Selected Image is Incompatible using RAD Utility

Updated Mar 27, 2023

Reported In


  • LabVIEW
  • Replication and Deployment Utility

Issue Details

I am using the Replication and Deployment (RAD) Utility to copy the image of one real-time device into another. The two devices are the same, but I receive the following message:
The selected image is incompatible, make sure the image controller and backplane matches the target


Use the LabVIEW example Get and Set Real-Time System  found in LabVIEW under Help >> Find Examples. This VI may provide more reliable results than the RAD utility and contains detailed error messages which aid in troubleshooting.


If you receive an error that states "The specified path does not contain a valid image", Then follow the instructions in the article: The Specified Path Does Not Contain a Valid Image 

Additional Information

Note: The RAD utility only supports transferring images between identical controllers and backplanes. If you receive an image from a specific controller, you can only deploy that image to controllers with the same model number.

Check the RAD utility documentation  to verify compatible software and hardware. If your hardware or software is not compatible it may cause errors.

To troubleshoot the RAD utility you can run debugging tools on the source code of the RAD utility  which may help determine the root cause of the issue.