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Flash Upgrade Procedure EtherNet/IP Driver v3.3.x to v3.5.x
By Edin Rakovic
Product: DeltaV Virtual IO Module - VIM2

This flash upgrade procedure is for upgrading Simplex or Redundant VIM’s from EtherNet/IP Driver v3.3.x to firmware v3.5.x or later. For redundant applications, two VIMs with the same firmware version must be used.

If the user is installing the simplex VIM but intends to use redundant VIMs in future it is important to plan ahead for the configuration changes. The transition can be very smooth and simple if some steps and considerations are taken ahead of time and best practices are followed.

Note: If the current firmware version is v3.3.49 or earlier, please contact Mynah Technical Support for instructions on how to upgrade to the latest firmware.

  • Upgrade VimNet Explorer to v9.1.4.33 or later

    1. Open VimNet Explorer
      • Start->Mynah->VimNet Explorer
      • If an existing configuration exists?
      • Save the Current configuration to a known location
        • File->Save As
    2. Close VimNet Explorer
    3. Open Windows Add/Remove Programs
      • Start->Control Panel->Add/Remove Programs
    4. Select "VimNet" to Uninstall it from the system
    5. Close Windows Add/Remove Programs
    6. Open VimNet_9.1.4.33.msi – The wizard will guide you through the install.
  • Flash Upgrade Simplex VIMs

    1. Open VimNet Explorer
      • Start->Mynah->VimNet Explorer
      • The previous configuration should load and you are ready to flash upgrade
      • If configuration does not load please open from saved location
        • File->Open and search for a file that ends in .VIO
    2. Right-click on "Vim Placeholder" below the controller and select "Properties"
    3. From the current properties window select "Flash Upgrade" on the standby VIM
    4. Once prompted browse to the latest Ethernet IP v3.5.x hex file
    5. Wait for flash to complete
    6. If the original firmware was v3.3.57 or earlier the VIM will decommission itself. Otherwise skip to step 10
      • Upon Physical inspection only the Power LED will be on and the Network LED will be flashing
    7. At this time the place holder will show commissioned for the VIM but the actual VIM will be decommissioned.
    8. Go ahead and decommission the VIM placeholder
      • Right-click on VIM placeholder and Select "Decommission"
      • DO NOT PROCEED until the placeholder for the standby VIM is grayed out and no longer can be decommissioned
      • Because of various networks you might be required to repeat this step a couple of times.
    9. Now Commission the VIM place holder
      • Right-click on VIM and Select "Commission" then select the VIM from the list
    10. Upload Configuration to the VIM
      • Right-click on VIM and Select "Upload Configuration" To VIM then select the standby VIM
    11. Go into DeltaV Diagnostics and confirm that the cards are available
    12. At this time you can proceed to other VIMs in the system
  • Flash Upgrade Redundant VIMs

    1. Open VimNet Explorer
      • Start->Mynah->VimNet Explorer
      • The previous configuration should load and you are ready to flash upgrade
      • If configuration does not load please open from saved location
      • File->Open and search for a file that ends in .VIO
    2. Identify the Standby VIM A (Odd Cards) and VIM B (Even Cards)
    3. Right-click on Vim Placeholder below the controller and select "Properties"
    4. Physically Examine the VIM to determine the Standby/Active Status
      • Active Vim will have the “Active LED” solid green
    5. DeltaV Diagnostics can also be used to determine which cards are currently active (Odd/Even)
    6. From the current properties window select "Flash Upgrade" on the standby VIM
    7. Once prompted browse to the latest Ethernet IP v3.5.x hex file
    8. Wait for flash to complete
    9. If the original firmware was v3.3.57 or earlier the VIM will decommission itself. Otherwise skip to step 12.
      • Upon Physical inspection only the Power LED will be on and the Network LED will be flashing
    10. At this time the place holder will show commissioned for standby VIM but the actual VIM will be decommissioned. Please go ahead and decommission the placeholder
      • Right-click on VIM. Select "Decommission" then select the standby VIM
      • DO NOT PROCEED until the placeholder for the standby VIM is grayed out and no longer can be decommissioned
      • Because of various networks, you might be required to repeat this step a couple of times.
    11. Now Commission the standby place holder
      • Right-click on VIM and select "Commission" then select the standby VIM from the list
    12. Upload Configuration to the standby VIM
      • Right-click on VIM and Select "Upload Configuration" To VIM then select the standby VIM
    13. Go into DeltaV Diagnostics and confirm that the cards are available. Wait for a few moments to ensure that the Standby VIM is communicating with field devices and with the partner VIM
    14. Force Switchover from DeltaV Diagnostics
      • To force a switchover from Diagnostics: At the card level right click and select "Redundancy Switchover"
    15. If redundant partner is not upgraded repeat steps 3 – 13 for the currently standby VIM.
    16. Both VIMs should be updated at this point