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[6.6.6] 24/7 Surveillance server NOT on the array?

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Hi guys,

 

A quick search for my solution brings up old posts from 2011 and doesn't really cover my needs so I'm hoping someone unRAID-savvy has a more modern, better approach.

 

What I'm after is the ability to set up something (docker ideally) that can record 24/7 from 4 IP cameras (soon to be expanded to 6) on the network to a dedicated WD Purple drive that i have under unassigned devices. I'd like to take this approach so as not to A: cause unnecessary writes and shorten my SSD cache lifespan and B: not to write directly to the array and degrade performance/constantly wear and tear on my NAS & parity drives. I obviously don't need parity for footage that's constantly being overwritten every 7 days or so anyway.

 

I imagine there's a way to do this but I haven't really ventured into setting something like this up before. I get easily intimidated with things I don't understand. Simple step by step instructions would be greatly appreciated :)

 

Thanks so much in advance for any help.

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Hi guys,
 
A quick search for my solution brings up old posts from 2011 and doesn't really cover my needs so I'm hoping someone unRAID-savvy has a more modern, better approach.
 
What I'm after is the ability to set up something (docker ideally) that can record 24/7 from 4 IP cameras (soon to be expanded to 6) on the network to a dedicated WD Purple drive that i have under unassigned devices. I'd like to take this approach so as not to A: cause unnecessary writes and shorten my SSD cache lifespan and B: not to write directly to the array and degrade performance/constantly wear and tear on my NAS & parity drives. I obviously don't need parity for footage that's constantly being overwritten every 7 days or so anyway.
 
I imagine there's a way to do this but I haven't really ventured into setting something like this up before. I get easily intimidated with things I don't understand. Simple step by step instructions would be greatly appreciated :)
 
Thanks so much in advance for any help.


You just need the unassigned devices plugin to add the drive and there's a zoneminder docker. You just add the path of the drive to the docker. I use unifi cameras and unifi video docker to record to a non array drive mounted with unassigned devices plugin.

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On 1/24/2019 at 4:55 AM, dmacias said:

You just need the unassigned devices plugin to add the drive and there's a zoneminder docker. You just add the path of the drive to the docker. I use unifi cameras and unifi video docker to record to a non array drive mounted with unassigned devices plugin.

 

 

Excellent. Managed to get it all set up and working so far. Currently i have the Zoneminder appdata on the cache along with everything else. Would you recommend taking it off there and placing it onto the standalone dick not on the array? I'm unsure about how much data the app is writing/reading constantly within its appdata. If its negligible ill leave it on the cache and just store footage on the disk.

 

Also one final question. How do i change the clip length for each video file it saves? Currently its saving into a new folder every 10 minutes with a new video file (see attachment). As this is recording  24/7 id prefer to bump that up 24 files per day at 1 hour in length each.

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Excellent. Managed to get it all set up and working so far. Currently i have the Zoneminder appdata on the cache along with everything else. Would you recommend taking it off there and placing it onto the standalone dick not on the array? I'm unsure about how much data the app is writing/reading constantly within its appdata. If its negligible ill leave it on the cache and just store footage on the disk.
 
Also one final question. How do i change the clip length for each video file it saves? Currently its saving into a new folder every 10 minutes with a new video file (see attachment). As this is recording  24/7 id prefer to bump that up 24 files per day at 1 hour in length each.



It's been a while since I used Zoneminder but I believe if you go to your monitor settings and look for Section Length it defaults to 600 seconds (10 min). Change that to 3600.

If you were able to run Zoneminder without the array, I think it would matter but I've had appdata on cache and on unassigned drive. Don't know if there would be any difference. Currently it's on cache.

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3 hours ago, dmacias said:

It's been a while since I used Zoneminder but I believe if you go to your monitor settings and look for Section Length it defaults to 600 seconds (10 min). Change that to 3600.

If you were able to run Zoneminder without the array, I think it would matter but I've had appdata on cache and on unassigned drive. Don't know if there would be any difference. Currently it's on cache.

 

 

Dude thank you so much. All your advice is spot on. I'm now very content with my setup. Donated $5 to you so go enjoy a beer on me :)

 

Thanks again.

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