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Entry type: FAQ, Entry ID: 2383630, Entry date: 02/25/2011

How do you integrate a GSD file into the STEP 7 HW Config for PROFIBUS or PROFINET?

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New modules are supplied in a new version of STEP 7 in the STEP 7 module catalog. The new devices can be added to the hardware catalog via GSD files.

  • From STEP 7 V5.2 onwards, you can also update the module catalog with a Hardware Support Package (HSP).
  • From STEP 7 V5.3 SP1 onwards you can install PROFINET GSD files in the HW Config.

Install the GSD files according to the table below.

No. Procedure:
1 Ensure that you can access the GSD files to be integrated via the directory on your PG/PC. The files should be located on the hard disk, on a floppy disk or CD, or even in a STEP 7 project.
2 Open the HW Config and close the project opened in it.
3 Select the menu command "Options > Install GSD file...".

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4 Browse to the file's directory in the next dialog and then click "Install". You can choose whether to search for the GSD files in the directory or in a STEP7 project. During the installation process, you may receive (error) message support (indicating, for instance, that a certain GSD file is already installed). Once the installation is complete, you can call up a record. Where necessary, use the Online Help ("Help" button).

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5 Now update your Hardware Catalog using the menu command "Options > Update catalog". The slaves are read into the module catalog whose GSD files were installed after startup of STEP 7. Then you can incorporate the slaves in your STEP 7 project. The newly installed devices are in the Hardware Catalog.
  • For PROFIBUS DP under "PROFIBUS DP > Other Field Devices > I/O ...".
  • For PROFINET under "PROFINET IO > I/O ...".

Storing the GSD files on the hard disk:
You store the GSD files in the directory "<Drive:>\ Program Files\Siemens\Step7\S7DATA\GSD" on your hard disk.

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Name of the GSD file of the slave configured:
Double-click the configured slave in the Hardware Configuration. The name of the GSD file is located in the "Properties - DP slave" dialog to the right of the order number.

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More information on the requirements and procedure for installing, overwriting and recovering overwritten GSD files is available in the following manual:

  • "SIMATIC Configuring Hardware and Communication Connections with STEP 7 V5.5" (Entry ID: 45531110) Section: 3.11 Working with GSD Files.

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