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Hi there,


Has anybody used the OPC UA client that is part of the DSC toolkit? I am trying to use it to connect to a PLC and am getting error -336653 "The status of the OPC UA server is uncertain"


I am able to create a local OPC UA server in LabVIEW and connect to this with no issues from the LabVIEW OPC UA client, and can connect to the PLC just fine using a different client.


After speaking with NI it looks like this may be a permission issue, but I have tried all the obvious things in the OPC UA client (like client and server certificates), with the same result.


Any tips?




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  • 6 months later...

Quite happy with it James... After NI patched the issue I mentioned in my first post that prevented proper authentication with name+password. I never got certificates working properly either, but this may have also been fixed by the patch.


I have mainly used it as a client, and have production ready code stable with with approx 100 tags. I have created some proof of concept code to run the server side as well and it worked fine.


My only issue is that the server does not allow to register for listeners, so you have to poll. I don't really know all the nuances of OPC-UA so perhaps this is normal, it just seems strange that the client can get periodic events (nicely handled in an event structure), but the server has to poll. 


I am planning on using it in several more projects, it certainly seems to do everything I need and is much easier to integrate into your codebase than other OPC-UA toolkits.

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Thanks Neil,

The toolkit gives off a “not quite ready for prime time†vibe to me (including that annoying partial implementation of events, poor documentation, minimal single example, etc.) so I’m glad you are happy with it.  I suspect it is an incomplete version of OPC-UA (no method calls?) but probably sufficient for the simple server I need to make.


Thanks again,

— James

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Hello Neil,

 I am working on a project at my university that is based on OPC UA labview data toolkit. I see you have good experience with OPC UA labview. As a test start, I was able to create a data structure of three folders with items and properties corresponding. But creating folders and items manually for each new folder and item we want to enter takes time and space in my code so I decided to extract the information from an excel sheet. In other words, if I have a list of 100 folders/items/properties arranged in an excelsheet or any type or data file, how can I define them using my OPC UA server on labview? 

So far i was able to exctract data as cluster of array of strings. I know there is an OPC UA vi that tranform node name array to node path but I am not able to reach a compatible data type input for it. I am stuck there. And I want to know if that VI can be used in a loop to enter the data and save the node paths generated. Any help would be highly appreciated, Thanks

Thank you.



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I read the node names from a file on disk, along with a description of their data type.

This I use to set up the server, see attached.

Note: I don't really have much OPC-UA experience, so cannot say if this is good or bad practice as I have done it. It works fine for my purposes though.

The other frames of the case structure deal with the other possibilities, like Folder.Item etc


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