General Software Information
WinDSX is a powerful access control and system monitoring
application that harnesses the power of the Windows 32 and 64
bit operating systems. WinDSX combines point monitoring and
access control with Photo ID Badging, Time and Attendance, Alarm
Graphics, DVR/NVR Integration, Elevator Control, Alarm
Email/Text Message Notification, Threat Level Management, HazMat
and Emergency Lockdown, and FIPS/TWIC card compatibility.
WinDSX can support your access control needs from a single PC or
multi-user Local Area Network to an enterprise solution with SQL
Server as the database engine. The system utilizes TCP/IP
network communications to provide user interaction and real time
monitoring to the workstation PC’s located anywhere on the LAN
or WAN. Password protection allows for operator specific
capabilities at each workstation.
Below are examples of systems using both the Access and SQL
Versions of Software.
Access Configuration 1
All systems have a minimum of one PC. The one absolute PC that
you must have is the Comm Server. This does not mean it has to
be a Server Class computer. This means that regardless of what
the Operating System is, this PC will perform the Comm Server
duties such as all field controller communications, all uploads and
downloads and hard disk logging. The system can start and even
remain 1 PC. This PC would be the Comm Server and would contain
the system database.
Access Configuration 2
This configuration expands slightly on configuration 1. It has a
Comm Server PC for the controller communications. The Comm
Server PC is where the shared database resides. It also has at least
one other Workstation PC (client) that shares the database on
the Comm Server.
Access Configuration 3
Further expands Configuration 1 and 2. In this application there
is a Comm Server and at least 1 Client but the database resides
on a different PC or File Server.
SQL Configuration 1
SQL Systems have a minimum of 2 Programs. One is the Microsoft
SQL Server program (not supplied by DSX) where the database
resides. The other one is the Comm Server. The SQL Databases are
created and defined according to the instructions in the software installation manual. The tables in those databases are
created using two script files that are provided by DSX once the
WinDSX SQL software has been installed on the Comm Server PC. There is a DSX Softkey that is
installed at the Comm Server. Both programs can be on the same
SQL Configuration 2
In this configuration there is a SQL Server PC for the
database, a Comm Server PC for system communications, and at least
one client PC. The Comm Server program is configured to run as a
Service. The WinDSX folder on the Comm Server is also the Shared
folder for all multi media data such as card holder images, audio files and graphic
maps. The Client installation can be used to perform
any system function and should be used for any and all remote
sessions of the WinDSX system. In this configuration the SQL
Server and Comm Server could be on the same PC and the Client
would be a separate PC.
SQL Configuration 3
In this application we expand upon 1 & 2 by adding another PC
for Terminal Services or Citrix Server. This PC leverages multi
user technology with thin client convenience. The perfect
solution for allowing users to access the system from all over
the world without having WinDSX loaded on their PC.