Installing Historian Data Collectors

Before you begin

Use the Historian install media (.iso disk image file) to install data collectors. Consider the following information as it may applicable to the collector you are installing.
  • All collectors, except the iFIX and Machine Edition View collectors, can run as Windows services. If so configured, they will continue to run after you log out, and can be configured to start automatically when you start your computer.
  • When upgrading a collector(s) from a prior installation, it is recommended that you first uninstall the collector(s) using the media in which the collector(s) was installed, then proceed with the installation of the collector(s) using the new install media.
  • The OSI PI SDK is required for the OSI PI Collector installation; however, the OSI PI SDK does not ship with Historian. If the OSI PI SDK is not installed, the OSI PI Collector will not start. If you install the OSI PI Collector on a machine that does not contain your PI Server, be sure to install the OSI PI SDK on the machine with the OSI PI Collector.
  • If you install the Wonderware Collector on a machine that does not contain your Wonderware server, be sure to install the ODBC Driver for SQL on the Wonderware Collector machine. If the ODBC Driver for SQL is not installed, the Wonderware Collector cannot connect to the Wonderware server.
  • If you plan to select Predix Cloud for your destination server and you are not using Historian Configuration, see Offline Configuration for Collectors
  • If you run the collector install and do not reboot the machine afterwards (as prompted), and then perform a collector uninstall or another collector install, you will likely encounter a failed install or uninstall. To avoid this issue, reboot the machine following the collector install.
  • If you plan to select Predix Cloud for the collector destination, refer to Installing Historian Collectors.

About this task

Installing Data Collectors with Historian server/Predix cloud as destination:


  1. Launch the .iso disk image file and run InstallLauncher.exe.
    The Install Historian splash screen appears.
  2. Click Install Collectors.
    The Welcome to Historian Collectors! screen appears.
  3. Click Next.
    The License Agreement screen appears.
  4. Click Accept and click Next.
  5. Select an installation drive letter and click Next.
  6. Enter the Data Directory and click Next.
    The Choose the Collector(s) to install screen appears.
  7. Select the Collector(s) that you want to install.
    You can select more than one collectors. In the next screens, the installation configuration is done for each collector that you selected.
  8. Click Next.
  9. If you select Server-only collector(s), for example, File collector, specify the Destination Historian Server name and click Next. You are ready for the install. Or, if you select collector(s) that can be installed on both the Historian server or the Predix cloud, for example, OPC Collector, the wizard screens will guide you through the install process.
  10. Click Next, in the Source Server configuration screen, click Next.
  11. Enter details only if you are configuring a remote OPC server. Click Next.
  12. Depending on the destination of your collector installation, select Historian or Predix Cloud. Note that, the subsequent screens will depend on what you select.
  13. Follow the instructions on the configuration screens that appear to configure parameters for each collector selected for installation.
    When you are done, you may be prompted to start Historian services. If so, click Yes, or click No to apply software updates before starting the Historian services.
  14. Click Exit.
    The Install Historian screen appears.
  15. Click Exit.
    You may be prompted to restart your computer to complete the installation. If so, click Yes to restart or No to restart later. The collectors do not appear in the Historian Administrator until after the collectors have been started.