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How to Create a New ION Virtual Processor Service (VIP)

Issue
Some systems with extensive computer based programming to aggregate separate meter data will require multiple VIP nodes for proper operation.
This document outlines how to create these additional VIP nodes.

Product Line
ION Enterprise 4.x, 5.x, 6.x
Struxureware Power Monitoring 7.0.1
Power Monitoring Expert 7.x, 8.x

Environment
All ION Enterprise and Struxureware Power Monitoring Expert systems. 

Cause
For proper performance each VIP should contain both a .cfg and .bak file.  These files should max at approximately 2 Mb.  Once this file size is reached, for the integrity of the system, it is recommended to create a new VIP for further PC based programming.

Resolution
Create a new ION Virtual Processor Service (VIP) and start it using the following steps:

1.)  Open a command prompt window.
2.)  Navigate to ...\Power Monitoring Expert \System\bin *
3.)  Register the Virtual Processor as a service by typing 
      vip.exe -Service -N<custom VIP name>
4.)  Open Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services and start the new registered VIP

Note:
*
Path for older versions or direct in place upgrades could be as follows
       ...ION Enterprise\System\Bin

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