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  1. multiple instancnes of analysis service

    As a PI administrator I would like to be able to create multiple instances of "PI Analysis Service" windows service for these reasons:
    - avoid new potentially problematic analysis from affecting the ones that are operational and working correctly by setting one production instance and one test instance for example.
    - every instance could have its own log files and we could move some analyses to a new instance to troubleshoot them
    - make possible to distribute the resources usage for asset analytics on more than one server

    The idea was already declined in "https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/33839161-multiple-instances-for-asset-analytics" nevertheless i think…

    16 votes

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  2. PI System health and diagnostics monitoring

    As a customer with a large foot-print of on-prem PI System software across multiple sites, I need a solution for health monitoring and diagnostics that allows me to identify issues (potential or current) with any component of the PI System or its data flow. PI System is a mission-critical application in my organization and any downtime has serious impact to the operations.

    As a PI Administrator, I have been asked to use the PI System Monitoring AF toolkit, which is a service, and not a licensed product by OSIsoft/AVEVA. My organization has invested time and resources on implementing the toolkit…

    15 votes

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  3. Further development of PI AF scripting functions

    In many UseCases we need more programability functions in PI. As example loop functions. We like the AF Framework, beacuse if you search in case of a problem you are very fast. But the functionaclity is unfortunatly not very rich.

    Please integrate some more functions or integrate NodeJS, Phyton or
    other scripting capabilities

    11 votes

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  4. Further development of PI Notification

    Unfortunatly PI Notfication is an very old tool.
    The Tool is very old and slow.
    Improvements are needed.

    Improvements needed:
    1. Performance Update for the engineering tool in the AF is very poor
    2. Functionality to send an event to an webapi is very basic. we need more functionality to connect also webapi's with a very strong authentification concept

    10 votes

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  5. Multi Language Support for AF Elements and Attributes

    We use PI in an multilingual context.
    Therefore we need an functionality to support.

    It would be good if you could enter a translation list for several languages for all elements and attributes. This language must be selectable and accessible via all interfaces as well as via PI VIsion.

    10 votes

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  6. Standard Connector for Microsoft PowerPlattform

    To use the PI Server with the Microsft PowerPlatform, a custom connector is required.
    This connector is always under the responsibility of the customer, which makes it difficult to keep up with adjustments to the PI system and Microsoft, or to react to them.
    Instead of the custom connector there should be a standard connector, which is supported by OSIsoft and Microsoft.
    Through this connector the two platforms can ideally work together.

    7 votes

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  7. Negative numbers in digitalsets

    Negative numbers in digitalsets for all PI interface and skip numbers, basically that the digitalset is like the enum of AF

    5 votes

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  8. Data Collection Manager User management

    We are running a central DCM Server in our site to maintain the dataflow between different UA Connectors and different DataArchive/AF pairs. We use this DCM to restart Connectors and to browse and select new Tags on a OPC UA Server.
    As central Admins, we need the input from our plants in order to select the proper tags to be transmitted into DataArchive. As DCM tagbrowsing and selection is easy to use, we would like to provide our plant DCS engineers the possiblity to do the selection on their own, without our support. But as we are running DCM as…

    8 votes

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  9. several Instances for PI Relay

    Having the PI Relay for OPC UA Connector running on a different machine than the actual connector is a good Idea, as we are now able to provide Windows credentials for AF Access without Credential manager.
    On our Site we are running several smaller PI Server and would like to have one or a few central Relay server instead of a Relay per DataArchive. However, this is not possible yet as Relay Service can not be instanciated and only provide a 1 by 1 connection to a DataArchive/AF Server pair. Our workaround is to install the Relay service locally on…

    8 votes

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  10. Add support for multiple SortFields in AF Search

    Currently, AF search results can only be sorted by a single field. It would be useful to have the capability to specify 2 (or more) SortField values so that the order of results can be guaranteed in the result of a tie.

    For example, being able to sort Event Frame Search Results by both StartTime and EndTime.

    21 votes

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  11. Improve PI Data Security

    The assignment of a PI tag on which the currently logged in user has no authorization as PI point reference to an AF attribute must not (as currently) be possible.
    It is possible to bypass the PI Archive authorization mechanism (point and data security) by using such attributes in AF-Analytics.

    The error messages that appear when saving in the System Explorer should not be allowed to be skipped.

    9 votes

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  12. Add relevant windows service dependency via installer.

    Following KB01345 & 000036461 we have to manually add dependency where applicable.
    Please consider adding similar service dependency than we have via PI ICU for new interface (depend on pibufss):
    - AFService depend on relevant MSSQL$<SQLInstance> service if SQL Server = AF Application server
    - AF Analytics, AF Notification & PI DAS RTQP depend on AFService if on same host
    - PI Web API Crawler on PI Web API
    - PI Web API on AFService if target AF is on same host
    - PI Web API on Buffer subsystem if already configured at the moment of install/upgrade
    - AF Analytics…

    12 votes

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  13. have event frames with multiple start triggers match preview results when the parent start time is adjusted during reconciliation

    As a PI System admin, I would like event frames with multiple start triggers to match preview results when the parent Event Frame's start time is adjusted during Event Frame reconciliation. Currently we have to take one of the following actions to prevent the duplicate event frames:

    Wait until the event frames are closed and then recalculate the event frame analysis

    Manually delete the duplicates

    Reconfigure our Event Frames to contain just one start trigger

    3 votes

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  14. Add Export option to only include objects directly referenced by the export object

    Currently the Include All Referenced Objects option propagates down to each referenced object. This can lead to excessively large xml files for the export of a relatively simple object.

    For example, exporting an AFEventFrame that references an element several levels deep in the hierarchy will require an export of each element in the path to the referenced element. However, because Include All Referenced Objects is propagated to each of these elements, the entire hierarchy under the root element will be exported along with relevant templates and other objects.

    For the sake of performance and efficiency it would be useful to…

    7 votes

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  15. Option to write EF template attribute result back into a PI-tag

    Creating a possibility to populate PI-tag's based on the Events. These PI-tag's can be used in reports/displays. Generating batch, daily, hourly, shift and other "event" driven values and store them in a specific PI-tags would very easy and may reduce the performance load of the system. Calculations are triggered only when the events happens. Possible solutions: 1) Adding a Analysis tab to the EF frame template for mapping/calculations 3) Extend the Output Expression to enable the use of EF (child)attributes 2) Extending the function EventFrame enable the use "EF (child)attributes names" instead of 'Starttime','EndTime,'Duration' only

    2 votes

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  16. Allow Asset Analytics to output to annotations

    As someone who has migrated our calculations from PI ACE to Asset Analytics, we need to be able to annotate various calculation outputs in the same way we were able to with PI ACE. Please enable analyses to output annotations to various PI Tags in a similar fashion to how PI ACE allowed this.

    3 votes

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  17. Retain cell formatting after PI Builder "Retrieve" actions

    When I use datalink, it will not overwrite my cell formatting like background color. When I use PI Builder to retrieve data, it overwrites all cell formatting. Can you please edit your PI Builder code to behave more like Datalink in regard to preserving cell formatting?

    3 votes

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  18. Ability to move an AF element within the hierarchy in PSE by right-clicking on the element

    When moving an AF element within the hierarchy in PSE using the "Shift key + Drag and Drop" approach, it can cause to create an Element reference if the release of the "Shift key" is done before dropping the element.
    Having the option of right-clicking on the element and select "Move" would eliminate issues with pressing/releasing shift key and dragging/dropping the element and creating Element References by mistake.

    9 votes

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  19. Make a way to know the statistic of use of every PI TAG in Data Archive

    When you have thousands of tags in your Data Archive, you need to know wich tags are beign used and witch don't. It would be very usefull to have some diagnostic that shows wich tags are being cosumed more and from wich client.

    15 votes

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  20. Thorough Analysis service message logs

    Having more thorough and detailed messages for the Analysis service in the event logs, especially upon startup.

    Environment details + Language settings that the Analysis service is using should be mentioned in the startup logs in order to better troubleshoot configuration issues without needing to go through a trial and error process.

    2 votes

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