Proficy Plant Applications 4.2 Getting Started

Proficy Plant Applications 4.2 Getting Started

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Determining Installation Environment

Plant Applications is very flexible. It can be run on one computer or distributed across a complex network.

Before you begin installing Plant Applications, it’s important to determine what your architecture is so you can know where to install Plant Applications. While there are a wide range of possible configurations, there are three basic environments:

• A test environment (see page 22)

• A typical production environment (see page 23)

• A high-volume production environment (see page 25)

NOTE:

For information on using Plant Applications in a clustered environment, please see page 55.

Installation Overview

Your Plant Applications CD contains all the files you need to successfully install the following:

• Proficy Server

• Plant Applications Web Server

• Plant Applications Clients (Administrator and Client)

When you insert the Plant Applications CD into your CD-ROM drive, the Proficy Plant

Applications installation should automatically start and the product installation screen should appear.

Before you begin installing your Plant Applications software, we highly recommend that you start by clicking

Important Product Information. This will open an online help file where you can read the latest release notes and the most current information about Plant

Applications.

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In addition to accessing the latest information about Plant Applications, you can view a PDF version of this Getting Started Guide and browse the CD.

System Requirements

For complete and version-specific system requirements and other important information, please see the Important Product Information (IPIPA.CHM) file located on your Plant

Applications installation CD.

Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) Considerations

Plant Applications 5.x supports Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as an option on a new installation of the Proficy Server. When you install a new Proficy Server, you can use the time zone of the server to store your data as you would in versions earlier than 5.0 or you can use the UTC option. The UTC option is required to support a Regional Server where plants span time zones. It is also required to support storage of time across the Daylight

Saving Time (DST) boundary. UTC is similar to using GMT +0:00 as your time zone, with the exception that UTC does not acknowledge Daylight Saving Time. For example, GMT -

6:00 is minus five hours from UTC, when adjusting for Daylight Saving Time. When you choose the UTC option, all the data is stored on your server in UTC time regardless of the time zone of the server.

Reporting and UTC

Plant Applications displays, such as Autolog, support UTC including displaying data across the DTS boundary. When data comes into a display, the timestamp is converted to the time zone of the client. For example, a test value with a UTC timestamp of 07:00:00 would be displayed with a timestamp of 02:00:00 on a client with a time zone of GMT -6:00 (assuming

Daylight Saving Time). For data that crosses the Fall DST boundary, you will see multiple rows/columns, depending on the display, in the same time range. The rows/columns will be in order of UTC. For example, consider a time based Autolog display with columns every 30 minutes. Assuming your DST boundary is at 2:00 AM, the first 1:30 AM column in Autolog

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UTC-enabled standard reports are scheduled to be supported as part of the first SIM for this version of Plant Applications. The SIM is expected to be out within few months of the initial release of Plant Applications 5.0, and a UTC-enabled Excel Add-in is expected to follow soon after. For the initial release of Plant Applications 5.0, our standard reports, including the Add-in for Excel, do not support UTC.

NOTE:

If you have custom reports, they will need to be rewritten if you wish to use UTC.

Default Time Zone site parameter

Use the Default Time Zone site parameter to specify using UTC or using the time zone of the server. You cannot edit this option after data is entered in the Plant Applications database. Furthermore, this option is not available when upgrading directly from an earlier version of Plant Applications.

Upgrading Plant Applications to use UTC

There is no automated upgrade path to use UTC on an existing Plant Applications installation. Therefore, we are providing the following manual options for you to consider, if you decide to upgrade to using UTC on an existing database. We are unable to go through all the scenarios or provide the technical details of how to implement them; these are just options to consider. With both options you must first make a copy of your production database.

IMPORTANT:

Before proceeding, it is important to understand that these options require

advanced knowledge

of both SQL Server and Plant Applications.

IMPORTANT:

Either option must be fully tested before implementing in a production environment.

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Option 1: Create a gap in your data

You must create a gap in your data between the last timestamp recorded at local server time and the first timestamp recorded when you switch to UTC.

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Create a copy of your production database. After you have tested this option, you can use the copy of your production database as a backup or for reporting, while you wait for the new UTC database to be populated.

Do one of the following: o

If your server time is –GMT, you can simply switch to UTC because the gap is created automatically when you switch to UTC time.

Example

If you are at GMT -5:00 and your last data was recorded at 14:22, when you switch to

UTC (GMT) the data is stored at 19:22, creating a gap in your data of five hours.

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If you are +GMT, wait until the UTC time is newer than your last time stamp in the database. This is to prevent data from being overwritten.

Example

If you are at GMT +3:00 and your last data was recorded at 11:00:00, you can shut down the server, wait for four hours and switch to UTC. Your data will be stored at 12:00:00, providing a one hour gap.

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Perform the Move Server procedure. See Knowledgebase article KB5427 on our

Web site: http://support.geip.com/support/index?page=kbchannel&id=S:KB5427&actp=search

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Option 2: Eliminate the runtime data from the copy of your database

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Create a copy of your production database. After you have tested this option, you can use the copy of your production database as a backup or for reporting, while you wait for the new UTC database to be populated.

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Perform the Move Server procedure, along with the optional truncate runtime data procedure. See Knowledgebase article KB5427 on our Web site: http://support.geip.com/support/index?page=kbchannel&id=S:KB5427&actp=search

NOTE:

The Move Server document will be updated to include the truncate runtime data procedure by Q4 2010.

Test Environment

The simplest installation of the Plant Applications suite requires a single computer. Because all of the software is on the same computer, this architecture does not scale well. Therefore, it is intended for very low frequency/low transaction environments. The following illustration depicts a typical trial or test environment where all of the Plant Applications software is installed on a single computer running Microsoft Windows.

IMPORTANT:

Please see Knowledge Base article KB9920 on our support site ( http://www.geip.com/support ) for a current listing of the supported service packs and SIMs.

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Quick Start Checklist for a Test Environment

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install and configure IIS 6.0 or earlier.

 Install FTP.

 Run Windows Update and install the latest service packs.

 Install ASP.NET.

 Install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

Install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.x (if using the Downtime+ and Waste+ displays).

Install newest version of MDAC.

Install a supported version of SQL Server, including latest service packs.

 Install Microsoft Office 2003 or newer and all service packs.

 Install Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

 Install Proficy Historian 3.x, or other historian, and all service packs.

Install your hardware key to authorize the software (see page 12).

Install the Proficy Server software (see page 28).

 Install Proficy Real-time Information Portal 3.0 or newer and all service packs.

Install the Plant Applications Web server software (see page 38).

Install the Plant Applications client applications (see page 50).

 Log in to Plant Applications Administrator with the username, comxclient, and password,

comx.

Standard Production Environment

This configuration is the most common architecture for production sites and requires one computer for the Proficy Server software, one computer for the Plant Applications Web

Server software, one computer for your historian, and n number of computers for the clients.

IMPORTANT:

Please see Knowledge Base article KB9920 on our support site

( http://www.ge-ip.com/support ) for a current listing of the supported service packs and SIMs.

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Quick Start Checklist for Standard Production

Proficy Server computer

Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install a supported version SQL Server.

 Install newest version of MDAC.

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

Install your hardware key to authorize software (see page 12).

Install the Proficy Server software (see page 28).

Install the Plant Applications client applications (see page 50).

 Log in to Plant Applications Administrator with the username,

comxclient, and password,

comx.

Plant Applications Web Server computer

Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

Install and configure IIS 6.0 or earlier.

 Install FTP.

 Install ASP.NET.

 Install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

 Install newest version of MDAC.

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Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

 Install and configure Proficy Real-Time Information Portal 3.0 or newer (or other portal, such as Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services) and all service packs.

 Create Services user accounts.

Install Plant Applications Web Server software (see page 38).

Historian server

 Install Proficy Historian 3.x, or other historian (See the Proficy Historian 3.x documentation for more information about system requirements and software configuration).

Plant Applications Administrator computer

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install SQL Server Administrator Tools.

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

Install Plant Applications Administrator (see page 50).

Plant Applications Client computer(s)

 Ensure you have a supported client operating system.

 Install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 (if using the Downtime+ and Waste+ displays).

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

Install Plant Applications Client (see page 50).

High-volume Production Environment

This architecture is intended for high transaction and/or reporting volume environments. In this architecture, dividing the server-side computing between multiple computers increases performance throughput.

IMPORTANT:

Please see Knowledge Base article KB9920 on our support site

( http://www.ge-ip.com/support ) for a current listing of the supported service packs and SIMs.

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Quick Start Checklist for High-volume Production

Proficy Server computer

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install newest version of MDAC.

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

Install your hardware key to authorize software (see page 12).

Install the Proficy Server software (see page 28).

Install the Plant Applications client applications (see page 50).

Log in to Plant Applications Administrator with username, comxclient, and password,

comx.

SQL Server computer

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install a supported version of SQL Server.

Proficy Historian 3.x (or other historian) computer

Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

Configure Proficy Historian 3.x, or other historian (see the Proficy Historian 3.x documentation for more information).

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Plant Applications Web Server computer

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install and configure IIS 6.0 or earlier.

Install and configure FTP.

Install ASP.NET.

Install Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0.

 Install newest version of MDAC.

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

 Install and configure Proficy Real-Time Information Portal 3.0 or newer (or other portal, such as Microsoft Windows SharePoint Portal Services).

Create service user accounts.

Install the Plant Applications Web Server software (see page 38).

Plant Applications Web Engines computer

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install Microsoft Access 2003 and Excel 2003 or newer, if needed.

 Install Adobe Acrobat version 5.0 or newer.

Install the Plant Applications Web Server Engines (see page 38).

Plant Applications Administrator computer

 Ensure you have a supported version of Windows Server.

 Install SQL Server Administrator Tools.

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

Install the Plant Applications Administrator and Client (see page 50).

Plant Applications Client application computer(s)

 Ensure you have a supported client operating system.

 Install Microsoft .NET Framework 3.x (if using the Downtime+ and Waste+ displays)

Configure Internet Explorer (see page 41).

Install Plant Applications Client (see page 50).

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