There are three main types of licenses available for the Orchid Core VMS software: Trial, Core, and Fusion. Each license type offers certain capabilities and restrictions.

  • Trial License
    • When installed on a Windows x86-64 server or a Linux x86-64 server, the Trial license will allow up to four cameras, and up to 128GB of video archives. The Trial version can also be linked to Orchid Fusion VMS.
    • When installed on a Linux ARM embedded server, the Trial license will allow unlimited cameras and archives, but cannot be linked to Orchid Fusion VMS.
  • Core License
    • The Core license offers unlimited archives, but will limit the number of cameras allowed and cannot be linked to Orchid Fusion VMS.
  • Fusion License
    • The Fusion license will limit the number of cameras allowed, but offers unlimited archives and can be linked to Orchid Fusion VMS.

Time-Limited Licenses

IPConfigure also offers time-limited versions of the Core License and Fusion License. Generally, these will be used for testing large numbers of cameras or high retention settings (that would be impossible with the standard trial license).

Time-limited licenses are very similar to the standard licenses described above, and allow you to add a certain number of cameras with unlimited video retention. There is an important difference in the way these licenses operate, however. With a typical license, when your support expires, Orchid Core VMS will still run, you just can’t update/upgrade the software with a version of Orchid Core VMS released after your support expiration. When the time limit expires on a time-limited license, Orchid Core VMS will enter a degraded mode and stop recording video. Previously recorded video will continue to be accessible in this degraded mode. (See License Errors for more details.)


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