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  1. Support for Windows event logging

    As a system administrator, I need to integrate PI System logging into my SEIM, so that I can manage PI System events consistent with other applications in a centrally managed system.

    Most PI System applications leverage the Applications and Services Logs in the Windows event logs. As the built-in logging mechanism for the Windows platform, there are a number of forwarding, aggregation, and management options for the Windows event logs. The PI Data Archive logs to the Windows Application event logs as a fallback if the PI Message subsystem is unavailable, but some of the metadata for the events is…

    3 votes

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  2. 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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  3. in point builder remove the ability to delete pi point on right click.

    Remove the ability to delete pi point on right click in PI SMT Point Builder
    Put this function elsewhere

    5 votes

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  4. Pre-installation system wide compatibility check

    As a system administrator, I would like a comprehensive tool to validate system and version compatibility across my entire PI system.  When performing upgrades / adding components to my PI infrastructure, it takes considerable time to comb through the installation guides and manually compare prerequisites to determine the impact a software change will have on the system. 

    6 votes

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  5. Warn the user of unsaved changes in the Archive Editor

    Currently, unsaved changes in the Archive Editor are silently discarded if the user refreshes the tab, closes the tab, performs a new search in the same tab, or exits PI System Management Tools. Please instead warn the user of their unsaved changes by displaying a window that contains the "Discard Changes" and "Cancel" buttons.

    4 votes

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  6. 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.

    42 votes

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    7 comments  ·  System Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  7. GUI to edit bitmask tuning parameters

    Currently, bitmask tuning parameters are entered and displayed as a single number. Not every PI administrator will know that a bitmask involves the addition (or "ORing") of each bit to combine their effects. It is also time-consuming and error-prone to calculate a new bitmask or interpret what an existing one means.

    Please consider creating a GUI to edit bitmask tuning parameters. A modal window that contains a check box for each bit would suffice.

    1 vote

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  8. 3 votes

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    This appears to be a bug rather than a new idea. In researching our backlog, some work was done in this area with the BufSS 4.3 or 4.4 version that should’ve corrected this problem.

    Please contact tech support so we can further identify the issue.

  9. Allow PIWorld and piusers to be deleted

    Nobody should be using the "PIWorld" PI Identity or the "piusers" PI Group. The most that we can do at the moment is disable them. It would be much better if we can just delete them and never look back.

    2 votes

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  10. 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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  11. 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.

  12. 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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  13. Rearrange the Classic tab in the Point Builder to reflect the relationship between settings

    If the Compressing attribute of a PI Point is set to Off, then the compression settings are greyed out, which makes sense because they are irrelevant if Compressing is Off.

    However, if a PI Point has its Archiving attribute set to Off, nothing is greyed out, even though the exception and compression settings and the Compressing attribute are all irrelevant.

    I propose changing the layout of the Classic tab to reflect the relationship between these settings. If Archiving is Off, do not show the user the exception settings, compression settings, or the Compressing attribute. If Archiving is On, show the…

    3 votes

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    When you select Archiving = off, no data is sent to the archives. However, the Compression settings still apply because these settings affect what is in the Snapshot. When a client application request the “current” value, the Snapshot is returned therefore it’s important to ensure the system knows and applies the Compression settings.

    Exception settings on the other hand affect how interfaces collect data, regardless of whether we archive the data or not on the server side. Exception settings are important to ensure that we are only collect data (on the interface side) that are significant. When an interface starts up, it connects to the Data Archive to get the points list and also the Exception configurations.

    With all that in mind, please provide additional details on your use case for this idea.

  14. Archive Editor: Preserve the selection of multiple rows when right-clicking on a cell within the selection

    Currently, if you select multiple rows in the Archive Editor and then right-click on a cell that is not the ► cell or the Value cell beside it, your selection will collapse to the row whose cell you right-clicked.

    That is, no matter how many rows you select, only 2 cells out of that selection will preserve your selection after you right-click on them.

    This is frustrating when you select multiple bad events to delete and then right-click within your selection but not on 1 of those 2 special cells, and you must select your rows all over again.

    1 vote

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  15. Show pending changes in the Archive Editor of PI System Management Tools

    Currently, there is no visual distinction between:
    • rows that contain no changes,
    • rows that contain unsaved changes, and
    • rows that contain saved changes that have not been processed by the PI Data Archive yet (this happens when you refresh too quickly after saving changes and the refresh does not return your changes).

    Please consider adding an extra "Changes" column that indicates what changes the user made (e.g. "Event will be deleted", "Edited value and annotations", "New event", or "Processing…"). Also consider changing the cell/row background colour, font colour, or font formatting (bold, italic, etc.) to reinforce the…

    1 vote

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  16. Add ability to honor archive list file locations when adding new server to PI HA Collective

    When adding a new server to a PI HA Collective, all archive files selected to be included in the initialization are copied and registered with the new server in one defined location in collective manager.  This can create more manual work for organizations who wish to have all servers have similar file structures.  If the primary server has archive files registered across multiple locations, these locations should be honored and attempt to move files to these locations first, then if a drive is not available fall back to the default location.

    2 votes

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  17. Spelling mistake in Archive_AutoArchiveFileSize's description

    In the description of the tuning parameter Archive_AutoArchiveFileSize, "occurs" is misspelled as "occurrs". This misspelling is also followed by a semicolon instead of a period.

    1 vote

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  18. Easy selection of PI Archives to Backup

    Currently, if we want to do a backup of an archive in SMT, we have to tick it. But the customer may has like 500 archives and wants to copy 100 of them. There is currently no friendly-user way to select multiple archives (without unregister them) using strg or shift key (like selecting multiple file on windows)

    2 votes

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