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  1. 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.

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  2. Publish metrics

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

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  3. Having different sets of Archive Files.

    Having different sets of Archive Files or "how to Define Archive for the Tags Individually". For example sending the Process Data to a different Archive File than the Building Monitoring Tags.

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  4. PI Archive File header should keep track of last modified recno

    The PI Archive File should keep track of the last modified RecNo. This would make cases where historical archive last modified times are updated (and potentially causing large backups) much easier to track down.

    In particular, this feature combined with the new Snapshot_TracePointID tuning parameter in PI Data Archive 2017+ would make figuring out what is updating archive last modified times much more straightforward.

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  5. Make a point class similar to "base", but without zero, span, or typical value

    Most of the time, zero, span, and typical value are unused, cause confusion, and/or lead to easy but costly mistakes.

    Typical value is probably the most useless PI Point attribute. It doesn't affect the PI system. It is just there for the user's reference. Why not a range of typical values? Why not calculate it dynamically based on actual data? Typical value is superseded by limit traits in PI Asset Framework, so there is no need to force a typical value on every PI Point.

    Zero is mostly used for Float16 PI Points, which is probably rarely used these days.…

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  6. pisrvstart and pisrvstop scripts should have pilogsrvX64

    pisrvstart.bat and pisrvstop.bat scripts should have "pilogsrvX64" added to them.  Currently all services except the "PIPC Log Server x64" are started/stopped by these scripts.

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  7. Interpolation options for step tags

    When the step attribute of a PI tag is "on", allow the user to specify an interpolation method.

    The current method assumes that a value is constant until the next event, which works well in most cases.

    For tags that track rolling averages, rolling totals, real-time derivatives of totalizer tags with respect to time, etc., it would be more useful to assume that a value is constant up to the previous event.

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  8. Ability to convert historical tags to future data tags

    As a production supervisor, I would like to be able to convert historical data tags to future data tags so that I can more efficiently transition my production target tags from being something that I have to update every day, to something that I can update ahead of time. Currently my production target tags are historical data tags, meaning that I have to go in every morning and update the tag with today's production target. I'll be upgrading my PI Server soon, which will allow me to use the future data feature. If I could make these tags into future…

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  9. Auto-balance archive files

    The disadvantage of fixed archives is that they cannot grow or shrink. The disadvantage of dynamic archives is that they can potentially grow too much. Merging of small archives and splitting of large archives must be done manually.

    To solve this problem, consider making all archives dynamic, but allow the user to specify an acceptable size range for the archive files. If archive files fall out of that range, they can be split or merged automatically.

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  10. Write a description for the PI Data Archive services

    When you open the Services program (services.msc), none of the PI Data Archive services have a description. Please provide descriptions for these. The specific services are:
    • PI Archive Subsystem
    • PI Backup Subsystem
    • PI Base Subsystem
    • PI Buffer Subsystem
    • PI License Manager
    • PI Message Subsystem
    • PI Network Manager
    • PI Shutdown Subsystem
    • PI Snapshot Subsystem
    • PI SQL Subsystem
    • PI Update Manager

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  11. 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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  12. Provide mechanism to assist in Kerberos configuration / delegation testing

    As a PI Admin, I need assistance configuring and testing Kerberos delegation, so that I can access the full functionality of the products without exposing my system.

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