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  1. Provide the user ability to select Event Frame templates during the Batch to Event Frames Migration

    During the Batch to Event Frames Migration, all migrated Event Frames are created with 'Migrated' templates (i.e. PIBatchMigrated, PIUnitBatchMigrated, etc.). I would like the ability to pick and choose what templates migrated Event Frames are created with.

    As some background, Batch Interfaces currently use a standard set of EF Templates -- 'Procedure' template for the top level Event Frame, 'UnitProcedure' template for the first child level, etc. I would like to assign these default templates to Event Frames created by the migration process. This will ensure perfect continuity between migrated Event Frames and future Event Frames created by any Batch…

    1 vote
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  2. 2 factor authentication

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

    7 votes
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  3. 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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  4. Digital State Sets and Bit Flags

    a common data type encountered are Double Integers as bit flags, where different combinations of each bit of the binary representation of the double integer corresponds to a state. PI's Digital State Sets do not handle these well.

    First, it requires that even unused states are created in the set . . . annoying, but not a total hindrance (there is another idea posted pertaining to this particularly)

    Second, digital state sets have a maximum of 16383, which is only 14 bits, which is only sufficient for single integer (8 bit) flagging techniques.

    1 vote
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  5. Use of aliases for tag names

    Allow the creation of tag name aliases.  This would allow us to present more user friendly option for tag name searches.  It would also help present a standardized tag name to users for tags from sources that don't follow our standard tag naming conventions.

    6 votes
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  6. Have the ability to change PI Message log file configuration (Size, Duration etc)

    If verbose logging is setup for applications such as (PI Batch) which write to the PI message log (or if you have very busy PI servers with lots of logs), the file sizes can get to several GB in size. It would be good to have the ability to configure the log file size

    2 votes
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  7. 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.

    29 votes
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  8. Ability to view Instrument Tag and Point Source attributes within PI SMT > Data > Current Values pane

    Feature request would be to include Instrument Tag and Point Source attributes to be view-able through the Data > Current Values pane of PI SMT.  This would allow administrators and users the ability to quickly diagnose and/or trace PI Points from a centralized location.

    4 votes
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  9. 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?

    9 votes
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  10. Apply correct localhost.tz file during PI Data Archive installation

    To account for the different historical implementations of Daylight Saving Time in different regions, a localhost.tz file is added to the %piserver%\dat directory after installation. As an installer of PI Data Archive, I would like the localhost.tz files to be incorporated into the PI Server install kit, and to have the install kit either automatically select the localhost.tz file based on the machine's time zone settings, or allow me to manually select. This would eliminate a very manual step of PI Data Archive installation that is often forgotten.

    10 votes
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  11. RDBMS Interface - Full Sync and Annotations

    The PI SDK writes required for setting annotation values with the exdesc and RDBMS interface are not compatible with Full Synchronization.

    Make this compatible.

    1 vote
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  12. 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.

    9 votes
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  13. PI collective with shared archives

    Allow the Primary Data Archive server read-write access to any shared archives. All Secondary data archive servers would have read-only access. This would fix case Case # 925881. We have tags with old timestamps, for example, environmental limits, that don't update very often. If the current value timestamp falls within the range of archives moved to shared storage and the limit is updated, the current value would be lost since currently archives shared in HA must all be read-only.

    4 votes
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  14. Store multiple events at the same timestamp

    I have a particular application for storing partial discharge events into the PI Server.  Many of the events are at the same timestamp, which result in multiple events at the same time.

    3 votes
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  15. Thresholds for PI Points

    It would be nice to have threshold attributes for pi points. Then we could configure that values received from the source outside this limits would be ignored (not stored), substituted by the respective threshold value or even by an "Over\Under Range" state. This discussion is pretty old in the community, and I find it quite odd this configuration was never considered (of course there could be specific reasons I am not aware of).

    The need for filtering negative values of a flow tag, for example, when summarizing data is very common.

    See this discussion below for better understanding:

    https://pisquare.osisoft.com/thread/31212-datalink-calculated-filtered-data-odd-behavior

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    7 votes
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  16. 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…

    4 votes
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  17. Add flag for offline archive reprocessing to honor archived digital state values

    If a tag is edited to use a new digital state set, this set will be used for all future data even though the previous state set is still used for historical data.  If a historical archive (prior to editing the digital state set used by the point) is reprocessed, the events within the archive will be coerced to the new digital state set.  This can be very confusing if the archived data is intended to be the old digital state set.

    13 votes
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  18. Publish metrics

    Create standing metrics for the PI System, especially the PI Data Archive

    1 vote
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  19. Wave Form Data Collection

    A few customers would like the capability of storing vibration wave form data in PI. They often measure data in MHz and GHz frequencies, which are at a finer resolution that the PI Data Archive is capable of storing. The wave forms are captured over periods from 2 to 30 seconds and only saved if there is an interesting event.

    Customers in data centers are also requesting power quality wave form storage in PI.

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  20. Reduce archive file size by eliminating unused record numbers

    Background:
    On a Data Archive where many points have been deleted, there will be many unused record numbers. Since the size of an archive file is tied to the highest existing record number (for performance reasons), this can result in archive files that are much larger than necessary.

    Request:
    A method to eliminate unused record numbers, likely by modifying record numbers. As an example, three points with record numbers 1, 3, and 10 would turn into record numbers 1, 2, and 3.

    6 votes
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