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Specifications Specifications 10/12/2021
Products: Project Configuration Tool
Functionalities: Engineering
Product version: 1.8, 1.9, 2.0, 2.1, 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3

Project Configuration Tool

Project Configuration Tool

Project Configuration Tool

Introduction

Project Configuration Tool is an off-site engineering platform for the EcoStruxure BMS. With this powerful tool, you can minimize the time spent on site. All designing, programming, and configuration can be done off site. Project Configuration Tool enables you to run the Enterprise Central, Enterprise Server, and automation servers virtually, and simulate all functions, before you deploy the servers to the target EcoStruxure BMS.

Features

Project Configuration Tool is a suite of three software programs: server, client, and WorkStation. The Project Configuration Tool sever provides an environment within which all virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers of the project can run while being engineered. The Project Configuration Tool client provides an intuitive user interface for project management. WorkStation is a full-featured user interface for configuration of EcoStruxure BMS servers.

Efficient project management

Using the Project Configuration Tool client, you can easily create projects, create, start, and stop virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers, and deploy the virtual servers to on-site servers. You can also add project properties to keep track of information such as project team members and site location.

Virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers

By means of the virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers, you can simulate all aspects of the Enterprise Central, Enterprise Server, and automation servers, except for communication with field devices. This powerful feature is based on the Oracle VirtualBox software. You can add several virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers to a project at the same time, and you can start and stop the servers to suit your current needs.

Engineering efficiency through templates

Creating virtual automation servers from templates can greatly simplify your engineering efforts and help improve the consistency of the configurations. With Project Configuration Tool, you can select a backup set for an automation server, save it as a new template, and then create multiple virtual automation servers from that single template. The templates are stored in a library for convenient reuse.

WorkStation for EcoStruxure BMS server configuration
WorkStation started through the client

WorkStation started through the client

Working with virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers in WorkStation is the same as working with online EcoStruxure BMS servers in WorkStation. The same powerful engineering features and tools are available when you start WorkStation through Project Configuration Tool. Two different color schemes differentiate the products so it is easy to know which tool you are using. With WorkStation, you can create devices, bindings, graphics, alarms, and other objects required for the project. For more information, see the WorkStation Specification Sheet.

Easy project deployment

You deploy the project's virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers to the on-site Enterprise Central, Enterprise Server, and automation servers to download the configurations that you have created off site. Project Configuration Tool allows you to deploy several virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers in one command. After the deployment, you can log on with WorkStation to an on-site EcoStruxure BMS server to make configuration changes. You can even deploy a virtual EcoStruxure BMS server a second time, if needed.

Optimized memory usage

With Project Configuration Tool, you can optimize the memory usage of the computer by allocating project memory as efficiently as possible to run the virtual EcoStruxure BMS servers in the project.

Two installation options

Project Configuration Tool can be installed in either a standalone configuration or a client/server configuration. This flexibility ensures that the installation can easily be adapted to the project requirements. In addition, you have the flexibility to install only the server packages you require. As new versions of EcoStruxure Building Operation are released, you can easily add them to your existing Project Configuration Tool server.

EcoStruxure Building Operation software compatibility

Project Configuration Tool supports EcoStruxure Building Operation software version 1.8 and later.

Specifications
Hardware requirements – Client
Client machine only
Number of engineers
1
Processor
Intel Core i5-3340M @ 2.70 GHz or higher
Memory
8 GB or higher
Storage capacity
1 GB or higher
Hardware requirements – Standalone
Processor power, memory, and storage capacity should be scaled upwards to accommodate targeted system size as impacted by the total quantity of EcoStruxure BMS projects. The Project Configuration Tool is tested on a server with an 8-core 3.6 GHz processor, 32 GB of memory, and storage capacity of 1 TB.
The PCT service and Oracle VirtualBox are installed on the C drive (C:) and require approximately 2 GB of storage space even if the database and program are installed on another drive.
One project open with a maximum of 5 automation servers running
Number of engineers
1
Processor
Intel Core i5-3340M @ 2.70 GHz or higher
Memory
8 GB or higher
Storage capacity
50 GB or higher
One project open with a maximum of 10 automation servers running
Number of engineers
1
Processor
Intel Core i7-4800MQ @ 2.70 GHz or higher
Memory
16 GB or higher
Storage capacity
50 GB or higher
One project open with a maximum of 25 automation servers running
Number of engineers
1
Processor
Intel Core i7-4800MQ @ 2.70 GHz or higher
Memory
32 GB or higher
Storage capacity
100 GB or higher
BIOS
Required BIOS configuration
Intel VT-x or AMD-V virtualization support enabled
Hardware requirements – Server
Processor power, memory, and storage capacity should be scaled upwards to accommodate targeted system size as impacted by the total quantity of EcoStruxure BMS projects. The Project Configuration Tool is tested on a server with an 8-core 3.6 GHz processor, 32 GB of memory, and storage capacity of 1 TB.
The PCT service and Oracle VirtualBox are installed on the C drive (C:) and require approximately 2 GB of storage space even if the database and program are installed on another drive.
Three projects with a maximum of 10 automation servers running per project
Number of engineers
3
Processor
Intel Core i7-3930K @ 3.20 GHz
Memory
32 GB or higher
Storage capacity
250 GB or higher
Five projects with a maximum of 20 automation servers running per project
Number of engineers
5
Processor
Intel Core i7-7820X @ 3.60 GHz or higher
Memory
64 GB or higher
Storage capacity
1 TB or higher
Five projects with a maximum of 20 automation servers running per project
Number of engineers
10
Processor
Intel Core i7-7820X @ 3.60 GHz or higher
Memory
96 GB or higher
Storage capacity
1 TB or higher
BIOS
Required BIOS configuration
Intel VT-x or AMD-V virtualization support enabled
Storage capacity
The storage capacity is a function of the number of projects and the number of devices and objects in the projects. The following guidelines are offered to assist in determining the appropriate size:
One empty EcoStruxure BMS server
50 MB
One typical EcoStruxure BMS server
170 MB
One empty b3920
0.07 MB
One empty MNB 1000
0.01 MB
One Xenta 122 FC
1.5 MB
One empty Programmable Xenta
0.04 MB
One MNLRF1_FanCoil
0.36 MB
  
Software requirements
Operating systems
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
  
Microsoft Windows Server 2016
  
Microsoft Windows Server 2019
The following Microsoft Windows 10 editions are supported: Pro and Enterprise.
The following Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 editions are supported: Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation.
The following Microsoft Windows Server 2016 editions are supported: Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials.
The following Microsoft Windows Server 2019 editions are supported: Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials.
Oracle VirtualBox
version 5.2.44
Required additional software
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.7.2 and later
Compatibility
EcoStruxure Building Operation software
version 1.8.1 and later a
a) Each EcoStruxure Building Operation version is released with a server package for Project Configuration Tool. When the server package for a specific EcoStruxure Building Operation version is installed, Project Configuration tool is compatible with that EcoStruxure Building Operation version without having to upgrade the Project Configuration Tool software.
Communication between Project Configuration Tool client and server
HTTP
Non-binary, port configurable, default 9091
Communication to on-site EcoStruxure BMS servers
HTTP
Non-binary, port configurable, default 80
Part numbers
No part number or license for Project Configuration Tool. However, WorkStation used for EcoStruxure BMS server configuration requires a WorkStation license. For more information, see the WorkStation Specification Sheet.
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