Installing an OPC HDA Collector

About this task

The OPC HDA Collector can be found in the directory named Collectors in the Historian software DVD media. The OPC HDA Collector is delivered as a Windows installer.
Note: If you are upgrading an OPC HDA Collector, ensure the following:
  • the service is stopped
  • the services control panel is closed
  • no open file handles are open by the service
  • ProcessExplorer is not running
  • the Event Viewer is closed

To install an OPC HDA Collector:


  1. Insert the Historian install DVD on the computer you designate as a collector node and click on Historian Collectors.
    The Choose the Collector(s) to install page appears
  2. Select the OPC HDA Collector check box. Click Next.
    The Source Server Configuration screen appears with a listing of locally installed OPC HDA Servers.
  3. Select the check box for the OPC HDA Server you want to use. Click Next.
    The Source Server Configuration screen allows you to Enter the Remote OPC HDA Server Details.
  4. Enter the machine name where the OPC HDA Server is installed and the associated ProgID. The OPC HDA Server ProgID is provided by your OPC HDA Server vendor.
    • Be sure to enter the correct ProgID or the server connection will fail.
    • For the remote connection to work correctly, you must provide DCOM settings for both the OPC HDA server machine and the OPC HDA Collector machine.
    • To add more than one OPC HDA Server, place your cursor in the ProgID text box and press the Enter button. Then, type in the machine name and ProgID for that OPC HDA Server.
    • To delete the added OPC HDA Server detail, select the row that contains the Machine Name and ProgID and then click the Delete button.

    The Is Your Destination a Historian or the Predix Cloud? screen appears. This identifies the destination that is to receive the pushed data.

  5. Select Historian and click Next.
    If you select Predix Cloud as the destination, refer to Bi-Modal Collectors and the Collector Toolkit for Cloud information and related configuration settings.
  6. Enter the name of the Historian Server and click Next.

    The installer indicates that it is ready to install this collector.

  7. Click Install.

    The installation begins and a success message appears when the installation completes.