This file contains important information about Calibration Executive, including installation instructions, new features, and known issues.
Calibration Executive 6.1 is a minor release that adds or enhances features and functionality to Calibration Executive 6.0.
Calibration Executive 3.6 and later does not support legacy procedures that require the NI Traditional DAQ driver. Calibration support for these devices is available using Calibration Executive for Traditional DAQ Version 3.5.2.
Calibration Executive has the following requirements:
Calibration Executive supports the following operating systems (64-bit OSes only):
Calibration Executive will drop support for 32- and 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows 8.1, 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.
Note In 2016, National Instruments dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. Calibration Executive will not install or run on an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing this version of Calibration Executive, 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, NI Installer Fails on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003.
1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 requires 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 requires Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 and KB3125574 for more information about how to install these updates.
Ensure that your system meets the prerequisites listed in the System Requirements and Supported Operating Systems sections. In addition, all instrument drivers must be installed prior to installing Calibration Executive; see Driver Information for more information.
Before you begin, log onto your system as an administrator or as a user with administrator privileges. Be sure to exit all National Instruments applications.
To install Calibration Executive, follow these steps:
Note To conserve disk space, you can delete the extracted files. It is recommended that you keep the extracted installation files in case you need to add features from this distribution in the future.
Note Calibration Executive requires Java SE 8 Update 51 or greater, which is available from www.oracle.com.
Calibration Executive 6.0 has a new installation path, and it no longer launches as an administrator application. These changes can render some application database paths invalid after the upgrade. After an upgrade, you might need to manually move some files.
If your Report and Uncertainty databases are in their default locations, the setup program will automatically move the databases to the new default location and no action is required.
If databases were moved from their default locations in Calibration Executive 5.x, then Calibration Executive 6.0 attempts to reference the current location. If Calibration Executive cannot write to the files in this location, a warning message will be displayed when you first launch Calibration Executive. In this case, you will need to move the files manually to a writeable location. After you move the database files, follow the instructions in Selecting Database Locations to configure the paths for Calibration Executive 6.0.
The setup program for Calibration Executive 6.0 does not automatically move your Report and Uncertainty databases, even if they are in their default locations. Instead, you will need to move the databases manually to a writeable location. After you move the database files, follow the instructions in Selecting Database Locations to configure the paths for Calibration Executive 6.0.
To select the location of your Report database:
To select the location of your Uncertainty database:
The following driver is required for specific product support in Calibration Executive. Download NI drivers from ni.com/downloads/ and install them manually.
Note VirtualBench 19.0 and later will not install or run on an unsupported OS. VirtualBench supports Windows 10, but has dropped support for Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
The following instruments require specific drivers that are not installed by Calibration Executive. To install these drivers, you must download them directly from the manufacturer's website; you can find links to third party instrument drivers at ni.com/idnet.
Driver versions listed are those tested during development; later versions might be available and should be compatible.
|Rohde & Schwarz NRP-Z power meter||NRP-Toolkit 4.16 |
NRP-NI-VISA Passport 2.7.1
NRP-Z VXI Plug & Play x64 Driver 18.104.22.168
|Rohde & Schwarz SMA100A signal generator||VXIplug&play x64 driver rssma version 2.21.0|
|Rohde & Schwarz ZNB20 vector network analyzer||VXIplug&play x64 driver rsvna version 2.50.0|
Note This release does not include an NI-VNA driver. To run the PXI-5691 and PXIe-5632 procedures, download NI-VNA 18.0 and install the driver manually after you install Calibration Executive.
Calibration Executive 6.1 release changes the following:
|NI 9224||NI 9228|
The Calibration Executive 6.0 release changes the following:
|PXIe-5645R||PXIe-5654 (20 GHz)||PXIe-5654 (20 GHz), with PXIe-5696||PXIe-5665 (3.6 GHz), no pre-amp|
|PXIe-5668 (14 GHz), all bandwidth options||PXIe-5668 (26.5 GHz), all bandwidth options|
The Calibration Executive 6.0.1 patch release changes the following:
The Calibration Executive 6.0 release adds the following features:
|PXIe-6349||USB-6349||NI 9202||NI 9252|
The Calibration Executive 6.0 release changes the following:
You can access the software and documentation known issues list online. Visit Calibration Executive 6.0 Known Issues for an up-to-date list of known issues.
You can access a list of a subset of issues fixed in Calibration Executive 6.1 online at Calibration Executive 6.1 Bug Fixes.
Refer to Calibration Executive Help for a list of devices, including traditional DAQ and legacy devices, that are supported in previous versions of Calibration Executive.
Refer to the Calibration Executive Help, accessible from Help»Calibration Executive Help, for information about Calibration Executive.
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.
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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