Video Management Systems (VMS) are the administrative tool of the complete video system and provide much more than the traditional viewing and replaying of video streams. It is the management portal for all the video components; such as assigning viewing rights to end users, setting the recording parameters for individual components, defining alarm conditions and reporting structures, and much more. A VMS provides value to the end user by allowing administrator authorized individuals to perform their job by providing real time or forensic analysis of the video. With a correctly designed VMS, the system administrator is able to prevent viewing or access to confidential areas. Importantly, it frees up the administrators time by allowing other authorized individuals to safely perform functions previously performed only by the system administrator.