What's New for Upgrade Users - viewLinc 5.1

Vaisala viewLinc Enterprise Server version 5.1 User Guide

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viewLinc 5.1
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Here is a review of important enhancements and changes from viewLinc 4.3 and earlier.

Table 1. Enhancements
Feature Description
Reusable notifications Separate alarm notification templates can be applied to device alarm and threshold alarm settings. These templates define the type of notification to initiate when an alarm is activated (email/SMS/command/voice call), who to notify, and whether to delay or repeat notifications.
Automatic TLS certificate generation When you install viewLinc you can automatically generate the certificates required to keep your system secure. For more information see Security Requirements.
Easy access to licensed feature status Access current licensing information, such as the number of supported devices on your network, in the About window (Help > About).
Simplified access control To ensure greater control over user access to different functional areas of viewLinc, rights and permissions are now only assigned to groups.
Verified site security All new installations of viewLinc require that you provide a security certificate and key file. During viewLinc Enterprise Server software installation, you can install existing certificate and key files, or automatically generate certificate and key files.
Expanded email support viewLinc now includes support for both IMAP and POP3 email settings.
Improved graphing options Create data trends with up to 16 Locations and 4 measurement types.
Distributed system alarm notifications Never miss a notification—configure system alarm notifications to include distribution to members of the viewLinc Administrators group.
User-friendly terminology Zones and Locations are collectively referred to as Sites; On-demand reports are now Quick Reports. To learn about all terminology changes, refer to the Glossary.
Table 2. Important Changes for Upgrade Users from 4.3 or earlier
Feature Description
Overview window, Getting Started The Getting Started tab in the Overview window displays links to online Help in three categories, Set up, Learn, Use.

When new wireless devices are recognized on your network, you are notified on the viewLinc desktop automatically.

To learn more, see Accepting Wireless Devices.

Zones and Locations

Management of Zones and Locations is performed in Sites Manager. To avoid confusion between device and Location descriptions, you can now only use drag and drop functionality to link Locations within Zones.

To learn more, see Create Zones and Locations.

Access Control

Permissions are only assigned to groups. For users who had permissions assigned in an earlier version, those permissions are still valid (legacy permissions); however, it is recommended that you remove user permissions and add the user to a group with the required permission level. Configure Custom Thresholds, is now Configure Alarms, and Hide permission is now managed by removal of View permission. New permissions are granted at the Zone level.

To learn more, see Applying Group Permission to Zones.

Users and Groups

Assign a user-preferred language for receiving alarm notifications and reports.

Rights are now assigned only to groups. For users who had rights assigned in an earlier version, those rights are still valid (legacy rights); however, it is recommended that you remove user rights and add the user to a group with the required rights.

A group may contain only one user.

Manage Comments is now included in the Manage System right; Manage Threshold Templates is now included in Manage Alarm Templates right. Manage Locations is renamed Manage Sites.

To learn more, see Groups and Users.

Alarm Templates

Alarm notification details have been removed from threshold and device alarm templates, and are stored as independent alarm notification templates. Alarm notification templates can be added to a Location's device alarm settings, and to a Location's assigned threshold alarm settings. In Device and Threshold Alarm templates, the alarm color is identified as the alarm priority:

  • High
  • Medium
  • Low
  • Information

To learn more, see Alarm Templates.

Threshold Alarm Templates:

  • All threshold alarms support up to 5 thresholds.
  • All upgraded single-level thresholds can remain single or be set up to include additional threshold levels.
  • All threshold settings are captured in threshold alarm templates. If you had created private thresholds for specific Locations they are converted to threshold alarm templates on upgrade.

Alarm Notification Templates:

  • Alarm notification templates identify who gets notified in the event of an alarm condition, when the notification is sent, and how it is delivered (email, SMS, command).
    • If you had notification settings assigned to specific Locations (private settings), notification details are saved as alarm notification templates. The new alarm notification templates are applied to the original Locations.
    • If you had notification settings assigned to any alarm or threshold templates, they are separated and stored as independent alarm notification templates.
      Embedded alarm messages and comments are not saved on upgrade. Prior to upgrade, save them as predefined comments and then apply them to Location threshold settings or device alarm settings.
  • Pop-up alarm notifications are no longer supported.
  • Email addresses to non-viewLinc users are removed on upgrade.
    Create new user profiles in viewLinc to save external email recipients.
Device Alarm Templates are now applied and managed on Locations.

Email and SMS Content:

If you specify an alarm message or comment for auto-generated system alarm notifications or threshold alarm notifications, the content is included automatically in the associated default email templates and can be included in custom email or SMS templates.

To learn more, see Notification Content.

System Preferences

System alarm, email and SMS settings are configured in the System Preferences window.

To learn more, see System Preferences.


Find all your views in the new Overview window. All users have access to and can create their own views in the Views Manager window. Manage Views right is required to share a view with others. Note that a pinned view is now a default view.

To learn more, see Your Views.


To review changes in report output content and format, see samples in the Reports window.

Email addresses to non-viewLinc users are no longer permitted, and are removed on upgrade.

All users can create reports and assign ownership to other users. Ownership allows other users to modify or share a report.

To learn more, see Reporting.


Trends can be built in Sites or Views Manager windows.

Set threshold line color in a threshold alarm template.

To learn more, see Building Trends.


Terminology changes:

  • Sites = a collection of Locations and Zones
  • On-demand reports = Quick Reports
  • Deadband = Alarm off margin
  • Access Control List = Permissions
  • Permissions Inspector = Permissions Viewer

To learn about all terminology changes, refer to the Glossary.