Viz Pilot User Guide

Version 8.0 | Published May 30, 2017 ©

Pilot Data Server Installation

Viz Pilot’s Pilot Data Server acts as a server for accessing Viz Pilot’s database and other services. The Data Server must be installed in order to use features such as Crop Service, Template Tagging, Update Service, Person Search, search on Viz One, Thumbnail Generator and Timeline Editor. It is also necessary when using Graphic Hub as the Viz Pilot database, or for integrating with Viz Story.

To install the Data Server

  1. Click the Data Server installer file (*.msi) to start the Data Server Setup Wizard.

  2. In the Welcome panel, click Next.

  3. In the Destination Folder panel, define the location of the Data Server program files, and then click Next.

    Note: The default location is %ProgramFiles%\Vizrt\Pilot Data Server\

  4. In the Setup Database Connection panel, define the following settings:

    • Connect string: Connection string (<host name>/<service name>) to the Viz Pilot database.

      Note: When installing the Data Server on a new system, the default database configuration setting points to localhost/vizrtdb.

    • Username: Viz Pilot database username.

    • Password: Viz Pilot database password.

      Note: This will allow you to edit all database settings for all clients connected to the same database.

  5. Click Next.

  6. In the Ready to install panel, click Install.

  7. In the Completed Setup Wizard panel, click Finish.


  • If Crop Service Installation is required, it must be installed separately, after the Data Server.

  • Thumbnail Generator can be installed as an optional component.

  • If support for multiple Viz Pilot database schemas is required, separate Data Servers must be installed on separate machines.

Firewall Exceptions

In order for Data Server to be accessible from other machines, Windows firewall exceptions are required.

Data Server adds the following inbound rules to the Windows firewall during installation: allow connections on port 8177, 7373, and 9876. These are removed when Data Server is uninstalled.

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