FAQs – Options

How can I backup the configured options on my system?
Backup the file OAS.options from C:\ProgramData\OpenAutomationSoftware\ConfigFiles.
All default configuration files would be specified under Configure-Options.
How can I move the configured options from one system to another?
Copy the file OAS.options from C:\ProgramData\OpenAutomationSoftware\ConfigFiles\ to the new system in the same directory C:Program Files and restart the OAS Services on the new computer. All default file paths will be located under Configure-Options and they should be copied to the same directory structure of the new system.
How can I prevent the options from being modified by unauthorized users?
Setup Security and select which Options you want users to be able to modify in the Default group and for each Security Group.

Options

Overview – Options

To open a new window for Options modification, select Configure-Options or Alt-C-O.

Select a Windows Service to modify, the node with the green arrow is the current Service being modified.  Refer to Selecting Service for more information on selecting an OAS Service.

Modify Options

Modify Tag 2After making the desired changes to the OAS Service select Apply Changes in the lower right corner to make activate the changes.

 

Options Properties

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Load Default Tag Configuration On Service Start

To automatically load a Tag configuration when the OAS Service starts enable this option and browse for the desired Tag configuration. It is recommended to only browse for the default Tag configuration file on the local system as the path is relative to the OAS Service not the system with the Configure OAS application.

Load Default Data Logging Configuration On Service Start

To automatically load a Data Logging configuration when the OAS Service starts enable this option and browse for the desired Data Logging configuration.  It is recommended to only browse for the default Data Logging configuration file on the local system as the path is relative to the OAS Service not the system with the Configure OAS application.

Load Default Alarm Logging Configuration On Service Start

To automatically load an Alarm Logging configuration when the OAS Service starts enable this option and browse for the desired Alarm Logging configuration.  It is recommended to only browse for the default Alarm Logging configuration file on the local system as the path is relative to the OAS Service not the system with the Configure OAS application.

Load Default Report Configuration On Service Start

To automatically load a Report configuration when the OAS Service starts enable this option and browse for the desired Report configuration. It is recommended to only browse for the default Report configuration file on the local system as the path is relative to the OAS Service not the system with the Configure OAS application.

Load Default Recipe Configuration On Service Start

To automatically load a Recipe configuration when the OAS Service starts enable this option and browse for the desired Recipe configuration. It is recommended to only browse for the default Recipe configuration file on the local system as the path is relative to the OAS Service not the system with the Configure OAS application.

Log Errors

Log all failures to a specified text file. The file will have appended to the file name the year, month, day, and hour to easily sort error logs at the time they occurred.  Specify the file path to create the error logs relative to the OAS Service application. The default will be the Log directory in the installation directory of Open Automation Software.

No error file will be created if there are no errors.

Log Transactions

Log all transactions to a specified text file. The file will have appended to the file name the year, month, day, and hour to easily sort error logs at the time they occurred.  Specify the file path to create the transaction logs relative to the OAS Service application. The default will be the Log directory in the installation directory of Open Automation Software.

Transaction logs should only be used for troubleshooting to find the source of a problem along with technical support for an OAS service center. Because the information logged is extensive it is not recommended to leave this enable for long periods as the text files will consume a large amount of disk space.

Auto Runtime On Service Start

To automatically have the OAS Service start in Runtime mode when the service starts enable this option.

OPC Server Watchdog Rate

The number of Seconds the OAS Service will expect data from each OPC Server.  If the OPC Server does not have a data change within this period the OAS Service will disconnect from the OPC Server and reconnect to try and re-establish the connection.  Set this value to 0 to disable the OPC Server Watchdog feature.

Use TimeStamp from OPC Servers

Enable this property to have all trend, alarm, and data logging timestamps to come from the OPC Servers instead of the local CPU clock.  The default of the property is True.

Options Programmatic Interface

Use the OPC Systems component in your Visual Studio application to programmatically modify options. Refer to the FormConfigureOptions Form in the WinForm Example Code example for an example and how to modify options.

Refer to the Programmatic Access Options|topic=Programmatic Access Options section in the Programmatic Interface – .NET Programmatic Configuration topic for all of the method syntax.

More:

OAS Configuration Manager – Menu

Menu 1

  • File-Exit: Exits application.
  • Configure – Tag: Opens a new window for Tag configuration.
  • Configure – Drivers: Opens a new window for Driver Interface configuration.
  • Configure – Data Logging: Opens a new window for modifying data logging.
  • Configure – Alarm Logging: Opens a new window for modifying alarm logging.
  • Configure – Alarm Notification: Opens a new window for modifying alarm notification.
  • Configure – Reports: Opens a new window for modifying report executions.
  • Configure – Recipes: Opens a new window for modifying recipe executions.
  • Configure – Excel: Launches Excel formula wizard.
  • Configure – UDP Broadcast: Opens a new window for modifying one way network transmission.
  • Configure – UDP Receive: Opens a new window for modifying one way network receiving client.
  • Configure – Security: Opens a new window for modifying security configuration.
  • Configure – Users: Opens a new window for modifying security users.
  • Configure – Options: Opens a new window for modifying startup and execution options of a Service.
  • Configure – License: Opens a new window for modifying the license of the local system.
  • Window: Select an existing window already opened.
  • Language: Select desired language for configure application.
  • Help – Open Automation Software: View this help file.
  • Help – Training Videos: View on-line training videos.
  • Help – Training Guide: View Quick Start Example section in this help file.
  • Help – Versions: View current installed versions and check on-line what recent changes have been made to Open Automation Software product features.

 

Runtime Control

The Service must be in Runtime mode in order to process values for trending, alarming, data logging, recipe execution, report generation, data transfer, and communications.  You can Start and Stop Runtime from any of the Service configuration windows.

Runtime Control 1To Start Runtime select the Start Runtime Button in any Service modification window of the OAS Configuration application or from the OAS Service Control application.

 

Runtime Control 2To Stop Runtime select the Stop Runtime Button in any Service modification window of the OAS Configuration application or from the OAS Service Control application.

 

You can make add, delete or make modifications to all configurations while the Service is in Runtime mode. Tag configurations files can only be loaded when not in Runtime, but Tag configuration files can be saved during Runtime.  All other modifications can be done while in Runtime if desired.

Runtime Control 3Make certain to save the modifications if you desire the changes to be retentive for the next time the Service is started.

Selecting Live Data Cloud Service

If one or more Live Data Cloud services are subscribed to the service you are connecting to the Live Data Cloud list will populate with all of the remote Live Data Cloud services that are available to connect to. Use the Select button to the right of the Live Data Cloud list to connect to the Live Data Cloud service for remote configuration.

See Live Data Cloud for more information on how to setup Remote SCADA Hosting to host a remote data source through a standard Internet connection.

Selecting Service

When accessing any of the configurations you will select the desired network node to modify. This allows you to modify configurations on remote systems. Local is the local OAS Service.

Selecting Service 1

If the Service is not running on the system you select you will get the following error dialog:

Selecting Service 2

This indicates that the system is not reachable or the OAS Services are not running.

The green right arrow icon appears on the Service that is currently selected.

The status of the service will appear at the top along with configuration buttons to load, save, and modify a configuration.

Selecting Service 3

FAQs – Windows Services

When do I need to use the OPC Data Fix?
Only when the OPC Server(s) you are connecting to do not run as a Windows Service and cannot be accessed from the SYSTEM account due to DCOM security.
What account are the OAS Services run under?
By default the SYSTEM account, but you can change the Service LogOn using the Service Control Manager.