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Updated March 15, 2011 for openPDC Release

Typical openPDC Installation and Setup

Configuration Tested Platform (others may also work)

  • Applies to openPDC v1.4 Release
  • SQL Server Express 2008
  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Full Version
  • Windows 7 Professional/32, P4 (Hyper Threading enabled) 3 GHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB SATA HD, Ethernet
  • openPDC and PMU Connection Tester will be installed in folders outside of the Windows standard Program Files and Documents paths to avoid encountering issues with User specific privileges and Program Files virtual store.

Downloading the openPDC Release Software

  • Navigate to the openPDC project with the link: openPDC - The Open Source Phasor Data Concentrator
  • Select the Downloads tab and download the file to a convenient folder. After you click on the link, you may be prompted to accept a license agreement. After accepting the license, a Save As style dialog is presented for you to select a folder and rename the file. For this document, we will save the file as C:\openPDC\ and extract it into the C:\openPDC\Synchrophasor.Installs folder. The following is a screen shot of the results.


  • Reading the README.txt is a good idea. In this release, this tells us to simply extract the files as we have done and run the Setup.exe to install openPDC.

Running openPDC Setup

  • Right-click on the Setup.exe program and select the Run as administrator option from the shortcut menu as illustrated in the following screen shot.
  • The following is a series of screen shots for a simple openPDC setup with all installation options selected.


  • Using Windows 7 Professional, 32 bit operating system.  Install the software to an easy to find and maintain stand-alone folder in drive C.   Installing in “Program Files” may hide information in the user’s virtual store or my “Documents” space may conflict with running openPDC as a service while not logged in.  Adjust this per your own requirements.


  • The Configuration Setup Utility automatically runs after the software is installed by Setup.exe
  • We are going to install a new “openPDC” database in our local SQL Server Express.


  • Using Windows Integrated Authentication to connect to our SQL Server Express database service.  The openPDC v1.4.90.0 release does not completely implement this feature in the Configuration Setup Utility.  As a work around, uncheck the “Use integrated security for openPDC Manager” option, then add “; Integrated Security=SSPI” to the Advanced Settings Connection String property.


  • Click the Test Connection button and verify that the database connection succeeds before continuing.


  • Use Windows Authentication for Account Credentials and optionally allow the credentials to be used by openPDC Manager.  Also run openPDC as a service.


  • Use the Historian defaults


  • The remaining setup process will check for and provide the option to erase a previous database, if there is one.


  • Installing PMU Connection Tester is simple.  Like we did with openPDC, install PMU Connection Tester in its own folder outside of the scope of the “Program Files” and “Documents”.


Last edited Mar 15, 2011 at 5:00 PM by ajstadlin, version 2


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