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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 51975791, Entry date: 02/13/2018

SIMATIC PCS 7 Virtualization

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Virtualization refers to the creation of a virtual machine that acts like a real computer with an operating system. It is possible to run several virtual machines on a real computer. Each virtual machine can run applications such as SIMATIC PCS 7.

Virtualization is getting more important in automation technology because of its advantages which are of great importance to many operators. Reducing energy consumption and space requirements are decisive advantages compared to the utilization of real computers.

PCS 7 Virtualization
This document provides an overview over the possibilities of virtualization and its usage in automation technology. The following main points are discussed in the documentation:

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  • Display special features
  • Experiences of practical area of PCS 7 in virtual environment

Project Engineering and Configuration (V9.0)
Project Engineering and Configuration (V8.2)
Project Engineering and Configuration (V8.1 SP1)
 Project Engineering and Configuration (V7.1 SP2)

Product notes for the release of PCS 7 system components for the operation in a virtual environment:
PCS 7 V9.0 SP1
PCS 7 V9.0
PCS 7 V8.2
PCS 7 V8.1 / V8.1 SP1
PCS 7 V8.0 SP2
PCS 7 V8.0 SP1
PCS 7 V8.0 Upd1
PCS 7 V7.1 from SP2

SIMATIC Virtualization as a Service
SIMATIC Virtualization as a Service is a preconfigured, ready-to-use virtualization system for the implementation of efficient automation solutions for SIMATIC systems.
General information (service description) 
Product notes 

Further information
What are the requirements for S7 F/FH systems in virtual environments and for remote access?
What can you do if there is a screen change delay when using SIMATIC PCS 7 or SIMATIC WinCC in a virtual machine?

Last changes
Update for PCS 7 V9.0

Security information
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