RSLinx Classic - Designed by AECS

RSLinx Classic - Designed by AECS
RSLinx Classic
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GETTING RESULTS GUIDE
PUBLICATION LINX-GR001J-EN-E–August 2014
Supersedes Publication LINX-GR001I-EN-E
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Contents
Introduction
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Purpose of the document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Intended audience. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How does the getting results guide fit in with other Rockwell Software product documentation? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Document conventions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Feedback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
1 • Welcome to RSLinx Classic
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What is RSLinx Classic? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Differences between RSLinx Classic types . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
RSLinx Classic Lite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
RSLinx Classic Single Node . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
RSLinx Classic OEM . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
RSLinx Classic Gateway . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Quick start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Step 1 – Configure a driver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Step 2 – Configure a topic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Step 3 – Copy a link to the clipboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Step 4 – Paste a link from the clipboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Explore RSLinx Classic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Title bar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Menu bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Toolbar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Application workspace . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Status bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
2 • Install and Start RSLinx Classic
Before you begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
System requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Hardware requirements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Software requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Install RSLinx Classic software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Update an existing installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Start RSLinx Classic software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Troubleshooting installation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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Use RSWho . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
RSWho browsing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
4 • OPC and DDE Connectivity
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OPC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
DDE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
DDE/OPC client connectivity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
5 • Find the Information You Need
Use the help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Access help for a control or field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Find step-by-step procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Find definitions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Access guides . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Technical support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
When you call . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
A • Activation
Grace period . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Activate RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Activation Manager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
How to activate RSLinx Classic. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Find more information about FactoryTalk Activation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
B • Secure RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Security
How do I set up security in RSLinx Classic?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
What can I secure in RSLinx Classic? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Considerations when using RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Security . . . . . . . . . . .
Network/Local Directory . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reset Network Tree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Miscellaneous . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Introduction
Purpose of the document
The Getting Results with RSLinx Classic™ guide provides you with information on how
to install and navigate the RSLinx Classic software. It explains how to access and
navigate the help, and how to effectively use the RSLinx Classic software.
Intended audience
We assume that you are familiar with:
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IBM-compliant personal computers
Microsoft® Windows® operating systems
OPC (OLE for Process Control®) communication
DDE (Microsoft dynamic data exchange) messaging
Allen-Bradley PLC™ (programmable logic controllers)
Rockwell Software PLC programming tools
How does the getting results guide fit in with other Rockwell
Software product documentation?
This getting results guide can be considered the entry point into Rockwell Software
documentation set for this product. The documentation set contains pertinent, easily
accessible product information and ships with the software product. This set ships with
the software product, and is designed to free you from tedious paper shuffling and reduce
information overload.
Other components of the documentation set include electronic release notes and help.
Help
The help includes all overview, procedural, screen, and reference information for the
product. The help contains these basic components: overview topics, quick start topics,
step-by-step procedures, and screen element descriptions (for example, text boxes, dropdown lists, and option buttons). All of the help is context-sensitive with the application,
and provides you with immediate access to application tasks and screen element
descriptions. For a more detailed description of the help, see Chapter Five, Find the
information you need.
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This getting results guide, as well as any reference guides, are included in a PDF (portable
document format) on your RSLinx Classic DVD. These files must be viewed using the Adobe
Acrobat Reader software, which you can download for free from the Adobe website:
http://www.adobe.com.
Document conventions
The conventions used throughout this document for the user interface comply with those
recommended by Microsoft. If you are not familiar with the Microsoft Windows user
interface, read the documentation supplied with the operating system you are using before
attempting to use this software.
Feedback
Please use the feedback form packaged with your software to report errors, or let us know
what information you would like to see added in future editions of this document. You can
also send an email message to [email protected] with any comments about
Rockwell products and services.
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Welcome to RSLinx Classic
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What is RSLinx Classic?
Differences between RSLinx Classic types
Quick start
Explore RSLinx Classic
What is RSLinx Classic?
RSLinx Classic for Rockwell Automation Networks and Devices is a comprehensive
factory communication solution, providing Allen-Bradley programmable controller
access to a wide variety of Rockwell Software and Allen-Bradley applications. These
range from device programming and configuration applications such as RSLogix and
RSNetWorx, to HMI (Human-Machine Interface) applications such as RSView32,
FactoryTalk View SE (Site Edition), and FactoryTalk View ME (Machine Editation), to
your own data acquisition applications using Microsoft Office, web pages, or Visual
Basic®. RSLinx Classic also incorporates advanced data optimization techniques and
contains a set of diagnostics. The API (Application Programming Interface) supports
custom applications developed with the RSLinx Classic SDK. RSLinx Classic is an OPC
Data Access Compliant Server and a DDE server.
Differences between RSLinx Classic types
RSLinx Classic is available in four versions to meet the demand for a variety of cost and
functionality requirements. Depending on the version you are running, some functionality
may or may not be operational. Refer to the following sections for specific version
functionality.
The RSLinx Classic version you are running appears in the title bar at the top of the main
window. If a version of RSLinx Classic is started without the proper activation files, it
runs as RSLinx Classic Lite.
RSLinx Classic Lite
RSLinx Classic Lite provides the minimum functionality required to support RSLogix and
RSNetWorx. This version is not commercially available, but is bundled with products that
require only direct access to the RSLinx Classic network drivers. This version does not
support OPC, DDE, or the published RSLinx Classic C API (Application Programming
Interface).
RSLinx Classic Lite is used for the following:
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Ladder logic programming using RSLogix products.
Network and device configuration and diagnostics using RSNetWorx.
Configuring Ethernet modules and devices (for example, 1756-ENET, 1756-DHRIO,
and so on).
Upgrading firmware using ControlFlash.
Browsing networks and getting device information such as firmware revision.
RSLinx Classic Single Node
RSLinx Classic Single Node includes the required functionality to supply communication
services for all Rockwell Software products. OPC and DDE interfaces are supported, but
to only one device. It does not support applications developed for the RSLinx Classic C
API, or direct drivers in HMI applications. RSLinx Classic OEM or higher is required for
these application types.
RSLinx Classic Single Node is used for the following:
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Data acquisition using OPC or DDE to only one device. This includes clients such as
RSView32, FactoryTalk View SE, FactoryTalk View ME Station, Microsoft Office,
Visual Basic, and web pages.
Ladder logic programming using RSLogix products.
Network and device configuration and diagnostics using RSNetWorx.
Configuring Ethernet modules and devices (for example, 1756-ENET, 1756-DHRIO,
and so on).
Upgrading firmware using ControlFlash.
Browsing networks and getting device information such as firmware revision.
RSLinx Classic OEM
RSLinx Classic OEM includes the required functionality to supply communication
services for all Rockwell Software products. OPC and DDE clients are supported for any
number of devices. It also supports applications developed for the RSLinx Classic C API.
RSLinx OEM version 2.2 and previous versions only supported AdvanceDDE. RSLinx
Version 2.3 and subsequent versions support all DDE types except FastDDE.
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Data acquisition using OPC or DDE to any number of devices. This includes clients
such as RSView32, FactoryTalk View SE, FactoryTalk View ME Station, Microsoft
Office, Visual Basic, and web pages.
Ladder logic programming using RSLogix products.
Network and device configuration and diagnostics using RSNetWorx.
Configuring Ethernet modules and devices (for example, 1756-ENET, 1756-DHRIO,
and so on).
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Upgrading firmware using ControlFlash.
Browsing networks and getting device information such as firmware revision.
RSLinx Classic Gateway
RSLinx Classic Gateway extends RSLinx Classic-based communication throughout the
enterprise by connecting clients over TCP/IP networks. Programming and configuration
products such as RSLogix and RSNetWorx use a local RSLinx Classic Lite or better with
a Remote Devices via Linx Gateway driver configured to communicate to the RSLinx
Classic Gateway. Remote HMIs and VB/VBA applications including Microsoft Office
can use remote OPC to communicate to RSLinx Classic Gateway for data collection. This
allows you to have multiple distributed computers performing data collection without
having RSLinx Classic installed on each machine!
In addition to the capabilities provided in the RSLinx Classic Professional version,
RSLinx Classic Gateway offers remote connectivity to:
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Multiple RSView32, FactoryTalk View SE, and FactoryTalk View ME Station clients
accessing data through one RSLinx Classic Gateway (remote OPC).
Remote computer running RSLogix connecting to a plant network over a modem for
online program changes.
Remote Microsoft Office applications showing plant floor data such as Excel.
A web page showing plant floor data when the web server and RSLinx Classic are on
separate computers.
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Quick start
This section outlines the main tasks you need to perform to use the RSLinx Classic
software. The quick start information included in this section is intended to be a highlevel, conceptual overview. When you are ready to use RSLinx Classic software, follow
the detailed procedures found in the Quick Start, which is located in the RSLinx Classic
help. To access the Quick Start, click Help > Quick Start from within RSLinx Classic.
For information about specific controls on RSLinx Classic windows and dialog boxes,
right-click any control.
Step 1 – Configure a driver
A driver is the software interface to the hardware device that will be used to communicate
between RSLinx Classic and your processor. To configure a driver in RSLinx Classic,
click Communications > Configure Drivers. The Configure Drivers dialog box appears,
which is used for adding, editing, or deleting drivers. Click a driver to configure from the
Available Driver Types list, click Add New, and complete the information required in the
driver configuration dialog box that shows. The driver configuration dialog box varies
depending on which driver you select.
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Step 2 – Configure a topic
Select an
existing topic
from the Topic
List, and click
the Data
Collection tab
to enter polling
and packet
information.
If you selected Configure New DDE/OPC Topic by right-clicking a station in RSWho, the
Topic Name field is pre-filled for you. RSLinx Classic starts with the name of the program
running in the processor, and if this topic exists, it adds a number to the end until it finds
one that does not exist. If there are any spaces, it converts them to underscores (_). You
can change the topic name RSLinx Classic selected for you.
From the Data Source tab, click the device, with which you wish to set up communication.
To add a new topic to a project that already has at least one topic configured, click New.
To edit an existing topic, click the topic from the list. Use the Data Collection tab to
include more detailed information about specific topics.
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In RSLinx Classic, a project is a storage container for one or more topics, and a topic
represents a specific path to a processor. By grouping topics together in a project, you can
make multiple topics available at the same time. To create or edit a project in RSLinx
Classic, select File > Open Project (opens the Open Project window). To create or edit a
topic, select DDE/OPC > Topic Configuration (opens the DDE/OPC Topic
Configuration window). If you attempt to create a topic without creating a project,
RSLinx Classic creates default project for you.
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Step 3 – Copy a link to the clipboard
RSLinx Classic provides a mechanism for easily establishing a link from RSLinx Classic
to a compatible program. To use the Copy to Clipboard function, choose an RSLinx
Classic project that contains topics. Select Edit > Copy DDE/OPC Link, select the topic,
and then click OK.
The Copy function takes the information needed to create a link and places it on the
Windows clipboard. Some packages support the ability to paste links from the clipboard.
The Copy to Clipboard function can be used with these applications only.
Select the topic
you just added
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DDE/OPC
Topic
Configuration
dialog box, and
browse for the
address string
for your
request.
The Copy to Clipboard function only establishes hot links from RSLinx Classic, the DDE
server, to a Windows DDE client application. The Data Table Address, Block Size,
Columns per Row, and selected topic are maintained from the last time that you used this
function. Changing these values has no effect on the last established link.
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Step 4 – Paste a link from the clipboard
Go to your application program that supports the Paste Link function. For example, in
Microsoft Excel, click an open cell in a spreadsheet where you would like to place the
data, click Edit > Paste Special, click Paste Link, and click OK. The hot link is pasted
into the spreadsheet at the location you selected and begins to update. If you click Paste,
instead of Paste Link, the item string will get copied.
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Most Windows applications support a Paste Link operation, and this feature is generally
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Explore RSLinx Classic
When you start RSLinx Classic, the Rockwell Software RSLinx Classic application
window appears. The application window contains a title bar, a menu bar, a tool bar, the
application workspace where opened child windows (RSWho, diagnostics, and so on),
and a status bar.
Title bar
The title bar shows the RSLinx Classic icon, the name of the software product (for
example, Rockwell Software RSLinx Classic Gateway), the RSWho instance number
(RSWho - 1 opens by default when you open RSLinx Classic), and the Minimize,
Maximize, and Close button.
To view the Control Menu, click the RSLinx Classic icon on the title bar. The following
items appear on the Control Menu.
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Item
Description
Restore
Restores the window to its former size after you enlarged it by using the
Maximize command or shrunk it by using the Minimize command.
Move
Allows you to reposition the window on the desktop using the arrow keys on the
keyboard.
Size
Allows you to resize the window by using the arrow keys on the keyboard.
Minimize
Shrinks the window to an icon, which is located on the task bar. This performs
the same function as if you clicked the Minimize button on the title bar.
Maximize
Enlarges the window to occupy the entire screen. This performs the same
function as if you clicked the Maximize button on the title bar.
Close
Exits the RSLinx Classic application. This performs the same function as if you
clicked the Close button on the title bar.
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Menu bar
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The RSLinx Classic menu bar contains the following menus:
Each menu contains options for performing the following tasks:
Menu
Description
File
Create and open RSLinx Classic projects.
Edit
Copy DDE and OPC links to the clipboard.
View
Set and change RSLinx Classic interface shows, open the Event Viewer,
and click the RSWho view.
Communications
Configure drivers, topics, and other RSLinx Classic options, and view
driver, DDE, other client application diagnostics.
Station
Perform actions on diagnostic counters and view the Data Monitor.
DDE/OPC
Configure DDE/OPC topics and view event and diagnostic information.
Security
Set security user and access rights.
Window
Arrange RSLinx Classic windows.
Help
View help options for RSLinx Classic and other Rockwell Software
products and services.
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Toolbar
The toolbar contains shortcuts to several commonly used RSLinx Classic functions. Each
toolbar button is a graphical representation of a command that is also available from the
RSLinx Classic menu bar. The following items appear on the RSLinx Classic toolbar.
Icon
Menu Selection
Description
File > Open Project
Shows the currently defined projects and allows you to
open a DDE/OPC project.
Communications >
RSWho
Opens an additional instance of RSWho (one instance is
opened by default each time you open RSLinx Classic).
Communications >
Configure Drivers
Shows the currently configured RSLinx Classic software
drivers and allows you to add additional drivers for use
with your hardware devices.
Communications > Driver Shows a list of currently configured drivers and provides
Diagnostics
the option to view diagnostic information for each driver.
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Edit > Copy DDE/OPC
Link
Provides the ability to create a DDE/OPC link between
RSLinx Classic and a client application such as Microsoft
Excel.
DDE/OPC > Topic
Configuration
Allows you to create and modify a DDE/OPC topic, which
is a specific path to a processor.
Help > What’s This?
Changes the cursor to an arrow and a question mark to
indicate you are in What’s This? help mode. Click any
screen item to show help text for that item and to exit
What’s This? help mode.
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Application workspace
Status bar
The status bar at the bottom of the RSLinx Classic screen provides information about the
current status of your system.
The left area of the status bar is used to pass messages to the user. For example, when you
scroll through the items on the menus, a brief description of the function of that menu item
appears in this area of the status bar.
The right area of the status bar shows:
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CAP if the Caps Lock key on your keyboard is toggled for all caps.
NUM if the Num Lock key on your keyboard is set to enable the numeric keypad on
your keyboard.
SCRL if the Scroll Lock key on your keyboard is set.
The current date from your computer’s system clock and calendar.
The current time from your computer’s system clock and calendar.
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The application workspace shows open child windows, such as the RSWho and RSLinx
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Install and Start RSLinx Classic
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This chapter explains how to install and start RSLinx Classic software. This chapter
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System requirements
Installation procedure
Update an existing installation
Start procedure
Troubleshooting installation
After installing the software, you are recommended to read the release notes located in the
help. The release notes may contain more up-to-date information than was available when
this document was published. To view the release notes, start RSLinx Classic, and then
choose Help > Release Notes from the main menu.
Before you begin
Rockwell Software uses a software key to implement copy protection for Windows-based
software products. Every software product has a unique key. Although, you can install the
software on any number of computers, you are only licensed to run the software on one
computer at a time. After you install the RSLinx Classic software, the Setup program will
prompt you to activate your software. For more information about moving software keys,
copy protection, and software activation, refer to Appendix A in this guide.
System requirements
To effectively use RSLinx Classic, your personal computer must meet the following
minimum hardware and software requirements:
Hardware requirements
To install RSLinx Classic software, you will need the following hardware:
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Minimum: Intel Pentium III, 600MHz, with at least 512MB (Megabytes) of RAM.
Recommended: Intel Pentium 4, 2GHz or faster, 1GB or more RAM
This version of RSLinx Classic will not run on Alpha, MIPS, or Power computer
processors.
At least 2.2GB of available hard drive space; more hard disk space may be required
for specific application features.
A 16-color, SVGA display with 800 by 600 or greater resolution.
A mouse or other Windows-compatible pointing device.
An Ethernet card, and Allen-Bradley communication device or cable.
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Software requirements
To run RSLinx Classic v3.70.00 (CPR 9 Service Release 7), one of the following
operating systems is required:
Windows Server 2012
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Windows Server 2012 Standard [64-bit]
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard [64-bit]
Windows 8.1
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Windows 8.1 [32-bit]
Windows 8.1 [64-bit]
Windows 8.1 Professional [32-bit]
Windows 8.1 Professional [64-bit]
Windows 8.1 Enterprise [32-bit]
Windows 8.1 Enterprise [64-bit]
Windows 8
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Windows 8 [32-bit]
Windows 8 [64-bit]
Windows 8 Professional [32-bit]
Windows 8 Professional [64-bit]
Windows 8 Enterprise [32-bit]
Windows 8 Enterprise [64-bit]
Windows 7
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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 [32-bit]
Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 [64-bit]
Windows 7 Professional [32-bit]
Windows 7 Professional [64-bit]
Windows 7 Professional SP 1 [32-bit]
Windows 7 Professional SP 1 [64-bit]
Windows 7 Enterprise SP 1 [32-bit]
Windows 7 Enterprise SP 1 [64-bit]
Windows 7 Ultimate SP 1 [64-bit]
Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1
Windows Server 2008
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Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard [32-bit]
Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard [64-bit]
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard [64-bit]
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard [64-bit]
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Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Enterprise [64-bit]
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Windows Vista
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Windows Server 2003
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Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 [32-bit]
Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 [64-bit]
Windows XP
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Windows XP SP3 [32-bit]
Windows XP Embedded
For the latest information regarding software platform support, refer to
http://www.rockwellautomation.com/compatibility/#/scenarios.
Install RSLinx Classic software
You can install one or more Rockwell Software products to a single personal computer.
To install RSLinx Classic, you must log onto your computer as an Administrator.
To install RSLinx Classic software, perform the following steps:
1. Start your Windows operating system.
2. Insert the RSLinx Classic DVD into the DVD-ROM drive.
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Click Start, and then click Run. The Run dialog box appears.
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In the Open control, type x:\setup, where x is the letter of the drive containing the
RSLinx Classic DVD-ROM, and then click OK. The RSLinx Classic opening screen
appears.
3. On the Welcome to the RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard dialog box, read the RSLinx
Classic introductory information. Wait while the wizard is preparing for installation.
If Adobe Reader XI is installed on the computer, the RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard
goes to the next dialog box directly.
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If Adobe Reader XI is not installed on the computer, the installation of Adobe Reader
XI starts automatically in a new window. Adobe Reader is required to open the
Installation Guide, User Guide, and other documents. Wait for the Adobe Reader XI
installation to complete, or click Cancel to terminate the Adobe Reader XI
installation. Once the Adobe Reader XI installation is completed or terminated, the
RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard goes to the next dialog box.
4. On the Rockwell Software Common Setup dialog box, follow the instructions that
appear on the screen. The general order of the installation will be:
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Product selection - Click View Release Notes for Selected Product to ensure your
system meets the minimum requirements, and to learn about new features included
with this version of RSLinx Classic. After you have read the Release Notes, click
Next.
FTA notes - RSLinx Classic requires activation using FactoryTalk Activation
Manager. Even if you previously used a different method of activation, RSLinx
Classic v3.70.00 (CPR 9 SR 7) must be activated using FactoryTalk Activation
Manager. Read the information about software activation on the dialog box, and then
click Next.
Process Terminating - During the installation, the Setup Wizard identifies Rockwell
Automation software that will be replaced. The Setup Wizard automatically
terminates the Rockwell Automation processes that are listed on the dialog box. Read
the information on the dialog box and check the Rockwell Automation Software that
are listed. Click Next to terminate the Rockwell Automation software process and
proceed with the installation process. This step is available only if any Rockwell
Automation software process needs to be terminate.
This procedure could shut down your process applications! Depending on which
applications you are installing or upgrading, it is possible that your factory automation
system will become inoperabable, shutting down your processes. Be certain you have
prepared for this downtime and all of your company’s systems are prepared for these
applications to be terminated.
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Customer Information - Type your user name and the name of your organization,
and then click Next.
License Agreement - End-user license agreements (EULA) spell out your rights and
responsibilities. Depending on the applications being installed, it is possible that there
may be more than one license agreement on this page. The individual license
agreements are listed above the text box. Read the entire Software License
Agreement. Click Accept all to continue installation, or click Decline to exit the
installation.
Enable Security - During the installation, the Setup Wizard detects whether
RSSecurity Emulator software is present on the computer. If RSSecurity Emulator is
present, you can enable security during the installation. Read the information about
security configuration selection. Select the check box to enable the security function,
or clear the check box to disable the security function, and then click Next. This step
is available only if RSSecurity Emulator has been installed on the computer prior to
the RSLinx Classic installation.
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Tip: The default installation directory for RSLinx Classic software is C:\Program
Files\Rockwell Software. If needed, select the pull down menu to browse to another drive
location.
Configuration Summary - This summary indicates the software that will be included
in the installation process. Clicking on any of the prerequisites or Rockwell Software
will display a description in the Description window. The bottom of the screen shows
the total hard drive space required for the selected application as well as the space
required for all products that will be installed. When ready to proceed, click Install to
start the RSLinx Classic installation process.
5. After the RSLinx Classic software finishes installing, the Rockwell Software Setup
dialog box opens. Read the installation summary on the dialog box. For RSLinx
Classic Professional, RSLinx Classic OEM, RSLinx Classic Gateway, RSLinx Classic
Single Node and RSLinx Classic personalized versions, the software activation
check box appears on this dialog box. Select the check box to activate the software
now, or clear the check box to activate the software later. Click Finish.
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If you select the check box, the Software Activation dialog box opens. See Activate in
Installation Setup Wizard about the activation steps.
If you clear the check box, proceed to Step 6. You can activate the software later by
using FactoryTalk Activation Manager.
6. A window opens and prompts you to restart the computer. Click Yes to restart the
computer or click No to restart later. You must restart your computer before using
RSLinx Classic. The RSLinx Classic installation is complete.
7. When you finish installing the software, remove the RSLinx Classic DVD from the
DVD-ROM drive, and store it in a safe place.
Update an existing installation
Perform the following steps to update an existing RSLinx Classic installation to RSLinx
Classic v3.70.00 (CPR 9 SR 7):
1. Close your current version of RSLinx Classic.
2. Insert the RSLinx Classic DVD into the DVD-ROM drive. Refer to Install RSLinx
Classic software and perform the installation steps. The old version of RSLinx
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Installation Location - Select the drive where you want to install the RSLinx Classic
software, and then click Next.
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Classic that exists on your computer is automatically uninstalled when you install
RSLinx Classic v3.70.00 (CPR 9 SR 7).
Tip: The Installation Setup Wizard automatically backs up the driver configuration that exists
in the old version of RSLinx Classic, and restore the configuration automatically into RSLinx
Classic v3.70.00 (CPR 9 SR 7). You can find the backup file BackupFromSystemInstall.rsx in
C:\Documents and Settings\<username>\My Documents or C:\users\<username>My
Documents.
3. Whene the upgrade completes, restart your computer.
Start RSLinx Classic software
To start RSLinx Classic software, select Start > Programs > Rockwell Software >
RSLinx > RSLinx Classic.
We assume that you used the default names for the directory and program group. If you did not
use the default names, substitute the actual names that you specified for the default names
shown.
Troubleshooting installation
If RSLinx Classic does not start or run properly, consider the following:
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Does your computer have enough memory? Running RSLinx Classic requires a
minimum of 512MB of RAM.
Does your computer have enough disk space? Running RSLinx Classic requires a
minimum of 2.2GB of available hard disk space.
Do you have the correct activation for RSLinx Classic installed? If your RSLinx
Classic installation shows as RSLinx Classic Lite, RSLinx Classic Single Node, or
RSLinx Classic OEM, the proper activation files were not installed. See “Activate
RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Activation Manager” on page 31 for information
about activation files.
Have you reinstalled an earlier Service Pack or removed a component, such as
DCOM, that RSLinx Classic requires?
RSWho
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This chapter describes the features of the RSWho network browser interface. RSWho
allows you to view all the active network connections from a single screen.
Use RSWho
RSWho is RSLinx Classic main window shows networks and devices in a style similar to
Windows Explorer. A variety of integrated configuration and monitoring tools are
accessible from the right mouse button in RSWho. Some of the available tools are the
ControlLogix Gateway Configuration Tool for Controlnet, DeviceNet, Ethernet, 1756DHRIO, and 1756-DH485 modules, and a Data Monitor for monitoring live data out of
any ControlLogix, PLC-5, SLC, or MicroLogix family controllers.
The left pane of RSWho is the tree control, which shows networks and devices. The right
pane is the list control, which shows all members of a collection. A collection is a
network, or a device that is a bridge. Right-click in the list control and choose a view
option of Large Icons or Details.
A device that appears with a red X indicates that RSWho previously recognized this device, but
now it cannot. The red X indicates a communication status error, such as unplugging a
recognized device. These devices can be removed from the RSWho display by right-clicking the
device and selecting Remove.
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RSWho browsing
The RSWho icon indicates a network. If this icon is animated, the network is being
browsed. Click a network or device to start browsing.
When the network or device is collapsed (indicated by the + sign), click + or double-click
the network or device icon next to the + to expand the view and begin browsing. When the
network or device is expanded (indicated by the – sign), click – or double-click the
network or device icon next to the – to collapse the view.
If the Autobrowse check box is selected, RSWho continuously browses the selected
device or network (regardless of whether or not the selection is expanded or collapsed). If
Autobrowse check box is cleared, the Refresh button is active. Clicking Refresh instructs
RSWho to perform one browse cycle of the selected device or network. Since Refresh
only performs one browse cycle, clicking Refresh multiple times may be necessary to
discover everything on the network.
Right-click a supported device to select Station Diagnostics, Configure DDE Topic, or
other supported services for that device.
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OPC and DDE Connectivity
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This chapter describes the features of:
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OPC (OLE for Process Control)
DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange)
OPC
OPC (OLE for Process Control) is a communication standard based on OLE technology
provided by Microsoft, and developed and maintained by the OPC Foundation, a coalition
of industrial manufacturing companies, of which Rockwell Automation is a member. The
charter of this group is to provide an industrial standard exchange mechanism between
plant floor devices and client applications. RSLinx Classic is an OPC-compliant server
exposing the required interfaces for an OPC client application to access data consistent
with other OPC-compliant servers. The added benefit provided from RSLinx Classic is its
ability to provide several DDE formats in addition to OPC.
OPC is designed to allow client applications access to plant floor data in a consistent
manner. OPC provides many benefits:
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Hardware manufacturers only have to make one set of software components for
customers to use in their applications.
Software developers do not have to rewrite drivers because of feature changes or
additions in a new hardware release.
Customers have more choices with which to develop world class integrated
manufacturing systems.
With OPC, system integration in a heterogeneous computing environment is simple.
Leveraging the OLE/COM environment is possible.
RSLinx Classic is an OPC-compliant server. For more information about OPC, visit the
OPC Foundation web site at http://www.opcfoundation.org. For more information on
using OPC with Rockwell Software products, visit our web site at
http://support.rockwellautomation.com.
DDE
DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) is a standard inter-application communication protocol,
which is built into Microsoft Windows operating systems and supported by many
applications that run under Windows. DDE takes data from one application and gives it to
another application. It allows Windows programs that support DDE to exchange data
between themselves.
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A DDE server is a program that has access to data and can provide that data to other
Windows programs.
A DDE client is a program that can obtain data from a server.
By specifying an application, topic, and item, a client application can exchange data with
a server application.
DDE works like a conversation between two people. The people represent the different
applications running under Windows, and the data they share is what they are talking
about. RSLinx Classic does not know the type of data it is receiving, it only knows that a
DDE link is providing the data.
For example, if you have a DDE link from RSLinx Classic to an Excel spreadsheet, Excel
does not know that you are sending a counter value into a spreadsheet. All Excel sees is
data.
For example, RSLinx Classic is the application name, PLC5TOPIC1 is an example topic
name, and C5:0.ACC is an example item, in this case a counter accumulator in an AllenBradley PLC-5.
Not all applications that run under Microsoft Windows support DDE. Check with the application’s
manufacturer before purchasing an application for use with RSLinx Classic.
For more information about DDE, refer to the DDE topic in the RSLinx Classic help.
DDE/OPC client connectivity
RSLinx Classic provides connectivity for client applications using OPC or multiple DDE
data formats. The OPC and AdvanceDDE interfaces provide optimized read operations by
packing multiple requests from multiple clients in a single transaction. In configuring a
DDE Topic, you can specify whether or not you want DDE poke operations optimized.
Optimized pokes only work with PLC-5 and SLC processors.
The benefit of optimizing DDE poke operations is packing multiple updates in a single
write operation, thus reducing the overall number of packets required. Operations such as
downloading a recipe can take advantage of this feature.
Other DDE formats supported include FastDDE (for Wonderware clients), XL_Table and
CF_Text to support Microsoft Office products, and other generic DDE client applications.
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Find the Information You Need
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Use this chapter to review the sources of additional information about RSLinx Classic
software. This chapter helps you find what you need efficiently by describing how to:
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Use the help
Access guides
Participate in Rockwell Software training courses
Contact Technical Support
Use the help
RSLinx Classic help provides general overview information, comprehensive step-by-step
procedures, and context-sensitive, dialog box control definitions for working with all of
the features in the software. To view online help while running RSLinx Classic:
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Choose RSLinx Classic Help from the Help menu on the RSLinx Classic main
window,
Click Help on any RSLinx Classic dialog box or property page,
Position the cursor over a control, with which you want help and right-click, or
Press F1.
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Access help for a control or field
To show a definition for a control or a field, click the What’s This? icon in the upper right
corner of the dialog box, drag the cursor to the selected area, and then click to show the
definition. In this example, the Property control was selected.
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Find step-by-step procedures
For example, from the What is a driver? help topic, if you select Add a driver under the
See also section, the procedure that describes how to add RSLinx Classic drivers shows.
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To view a list of tasks related to the current topic, move to the See also section at the
bottom of the help window and select one of the listed tasks. The current topic is replaced
with a step-by-step procedure for completing the task.
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Find definitions
Within the RSLinx Classic help, blue text highlighted with an underline indicates a link to
a pop-up definition or a link to a related topic. For example, in the Dynamic Data
Exchange help topic, application, topic, and item are pop-up definitions, and DDE link is
a link to a related topic.
Access guides
You can gain immediate access to product documentation through the guides included
with RSLinx Classic. The guides include this Getting Results Guide, as well as any
reference guides, in an electronic book format. The guides are included in a PDF (portable
document format) on your RSLinx Classic DVD. These files must be viewed using the
Adobe Acrobat Reader software, which you can download for free from the Adobe
website at http://www.adobe.com.
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Training
Rockwell offers a wide range of training programs, from regularly scheduled classes
conducted at Rockwell Software facilities, to custom-tailored classes conducted at your
enterprise. The size of each class is kept small intentionally to maximize student
engagement.
If you would like more information about Rockwell training programs, visit the Rockwell
Software site or contact the Rockwell Software Training Coordinator. Our World Wide
Web address and telephone numbers appear on the inside front cover of this document.
Technical support
If you cannot find answers to your questions in the Getting Results with RSLinx Classic
guide, the help, or the guides, you can call Rockwell Software Technical Support at the
numbers listed on the inside front cover of this guide. The technical support staff is
available Monday through Friday from 8:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time, except
holidays. You can also access the Rockwell Software Online Support Library from the
web site listed on the inside front cover of this guide.
When you call
When you call, you should be at your computer and prepared to give the following
information:
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Product serial numbers
Product version number
The product serial numbers and version number can be found in the software by
clicking Help > About RSLinx Classic.
Version of Windows and any service packs that you are using
Hardware you are using
Exact wording of any errors or messages that appeared on your screen
Description of what happened and what you were doing when the problem occurred
Description of how you attempted to solve the problem
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One of the best ways to increase your proficiency at using Rockwell Software products is
to attend a Rockwell Software training program. Our training programs can help you
master the basics and show you how to unleash the full potential of our software.
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Activation
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RSLinx Classic v2.58.00 (CPR 9 Service Release 4) and later only supports activation
using FactoryTalk Activation.
EvRSI activation is replaced by FactoryTalk Activation. If you are a current user using EvRSI
activation and want to upgrade to RSLinx Classic v2.58.00 or later, please contact your local
Rockwell Automation Sales office or Rockwell Automation Technical Support for information
on migrating your activations to FactoryTalk Activation Manager. For Rockwell Automation
Technical Support in the U.S. call 1 (440) 646-3434. Outside the U.S. see
http://www.rockwellautomation.com/locations/.
RSLinx Classic v3.70.00 (CPR 9 SR 7) shows a message indicates the activation status
when you place the cursor over the tray icon in the notification area. If the activation
status changes during runtime, the message shows the new status after you restart RSLinx
Classic.
Grace period
RSLinx Classic v2.52.00 (CPR 9) and later supports a seven-day activation grace period
when a valid activation is not found. During the grace period:
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When the software is started, a message is logged to the FactoryTalk Diagnostic log
every four hours until a valid activation is found.
RSLinx Classic can be started an unlimited number of times. If the grace period ends,
and a valid activation has not been found, RSLinx Classic Lite is started.
If RSLinx Classic is unable to successfully obtain valid activations (for example, a network
failure occurs), the software will attempt to run in grace period for up to seven days.
Activate RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Activation Manager
How to activate RSLinx Classic
RSLinx Classic v3.70.00 introduces the ability to activate the software during the
software installation. The new Installation Setup Wizard contains an Activate products
using FactoryTalk Activation check box. This no longer requires you to open FactoryTalk
Activation Manager to activate the software.
To activate your copy of RSLinx Classic in the RSLinx Classic Installation Setup
Wizard, perform the following steps:
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1. Perform the steps in Install RSLinx Classic software on page 17 to install RSLinx
Classic software.
2. On the Rockwell Software Setup dialog box in the Installation Setup Wizard, select
the Activate products using FactoryTalk Activation check box and click Finish.
3. On the Software Activation dialog box, enter the serial number and product key from
your Activation Certificate.
4. Select Activate locally to activate RSLinx Classic on a single computer, or select
Activate using a dongle to activate RSLinx Classic on any computer by using a
dongle.
The Activate using a dongle option requires that you have a dongle to lock the activation.
5. Click Continue.
You can still activate RSLinx Classic via FactoryTalk Activation Manager by clicking the
Explore other options link in the Software Activation dialog box. The link provides
direct access to the FactoryTalk Activation Manager software. To activate your copy of
RSLinx Classic in the FactoryTalk Activation Manager, click Get New Activations and
follow the instructions in the FactoryTalk Activation Manager.
For more information on using the FactoryTalk Activation Tool, click More or Help in the
FactoryTalk Activation Manager window.
Find more information about FactoryTalk Activation
For help with FactoryTalk Activation Manager at any point, you can click:
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Help on the FactoryTalk Activation Manager window
the Help link on the Rockwell Software Activation website:
https://licensing.software.rockwell.com
If you cannot connect to the Internet, call Technical Support for help creating an
activation file from an e-mail or a fax.
Phone: 440-646-3434 in North America. Outside of North America, call your local
support organization.
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Secure RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk
Security
FactoryTalk Security™ is intended to improve the security of your automation system by
limiting access to those with a legitimate need. FactoryTalk Security authenticates user
identities and authorizes user requests to access a FactoryTalk-enabled system. These
security services are fully integrated into the FactoryTalk Directory and are included as
part of the FactoryTalk Services Platform that installs with many products.
For more information on how to use security services, please refer to FactoryTalk Security
help.
How do I set up security in RSLinx Classic?
RSLinx Classic, along with supporting RSSecurity, also supports FactoryTalk Security.
FactoryTalk Security is intended to improve the security of your automation system by
limiting access to those with a legitimate need. FactoryTalk Security authenticates the
identities of users and authorizes user requests to access a FactoryTalk-enabled system
against a set of defined user accounts and access privileges held in the FactoryTalk
Directory. For more information on FactoryTalk Security, read the “About FactoryTalk
Security” topic located in RSLinx Classic Help. The following table explains the steps
you would need to perform to implement one of the two security mechanisms
(FactoryTalk Security and RSSecurity) supported by RSLinx Classic.
If you are
Do this
a user who:
1. Install FactoryTalk Services Platform v2.70.00 and RSLinx
Classic v3.70.00 using RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard.
 has not used FactoryTalk
Security before, and
 has never configured
security using RSSecurity
2. Install RSSecurity Emulator from Start > All Programs >
Rockwell Software > FactoryTalk Tools > RSSecurity Emulator
Install.
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If you are
Do this
Note: During the RSSecurity Emulator installation, the FactoryTalk
Directory screen appears (see the following figure) where you will be
prompted to select the FactoryTalk Directory (Network or Local) that
RSSecurity Emulator should use. At this step, be sure to make a note
of the directory you choose — you will require this information when
adding security policies to FactoryTalk Directory in Step 4.
3. Open the Windows Control Panel. Select Add or Remove
Programs or Programs and Features in the Control Panel. In the
list of installed programs, right click RSLinx Classic 3.70.00 CPR 9
SR 7, and then select Change. The RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard
opens. While running the RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard, select
Modify in the Program Maintenance page.
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If you are
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B • SECURE RSLINX CLASSIC WITH FACTORYTALK SECURITY
Do this
B • Placeholder
Note: In the RSLinx Classic Security Configuration Selection page,
select Enable Security. Click Next and follow the instructions until
you finish the modification.
4. Open FactoryTalk Administration Console from Start > All
Programs > Rockwell Software > FactoryTalk Administration
Console to add user accounts and set security settings to secure
RSLinx Classic.
Note:
For more information on how to add user accounts, read the Add
a user account topic in FactoryTalk Administration Console help,
located at Manage FactoryTalk-enabled systems > Log on and
configure security > Configure security > How To > Work with user
accounts > Add a user account.

For more information on how to secure RSLinx Classic features,
read the Secure Product Features topic in FactoryTalk Security help,
located at Configure Security > How to > Set up product policies >
Secure product features.

For more information on what you can secure in RSLinx Classic,
read the What can I secure in RSLinx Classic topic in RSLinx Classic
Online help, located at How to > Secure RSLinx Classic with
FactoryTalk > What can I secure in RSLinx Classic.
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If you are
Do this
5. Open RSLinx Classic from Start > All Programs > Rockwell
Software > RSLinx > RSLinx Classic, and click Security > Set
Security User from the main menu. In the New User dialog box,
enter the username and password of the user you created in
FactoryTalk Administration Console in step 4, and click OK.
Note: Because the access to features in RSLinx Classic is governed
by the permissions you set for a user in FactoryTalk Administration
Console, some features out of the 13 securable features in RSLinx
Classic may be inaccessible (for example, if the user you entered in
Step 5 does not have the appropriate permission).
This completes the security setup for RSLinx Classic.
a user who:
1. Install FactoryTalk Services Platform v2.70.00 and RSLinx
Classic v3.70.00 using RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard.
 has not used FactoryTalk
Security before, and
2. Launch the Security Config Explorer by selecting Start > All
 wants to import an existing Programs > Rockwell Software > Security Server Network
RSSecurity Configuration into Edition > Security Config Explorer.
the FactoryTalk Directory
3. Locate the RSSecurity Configuration (*.bak) file, and select File
> Export to backup the *.bak file.
4. Close the Security Config Explorer.
5. Uninstall RSSecurity Server/Client (whichever is installed on this
machine) from Windows Control Panel.
6. Install RSSecurity Emulator from Start > All Programs >
Rockwell Software > FactoryTalk Tools > RSSecurity Emulator
Install.
Note: During the RSSecurity Emulator installation, the FactoryTalk
Directory page appears. Select the FactoryTalk Directory (Network
or Local) which RSSecurity Emulator uses. At this step, be sure to
make a note of the directory you choose―this directory information
is needed when adding security policies to FactoryTalk Directory in
Step 8.
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If you are
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B • SECURE RSLINX CLASSIC WITH FACTORYTALK SECURITY
Do this
B • Placeholder
7. Open the Windows Control Panel. Select Add or Remove
Programs or Programs and Features in the Control Panel. In the
list of installed programs, right click RSLinx Classic 3.70.00 CPR 9
SR 7, and then select Change. The RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard
opens. While running the RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard, select
Modify in the Program Maintenance page.
Note: In the RSLinx Classic Security Configuration Selection page,
select Enable Security. Click Next and follow the instructions until
you finish the modification.
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If you are
Do this
8. Import RSSecurity Server database by selecting Start > All
Programs > Rockwell Software > FactoryTalk Tools > Import
RSSecurity Configuration.
Note: While running the Import RSSecurity Configuration utility, the
FactoryTalk Security Import dialog box appears. In the Destination
directory of the FactoryTalk Security Import dialog box, be sure to
import the .bak file to the directory where you installed the Emulator
(Local or Network).
9. Open RSLinx Classic, and select Security > Set Security User
from the main menu. In the New User dialog box, enter the
username (domain name\username) and password of the RSSecurity
user.
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If you are
Do this
B • Placeholder
Note: If you do not remember the usernames of the users that existed
in your old RSSecurity setup, perform the following steps:
a. Run FactoryTalk Administration Console by selecting Start >
Programs > Rockwell Software > FactoryTalk Administration
Console.
b. In the Explorer pane, expand the FactoryTalk Local or Network
Directory tree, and then expand the Systems folder until the Users
folder is visible.
c. In the Users folder, the users who have domain associated with
their usernames (for example, na\Bob) are your RSSecurity users.
Note: Because access to features in RSLinx Classic is governed by
the permissions you set in the security server, some features out of the
13 securable features in RSLinx Classic may be inaccessible (for
example, if the user you entered in Step 9 does not have the
appropriate permission).
This completes the security setup for RSLinx Classic.
a user who:
 has used FactoryTalk
Security before, and
 wants to continue to use
FactoryTalk Security when
upgrading RSLinx Classic to
v3.70.00
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1. Install FactoryTalk Services Platform v2.70.00 and RSLinx
Classic v3.70.00 using RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard.
Note: While running the RSLinx Classic Setup Wizard, the RSLinx
Classic Security Configuration Selection page appears. Select
Enable Security. Click Next and follow the instructions until you
finish the installation.
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If you are
Do this
2. Open FactoryTalk Administration Console from Start > All
Programs > Rockwell Software > FactoryTalk Administration
Console to add user accounts and set security settings to secure
RSLinx Classic.
Note:
For more information on how to add user accounts, read the Add
a user account topic in FactoryTalk Administration Console help,
located at Manage FactoryTalk-enabled systems > Log on and
configure security > Configure security > How To > Work with user
accounts > Add a user account.

For more information on how to secure RSLinx Classic features,
read the Secure Product Features topic in FactoryTalk Security help,
located at Configure Security > How to > Set up product policies >
Secure product features.

For more information on what you can secure in RSLinx Classic,
read the What can I secure in RSLinx Classic topic in RSLinx Classic
Online help, located at How to > Secure RSLinx Classic with
FactoryTalk > What can I secure in RSLinx Classic.

3. Open RSLinx Classic from Start > All Programs > Rockwell
Software > RSLinx > RSLinx Classic, and click Security > Set
Security User from the main menu. In the New User dialog box,
enter the username and password of the user you created in
FactoryTalk Administration Console in step 2, and click OK.
Note:
Because the access to features in RSLinx Classic is governed by
the permissions you set for a user in FactoryTalk Administration
Console, some features out of the 13 securable features in RSLinx
Classic may be inaccessible (for example, if the user you entered in
Step 3 does not have the appropriate permission).

When RSLinx Classic is reinstalled, all security settings that were
previously configured for networks and devices are lost. You must
redefine these security settings in the Networks and Devices tree, or
in RSWho. For more information, see Considerations when using
RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Security.

This completes the security setup for RSLinx Classic.
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What can I secure in RSLinx Classic?
If you selected Network Directory during the RSLinx Classic security setup procedure, you must
use FactoryTalk Security to secure the following list of features. For more information, please
contact your local Rockwell Automation distributor.
.
Securable feature
Description
Clear DDE/OPC Event Log
Shows information on any DDE/OPC error messages logged while
running RSLinx Classic with DDE/OPC compliant programs.
Configure CIP Options
Administers how PCCC requests that use the CIP protocol are sent
over networks.
Configure Client Applications Maps configured and running RSLinx Classic drivers to legacy
INTERCHANGE C API, as well as shows the link identifier of the
virtual network maintained by RSLinx Classic for the use of Client
Applications in the virtual link unsolicited messaging model.
Configure ControlLogix
Gateway
Provides you with information about the modules in your
ControlLogix Gateway.
Configure DDE/OPC Topic
Configures DDE/OPC topic.
Configure Drivers and
Shortcuts
Configures (add, edit, or delete) drivers and shortcuts that allow
RSLinx Classic to communicate with your PLC, and provide quick
access to specific networks.
Configure Gateway
Allows you to enable the RSLinx Classic Gateway.
Configure Network Properties Allows you to configure network properties.
Edit DDE/OPC Project
Allows you to edit your DDE/OPC project.
Edit Options
Shows the options dialog box, which contains the General and
DDE tabs.
Reset Station Diagnostic
Counters
Clears the counters in the station diagnostic screens.
Shutdown
Shuts down RSLinx Classic.
View NT Event Log
Records important system occurrences such as RSLinx Classic
drivers successfully starting and stopping.
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B • Placeholder
The following table explains the features you can restrict access to in RSLinx Classic. For
example, you might restrict the ability to shut down the RSLinx Classic service to a small
group of users, to prevent parts of your automation system from going down at runtime.
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Considerations when using RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk
Security
Keep the following in mind when using RSLinx Classic with FactoryTalk Security:
NETWORK/LOCAL DIRECTORY
The FactoryTalk Services Platform can install two completely separate and independent
FactoryTalk Directories: Local Directory and Network Directory. User accounts,
passwords, and security permissions to securable features are completely separate and
cannot be shared between the Network Directory and the Local Directory. Configuring
any of these items on one directory does not configure them on the other. Similarly,
changing the password to a user account in one directory does not change the password in
the other directory, even if the account has the same name in both directories.
When configuring RSLinx Classic to work in one of the two directories, please keep the
following in mind :


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RSLinx Classic security policies and RSSecurity Emulator must be installed in the
same directory (either Local or Network).
If you configured RSLinx Classic to work in the Network Directory, you must use
FactoryTalk Security to administer centralized security across the network.
If you configured RSLinx Classic to work in Local Directory and want to use
FactoryTalk Security, you can administer security only on a single computer.
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RESET NETWORK TREE
MISCELLANEOUS
Keep the following additional FactoryTalk Security considerations in mind:


If you did not select the Enable Security check box during the RSLinx Classic
installation, but want to enable security now, you will need to uninstall and then
reinstall RSLinx Classic.
Every time you are in RSLinx Classic, be sure to verify that the Username shown in
the Current Security User text box of the Set Security dialog box (Security > Set
Security User) is correct. If it is incorrect, enter the new Username and Password,
and click OK.
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B • Placeholder
When RSLinx Classic is reinstalled, all security settings that were previously configured
for networks and devices are lost. You must redefine these security settings in the
Networks and Devices tree, or in RSWho. For more information, read the Network and
Devices are not shown correctly topic in FactoryTalk Security help, located at Configure
security > Troubleshooting security > Network and Devices are not displayed
correctly.
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Glossary
C • Welcome
Activation file — A hidden, read-only, system file that activates a Rockwell Software
product. The software will run only if your system can find the correct activation file.
Activation key — Activation files contain a database of activation keys. Each key is
particular to a certain product and must be accessible on a local or remote drive for that
product to run.
Driver — The software interface to the hardware device that will be used to
communicate between RSLinx Classic and your processor.
DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) — A form of inter-process communication. When two
or more programs that support DDE are running simultaneously, they can exchange
information and commands.
License — Authorization to use a specified number of instances of software. A product’s
activation key contains a license for each copy of the software you have purchased.
Links — The data path established for one or more channels between two or more
stations. DDE links can be hot, warm, or cold.
OPC — Provides an industry-standard mechanism to communicate and exchange data
between clients and servers using OLE technology.
Packet — The transmission unit exchanged at the network layer.
Poke — DDE version of a write.
Read — To acquire data from somewhere (memory, an output, another station).
Topic — Represents a specific path to a processor.
Write — To load data into somewhere (memory, an output, another station).
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Index
Index
A
H
activation  31
FactoryTalk
activate  31
application workspace
hard drive space  15
hardware requirements

Install  17
install
FactoryTalk Services Platform
RSLinx Classic  15
RSSecurity Emulator  33
intended audience  1
classes  29
close  10
communications device  15
configure a driver  6
configure a topic  7
context-sensitive help  12, 25
control definitions  25
Control menu  10
copy a link  8
Customer Information  18
M
maximize  10
memory  20
menu bar  11
minimize  10
mouse  15
move  10, 41
E
N
2, 28
Network Directory
Gateway version  5
grace period  31

41
O
F
G
33
license  15
License Agreement  18
Lite version  3
Local Directory  42
diagnostics  12
document conventions  2
documentation set  1
driver configuration  6
Dyamnic Data Exchange  23
FactoryTalk Activation  31
FactoryTalk Administration Console
FactoryTalk Security user  33
feedback  2

L
D

15
I
13
C
electronic book format
Enable Security  18
ethernet card  15


35
OEM version  4
OLE for Process Control
online guides  28
online help  1, 25

23
P
paste a link  9
pointing device  15
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pop-up definition  28
Process Terminating  18
product
serial numbers  29
version number  29
securable features  41
Set Security dialog box  43
set up security  33
serial numbers  29
Single Node version  4
size  10, 41
software requirements  16
starting RSNetWorx for DeviceNet
status bar  13
step-by-step procedures  25, 27
support  29
support library  29
SVGA graphics adapter  15
system requirements  15
Q
Quick start

6
R
RAM  15, 20
related topic  28
release notes  15
requirements
hardware  15
software  16
restore  10, 33, 41
RSLinx Classic icon  10
RSLinx Classic types  3
RSSecurity Emulator  33
RSSecurity user  36
T
tasks  27
technical support  29
title bar  10
toolbar  12
topic configuration  7
training  29
troubleshooting
installation  20
types of RSLinx Classic
S
security  33
Add user accounts  35
considerations  42
enable security option  43
FactoryTalk Administration Console
FactoryTalk Security user  33
FactoryTalk Services Platform  33
Local Directory  42
Network Directory  41, 42
Network Tree  43
RSSecurity Emulator  33, 42
RSSecurity user  36
48
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
3
U

35
updating an existing installation
V
version numbers

29
W
What’s This? help

26
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19
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