This file contains important information about the LabVIEW 2016 Database Connectivity Toolkit, including system requirements, installation instructions, a partial list of recommended database client software for the Database Connectivity Toolkit, and known issues.
The Database Connectivity Toolkit provides tools for performing common database operations from LabVIEW. This toolkit connects to databases, such as Microsoft Access, SQL Server, and Oracle.
In addition to the system requirements for the LabVIEW Development System, the Database Connectivity Toolkit has the following requirements:
Note The LabVIEW 2016 Professional Development System license activates the LabVIEW 2016 Database Connectivity Toolkit.
Refer to the LabVIEW Readme for additional system requirements and supported operating systems for LabVIEW 2016.
The Database Connectivity Toolkit supports the following operating systems:
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The Database Connectivity Toolkit installs with LabVIEW and activates with the LabVIEW Professional license. If you purchased the Database Connectivity Toolkit separately, complete the installation instructions in this section.
Before installing the Database Connectivity Toolkit, uninstall any previous versions of the SQL Toolkit for G that you have installed. The Database Connectivity Toolkit and the SQL Toolkit for G use different methods of communicating with databases. Sharing VIs between toolkits can result in errors.
You can install all of your LabVIEW products—including the Database Connectivity Toolkit—using the LabVIEW 2016 Platform media. Refer to the LabVIEW Installation Guide on the LabVIEW Platform media for installation instructions and system requirements.
To request additional LabVIEW Platform media, refer to the NI website.
With this release, the Database Connectivity Toolkit drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. LabVIEW 2016 Database Connectivity Toolkit and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use the LabVIEW 2016 Database Connectivity Toolkit to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing the LabVIEW 2016 Database Connectivity Toolkit, 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?.
The Database Connectivity Toolkit works with any database or data source that has ODBC or OLE DB drivers. The following list describes issues and recommendations for which database client software to use. Refer to the Known Issues section of this readme for database-specific 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 the LabVIEW 2016 Database Connectivity Toolkit.
Refer to the LabVIEW Help, accessible by selecting Help»LabVIEW Help from LabVIEW, for information about the Database VIs and function.
The LabVIEW Database Connectivity Toolkit User Manual contains conceptual information about using the Database Connectivity Toolkit. Open this manual by navigating to the labview\manuals directory and opening DCT_User_Manual.pdf.
Select Help»Find Examples from LabVIEW to launch the NI Example Finder. Navigate to the Toolkits and Modules»Database Connectivity folder to find LabVIEW examples for the Database Connectivity Toolkit. You also can find these examples in the labview\examples\database 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.
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