Historian Licenses

Historian Product License Management

Advantage Licensing is the software system for activating and managing product licenses. Using the tools in Licensing and our Customer Center web site you can view, activate, and manage licenses at your site.

With Advantage Licensing you can:
  • View current licenses for the products residing on a computer
  • Choose a licensing method (Internet, local intranet, or file-based)
  • Change licenses (Activate, Return, Refresh)
Note: If you received an email containing an activation code, you must migrate to Advantage Licensing. Get the newest licensing software at http://digitalsupport.ge.com.

If you did not receive an activation code, follow the instructions about M4 keys at http://digitalsupport.ge.com.

For all Windows operating systems, ensure that they are updated with the most recent Windows updates before installing Common Licensing.
  • If you are using Windows Server 2012 R2, you must install the update described in http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2919355.

    Also you must have KB2919442 and then KB2919355 installed before installing KB2999226. This update must be installed before you install the License Client.

  • If you are using Windows 8.1, you must install KB2999226.

Historian License Editions

Historian is available in three license types: Essentials, Standard, and Enterprise. The Essentials edition is included as the on-board Historian with the purchase of some iFIX and CIMPLICITY licenses, and cannot be licensed or sold outside of those packages. Essentials edition customers who require options available in the Standard or Enterprise editions or require more than a 1000 tags must purchase either a Standard or Enterprise License with the appropriate tag count.

You can install all components using the single install media, but the use of specific components and functionality are controlled by the GE license you purchase and install.

The following table provides information on the availability of each Historian component for each license type. Optional indicates that the component is not available by default, but can be purchased separately.

Component Essentials Standard Enterprise
Server Functionality
Allow Data Modification Y Y Y
Calculation Collector - Optional Y
Client Access Licenses (CALs) 2 5 5
Cluster Support - Y Y
Collector Redundancy Optional Y Y
Data Mirroring - up to 3 (Primary +2) - - Y
Data Stores 5 10 20
Data Stores Expansion (200) - - Optional
Digital / Enumerated / Array Tags Y Y Y
Electronic Signatures - Optional Optional
Extract, Transform, and Load (ETL) Tools - - Y
Fault Tolerant Computer Support Y Y Y
Max Historical Tags 1,000 50,000 20,000,000
Microsecond Support - Y Y
OLE DB Provider Y Y Y
OPC Alarm and Event Service - Optional Y
OPC HDA Server Y Y Y
Proficy Historian Server Y Y Y
Remote Collector Management - - Y
SCADA Buffer (10000 tags, 200 days) Y* Y Y
User Defined Multi-Field Tags - Y Y
Client Functionality
Excel Add-in Y Y Y
Proficy Historian Administrator Y Y Y
Web Admin Console - Y Y
Web Trend Client - Y Y
Collector Functionality
Aveva (Wonderware) Historian Collector w/Cloud Option - Y Y
Azure IoT Hub Distributor (that is, the Server-to-Server collector that is used to send data to Azure IoT Hub) - Y Y
Collector Toolkit SDK - Y Y
Cygnet Data Collector w/Cloud Option - Y Y
Emerson Machine Edition View Collector Y Y Y
Expression Support - - Y
File Collector - Y Y
iFIX Collector Y Y Y
MQTT Collector - Y Y
ODBC Collector w/Cloud Option - Y Y
OPC Alarm and Events Collector - Optional Y
OPC DA Collector w/Cloud Option Y Y Y
OPC HDA Collector w/Cloud Option - Y Y
OPC UA (DA) Collector w/Cloud Option - Y Y
OSI PI Collector w/Cloud Option - Y Y
OSI PI Distributor - Y Y
Proficy Historian Server-to-Server Collector w/Cloud Option - Optional Y
Simulation Collector Y Y Y
Windows Performance Collector - Y Y
Note: Historian HD is a separately sold and licensed component from Historian. Historian HD provides the Historian user a standard method to move Historian tag configuration and historical archive data from a Windows environment to a Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS). HDFS is the primary distribution storage used by Hadoop applications.

A component that is used only by the Historian HD license is installed with your Historian installation: the Historian Archive Ingestion Service. This service is reserved for use only with the Historian HD big data analytics platform and is listed as ?Manual ? under Startup Type. Stopping this service does not impact Historian functionality. Unless you are licensed to use Historian HD, do not attempt to start or monitor this service, as it may impact the ability to run the Historian Data Archiver service.

Note: * From Historian 7.2 onwards, Scada buffer count is increased from 2500 to 10000. Historian Essentials license includes 2500 buffered tags and 200 day circular buffer if permanent storage is less than 1000 tags (that is, if Cimplicity points are 1500 and below). It includes 10000 buffered tags and 200 day circular buffer if permanent storage is 1000 tags (that is, if Cimplicity points are 5000 and above).