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Record to network share

I've recently setup BI on my computer and I'd like to set it up to record everything to a network share on my NAS server. I've gone through most of the menus in the software and told it to point to that share but I don't see files showing up there. In fact the system doesn't seem to be recording anything at all. I tried setting up profiles and manually starting a record but nothing seems to be working. Can somebody point me in the right direction? The help file in the software isn't much help with this.

Thanks
 

fenderman

Staff member
Welcome to the forum...this may help, are you running as a service?
"These folders do not need to be located on the same hard drive or PC as the database. Note however, that if you are running Blue Iris as a service, you may not be able to use the "LocalSystem" account if your Stored clips folder is located on a network drive; instead, you must use a named user account, and give that account rights to the network resource."
 
What Fenderman said.

Try manually copying something to the NAS network share you set up from the BI computer with the same credentials. If that doesn't work, BI isn't going to be able to move files there either.
 
Fenderman was right the service didn't have rights to the share so it wouldn't allow it to record to it. I was able to get it to work by browsing the network to the server instead of pointing it directly to the mapped drive. Thanks for you help.
 

erkme73

Getting comfortable
Ken actually told me that mapped drives won't work. You must use the fully qualified network name (i.e. \\diskstation\blueiris\new). Of course, everything else that was recommended as far as credentialing is also critical - but for anyone else that stumbles upon this thread, don't map network drives.
 

GaretJax

Getting the hang of it
Ken actually told me that mapped drives won't work. You must use the fully qualified network name (i.e. \\diskstation\blueiris\new). Of course, everything else that was recommended as far as credentialing is also critical - but for anyone else that stumbles upon this thread, don't map network drives.
Is there a way to get BI to store its files directly to a cloud service like Drop Box, Sugar Sync or One Drive?
 
I see this is an old thread but I see this issue asked over and over again and I think it needs to be spelled out a little more clearly. When running Blue Iris as a Windows Service and recording to a NAS device don't use the Local System account! Here is what worked for me:
1. Create a local account on the windows box. Something like "BlueIris". Make a note of the password.
2. Create an identical account "BlueIris" on the NAS device with the same password.
3. Change the Blue Iris Service to log on with the BlueIris account and restart the service.

Now your Blue Iris should be recording to your NAS device. Just to clarify. I'm doing NEW recording to a local disk but move them to NAS after a period of time. Hopefully this will help someone as I struggled to get this working.
 

truglo

Getting the hang of it
Well said dogbert... also for newbs, #3) Changing the blue iris service to log in with the blueiris account is done under Windows, computer management, services. There should be a BlueIris entry running in the list if you're running it as a service. Right click it, \properties\login then edit in your blueiris account info.

Along similar lines, a respected forum member suggested using an admin account for BI to avoid problems. That's how I've got mine setup and have no issues. Anyone else running 'user' permissions for their BI server? ...any problems with it?

I just ask because I figure it's more secure if it can be done without admin privs.

Kev
 

Overcon

Getting the hang of it
How does this work for domain accounts? I know I have had this working before, but I had to rebuild my DVR system and now I cannot recall how to get it to record to the NAS.

1. I set BI to run as service
2. I ran services, properties, logon, This account, changed it to the domain, entered the domain account I login to the system as and then rebooted.
3. In BI I used fully qualified names

I can access it via explorer, but BI gives me errors.

Appreciate the help.
 

Overcon

Getting the hang of it
How does this work for domain accounts? I know I have had this working before, but I had to rebuild my DVR system and now I cannot recall how to get it to record to the NAS.

1. I set BI to run as service
2. I ran services, properties, logon, This account, changed it to the domain, entered the domain account I login to the system as and then rebooted.
3. In BI I used fully qualified names

I can access it via explorer, but BI gives me errors.

Appreciate the help.
Ah never mind, it just started working, lol, weird.
 

Ragnar

n3wb
I see this is an old thread but I see this issue asked over and over again and I think it needs to be spelled out a little more clearly. When running Blue Iris as a Windows Service and recording to a NAS device don't use the Local System account! Here is what worked for me:
1. Create a local account on the windows box. Something like "BlueIris". Make a note of the password.
2. Create an identical account "BlueIris" on the NAS device with the same password.
3. Change the Blue Iris Service to log on with the BlueIris account and restart the service.

Now your Blue Iris should be recording to your NAS device. Just to clarify. I'm doing NEW recording to a local disk but move them to NAS after a period of time. Hopefully this will help someone as I struggled to get this working.
Thank you so much dogbert831!!

I've been struggling to get this running but it's working like a charm now after following your instructions.

Your instructions REALLY saved me.
 

CDAPete

Getting comfortable
I am still stuck. When you say "Create a local account on the windows box", I assume you mean to create a new user account within Blue Iris? (and not a new Windows user account?) If so I did create a new Blue Iris user & password within the BI Users tab, then did step 2: "Create an identical account "BlueIris" on the NAS device with the same password". Easy enough. Then I attempted step 3: "Change the Blue Iris Service to log on with the BlueIris account and restart the service", but I get that annoying yellow error box stating that 'there is either no such account or the password is wrong...'. I must be missing something wrong here. I have BI 'setup as a service' as suggested and it does log on automatically if I reboot the PC. Works just fine. But I wonder, could it be that Blue Iris is opening under a different user name (the original admin user) and therefore it's not recognizing the newer user account I just created and tried to enter in the Blue Iris Service box within Windows Admin tools? Not sure if this makes any sense but I am completely out of ideas and grasping at straws. I bought this 4 bay Synology NAS primarily for BI and to hide in a remote location from potential thieves so its disappointing to not be able to get this working. Sorry this got so long. Can anyone expand upon these instructions or suggest where I may have gone wrong?
 
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fenderman

Staff member
I am still stuck. When you say "Create a local account on the windows box", I assume you mean to create a new user account within Blue Iris? (and not a new Windows user account?) If so I did create a new Blue Iris user & password within the BI Users tab, then did step 2: "Create an identical account "BlueIris" on the NAS device with the same password". Then I attempted step 3: "Change the Blue Iris Service to log on with the BlueIris account and restart the service", but I get that annoying yellow error box stating that 'there is either no such account or the password is wrong...'. I must be missing something wrong here. I have BI 'setup as a service' as suggested and it does log on automatically if I reboot the PC. Works just fine. But I wonder, could it be that Blue Iris is opening under a different user name (the original admin user) and therefore it's not recognizing the newer user account I just created and tried to enter in the Blue Iris Service box within Windows Admin tools? Not sure if this makes any sense but I am completely out of ideas and grasping at straws after buying this 4 bay Synology NAS just for BI and to hide in a remote location from potential thieves. Sorry this got so long. Can anyone expand upon these instructions or suggest where I may have gone wrong?
No, you need to create a matching WINDOWS user/password.
 

CDAPete

Getting comfortable
Thank you for clarifying that. I actually tried that first and when it didn't work I assumed that I had misunderstood the instruction so I tried creating the new BI account. Just to be clear: When I go into the Admin tools and and change that setting to enter the new account info I should enter the new Windows login name & password? One of the problems for me with creating the Windows account is that it wanted a first and last name and it wanted to register in via Explorer and all this other crap that just didn't seem to make sense. Maybe this is where I went wrong. Is there a more straightforward way to create this new user name & password that I'm missing?
 

fenderman

Staff member
Thank you for clarifying that. I actually tried that first and when it didn't work I assumed that I had misunderstood the instruction so I tried creating the new BI account. Just to be clear: When I go into the Admin tools and and change that setting to enter the new account info I should enter the new Windows login name & password? One of the problems for me with creating the Windows account is that it wanted a first and last name and it wanted to register in via Explorer and all this other crap that just didn't seem to make sense. Maybe this is where I went wrong. Is there a more straightforward way to create this new user name & password that I'm missing?
You dont need to provide any names or info when creating a new windows account, there is always an option on bottom to use a local account
 

CDAPete

Getting comfortable
I'll give that a try right now. Thanks again. By the way, I wonder if I am understanding the NAS concept correctly. I see in the help files and elsewhere that BI should be recording clips to a fast, internal drive or SSD which makes perfect sense for obvious reasons. If this is true how can one expect the NAS to do an adequate job recording in real time remotely via Ethernet? Or, is the idea to use the NAS just for backup after the clips have already been recorded locally? The problem I see with that idea is that if someone broke into your place and stole your PC within a few minutes of arriving there might not even be a backup so it would seem that the recording to NAS would have to be performed as its all happening in order to provide the best security.
 

fenderman

Staff member
I'll give that a try right now. Thanks again. By the way, I wonder if I am understanding the NAS concept correctly. I see in the help files and elsewhere that BI should be recording clips to a fast, internal drive or SSD which makes perfect sense for obvious reasons. If this is true how can one expect the NAS to do an adequate job recording in real time remotely via Ethernet? Or, is the idea to use the NAS just for backup after the clips have already been recorded locally? The problem I see with that idea is that if someone broke into your place and stole your PC within a few minutes of arriving there might not even be a backup so it would seem that the recording to NAS would have to be performed as its all happening in order to provide the best security.
A nas on a gigabit network has sufficient bandwidth, but, always record to a local drive. The chances of someone walking out the door with a large desktop pc is slim to none. You can further mitigate this by tying down the pc with a lock. You can also record to SD card in the cameras as backup if you have them. If you are still paranoid you can clone your cameras and record BOTH to nas and locally. If you are even more paranoid and want more redundancy you can record to a hidden NVR or BI machine. There has to be a point where you decide its overkill. Remember that cameras are not security systems and you should have an alarm system installed.
 

CDAPete

Getting comfortable
I'm getting closer. I created the new account and was able to save it in the Blue Iris Services window. I rebooted and BI came up as always. The last thing that I am not clear on is how I can save save clips in real time (or virtually) to my NAS. In the BI Options window > Clips and Archiving I see a choice for MOVE TO FOLDER with 'Store' as the selection. Can I create a new choice in that drop down for the NAS or am I on the wrong track? I like your idea of cloning the cameras too! By the way, I see your point about trying too hard to protect my clips but its just my nature to cover the bases. You're right that an alarm is still necessary and most of these idiots are are so covered in hoodies, caps, bandanas, etc. to disguise their identity that video might not even help anyway. In the end I guess I do it as much for fire protection too.
 
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