Installing Webspace

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This topic describes how to install Proficy Webspace.


  1. On the SCADA Server computer (recommended), install iFIX Server or CIMPLICITY Server.
  2. On your Web Server, uninstall any previous builds of Webspace.
  3. On your Web Server, if it is not already installed, install the iFIX View node or CIMPLICITY Viewer/Server software (for supported versions see the System Requirements tab, "Compatibility with Other GE Products" section).
    Tip: For CIMPLICITY, while the Viewer is supported, it is recommended that you use a CIMPLICITY HMI Server 75 I/O Development & Runtime System. This Server is the lowest CIMPLICITY Server I/O count that you can have that allows for network access. It also provides the best flexibility for any centralized client node.
  4. Shut down any GE applications or services that run on startup. For instance, if you have GE Digital's Historian for SCADA Collectors configured to start when you start Windows, use the Services window to shut them down.
  5. Confirm that a supported version of Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) or Apache HTTP Server was installed beforehand. If it is not, install it now, as the Webspace install requires it.
  6. If installing on Microsoft Windows 8.x 64-bit, Microsoft Windows 2008 R2, or Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-bit, ensure that the ASP.NET feature is enabled:
    • In Microsoft Windows 8.x, from the Control Panel > Programs and Features, click, "Turn Windows Features on or off." In the Windows Features list, enable the following option: Internet Information Services > World Wide Web Services > Application Development Features > ASP .NET 4.5 or ASP .NET. Click OK to install.
    • In Microsoft Windows Server 2008, open the Server Manager, and from the tree view, click Roles and then click Add Roles link on the Roles page. From the Add Roles Wizard, click Next to get to the Server Roles page. Enable the following role:  Web Server (IIS). Next, from the Role Services page, select the following feature: Web Server > Application Development > ASP .NET. Click Next and then click Install.
    • In Microsoft Windows Server 2012, open the Server Manager, and click Add Roles and Features. From the Add Roles and Features Wizard, click the Server Roles link (or click through the wizard until you get to this page). Enable the following role: Web Server (IIS) > Web Server  > Application Development > ASP .NET 4.5. Click Next until you get to the Confirmation page, and then click Install.
    NOTE: Microsoft Windows 8.x and Windows Server 2012 come with ASP .NET pre-installed and registered. Be sure to install the latest Windows updates. If ASP.NET 4.5 has not been registered on the Web server, you need to manually configure your Web server for ASP.NET 4.5 in order for your site to run correctly.  For example, to register ASP .NET for IIS on Windows 7 use the command line: %SYSTEMROOT%\Microsoft.NET\Framework64\v4.0.30319\aspnet_regiis.exe -i. For more information on installing using the command line refer to the Microsoft MSDN web site: For more information on installing other ways, refer to MSDN: Also be sure to install the latest Windows updates.
    Important: On Microsoft Windows 7, DO NOT enable the Microsoft .NET 3.5.1 > Windows Communication Foundation HTTP Activation feature.
  7. Ensure that TCP/IP is enabled prior to installation. Configure any external firewall and any software firewall on the server to allow TCP port 491.
  8. Log in as a user with Administrator rights and start the Webspace installation.
  9. From the Welcome screen, click Next.
  10. On the License Agreement screen, to continue the installation, accept the terms of the license agreement, and click Next.
  11. On the Choose Destination Location screen, leave the defaults and click Next.
  12. On the Logon credentials screen, enter the User Name and Password for the user you plan to use as the administrator for this Webspace installation (for the IIS Webspace application pool), and click Next.
  13. On the Ready to Install the Program screen, click Install to begin the installation.
  14. When the installation is completed, click Finish and then restart the computer.
  15. Continue with configuration steps for your iFIX or CIMPLICITY.