Buckles-Smith's Tech Blog

Posted: Jan 30, 2014
Categories: Automation Systems
Comments: 0
Author: Dave MacLeod

What is Virtualization?

Many of today’s computers can only run a single Operating System and application, making for an inefficient system. With virtualization, you can have multiple “virtual machines” on a single server, meaning fewer servers and lower energy and maintenance costs.

To understand what virtualization is, we need to know what a non-virtualized system looks like:

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Posted: Jan 6, 2014
Categories: Motors and Drives
Comments: 11
Author: Jeff Zinn

Setting up your IP address and subnet.

Have you ever found yourself asking “Why can’t I connect to this darn Allen Bradley Controller (MicroLogix, CompactLogix, ControlLogix) or Variable Frequency Drive (PowerFlex 525, 40, 70, 700, 755) over Ethernet”?

One of the most common mistakes I see is the PC’s network adapter is setup for DHCP and/or the device’s IP address and subnet have not been configured.

Most PC’s network adapters are setup for DHCP by default and need to be this way to connect to a majority of company and home routers. To connect to Allen Bradley Ethernet enabled devices your PC’s network adapter needs to be setup to have a static IP address on the same subnet as the device.

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