This file contains important information about NI VeriStand 2016, including system requirements and installation instructions.
NI VeriStand is configuration-based testing software, allowing you to develop, prototype, and test control systems using hardware I/O and your simulation models. The NI VeriStand software framework enables you to perform real-time or PC-based test configuration and execution that can be easily customized and extended with LabVIEW, NI TestStand, and other software tools.
NI VeriStand includes a run-time editable user interface as well as a test manager you can use to configure and implement triggered multi-file data logging, real-time test sequencing, stimulus generation and playback, and model calibration.
NI VeriStand has the following requirements:
|Windows Systems||Real-Time Targets|
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|Required Software|| ||NI VeriStand software, which you can install from NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX)|
|1 You can achieve higher Primary Control Loop rates by using targets with higher-performance specifications.|
Note The following sections describe system requirements that apply if you use models, LabVIEW functionality, and .NET APIs in your system.
To configure and run a simulation using your existing compiled model, you need only NI VeriStand installed. You need additional software to perform other tasks with models, as the following list describes:
If you use other modeling environments, contact your model vendor for requirements for developing a model and converting it into a compiled model.
To create custom devices, menu items, workspace controls and indicators, or timing and sync devices, you must have LabVIEW 2016 or later. The LabVIEW functionality in NI VeriStand always requires like-numbered versions.
The NI VeriStand .NET APIs require the following Microsoft software:
NI VeriStand supports the following operating systems:
|Windows Systems1||Real-Time Targets|
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1 NI VeriStand runs as a 32-bit application on all Windows operating systems. UI Manager requires a 64-bit operating system.
2 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.
3 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 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.
Complete the following steps to install NI VeriStand.
Note If you purchased this product with an NI Software Suite or NI Product Bundle, use the installation media that shipped with your purchase to install this product.
With this release, NI VeriStand drops support for Microsoft Windows 7 RTM (with no service pack), Windows Vista, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003. NI VeriStand 2016 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI VeriStand 2016 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI VeriStand 2016, 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 NI VeriStand 2016 media kit includes an evaluation version of NI DIAdem. NI DIAdem is a software tool you can use to locate, load, visualize, analyze, and report measurement data from real-time tests. You can use NI VeriStand with DIAdem to automate the post-processing of data collected in NI VeriStand, view trend data across multiple files and file types, and generate custom reports.
The following sections describe issues to be aware of when you upgrade to NI VeriStand 2016.
Note NI recommends that you also review the Upgrade and Compatibility Issues in the readme files for each NI VeriStand version between the version from which you are upgrading and NI VeriStand 2016. To access the documents, refer to the NI website at ni.com/info and enter the Info Code for the appropriate NI VeriStand version from the following list:
NI VeriStand 2016 does not support communication with uncompiled models.
Models compiled from LabVIEW VIs (.lvmodel files) using LabVIEW 2015 or earlier must be recompiled using LabVIEW 2016. The LabVIEW functionality in NI VeriStand always requires like-numbered versions.
The NI VeriStand Model Framework contains changes to the files you use to develop and compile models in C/C++ and third-party modeling environments. If your system contains models compiled with previous versions of the Model Framework, choose from the following options to continue to use the models in NI VeriStand 2016:
The mutation tool is not available in NI VeriStand 2016. All rig files and in4 files must be migrated using NI VeriStand 2014 or earlier.
In NI VeriStand 2015 and later, you cannot add new instances of the Lambda Genesys and Pickering custom devices. Systems that already contain these custom devices can continue to use them.
Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code exjpt3 to access a page that details how to access the source code for the Lambda Genesys and Pickering custom devices.
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit ni.com/info and enter the Info Code NIVeriStand2016KI for an up-to-date list of known issues in NI VeriStand 2016.
To run the NI VeriStand UI Manager, the .NET Framework 4.5 must be installed. However, installing the .NET Framework 4.5 can break the Microsoft Visual C++ 2010 compilers, which are used to compile models for Windows and PharLap NI VeriStand targets. Using broken compilers results in error LNK1123. To resolve this Microsoft compiler issue, apply all service packs and updates for your version of Microsoft Visual Studio or Windows SDK. Refer to Microsoft Support Article 2757355 for more information.
NI VeriStand includes the following documentation resources:
|NI VeriStand Help||Conceptual, how-to, and reference information for using NI VeriStand.||In software: Help»Search the NI VeriStand Help |
Windows Start menu: All Programs»National Instruments»NI VeriStand»VeriStand Help
|NI VeriStand .NET API Help||Reference information for the .NET APIs included with NI VeriStand. You can access these assemblies from any .NET-compatible programming language or environment, including NI LabVIEW™ and NI TestStand™.||Windows Start menu: All Programs»National Instruments»NI VeriStand»VeriStand .NET API Help.|
|NI VeriStand Model Framework Introduction||Information about how to use the NI VeriStand Model Framework to compile your existing C and C++ model code so you can load your models in NI VeriStand.||You can access this guide from the RootDrive:\VeriStand\xxxx\ModelInterface\custom directory, where RootDrive is the drive where NI software installs and xxxx is the NI VeriStand version number. |
Note You must explicitly select NI VeriStand Model Framework when you run the NI VeriStand installer.
Note If you install NI VeriStand with the compatible version of LabVIEW, you also can access a subset of the NI VeriStand Help, including information about the NI VeriStand VIs and extending NI VeriStand functionality with LabVIEW, from the LabVIEW Help. From LabVIEW, select Help»LabVIEW Help.
NI VeriStand includes several types of examples:
Tip On Windows 7, the default location of the <Public Documents> directory is C:\Users\Public\Public Documents.
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For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to the following KnowledgeBase articles:
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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.
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