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  1. Remove installation kits' dependency on write permission to root C:\.

    Some organizations do not provide admin accounts with write permission to the root C:\ directory. The install kits of most PI products copy the setup.ini to C:\pisetup.ini, and then write the logs to C:\ before moving them to %pipc%\dat, both of which require write permission to C:. The only workaround for now is to find someone with that permission to run the kit (typically an IT member).

    22 votes
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  2. Utility to completely uninstall all OSIsoft PI products from a machine

    It would be helping to have a utility do a complete uninstall of all the PI products from a machine including registry keys and hidden files.

    14 votes
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  3. Running PI System within Docker

    Run the PI Server within Docker (https://www.docker.com/) to get better economies of scale. 

    Might already be possible, but need advice supporting this architecture.

    12 votes
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  4. Provide OSIsoft products in Docker containers to allow rapid deployment

    The PI Square blogs on containers are enticing. I am looking forward to rapid deployment of OSIsoft products in containers.

    11 votes
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  5. Allow individual MSIs to be extracted from the PI Server 2018 install kit

    (from case 939560)

    I kindly request you add an enhancement request to allow individual MSIs to be extracted from the install kit. On numerous occasions, I’ve had upgrade/install failures that could be easily overcome by re-running the affected MSI individually, as opposed to from the wrapper.

    7 votes
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  6. Ability to specify default AF database during installation of PI AF Client

    Currently, the PI AF Client installation allows the user to select a default PI Data Archive and default AF server but not a default AF database. It would be nice, especially for silent installations, to be able to specify the default AF database upon installation.

    6 votes
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  7. Use the HTTPS versions of links in "Help link", "Support link", and "Update information" in Control Panel → Programs and Features

    In Control Panel → Programs and Features, when you click on the PI programs in general (i.e. not just those that are part of PI Server), you will see that most of them use an HTTP link for their "Help link", "Support link", and "Update information". Please use the HTTPS versions of links. This would help show that OSIsoft cares about the privacy of their customers. It would also be more accurate since the HTTP links redirect to HTTPS.

    5 votes
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  8. Resizing the Installation Complete and Installation Error Window

    For users who are performing installations through the use of PI System installation kits they would like the ability to resize the Installation Complete (Installation Error) Window so that they can get all of the details on all of the modules of the installation kit within one image/view without the need to horizontally scroll, losing the view of the module name while looking at the status and comments. Furthermore for installation kits with many products currently not able to view all of the products at once, must vertically scroll, seeing only partial list. Being able to resize this windows would…

    5 votes
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  9. Selectively install 32-bit versus 64-bit versions of PI programs

    Currently, install kits such as those of PI DataLink, PI AF Client, PI API, PI SDK, PI OLEDB Provider, and PI OLEDB Enterprise always install both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Most of the time, one of these versions is unused and simply wasting disk space, cluttering the list of installed programs, and making the user wonder why they have 2 versions of the same program. Uninstalling the unused versions is only a temporary fix, since any upgrade to the programs will cause both versions to be installed again.

    In future install kits, please allow the user to choose the…

    4 votes
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  11. Create 2 new client install kits: PI System Client & PI For Excel

    Administrators and regular users of PI are mainly concerned with these PI client programs:
    • PI System Management Tools
    • PI System Explorer
    • PI Builder
    • PI DataLink

    However, the install kits are not beginner-friendly:
    • Many users think that PI DataLink can do what PI Builder does, since both are Excel add-ins.
    • PI System Explorer and PI Builder are grouped as a single program called "PI AF Client" in install kits, including the install kit of the same name. This makes it difficult for users to find these programs.
    • The PI System Management Tools install kit…

    3 votes
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  12. In the PI Server install kit, label deprecated components as such and state the replacement

    The PI Server install kit includes many deprecated components, namely:
    • PI Totalizer Subsystem
    • PI Alarm Subsystem
    • PI Performance Equation Scheduler
    • PI Batch Subsystem
    • PI Module Database Builder
    • AF Collective Manager

    Also, the PI AF Link Subsystem is not needed if the PI Module Database, which is deprecated, was never used.

    Please label these components appropriately and ideally also state the replacement. Otherwise, a new PI administrator might install some of these components "just in case" or follow outdated advice on how to set up a PI system without knowing that it is outdated.

    3 votes
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  13. In future releases of PI Server, provide an installer that does not install itself in Windows Programs & Features.

    Regulations and rules require pre-installation approval and documentation of all programs installed on a machine. Please provide an installer or a method of installation that prevents the installer from appearing in Programs & Features.

    Furthermore, always provide a comprehensive, detailed list of programs that will be/can be installed in each installation kit.

    3 votes
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  14. Consistently name the local groups that PI adds

    Some examples of names of the local groups that PI adds are:
    AFQueryEngines
    AFServers
    PI Buffering Administrators
    PI Connector Administrators
    PI Web API Admins

    Please consider making the naming more consistent. For example:
    PI Asset Framework Query Engines
    PI Asset Framework Servers
    PI Buffer Subsystem Administrators
    PI Connector Administrators
    PI Web API Administrators

    At the very least, please make sure that the group names start with "PI" so that the PI groups are grouped together when the groups are sorted in alphabetical order, much like what was done for the PI services.

    3 votes
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  15. Allow NTLM-authenticated local accounts while installing PI Analysis Service on a computer other than the PI Asset Framework computer

    After installation, the PI Analysis Service can run under a local account even if the PI Asset Framework is installed on a different computer, since NTLM authentication can be used between both computers. However, the PI Server install kit does not recognize this and instead forces a domain account to be used for PI Analysis Service if the PI Asset Framework is installed on a different computer. See the attached screenshot.

    If the computer running the install kit is part of a domain, then each time the user wants to upgrade the PI Analysis Service, they must use a domain…

    2 votes
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  16. Have a consistent presence of a terminating \ in the PIHOME and PIHOME64 environment variables

    By default, PIHOME is "C:\Program Files (x86)\PIPC" and PIHOME64 is "C:\Program Files\PIPC". For new installations, please consider either having the terminating \ on both or removing the terminating \ from both. The current inconsistency can confuse anyone that tries to write the path to anything within the PIHOME or PIHOME64 folder.

    2 votes
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  17. Request that the install kit inform the user of pending installs and unintalls

    Today a coworker requested that I install the web api and web crawler on an application server that already was running analysis and notifications.  I ran the AF install kit, selected api and crawler because I just wanted to add those and the software performed the install but also uninstalled analysis and notifications without warning.  It was probably a bad assumption on my part that it would only install what I asked it to and do nothing else.

    Please pass this along to tech support and/or developers.  Request that the install kit inform the user of pending installs and unintalls.

    2 votes
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  18. Allow PI Server components to be removed at installation time

    Currently, when you run the PI Server install kit to perform an upgrade, existing PI Server components cannot be unselected, and so they are upgraded. This gives the impression that they cannot be uninstalled, but they can actually be uninstalled by modifying the installation in Programs And Features in the Control Panel. This is unintuitive.

    Please allow PI Server components to be uninstalled at the same time as upgrading other PI Server components, otherwise many of the legacy components will continue to live unnecessarily in many customers' PI systems.

    2 votes
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  19. 64-bit only installation for PI System explorer

    OSisoft have marked 32 bit System explorer as Legacy. I wanted to get rid of 32 bit installable but technically it seems to be not possible. When we try to install only 64 bit installer of PSE, 32 bit is default installed which is not seems to be the right approach but that’s they way product works.

    Looking forward to have a independent 64 bit installer for PSE.

    1 vote
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  20. Remove PI System Explorer (Legacy 32-bit) from PI AF Client

    When PI AF Client is installed, it includes a program called "PI System Explorer (Legacy 32-bit)". Please remove this from PI AF Client.

    The continued support of 32-bit PI AF SDK makes sense, since 3rd-party programs may still depend on the 32-bit version. Also, because the 32-bit version of Microsoft Office was the recommended and default version until recently, many users are still using 32-bit Office and therefore 32-bit PI DataLink and 32-bit PI AF SDK.

    PI System Explorer is in a different boat because no other programs depend on it. As long as a 64-bit operating system is being…

    1 vote
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