NI SystemLink 2020 R2 Readme

July 2020

This file contains important information about NI SystemLink, including system requirements and known issues.


System Requirements

Product Security and Critical Updates

Licensing Information for SystemLink Clients

Known Issues

Bug Fixes

Breaking REST API Changes

Accessing the Help

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

SystemLink Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

Legal Information


Use NI SystemLink to discover and manage systems on a server. Create and deploy packages to all your managed systems. Leverage SystemLink data services to visualize data, trigger alarms, monitor tests, manage assets, and transfer files to a server. SystemLink TDM is a Big Analog Data™ solution for automated preparation and analysis of large amounts of data in various formats and structures from different geographic locations.

System Requirements

NI SystemLink has the following minimum system requirements:

Server Requirements

Windows, less than 50 nodes

Windows, 50+ nodes, SystemLink TDM

OS (64-bit only)

Windows Server 2019 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2012 R2 1

Windows 7 SP1 or higher

Windows Server 2019 R2

Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2012 R2 1

Windows 7 SP1 or higher


4-core recommended or higher

8-core recommended or higher


16 GB minimum

32+ GB recommended

32 GB minimum

64+ GB recommended


6 GB minimum

8+ GB recommended

16+ GB recommended

1 NI software installs VC2015 runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2, which require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

Note  Refer to SystemLink Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021 for information about future OS support.

Note  SystemLink TDM does not support server versions from the Microsoft Semi-Annual Channel. In addition, SystemLink TDM does not support Windows Server Core mode.

Target Requirements (Managed Nodes)


NI Linux Real-Time


Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher

Windows 7 SP1 (32-bit) or higher

NI Linux Real-Time 2019, 2020

(Supports LabVIEW RT 2019, 2020, and NXG 5.0)


Pentium 4 G1 (or equivalent) or later

All Intel and ARM models supported


2 GB minimum

4 GB recommended

512 MB minimum

1+ GB recommended


1 GB minimum

2+ GB recommended

512 MB

Note: VxWorks and Phar Lap OS are not supported.

Additional Requirements for Servers and Targets

  • .NET Framework 4.6.2
  • One of the following browsers:
    • Chrome
    • Firefox
    • Edge
    • Safari

Note: NI SystemLink 2020 R1 and later web applications do not support Internet Explorer.

Supported Software

NI SystemLink 2020 R2 supports the following LabVIEW versions:

  • LabVIEW 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • LabVIEW RT 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • LabVIEW NXG 5.0

SystemLink TDM supports the following DIAdem versions as clients:

  • DIAdem 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019 (recommended)

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit for information about critical updates from NI.

Licensing Information for SystemLink

SystemLink uses Volume License Manager to license server modules and add-ons as well as clients. Download NI Volume License Manager from and refer to the NI Volume License Manager help for more information on licensing.

If you evaluate NI SystemLink Server before activating, any clients you connect will initially appear as Not Activated in Systems Manager. Use NI SystemLink Web Application to activate the client after you activate the server.

Known 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 SystemLink.

Bug Fixes

You can access a list of bugs fixed in this version online. Refer to the public bugs list for a list of fixed bugs.

Breaking REST API Changes

The following changes to SystemLink REST APIs could affect the functionality of existing code.

SystemLink TDM General:

  • /browse endpoints no longer exist. These have been moved to DataFinder, Data Preprocessor and Analysis Automation.
  • /file endpoints no longer exist.


  • Security API has been deprecated.

Analyisis Automation:

  • "visiblefor" option has been deprecated.

Accessing the Help

Refer to the NI SystemLink Manual, accessible from, for more information about NI SystemLink and the services and APIs it offers.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

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

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

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

SystemLink Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

SystemLink will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, 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

For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit and enter one of the following Info Codes:

Product Info Code
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