In this new episode of Geo SCADA tutorials, @sbeadle will describe the server tools for control, monitoring, and setup.
This video covers the main features of the Geo SCADA Expert - Database Server and its configuration.
In brief, the main features are as follows:
Installed as a Service on a computer
In the Windows Services list
Service Manager App lists related ClearSCADA or Geo SCADA services, equivalent to control from the Windows Services list
Server icon: used to start and stop the server
Useful tools available on the Server Icon, Start Menu and ViewX ribbon (2019 and newer)
Double-click or right click 'Status' to get the Server Status tool. This tool has many diagnostics to help you maintain the system effectively.
Log in to a server with an administrator username and password. This tool can be used remotely from the server if required, with a Geo SCADA Expert/ClearSCADA admin account
Information page: displays server version, status, ports and the licensing usage
Modules page: displays installed and operational drivers with protocol logging controls
Server Logging page: controls for turning logging types on, off, or to the default set
Database Lock Diagnostics: a detailed view of system activity, displays who is logged on and where
Standby Links page: show synchronisation state and percentages complete of redundant servers
Historic Historian page: displays the quantity of historian data, and how much data is waiting to be written to the disks, with indication of wayward configuration causing excessive data logging
Right click the server icon and click Configuration to get the Server Configuration tool, displaying server properties such as how long to store historic data, and redundant servers
Login as an Administrator: the settings are stored in the Windows Registry, which can also be viewed in this tool
In Database Configuration, alarm severities can be changed, adding new, colours, allowed actions etc.
In Historic Configuration, Alarm Summary history feature, can be enabled
Enable the Configuration Changes history feature and add to the storage duration for any, including the main Historic Data historian.
In System Configuration | Partners, add a fully synchronised standby server. Specify the type, and the address of partner servers, for each server
Redundancy enabled simply by adding a single computer address
When changes are finished, click File | Save. If the server needs to be restarted, it will tell you
Finally, just a hint at some of the other server-related tools for future videos:
Right Click the server icon and select Licensing to see and enter license data
Right Click the server icon to see log files for the server, to send to support if you need server help
In Program Files, click Server Manager to add more server instances to this Windows host
In Program Files, although not a server tool, the Configure Connections utility allows client applications such as the Server Status, Server Configuration and ViewX all to connect to one or more servers. This allows each System to be set up, which may have one or more servers each, as connection points for the different types of client. Settings on the connection will control the prioritisation to each server and for each system.