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  1. Add a watchdog counter to API shared memory

    Add a watchdog counter or something similar into the shared memory header. If the counter fails to update, initiate UFO.

    If PIBufSS crashes, data loss can occur.  implement something that allows UniInt to know that the Buffer Subsystem is not responding and initiate failover if available.

    This was previously enhancement 119481.

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  2. 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.

    5 votes
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  3. 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.

    5 votes
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  4. SNMP: Throttle scan specific informational messages as the interface may fill up logs every scan frequency

    This is for SNMP version 1.6.3.0, the following message is printed every scan frequency:

    "Scan class <scan class number> for device <IP address> will be skipped due to previous pending requests"

    And this needs to be throttled as the logs may be get filled up quickly with this type of messages.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 124938.

    5 votes
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  5. Add another Archive Mode option for the PI Interface for UFL

    There should be a way to configure the PI UFL interface to both discard duplicate events (same value at the same timestamp) and record multiple unique values for the same timestamp when these events come from multiple data files.

    For example, if multiple data files contain the following entries:

    (Timestamp)  (Value)
    11:00:00      ABC
    11:00:00      ABC
    11:00:00      XYZ

    The following data should be archived:

    (Timestamp) (Value)
    11:00:00 ABC
    11:00:00 XYZ

    4 votes
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  6. Automatic restart of the OPC interface whenever OPC server is restarted

    whenever the OPC server undergoes any restarts or configuration changes, the OPC interface will delete all old connections, groups, etc. and it will establish a new connection to the OPC server, loading all ItemID's etc (as if it is an automatic restart of the interface).

    The reason for this enhancement request:
    if OPC server is restarted or undergone configuration changes, all the handles and subscriptions for advise tags are not valid anymore. The interface would get the advise values in an inconsistent manor (values betwen the OPC server and the interface would show a mismatch)

    4 votes
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  7. Add a Trace Route feature to PI Ping interface

    Add ping -i feature to the interface and allow for either the output of the ping time or destination in the PI tag.

    Case: This will allow for IT to monitor the network path taken in communication from one site to another. If the route has changed in the communication of devices, we will be able to track it in PI and know exactly when the route changed.

    4 votes
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  8. Support data collection across data diodes or similar technology

    Regulatory and/or security requirement to separate data collection from data storage using a one-way data flow. Could apply to Interfaces or Connectors, for example PI Interface for Emerson Ovation.
    PI Interface/Connector -> one-way data flow -> PI Server/EDS/OCS

    4 votes
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  9. DeltaV Smart Connector configurability

    Smart Connector foo DeltaV should let user configure some default attributes for tags created:
    - User should be able to define what the default point security should be
    - User should be able to decide if tags should be created as Poll or Advise

    4 votes
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  10. Suppress creation of an AF Element hierarchy

    As a PI Admin, I may have already created a AF Element Hierarchy corresponding to my BES or MES source data. Therefore I have no need for the interface to create a new AF Elements and I would like to suppress this completely.

    4 votes
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  11. Add subscribeCOV support to BACnet Interface

    My device only supports SubscribeCOV, but the PI Interface for BACnet only supports SubscribeCOVProperty. I would like the PI Interface for BACnet to support SubscribeCOV like the PI Connector for BACnet already does.

    4 votes
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  12. 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.

    4 votes
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  13. DeltaV Smart Connector Enhancement

    I think it would be a good idea to allow exception settings to be created. The DeltaV history collection settings only allow for compression. Since many/most users use 1/2 compression for their exception value then perhaps we could have a check box on install of the smart connector to turn a general exception rule on. The point of the smart connector is so that a user shouldn't have to modify tags after they are created from DeltaV.

    The other enhancement that would be great is if we didn't have hard-coded security groups (DeltaV and Deltavadmin user) but could put in…

    4 votes
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  15. Read-only versions of the PI Interface for RDBMS

    Several PI Interfaces that previously only had read-write versions (e.g. OPC DA, SNMP) now have read-only versions to help protect the data source from unintended or malicious edits.

    We need the same for the PI Interface for RDBMS. Since the PI Interface for RDBMS already comes in 2 versions (32-bit and 64-bit), we will now have 4 versions. The documentation must be clarified so that the user knows exactly which install kit to download.

    4 votes
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  16. Batch Framework Interfaces - [TIME] placeholder should consider whether TS=LCL is configured

    Batch Framework Interfaces - [TIME] and [TIMESTAMP] placeholders should consider whether TS=LCL is configured (meaning the interface is processing incoming events as Local Time). Currently, values of these placeholders always show up as GMT timestamps.

    4 votes
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  17. 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.

    4 votes
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  18. 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 <TargetPIServer>: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…

    4 votes
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  19. PI Interface for ABB Web Imaging System via ABB CNI

    CNI interface should support message 25. Currently, we do not support any message beyond 22.

    3 votes
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  20. Preferring a primary interface failover member

    hen the primary Interface becomes available and healthy again, it becomes "back up". I need the primary Interface to become the "primary" whenever it is healthy.

    https://pisquare.osisoft.com/thread/42591-revert-back-to-primary-data-collector

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