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Commission a Redundant Virtual IO Module

When a Virtual IO Module (VIM) is first powered up, it does not have an IP address. Before a VIM can be used, it must be given a unique address on the network. Using the procedure below, the VIM will be given a name and an IP address.

The procedure below will create a redundant VIM placeholder and assign two VIMs to the placeholder.

  1. Create a new DeltaV controller by right-clicking on I/O Net and selecting New Controller.

    Figure 1 - New DeltaV Controller placeholder

  2. Right-click on the new DeltaV controller and select Rename.

    The Rename Controller dialog (Figure 2) will appear. This name should match the name of the DeltaV controller.

    Figure 2 - Rename Controller dialog

  3. Right-click on the new DeltaV controller and select New IO VIM.

    Figure 3 - New IO VIM Placeholder

  4. The VIM properties dialog will appear. Select the type of your redundant VIM from the Type drop down list.

    Figure 4 - New IO VIM Properties Dialog

  5. From the dialog in Figure 4, select the VIM is Redundant option to enable redundancy.

    For the remainder of this guide, the VIM will be redundant and emulate Cards 57 through 64.

  6. From the dialog in Figure 4, give VIM A a meaningful name in the Name field.

    This name will appear under the DeltaV controller to represent the VIM in the tree. The name will also appear in the decommission list any time VIMNet Explorer is opened without this VIO configuration file.

    VIM B will automatically have the same name as VIM A, with "_SEC" appended to the end.

  7. From the dialog in Figure 4, enter the desired IP Address of VIM A and VIM B.

    This address needs to be unique on the VIM network. In addition to being unique, both addresses must be on the same subnet.

  8. From the dialog in Figure 4, enter the desired Subnet Mask of VIM A and VIM B.

    If you are unsure what value to enter here, use the same subnet mask assigned to the PC network card selected in VIMNet Explorer Installation. In almost all cases, the subnet mask for both VIM A and VIM B should be identical.

  9. If you are using a DeltaV M-series controller, enable M-series IO. If you are using a S-series DeltaV controller, disable M-series IO.

  10. Click OK to create the redundant VIM placeholder.

  11. Right-click on the new VIM placeholder (Figure 5), hover over Commission, and select VIM A.

    Figure 5 - VIM Placeholder Context Menu

  12. The Commission VIM dialog box will appear (Figure 6). Select the desired VIM from the list and click OK.

    Identify VIM may be used to verify which VIM hardware is being selected.

    Figure 6 - VIM Placeholder Commissioning Dialog

  13. Right-click on the new VIM placeholder (Figure 7), hover over Commission, and select VIM B.

    Figure 7 - VIM Placeholder Context Menu

  14. The Commission VIM dialog box will appear (Figure 8). Select the desired VIM from the list and click OK.

    Identify VIM may be used to verify which VIM hardware is being selected.

    Figure 8 - VIM Placeholder Commissioning Dialog

  15. Once the VIM is commissioned, the next step is to configure the communications. Each VIM driver type has different communication configuration. Click on the link below to go to the communication configuration guide for that driver type.