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  1. PItoPI should give indication when it is stuck querying a corrupt source archive

    Currently, PItoPI interface can get "stuck" if it is querying a source data archive that is corrupt with no indication that this is what's happening.  It appears to be sending data to the destination server, but no data is received.  It would be helpful if it would write an error message to the interface logs or exit out of the process after a certain amount of time in this state.

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  2. Allow PI APS to rename PI Points

    PI APS is now not able to rename a PI Point name. If the item name is changed on the Datasource side we wish that APS rename the Pi Point.

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  3. AutoPointSync for OPC DA should work on 64bit servers.

    AutoPointSync for OPC DA does not install or run correctly on 64bit servers. As most new servers are 64bit this would seem to be an essential capability.

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  4. PItoPI should switch from COLD to WARM failover instead of exiting

    As of version 3.8.1 COLD failover is no longer supported by the PI to PI Interface (https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/Enhancements/19255OSI8). However, older versions supported COLD failover. In the case of upgrading the interfaces, the old configuration with COLD failover would cause them to refuse to start thus causing data loss or data delay.

    The interface could instead log a warning that COLD failover is no longer supported and switch to WARM failover.

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  5. DNP3: store data as "bad"

    Add functionality to treat the data as "bad" and send a digital state instead, when status flags are sent with the event and status bits are set to TRUE. Right now, the data is sent to PI and marked as "questionable".

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 125605.

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  6. Enhance connection logic to source PI server during Interface startup

    When PitoPi Interface starts up, it prints a message saying that it secured a connection with the Target or Host PI server as follows:  PIAPI Successfully connected to <Target_PI_Server>:5450. Then it begins to load target PI points and it starts looking for the source PI point even if it doesn't have a connection to the source PI server. This will result in pipt_findpoint for source tag returned [-5] Tag Not Found

    So this enhancement request is to handle situations when it doesn't have a connection to the source PI server at startup. If there are X number of points on…

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  7. Support dynamic OPC addresses

    My OPC server's items have the OPC server node name included in the itemID, for example: serverA.AB_1234.PV. I have redundant OPC servers and redundant interfaces (in failover) and would like the tags to refer to the correct OPC address including when the OPC servers fail over. Currently the workaround is to create two sets of tags, each pointing to one OPC server's itemIDs in their instrument tags and then merge the data with AF or a PE.

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  8. Assure changes made to any configuration of an interface are audit trailed

    We noticed that changes to the configuration of newer interfaces / connectors like
    - PI EMDVBCS interface 4.0
    - PI inbatch interface
    - PI Connector Wonderware Historian
    are no longer recorded in the PI Audit trail. (see also TechSupport Case # 937205)
    This is a compliance issue for the regulated industries.

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  9. PI Interface for GE HABConnect FLDTIME Support for COUNT Objects

    Currently only POINT/ANALOG fields support COUNT. This request would be to enhance the interface to additionally support the COUNT field.

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  10. Alert user when the interface discards values

    Example:  When using a distribution tag, the number of tags returned and number of values sent to PI can be mismatched, due to missing aliases or data that does not need to be collected.

    It would be helpful to identify what values are dropped or were not updated in PI.  While there is the @rows_dropped variable, it can only be used for distribution tags and may have limitations when used with stored procedures.

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  11. PI UFL Interface can read input files from non-UNC paths such as Azure File share

    I would like the PI UFL Interface to be able to directly read from input files that are in non-UNC paths such as Azure File share, so I do not need to periodically copy the input files into another path.

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  12. UNIINT Interfaces and Connectors should be able to retry an output event if output write fails

    When an interface fails writing to a DCS system, the interface writes a failure status to the output tag and goes on.  User has requested an option to have an output tag retry after write failure. It would be good to have this functionality in all uniint interfaces as they are recompiled, starting with the OPC DA interface, also to have this added to PI Connectors. Retries could stop after x retries of 1 minute retries, or when a new output value comes in. Or some other policy could be worked out.

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  14. PI Interface for CAISO Exclude Certain Batch Types

    We would like the PI CAISO interface to parse through the .XML files and exclude XMLs that contain certain specified <Batch Types>. Only certain batch types contain valid data for consumption.

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  15. PI BES Interface (i.e. PI EMDVB): aliasing of Unit Names

    Currently the interface creates PI UnitBatches or Event Frames associated to Units (PI Units or AF Elements) determined by some placeholders specified at the "Unit Procedure" level; the default is "[AREA]\[PROCESSCELL]\[UNIT]".
    Moreover the interface properly created a PI MDB or AF structure under an alternate module path, specified in "Batch Setup" section (/SMP parameter).

    It would be useful to have a way to specify different Units instead of the one determined by the [UNIT] placeholder (at least).
    As an example, suppose we want to register unit batches for a PI Unit called Reactor1" when the [UNIT] placeholder values "U6-K54100", and…

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  16. PI Event Frames Generator - Fix 'merge consecutive' in PIBAGEN mode.

    To enable us to move from PIBAGEN to EF Gen interface, we need 'merge consecutive' to work when running  in PIBAGEN mode. Currently none of this functionality is working, and the following known issues is already found.

    119695 - Merge consecutive at unit procedure level does not merge all consecutive unit procedures.
    124407 - Unit Procedures may be improperly merged in PIBaGenCompatibility mode.
    119363 - Consecutive subbatches can get merged incorrectly

    Please make an updated version of the 'PI Event Frames Generator' where this important functionality is working.

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  17. PI EMDVB Interface - Rename Parsed Files

    PI EMDVB Interface - Rename Parsed Files.  Files that get renamed to .999 is no longer available with PI EMDVB.  This file renaming feature was very useful from a system maintenance perspective.  We would easily remove .999 from the active EVT folder and move to an offline directory.  Currently with PI EMDVB, there is no obvious visual indication that the EVT file was parsed completely.

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  18. UniInt should include a test mode for all interfaces that collects data but does not send it to PI.

    This functionality would allow users to test the connection to the data source and inspect the data that is retrieved without sending it to PI. That data might be written to a text file, for example.

    This would allow users to verify settings and data integrity without needing to delete archived values, for example. Potentially, this functionality would also have some type of PI point selection so that user would be able to select which tags the interface should use for this test mode, rather than using all tags (The interface would essentially assume that all other tags have scan…

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  19. PI ICU should not allow PItoPI COLD failover configuration

    As of version 3.8.1 COLD failover is no longer supported by the PI to PI Interface (https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/Enhancements/19255OSI8). However, the PI Interface configuration utility still allows COLD failover to be selected. This leads to an invalid configuration and the interface refuses to start.

    PI ICU should not allow the selection of COLD failover as it does not allow HOT failover, both of which are not supported by the interface.

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  20. DNP3: handle invalid timestamps from the RTU

    If the RTU provides a timestamp of 0 when using RTU provided timestamps, which does not conform to the DNP3 spec, allow the option to timestamp the event with PI time or drop the event altogether.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 123208.

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