135 camera installation which Windows OS for a 2 server model

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    Norman - Nx Support

    Hi Calvin Wientjes,

    Regarding operating systems, there is no definitive answer.

    In a tiny nutshell:

    If you consider larger deployments, Windows Server will benefit you from a security configuration perspective, the number of TCP connections, increased (server) hardware support, but overall, easier server management.

    But Windows 10/11 have the benefit of the familiarity for most people, and therefore might be easier, albeit with less security features, than the server versions. 

    That being said, if we are talking about larger deployments, customers typically have their own IT staff that will manage the server in the end, and they might have their own reason and perspective on which OS to use, and I would leave it up to the IT team to decide. If they use Windows server, they also might have already paid the license fee or have a volume discount.

    Personally, I prefer using Ubuntu server, since I find it easier to deploy, and I'm more familiar with it, and it comes at no cost, so it is easier to create as many server instances (through virtualization) as I want, without violating any licensing terms.

    You tell, me, which is better Windows, macOS, or Ubuntu Linux? It is a near impossible question to answer.

     

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    Calvin Wientjes

    I’m mainly concerned with the performance of the NX witness system (wisenet wave) with 67-68 cameras per server with the number of tcp connections. The servers are not really going to interact with their network environment. They want it basically closed circuit. There will be vpn access for maintenance but that’s it. Not cloud connected.

    If windows 11 is capable of supporting that many cameras per server without degraded performance then we’re fine to stay with windows 11. The servers are going to a remote location. So I wanted to get the OS correct before shipping them out.

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    Norman - Nx Support

    Hi Calvin Wientjes,

    Thank you for your question. It forced me to do some investigation, since I actually didn't know the number of connections myself.

    I couldn't find a definite answer regarding the maximum number of concurrent TCP connections, but it seems to be limited to 20 connections. It seems that you can change the number of connections, but haven't verified this.

    That being said, while searching for the answers, I found another showstopper in the license terms for Windows 11:

    This basically forces you to use a Windows server edition or Ubuntu (server) to run the Nx Witness mediaserver application.

     

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