NI SystemLink 19.6 Readme

May 2020

This file contains important information about NI SystemLink, including system requirements and known issues.

Overview

System Requirements

Product Security and Critical Updates

Licensing Information for SystemLink Clients

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Accessing the Help

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

SystemLink Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

Legal Information

Overview

Use NI SystemLink to discover and manage systems on a server. Create and deploy packages to all your managed systems. Leverage SystemLink data services to visualize data, trigger alarms, monitor tests, manage assets, and transfer files to a server. SystemLink TDM is a Big Analog Data™ solution for automated preparation and analysis of large amounts of data in various formats and structures from different geographic locations.

System Requirements

NI SystemLink has the following minimum system requirements:

Server Requirements

Windows, less than 50 nodes

Windows, 50+ nodes, SystemLink TDM

OS

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)1

Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)1

Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher

Processor

4-core recommended or higher

8-core recommended or higher

RAM

16 GB minimum

32+ GB recommended

32 GB minimum

64+ GB recommended

Disk

6 GB minimum

8+ GB recommended

16+ GB recommended

1 NI software installs VC2015 runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, which require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

Note  Refer to SystemLink Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021 for information about future OS support.

Note  SystemLink TDM does not support server versions from the Microsoft Semi-Annual Channel. In addition, SystemLink TDM does not support Windows Server Core mode.

Target Requirements (Managed Nodes)

NI PXI (Windows) or Windows PC

NI CompactRIO

OS

Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher

Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit) or higher

NI Linux Real-Time 2019

Processor

Pentium 4 G1 (or equivalent) or later

All Intel and ARM models supported

RAM

2 GB minimum

4 GB recommended

512 MB minimum

1+ GB recommended

Disk

1 GB minimum

2+ GB recommended

512 MB

Note: VxWorks and Phar Lap OS are not supported.

Additional Requirements for Servers and Targets

  • .NET Framework 4.6.2
  • One of the following browsers:
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Edge
    • Safari

Note: NI SystemLink 19.6 web applications do not support Internet Explorer.

Supported Software

NI SystemLink 19.6 supports the following LabVIEW versions:

  • LabVIEW 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • LabVIEW RT 2017, 2018, 2019
  • LabVIEW NXG 4.0

SystemLink TDM supports the following DIAdem versions as clients:

  • DIAdem 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 (recommended)

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.

Licensing Information for SystemLink

SystemLink uses Volume License Manager to license server modules and add-ons as well as clients. Download NI Volume License Manager from ni.com and refer to the NI Volume License Manager help for more information on licensing.

If you evaluate NI SystemLink Server before activating, any clients you connect will initially appear as Not Activated in Systems Manager. Use NI SystemLink Web Application to activate the client after you activate the server.

Known Issues

You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Refer to the NI website for an up-to-date list of known issues in SystemLink.

Bug Fixes

Bug Fixes in 19.6

The following items are the IDs and titles of a subset of issues previously fixed in SystemLink. This is not an exhaustive list of issues fixed in the current version of SystemLink.

ID Fixed Issue
956208 TestStand plugin crash during result processing due to invalid pointer.
205481 Asset Module allows users without create, modify, and delete permissions to modify assets since the action buttons are not disabled.
206113 Systems grid displays an icon for a system with an active custom alarm but it does not display the active alarms when you click it.
206327 Storing utilization data on a client is not limited to 30 days.
209939 Step names with HTML cause Chrome to render the HTML.
217374 All notebook reports break after upgrading the server if SystemLink Client is installed.
218625 OPC client fails to start after one year.
315377 Asset Management services tracks utilization data for assets not present in the system.
466037 Clicking full screen for the Asset Manager dashboard does nothing.
579681 Jobs History UI view crashes if some migrated jobs do not contain configuration information or metadata.
897324 When creating a Linux state, you must disable the Products Only filter.
898076 Create Test Result VI does not return an error for server connection issues.
899707 The Parametric Data view uniformly treats measurement data with mixed data types as strings.
916387 Service Manager fails to start on locked down machines due to its use of SHA1 hashing.

Bug Fixes in 19.6.1

The following items are the IDs and titles of issues fixed in SystemLink 19.6.1. If you have a bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

ID Fixed Issue
952821 MessageBus does not properly wrap all exception types when creating RabbitMQ channels.
955323 Trend queries do not include the originally selected step.
955822 Selecting multiple step paths from the Parametric Data View results in incorrect step queries.
956202 Store and forward fallback logic for TestStand plugin allows errors through in some cases during execution start.
956208 TestStand plugin crash during result processing due to invalid pointer.
959701 MessageBus configuration returns an error after changing registration status between executions.

Bug Fixes in 19.6.2

The following items are the IDs and titles of issues fixed in SystemLink 19.6.2. If you have a bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

ID Fixed Issue
950454 SystemLink OPC UA tags stop updating if network connections to server is reconnected.
964383 Parametric data viewer shows no data for steps updated with new measurements after step creation.

Bug Fixes in 19.6.3

The following items are the IDs and titles of issues fixed in SystemLink 19.6.3. If you have a bug ID, you can search this list to validate that the issue has been fixed.

ID Fixed Issue
973762 A malformed Dynamic Linq query of assets will always return 'An unknown error occurred' instead of a description of the error in the query.
973764 If the network connection between SystemLink and an OPC UA server is interrupted and then restored, monitored tags stop updating with new values.
973765 The trend view of a single selected step displays no data points. If a user selects a single result of a uniquely named step, the resulting graph will be blank.
973772 There is a memory leak in the Jupyter notebook execution service.
973773 Dynamic Linq queries for list properties that do not contain a specific value will also return values that have a null value for that property.
973774 When at least one Windows and one NI Linux Real-Time client are selected and the system images page is open, the page may hang and timeout before a list of images can be returned.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the NI SystemLink Manual, accessible from ni.com, for more information about NI SystemLink and the services and APIs it offers.

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, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.

SystemLink Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

SystemLink will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.

For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:

Product Info Code
LabVIEWlifecycle
LabWindows/CVIcvi_lifecycle
Measurement Studiomstudiolifecycle
TestStandtslcp
DIAdemddlcp
SignalExpressselcp
VeriStandnivslifecycle

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