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10/30/2008 4:47 PM

A Spartan test station must run the Test Station Client software to allow Spartan test sequences to be executed.  The following configuration guide details how to setup a test station client within your network.

Every computer on your network which is intended to measure data using Spartan, must be configured as a test station client.
    • Installing the Spartan thin-client software to the client computer:
      1. Log into the client computer using a username with administrator or power-user privilages.  NOTE: This user account must have permissions to create a folder in the program files directory on the client computer.
      2. Log into Spartan with a user account with "Modify Stations" privilages.  Any user with manager privilages or administrator privilages automatically meets these requirements.
      3. Click on the Configure menu and then click on the Test Station Client tab to open the then-client control panel.
      4. Under the Contents section, select the Installing or Updating the Test Station Client option to jump directly to the client install procedure.
      5. Following the instructions on the Test Station Client configuration screen, ensure that the following products are downloaded and installed.

        1. LabVIEW Runtime Engine (by National Instruments) - This software must be installed on the client machine to allow the thin-client software to run.
        2. Spartan Client - The thin-client software allows the client computer to download the appropriate test panels and drivers to interface to instruments which are required by Spartan sequences which will be run on this client station.
    • Configuring a Spartan Test Station
      • Spartan Test Stations can be managed by any user with "Modify Stations" privilages (NOTE: All manager and administrator users are qualified to modify test stations).
        1. Log into Spartan using an account with "Modify Stations" permissions.
        2. Click the Configure menu and select the Test Stations tab.
        3. Existing test stations will be listed in the table shown on the test station manager page.
          • To modify an existing test station, click the appropriate table row.
          • To verify that an existing test station is working, click the connection icon (NOTE: a green screen indicates the client machine responded ok, red indicates that there was a problem communicating with the client).
          • To remove an existing test station from the list, click the delete icon.  Please be advised that this operation cannot be reversed.
        4. Creating a new test station
          1. Click the Add Test Station icon (  ) to open a new test station in the Test Station Editor.

          2. Each Spartan test station must have a unique name on the system.  The test station name is stored with measured data to identify which test station was used to make each measurement.
          3. The Machine Name (IP Address) is the name or address on the network which uniquely identifies this computer on the network.
            • i.e. 192.168.0.100, or mycomputer.mydomain.com
            • To automatically use the IP address of the computer you are using, press the  button.
            • NOTE: 127.0.0.1 or localhost will tell Spartan to use the Spartan Server as a test station client.  This is NOT a valid configuration for Spartan hosted solutions.
          4. To confirm that the client is visible to the server, and is running the thin-client software, press the  button.
          5. To add an instrument to this test station, press the Add Instrument icon ( ) at the top of the Instruments table.

            1. The Instrument menu will allow you to create a "New Instrument" or select an existing instrument which is already configured on the system.  PLEASE NOTE: If you select an instrument which is in use by another test station, it will be removed from it's existing station, and added to the current station.
            2. Once the instrument appears in the instrument table, you can edit the Name, Type, Driver manufacturer, Serial number, and calibration information.
            3. If creating a New Instrument, give the instrument a unique name.  If the name is not unique, the instrument cannot be created on the system.
            4. Select an appropriate driver to control your instrument (i.e. Type: VNA, Driver: Agilent).
            5. Enter the instrument Serial Number of the instrument (NOTE: this should be the manufacturer serial number for the instrument, as Spartan will attempt to verify the correct instrument by checking the serial number stored on the instrument by the manufacturer).
            6. Enter the calibration dates for this instrument.  Summitek recommends that all measurements in Spartan are made with instruments with valid calibration data (NOTE: this factory calibration information is different from the manual calibration which may be required to perform various measurements with your instrument).
            7. While sitting at the test station client computer, you can configure the instrument connection properties by pressing the  button.  This operation cannot be performed remotely.  These properties must be configured correctly for Spartan to communicate with this instrument.  Summitek recommends that each instrument is configured at least once prior to executing a test sequence.  This will ensure proper instrument communication at test time.
  • Repeat this setup procedure to configure multiple test stations in your Spartan environment.  Please note that all Spartan test station client users must have permissions to create and modify files in the c:\program files\summitek\spartan directory.  These permissions are required to ensure that all clients are using the latest instrument drivers and test panels which are downloaded from the Spartan Server.

For more information, visit the Spartan website at www.SpartanTest.com.

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