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Setting Up a SystemLink Client for NI Linux Real-Time Targets

Last Modified: November 19, 2019

Install and configure SystemLink Client to establish a connection between your SystemLink server and an NI Linux Real-Time target with LabVIEW.

Before setting up a client, launch NI Package Manager and install the following products on the host machine:
  • SystemLink Server
  • SystemLink Client
  • LabVIEW and Drivers

If you need to set up a CompactRIO Linux RT target, install NI CompactRIO and Drivers. If you need to set up a up an NI Linux RT PXI target, install the NI Linux RT PXI System Image.

  1. On the host machine, launch NI MAX.
  2. Ensure the firmware on the target is 7.0 or higher and that the date and time are correct.
  3. In NI MAX, right-click the target and select Format Disk»NI SystemLink Client system image.

    NI MAX calls the image PXI System Image for Qx, 20xx. If you need to install the image from Quarter 3 of 2019, install PXI System Image for Q3, 2019.

  4. Under SystemLink Settings, ensure the DNS alias and Server are correct.

    If you want to create a DNS alias for your server, refer to steps 5-6 in Setting Up a SystemLink Server.

  5. Launch and log in to NI SystemLink Web Application.
  6. Click Systems Manager and click Pending systems.
  7. Click Approve next to the name of the target. The target is now a client connected to your SystemLink server. To manage the client in NI SystemLink Web Application, click Systems Manager and then click Managed systems.

    The image below shows an example list of clients connected to a server.

  8. Optional: If you want to prevent actions such as installing software or restarting from executing on your client, select the client in Managed Systems and click More»Lock. These jobs will now be queued and will not execute until the system is unlocked. You can view all jobs, including those that are currently queued, under History.

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