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NI-FBUS 16.0 Readme

July 2016

This file contains important information about the NI-FBUS software, including installation instructions, new features, a partial list of bug fixes for each release, known issues, and troubleshooting questions.

Overview

Supported Operating Systems

Supported Hardware

Application Software Support

Installation Instructions

NI Software Support for Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features and Bug Fixes

Driver Version Naming Changes

Evaluation Mode

Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions

Known Issues

Resources

Credits

Accessing the Help

Finding Examples

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

Legal Information


Overview

The NI-FBUS software enables you to develop applications to configure and control Foundation Fieldbus networks and devices. The NI-FBUS 16.0 software includes the following components:

Note  If you upgrade from an earlier version of the NI-FBUS software, NI recommends that you upgrade all components to the same version to avoid incompatibility between versions.

Supported Operating Systems

NI-FBUS supports the following operating systems:

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.1. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

Supported Hardware

NI-FBUS 16.0 supports the following NI hardware products on Windows:

Application Software Support

The following table lists the application software versions, including service packs, supported by NI-FBUS. If you are not using NI application software, refer to Microsoft Visual Studio Support.

Application SoftwareVersions Supported by NI-FBUS
LabVIEW 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Note  If you want to use the LabVIEW VIs for NI-FBUS, you can only use the 32-bit version of LabVIEW.

Microsoft Visual Studio Support

The following table lists the programming languages and Microsoft Visual Studio versions supported by this version of NI-FBUS.

Programming Languages Visual Studio Versions Supported by NI-FBUS
.NET Framework 4.0 Languages 6.0, 2003, 2005, 2008
.NET Framework 4.5 Languages 2012

Note  NI-FBUS 16.0 also supports Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0.

Installation Instructions

Complete the following steps to install NI-FBUS:

Notes  Before installing NI-FBUS, check whether you need to complete the following preliminary tasks to prepare a clean environment to run NI-FBUS.
  • Install NI-FBUS before you install the Fieldbus hardware such as the NI USB-8486, NI PCMCIA-FBUS, NI PCMCIA-FBUS Series 2, and NI PCI-FBUS/2 cards. Refer to the Installing the Hardware section of the NI-FBUS Installation Guide, available in PDF-format in the NI-FBUS Software media or in printed-format shipped with the media, for information about installing and configuring the NI-FBUS hardware.
  • If you have the NI-FBUS Configurator 5.0 or earlier installed on the computer, you must uninstall the previous version from the computer before installing the NI-FBUS Configurator 16.0. You are recommended to remove all existing NI-FBUS cards, such as the NI USB-8486, NI PCMCIA-FBUS, NI PCMCIA-FBUS Series 2, and NI PCI-FBUS/2 cards, from the computer.
  • If you have the NI-FBUS Monitor and the NI-FBUS Configurator installed on the same computer, uninstalling the NI-FBUS Monitor might cause the NI-FBUS Configurator to work improperly. To ensure that the NI-FBUS Configurator works properly, you must reinstall the NI-FBUS Configurator after uninstalling the NI-FBUS Monitor.
  1. Log in as an administrator or as a user with administrator privileges.
  2. Insert the NI-FBUS Software media. The installer launches automatically. If the installer does not launch automatically, navigate to the media and launch the autorun.exe file.
  3. Follow the installation wizard to install the NI-FBUS software.

Activation  You can use NI-FBUS Communications Manager and its APIs for free. You must purchase and activate the NI-FBUS Configurator 16.0 and NI-FBUS Monitor 16.0 before you can use the online interfaces.

Visit ni.com/fieldbus for more information about purchasing and using the products.

Caution  Reinstalling NI-FBUS Configurator might cause you to lose existing port configuration information. Before uninstalling the previous version of the NI-FBUS Configurator, create backup copies of the NVM files. The NVM files store the port configuration parameters you changed from their default values. If you are using the NI-FBUS Configurator 2.3.6 or later, the NVM files are located in the National Instruments\NI-FBUS\Data\Nvm directory. If you are using the NI-FBUS Configurator 2.3.5 or earlier, the NVM files are located in the NIFBUS\Data\Nvm directory.

NI-FBUS 16.0 Drops Support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM, Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003

With this release, NI-FBUS drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI-FBUS 16.0 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI-FBUS 16.0 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI-FBUS 16.0, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to KB 79UC78LS, Why Does my LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Measurement Studio, or TestStand Built Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Server 2003?.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.

New Features and Bug Fixes

Configurator 16.0

Configurator 15.0

Configurator 14.0

Configurator 5.0

Configurator 4.1.1

Configurator 4.1

Configurator 4.0.1

Configurator 4.0

Monitor 4.0.2

Monitor 4.0.1

Monitor 4.0

Driver Version Naming Changes

NI-FBUS versions are now aligned with the versions of major NI application software products. This alignment gives you information about the year the driver was released and the most recent software version the driver was designed to work with. Driver versions now start with a two-digit year indicator: <ProductName><Year-BasedVersion>. For example, NI-FBUS 16.0 is the version released with LabVIEW 2016. The last version released under the old numbering scheme is NI-FBUS 5.0, including NI-FBUS Configurator 5.0 and NI-FBUS Monitor 4.0.3. The first version released under the new numbering scheme is NI-FBUS 14.0, including NI-FBUS Configuration 14.0 and NI-FBUS Monitor 14.0.

Evaluation Mode

You can use NI-FBUS Configurator 16.0 and NI-FBUS Monitor 16.0 in evaluation mode by clicking the Evaluate Now button when you launch the software.

In evaluation mode, NI-FBUS Configurator 16.0 only supports the offline function, which includes the following features:

In evaluation mode, NI-FBUS Monitor 16.0 only supports the offline function, which includes the following feature:

Note  The NI-FBUS Monitor does not support block instantiation on offline devices.

Troubleshooting and Frequently Asked Questions

Known Issues

Resources

Refer to the Fieldbus Foundation website for more information about FOUNDATION Fieldbus. Refer to the National Instruments website for more information about NI FOUNDATION Fieldbus products. If any problem persists, send an email to fieldbus.support@ni.com for NI FOUNDATION Fieldbus products support.

Credits

This product includes components that use eCos. In regards to the eCos, the following notice applies: No modification is made by NI to the version of the eCos used in this product.

Accessing the Help

The NI-FBUS software provides two help files. Refer to the NI-FBUS VI Help, accessible from LabVIEW, for information about the FBUS VIs and properties. Refer to the NI-FBUS Utilities Help, available by selecting Start»All Programs»National Instruments»NI-FBUS»Documentation»NI-FBUS Utilities Help or (Windows 8) by clicking NI Launcher and selecting NI-FBUS»Documentation»NI-FBUS Utilities Help in the window that appears, for information about the NI-FBUS utilities.

Finding Examples

Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. LabVIEW examples for NI-FBUS are located in the labview\examples\NI-FBUS directory. You can modify an example VI to fit an application, or you can copy and paste from one or more examples into a VI that you create.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes. However, starting with the August 2012 releases (products using NI Installers version 3.1 or later), you may need to perform additional steps before or during a silent installation of NI software.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.0, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.0 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.

Notes  Upgrading Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 with the NI-FBUS software installed might result in device configuration information damage and ostensible disconnection between devices. NI recommends that you reinstall the NI-FBUS software after upgrading the operating system.


Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:

U.S. Government Restricted Rights

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Patents

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