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  1. Support different data retention policies

    As an administrator, I need to ability to configure the life span of my PI data, so that data are kept or deleted accordingly. For example, data that should be deleted based on corporate mandates and data that should be kept forever are handled accordingly.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 25774OSI8.

    75 votes

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  2. Ensure data is identical between collective members

    As a PI Administrator, I need to trust that the data is identical between my collective members. Currently, there is no way for me to be sure it is the same unless I do a side by side comparison. Data can be missing, or slightly off, and I have no easy way to understand this right now.

    41 votes

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  3. Undelete PI tags

    Recovering a PI tag that was deleted accidently is extremly annoying.
    Why do I have to create a new tag and reprocess all historical archives to convert the old tag to the new tag in the archives? (https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/KB/2651OSI8/)

    It should be quite easy to just recreate the original tag if you have the pointid and recno. Maybe when deleting a tag you should only mark the tag as deleted instead of removing it from the pi point table.

    34 votes

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  4. Provide the capability to apply compression on uncompressed data, aka recompress using offline archive utility.  See work item 6944OSI8.

    Provide the capability to apply compression on uncompressed data, aka recompress using offline archive utility.  See work item 6944OSI8.

    25 votes

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  5. Add new PIPointAttribute for "StaleTimeout"

    While no customers have asked for this directly, I have seen many customers ask how to check a tag for being stale. The solution to date assumes all tags have the same staleness timeout, which really is not the case most of the time.

    This new "StaleTimeout" point attribute would be a duration (time span) customizable for each tag. There could also be a new PIPoint property called "IsStale" which could bounce the current value's timestamp off the "StaleTimeout".

    18 votes

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  6. 64-bit Unix time

    Consider upgrading from 32-bit Unix time to 64-bit Unix time so that PI can support dates past January 19, 2038. Reasons:

    1. This date is fast approaching as a future value. It is only 20 years away.

    2. OSIsoft will need time to implement the 64-bit time stamps and convert all existing and supported PI Data Archives to use the 64-bit time stamps. At least a year of time will be used up for leeway.

    3. Once 64-bit Unix time is implemented, then OSIsoft can exclude from training presentations the (very high) upper limit of supported time. This gives the user 1 less…

    18 votes

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  7. Force Shift warning is misleading

    When force shifting an archive, the following message is displayed:

    "Warning: This shift will clear data from the target archive. Are you sure you want to force an archive shift on <serverName> to a new archive?"

    When Auto Archive Creation is enabled (having a value in Archive_AutoArchiveFileRoot), this is very misleading. A new archive will be generated and no data will be wiped.

    This warning should only display if auto archive creation is not enabled and the archive will shift into the oldest shiftable archive.

    16 votes

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  8. Provide more granular configuration for default ACLs

    As a PI Administrator of a PI System with complex security requirements, I need to set up different default permissions for various users so they can create tags that automatically have the proper security instead of having to rely on a process/procedure to correct security after the tags are built.

    16 votes

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  9. Make it easier to get a list of buffered or unbuffered points on the PI Data Archive

    For PI System Administrators, it would be nice to be able to easily get a list of all buffered or unbuffered points on the PI Data Archive.

    Currently, a list of buffered points is possible to retrieve using 'piartool -bfs <id> -ptlist', but a comprehensive list would require iterating through all of the buffered sources.

    Such functionality would be nice because it would allow administrators to easily identify which data sources need to be configured for buffering, or which data sources are possibly misconfigured for buffering. It would also be a quick thing to check for points which may potentially…

    14 votes

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  10. Support User Information in Connection History Tool

    (pidiag -connectionhistory)

    Support the collection and retrieval of PI / Windows user information by the connection history database.  

    Currently, the connection history database only stores IP addresses which can be misleading when multiple multiple users work from the same computer.

    11 votes

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  11. Incremental backups are not possible because of frequent backfilling

    Occasional back filling of data would cause 5 TB of archives to be backed up with incremental backups. This is frustrating because only a few KB of data is changed in each archive. Can OSIsoft provide a way to backup only the data that has changed or support a 3rd party backup solution that would backup only the differences?

    10 votes

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  12. Add Access Right that Allow Users to Create Tags But Not Delete Tags

    As a user of the PI Data Archive, I would like the ability to give users access to create tags but not to be able to delete tags. This way they will not be able to accidentally delete tags but they still have the ability to create tags.

    10 votes

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  13. Separate priority setting for Data Read and Data Write

    Data Read and Date Write (Buffering) from/to PI Data Archive is based on the priority settings in PI SDK and PSE. We have a architecture of 6 member PI collective and all the source data is not buffered to the individual collective. Hence for other applications like PI Analysis or any other 3rd party applications data read should from couple of collective members and data write should be to 4 collective members.
    As per the current setup, if we enable the priority for 2 members in collective, data read and write is happening only for those members (Default behavior). But…

    8 votes

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  14. Add point Type INT64, UINT64, to PI Archive

    Some interfaces such as PI Modbus allow the polling of a 64-bit signed integer value or a 64-bit unsigned integer value. Yet the database does not allow you to store these values in their native formats. You must store them as a 64-bit floating point but some precision is lost. Please add the ability to store these values in their native format.

    8 votes

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  15. Option to install sample PI tags with simulator interfaces

    Posted on behalf of a customer.

    As of PI Server 2018 SP3, simulator interfaces have been removed from the PI Server setup kit, and the default PI Points are no longer installed. These were very important to check if the server installation went well. I like to have options in the PI Data Archive install kit to install sample tags and simulator interfaces together with server component. This makes much easier to set up environment test.

    7 votes

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  16. Enable Data Fanning for PI Collectives through PI System Management Tools

    Currently, PI System Management Tools supports buffering but not data fanning (does not send data to all collective members).

    When using a PI Collective, customers would like to make changes to PI Point values in Archive Editor in the Primary Data Archive and see those changes replicated to the Secondary Data Archive when buffering is enabled.

    6 votes

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  17. 2 factor authentication

    As a user, I would like PI Data Archive to provide 2 factor authentication.

    6 votes

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  18. Ability to Identify Critical (e.g. GxP) PI Tag in SMT

    A checkbox or some mechanism to identify Critical data point (e.g GxP) in SMT.
    * can be used for search filter to separate critical vs. non-critical data (gxp vs non-gxp)
    * possible additional layer of confirmation/prompt prior deletion (?)
     
    Current workarounds :
    using prefix/suffix to flag critical data point,using point source to separate,creating logical categories in AF, etc.

    6 votes

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  19. PI Archive ability to recover from drive disconnect

    With everyone having virtual servers these days the host VM and SAN storage are on separate devices. When the storage device is unavailable or disconnected even briefly, the PI Archive process errors and gets DISABLED and can ONLY be restarted by a manual restart of the PI Archive Subsystem. You will see Snapshot updates since the VM is still running fine, but nothing gets into or out of the Archives.

    The requested enhancement is for the Archive Subsystem to be able to recover from this situation on its own.

    Here is the error message you will get when this happens…

    6 votes

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  20. As a PI Administrator, we should be able to see which PI mapping was used for a Windows AD user in PI message logs.

    Through PI message logs I want to see which PI mapping was used for a Windows AD user, currently only the PI identity associated the windows AD is visible in the Logs. PI mapping information will give us more idea/facts about the particular Windows AD user.

    6 votes

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