Calibration Executive 6.6 Readme

April 2022

This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for Calibration Executive 6.6.

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System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Installation Instructions

Upgrade Considerations

Product Security and Critical Updates

Driver Information

New Features

Behavior Changes

Accessing the Help

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Unsupported Windows Operating Systems

Legal Information


Calibration Executive 6.6 is a minor release that adds or enhances features and functionality to Calibration Executive 6.0.

System Requirements

Calibration Executive 6.6 has the following requirements:

  • 1 GHz, 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 8 GB of RAM (procedures with a large number of test points might require more memory)
  • 1024 x 768 pixels screen resolution
  • The user must have administrator privileges

Supported Operating Systems

Calibration Executive 6.6 supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows 10

Note Refer to Unsupported Windows Operating Systems for more information about support for Microsoft Windows OSes.

Note Calibration Executive 6.6 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use Calibration Executive 6.6 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing Calibration Executive 6.6, 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, visit

Installation Instructions

Download the Calibration Executive installer from NI software includes NI Package Manager to handle the installation. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using Package Manager.


  • 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.
  • Use the serial number that is included with your software to activate Calibration Executive. For more information on Calibration Executive activation, refer to Activating a Product.
  • Calibration Executive requires Java SE 8 Update 51 or greater, which is available from

Upgrade Considerations

Calibration Executive versions 6.0 and later have a new installation path, and the program 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.

Upgrading Calibration Executive 5.x to 6.0 and later

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.x 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 and later.

Upgrading Calibration Executive 4.x to 6.0 and later

The setup program for Calibration Executive 6.x 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 and later.

Selecting Database Locations

To select the location of your Report database:

  1. In the menu bar, select Configure»Database options.
  2. Click the folder icon in the Calibration Executive Configure Report Database dialog, and browse to find the database file.
  3. Select the file and click OK.
  4. Click OK to close the dialog box.

To select the location of your Uncertainty database:

  1. In the menu bar, select Configure»Calibration Reports.
  2. In the Calibration Reports window, click Manage Uncertainty. The Uncertainty Export/Import window opens.
  3. Select Database Options»Select Database Location
  4. Use controls in the Select Uncertainty Database File explorer window to locate your uncertainty database file.
  5. Select the file, and click OK.
  6. In the Uncertainty Export/Import window, click Done.
  7. Click Close to close the Calibration Reports window.

Product Security and Critical Updates

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Driver Information

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

Driver versions listed are those tested during development; later versions might be available and should be compatible.

Instrument Required Driver(s)
Rohde & Schwarz NRP-Z power meter NRP-Toolkit 4.16

NRP-NI-VISA Passport 2.7.1

NRP-Z VXI Plug & Play x64 Driver

Rohde & Schwarz SMA100A signal generator VXIplug&play x64 driver rssma version 2.21.0

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.

New Features

Product support and new features were added as indicated below:

Calibration Executive 6.6

  • Added driver support for Rohde & Schwarz SMA100B signal generator for procedures that previously supported the Rohde & Schwarz SMA100A.

Calibration Executive 6.5

  • Product support:
    • PXIe-4139 (40W)

Calibration Executive 6.4

  • Revised the reporting of guard band values with dB and dBv units on the calibration report.
  • Import uncertainties from an Open XML spreadsheet using formulas that result in text values.
  • Product support:
    PXIe-5841 PXIe-5841 (2 yr) RM-26999

Calibration Executive 6.3

  • Revised formulas for determining measurement uncertainty related to TURs and nominal values.

Calibration Executive 6.2

  • Product support:
    PXIe-5624 PXIe-5606 Adjust Only PXIe-5668 Adjust Only  
    USB-6346 (Screw Terminal) STS-DIO-01  

Calibration Executive 6.1

  • Product support:
    NI 9224 NI 9228    

Calibration Executive 6.0

  • Uncertainty and guard band options in custom report configurations
  • Product support:
    PXIe-6349 USB-6349 NI 9202 NI 9252

Behavior Changes

The following procedures, features, and support were modified in Calibration Executive 6.x releases.

Calibration Executive 6.6:

  • The following procedures have changed:
    • PXIe-5160
    • PXIe-5162
    • PXIe-5644R
    • PXIe-5645R
    • PXIe-5646R

Calibration Executive 6.5:

  • The following procedures have changed:
    • PXIe-4081 (90 day)
    • PXIe-4081 (2 yr)
    • PXIe-4135
    • PXIe-4139
    • PXIe-5840
    • PXIe-5841
    • NI 9212

Calibration Executive 6.4:

  • Guard band calculation for uncertainties with dB and dBv units has changed.
  • The following procedures have changed:
    • PCI-4461
    • PXI-4461
    • PXIe-5654 (10 GHz)
    • PXIe-5654 (20 GHz)
    • PXIe-5654 with PXIe-5696 (10 GHz) Adjust Only
    • PXIe-5654 with PXIe-5696 (20 GHz)
    • PXIe-5668 (14 GHz), all bandwidth options
    • PXIe-5840
    • PXIe-5840 (2 yr)
    • NI 9220
    • NI 9263

Calibration Executive 6.3:

  • TUR calculation for uncertainties with dB and dBv units has changed.
  • The following procedures have changed:
    • PXIe-4135
    • PXI-5422

Calibration Executive 6.2:

PXI-4110 PCI-5412 PXI-5412 PCI-5421  
PXI-5421 PXI-5441 PXIe-5442 PXIe-5653  
PXIe-5665 (3.6 GHz) PXIe-5665 (3.6 GHz), no pre-amp PXIe-5665 (14 GHz) PXIe-5668 (14 GHz), all bandwidth options
PXIe-5668 (26.5 GHz), all bandwidth options        

Calibration Executive 6.1:

PXI-4110 USB-5132 USB-5133 PCI-5412  
PXI-5412 PCI-5421 PXI-5421 PXI-5441  
PXIe-5442 PXI-5622 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  

Calibration Executive 6.0.1:

  • A critical bug in the Verify ALC Limits Table test is fixed, enabling the following devices to be verified and adjusted:
    • PXI-5650
    • PXIe-5650
    • PXI-5651
    • PXIe-5651
    • PXI-5652
    • PXIe-5652
    • PXIe-5663
    • PXIe-5663E
    • PXIe-5673
    • PXIe-5673E

Calibration Executive 6.0:

  • Added adjustment support for NI 9203.
  • Modified audio notifications can only be enabled or disabled; there are no additional options to be configured.
  • Removed support for 32-bit OS calibration procedures.

Accessing the Help

Refer to Calibration Executive Help, accessible from Help»Calibration Executive Help, for information about Calibration Executive.

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

For more information about NI support for Windows 10, refer to NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10.

Unsupported Windows Operating Systems

Calibration Executive no longer supports Windows Vista/XP/7/8.x, Windows Server 2003/2008/2012, or any 32-bit Windows operating system. 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

Legal Information


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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:

  • Notices are located in the <National Instruments>\_Legal Information and <National Instruments> directories.
  • EULAs are located in the <National Instruments>\Shared\MDF\Legal\license directory.
  • Review <National Instruments>\_Legal Information.txt for information on including legal information in installers built with NI products.

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