Difference between exporting Libraries in 800xa with Export Library button or import/export tool
Normally when exporting a Library in 800xA we use the Export Library button in the Library structure, as mentioned in the manual. But now we have to make a big export from our Engineering System to our Production System with a total of 43 Libraries. For this we are thinking to use the import/export tool instead of the Export Library button. Is there a risk with doing this? Can anyone tell me what is the main advantage between Exporting Libraries with the Export Library button instead of exporting the Library with the import/export tool?
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The Export Library button below the General tab of the Library Version
Definition Aspect is used for generating archives. It automatically generates an
import/export file which contains the objects and aspects belonging to the library.
The archive file will include the Library Version object and its children in the Object
Type Structure (without aspects assigned to other libraries), the Library Version
object in the Library Structure including its top-level object, and the library key
from the Admin Structure.
The top-level Library object is included for all exported library version. This means
that it will be overwritten every time you import a new version.
The object type group in the Object Type Structure where the library should be
inserted is not included in the archive. It should be exported manually to a separate
The Export Library button works both for active and inactive extension library
versions. The current activation state is kept in the Import/Export file. If the user
imports an active extension library version but, one old active version already exists
in the system (on the same base library version), the old version will automatically
If the new extension library version includes only a part of the aspects from the
old version, the obsolete aspects of the old version will continue to exist in the
new version. To overcome this scenario, inactivate the old version prior to
importing a new version.
The Import/Export tool allows you to move applications (i.e. import and export
data) to and from any IndustrialIT 800xA System. The data is saved as objects and
aspects in archive files (.afw). The Import/Export tool allows you to store and
restore objects, aspects and entities. It is also possible to view the contents of an
The Import/Export tool should be used to transport small applications in the form of
object types and/or object instances between configurations.
Do not export or import very large amounts of aspect objects at the same time.
Operational disturbances might then occur because the Import/Export tool loads
the system significantly.
An upper limit of about 50 000 objects at a time is recommended.
Do not export standard objects that are created as a result of creating the Aspect
System, or as a result of adding the various system extensions.
Conclusion: Use Import export tool on small applications only.In your case since you have 43 libraries its advised to use the export library option only as explained above.