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Gets the current device status for any streaming device directly from the recording server.


Get-VmsDeviceStatus [[-RecordingServerId] <Guid[]>] [[-DeviceType] <String[]>] [<CommonParameters>]


Recording Servers offer a status interface called RecorderStatusService2. This service has a method called GetCurrentDeviceStatus which can return the current state of any streaming device type including cameras, microphones, speakers, and metadata, as well as IO device types including inputs and outputs.

This cmdlet will return status for one or more of the streaming device types, and the results will include all devices of the specified type(s) that are active on the recording server.

Note that the Motion property will always be false for anything but the Camera device type.


  • Requires VMS connection and will attempt to connect automatically



Connect-ManagementServer -ShowDialog -AcceptEula
Get-VmsDeviceStatus -DeviceType Camera, Microphone

  DeviceName         : Learning & Performance (Bosch 7000VR)
  DeviceType         : Camera
  RecorderName       : Milestone Demo
  RecorderId         : 72080191-d39d-4229-b151-65bcd740c393
  Motion             : False
  Recording          : False
  DbMoveInProgress   : False
  ErrorOverflow      : False
  ErrorWritingGop    : False
  DbRepairInProgress : False
  DeviceId           : 004962d3-b129-4099-8c6e-0f8bff8385b0
  IsChange           : False
  Enabled            : True
  Started            : True
  Error              : False
  ErrorNotLicensed   : False
  ErrorNoConnection  : False
  Time               : 1/27/2022 11:33:32 PM

After logging in to the Management Server, the status of all enabled cameras and microphones is returned. The example shows all properties available on the resulting VmsStreamDeviceStatus object.



Returns the status of all cameras on all recording servers. The default DeviceType value is 'Cameras', so if that is all you need, you may omit the DeviceType parameter like this. And when no recording server ID's are provided, status requests are sent to all recording servers.


Get-VmsRecordingServer -Name 'Recorder1' | Get-VmsDeviceStatus

Returns the status of all cameras on recording server named "Recorder1". The RecordingServerId property has an alias of "Id" and accepts values from the pipeline by property name, so you can pipe a Recording Server object to this cmdlet.



Specifies one or more streaming device types to retrieve status for.

Type: String[]
Parameter Sets: (All)
Accepted values: Camera, Microphone, Speaker, Metadata

Required: False
Position: 1
Default value: Camera
Accept pipeline input: False
Accept wildcard characters: False


Specifies one or more Recording Server ID's. Omit this parameter and all recording servers will be queried for status.

Type: Guid[]
Parameter Sets: (All)
Aliases: Id

Required: False
Position: 0
Default value: None
Accept pipeline input: True (ByPropertyName, ByValue)
Accept wildcard characters: False


This cmdlet supports the common parameters: -Debug, -ErrorAction, -ErrorVariable, -InformationAction, -InformationVariable, -OutVariable, -OutBuffer, -PipelineVariable, -Verbose, -WarningAction, and -WarningVariable. For more information, see about_CommonParameters.





If one or more status entries have a DeviceId value of "00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000", this means the recording server has not been able to load the device configuration yet. This should normally not happen except perhaps for a short period after the recording server is started. If the issue does not resolve on it's own, it's possible you are impacted by an issue solved by a cumulative patch available for your product version. If you're unable to resolve the issue and the camera is unavailable in XProtect Smart Client, you should open a support case with Milestone technical support.

The following log message from the recording server's RecorderEngine.log file at C:\ProgramData\Milestone\XProtect Recording Server\Logs is one error that is known to result in device status messages like this.

2022-01-27 16:33:48.620-08:00 [ 7] ERROR - Unable to get driver update changes (Retries: 323). Hardware Id: fbcf40ba-e807-419a-8e11-e782551190a5; Hardware model: Bosch1ch;