A copy of SCADA node software can be installed on another PC, along with its License software control file, for use as a Hot Standby. This Hot Standby can be downloaded from the Project node with a ready to run database and graphics. The Hot Standby will run in simulation mode without the Hardkey to allow testing or training. The hot standby can be implemented at no additional cost since no additional license is needed. The Hardkey must be physically moved to the Hot Standby to bring it online.