How to build a testing version for my project?

Hi all,

I’ve tried to search for this in the forum but I couldn’t get a proper answer.

I’m using version 7.9 for a big project where I don’t have much time for downtimes or upgrades.

I would like to use/build a testing version where I can develop sw modifications and then send them to the live version (mainly pages and transaction groups, even tags ideally).

What kind of configuration do you suggest to use?
I was thinking of a server replica, with some different SQL tables, I wonder if there is a better solution or a cleaner one.

Thank you


If you have all Ignition modules in one server. Then maybe a server replica is good enough. Just do a backup/restore gateway/projectResources every time you would like start developling some SW modications.

I guess it depends if you would like to bother the PLC’s or the SQL servers from your development system. You can also make a script for your main SQL server to backup restore the current tables to/from your test-SQL server.

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We have also tried this a few times, but failed to do so.

Generally, what we do now:

  • When we are about to make a breaking change, we first copy the window/template/udt, and edit the copy until it works
  • We make sure we have regular backups, with ‘10 8-18/2 * * 1-5’ as a cron schedule, it makes backups every two hours during the work day (not overnight and not in the weekend), and with a retention count of 30, we have a week worth of backups
  • We have a backup server we can use to restore a backup to, in case something goes wrong (we can use it to copy older windows back over to the live server)

In 7.9, you can also use the staging option:
It fits what you’re looking for, though I haven’t seen it as a big help so far. It’s better to just always have a backup you can easily access.

The problem with Ignition is that often it connects a lot of different parties. If you need to have a dev version of Ignition, you need also a dev version of all other parties (PLCs, databases, …) those all cost a lot of work to maintain.

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