Basically, this utility works with RSLinx Classic to poll all the devices on a network and create a report of what is found. Below I’ll show you the simple steps to using this utility:
1) Start by downloading the free System Ferret utility from Rockwell using the below link, then install it:
2) Configure RSLinx Classic to communicate to your controls network.
3) Launch System Ferret and chose from the available options. In my example below I’m showing the defaults:
4) One option you must select is the “Origin.” This is the “driver” in RSLinx Classic which System Ferret will scan:
5) Press “Start Scan” and read the warnings which come up. To proceed, click on “Scan” on each warning popup:
6) Now wait as the System Ferret scans
Note: The network I ran this test on had about 30 devices on, and it took System Ferret less than 5 minutes to find all the items (I was connected via a VPN which I’m sure slowed things down.)
7) Once the scan is complete, you’ll likely want to save and view the system scan report:
8) Here’s what my report looked like in Excel
I hope you’ve found this article about using System Ferret helpful. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or corrections please don’t hesitate to leave them by using the “leave a reply” form at the bottom of this page.
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