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    What is System Ferret, and how do you use it?


    Recently an "end user" had the need to upgrade the firmware on several newly installed Allen-Bradley devices. This was due to...

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    Ferret across platforms.......

    I've only done two audits with the ferret and have problems (related to why I'm using it in the first place). Depending on the hardware (1734, 1756, 1769) the response from the ferret varies a LOT. I'm sure it's the embedded "name" of the devices, and how they've changed that over the years, but NONE of them match any of their actual part numbers.

    I'm trying to audit a plant with several hundred systems, and put priorities on them depending on the hardware status (active, active mature, EOL, discontinued). But the ferret doesn't even put out enough information to determine what part number some I/O cards are.

    Any suggestions? I'm sure AB could put together a spreadsheet of part numbers vs. names programmed into the hardware that's reported by Ferret but Lord knows they won't share it.

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    Good afternoon Plsticsman,

    You make a good point, not everything that is returned returns a part number :-(

    In my example in the article one device was labeled the PanelView Plus CE 1500, but no part number is shown.

    It might be best to sit down with your local Programmable Controller Specialist to see if he can help you with part numbers of any item that's missing one?

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    Post Limitations?

    Hi, following plsticsman message, what are the limits of Ferret?
    What can it get, and what it can not get? Firmware version?

    Is it possible to automate its run, via scheduler or something?
    The idea would be to have it run at regular and frequent intervals, and to push the results in another software.
    Thanks

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    Good afternoon cactux,

    Great questions, probably best answered by trying it as it's free.

    Last time I used it the report looked like this:



    I had heard Rockwell wanted to migrate it's features into other products but never heard more about it,

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