Whilst it is recommended that agent plugins are created in the dynamic code editor, it is also possible to create them using Visual Studio 2015 or above.


  • Open Visual Studio and create a new Class Library project, ensuring that the .NET Framework 4.6.2 is targeted.

     

  • Open the installation directory on a machine where the XIA Configuration Client is installed, which is by default
    C:\Program Files\CENTREL Solutions\XIA Configuration\XIA Configuration Service

  • Copy the following files to your development machine and add a reference to them in your project.

    CENTREL.XIA.Configuration.Agents.DynamicAgentPluginBase.dll
    CENTREL.XIA.Configuration.Agents.BaseAgent.dll
    CENTREL.XIA.Configuration.Client.Model.dll
    CENTREL.XIA.Configuration.Types.dll
    CENTREL.XIA.Support.dll

  • Create a new class file, and within the class file create a new class which inherits from DynamicAgentPluginBase.
  • Override the Execute() method, and enter the custom code that is required. The item property and agent settings are accessible in the same way as within the dynamic code editor.



  • Compile the .dll file and deploy only the single .dll file, for example "SamplePlugin.dll" to the XIA Configuration Client service installation directory, which is by default
    C:\Program Files\CENTREL Solutions\XIA Configuration\XIA Configuration Service

  • The external .dll file must be executed from the dynamic code editor from an assigned plugin with the ExecuteExternalCustomPlugin command, passing the filename of the plugin as the parameter.


  • The code contained within the external plugin will be executed as part of the scan.