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  1. Tag Tuning Diagnostics

    I'd like to get indications about under compressed and over compressed Tags. Over Compressed Tags can result in data loss.

    24 votes
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  2. Track if auditing was turned off

    I want the ability to track if auditing was turned off for the PI System (PI Data Archive and AF) so that I can determine if there was the risk of potential changes that were not captured by PI System audit functions.

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    How would you like to track this information? For example, is it sufficient to be a message in a log file, a performance counter? Do you want to maintain the history of all the changes you want on this flag? This will help us understand how to implement it.

  3. Allow changes to pitimeout table (tuning parameters) to be audited

    I can be helpful when tracking down issues or troubleshooting past events what the values of tuning parameters were at a given time. Adding the ability to Audit this table would allow retrospective insight into tuning parameter configurations.

    A similar enhancement specifically regarding Auditing can be found here:
    https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/18740068-track-if-auditing-was-turned-off

    21 votes
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  4. Auditviewer App Suggestion

    I want the ability to determine what PI System Configuration Changes (AF & PI Data Archive) are legitimate and approved, with the criteria of being able to focus on changes that occurred during a user defined time range. I want to minimize the time it takes to confirm that changes were appropriate with the ability to focus on certain tags/af attributes and/or time for the change.

    I want the ability to associate a change control record to PI System Configuration Changes.

    21 votes
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  5. Native configuration promotion from test to production servers

    As a PI Administrator with a test PI Server, I need to be able to easily promote configurations from our test environment to our production environment. Currently this is extremely difficult and a very manual process.

    19 votes
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  6. Allow exclusion of message types when searching PI Message logs

    As a PI System administator of a busy PI Data Archive, I find that my message logs are unwieldy. I can miss important messages in the flood of connection messages and other repetitive messages. I would like to be able to search my message logs while excluding certain message types (like in Event Viewer). For example, I would like to be able to run a query that excludes connection messages from pinetmgr and "User query failed" messages so I can quickly narrow in the problem I'm looking for.

    Filtering on severity has proven an imperfect solution because sometimes important messages…

    17 votes
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    We have de-prioritized this work in order to focus our efforts in other areas. This will remain in our longer term backlog. Please continue to provide your feedback to help us continually re-validate and re-prioritize our backlog.

  7. Search Mappings and Trusts in SMT

    We have hundreds of mappings/trusts in SMT and there's no way to search them (apart from exporting it all to Excel, and searching there, then going back to SMT to make necessary changes - not user friendly). There needs to be a basic search bar at the top of that panel, and it should search all fields (except server and collective) in whatever tab has focus (mappings or trusts). 

    15 votes
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  8. PI System Management Tools (SMT) as a web application

    Please consider creating a web application like PI Vision Admin, PI Web API Search, PI Manual Logger for Web, and the various integrators, but for PI System Managment Tools (SMT).  I would prefer this to the client-server design now.  It would make version management, software dependency management, upgrading, firewall/network-services management, etc. easier.  This would obviate the need to re-package the OSIsoft installers in whatever software package management software an organization uses.  Another solution would be to use the Windows 10 application store.  However, that wouldn't mesh well with using Cloud IaaS services.  OSIsoft could even offer this new SMT Web…

    15 votes
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  9. Remove deleted PI Identities from everywhere that they are used

    Currently, if you delete a PI Identity that is still being used, the deletion will succeed and the PI Identity gets renamed to a number everywhere that it is used. This doesn't do much good, since the number does not reveal what the PI Identity used to be called, and if you regretted the deletion, you would have to create a new PI Identity and assign it permissions from scratch anyways. Instead of renaming, consider removing the deleted PI Identities.

    12 votes
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  10. Provide "Point Last Accessed" information to determine clients' use of PI Points

    It would be useful to be able to determine when (or even if) a PI Point was last accessed by a client application to retrieve its data.  This would enable redundant points to be identified and removed.

    Alternatively/additionally some form of access tracing such as used to be provided by the AAG tool would be useful to determine which clients access which points.

    11 votes
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  11. Make message logs easier to export in bulk

    Tech support often asks customers for message logs in bulk. The PISDKUtility and SMT are not good for this because they run out of memory if you try to load too many messages. The only way to export the logs is to use the command line pigetmsg utility and pipe the output to a text file, but PI users who haven't used it before often run into syntax errors when using it. It usually requires a step-by-step explanation, which also requires a caveat that pigetmsg.exe is in a different folder if the machine is a PI Server (%piserver%adm vs. %pihome64%adm).

    10 votes
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  12. Performance Counter for Critical, Error, and Warning messages.

    In addition to a performance counter for total messages sent into the PI log, it would be very useful to have performance counter to determine which of these messages are Critical, Error, or Warning messages. This way, users can monitor specifically when a certain type of message appears in the log, and even create Notifications around them.

    10 votes
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  13. Show Connectors list along with Interfaces in SMT

    Show the list of connectors(SMT->Interface List) along with the list of interfaces associated with the Data Archive.

    10 votes
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  14. Allow PI Points to use the UOM database in PI AF

    The Engineering Unit attribute of PI Points does not offer the same robustness as UOMs, which are only available in PI AF. Also, the user must set both the PI Point Engineering Unit and the element attribute UOM manually and separately, which is redundant.

    Please implement a way for PI Points to use the UOM database. This way, the user only needs to set the PI Point's UOM attribute once. Then element attributes in PI AF can automatically inherit the PI Point's UOM.

    This would also mean that the UOM database would have to be "detachable" from the rest of…

    9 votes
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  15. Progress Bar for deleting large volumes of data in SMT->Archive editor.

    Progress bar for SMT->Archive Editor when deleting large volume of data.

    Currently, when deleting around 30,000 events it takes approx 20 mins and the GUI appears to hang and become unresponsive (it is actually working). A progress bar would alleviate this concern.

    8 votes
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  16. Add a "save changes" warning to the SMT Point Builder

    In the Point Builder, if the user makes a change to one tag and they click on a different tag, ask them if they want to save/discard changes.

    8 votes
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  17. Skip Numbers in Digital State / Digital Set

    There are other similar ideas out there on this site but I would like to see the ability to skip numbers in the Digital States Enumeration. We have areas of the plant that have states which don't map well to a 1,2,3.... set of states. Some are bit settings and others are just high numbers. Let users skip numbers and enter what they want (100,200,300, etc.) Numbers that aren't defined will be filled in by the system as "undefined" or something similar when shown in vision. It's difficult to create a set with 250 values and doesn't need to require…

    7 votes
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  19. Allow PI Buffer Subsystem (pibufss) to be managed by Powershell tools for the PI System

    Powershell is a convenient way to administer a PI Server. One limitation, however, is that there is no built-in functionality for administering pibufss with powershell. Please add PI Buffer Subsystem (pibufss) management to Powershell tools for the PI System.

    7 votes
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  20. MarkArchiveGaps tuning parameter description should be more descriptive

    The description for the MarkArchiveGaps tuning parameter for a value of 2 is unclear.

    A user might interpret:
    2 - Gap markers only when there is an actual gap between two consecutive archives.

    to mean that markers are shown when a tag does not have a value for two consecutive archives. However, it means that markers are shown if a time/archive gap exists between two consecutive registered archives.

    7 votes
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