In the Metasys system, the term online refers to being directly logged in to an NIE with a web browser. When you are directly connected to a device, you can view and command objects on your network in real time. The term offline refers to working on an archive database in the SCT. Working in an archive database allows you to see multiple sites in one archive, as well as copy and paste information between sites. User views are only converted using the N1 Migration Tool and importing the XML files to the NIE’s archive database.
When using the offline method of importing objects, only the objects themselves are converted. On the first connection to the N1 Network, detailed items such as range, units (where applicable), description (expanded ID), Alarms, Trends, and Totalizations are migrated.
Do not make changes or add items such as range, units, description, Alarms, Trends, or Totalizations until after the first connection to the NCMs on the N1 Network. These features or attributes can be automatically overwritten the first time you connect to an NCM. Object names are migrated so those features such as the LCT or the UGT can be used prior to an actual installation.