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  1. Customized PI System Explorer view

    Currently PI System Explorer views lots of stuff that is not used by most users (ports, models etc.) also, there are some things that may depend on decisions of particular client - for example, I don't want my users to use Formulas.
    I suggest to provide way to either customise PI System Explorer on each client (choose which part of Explorer is visible, which not - this seems to be a easier way to implement) or move that config to AF server so that every instance of PI System Explorer shows only that content which is allowed on connected AF…

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  2. AF should react better to unhandled exceptions from a linked table provider

    When an OLE DB or ODBC provider returns an unhandled exception for a linked table to the PI AF Application Service , it would be better for it either handle the exception and not crash, or to log the exception, the linked table name and provider name to the AF logs and stop gracefully.

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  3. Make AFDiag timeout based on AFService.exe.config settings

    Make AFDiag timeout parameter based on AFService.exe.config settings instead of being hard coded.

    6 votes

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  4. XML Export/Import to Support Object Deletion

    XML Export/Import supports modifying and renaming of objects (the latter when the Preserve ID option is selected). It would be useful if this could be extended to support deletion of objects, e.g. deleting an Element, Template, Analysis etc that exists in the target AF database but does not exist in the XML file. This will make it easier to export an AF database from a Development environment and then bulk export/import the Development database into Test and Prod to migrate and reconcile the database without having to maintain a separate Excel spreadsheet with all the deleted objects.

    Please also see…

    6 votes

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  5. List client connections made to a specific AF database

    We can easily see client connections made to an AF Server using the Connections tab in AF Server Properties. It would be nice to have a similar functionality for databases so we can see how much traffic each database gets.

    Useful in the event a customer needs to evaluate which databases are worth keeping during a server clean-up (see support case 592366)

    6 votes

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  6. Create or Update PI Points and Reset to Template

    Using PI System Explorer, it is possible to "Create or Update PI Points" in bulk across all elements or branches of elements. However, "Create or Update PI Points" resolves the substitution parameters of PI Point attributes. As a result, if you change the value of a substitution parameter that is used in the PI Point configuration, say %Description% and perform "Create or Update PI Points", the point does not update with the new value. You have to take an extra step and first reset all the PI Point attributes you want to change to the template using PI Builder. It…

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  7. Translate performance equations to AF

    Users would appreciate a utility that converts PI Performance Equation tags to Asset Framework Analyses, or into AF Analysis syntax.

    Many have have several hundred Performance Equation tags, and the inability to easily bring them into AF has may limit adoption of the Asset Framework and associated tools.

    One possibility would be to point an AF analysis or attribute to an existing PE tag, and for it to query the tag's EXDESC, scan class, et cetera to complete configuration of an analysis.  Ideally the PE tag could be deleted or managed by AF afterwards.

    Context (location within the AF) would…

    6 votes

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    The PE to Analytics utility is no longer available, and it is not officially supported by OSIsoft. If you have questions, comments, or feedback, please let us know in the comments.

  8. Show inherited Attributes on derived Templates, just like inherited Analysis are shown on derived Templates.

    I would like to view inherited Attributes on the derived templated. It should be disabled to edit. Just like inherited Analysis are shown on derived templates.

    5 votes

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  9. Effective Access tab in PSE works across domains

    Effective Access tab in PI System Explorer supports checking for users in another trusted domain.

    5 votes

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  10. Ability to embed substitution parameters

    I would like the ability to embed a substitution parameter within another substitution parameter.
    For example, in the following Configuration String:

    \%Server%\%@|<Attribute Name>|TagName%

    I would like to replace <Attribute Name> with a substitution parameter

    5 votes

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  11. Option to reconcile templates during xml import

    Suppose the following scenario: a user has 2 AF databases (a development and a production one), both containing same version of a template. The user deletes a few attributes and analyses from one element template (development), exports the xml and imports the same xml file into the production database. Today, the template in the production server remains unchanged, forcing the user to manually delete the attributes and analyses from production database (using either PI Builder or PSE).

    The "import xml" function present in PI System Explorer should contain an option to allow users to reconcile templates, when importing a template…

    5 votes

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    Hi,
    So what would be the expected behavior if elements have already been created from the template? It would then be possible to have deletion of data upon an import of a template. What if there are overridden template attributes? What would be the expected behavior if the imported template affects these overridden template attributes?

  12. List attribute names on trend in PI System Explorer be vertical

    When trending data in PI System Explorer, have the attribute/description vertical not horizontal. Maybe left or right of trend (configurable). Having 8 attribute names loaded horizontally across the top is not convenient.

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  13. Option to write Default Value to PI tags created through AF Templates

    When creating PI points through AF Templates, there should be an option to "Write Default Value after Point Creation", or some other way to initialize the value of an automatically created PI tag.

    Right now, there is no way to replace the Pt Created value with a default value upon creation, and the "Default Value" in the AF Template serves no real purpose for PI Point Data References.

    5 votes

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  14. Support "category" for the name substitution parameter in AF template

    Use category of an attribute for the name substitution parameter of the PI point data reference

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  15. Add TimeRangeMethod to StringBuilder DataReference or automatically use StartTime when used on Event Frames.

    A frequent  PI Square problem regards using StringBuilder DR on event frames and the user wants to see the referenced element's attribute at the StartTime of the event frame.  Something like a TimeRangeMethod or  UseStartTime flag would be helpful.  Perhaps even detect the DR is used on an event frame and default UseStartTime to True.

    5 votes

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  16. AF enumeration sets should support values with the same name

    The feature introduced in 2018 SP2 to manually synchronize digital state sets with AF enumeration sets has a limitation where state sets with duplicated names aren't imported correctly into AF. This is due to the current design of AF enumeration sets that don't allow duplicated names for enumeration values. It would be nice if AF enumeration sets supported multiple values with the same name as it is supported in digital state sets in the Data Archive.

    4 votes

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  17. Provide Alarm management function

    I would like to monitor and manage alerts & events gathered from PI Interface for OPC AE to create a report like Top 10 alarms, Floating Alarm, Operator Alarm, because by default PI System will collect AE as a string and stored it. Should we have any plugin or 3rd party system which integrates with PI System to provide Alarm management function.

    4 votes

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  18. Change UoM, Display Digits of attribute independently of element template

    Currently, if an attribute is created with a Unit of Measurement in an element template, it is not possible to change the Unit of Measurement in the element created from that template.

    If no UoM is given in the template, then the UoM of the underlying PI Point is assigned.

    It would be very useful if the UoM could be changed.

    The same goes for Display Digits.

    This allows for some relatively generic element templates (for example for assigning values, limits, texts, etc for use in a Collection in PI Vision).

    4 votes

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  19. Create additional Limit trait attributes

    Currently there are 7 standard limits available to be used as limit traits. However there are situations where more than 7 are required. Users would like an option to create additional limit traits rather than having to manually configuring additional intervals in PI Vision multi-state.

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  20. Allow object specific Audit Trails to be accessed by object level Administrators

    Currently to view the Audit Trails of any object on an AF Server, Server level Administrator privileges are needed.

    There should be the ability for a user that does not have server level administrator to view the Audit Trails of a specific object or Database they have Administrator privileges over.

    4 votes

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