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HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite Fall 2021 Readme

February 2022

This file contains installation instructions and compatibility information for HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite.

You can find more release information on ni.com.


Installation Instructions

Products Included on the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite Media

Product Security and Critical Updates

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Unsupported Windows Operating Systems

Legal Information


Installation Instructions

Installing and Activating the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite

NI installs the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite using NI Package Manager. If you do not already have NI software installed, the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite installs NI Package Manager to handle the installation of your NI software. Visit ni.com/r/NIPMDownload to download NI Package Manager. Refer to the NI Package Manager Manual for more information about installing, removing, and upgrading NI software using NI Package Manager.

Notes

  • If Windows Update is enabled, the installation process might hang if Windows Update interferes with the installation of Microsoft Visual C++ 2015 Run-Time. Visit ni.com/r/exjq43 for more information and steps to resolve this issue.
  • Use the serial number that is included with your software to activate the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite. For more information on the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite activation, refer to NI Software Activation.

If you install software using the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite installation media, complete the following steps to install products:

  1. Insert the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite installation media.
  2. Follow the installer prompts, enter any required information, and activate when prompted, if necessary.

Save the media in order to modify or repair your installation or to distribute NI software with your custom-built installers.

Installing LabVIEW Add-Ons

Installing LabVIEW add-ons, such as modules and toolkits, from the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite media ensures compatibility. Some versions of LabVIEW add-ons that are not found on the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite media may not work with the version of LabVIEW included in this release. Installing an incompatible add-on might cause some features in the add-on or LabVIEW to behave incorrectly.

Installing the Proper Versions of LabVIEW

When programming NI FPGAs for NI R Series Multifunction RIO, NI CompactRIO, or NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT hardware, you must install 32-bit versions of the following software.

  • LabVIEW
  • LabVIEW FPGA module
  • (Optional) LabVIEW Real-Time Module.

This software is needed to perform programming operations, such as developing and compiling bitfiles for use with VeriStand. For other VeriStand-related programming tasks, such as creating custom devices and using VeriStand APIs, use the 64-bit version of LabVIEW.

Products Included on the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite Media

The following products are included on the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite media. Refer to the readme of each product for information including system requirements, installation, activation, known issues, and bug fixes.

Note  Some drivers included with previous versions of the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite are not included with this release. Visit ni.com/downloads for the latest driver versions.

Application Software

Product Version Bitness
LabVIEW 2021 SP1 32-bit and 64-bit
NI Switch Executive 2021 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
VeriStand 2021 64-bit

Add-Ons

Product Version Bitness
JKI VI Package Manager 2021 SP1 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW Advanced Signal Processing Toolkit 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW Desktop Execution Trace Toolkit 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW Digital Filter Design Toolkit 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW FPGA Compilation Tool for ISE 14.7 2020 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW FPGA Compilation Tool for Vivado 2019.1 2020 64-bit
LabVIEW FPGA Compile Farm Toolkit 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW FPGA Module 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW MathScript Module 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW Model Interface Toolkit 2021 64-bit
LabVIEW Real-Time Module 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW Unit Test Framework Toolkit 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
LabVIEW VI Analyzer Toolkit 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
VeriStand Model Framework 2021 32-bit and 64-bit
VeriStand Model Generation Support for LabVIEW 2021 2021 32-bit and 64-bit

Driver Software

Product Version Bitness
FlexRIO with Integrated I/O 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
FlexRIO with Modular I/O 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI CompactRIO 21.0.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI R Series Multifunction RIO 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-488.2 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-DAQmx 21.3.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-DCPower 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-Industrial Communications for EtherCAT 21.5.0 32-bit
NI-SWITCH 21.3.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-Sync 21.3.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-VISA 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
NI-XNET 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit
PXI Platform Services 21.5.0 32-bit and 64-bit

Note  The LabVIEW Professional Development System installs the LabVIEW Database Connectivity Toolkit and the LabVIEW Report Generation Toolkit. You can locate the readmes for these products in the labview\readme directory.

To compare the products included in NI Software Suites, including the HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite, refer to the NI Software Portfolio.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. For information about critical updates from NI, refer to Available Critical and Security Updates for NI Software.

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

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, refer to NI Product Compatibility for Microsoft Windows 10.

Unsupported Windows Operating Systems

HIL and Real-Time Test Software Suite 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 https://www.ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.


Legal Information

Copyright

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Under the copyright laws, this publication may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, storing in an information retrieval system, or translating, in whole or in part, without the prior written consent of National Instruments Corporation.

NI respects the intellectual property of others, and we ask our users to do the same. NI software is protected by copyright and other intellectual property laws. Where NI software may be used to reproduce software or other materials belonging to others, you may use NI software only to reproduce materials that you may reproduce in accordance with the terms of any applicable license or other legal restriction.

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.

U.S. Government Restricted Rights

If you are an agency, department, or other entity of the United States Government ("Government"), the use, duplication, reproduction, release, modification, disclosure or transfer of the technical data included in this manual is governed by the Restricted Rights provisions under Federal Acquisition Regulation 52.227-14 for civilian agencies and Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement Section 252.227-7014 and 252.227-7015 for military agencies.

IVI Foundation Copyright Notice

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Trademarks

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Patents

For patents covering the NI products/technology, refer to the appropriate location: Help»Patents in your software, the patents.txt file on your media, or the NI Patent Notice at ni.com/patents.

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