Rockwell Logix Designer

Agent Requirements

Below are the Agent system requirements to configure a Copia Agent for the backup of Rockwell Logix Designer projects:
  • You will need a licensed copy of Rockwell Studio 5000 Logix Designer (v19 or later) that is capable of backing up a Project from a Device, which typically equates to Service Edition, Standard Edition, or higher.
    • If there are many versions of a Project that will be managed by the Agent, each version should be installed.
  • In addition, any additional vendor software must be licensed and installed on PC running the Copia Agent. (i.e. EDS files, Add-on's etc.)
  • If using RSLinx Classic as a communication method, we recommend starting RSLinx as a service from the RSLinx Classic Launch Control Panel:
  • The Agent should be tested to confirm that it can backup the PLC using the vendor software.
    • Please refer to the Rockwell documentation regarding port requirements for communication requirements for RSLinx Classic and FactoryTalk Linx.
  • The Agent must be set to use the correct communication software for the devices it will manage. To do this you must open Rockwell Studio 5000 Logix Designer on the Agent, and (without any project open) choose the correct version, based on the menu options shown.

Project Configuration

To configure a project for Rockwell Logix Designer, you will need to already have a repository created with the Rockwell .acd file.
Click either of the Add a Project buttons in the Projects tab.
First, select the Repository which contains the project file or directory.
Next, choose the Branch of the repository that the .acd file resides in. Our example repository only has a single branch, so we will select the "master" branch.
Select the .acd Rockwell project file that is intended for backup
Click Next to continue.
Finally, provide the Project with a Name and Description. Click on Create Project to finish project setup.
If this is not your first Project, and you have already created an Agent and Device, you can assign them to the project while creating it. You can always connect the Project to an Agent or Device at a later time.
You'll notice that any Project you create will display a teal eyeball in the top right corner of the project card. This means that you are watching that Project and therefore receiving notifications about its backup activity.
If you do not want to receive notifications for a given Project, simply click on the Watch button on the Project card to unwatch the Project.
You have added a Project to the Site. Our next step will be to add a Device and then link it to your Project.

Device Configuration

A Rockwell Logix Designer device is the actual PLC that contains the project data that will be backed up.
To create a new Device, select the Devices tab at the top of the interface and click on either of the Add a Device buttons.
You will be asked to provide a Name, Description and Communication Path to the Device. The Name would often be that same name as the Project for Rockwell, to maintain the 1-to-1 relationship.
If using RSLinx Classic, the RSLinx path can be entered in the Communication Path field, and the Copia Agent will attempt to use that path. The RSLinx path name is typically in the form of: drivername\ipaddress\backplane\slotno (i.e. AB-ETHIP-1\\backplane\0).
If using FactoryTalk Linx (or if preferred) the field can be left empty, and the Agent will attempt to use the path configured in the project (at the bottom of the RSWho dialog in Logix Designer, see below). If you do not have a path set in the project file, you can do so by navigating to the controller, and using the button to Set Project Path, and committing this change.
When finished entering the information, press Create Device.
Your new device will be displayed in the Device tab.

Linking to a Project

Now that you've created your Device, it's time to link it to your Project. Click the caret in the device card and choose Edit Device.
On the bottom left, select the Link Device to Project dropdown, and choose the Project that should be associated with this Device.
Click the Save Changes button to finish linking.