800xa system version update
Greetings ,Dear All
can anyone tell me the importance and benifit of updating 800xa system versions .is it mandatory to update system version because we are currently using 800xa system version 5.1 sp2 for ac800m controllers.
thanks in advance
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It is not mandatory to update anything.
"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Eg. XP SP3 did not stop working just because Microsoft stopped providing fixes for it.
If you are happy with what you have, why upgrade?
Threats from malware can be abated by system and network isolation and policies how removable media is to be used on site. I know of several large installations running without anti-virus software and I've seen plenty of machines infected even though they were installed with recent & updated anti-virus software.
Benefits of upgrades must be weighed against the cost of replacing software & hardware.
Outdated hardware could be a reason to upgrade, but I suppose VMware, etc. will continue to run outdated versions of operating systems for quite some time.
Support on older systems might be limited or face increasing charges, but if you've learned how XP works during 10-15 years, will you need a support contract to run it another 10-15?
It is always recommended to have the system updated to the latest rollup/Revisions/feature packs of the base version of 800xA installed.There are many inter-dependancies from
1. Microsoft security patches
2. Windows update
3. Hardware compatibility(availability of older hardware supporting previous windows version)
4. Anti-virus updates/patches & definitions.Every day a new definition file is generated.
5. Also the latest revisions/features packs/rollup provides you the benefit to have your system prepared for any future enhancement/expansion etc.
It is very much recommended for the system to be continuously monitored/serviced by ABB service team & the project team/service team can help with the specific updates required for the installed system ( There are many sentinel programs specifically available for customer benefits in maintaining their system up-todate)