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  1. Connector-level Failover - OPC UA 2.x

    Support connector-level failover in PI Connector for OPC UA 2.x (relay-enabled version). Similar to UniInt failover (interfaces), failover should be data source specific and always favor the data source in the better state.

    62 votes
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  2. Do not synchronize description from OPC UA server into PI Tag

    There are situations when customer prefers to use “description” in PI Tag attribute that is independent from item “description” provided by OPC UA Server.  
    Currently, during each synchronization, the OPC UA Connector synchronizes descriptor from OPC UA to PI Tag and overwrites desired “Descriptor” attribute provided by customer. 
    Although the solution would be to have desired description already on the OPC UA Server, in some situations (OPC Server managed by 3rd party) it is not possible. It would be good to have configurable parameter in OPC UA Connector, which disables synchronization of item description from OPC UA Server to PI tag.

    18 votes
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  3. Prevent OPC UA Connector 2.x from doing Data Discovery in Tags-Only mode

    Use case: If we are frequently adding OPC UA tags and OPC UA server has a large variable count, then each discovery will increase the amount of time for it to complete. This increases the amount of time needed to discover the data source + configure new tags, and can also exhaust machine resources during the discovery.

    In version 1.3 of the connector, tags-only mode did not do a discovery.

    14 votes
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  4. "Discover Available Endpoints” option is not available for backup server on DCM page

    "Discover Available Endpoints” option is not available for backup server on DCM page like it is available for primary server which lists down all the available endpoints depending on the security configuration settings in source OPC UA server side (None/128/256 Sign&Encrypt). As a result, user wont be able to select the desired security endpoint URL for the backup server explicitly. Please refer the point no.5 in the attached mail communication with reply from OSIsoft tech support for more details on this.

    2 votes
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  5. An import-export feature for PI Connector for OPC UA similar to the one used to configure OPC DA points

    Having to select the OPC UA server points to import from a list with thousands of points where a naming rule is not followed is a never-ending task using the OPC UA Connector web interface. My suggestion is to create an interface similar to the one on the OPC DA interface where it is possible to export the complete server’s point list to a csv file, remove the undesired ones, and import back the csv file.

    3 votes
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  6. Remove AF Requirement for PI Connector for OPC UA

    Remove the AF requirement for PI Connector for OPC UA.

    Users who may only be looking to send data from PI Connector for
    OPC UA to Data Archive are currently forced to configure connections/security for AF as well during initial setup.

    4 votes
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  7. OPC UA 2.x - Health information and connector statistics

    In the PI Connector for OPC UA 1.3.x, some very useful statistics are available - Events in DA queue, Data rate, Variables Numbe - but 2.0.x these items are not available anymore. Those items should be available for data selection to be monitored and stored in PI.The same should be true for the PI Connector Relay Statistics

    2 votes
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  8. OPC UA: Set PI Tag Zero and Span Based on OPC UA Range

    For OPC UA Analog Items, the OPC UA standard mandates an EURange property and an optional InstrumentRange property. These Range properties contain a Low and High field.The PI Connector for OPC UA should have an option to use either of these Ranges to set the Zero and Span of the PI tags it creates and the Maximum and Minimum AF Attribute Traits.

    22 votes
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  9. Switch for using Name of AF Attributes from Browsable Name or Display Name

    Add a Switch to the OPC UA Connector that we can choose if we want the AF Attributes to be created using "Browsable Name" or "Display Name". Using the Display Name would make it much easier for us to locate the Attribute and refer to its OPC Tag as we can see the same "Display Name" in both PI System Explorer and OPC Tools.

    5 votes
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  10. Enable health tag creation even when "Create Data Source Asset in AF" is unselected

    Unselecting the Transformation Rule parameter "Create Data Source Asset in AF" for OPC UA 2.x causes the default health tags to not be created.

    Users who want this parameter unselected for control of the top-most asset in AF may still want the health tags created to monitor the status of the Connector.

    1 vote
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  12. Filter OPC UA variables by Data Type

    When selecting data for the OPC UA connector (version 2.x), we'd like to be able to filter for variables by data type. For example, we may have a lot of variables in our OPC UA address space that have the NULL data type. It could take a lot of overhead to fix these data types, so we'd like to filter and exclude variables with the NULL data type until we can modify them in our OPC UA server.

    2 votes
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  13. Need to start/stop individual data sources

    When going in the PI Connector Admin page in the data sources page, we cannot start/stop individual data sources listed when there is more than one. To stop one you need to stop all the data sources listed.

    6 votes
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  14. Warm and cold PI Connector for OPC UA failover

    Currently only hot failover is featured for the PI Connector for OPC UA but this creates a lot of strain on the data sources. We need to be able to select warm/cold failover mechanism.

    6 votes
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  15. Connector syncing to existing points in the DA/AF servers.

    Can there be another Excel export/import step when establishing the "Destination" where the "Source" points be matched w/ what points already exist in the DA/AF server?

    1 vote
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  16. Add Digital Set in OPC UA

    Possibility to specify the digital set of a digital tag (CLOSE/OPEN)

    3 votes
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  17. Connector should rescan UA server, on a configureable basis, for new objects already defined in CSV file

    It would be helpful if the UA Connector could rescan the UA server for new objects that have already been selected in the AvailableTypeDefinitions file and add them to the server on a configurable frequency.  We primarily use the UA Connector for our wireless implementation and constantly adding one of two types of field devices that are defined.  This would decrease the amount of time in having to stop/start the connector or using the workaround of remaking and changing the CSV file every time a device is added in the field.

    13 votes
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  18. OPC UA: allow a host name override

    Allow a hostname override when connecting to the OPC UA endpoint.   We have some use cases where the URL returned by two independent OPC UA servers has the same name.  This prevents the Connector from connecting to the correct endpoint. Allow an IP address to be specified in the config, which would be used to connect instead of the URL hostname.

    32 votes
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  19. PI Connector automatic configuration file loading

    Have PI Connector for OPC UA to read automaticaly the tag configuration file (.CSV).

    1 vote
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  20. Transformations and scaling

    Add the ability to configure PI points so that the PI Connector for OPC UA performs transformations and scaling on the values before being archived.

    15 votes
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