for the first time, the CABs are downloaded automatically to the user computer. In certain circumstances however, the use of CABs is not allowed or impracticable. In these cases, VBrick provides an .msi installer called VBrickComponents.msi. This installer installs the same components and allows end-users who cannot use CABs to gain full Portal Server functionality. This installer is located in the utils directory under Portal Server. Go to Program Files\VBrick\MCS\utils to run this utility.

Topics in this chapter

Overview

MySQL

ETV Portal Server

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### MySQL

EtherneTV Portal Server is shipped with MySQL™ as the database. The MySQL database is installed as part of the Portal Server installation package. If the hardware/software combination was purchased from VBrick, MySQL will already be installed on your machine; the default user name is root. To protect the integrity of the database, you should change the default password (vbrick_18) after initial installation and periodically thereafter.

Note MySQL Query Browser is an Open Source front-end that provides a graphical interface to the MySQL database. MySQL Query Browser is available free of charge under the free software GNU General Public License. Go to http:// www.mysql.com for details.

1.Open a Command Prompt window.

2.At the C: prompt type cd program files\mysql\mysql server 4.1\bin and press

Enter.

3.Type mysql -uroot -pvbrick_18 and press Enter.

5.Type exit.

### ETV Portal Server

The VBrick EtherneTV (ETV) Portal Server is a web-based portal for accessing Live and OnDemand audio and video files. A key component of VBrick's EtherneTV Media Distribution System, the ETV Portal Server provides a simple interface to easily locate available media assets on your network. Upon accessing the main portal page, users can navigate or search for specific videos, select the video, and immediately begin viewing up to DVD quality video. For on-demand videos, users can Fast Forward/Rewind and Seek to specific points in the video. Standard access control functionality provides restriction of certain content to particular users, user groups, or set-top boxes. An optional scheduling module allows users to schedule devices to send video, receive video, record video, or to initiate a two-way conference.

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Figure 1. EtherneTV Media Distribution System

#### Server Requirements

The minimum server requirements include:

Windows 2000 Server or Windows 2003 Server (with Service Pack 1).

Pentium IV or Xeon Processor 1.26 GHz Minimum (2 GHz or higher recommended).

RAM 512 MB Minimum (1 GB or more recommended).

Hard Drive 36 GB Minimum (larger for frequent recording).

Note VBrick has tested the ETV Portal Server on Windows 2000 Web Server and Windows 2003 Server Web Edition. Note also that ETV Portal Server also will not operate correctly on a server that is configured as a primary domain controller or with other network-related services and software.

#### Desktop Requirements

Windows-based PC and Macintosh users access the ETV Portal Server through a web browser. For Windows-based PCs, on the first access to the server, VBrick StreamPlayer software is automatically downloaded to the PC. StreamPlayer software lets end users select a stream and view TV-quality video directly on a PC. Macintosh users view MPEG-4 video through the QuickTime player.

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Windows PCs

Windows 98, 2000, XP (SP2) or above. XP SP2 has been tested and is supported.

300 MHz Pentium II processor for MPEG-1 streams.

500 MHz Pentium III processor for MPEG-2 streams.

500 MHz (minimum), 750 MHz Pentium III processor (recommended) for MPEG-4 streams.

128 MB RAM.

SVGA video card 640x480, 256 colors, video card acceleration recommended.

Windows-compatible sound device.

Minimum 10 MB hard disk space for installation.

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.

DirectX Media Version 8.1 and higher.

Macintosh PCs

Mac OS X with Safari 1.0 (or higher) or FireFoX for Mac 1.0.4; QuickTime Player 6.0 or higher. (Internet Explorer is no longer supported.)

#### End User Features

Simple, intuitive user interface and unified portal for live and on-demand streams.

Windows-based PCs, Macintoshes, or STBs (connected to televisions or display monitors) can all access the Portal Server. Mac support is for MPEG-4 only.

Users can view video at Full Screen for a television-like user experience.

Users can view Video-On-Demand assets with full VCR/DVD control, including Play,

Pause, Stop, Fast Forward, Rewind, and Seek.

Video can be viewed in a preview window or launched in an external, re-sizeable player window (PC and Macintosh).

Set-Top Box users can use familiar Channel Up/Down keys and other hot keys on the IR remote control to navigate through video listings.

Users can search through the list of Live or On-Demand videos by Title, Keyword, Description, or other custom fields defined by an ETV Portal Server administrator.

Users can record and store videos on the EtherneTV-NXG Video-on-Demand server via ETV Portal Server.

Users can publish pre-recorded content and thumbnails directly to the EtherneTV-NXG Video-on-Demand server.

Users can view closed caption text (Windows-based PCs and set-top boxes only).

Users can launch pre-configured emergency broadcasts. (Optional. Requires Scheduling module.)

Users can schedule future recordings or broadcasts. (Optional. Requires Scheduling module.)

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Access Control - allows administrators to allow/deny access to specific functions of the ETV Portal Server server. Access control functionality can use the local ETV Portal Server database or authenticate to an LDAP directory server.

Clustering support – multiple EtherneTV-NXG Video-on-Demand servers can be clustered to increase total throughput. The ETV Portal Server will automatically load balance all servers defined in ETV Portal Server; no additional configuration is necessary. See Servers on page 17 for more.

SSL/TLS security – the ETV Portal Server server can be set up to provide encrypted access to the Administrative pages, the Login pages, or all pages. See Configuring for SSL on page 61.

Customer defined URLs – can be entered into the system and displayed in the ETV Portal Server interface. The URLs can point to video assets or other assets such as PDFs or PowerPoint documents.

Autoingestion to the EtherneTV-NXG server – content placed in autoingestion folders on the ETV Portal Server will be automatically transferred and ingested into the EtherneTV-NXG server.

Customized global messages can display on the ETV Portal Server interface.

Channel numbers can be assigned to live streams.

Define a startup channel for STBs – the STB will automatically tune into this channel when users select the Live TV option.

Emergency broadcasts – can define pre-configured emergency broadcast templates that can be launched instantaneously. See Emergency Broadcast on page 32 for more.

Status window – shows the status of videos being added, recorded, or ingested.

Diagnostics window – displays a complete log of system events by source, time, and IP address.

Custom fields and streams – the ability to add customized information and search parameters to live and stored streams.

#### EtherneTV Video-on-Demand Server

The EtherneTV Video on Demand (VoD) server provides the ETV Portal Server with a list of available video content organized in folders. The VoD content is displayed on the ETV Portal Server, along with the duration of the video and associated descriptions, key words, and other custom information entered by an administrator. The user plays content from the VoD server by selecting it by program name from the ETV Portal Server interface. The ETV Portal Server currently supports NXG and VOD-W on demand servers. The configuration is essentially the same (see Servers on page 17) and there is no difference in functionality for end users.

#### EtherneTV-STB Set-Top Box

EtherneTV-STBs access the ETV Portal Server through a web browser within the Set-Top Box. Using the Set-Top Box remote control, users can navigate and search for specific on-

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demand content or live video streams, select a stream, and begin viewing television-quality video. Set-Top Box users can also record video directly on the ETV Portal Server using the remote control or the wireless keyboard.

#### VBrick Encoders/Decoders

VBrick's VB4000-5000-6000 Series MPEG-2 network video appliances provide DVD quality video and CD quality audio at 1–15 Mbps of bandwidth. MPEG-2 is the world's most popular digital compression technology and is used to encode DVDs as well as Digital Cable and Digital Satellite broadcasts. VBrick's VB4000-5000-6000 Series MPEG-4 encoders and decoders are versatile and reliable video appliances for one or two-way interactive communications over low or medium bandwidth IP networks. The VBrick MPEG-4 encoder/decoder can be used for webcasting, multicasting, transcoding, and two-way interactive video. Designed for streaming over the Internet at lower bit rates (56K, 128K, 384K0 and over a LAN at higher rates (1Mbps and above).

The ETV Network Video Recorder and the ETV Live Portal Server are optional components that are purchased and installed separately. They have different license files that must be installed separately. See Portal Server License Files on page 7.

#### ETV Network Video Recorder

The ETV Network Video Recorder lets you off-load all recording tasks from the ETV Portal Server machine to a separate "recorder server" machine. This optimizes recording performance as well as ETV Portal Server performance. The Network Video Recorder uses ETV Portal Server components and requires two machines: the ETV Portal Server is installed on one machine; the Network Video Recorder software is installed on a different machine. Once installed, the NVR machine is used for all ETV Portal Server recording tasks. The NVR has no GUI and runs continually as a background service. You simply install the NVR software and change the Recorder Server configuration to match the new server. See the ETV Network Video Recorder Release Notes for more details and installation instructions.

Note A standard ETV Portal Server permits two concurrent recording operations. If you purchase and install a Network Video Recorder, the number of concurrent recording operations is fixed by the terms of your licensing agreement with VBrick.

#### ETV Live Portal Server

The ETV Live Portal Server provides ETV functionality that is limited to scheduling and viewing live streams. It does not integrate with a VoD server and there is no functionality for browsing the video library.

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Introduction

Figure 1. Live Portal Server User Interface

You are prompted to install a license (.lic) file as part of the ETV Portal Server installation process. Different Portal Server functionality is available depending on the type of license you purchase and install. (For example if you do not install a Scheduler license, you will not see a "Scheduled Programs" option in the Portal Server client application.) After initial installation you can install a different license as necessary by using Add or Remove Programs.

TTo install or modify a Portal Server license file:

1.Go to Start > Control Panel > Add or Remove Programs > VBrick Media Control

Server Suite.

2.Click Change/Remove and select the appropriate license file type (see below).

3.Click Next, then browse to the file and click Open.

4.When done, manually close the window and launch the application. There is no need to restart the host machine.

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Chapter 2

### Overview

The ETV Portal Server can be administered from Windows-based PCs using Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. The Administrative pages are best viewed at 1024x768 resolution. Administration is not supported from Macintoshes or Set-Top Boxes.

Topics in this chapter

Overview

Global Settings

Modify VOD Content

Access Control

Diagnostics

Status

Help

Logout

In order to access the administrative functions enter the following address in the Internet Explorer browser of the PC where myserveraddress is the host name or IP address of the ETV Portal Server . The session will timeout after 20 minutes of inactivity. admin is both the default user name and password.

Note As a standard best practice, VBrick recommends changing the default administrator User Name and Password.

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 Option Description Logout Logs out the user who is currently logged in.

† Users, User Groups, and Resource Groups are only displayed if Access Control is enabled. See Access Control on page 45 for a description of these functions.

### Global Settings

Global Settings include configuration settings and parameters that apply to the entire system. Global Settings include:

#### Global Assignments

Custom Fields

Customize Streams

Servers

VBricks

Set Top Boxes

Recorders

Script Devices

Scripts

Global Assignments

Global Assignment are listed below. Most are self-explanatory and consist of text boxes where you enter appropriate values.

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Table 2. Global Assignments

 Function Description Assign a Global Message The global message will be displayed in the message area of the Portal Server user interface, when there is no program information available. Enter the message text and click Submit. Example: There will be an all hands meeting today at 4:00 p.m. in the boardroom. Note that if you are running the Portal Server on a Set Top Box, the message area will not display more than 4 lines of text. Define Set Top Box Startup When an STB (in ETV Portal Server Start mode) accesses the Channel "Watch live broadcasts" page, it can be set to automatically play a defined channel in the Preview Window. Highlight that channel from the list and click Submit. If there are no channels listed, channels must first be defined as Customized Live Streams. Change Admin User Name Change the default admin user name of admin. Change Admin Password Change the default admin password of admin. Define FTP User Name ETV Portal Server is defaulted for "anonymous" FTP access, which is configured in Windows IIS Default FTP Site. If a more secure FTP access is desired, the User Name can be changed in IIS (please reference the Windows Server documentation for instructions on how to change the FTP User Name). The same User Name should be entered here.
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 Function Description Assign Presentations The Presenter is a VBrick multimedia presentation application that can be launched from the Portal Server. This field defines the directory where presentations are stored. If this folder is present and contains a valid index.asp file, View Presentations will be shown as a option on the Portal Server Home page and will launch the Presenter in a separate window.

#### Custom Fields

TTo create a Custom Field:

1.Go to Global Settings > Custom Fields.

2.Enter a Field Name and a Field Type. If you select Dropdown, you can add items one at a time followed by Add Item. These items will populate a dropdown list box on the

Customize Streams page.

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3.When done, click Add Custom Field. The field will be added to the panel at the top of the window; it will also be available as an option when you are customizing a stream.

 Custom Field This panel shows the existing custom fields that have previously Name (Field Type) been defined. Field Name The field name you want to display on the Info page for this stream or video. Field Type This determines how the field will be displayed on the Customize Streams page, either as a text field or as a dropdown list box.

#### Customize Streams

Customizing streams refers to changing the way live streams are displayed in the ETV Portal Server. (VoD streams are customzed by end users rather than by administrators.) Customizing a live stream allows you to change the displayed Program Name, assign a Channel number, and enter a Description that displays in the Messages area of the window. You can also enter Keywords for searching, and values for any custom fields that have been defined (see Custom Fields above).

The ETV Portal Server auto-discovers live streams on the network by listening for announcements, also known as SAPs (Session Announcement Protocols). On a network with many live streams, the administrator can keep the stream list organized by assigning channel numbers. This also provides an environment for end users that is similar to television.

TTo customize a stream:

1.Go to Global Settings > Customize Streams:

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2.Choose an Available Live Stream (one that has not been customized), enter an optional Channel number, and click Add Customization. This moves the customized stream to the panel on the right.

3.Optionally, add a Description of the channel that will be displayed in the Messages area on the broadcast list page and on the Info page.

4.You can also add Keywords and Links (see below) that are displayed on the Info pages associated with a stream. They make it easier to search for specific content.

 Program Name Required. Name that will display in the directory of Live Broadcasts. Channel Optional. Unique number that will display in the directory. Description Optional. Description that will display on the Info page. Keywords Optional. Enter each searchable keyword(s) separated by commas or spaces. Links Optional. Add hyperlinks that will display on the Info page.

This feature lets you add a hyperlink to the page you get by clicking the Info icon associated with each live stream.

1.Highlight a stream in the Customized Live Streams panel.

 Link Title The title actually displayed on the Info page, for example "Additional Information."
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 Administration Link Type • Web page URL – Enter a valid URL or copy and paste one from your web browser. • Uploaded File – Browse to select an upload file. This can be a PowerPoint, an image, or any file you want to make available to end users. The file is automatically uploaded to the Portal Server, and the Portal Server creates a URL for end users to access it.

#### Servers

Use the Servers page to add/modify VoD servers or to add/modify VoD content folders. Note that you can cluster multiple servers to increase throughput. The ETV Portal Server will automatically load balance all servers defined on the Servers page; no additional configuration is necessary. If there are multiple servers configured, ingested content is written to all the servers for which a user has access.