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Table of Contents

About This Guide .............................................................................................................................. 7

Reference Documents .................................................................................................................. 7

Introduction to Terminal Services ..................................................................................................... 7

Using iClientTS ............................................................................................................................. 8

Understanding the iFIX Terminal Server Environment ............................................................... 12

File System Support ............................................................................................................... 13

Where to Find More Terminal Server Information ...................................................................... 14

Getting Started................................................................................................................................ 14 iFIX Terminal Server Limitations ................................................................................................ 14

Software Requirements .............................................................................................................. 15

Licensing Requirements ............................................................................................................. 15

Hardware Key Licensing Considerations ............................................................................... 17

Setting Up Windows Server for Terminal Services .................................................................... 17

Enabling Terminal Services on Windows Server ................................................................... 17

Activating a License Server in Windows Server Through the Internet ................................... 18

Configuring Terminal Server Users to Use Remote Desktop Protocol ...................................... 19

Using iFIX Terminal Server Clients with FIX32 and Pre-iFIX 3.5 SCADA Nodes ...................... 19

Setting IP Addresses for Each Client ..................................................................................... 20

Editing a User's SCU File ....................................................................................................... 21

Installing and Configuring iFIX with Windows Terminal Server ...................................................... 22

Before You Begin with iFIX on Your Terminal Server ................................................................ 22

Overview of the Terminal Server Setup Steps ........................................................................... 22

Step1: Determining User Types and Directories ........................................................................ 23

Planning User Types .............................................................................................................. 23

Planning SCU Directories for iFIX .......................................................................................... 24

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Planning Shared Directories ................................................................................................... 26

Understanding Project Directory Paths .................................................................................. 27

Step 2: Installing iFIX .................................................................................................................. 27

Installing iFIX over an Uninstall .............................................................................................. 28

Running iFIX as a Service on the Terminal Server ................................................................ 28

Step 3: Installing the Virtual Keyboard on Terminal Server and Clients .................................... 28

Step 4: Configuring the SCU ...................................................................................................... 29

Defining Project Directory Paths ............................................................................................. 29

Notes on Project Paths ........................................................................................................... 31

Disabling SCADA Support for Client SCUs ............................................................................ 32

Defining iFIX Global Security Paths ....................................................................................... 33

Upgrading SCU Files from a Previous iFIX Release .............................................................. 33

Configuring User Accounts to Use a Unique Set of Schedules ............................................. 34

Step 5: Creating Startup Profiles ................................................................................................ 35

Configuring the Options for the Startup Profile Manager ....................................................... 35

Configuring the Default Profile ................................................................................................ 36

Adding Startup Profiles ........................................................................................................... 38

More on Startup Profiles ......................................................................................................... 40

TIP: Creating User Defined Desktop Shortcuts to Start iFIX ...................................................... 40

TIP: Using the Application Validator to Take a Snapshot of Your Project Folders .................... 41

EXAMPLE: Configuring Terminal Server with iFIX Running As a Service ................................. 42

iFIX WorkSpace Toolbars and Terminal Server ......................................................................... 46

Historical Collect and Terminal Server ....................................................................................... 46

Securing the Terminal Server Environment ............................................................................... 47

Installing and Configuring Terminal Server Clients ........................................................................ 48

Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection to Connect to a Terminal Server ........................... 48

Configuring Screen Savers for Windows Server ........................................................................ 50

Logging on to a Remote Terminal Server Using Internet Explorer ............................................ 50

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Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server ..................................................................................................... 51

Optimizing iFIX ........................................................................................................................... 51

Using Deadband Values ......................................................................................................... 52

Using Refresh Rates............................................................................................................... 52

Designing in 256 Colors with RDP 5.0 ................................................................................... 53

Disabling Picture Caching ...................................................................................................... 54

Using Bitmaps ......................................................................................................................... 54

Using Traditional Clients ......................................................................................................... 54

Disabling Smooth Scrolling ..................................................................................................... 54

Using Auto Scale .................................................................................................................... 54

Optimizing the Terminal Server Machine ................................................................................... 55

Modifying the Encryption Rate ................................................................................................ 55

Disabling Client Wallpaper ..................................................................................................... 55

Deleting Temporary Folders ................................................................................................... 56

Disabling Active Desktop ........................................................................................................ 56

Third-party Thin Client Software and Hardware ......................................................................... 56

Citrix Presentation Server ....................................................................................................... 56

Automation Control Products (ACP) ThinManager ................................................................ 57

Optimizing New iFIX Pictures for Use with Terminal Service Capable Devices ........................ 57

Troubleshooting Your iFIX Terminal Server Environment .............................................................. 58

Isolating Your iFIX Terminal Server Problem ............................................................................. 59

Troubleshooting Specific Terminal Server Problems ............................................................. 59

Troubleshooting Known Terminal Server Problems ................................................................... 61

Frequently Asked Questions on Using iFIX with Terminal Server ................................................. 62

Index ............................................................................................................................................... 67

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Using Terminal Server is intended for system integrators, IT administrators, and process control engineers responsible for setting up and optimizing an iFIX® Terminal Server environment.

This help assumes familiarity with Microsoft® Windows® Server 2012, Microsoft® Windows® Server

2008 R2, Microsoft Windows® Licensing, Microsoft® Windows® Terminal Services and/or Citrix®

technologies including licensing, and your network environment.

IMPORTANT: Be aware, that starting with Windows Server 2008 R2, Terminal Services was renamed Remote

Desktop Services.

Reference Documents

For more information on iFIX, the System Configuration Utility (SCU), iFIX Security, and the iFIX

Environment, refer to the following:

Optimizing Your iFIX System

Mastering iFIX

Configuring Security Features

Setting up the Environment

For more information on installing and configuring Microsoft Terminal Services, refer to the Microsoft

Terminal Server online documentation and the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 or Microsoft Windows

Server 2008 Help. To access the Microsoft Windows Help, position your cursor over any empty space on the Windows desktop and press F1.

Introduction to Terminal Services

Terminal Services for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 allow you to centrally manage and execute iFIX®. The Terminal Server environment is a thin-client architecture where all application processing occurs centrally on the Server.By installing a small piece of thin-client software from

Microsoft or connecting through an Internet Explorer 5.5 (or higher) browser, thin clients are able to initiate and run individual instances of iFIX on the Server. Only graphic, keyboard, and mouse instructions are sent back and forth between the client and the Server, minimizing network traffic.

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Using Terminal Services with iFIX provides:

Ease of maintenance – You can install one copy of iFIX onto the Server, allowing multiple users to run clients from the Server. Upgrades and SIMs only need to be installed on the Server.

Shared pictures – Each user accesses the same set of pictures. When one picture is changed, all users get the changes.

Remote access – Using the Terminal Services Advanced Client (TSAC) or Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), clients can connect to the iFIX Terminal Server and access iFIX through Internet Explorer 5.5 or higher.Built-

in RDP in Windows – Windows Clients can connect to the iFIX Terminal Server using Remote

Desktop Protocol (RDP) and access iFIX through Internet Explorer.

Security – Data between the iFIX Terminal Server and the client session is encrypted. There is also additional security between the client machines and the iFIX Terminal Server.

Lightweight client machines – The iFIX Terminal Server locally processes the software that the clients execute. Clients connecting to the Server do not need the processing power usually required to run iFIX. This allows clients running platforms from other Windows platforms to execute iFIX through

Terminal Server.

Specialized environments – Terminal Services allows you to tightly control user accounts. For example, you can configure a user account to start and execute a single program (iFIX). iFIX automatically starts at log in, and the user does not have access to the Windows desktop. When the user exits iFIX, he logs out of the Terminal Server account.

Handheld environments – Terminal Services gives you the ability to use wireless handhelds to display iFIX screens.

Controlled access to files – Using the Windows file protection, you can limit the directories users are allowed to access and modify. File protection also allows you to create safe and separate environments for developing and testing new pictures.

Using iClientTS

iClientTS

provides a multi-session version of iFIX client software (iClient) that runs on a Terminal

Server enabled machine. The multi-session environment allows multiple thin clients to log on to the

Server and initiate individual sessions of iFIX. iFIX is not installed on the individual client machines, only on the Terminal Server. The user's experience is nearly identical to running iFIX on their local node. From the client, it is not obvious that a user is in a Terminal Server session. Virtually all iFIX client functions work including scripts, trending, alarms, and security. iClientTS also allows you to remotely support iFIX from any computer on your network or anywhere in the world.

The following table compares iClient and iClientTS features.Comparison of iClient and iClientTS

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Feature

Requires software on client iFIX compatibility

(Pictures/Schedules)

Picture navigation

Tag Group support

Yes

Yes

Write Access/Alarm ACK Yes

Historical charts and Historical datalinks

Yes

VBA scripting Yes

ActiveX support Yes

Development/run time support Yes

Standard iClient iClientTS

Yes

100%

No

100%

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

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Color support

Runs in browser

Security iFIX Environment protection

Runs applications requiring services in Windows

Server platforms supported

Number of clients talking to a

SCADA node

Standard iClient iClientTS

Unlimited

No

Unlimited for Windows Server with

RDP 6.0 or greater Client

For more information about additional color support, refer to the

Designing in 256 Colors with RDP

5.0

section.

Yes (IE) iFIX, Windows

Server iFIX, Windows Server

Yes

Yes

No

Yes (if iFIX is configured to run as a service)

Yes Yes

Each client = 1 connection

Each client = 1 connection

Feature

iFIX SCADA

Proficy Change Management

Yes

Yes

Standard iClient iClientTS

Yes

Not supported

Advanced Features

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Understanding the iFIX Terminal Server Environment

iFIX Terminal Server allows multiple clients to run individual instances of iFIX from one Server. A sample iFIX Terminal Server environment, illustrated in the following figure, includes a Server, one or more iFIX SCADA nodes, and multiple clients.

Sample 1: iFIX Terminal Server Environment

Thin clients access the Terminal Server through Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) or Citrix

Independent Computing Architecture (ICA) protocol. Each thin client accesses applications on the Server by connecting to the Terminal Server machine either through an RDP client or ICA. No iFIX software is installed or runs on the thin client machine.

A separate session of iFIX runs on the Terminal Server for each thin client. This allows very thin clients with minimal client-side resources to execute an individual instance of iFIX. The user's experience is nearly identical to running iFIX on their local machine. If you have clients and SCADAs in your iFIX

Terminal Server environment, you can access and manage any of the SCADAs from a thin client. For example, from a thin client machine, you can build graphics, add tags, and change setpoints on a networked SCADA.

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Another sample iFIX Terminal Server environment, illustrated in the following figure, includes a Terminal

Server that runs the iFIX SCADA server as a service on the same computer, and includes multiple

Terminal Server clients.

Sample 2: iFIX Terminal Server Environment

For more information on the Terminal Server environment, refer to the Terminal Services Configuration

Overview section of the Microsoft Windows operating system Help.

File System Support

Windows provides three types of file systems for disk partitioning: NTFS, FAT, and FAT32. It is recommended that you use NTFS with iFIX Terminal Server.

NTFS provides greater file-level security for users in a multi-session environment. For more information on file systems and configuring file system security, refer to the Choosing a File System section of the

Microsoft Windows operating system Help.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that you can configure directory level security in NTFS and the Windows operating system.

Use caution when doing so. Any enhancement to security that you make at the folder or directory level is not managed within iFIX. You must manage these security settings outside of iFIX.

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Where to Find More Terminal Server Information

For the most up to date information on managing Terminal Server Windows Server 2008 R2, visit

Microsoft's web site: http://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc754746(WS.10).aspx

IMPORTANT: Be aware, that starting with Windows Server 2008 R2, Terminal Services was renamed Remote

Desktop Services.

For the most up to date information for managing remote sessions and servers for Windows Server 2012, visit Microsoft's web site: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh831447.aspx

Getting Started

Before installing iFIX on a Windows Server 2012 or a Windows Server 2008 R2 computer, you must enable and set up the Windows Terminal Server. However, before you get started you should be aware of the iFIX Terminal Server limitations and software and licensing requirements. You should also spend some time planning a sound network and security strategy, and user and machine naming conventions.

This chapter describes the information that you need to know before installing and running iFIX with

Terminal Server. It includes the following topics:

iFIX Terminal Server Limitations

Software Requirements

Licensing Requirements

Setting Up Windows Server for Terminal Services

Configuring Terminal Server Users to Use Remote Desktop Protocol

Using iFIX Terminal Server Clients with FIX 32 and Pre-iFIX 3.5 SCADA Nodes

iFIX Terminal Server Limitations

The following is a list of iFIX Terminal Server limitations and assumptions:The Terminal Server computer must have Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008

R2 installed. For specific versions supported by iFIX (with Service pack mentions) refer to the

System Requirements tab of the iFIX IPI.

• iFIX does not support running a Terminal Server on Windows Vista.

• Proficy Change Management is not supported from a Terminal Server client session.

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• Running iFIX on Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition, Windows 2000, or Windows 2003 is not supported.Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 5.0 imposes a limit of 256 colors. For more information

on color support, refer to Designing in 256 Colors with RDP 5.0

.

• Terminal Server does not solve the iFIX limitation of 200 iClients connecting to a single SCADA node.Running FIX32 and iFIX on the same computer is not supported within Terminal Server.

• Although Windows allows machine names of up to 15 characters, iFIX node names are limited to eight characters.

• NETBIOS is not supported for connecting View (Terminal Server computer) to SCADA.

• Depending on your settings, some keyboard shortcuts (such as Ctrl+ALT+DEL) may be disabled or remapped. Alarm printing at the client side is not supported.User accounts must be created and accessed after installing iFIX.

• When using iFIX with Terminal Services and all clients share the same iFIX folders, toolbars can

be configured separately on each client. Refer to the iFIX WorkSpace Toolbars and Terminal

Server section for more details.

Scalability

The number of clients allowed per Server varies according to the Server's processing power and memory. iClientTS performance depends on the design of the application. If you use good optimization techniques and avoid unnecessary animations when developing your application, you should be able to run more clients with better performance per Server.

The Microsoft Performance Monitor can help you to determine the optimal number of iClientTS sessions your Server can handle. For more information on optimizing your iClientTS performance, refer to the

Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server chapter.

TIP: Be aware that if your SCADA Server runs as a service on your Terminal Server, your processor speed and

optimization routines become even more important. Be sure to read the Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server section.

Software Requirements

iFIX Terminal Server requires iFIX and the following operating system:

• Windows Server 2012, Standard or Enterprise Edition, or

• Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard or Enterprise Edition

NOTE: It is highly recommended that you install the latest Service Pack and Windows Updates.

Licensing Requirements

It is recommended that you install your Terminal Server on a computer that is not a domain controller. Make sure that you back up the terminal server licenses regularly, so as not to lose data.

For the most up to date Terminal Server license information, visit Microsoft's web site.

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iFIX Terminal Server Clients

When a Windows Server client connects to the Terminal Server with External Connector Licensing disabled, the license from the client is used. The first time that you connect to the Server, that license is activated.

External Connector Licensing was formerly known as Internet Connector Licensing. External Connector

Licensing is not supported with iFIX. By default, External Connector Licensing is disabled on the Terminal

Server.

If you are running a non-Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 client computer, you need to purchase

Windows Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (TSCALs) from Microsoft. When you first set up the iFIX

Terminal Server, you have a 120 day temporary license to run a maximum of 10 client machines from the

Server. The first 10 Windows 9x and NT client machines that connect to the Server will reserve the licenses.

NOTE: Terminal Services Client Access Licenses (TSCALs) are counted per device and are not concurrent.

WARNING: Once you activate a TSCAL, it is permanently associated with that machine. You cannot reboot the machine to clear your license use. If you reformat the machine, you must contact Microsoft to obtain a replacement license.

iClientTS Licensing and Keys

An iClientTS Hardware Key is required on the Terminal Server computer to enable iFIX to run in Terminal

Server mode. No hardware keys are required on the thin client machines.If you purchased iClientTS, you are responsible for ensuring that your licenses are used correctly. Using Terminal Server capability, you can limit the number of incoming client connections to the number of iClientTS licenses that you have purchased. You can also use Terminal Server Security and iFIX Security to limit the users who can initiate iClientTS sessions on the Terminal Server.

If you have iClientTS licenses that enable a mixed environment of Developer, Run Time, and Read-Only users, your Hardware Key will be enabled for Developer use. To limit users to:

Run Time only – Implement iFIX security and authorize only the ability to use the WorkSpace Run-Time application.

Read-only – Select a single security area and apply this security area to all tags. Configure iFIX security so that read-only users are not authorized for this security area.

You can also limit your users to Read-Only capability by providing a user environment that does not provide any opportunity to change values. For example, you could use Data Entry Type = None for all data links when creating displays. Or when using Alarm Summaries, clear all of the items on the Operator tab in the Alarm Summary Configuration dialog box.

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If you have iClientTS licenses that enable a mixed environment of Run Time and Read-Only uses, your

Hardware Key will be enabled for Run Time use. To limit users to Read-Only, use the methods described above.

For more information on setting up your licensing system and iFIX Security, refer to the Configuring

Security Features manual.

Hardware Key Licensing Considerations

All hardware keys distributed to run iFIX contain software to enable licensing for Terminal Server client computers. For example, if you purchase a tenclient license, software embedded in the key enables ten concurrent client users, and prevents an eleventh client access to iFIX. When a client disconnects from Terminal Server, the eleventh client can then access it.

NOTE: You still need enough TSCALs to license all the devices that will connect to the server. Be aware that even though you may have the appropriate number of iClientTS licenses enabled, if performance issues exist, you may not be able to connect.

Setting Up Windows Server for Terminal Services

This section describes the configuration steps you need to enable and set up Microsoft Terminal Server.

These steps must be performed before you install the iFIX product. The Terminal Server configuration steps in Windows Server include:

Enabling Windows Server Terminal Services

Activating a License Server in Windows Server Through the Internet

For more information about Terminal Server, refer to the Terminal Services section of the Windows

Server Help.

Enabling Terminal Services on Windows Server

It is recommended that you use Server Manager to enable Terminal Services. You must be logged in as an administrator to install Terminal Services.

The steps that follow explain how to enable Terminal Services on your Windows Server computer.

To enable Terminal Services on a Windows Server computer:

1. Open the Server Manager (Administrative Tools).

2. Add the Remote Desktop Services role.

3. Click Next.

4. In the Select Role Services list, select the following:

• Remote Desktop Session Host

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• Remote Desktop Licensing.

5. Specify that Network Authentication is required and select the licensing mode to use (for instance: per user).

6. Select the user groups that you want to allow access to the Remote Desktop Users group.

5. Leave the other features disabled.

6. Click Install.

7. Click Yes to restart your computer at the end of the install.

Activating a License Server in Windows Server Through the Internet

A license server stores all client licenses installed on a Terminal Server and provides a secure way of tracking the licenses that have been issued to Terminal Server clients. You need to install the license server, activate it through the Microsoft Clearinghouse, and install license key packs onto the license server before issuing Terminal Server client licenses. For more information on the license server, refer to the Client Services section of the Windows Server Help.

The following instructions allow you to activate the license server through the Internet. If you want to activate your server through telephone, fax, or World Wide Web, refer to the Windows Server Help.

To activate the license server through the Internet:

1. Open the Remote Desktop Licensing Manager.

2. Right-click the server you want to activate in the console tree and then click Activate Server. The

Activate Server wizard starts.

3. On the Connection Method page, in the Connection method list, select Web Browser, and then click next.

4. On the License Server Activation page, click the hyperlink to connect to the Terminal Server

Licensing web site.

NOTE: If you are running Terminal Server Licensing Manager on a computer that does not have Internet connectivity, note the address for the Terminal Server Licensing Web site, and then connect to the Web site from a computer that has Internet connectivity.

5. Under Select Option, click Activate a license server, and then click Next.

6. In the Product ID boxes, enter your Product ID. Your Product ID is displayed on the License Server

Activation page of the Activate Server Wizard. Complete the name, company, and country/region fields. Specify any other information that you want to provide, such as e-mail and company address, and then click Next.

7. Confirm your entries, and then click Next. Your license server ID is displayed.

8. On the License Server Activation page in the Activate Server Wizard, enter the license server ID that you received in the previous step, and then click Next. Your license server is activated.

9. On the Completing the Activate Server Wizard page, do one of the following:

• To install Terminal Services client access licenses (TS CALs) onto your license server, select the Start Install Licenses Wizard check box, click Next, and then follow the instructions.

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• To install TS CALs later, clear the Start Install Licenses Wizard now check box, and then click Finish.

Configuring Terminal Server Users to Use Remote Desktop Protocol

After adding users to Windows, you must grant them access rights to terminal server. You can use the

Computer Management Console in the Administrative Tools menu to provide users with access to the

Terminal Server.

To grant access to users for Terminal Server on Windows Server:

1. Open Computer Management tool.

2. From the System Tools tree, expand the Local Users and Groups options, click the Users folder.

3. Double-click the user you want to enable to log on as a Terminal Server client in Windows.

4. On the Rrmote Desktop Services Profile tab, ensure that the Deny this user permission to log on to

Remote Desktop Services is unchecked.

5. On the Member Of tab, add the group which allows Remote Desktop users.

6. Click OK out of all dialogs.

CAUTION: The Windows Logon Locally User Right introduces a degree of risk to your Server. To minimize the risk of unintentional or malicious modification to the Server, refer to the Security and Policies topics in the Microsoft

Windows Help.

If you configured a user to automatically start a specific iClientTS session, you must prevent that user from starting a second terminal server session. Multiple sessions running the same node name or running multiple node names on the same network can cause connection not established errors. Refer to the

Microsoft Knowledge Base for information on limiting a user's concurrent connections.

Using iFIX Terminal Server Clients with FIX32 and Pre-iFIX 3.5 SCADA

Nodes

If you are upgrading from a previous iFIX release, take the following information into consideration:

• Previously released iFIX clients, such as iFIX 3.0 and earlier (including FIX32), can take advantage of IP enhancements in iFIX 3.5 and higher SCADAs, but you must provide a unique node name for the client, along with the unique IP address.

The following sections describe how to perform these tasks:

Setting IP Addresses for Each Client

Editing a User's SCU File

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Setting IP Addresses for Each Client

When connecting an iFIX Terminal Server to a iFIX 3.0 (or earlier iFIX version) or a FIX32 SCADA node, perform the following steps in this section to set IP addresses for each client on the Terminal Server.

NOTE: Before you begin, check with your Network Administrator, so that you assign the correct IP addresses.

To set up IP addresses for each client in Windows XP:

1. Right-click My Network Places and select Properties. The Network Connections dialog box appears.

2. Right-click Local Area Connection and select Properties. The Local Area Connection Properties dialog box appears.

3. On the General tab, click the Internet Protocol TCP/IP connection.

4. Click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box appears.

5. Select to Use the Following IP Address.

6. Enter the static IP address for the Terminal Server.

7. Click Advanced. The Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box appears.

8. In the IP Addresses area, click Add.

9. Add an IP address for each client you want to connect.

10. Click OK to close the Advanced window.

11. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) window.

12. Click OK to close the Local Area Connection window.

To set up IP addresses for each client in Windows Vista:

1. Right-click My Network and select Properties. The Network and Sharing Centre appears.

2. In the Task list on the left, click Manage network connections.

3. Right-click the Local Area Connection and select Properties. The Local Area Connection

Properties dialog box appears.

4. On the Networking tab, click the Internet Protocol TCP/IP connection.

5. Click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box appears.

6. Select to Use the Following IP Address.

7. Enter the static IP address for the Terminal Server.

8. Click Advanced. The Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box appears.

9. In the IP Addresses area, click Add.

10. Add an IP address for each client you want to connect.

11. Click OK to close the Advanced window.

12. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) window.

13. Click OK to close the Local Area Connection window.

To set up IP addresses for each client on Windows 2003 Terminal Server:

1. From the Control Panel, open Network Connections.

2. Right-click Local Area Connection and then select Properties.

3. On the General tab, select the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) connection, and then click Properties.

The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box appears.

4. Select Use the Following IP Address.

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5. Enter the static IP address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway for the Terminal Server.

6. Click Advanced. The Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box appears.

7. In the IP Addresses area, click Add.

8. Add an IP address for each client you want to connect.

9. Click OK to close the Advanced dialog box.

10. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) dialog box.

11. Click OK to close the Local Area Connection dialog box..

To set up IP addresses for each client on Windows 2008 or 2012 Terminal Server:

1. From the Control Panel, open Network and Sharing Center.

2. Under Task, select the Manage Network Connections link.

3. Right-click Local Area Connection and then select Properties.

4. On the Networking tab, select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) connection, and then click Properties. The Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) Properties dialog box appears.

5. Select Use the Following IP Address.

6. Enter the static IP address, Subnet Mask and Default Gateway for the Terminal Server.

7. Click Advanced. The Advanced TCP/IP Settings dialog box appears.

8. In the IP Addresses area, click Add.

9. Add an IP address for each client you want to connect.

10. Click OK to close the Advanced dialog box.

11. Click OK to close the Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) dialog box.

12. Click OK to close the Local Area Connection dialog box.

Editing a User's SCU File

When using an iFIX Terminal Server client to connect to an iFIX 3.0 (or earlier) or FIX 32 SCADA node, use the following steps to edit a user's SCU file to use a specific and unique IP address.

NOTE: The following procedure can be done on the Terminal Server console machine. The procedure needs to be performed for each SCU configuration file that Terminal Server clients will use.

To edit the SCU file:

1. From the File menu of the SCU, select Open to open the desired .scu file that the Terminal Server client will use.

2. From the Configure menu, open the Network Configuration dialog box.

3. Verify that TCP/IP is selected under Network.

4. Verify that the remote node name in the Remote Node Name edit field is correct.

If the name of the remote node to which this user's node will connect is not correct, enter it in the

Remote Node Name edit field and click Add.

5. Click the Advanced button to open the Advanced Network Configuration dialog box.

The SCU cautions you not to modify these values unless you are familiar with the system. Click

Yes to continue.

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6. Enable the path (IP address) under LAN Redundancy that this user will use and disable all other paths.

NOTE: Do not select the Enable LAN Redundancy check box.

The IP addresses displayed in this list box are those that were set up previously by the Terminal

Server Administrator. Verify that only the user's assigned unique IP address is enabled.

7. When finished, click OK to close the Advanced Network Configuration dialog.

8. Click OK to close the Network Configuration dialog.

9. On the File menu, click Save to save the SCU file.

Installing and Configuring iFIX with Windows

Terminal Server

The following sections describe the steps you need to follow after enabling Terminal Services and its licensing.

Before you install and configure iFIX, make sure you follow the steps outlined in the Before You Begin with iFIX on Your Terminal Server section. For a description of the overview steps, refer to the Overview of the Terminal Server Setup Steps section.

Refer to the Setting Up the Environment manual for more general details on iFIX setup information.

Before You Begin with iFIX on Your Terminal Server

TIP: Prior to installing any applications for use with Terminal Server clients, refer to the Microsoft Terminal Server documentation regarding concept, configuration, and use of ROOTDRIVE. If you do not follow the recommended steps for the correct Windows

Terminal Server Configuration, your applications may not function correctly.

Before you begin installing and configuring iFIX on a Terminal Server, it is recommended that you complete the following Windows administrative tasks:

• Run chkroot.cmd from the C:\Windows\Application Compatibility Script folder. This creates the

RootDrv2.cmd file.

• In Notepad or another text editor, open the RootDrv2.cmd file from the C:\Windows\Application

Compatibility Script folder. At the end of the file, on the Set RootDrive= line, add a driver letter. For example: Set RootDrive=W:. Then, save the RootDrv2.cmd file. This creates the chkroot.key file.

Overview of the Terminal Server Setup Steps

Once you have set up your Terminal

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Server, perform the following steps described in the following figure. Click a block in the diagram to jump to that section.

Overview of iFIX Configuration for Terminal Services

Step1: Determining User Types and Directories

This section describes actions you should consider when determining user types and directories for your iFIX application. These actions include:

Planning User Types

Planning SCU Directories for iFIX

Planning Shared Directories

Understanding Project Directory Paths

Planning User Types

Before defining your user types, determine what types of users you need.

Which of your users will:

• Share the same preferences?

• Be able to configure their own historical collection settings?

• Work with recipes?

• Develop pictures?

• Have development rights?

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• Have run-time rights?

• Work with one or more iFIX projects?

• Require additional directory permissions to be set outside of iFIX?

Anticipating the needs of your users allows you to successfully determine the configuration of your user types. For each user type, you will then create a project. You define projects paths in the iFIX System

Configuration Utility (SCU). Each project can have multiple users. To define a profile for each user, use

the Startup Profile Manager.

Planning SCU Directories for iFIX

Planning the directory paths for specific SCUs to provide enhanced or unique functionality per user type, thin client, or group, should be well planned. The design scheme for this type of implementation is similar to implementing the same scenario in a traditional environment (non TS) where SCU paths are using a mapped network drive on a file server. Careful planning is needed to prevent multiple users from performing conflicting actions, such as downloading recipes or modifying database values.

Incorporating iFIX security to limit applications and area access in the Terminal Server environment is highly recommended. For more information on setting security options in iFIX, refer to the

Configuring

Security Features manual.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that if you configure directory level security in NTFS and the Windows operating system, to something other than the default, use caution when doing so. Any enhancement to security that you make at the folder or directory level is not managed within iFIX. You must manage these security settings outside of iFIX.

For each new project, by default, iFIX creates the following directory structure, unless you specify that the project use one or more shared folders instead:

Directory Description

ALM Stores the Alarm file and event log.

Share this directory. This allows events from different sessions to be logged to the same .EVT files for simpler troubleshooting of iFIX under Terminal Server.

Do not allow more than one iFIX client to use Alarm File Services while sharing the

ALM directory.

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Directory Description

APP Share or do not share this directory depending on user types and rights.

HTR Stores Historical collection preferences. If more than one client will collect historical data, give each user a separate directory.

HTRDATA Stores collected historical data. If clients view the same historical data charts, share the directory.

LOCAL Stores the user-specific files including Toolbars, User preferences, .INI files, and the

.SCU file. If your users are restricted to run mode, they can share the same directories. If your users require special user preferences or configure rights, create unique directories.

PDB Stores the Database files. Schedules are also saved in this directory. If schedules are shared by clients, share this directory.

PIC Stores pictures (.GRF), dynamo sets (.FDS), Global color tables (.FTB), and other files (.FXG). Generally, share this directory.

RCC Stores recipe files. For run-time users, share the directories. Create unique directories

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Directory Description

for developers or restricted nodes.

RCM

You can share directories outside the project, instead of creating each of these directories within the same project path. For instance, you may want all projects to share the C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\PIC path, so that all users share the same pictures, but have different project paths for the other folders. For instance, you may create projects for iFIX operators (C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Operators) and supervisors (C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Supervisors) that share the PIC path in C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\PIC, but retain separate folders for all other settings.

Planning Shared Directories

For each project, it is recommended that certain types of users only share specific directories. The following table outlines these recommendations.

User Types and Directories to Share

Project Project-Specific

(Unshared)

Directories

Shared Directories Example

User Type

Run Time Only LOCAL PDB, PIC, APP, HTR, HTRDATA,

ALM, RCM, and RCC

Operator

PDB, PIC, APP, HTRDATA, ALM,

RCM, and RCC

Supervisor Run Time with

Historical

Collection

LOCAL, HTR

Special Alarming

Run Time

LOCAL, ALM PDB, PIC, APP, HTR, HTRDATA,

RCM, and RCC

Supervisor

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Project Project-Specific

(Unshared)

Directories

Shared Directories Example

User Type

Development LOCAL, PDB, PIC,

APP, HTR, HTRDATA,

ALM, RCM, and RCC

None. Developers should have all unique directories except for NLS and the BASE path, which should always be shared.

Developer

Refer to the Planning SCU Directories for iFIX section for descriptions of the different iFIX directories.

Understanding Project Directory Paths

If you are using iFIX Project Configuration with

Terminal Services, make sure that the Base and Language Paths are the same for each project. The locations of the project paths can differ, depending upon the user type. However, the Base and Language

Paths should be the same for each project.

For instance, if you leave the Base and Language set to the defaults, the Base is set to C:\Program

Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX and the Language is set to C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\NLS for each project.

Step 2: Installing iFIX

IMPORTANT: Installing or uninstalling iFIX via a remote desktop connection or through a terminal server session is not supported.

To install iFIX:

1. Log on to the Terminal Server as a member of the local machine's Admin group.

2. Insert the iFIX installation DVD.

3. Click Install iFIX in the iFIX installation program screen.

4. When the product install prompts you to choose an install type, select Complete.

5. Continue through the installation.

6. Restart Windows.

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Installing iFIX over an Uninstall

If you used Uninstall to uninstall a previous version of iFIX, note that Uninstall does not delete all of the shipped toolbar files. For example, Uninstall does not remove any files from the LOCAL directories created for Terminal Server clients.

Only the files in the main LOCAL folder and the LOCAL folder under the SampleSystem directory are deleted automatically.

Running iFIX as a Service on the Terminal Server

If you plan to run iFIX as a service on the

Terminal Server computer, you need to configure the iFIX SCADA Server to run as a service in the

System Configuration Utility (SCU). To do this, shut down iFIX, log in as an Adminstrator, and open the

Local Startup Definition dialog box from the SCU's Configure menu by clicking Local Startup. Select the

Continue running after logoff check box. This check is unavailable when iFIX is running. Restart iFIX to apply your changes. For more information about configuring iFIX to run as a service, refer to the Running iFIX as a Service section.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that if your SCADA Server runs as a service on your Terminal Server, your processor speed

and optimization routines become even more important. Be sure to read the Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server section.

If you want to configure other tasks, such as scheduler events (with the FixBackgroundServer.EXE), to run as a service in the background, you need to configure these tasks in the SCU's Task Configuration dialog box. For more information on task configuration, refer to the Configuring Startup Tasks section.

When iFIX starts as a service, these tasks will also start as services.

NOTE: It is not recommended that you run Workspace.exe in the SCU task list when iFIX is running as a service.

Additionally, when you run iFIX on the Terminal Server, you should Enable SCADA support in the SCU.

To do so, on the SCU's Configure menu, click SCADA to open the SCADA Configuration dialog box. In the SCADA support area, select Enable. For more information, refer to the Enabling SCADA Support section.

TIP: When iFIX runs as a service on the Terminal Server, for each SCU used by a Terminal Server client, Disable

SCADA support.

Step 3: Installing the Virtual Keyboard on Terminal Server and

Clients

iFIX provides a virtual keyboard that allows you to work in touch-screen environments or to use a mouse to enter passwords and other data. Install the virtual keyboard on the Server to make it available to each client licensed for iFIX.

To install the virtual keyboard:

1. Double-click the LICENSE.EXE file in the Proficy iFIX directory on your Server. The IMG License

Manager dialog box appears.

2. Click Install Service to install the virtual keyboard licenses.

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3. Click Administration Options & Help. The Terminal Server Administration Option dialog box opens.

4. Click Copy Global Settings to All User Folders, then click Yes to confirm.

5. Click OK to return to the IMG License Manager dialog box.

6. Click Start Service to activate the virtual keyboard for all licensed clients.

Step 4: Configuring the SCU

The System Configuration Utility (SCU) is the tool that you use to configure the iFIX startup options and default directories. For each user type, you create a separate

SCU file with different startup options and project paths. Multiple users can share the same SCU file

(when communicating with iFIX SCADAs). For instance, you may want to create a separate SCU file for

Operators and another SCU file for Supervisors. While user types are maintained as projects in the SCU,

individual user profiles are maintained in the Startup Profile Manager, as described in the Step 5:

Creating Startup Profiles section.

When configuring an SCU file for use with Terminal Server, follow the steps outlined in these sections:

Defining Project Directory Paths

Disabling SCADA Support for Client SCUs

Defining iFIX Global Security Paths

Upgrading SCU Files from a Previous iFIX Release

Configuring User Accounts to Use a Unique Set of Schedules

Defining Project Directory Paths

After you finish planning user types and directories, you are ready to create projects that organize these user types and directories. To create projects, you use the iFIX System

Configuration Utility (SCU). For each project there is a separate, unique SCU file.

IMPORTANT: The SCU file for each project must be saved into the Local folder for that project.

To access the SCU, in the iFIX WorkSpace system tree, double-click the System Configuration icon, or click the Start button and point to Programs, Proficy HMI SCADA - iFIX, and then System Configuration.

You can also start the SCU directly from the iFIX Startup dialog box, also known as the Launch application. Make sure you shut down iFIX before starting the SCU.

To create a project in the SCU:

1. Start the SCU.

2. On the Configure menu, click Paths. The Path Configuration dialog box appears.

IMPORTANT: The Base and Language Paths should be the same for each project. For instance, if you leave the Base and Language set to the defaults, the Base is set to C:\Program

Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX and the Language is set to C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\NLS for each project. Leave the Base and Language paths set to the default, and proceed by editing the

Project path fields.

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3. In the Project field, enter a path for the project. For example, a valid path that you might enter for a developer would be: C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Projects\Developer1.

4. Click the Change Project button. A message box appears asking if you want to add the default iFIX files to the new project.

IMPORTANT: The SCU will not copy the files from the existing directories to the new directories.

5. Click Yes. The project path information from the Project field is appended to the other project path fields, such as Local, Database, Picture, Application, and so on.

For instance, if you enter C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Projects\Developer1 in the Project field, the SCU automatically adds \Projects\Developer1 to the other project fields as well. For instance the Local path in this dialog box would now read: C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Projects\Developer1\Local. The Database path would read: C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Projects\Developer1\PDB, and so on.

NOTE:

While the paths displayed in the Path Configuration dialog box appear to be added at this point, the actual folders for these paths have not been created yet. While you can view the new paths from this dialog, you will not be able to view them from the Windows Explorer until you complete the remaining steps in this section.

6. If there are any paths that you want to change, such as to a shared directory, manually edit the path fields.

7. From the Path Configuration dialog box, click OK. A message box appears asking you to create the folders for the configured paths.

8. Click Create All. A message box may appear indicating you do not have a valid Alarm Area

Database file.

9. Click Proceed to continue. iFIX creates the paths for the project folders. You should be able to view the new folders in

Windows Explorer.

IMPORTANT: Be aware that iFIX generates these paths with the “user” permissions required by the iFIX product. Use caution when changing the security permissions of these folders outside of iFIX. If you do not have the permissions necessary for iFIX, iFIX will not run.

10. On the File menu, click Save As. The Save File As dialog box appears.

11. Browse to the Project's Local folder. For instance, for Developer1 browse to the C:\Program

Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Projects\Developer1\Local folder.

12. Enter a name for the SCU file.

Valid SCU file names can be up to eight characters long. SCU file names can include alphanumeric characters, but must begin with a letter. Special characters, such as symbols and punctuation marks, cannot be used.

For example for Developer1, you might enter Dev1.

13. Click Save. A message box appears asking you if this is the SCU file that you want to use next time you restart iFIX.

14. Click No.

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15. If you have a template folder with iFIX files that you want to copy into one or more project folders, use the Windows Explorer to copy the files from the template folders into the new project folders.

16. Repeat steps 2-15 for each project.

Once you have created all the projects, you can go back later and edit all the other SCU settings for each project that require changing. For more detailed information about configuring the rest of the options for the SCU files, refer to the Configuring iFIX Using the SCU chapter in the Setting Up the Environment manual.

Notes on Project Paths

If you are using iFIX Project Configuration with Terminal Services, make sure that the Base and Language Paths are the same for each project. The locations of the project files can differ, depending upon the user type. However, the Base and Language Paths should be the same for each project. For instance, if you leave the Base and Language set to the defaults, the Base is set to

C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX and the Language is set to C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\NLS for each project.

To access the Base and Language path settings, click Start and point to Programs, Proficy HMI SCADA - iFIX, and then System Configuration. To open the Path Configuration dialog box, on the Configure menu, click Paths. The following figures shows an example of this dialog box, with the Base and Language paths highlighted. You will notice that these paths are both set to the default in this figure.

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Path Configuration Dialog Box in the SCU

Disabling SCADA Support for Client SCUs

For each SCU that you plan to use on a Terminal Server client, you should disable SCADA support. To do this in iFIX, on the SCU's Configure menu, click SCADA to open the SCADA Configuration dialog box.

In the SCADA support area, select Disable.

NOTES:

When you run iFIX as a service on the Terminal Server, enable SCADA support on that node.

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When you enable SCADA support, the local node becomes a SCADA server capable of accessing your process hardware.

For more information on running iFIX as a service on the Terminal Server, refer to the Running iFIX as a

Service on the Terminal Server section.

Defining iFIX Global Security Paths

When you enable the global security paths option in the

Configuration dialog box (of the Security Configuration application), all iFIX user sessions on a computer share the same security configuration. If you use iFIX startup profiles created in the Startup Profile

Manager, which is recommended, you should enable this option. To enable global security paths, select the Use These Paths for All Startup Profiles check box in the Configuration dialog box. The following figure shows an example of the Configuration dialog box with the global security paths check box highlighted.

Configuration Dialog Box, Global Security Paths Enabled

If you do not enable global security paths, you will need to individually configure security within each Terminal

Services user session. For instance, previous to iFIX 3.5, you would need to configure an SCU for each

Terminal Server user. If you are upgrading from a release previous to iFIX 3.5, this may be a consideration.

Upgrading SCU Files from a Previous iFIX Release

In the first iFIX release that included support for Terminal Services, iFIX 2.5, iFIX required that you generate a complete application environment for each remote user. For example, if there are 50 iFIX users, there must be 50 sets of SCU files, with each SCU file unique to that specific user. With the Startup

Profile Manager, all user profiles are stored in a master list, making it easy to maintain and modify profiles for use with Terminal Services.

If you are upgrading from an iFIX release previous to iFIX 3.5, your existing SCU startup configurations from these previous iFIX releases run unchanged. If you later choose to create new startup profiles, as

described in the Step 5: Creating Startup Profiles section, the Startup Profile Manager includes an option

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that allows the new profile settings to override the pre-existing configurations. For more information on the override setting, refer to the Configuring the Options for the Startup Profile Manager section in the Setting

Up the Environment manual.

The use of a default profile will help you in migrating from the multiple SCU files to the easier

configuration in the Startup Profile Manager. For more information, refer to the Configuring the Default

Profile section.

After upgrading, you will need to update the iFIX default files in each of your projects.

To upgrade the iFIX default files:

NOTE: This procedure must be performed for every project.

1. Start the SCU.

2. On the Configure menu, click Paths. The Path Configuration dialog box appears.

3. Click Change Project. A message box appears asking if you want to generate the default iFIX files to the project.

4. Click Yes, and then OK.

Configuring User Accounts to Use a Unique Set of Schedules

If you share the SCU

Database (PDB) path among user accounts, all user accounts share the same set of schedules.

To configure user accounts to use a unique set of schedules:

1. Create a unique folder for each schedule grouping you want to use. This folder will be used as the

PDB path for users of these schedules.

The schedule groupings can be unique for each user or grouped by any other logical scenario.

2. Copy the appropriate .EVS files to the directories specified, or: a. Configure the SCU with the PDB path pointing to the folder you want. b. Start the Client. c. Create the .EVS files.

Configuring user accounts to use a unique set of schedules provides flexibility in a Terminal Server environment where all schedules do not need to be available to every user session.

If you use separate schedules per user account or groups of user accounts, and these user accounts or groups of user accounts have any of the same SCADA nodes in the remote nodes list, it creates an environment in which several separate events could fire in response to a single action. You must ensure that none of the events will conflict. Therefore, if you use schedules for direct process control, quality control, or safety-related actions, consider moving this functionality out of the schedules into PLC logic or the process database.

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Step 5: Creating Startup Profiles

With the Startup Profile Manager you create iFIX user profiles. Each profile associates a Windows user name with a specific iFIX Project Configuration. The iFIX

Project Configuration includes:

• SCU path and file name that you want the specified Windows user to use when starting iFIX.

• Node name that you want the specified Windows user to use when starting iFIX.

• Restrictions on whether the user can modify the Nodename or SCU fields in the iFIX Startup dialog box (Launch.exe). iFIX must be running in order to use the Startup Profile Manager application to create startup profiles. To access the Startup Profile Manager, double-click the Startup Profile Manager icon in the system tree in the Proficy iFIX WorkSpace. The Startup Profile Manager can also be accessed from the Start menu by pointing to Programs, Proficy HMI SCADA - iFIX, Tools, and then Startup Profile Manager.

When working with the Startup Profile Manager be sure to perform the following tasks:

Configuring the Options for the Startup Profile Manager

Configuring the Default Profile

Adding Startup Profiles

Configuring the Options for the Startup Profile Manager

Before you begin working with the

Startup Profile Manager, you should configure the options that you want the Startup Profile Manager to use. To do this, use the Options dialog box in the Startup Profile Manager.

To change the options for the Startup Profile Manager:

1. On the Settings menu, click Options. The Options dialog box appears.

2. Select the Startup Profiles defined in this application override iFIX Startup command line

parameters check box, if you want the profiles created in this application to override the ones used when you start iFIX from the command line.

IMPORTANT: For the override to work, the user must be defined in the Startup Profile Manager, or if the user is not defined, the default profile must be enabled. This override only applies to the /n, /s, and

/l command line options.

3. Enter a string for the default iFIX node name prefix to use if the first 8 characters of the Windows user name cannot be used to generate a valid iFIX node name.

The Windows user name is an invalid iFIX node name, for instance, when the name starts with a number. Valid node names can be up to eight characters long. Node names can include alphanumeric characters, but must begin with a letter. Special characters, such as symbols and punctuation marks, cannot be used.

For each startup profile using the default iFIX node name, a number is also added to the end of the default node name, starting with the number 1. For example, if you enter NODE as the prefix, the

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default iFIX node names used are: NODE1, NODE2, NODE3, and so on. Each default user who starts iFIX receives a different node name.

NOTE: When you use the Nodename Prefix field, you cannot use the iFIX automatic login feature unless you generate automatic login configurations for each of the possible node names for the defined prefix. For example: Node1, Node2, Node3, and so on. Since you will not know the name of the user logging in under that node name (since the name is generated at iFIX startup), you should also associate the auto logins with a guest or limited-access account. For more information on automatic login, refer to the iFIX Automatic Login section.

4. Click OK.

Configuring the Default Profile

After configuring the application options for the Startup Profile

Manager, you should define a default profile, if your iFIX configuration requires it. For instance, when using Terminal Services with the Startup Profile Manager, you will most likely want to configure a default profile so that a separate profile does not need to be created for every user.

If a user attempts to start iFIX and a profile does not exist for that user yet, iFIX starts with the default profile information.

To configure the SCU and iFIX Startup options for the default profile, use the Default Startup Profile dialog box, as shown in the following figure.

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Default Startup Profile Dialog Box

To define the default profile:

1. On the Settings menu, click Default Startup Profile. The Default Startup Profile dialog box appears.

2. Select Enable Default SCU.

3. Enter or select the default SCU and iFIX startup options that you want to apply to all iFIX users without a startup profile.

4. If you want to run iFIX as a service on the Terminal Server computer, select the Default Service

Startup Parameter option. Enter the Node name and SCU file for the iFIX service. When iFIX runs as a service, it will always use these settings.

5. Click OK.

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NOTE: If you select the Enable Default SCU option, make sure you also enable the global security paths (Use These

Paths for All Startup Profiles) option in the Configuration dialog box in the Security Configuration application.

Adding Startup Profiles

The following steps describe how to add a startup profile.

To add a startup profile:

1. Click the Add button, or double-click any empty column. The Add Startup Profile dialog box appears, as shown in the following figure.

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Add Startup Profile Dialog Box

2. Select a domain from the drop-down list.

3. Optionally, click the List Domain Members button to view a list of users that you can pick from.

NOTE: Depending on the size of your domain and speed of your network, this action could take a few moments or several minutes.

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4. Select a Windows user from the list, or enter one manually in the Windows User field. You do not have to be connected to the domain if you enter the name manually. This user must be a member of Remote Desktop User group, if you want start iFIX using a Terminal Server.

5. Accept the default iFIX Node Name, or enter another one.

NOTE: If you manually entered a Windows user name, you must also manually enter an iFIX node name. The default name is not used in this case.

6. Enter the location and name of the iFIX SCU file that you want to associate with this user. For example, you might enter C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\LOCAL\FIX.SCU. If a default iFIX

SCU name is supplied, you can use it or enter another one.

Optionally, you can browse for an SCU file, by clicking the Browse (...) button.

7. Select the options that you want to make available for the specified user from the iFIX Startup dialog box.

• If you select the Allow User to Run Sample System check box, the specified Windows user can start the sample system. The Sample System is a legacy product option and no longer shipped as part of iFIX 5.8.

• Similarly, if you select the Allow User to Modify Nodename and SCU check box, these fields are available for editing when the specified user attempts to start iFIX.

• If you clear both the Allow User to Run Sample System and the Allow User to Modify

Nodename and SCU check boxes, the iFIX Startup dialog box does not appear for the specified user.

8. Click Add Profile.

More on Startup Profiles

iFIX does not use a startup profile until the specified user attempts to start iFIX from the iFIX Startup dialog box or from the iFIX Startup command line (from a desktop shortcut or the Run dialog box, for example). If no iFIX startup profile exists for the user and you do not define any settings in the Default

User Profile dialog box or provide command line settings to the iFIX Startup application, when you restart iFIX, it displays the information from the last time iFIX was run.

For more detailed information on the Startup Profile Manager, refer to the to Using the Startup Profile

Manager section in the Setting up the Environment manual.

TIP: Creating User Defined Desktop Shortcuts to Start iFIX

Use the iFIX

Startup dialog box to create desktop shortcuts to start iFIX.

To create a desktop with the settings currently specified in the iFIX Startup dialog box:

1. Start iFIX. The iFIX Startup dialog box appears.

2. Click the Desktop Shortcut icon. The following figure highlights the Desktop Shortcut button on the iFIX Startup dialog box.

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iFIX Startup Dialog Box, with Desktop Shortcut Button Highlighted

The Desktop Shortcut dialog box appears.

3. Enter a shortcut name.

4. Click OK.

A shortcut is created for the currently logged in Windows user.

TIP: Using the Application Validator to Take a Snapshot of Your

Project Folders

Once you configure your iFIX projects for use with Terminal Server, you can create a baseline of the files and folders associated with your projects using the Application Validator. At a later time, you can then monitor which files and folders changed since you last created the baseline.

For instance, if you ever run into problems with your iFIX configuration and want to go back to an original configuration, you can use the Application Validator to determine which files were changed or added, and then you can manually rollback to that configuration.

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To access the Application Validator, double-click Application Validator icon in the system tree in the

Proficy iFIX WorkSpace. You can also access the application by locating and running the

AppValidator.exe file in the Proficy iFIX folder, which is the folder where you installed iFIX.

For detailed steps on how to create a baseline, refer to the General Overview of the Steps for Using the

Application Validator section in the Mastering iFIX manual.

For more general information on the Application Validator, including the command line options, refer to the Validating an Application section in the Mastering iFIX manual.

EXAMPLE: Configuring Terminal Server with iFIX Running As a

Service

The following steps explain how to configure iFIX to run as a service on the Terminal Server. These steps

assume you have already installed your Windows Terminal Server software as described in the Getting

Started

section, as well as iFIX, as described in the Installing iFIX section. These steps also assume that

you have not enabled iFIX security yet.

To start, we create a separate SCU to run iFIX as a service, named SERVICE. We then create two more

SCU users on the Terminal Server:

• A default user, named GUEST, with limited security privileges. The path to this user's iFIX project is C:\ProjectA. When iFIX starts with this SCU, the Proficy iFIX Startup dialog box doesnot appear.

• An administrative user, named PAUL, with full rights. The path to this user's iFIX project is

C:\ProjectB. When iFIX starts with this SCU, the Proficy iFIX Startup dialog box does appear.

Both these users have iFIX networking enabled and can log in from thin clients. The

FIXBackgroundServer.exe runs as a service on the server, so that you can later add scheduled events.

The steps below are outlined in the order that you want to perform them.

To build the service SCU on Terminal Server:

1. Shut down iFIX.

2. Ensure that you are logged in as an Administrator.

3. On the Start menu, point to Programs, Proficy HMI SCADA - iFIX, and then System Configuration.

The System Configuration Utility (SCU) window appears.

4. From the SCU's Local Startup Definition dialog box, select the Continue Running After Logoff check box. For steps, refer to the Running iFIX as a Service section.

NOTE: This setting is a system-wide setting, and will make changes to your registry. If iFIX is running as a service, all SCUs should have this option enabled.

5. From the SCU's SCADA Configuration dialog box, enable SCADA Support. For steps, refer to the

Enabling SCADA Support section.

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6. From the SCU's Task Configuration dialog box:

• Make sure that the WorkSpace.exe task starts in Normal mode.

• Add the FixBackgroundServer.exe to the startup task list, in Background mode. This starts the FixSchedulerService, allowing you to add scheduled events from the iFIX Scheduler.

For information on how to use the Task Configuration dialog box, refer to the Configuring Startup

Tasks section.

7. From the SCU's Network Configuration dialog box, enable TCP/IP networking. For more information on networking configuration, refer to the Configuring Network Connections section.

8. From the SCU's File menu, click Save as. The Save File As dialog box appears.

9. In the File name field, enter SERVICE.SCU and click Save. In the message box that appears, click

Yes to use this SCU when iFIX restarts.

10. Exit the SCU.

11. Start iFIX.

12. Run the Startup Profile Manager.

13. From the Startup Profile Manager's Default Startup Profile dialog box, configure the Default

Service SCU. For steps, refer to the Configuring the Default Profile section.

14. Save your changes and exit the Startup Profile Manager.

15. Start the Security Configuration utility. In the Configuration dialog dialog box, select the Use These

Paths for All Startup Profiles check box to enable global security paths. For steps, refer to the

Defining iFIX Global Security Paths section.

16. Save the Security Configuration and exit the program.

17. Shut down iFIX.

18. Restart iFIX to confirm it runs as a service.

To create the guest SCU:

1. Shut down iFIX.

2. Start the SCU.

3. On the File menu, click New.

4. From the SCU's Path Configuration dialog box:

• In the Project field, enter C:\ProjectA as the project.

• Click Change Project. A message box appears, click Yes to continue.

• Click OK, and another message box appears.

• Click Create All.

• In the message box that follows, click Proceed.

5. From the SCU's Local Startup Definition dialog box:

• Change the local and logical node name to GUEST.

• Select the Continue Running After Logoff check box.

For more information on configuring iFIX to run as a service, refer to the Running iFIX as a Service section.

6. From the SCU's SCADA Configuration dialog box, disable SCADA Support.

7. From the SCU's Task Configuration dialog box:

• Make sure that the WorkSpace.exe task starts in Normal mode.

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• Add the FixBackgroundServer.exe to the startup task list, in Background mode.

For information on how to use the Task Configuration dialog box, refer to the Configuring Startup

Tasks section.

8. From the SCU's Network Configuration dialog box:

• Enable TCP/IP networking.

• Add a remote SCADA node.

For more information on networking configuration, refer to the Configuring Network Connections section.

9. From the SCU's File menu, click Save as. The Save File As dialog box appears.

10. In the File name field, enter GUEST.SCU and click Save. In the message box that appears, click

No, so that the SERVICE SCU is used when iFIX restarts.

To create the administrative SCU:

1. On the SCU's File menu, click New.

2. From the SCU's Path Configuration dialog box:

• In the Project field, enter C:\ProjectB as the project.

• Click Change Project. A message box appears, click Yes to continue.

• Click OK and another message box appears.

• Click Create All.

• In the message box that follows, click Proceed.

3. From the SCU's Local Startup Definition dialog box:

• Change the local and logical node name to PAUL.

• Select the Continue Running After Logoff check box.

For more information on configuring iFIX to run as a service, refer to the Running iFIX as a Service section.

4. From the SCU's SCADA Configuration dialog box, disable SCADA Support.

5. From the SCU's Task Configuration dialog box:

• Make sure that the WorkSpace.exe task starts in Normal mode.

• Add the FixBackgroundServer.exe to the startup task list, in Background mode.

For information on how to use the Task Configuration dialog box, refer to the Configuring Startup

Tasks section.

6. From the SCU's Network Configuration dialog box:

• Enable TCP/IP networking.

• Add a remote node.

For more information on networking configuration, refer to the Configuring Network Connections section.

7. From the SCU's File menu, click Save as. The Save File As dialog box appears.

8. In the File name field, enter PAUL.SCU and click Save. In the message box that appears, click No, so that the SERVICE SCU is used when iFIX restarts.

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To create startup profiles for your users:

1. Start iFIX.

2. Run the Startup Profile Manager.

3. To configure the GUEST user, from the Startup Profile Manager's Default Startup Profile dialog box:

• Configure the Default Client SCU area. In the Default SCU field, enter or browse to

C:\ProjectA\LOCAL\GUEST.scu.

• Remove the check marks from the Allow User to Run the Sample System and the Allow

User to Modify Node Name and SCU check boxes.

• Click Add Profile.

• Click Close to exit the Add Startup Profile dialog box.

For steps, refer to the Configuring the Default Profile section.

4. From the Startup Profile Manager's Options dialog box, select the top check box, Startup Profiles defined in this application override iFIX Startup command line parameters, and click OK. This enables the GUEST account as the default.

5. To configure the PAUL user, from the Startup Profile Manager main screen:

• Click Add.

• Enter a Windows User name. For instance, say you enter PAULC as your Windows User name.

• In the iFIX Node Name field, enter PAUL.

• In the SCU File Name field, enter or browse to C:\ProjectB\LOCAL\PAUL.SCU.

• Select the Allow User to Modify Node Name and SCU check box.

• Click Add Profile.

• Click Close to exit the Add Startup Profile dialog box.

When the specified user name logs on, he will have more rights, as indicated by the enabled check box.

TIP: You can restrict even more access by enabling iFIX security. For more information, refer to the

Understanding iFIX Security section.

6. Save your changes and exit the Startup Profile Manager.

7. Restart iFIX.

To verify that the administrative account logs in with the PAUL startup profile:

1. On the iClientTS, open the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box.

2. In the Computer field, enter the computer name of the iFIX SCADA Server.

3. Click Connect. A login dialog box appears.

4. In the User name field, enter the user name from step 5 of the previous set of steps. For example:

PAULC.

5. In the Password field, enter the Windows password.

6. Click the iFIX icon to start iFIX.

7. Verify that the Proficy iFIX Startup dialog box appears.

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8. Verify that the Node Name field is PAUL, and the SCU field is C:\ProjectB\LOCAL\PAUL.SCU. This confirms that you are starting iFIX with the administrative user, PAUL, as defined in the Startup

Profile Manager.

9. Start iFIX and verify the SCU starts.

To verify that other users log in with the GUEST startup profile:

1. On the iClientTS, open the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box.

2. In the Computer field, enter the computer name of the iFIX SCADA Server.

3. Click Connect. A login dialog box appears.

4. In the User name field, enter any other Windows user name.

5. In the Password field, enter the Windows password for that user.

6. Click the iFIX icon to start iFIX.

7. Verify that the Proficy iFIX Startup dialog box does not appear. This happens because you are using the settings defined for the default startup profile (the GUEST startup profile) in the Startup

Profile Manager.

TIP: If you want to secure this environment you just created, see Securing the Terminal Server Environment for steps

on how to specify the program that starts when the user logs on to the Terminal Server (the Launch.exe for iFIX, for instance) and to restrict the Ctrl+Alt+Delete function.

iFIX WorkSpace Toolbars and Terminal Server

When using iFIX with Terminal

Services and all clients share the same iFIX folders, toolbars can be configured separately on each client.

This is because each client has it's own file for toolbar preferences, as well as temporary toolbar files stored in each client's temp folder.

Also, be aware that only one user at a time can import a toolbar into the iFIX WorkSpace when all clients share the same iFIX folders. After you import a toolbar you also should close the WorkSpace, so that the toolbar file is released, allowing other clients to import it. You then can immediately restart the

WorkSpace.

The iFIX WorkSpace toolbars can only be seen by those users that have rights for developing pictures.

Operators in a run-time environment do not see the toolbars.

Historical Collect and Terminal Server

When using iFIX with Terminal Services all clients share the same iFIX folders. Since the HTRDATA folder is shared, you cannot run more than one instance of Historical Collect (HTC) at the same time.

However, if each client has its own HTRDATA folder, then you can run multiple instances of HTC (for

Classic Historian).

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Securing the Terminal Server Environment

Although iFIX Environment Protection is not supported on the iClientTS computer, you can still create a secure environment that prevents operators from performing unauthorized actions, such as using the Ctrl+Alt+Delete key combination to shut down the Terminal Server. You can configure this in Windows, with user properties and group policies.For instance, you can configure which Windows users have access to log in to from the thin client. After logging in, you can restrict them from running anything other than the iFIX startup program. By configuring iFIX startup tasks, in the SCU, you can control which tasks are available after startup.

You can even configure the rights available to the user when he is logged in. For instance, you can disable the Ctrl+Alt+Delete feature. This prevents the user from shutting down the Terminal Server.

Instead, the user can only disconnect.

The steps below explain how to perform some of these tasks. Refer to the Windows online help for more information.

To specify the program that starts when the user logs on to the Terminal Server:

1. Log in to Windows as an administrator, if you have not already.

2. Click the Start button, and point to Settings, Control Panel, Administrative Tools, and then

Computer Management. The Component Services Microsoft® Management Console (MMC) snapin appears.

3. In the System Tools folder, double-click the Local Users and Groups item.

4. Double-click the Users folder.

5. Right-click the user you want to configure and select Properties. The Properties dialog box appears.

6. Click the Environment tab.

7. In the Starting Program area, select the Start the following program at logon check box.

8. In the Program File Name field, enter the path to the iFIX Startup (Launch.exe) program. For instance, if you installed iFIX to the default location, enter:

C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\Launch.exe

9. In the Start in field, enter the path of the iFIX product. . For instance, if you installed iFIX to the default location, enter:

C:\Program Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX

10. Click OK.

11. Repeat steps 5 to 10 for each user you want to configure.

To disable the Ctrl+Alt+Delete function:

1. Log in to Windows as an administrator, if you have not already.

2. On the Start menu, point to Run. The Run dialog box appears.

3. Enter gpedit.msc and then click OK. The Group Policy dialog box appears.

4. In the Local Computer Policy folder, double-click User Configuration.

5. In the User Configuration folder, double-click Administrative Templates, and then System.

6. Select the Ctrl+Alt+Delete options.

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7. In the setting area, double-click the Remove Task Manager setting. The Remove Task Manager

Properties dialog box appears.

8. Select the Enabled option and click OK.

9. When you are finished, on the File menu, click Exit. This closes the Group Policy dialog box.

Be aware that you can use iFIX security to define the rights each user has in iFIX after logging in. For instance, you can add further restrictions in iFIX by defining the application features available for the user.

For more information, refer to the Understanding iFIX Security section.

Additionally, be aware that any iClientTS starting on a Terminal Server (not a SCADA) does not accept unsolicited incoming connections. A client/SCADA that cannot accept incoming connections is called a non-listening client. This is a built-in network security feature. For more information on non-listening clients and other built-in security features, refer to the Configuring Network Security section.

Installing and Configuring Terminal Server

Clients

Microsoft provides the Remote Desktop Connection to configure and connect to a remote Terminal Server.

Optionally, you can use Internet Explorer, which uses an ActiveX Control, to connect to a remote Terminal

Server.This chapter describes how to install and configure these connection methods. It includes the following sections:

Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection to Connect to a Terminal Server

Configuring Screen Savers for Windows Server

Logging on to a Remote Terminal Server Using Internet Explorer

Configuring a Remote Desktop Connection to Connect to a Terminal

Server

You can configure and connect a client to connect to the Terminal Server using the Remote Desktop

Communication dialog box.

To connect a client to Terminal Server in Windows:

1. Open the Remote Desktop Communication application.

2. In the Computer field, enter or browse for your Terminal Server machine name or IP address. To configure optional parameters for your remote desktop connection, go to Step 3. Otherwise, go to

Step 14.

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3. Click the Options button. The tabs for each of the options appear in the dialog box, as shown in the following figure.

Remote Desktop Connection Dialog Box with Tabs Displayed

4. In the Computer field, enter or browse for your Terminal Server machine name or IP address.

5. In the User Name field, enter a valid Remote Desktop user existing on the Terminal server machine, using the format <TS machine name>\<user>, for example, MyTSmachine\operator1 or

169.127.123.89\operator1.

6. Click the Display tab.

7. Leave the default remote desktop size, but change the color setting to the lowest color setting that the pictures were designed to use. By using the least amount of colors, you reduce the load on the network and enhance performance.

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8. Click the Local Resources tab.

9. Select the options that your application requires.

For instance, you probably want to enable Printer sharing by selecting the Printer check box under the Local Device Settings. The other options you will probably set to the defaults, though you are not restricted to do so.

10. Click the Programs tab.

11. If you want to start a program when the designated user starts a Terminal Server session, select the check box and enter the name and path, along with the folder that you want the program to start in if it is different from the application path.

12. Click the Experience tab.

13. Select the performance options that your client requires. It is recommended that you clear all check boxes except Persistent Bitmap Caching and Reconnect if connection is dropped.

14. Click Connect to connect to the remote Terminal Server.

Configuring Screen Savers for Windows Server

By default, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 do not allow configured screen savers to run for Terminal Server client sessions. If you want to enable screen savers on client sessions, you must

Enable the Screensaver and select the Force Specific Screen Saver policy (to identify the screensaver) for your group.

Within group policy editor (gpedit.msc) you need to enable the following from User

Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\Control Panel\Personalization folder:

• Enable Screensaver

• Enable Prevent changing screensaver

• Enable Screen saver time-out (whatever your desired timeout is)

• Enable Force Specific screen saver and set path to iFixScreensaver.scr file.

For more information on modifying group policies, refer to the Microsoft web site:

Logging on to a Remote Terminal Server Using Internet Explorer

If Terminal Server Web Access is enabled on your Terminal Server you can use Internet Explorer's

Microsoft Terminal Services Client Control (ActiveX control) on remote machines to open terminal server client sessions.

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If the Microsoft Terminal Services Client Control is not installed and enabled, the first time you try to connect from a remote Terminal Server client machine, you will be prompted to do so. When attempting to connect through IIS and the Terminal Server Advance Client ActiveX control, if the ActiveX Client

Control is not found on the client computer, or if an older version of the control is found, it will be installed at this time.

NOTES:

Multiple users cannot log on using the same account.

If you configured the user account with the application startup command, iFIX starts automatically. If you did not configure the user account to auto launch, use the Launch icon to start iFIX. Do not use the iFIX Startup icon.

TIPS:

When the Web Connect or Terminal Server Web Access screen opens, you can create a shortcut to this page by making it a Favorite in Internet Explorer. Adding it to your Favorites list allows you to initiate future connections by clicking on the shortcut.

If the Full Screen option is not available at connect time due to security limitations or settings, you can access it after connection by pressing Ctrl+Alt+Pause.

To connect to a Windows 2012 Terminal Server:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Enter the URL, in the following format: http://TSmachinename/RDweb/Pages/en-Us/Default.asp

To connect to a Windows 2008 R2 (64-bit) Terminal Server:

1. Open Internet Explorer.

2. Enter the URL, in the following format: http://TSmachinename/RDweb/Pages/en-Us/Default.asp

Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server

This chapter discusses some ways to improve your Terminal Server performance within iFIX and Windows. It includes the following

sections: Optimizing iFIX

Optimizing the Terminal Server Machine

Third-party Thin Client Software and Hardware

Optimizing New iFIX Pictures for Use with Terminal Service Capable Devices

For more optimization ideas and tips, refer to the Optimizing Your iFIX System manual.

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This section provides some optimization ideas and tips to enhance your iFIX Terminal Server environment. It includes the following topics:

Using Deadband Values

Using Refresh Rates

Designing in 256 Colors with RDP 5.0

Disabling Picture Caching

Using Bitmaps

Using Traditional Clients

Disabling Smooth Scrolling

Using Auto Scale

Using Deadband Values

You may want to use deadband values to reduce the number of updates sent back and forth to the Server. Deadband values, set in the iFIX Expression Editor, specify the maximum fluctuation you want for the current connection before iFIX updates it. By entering a deadband value, you create a +/- dead zone around the connection's current value. As long as the value is within this range, iFIX does not update the value. However, once the value exceeds the maximum or minimum deadband, the value is updated.

Using Refresh Rates

The Proficy iFIX WorkSpace provides a Refresh Rate Expert in the Expression

Builder that determines how often the data source connection updates, in seconds. Leaving the refresh rate at the default of 0.10000 causes the connection to refresh 10 times per second. If your application does not need the connection to be refreshed this often, you can gain considerable performance by reducing the refresh rate and the deadband.

Refresh rates on pictures can also impact performance. In the iFIX Terminal Server setup, by default, datalinks, animations, and charts (Enhanced and Standard) in pictures will refresh as configured. But you can throttle these rates by placing the following parameters in the FixUserPreferences.ini file. You can adjust these default settings without opening any pictures. By default the throttling is disabled for iFIX

Terminal Server .

1. Open the FixUserPreferences.ini file. (By default, for iFIX, this file is located in the C:\Program

Files\Proficy\Proficy iFIX\LOCAL folder.)

2. Scroll to the [TerminalServicesPreferences] section and enter larger numbers. A larger number for these settings provides a slower refresh rate, which is intended to improve performance.

[TerminalServicesPreferences]

DataRefreshThrottleInSecs=1.0

AlarmSummaryThrottleInSecs=5.0

EnableTerminalServicesRateControls=1

3. Save the file.

After modifying the above datalinks, animations, and charts (Enhanced and Standard), pictures will refresh at a rate no faster than once per value specified for “DataRefreshThrottleInSecs “.

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For example, in the Expression Builder, if you enter .1 or .5 as the refresh rate for your data source, it will

NOT be adhered to. The historical update rate for both Enhanced and Standard charts will also be adjusted accordingly. For the alarm blink rate, alarm fetch rate, and alarm data refresh rate in the Alarm

Summary objects, the iFIX Terminal Server will refresh the data no faster than value specified for

“AlarmSummaryThrottleInSecs” seconds. For instance, even if you set the refresh rates in the Alarm

Summary object to be faster, iFIX will not allow a rate faster than “AlarmSummaryThrottleInSecs”.

Designing in 256 Colors with RDP 5.0

iFIX supports unlimited colors. However, Microsoft Remote Desktop Protocol 5.0 (RDP) only supports 256 colors (8-bit), since it was designed to reduce the load on the network to enhance performance.

If you are working on a computer with RDP 5.0, it is recommended that you set your display colors to 256 in the Display Properties dialog box while designing your Terminal Server pictures. If you need to design in full colors, use only the top row of colors in the iFIX Color Selection dialog box.

Greater Color Support

RDP 5.1

If you are using RDP 5.1 for your clients, you can set the color depth anywhere from the standard 256 colors (8-bit) to the actual True Color (24-bit) setting.

The following table summarizes your color options with RDP 5.0 and 5.1, and Windows Server.

Terminal Server Client Terminal Server Windows Server

RDP 5.0

RDP 5.1, RDP 6.0

256 colors

Millions of colors

Windows Server

Windows Server works best with RDP 6.0 or greater. RDP 6.0 an greater provides the highest level of color support, allowing you to display millions of colors.

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If you are using Windows Server with RDP 6.0 or greater, you can set your color depth anywhere from the standard 256 colors (8-bit) to a 32-bit setting, which provides millions of colors.

Disabling Picture Caching

By default, picture caching is enabled in iFIX. Although this does speed up picture performance, it can also slow down processing on the Server. If you need to free up memory on the Server, disable picture caching.

Using Bitmaps

You may want to limit your use of bitmaps. Bitmaps usually require more processing than other graphical file formats. Compressed or vector graphics are easier to process and often have reduced color depth, improving its display in 256 colors.

If you use bitmaps, avoid using moving bitmaps. Moving bitmaps require that the Server constantly redraw the image, continuously taking up processing resources.

Using Traditional Clients

You may choose to run a mix of client types including traditional iClients on a FAT Client platform. This may be the most efficient way to run an application that requires intensive

Historical collection or alarm ODBC functionality. The client/server design allows you to run these components from a standard client node, conserving the Terminal server resources for the WorkSpace activities of each iClientTS session.

Disabling Smooth Scrolling

You may want to disable smooth scrolling on Internet Explorer 5.5 to improve viewing on the thin client.

To disable smooth scrolling:

1. Open Internet Explorer and select Tools.

2. Select Internet Options from the drop-down menu.

3. Click the Advanced Tab.

4. Clear the Smooth Scrolling check box from the Browsing options.

Using Auto Scale

Using Auto Scale in your pictures may significantly decrease Terminal Server performance and impact the number of client sessions you can run under Terminal Server. To access the Auto Scale feature, in

Ribbon view, on the Home tab, in the WorkSpace group, click Settings, and select User Preferences or in

Classic view, on the WorkSpace menu, select User Preferences. The Disable Auto Scale Feature check box is located on the Picture Preferences tab. To enable the Auto Scaling, clear this check box.

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Optimizing the Terminal Server Machine

This section provides some optimization ideas and tips to enhance your Terminal Server machine. It includes the following topics:

Modifying the Encryption Rate

Disabling Client Wallpaper

Deleting Temporary Folders

Disabling Active Desktop

For more Terminal Server optimization ideas and tips, refer to the Client Services section of the Windows

Server Help.

Modifying the Encryption Rate

The lower your encryption rate, the better the RDP protocol performs.

To change the encryption rate:

1. Open the Terminal Services Configuration Administrative Tool.

2. Select the Connections folder in the Terminal Services Configuration tree.

3. Right-click the RDP-TCP connection.

4. Select Properties from the right-click menu. The RDP-TCP Properties dialog box appears.

5. Click the General Tab.

6. Modify the Encryption Level field.

Disabling Client Wallpaper

Displaying wallpaper on the client's desktop forces the screen to redraw and uses up Server resources.

To disable the wallpaper:

1. Open the Terminal Services Configuration Administrative Tool.

2. In the Terminal Services Configuration tree, select the Connections folder.

3. Right-click the RDP-TCP connection.

4. Select Properties from the right-click menu. The RDP-TCP Properties dialog box opens.

5. Click the Environment Tab.

6. Select the Disable wallpaper check box.

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Deleting Temporary Folders

Deleting temporary folders on exit prevents the loss of disk space resources over time.

To delete temporary folders upon exiting:

1. Open the Terminal Services Configuration Administrative Tool.

2. In the Terminal Services Configuration tree, select the Server Settings folder.

3. Double-click the Delete temporary folders on exit setting. The Delete Temporary Folders dialog box opens.

4. Select Yes and click OK.

Disabling Active Desktop

Active Desktop is a display option in Windows that gives your desktop the look and feel of a web page.

You can disable the Active Desktop feature to conserve server memory and CPU resources.

To disable Active Desktop:

1. Open the Terminal Services Configuration Administrative Tool.

2. In the Terminal Services Configuration tree, select the Server Settings folder.

3. Double-click the Active Desktop setting. The Active Desktop dialog box opens.

4. Select the Disable Active Desktop check box and click OK.

Third-party Thin Client Software and Hardware

While designing your Terminal Server environment, you can integrate a third-party client application to enhance the performance and ease of management of your Terminal Server environment. Two examples of third party applications that you can use are described in the following sections:

Citrix Presentation Server

Automation Control Products (ACP) ThinManager

Citrix Presentation Server

The Citrix Presentation Server is one application that you can use to enhance the performance and ease of management of your Terminal Server environment.

NOTE: Citrix® MetaFrame™ 1.8, Feature Release 1, provided extensive color support and Netscape support. This support was merged into the Citrix Presentation Server product in 2004.

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Citrix's Independent Computer Architecture (ICA) protocol allows both Microsoft and non-Microsoft clients, including UNIX and Macintosh, to connect to a Terminal Server machine.

For more information on the Citrix Presentation Server product, visit www.citrix.com

.

Automation Control Products (ACP) ThinManager

ACP ThinManager™ provides At-A-Glance management of your Terminal Server Environment. The ThinManager software runs on any computer networked in your environment and provides an easy-to-use GUI that monitors your ACP Thin Client machines.ThinManager allows you to manage clients from a single location. It visibly displays the on/off status of each client and allows you to reboot clients and organize clients by group. It also includes

Server and fail-over support. ACP also provides ACP Hardware and Enabled Hardware for use with your

Terminal Server environment. For more information on ACP ThinManager and ACP Hardware, visit www.acpthinclient.com

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Optimizing New iFIX Pictures for Use with Terminal Service Capable

Devices

The iFIX Create Picture Wizard includes new screen definitions for handheld Terminal Server capable devices. Form factors include 240x320 and 320x240. Terminal Service users may find this option especially helpful.

The following graphic shows the new configuration options as they appear in one of the screens in the

Create Picture wizard.

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Choose Configuration Screen, Create Picture Wizard

Troubleshooting Your iFIX Terminal Server

Environment

To successfully troubleshoot your iFIX Terminal Server Environment, you first need to isolate the source of your problem. Once you have isolated your problem area, refer to

the Troubleshooting Specific Terminal Server Problems table for more troubleshooting information.

This chapter provides the following topics to help you isolate and troubleshoot your iFIX Terminal Server

Environment:

Isolating Your iFIX Terminal Server Problem

Troubleshooting Specific Terminal Server Problems

Troubleshooting Known Terminal Server Problems

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Isolating Your iFIX Terminal Server Problem

If you experience problems while running your iFIX Terminal Server Environment, create a new user and follow the steps in the following table to isolate the problem.

If you are unable to complete one of the steps, try troubleshooting the corresponding problem area. Refer

to the Troubleshooting Specific Terminal Server Problems table for more information on troubleshooting

specific problem areas.

If you are unable to complete this step... Troubleshoot this area...

1. Connect to the Terminal Server via a RDP client session using a local Admin account.

Connection

2. Add an application to start up on logon in the users properties:

C:winnt\system32\notepad.exe

Environment or Configuration

3. Run a unique iClientTS session using the command line Change user install.

Terminal Server installation or configuration.

Check the documentation on

ROOTDRIVE or refer to the Windows

Server Help.

4. Create a simple iFIX configuration: one picture, one data link, one user.

SCU Configuration and Startup, File

Conflicts, or Configuration.

Troubleshooting Specific Terminal Server Problems

Once you have isolated your problem area, use the information in the following table to begin troubleshooting.

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Troubleshooting Specific Terminal Server Problems

For this problem area....

Verify...

Performance

Connection

SCU

Configuration and

Startup

Environment

• Have you optimized your iFIX Terminal Server Environment? Refer to

the Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server chapter for more information.

• Should you run fewer clients?

Note that Server performance increases with the following:

• Faster processors

• More processors (dual, quad)

• More memory

• Reduced graphic refresh rate on clients

• Is your connection problem for all connections or user specific?

• Can the Administrator start a session locally and remotely?

• Are there duplicated node names on the network? Run NETHIS.exe on the client nodes. If you see 'Connection is established' and

'Connection NOT Established' messages repeatedly, then you may have a duplicate iFIX node name.

• What is the directory structure?

• Is this reproducible in a non-Terminal Server environment using a mapped drive in the path?

• Are there directory permissions set outside of iFIX? If so, be sure that you use relaxed permissions.

• Can you create a session on the Server?

• Is the problem the same for all users including Admin?

• Can you create a new client session? Can you create a client that opens NotePad?

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For this problem area....

Verify...

Configuration

• Are the Paths correct?

• Is the Launch command accurate, or are the startup profiles in the

Startup Profile Manager configured correctly?

• Can you create a new SCU/New User, pointing all paths to the base path folder?

• Are the paths pointing to a mapped drive? Have the SCADA map to the

Terminal Server machine.

• Does the mapped drive have additional directory permissions configured?

• Are there greater than 20 users (Windows limitation) trying to map to the network drive?

For more information, suggestions, and tips for troubleshooting your iFIX Terminal Server environment, refer to the Windows Server Help, and the Microsoft Terminal Server online documentation.

Troubleshooting Known Terminal Server Problems

The following table lists some specific troubleshooting information for known Terminal Server problems.

Troubleshooting iFIX Terminal Server

Problem Solution

Registry locks, behaves like

"Duplicate Node Names" on the network.

You have started multiple sessions at the same time or multiple users have logged on using the same account.

Multiple users cannot log on using the same account. Start one session at a time.

If the same user is logged on multiple times, consider using the End

Session setting. The End Session setting logs off the user upon disconnect. To use this setting, select the End Session check box located under Override User Settings in the RDP Properties of the

Terminal Services Configuration Console.

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Problem Solution

You modify a file, but the changes are not saved.

There is no file version control.

Two users are attempting to modify the same file.

If users are sharing files, they must organize file modification. For more

information, refer to Step 1: Determining User Types and Directories .

When opening certain You have installed Microsoft Office without modifying the registry. toolbar items, you receive a

Windows Installer dialog box Refer to the Microsoft Knowledge Base article Q274473 . that states the following:

Please wait while Windows configures Microsoft

Office edition.

The text insertion cursor in an iFIX Text object does not appear.

The cursor blink rate in the control panel is set to the lowest setting for

Terminal Server. Set the blink rate to 1 above the slowest setting.

ODBC setting set for one user appears in the SCU of another user.

You must start iFIX before modifying the Alarm ODBC settings in the

SCU.

Frequently Asked Questions on Using iFIX with Terminal Server

The following list outlines some of the frequently asked questions about using iFIX with Terminal Services.

Does the Startup Profile Manager help me? Should I use it?

Yes! The Startup Profile Manager helps you manage multiple iFIX startup profiles. You can even configure a default GUEST Profile for any user not defined in the Startup Profile list. The Startup Profile

Manager will save you lots of time.

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The Startup Profile Manager is a utility that allows you to link users to projects or configurations, as well as restrict the actions that these users can take when starting iFIX. With the Startup Profile Manager, you create unique startup profiles for individual iFIX users, as well as a default profile for all other users. Refer

to the Creating Startup Profiles or

Using the Startup Profile Manager sections for more information.

As a Terminal Server user, what benefits do I get by upgrading to the latest version of iFIX?

You now have the following features:

• Support for running the SCADA node on the Terminal Server computer (in iFIX 4.0 and greater).

• Ease of configuration with the Startup Profile Manager (in iFIX 3.5 and greater).

You do not have to configure IP addresses for each client, unless you want to connect an iFIX Terminal

Server client to an iFIX 3.0 or FIX32 node (in iFIX 3.5 and greater).

Can I connect an iFIX Terminal

Server client to a iFIX 3.0 or FIX32 node?

Yes. You must, however, set IP addresses for each client on the Terminal Server. For more information,

refer to the Using iFIX Terminal Server Clients with FIX32 and Pre-iFIX 3.5 SCADA Nodes section.

If I change the permissions on the folders iFIX creates, does iFIX manage the security on these folders?No. iFIX generates the standard project paths with the “user” permissions required by the iFIX product. Use caution when changing the security permissions of the folders created by the iFIX product.

If you do not have the proper permissions, iFIX will not run.How can I determine the number of Terminal

Server connections that my iFIX license supports?Run the Proficy License Viewer

(Proficy.ManagementConsole.exe). Select the iFIX product icon to display iFIX information.

For more information on these license viewer tools, refer to the License and Key Checking section in the

Getting Started with iFIX guide.Can I use the iFIX Environment Protection feature on Terminal Server

Clients?

No. But, you can configure the program (launch.exe) that starts when the user logs into the Terminal

Server and restrict Ctrl+Alt+Delete use through Windows. Refer to the Securing the Terminal Server

Environment section for more details.

Can I run iFIX as a service on the Terminal Server computer?

Yes! Refer to the Running iFIX as a Service on the Terminal Server section for more information. For

steps on how you can set this up, refer to the EXAMPLE: Configuring Terminal Server with iFIX Running

As a Service section.

Be aware, however, if you do run iFIX as a service on the Terminal Server computer, you should be mindful of the limits of your processor speed and things you can do to optimize performance. Be sure to

read the Optimizing iFIX Terminal Server section.

When starting iFIX on a Terminal Server session, why does this message: "Node Name Already in

Use," appear?

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This message can appear when you attempt to start a new iFIX session and a session with that node name already exists, or if you do not have correct permissions set on the Terminal Server machine. iFIX does not start in this instance.

If no other session is using the node name, the issue is most likely due to a security rights issue on the

Terminal Server machine (a non-administrator user is starting iFIX).

To resolve the security rights issue:

1. Log onto the Terminal Server machine as a user with Administrative rights.

2. On the Start button, point to Run. The Run dialog box appears.

3. Type regedt32 and press Enter. The Registry Editor appears.

4. Select the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder.

5. With the HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT folder selected, on the Edit menu, click Permissions. The

Permissions for HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT dialog box appears.

6. If the users or group that runs iFIX does not appear in the Name list, add them by:

• Clicking Add.

• Selecting the user name or group name from the domain and clicking Add, and then OK.

7. Click the Advanced button.

8. Select the iFIX user or group from the list and click Edit. The Permission Entry dialog box appears.

9. In the Permission list, for the Set Value, put a check mark in the Allow column. If a check mark already exists, double-check that the correct users or group has been selected in the Name box.

10. Click OK for each dialog box and close the registry editor.

Does Terminal Services supports the Windows CE and Pocket PC platforms?

Yes! The Pocket PC 2000/2002 (Pocket PC is the new name given to Windows CE) has a built-in

Terminal Server client. Windows-based terminals (WBTs) using Windows Embedded operating systems have RDP support installed.

Windows CE versions 1.x,/2.x/3.x require the delivery of the RDP client to PCs and hand-held PCs that will use terminal services. Apply this support either by sharing the RDP setup files on the network or by creating installation disks from the terminal server. RDP can be delivered to the PC in two ways by using the Terminal Services Client Creator terminal services component or by using Microsoft Systems

Management Server (SMS) or other software-publishing techniques.

What is Citrix?

The Citrix Presentation Server product is a third-party application you can use to enhance the performance and ease of management of your Terminal Server environment. For more information on the

Citrix Presentation Server product, visit www.citrix.com

.

If you were using a previous version of iFIX with Terminal Server, be aware that the Citrix MetaFrame

™ product was renamed to

Citrix Presentation Server in 2004.

Why can't I open toolbars in the iFIX WorkSpace from a Terminal Server session?

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Only one user at a time can import a toolbar into the iFIX WorkSpace, when all clients share the same iFIX folders. After you import a toolbar you also should close the WorkSpace, so that the toolbar file is released, allowing other clients to import it. You then can immediately restart the WorkSpace. For more

information on toolbars, refer to the iFIX WorkSpace Toolbars and Terminal Server section.

Why are my iFIX WorkSpace toolbars different for each user?

When using iFIX with Terminal Services and all clients share the same iFIX folders, toolbars can be configured separately on each client. This is because each client has it's own file for toolbar preferences, as well as temporary toolbar files stored in each client's temp folder. For more information on toolbars,

refer to the iFIX WorkSpace Toolbars and Terminal Server

section.

Why do colors not display properly in my Terminal Server session?

If your Terminal Server client is running RDP 5.0, you can display only 256 colors. To display more colors,

you need at least RDP 5.1. For more information, refer to the Designing in 256 Colors with RDP 5.0

section.

Why does the title bar in the iFIX Startup dialog box change?

The title bar changes depending on the mode that you start iFIX in:

• If you start iFIX in normal mode, the title bar reads "iFIX Startup."

• If you start the iFIX as a service, the title bar of this dialog box reads "iFIX Startup - SERVICE

MODE."

• If you start iFIX from a teminal server session on the iClientTS node, the title bar to this dialog box read "iFIX Startup - iClentTS."

Can I use iFIX and Terminal Services on Windows Vista?

iFIX does not support running a Terminal Server on Windows Vista.

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Index

A

accounts ............................................................ 36

SCU user....................................................... 25 unique set of schedules ................................. 36

ACP ThinManager ........................................... 60 adding ............................................................... 40 alarm printing ................................................... 15

C

with iClientTS .............................................. 14

Citrix Presentation Server ................................. 60 client, support number ...................................... 14 clients ............................................................... 58 concurrent licensing.......................................... 17 configuring default startup profile ................................... 39 iFIX with Terminal Server ........................... 23

SCU .............................................................. 30

Startup Profile Manager options ................... 38 user accounts ................................................ 36 connecting to iFIX Terminal Server ................. 50 creating ............................................................. 37 desktop shortcuts to start iFIX ...................... 42

D

startup profiles .............................................. 37 deadband values ............................................... 55 default profile ...................................................38 defining .............................................................31 iFIX global security paths .............................35 project directory paths ..................................31 determining .......................................................24 user types and directories ..............................24 directories .........................................................31 planning ........................................................25

E

project ...........................................................31 editing SCU files ..............................................22

Environment Protection ....................................49 example configuring iFIX as a service with

Terminal Server ........................................44

F

FIX32 and iFIX 3.0 and Terminal Server .........20 frequently asked questions ................................66

Full Client .........................................................50

G

requirements .................................................15 global security paths .........................................35

H

hardware key ....................................................17 licensing considerations ................................17

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I

iClient and iClientTS .......................................... 9 comparison ..................................................... 9 iClientTS configuring SCU user accounts .................... 25 determining types of user accounts............... 24 editing SCU files .......................................... 22 features ........................................................... 7 improving performance ................................ 55 installing iFIX ............................................... 29 keyboard shortcuts ........................................ 15 licensing requirement ................................... 16 optimization .................................................. 55 optimizing ..................................................... 54 requirements ................................................. 15 sample environment ...................................... 11 setting IP addresses ....................................... 20 user-specific directories ................................ 22 ways to connect ............................................ 50 iClientTSs per Server ....................................... 14 iFIX .................................................................. 14 running as an NT service under Terminal

Server ....................................................... 14 iFIX as a service ............................................... 29 iFIX Terminal Server ......................................... 8 environment .................................................. 11 features ........................................................... 7 limitations and assumptions.......................... 14 requirements .................................................15 setting IP addresses .......................................20 user names ....................................................14 using bitmaps ................................................57 installing

Virtual Keyboard ..........................................30 installing iFIX onto Terminal Server ....................................29

K

over an uninstall ............................................29 keyboard shortcuts ............................................15 with Terminal Server ....................................14

L

licensing considerations ....................................17 licensing requirements ......................................16 limitations of iClientTS ....................................14

M

Microsoft Terminal Server ................................ 7

O

optimization ......................................................57 for Terminal Server ......................................55 optimization ideas .............................................57 optimizing Terminal Server ..............................54 overview ...........................................................24

Terminal Server setup ...................................24

P

paths ..................................................................31 iFIX global security ......................................35

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project directory............................................ 31 planning ............................................................ 25

SCU directories ............................................ 25 shared directories .......................................... 27 previous iFIX release, installing over ............... 35 profiles adding ........................................................... 40 additional information .................................. 42 configuring the default ................................. 38 project directory paths ...................................... 28 defining ......................................................... 31 understanding ............................................... 28 project paths ..................................................... 33

S

Sample Terminal Server Environment ............. 11 schedules, configuring with user accounts ....... 36

SCU .................................................................. 25 planning directories for iFIX ........................ 25 upgrading from a previous iFIX release ....... 35 user accounts ................................................ 25 secure environment ........................................... 49 security paths, global ........................................ 35 service ............................................................... 29 sets of schedules, using unique ......................... 36 setup steps......................................................... 24 shared directories, planning .............................. 27 smooth scrolling ............................................... 58

Software Requirements .................................... 15

Index

Startup Profile Manager ....................................38 adding profiles ..............................................40 additional information ..................................42 configuring options .......................................38 steps, Terminal Server setup .............................23 supported client number ...................................14

T

Terminal Server

ActiveX Control ...........................................50 alarm printing ...............................................15 before you begin ...........................................23 clients ............................................................15 color limitations ............................................14 configuring clients ........................................50 editing SCU files ..........................................22 encryption rate ..............................................59 environment example....................................11 features .......................................................... 7

FIX32 and iFIX 3.0 SCADA nodes ..............20 hardware keys ...............................................16 installing and configuring with iFIX ............23 installing clients ............................................50

IP addresses ..................................................20 keyboard shortcuts ........................................15 licensing ........................................................16 licensing requirements ..................................16 limitations and assumptions ..........................14 optimization ..................................................54

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optimization ideas ......................................... 55 performance .................................................. 54 running iFIX as an NT service ..................... 14 setup steps, overview .................................... 23 troubleshooting ............................................. 62 using bitmaps ................................................ 57 using deadband values .................................. 55 using refresh rates ......................................... 55 using traditional clients ................................. 58 using unique folders ..................................... 36 with iFIX ...................................................... 29

Terminal Server optimization ........................... 57 picture caching.............................................. 57

Terminal Server performance ........................... 55 using refresh rates ......................................... 55

Terminal Services Advanced Client ................. 50 thin-client ........................................................... 7

ThinManager .................................................... 60 toolbars ............................................................. 48 troubleshooting

Terminal Server connection .......................... 63

Terminal Server network .............................. 63

TSAC ................................................................ 50 licensing requirements .................................. 16 requirements ................................................. 15

TSCALs ............................................................16

U

understanding ...................................................28 project directory paths ..................................28 uninstall, installing iFIX over ...........................29 unique ...............................................................36 folders for use with Terminal Server ............36 sets of schedules ...........................................36 upgrading ..........................................................35

SCU files from a previous iFIX release ........35 user accounts, SCU ...........................................25 user name limitations ........................................14 user types, planning ..........................................24 user-specific directories ....................................22 using

Application Validator ...................................44 unique set of schedules .................................36 unique sets of schedules................................36 using traditional clients .....................................58

V

Virtual Keyboard ..............................................30

W

Windows NT 4.0 Terminal Server Edition .......15

Windows Terminal Server and iFIX .................23

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