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Installing and configuring the MBSerial DA server






This Tech Note was written as a general walkthrough for installing and configuring the DASMBSerial DA Server 2.5. The actual screens encountered may vary depending on other Wonderware software that is currently installed on the machine.​



Benjamin Davis

Publish Date 3/26/2014

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The MBSerial DAServer supports the following operating systems:

·         Microsoft Windows 2000 Server SP4

·         Microsoft Windows Server 2003 SP2

·         Microsoft Windows XP SP2

·         Microsoft Windows Vista (see Windows Vista Restrictions)

Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher is recommended on the computer where the product is installed.

Detailed Steps

Launch the setup.exe that is located on the root of the DASMBSerial​ DA Server installation folder.

Once the setup has been launched you should see the screen below. Click the next button to proceed with the installation.



Next accept the license agreement and then click the Next button.2Install.png


The DA Server installation will shut down any DA Servers that are currently running during the installation. The next screen is an acknowledgment of this fact and a warning that the installation may require a reboot. Press the Next button to proceed.



Choose the location where you would like to install the DA Server and then click the Next button and then Next at the following screen to proceed. The default location for a 64 bit Operating System will be the location in the screenshot below:4Install.png


Click Next.



Click the Finish button to complete the installation of the DA Server.





Using an existing configuration file


The DA Server configuration (.aacfg) files are stored in the specific location depending on the version of the DA Server that is installed. The following locations are for the associated Operating Systems below:

Windows XP \ Server 2003

New Version

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Wonderware\DAServer\DASMBSerial

Older Version(s)

C:\Program Files\Wonderware\DAServer\DASMBSerial\Bin


Windows 7 \ Server 2008

New Version



Older Version(s)

C:\Users\All Users\Wonderware\DAServer\DASMBSerial




If you already have an existing system with the same configuration you wish to use, simply copy the DASMBSerial.aacfg file from the working machine to the equivalent location on the new machine. If your new configuration is named something other than DASMBSerial.aacfg you will need to switch to the new configuration by right clicking the configuration under the DASMBSerial and then choosing “Use Another Configuration Set” and selecting the appropriate configuration file. If the DA Server is activated it will need to be de-activated before you can switch to another configuration.



Creating a new configuration


The first step for creating a new configuration will be to right click on the configuration and choose “Add COM_PORT Object.”



Right click the newly added port. Choose the type of processor you wish to add.



In the Slave address field, enter the address of the PLC. Match Bit order format, Resister size, and Resister type to the settings of the PLC.



The next step will be to create topics. To do this you will click on the Device Groups tab within the PLC object.  Next right click and choose Add and create a topic name.



Save the configuration by clicking the floppy disk in the upper right corner.



Right click on the DASMBSerial DA Server and choose Activate Server.