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Field Information Manager Connectivity to ABB Ability™ System 800xA

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The Field Information Manager supports the connectivity to ABB AbilityTM System 800xA and supports S800 IO with HART and PROFIBUS field devices.
Supported System 800xA versions: SV5.1 RevE, SV5.1 FP4 RevE, SV6.0.x, SV6.1 onwards.

General Information

The Field Information Manager connectivity to ABB Ability System 800xA is supported for 800xA SV5.1 RevE, SV5.1 FP4 RevE, SV6.0.x and SV6.1 onwards versions. Please get in contact with your local ABB Service team if other system versions are required.

Basic part of the FIM connectivity to ABB Ability System 800xA is the FIM 800xA Connect software. The FIM 800xA Connect is based on a FDI Communication Server and allows the FIM client to access ABB Ability System 800xA.
Connecting to 800xA - One Domain Network
The FIM 800xA Connect is implemented as a windows service and requires user name and password of a user that has 800xA administrator acceess. In addition the security between the FIM 800xA Connect computer and the FIM client computer has to be configured. A failing start of the FIM 800xA Connect service will leave a message in the application event log of the operating system.

FIM 800xA Connect supports only one Communication Server per ABB Ability System 800xA. Even if the ABB Ability System 800xA offers multiple network interfaces, only one of them should be used as the Communication Server.

Security Options

Simple Security Setup
There are project without high security requirements. To simplify the security configuration for these cases, a quick but less secure setup option is provided. This less secure setup uses self-signed security certificates. Self-signed certificates are not issued by a certificate authority that is considered trust-worthy. To decide if this is acceptable for you, consider at least the following impacts of self-signed certificates:

  • Self-signed certificates must be set up on the client machine to establish the trust relationship on the side that needs to accept the certificates.
  • It is the responsibility of the administrator to make sure that the self-signed certificate is not modified or replaced by someone before it is installed on the client machine.
  • It is the responsibility of the administrator to make sure that no one outside the trust relationship gets access to the self-signed certificate.

Security setup of the FIM 800xA Connect service
The setup of the FIM 800xA Connect software installs a windows service named "ABB FIM800xAConnect" in the operating system. You can find the service in the MMC snap in for services ("services.msc"). The following figure shows the properties of such a service. Set the startup type of the service to "Automatic (Delayed Start)" or depending on your needs. The service does not require startup parameters.
ABB FIM 800xA Connect Properties
The ABB FIM800xAConnect service requires a user that is a member of the 800xA Administrators group.
ABB FIM 800xA Connect Service User
 


Setup Instruction - One Domain Network

Instruction how to setup a connection where the FIM client is part of the same domain as the ABB Ability System 800xA. The instruction describes that the FIM Client is installed on a different computer as the 800xA Engineering Client computer (that's where the FIM 800xA Connect software is running on), but using only one computer for the FIM Client and 800xA Engineering Client software is supported as well.

Please ensure
, that if the FIM Client software is installed on the same computer as the 800xA Engineering Client, then reboot this computer as a final step after the setup has been done. 

Please ensure, that the FIM Client computer and the ABB Ability System 800xA are using the same timezone.

Please ensure, that the Field Information Manager is installed on the FIM Client and that the FIM has been started once. This is required for the generation of the certificates, which are used during one of the next steps.

  1. Please install the FIM800xAConnect.Setup.msi on an 800xA Engineering Client computer. Ensure that the Control Builder M software is installed on this computer as well.
  2. Insert a USB flash drive into the 800xA Engineering Client computer. The following steps assume that the USB flash drive is handled as drive D.
  3. The following commands will create the folder ClientInstall on the USB flash drive path D:\. The folder contains a certificate and a script for the FIM client computer setup. ABB recommends that you use a password protected USB flash drive for this purpose.
    Please open an administrative command prompt on the 800xA Engineering Client computer and execute the following command lines:
    • cd %ProgramFiles(x86)%\ABB\"ABB FIM800xAConnect"
    • ABB.DM.Connect.800xA.CommServer.Config.exe InstallSelfSignedServerCertificate D:\
  4. Please connect the USB flash drive to the FIM client computer, open the ClientInstall folder and run the TrustServerCertificate.bat script.
  5. The previous step has installed the certificate on the FIM client computer, but also created the folder ClientInstall\ServerInstall on the USB flash drive. This folder contains the FIM client certificate, that has to be installed on the 800xA Engineering Client computer.
  6. Please the USB flash drive to the 800xA Engineering Client computer again. Open the folder ClientInstall\ServerInstall and run the TrustClientCertificate.bat script.
  7. On the 800xA Engineering Client computer, please open the Windows Service Console via Windows Search or command line "Services.msc". In the console, please browse for the "ABB FIM800xAConnect" service and open the Properties for that service.
    • Set the startup type to "Auto"
    • Use the Log On tab This account and assign a 800xA administrator user
    • Start the ABB FIM800xAConnect service
  8. On the 800xA Engineering Client computer, please ensure that the local firewall allows to use the communication port 32794 for the FIM800xAConnect application.
  9. On the FIM client please start the FIM software and open the Topology from the Tools Menu.
    • Use Add Server button from the top bar
    • As Endpoint use the IP of the 800xA Engineering Client computer with ending ":32794", i.e. "10.1.182.78:32794"
    • As Name please specify a name for the communication server, like "800xA System1". This name will appear in the Topology
    • Accept the dialog via Add Server
  10. Please ensure that the Toolrouting is enabled for the AC800M controller. You can enable the Toolrouting via 800xA Engineering Workplace - Control Builder M - AC800 controller CPU Properties.
  11. Please access the new communication server object in the Topology and start a Hardware Scan via the Context Menu of the tile.
  12. Please delete the ClientInstall folder on the USB flash drive to avoid misusage by others.
  13. FIM Client software installed on the same computer as the 800xA Engineering Client: Please do a reboot of the computer. 

Setup Instruction - Different Domain Networks

Instruction how to setup a connection where the FIM client is not in the same domain as the ABB Ability System 800xA.
Connecting to 800xA - Different Domain Network

  1. Please ensure that the FIM Client computer and the ABB Ability System 800xA are using the same timezone.
  2. Firewall:  Extend the configuration with a mapping from the FIM Client computer IP with port 32794 to the 800xA Engineering Client computer IP with port 32794.
  3. Ensure that the FIM Client Computer network card has the Gateway assigned if required caused by your network configuration.
  4. Open the c:\windows\system32\driver\etc\hosts file on the FIM Client Computer and add an entry for the 800xA Engineering Client Name IP, i.e. "Eng_client_name 10.1.182.56"
  5. Test: Open a Command Prompt on the FIM Client computer and use the ping command to ping the 800xA Engineering Client computer name, i.e. "ping Eng_client_name, which should succeed.
  6. Finally please run all the steps of the instruction Setup Instruction - One Domain Network