I frequenly use the VLE's to do some experimentation with PI Software that i don't currently have at my development environment. E.g. The development for my current project uses the 2016 stack, but i want to investigate some new functions in e.g. AF2017 and PI Vision 2017.
Now i need to select a VLE that just happens to have this combination of components for a specific lab, but sometime the stack is not up-to-date, missing components, tailored too much. Some have AF 2017 but no PI Vision, some have PI Vision 2017 but no AF 2017, or missing Excel and PI Builder. Lots have missing inventory in the VLE manual, so you need to keep track which VLE suits which purpose. Login details are sometimes missing, etc.
Why don't we have a few VLE's that have a general purpose configuration for the last 1 or 2 major releases?
E.g. a PI 2017 VLE containing:
- DA 2017
- AF 2017
- PI Vision 2017
- with related tooling: SMT, PSE, Excel & PI Builder
- optionally stuff like PI Manual Logger, UFL interface, etc.
And one for 2016, 2015