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Installing Ksenos as a service on Windows

Last updated: 1st Feb 2018

These instruction will help on installing Ksenos as a service on Windows platform. This version will be running as a service only, and accessible via Web UI or remote connection. These instructions should not be followed blindly, but adjusted to fit your system.

Windows 7 or newer
Windows Server 2012 R2 or newer
Latest Ksenos installer

Ksenos can be set to reserve recording space from any drive visible to the operating system. It is recommended to leave operating system on a different drive than what is reserved for Ksenos.

To begin the installation of Ksenos, run the setup

  • 3.1 Select a language.
  • 3.2 Click next to continue.
  • 3.3 Review the license terms and click "I Agree".
  • 3.4 Select only "Install as service". The service always starts automatically unless manually disabled from Windows services.
  • 3.5 Choose the installation folder and click "Install".
  • 3.6 Finish the setup.

After the installation is completed, the service starts automatically and listens on port 80. To access the service, please open your preferred browser and enter URL: http://localhost

  • 4.1 Enter URL http://localhost
  • 4.2 Click "Enter product key" from upper right corner of the page.
  • 4.3 Enter the product key and click "Activate...".
  • 4.4 If this recorder has internet access, select "Activate online" — this option will automatically activate the key. If internet access is not available, skip this step and follow the manual activation instructions.
  • 4.5 If this recorder does not have internet access, select "Manual activation".
  • 4.6 Copy the Activation ID from the field and visit https://a.ksenos.fi to get to the activation page. Alternatively scan the QR code, this will automatically enter the Activation ID to the activation page and reply with response.
  • 4.7 Enter the Activation ID from last step to this activation page and click "Activate".
  • 4.8 If the activation is successful, activation response can be seen and copied from the page.
  • 4.9 Enter this response to the "Enter activation response" field and press "Activate".
  • 4.10 Activation is now complete and the license has been activated.
  • 4.11 Add storage for the recordings.
  • 4.12 Select the drive, "capture" folder is created automatically. It is recommended to leave C:\ drive for the operating system and have a completely separated drive for Ksenos storage.
  • 4.13 Once the storage has been added, reservation for the database and recordings must be set. By default all available space will be used.
  • 4.14 After selecting the reservation settings, click on the apply icon to apply the settings.
  • 4.15 Confirm the changes.

These are some optional settings to set or change, these can be done before or after adding the cameras.

  • 5.1 Rename the recorder.
  • 5.2 Enable all the performance settings (on 32-bit system the "Direct video decoding" cannot be used).
  • 5.3 Enable the local server for remote access and select server port (by default port 9191 is being used).
  • 5.4 Change web server settings.
  • 5.5 Add users.
  • 5.6 First user added will be the main admin account. This admin account has all the permissions and does not belong to any group. Next users will be regular uses that require a permission group.
  • 5.7 After adding the user, add a permission group.
  • 5.8 Name the permission group.
  • 5.9 Set permissions for this permission group.
  • 5.10 Add members to this permission group.
  • 5.11 Add cameras. Instructions on how to add cameras can be found from Ksenos Installer's Handbook.

After the settings are done and cameras are added, Ksenos GUI client can be used to connect to the service, either locally or remotely.

  • 6.1 Open "Settings...".
  • 6.2 Open "Connections" page and click the "+" sign to add a new connection manually.
  • 6.3 Select connection type "Ksenos server".
  • 6.4 Enter server hostname, port, credentials and click "Connect". If connecting locally, hostname is always "localhost", remotely the hostname is server IP.
  • Settings folder for the service can be found from C:\Windows\System32\config\systemprofile\AppData\Roaming\Ksenos DVR
  • Ksenos service can be manually restarted or stopped from the Windows Services tool. To open this tool, open Start menu and type "services.msc". Ksenos VMS service can be stopped or restarted from the toolbar on the left of the service management console.
  • To change automatic startup and other service settings, right click on the service to access the context menu and select "Properties"