Which platforms does WinCC OA 3.16 support?

Please note that we no longer support third-party components - which are not supplied by ETM - from the point in time at which the manufacturer discontinues support.
From this point on, this also applies to all supported previous versions of WinCC OA.

Only one WinCC OA project is allowed to run on a system! Multiple project must not be used on the same machine!

Operating systems

  • The following specifications list configurations tested by ETM and that are officially supported.
  • Particularly for the new Linux distributions, this is the latest status; recommended updates to new kernel versions or patches are possible as are service packs for Windows.
  • The Windows user of WinCC OA must be a member of the default group "Power Users".
  • In the following table entries marked with "Yes" refer to the fact that it is allowed to run the application in productive use. "Client" refers to a remote computer which is designed for the system of a user interface.
  • Please consider that only 64bit operating systems are supported!

Operating system

Supported edition

Client

Server

Windows 10

- CB Version 1909 64bit (Build Version: 10.0.18363.1198)
- LTSC Version 2019 64bit (Build Version: 10.0.17763.1518)

Yes

Yes

Windows Server 2019

Server 2019 64bit (Build Version: 10.0.17763.1518)

Yes

Yes

Windows Server 2016

Server 2016 64bit (Build Version: 10.0.14393)

Yes

Yes

Windows Server 2012

Server 2012 R2 64bit (Build Version: 6.3.9600)

Yes

Yes

Linux RedHat

Enterprise Linux 7.9 64bit (Build Version: 7.9.2003)

Yes

Yes

CentOS

CentOS Linux 7.9 64bit (Build Version: 7.9.2003)

Yes

Yes

SUSE Linux Enterprise

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server Version 12.5 64bit

Yes

Yes

Astra Linux

Astra Linux Special Edition 1.6 64bit

Yes

Yes

Android (Mobile UI)

6 and above

Yes

No

iOS (Mobile UI)

13.0 and above

Yes

No

VMWare

Cluster (HA) ESXi 6.7 Update 3


Installing patches

Following notes must be considered for installing patches to your WinCC OA version:

  • You have to stop WinCC OA (incl. console, project administration, PMON and log viewer) before installing a patch.
  • For installing Delta RPM patches on Linux the command applydeltarpm must be available on your system!

Linux - Additional Information

Following restrictions must be considered when using WinCC OA version 3.16 under Linux:

FeatureRestrictions
DriversNot all drivers are supported. A compatibility list for operating systems for drivers supported by WinCC OA can be found here.
COM InterfaceNot supported
Excel ReportNot supported
C# APINot supported
Communication CenterSerial Interface only
TranslatorNot supported
SmartSCADANot supported when using SUSE Linux Enterprise Server or Astra Linux.
RDB archivingNot supported when using Astra Linux.
Disaster Recovery SystemNot supported when using Astra Linux.

 

Supported Web Browser

The compatibility of WinCC OA has been tested with following web browsers:

BrowserVersion
Firefox Quantum68.12.0 ESR
Chrome83.0.4103.61
new Edge83.0.478.37
Internet Explorer11

Discontinuation Overview

A list of all discontinued features and announcements for future discontinuations can be found within the official WinCC OA portal. Click here!

Supported Oracle Versions for RDB

  • The following client versions are supported: Oracle Client 12.2.0.1 or higher up to version 19c
  • The following server versions are supported: Oracle Server 12.2.0.1 or higher up to version 19c
  • An excerpt of the server/client combinations supported by Oracle can be found in the table below.
  • Following combinations are officially tested with WinCC OA:
    • Oracle Server 12.2.0.1 with Oracle Client 12.2.0.1
    • Oracle Server 19c with Oracle Client 19c
  • Only the Standard and Enterprise Editions are supported.
  • Only 64bit versions of the Oracle client are supported.
  • Following additional steps must be taken into account when using Oracle Client 19c:
    • For Linux the following symbolic link must be created: "ln -s libclntsh.so.12.1 libclntsh.so.19.1"
    • The config entry "[rdb] oracleClientVersion = 19" must be set within the config file of your project.
  • Using Oracle 19 Client and ODBC the CtrlAdo dbEof() function does not work for cursortypes 1 (adOpenKeyset) and 3 (adOpenStatic) under Windows. This is due to changes outside of the scope of WinCC OA.
  • The VC14 support is automatically installed together with the Oracle client software under Windows!

  • The directory of the Oracle client oci\lib\msvc\vc14 must exist and the OS system path variable must also refer to the directory of the oraocci14.dll in the \oci\lib\msvc\vc14:
    Therefore, the OS system path variable must be extended with the full path of the %ORACLE_HOME%\oci\lib\msvc\vc14 directory at the beginning of the system path.
    For instance D:\app\client\product\12.2.0.1\client_1\oci\lib\msvc\vc14;<rest-of-system-path>

  • It has to be considered, that the usage of the Oracle Client is only supported for operating systems officially supported by Oracle. If a different operating system is used and an Oracle Service-Request is required, the problem must be reproducible on an officially supported operating system.

Server/Client Combinations - Oracle Support

The official information by Oracle can be found here.
This table has been last updated in June 2020.

Client-VersionServer-Version
19c19c, 18c, 12.2.0
18c19c, 18c, 12.2.0
12.2.019c, 18c, 12.2.0

 

VMWare

WinCC OA systems running on VMWare, should follow certain hints to ensure the integrity and operation of the WinCC OA application.

  • WinCC OA must be properly shutdown before a Virtual Machine is stopped.
  • An ‘online backup’ (‘snapshot’) of a Virtual Machine is not supported.
  • A snapshot of a virtual machine can not be restored.
  • The clock of the virtual machine shall never make an unexpected jump (forward or backward) while WinCC OA is running.
  • Redundant WinCC OA systems shall run on physical redundant hardware and network configurations.
  • WinCC OA must not run on a virtual machine for safety critical systems.

Office packages and Excel

Supported Excel Versions

Feature

Excel 2013 32bit

Excel-Report, Mass configuration

Excel 2016 32bit

Excel-Report, Mass configuration

Excel 365 32bit (1912 (Build 12325.20298 Click-to-Run)

Excel-Report, Mass configuration

Only Excel 32bit versions are supported for the WinCC OA Excel Report.


Virus scanner

WinCC OA was tested with the following virus scanners and security suites:

McAfee Endpoint Protection Suite 10.5.3

Trendmicro OfficeScan XG

Symantec Endpoint Protection V14.2.2.0

Kaspersky® Endpoint Security for Business Select

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business advanced  (supported under Windows V11.2.0 |  RedHat V10.1.1)

Kaspersky Industrial Cyber Security 2.0

Microsoft Defender for Server 2016 and Win10

Note that virus scanners may decrease the performance.
Additional information on virus scanners and on white listing tools can be found within the WinCC OA Security Guidelines. They are available for download on the official WinCC OA website. Click here!

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