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  1. Add the ability to specify NULL values in manually created AF Tables

    When manually creating an AF Table (i.e., an internal AF table) in PI System Explorer having the ability to specify a NULL value would be beneficial. Not all datasets require a value for each cell and not all tables need to be linked to, or imported from, external systems.

    2 votes

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  2. Use different Windows account for linked table authentication

    As a user, I want to have the option of entering a service account's Windows credentials when authenticating to a Table Connection in PI System Explorer. Currently, the Windows authentication mode only allows impersonation of the user running PI System Explorer.

    2 votes

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  3. 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…

    6 votes

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  4. Colour Data field in AF Attribute

    We are creating hundreds of different attributes in AF, mostly based on templates and using these in PIVision.

    One thing that is annoying is when you make the PIVision image you have to manually change the colour of the symbol you use/trend you created etc to reflect the medium of the attribute that is used. Sometimes you even have to change the HEX colour code since it does not match the standard colour palette.

    What I am suggesting is to have a Colour Datafield in System Explorer for attributes.

    Here we can define the colour (via HEX code or another…

    1 vote

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  5. Ability to retrieve only all top-level Attributes

    In an AF Hierarchy where an element contains dozens of Attributes - each with Child Attributes - I am interested in only bringing back all top-level attributes. The use case is that the top-level attributes may not have any naming convention in common but are all defined as PI tags (Child attributes may or not be PI tags). I would like to just bring back the top-level attributes in PI Builder so I can quickly modify tags en masse.

    2 votes

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  6. Substitution parameter for base template

    It would be nice to have a substitution parameter to fetch the name of a base template. There is a substitution parameter to retrieve the name of a template: %Template%, but none to retrieve a parent/base template.

    3 votes

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  7. Remove the annoying sound when searching for tags in PI System Explorer

    When clicking Ctrl - Shift - 8 to bring up the tag search in PSE, you type your tag name to search for, and in most cases click the 'Enter' button after. This will perform the search, but it also responds with an annoying DING sound in Windows. Clicking the "Search" button with the mouse does not produce this sound.

    Please remove this sound when hitting 'Enter' after typing your tag to search for!

    2 votes

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  8. 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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  9. 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.

    6 votes

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  10. Add the ability to display UOMs in different languages in the PI AF Client

    Automatically display UOMs in the PI AF client in the language of your choice i.e. not a conversion of units. For example, to change the display of UOMs to Russian instead of English, kg becomes кг, V becomes B.

    2 votes

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  11. Ability to change the display digits for Limit attribute traits

    In some cases, the display digits for the limits of an attribute (attribute traits) need to be different than the parent attribute, so that clients such as PI Vision or PSE can also show the customized digits to improve visualization. However, currently, it is not possible to override the display digits for Limit attribute traits (LoLo, Lo, Hi, HiHi, etc.). This property is inherited from the parent attribute and although it is a good default value to have the display digits for Limits the same as the parent attribute, we would also like the ability to override them as needed.

    1 vote

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  12. PI System Explorer Pop-Up UI issue

    Ran into an issue today where we believe the "Advanced" pop up UI for Analyses to configure time stamp overrides, popped up 'behind' the PSE. Microsoft says this never happens, but the number of forum incidents attest otherwise.
    Because you can't do anything in PSE until you close the Advanced Options dialog, and we couldn't get to it to close it, the only idea i had, and your tech support concurred, was to kill PSE - hence, i lost all my changes.
    If you would be so kind to create a taskbar item for your popups, then maybe we could…

    1 vote

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  13. Add warning message while changing analysis type

    Changing from Expression to Rollup by mistake will erase the Expression configuration in PI System Explorer. Add a warning message regarding this.

    3 votes

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  14. Improve "Force Creating SQL Database before PI AF Install"

    When doing a fresh installation of AF Server, and either the "Validate SQL Connection" option or other Software like PI Notifications, RTQP Engine are selected, the installation cannot be started when the AF SQL Database is not called "PIFD".
    As the Installer is looking for a SQL Database with a hardcoded name, it throws one of the errors described here:

    https://customers.osisoft.com/s/knowledgearticle?knowledgeArticleUrl=000034342

    Possible workarounds
    1) Further specify the error messages so that the user exactly knows what is causing this error message.
    2) Add an option in the installer to look for a SQL Database named differently

    2 votes

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  15. Include Spanish(Mexico) in the AF Client MUI language pack.

    Currently the Spanish language in the AF Client MUI language pack will use comma as decimal separators. However, for Spanish(Mexico) regional settings, the decimal separator is dot. The user would like to have the AF Client localized to Spanish(Mexico) default regional settings.

    1 vote

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  16. Substitution Parameters for PI Point Exdesc

    I would like to have an out of the box way for an attribute to display a pipoint exdesc. One thought would be able to have a substitution parameter that would point at the pipoints exdesc.

    7 votes

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  17. PI AF Analysis Templates - Evaluate button can evaluate logic at previous point in time

    On PI AF in Library on Element Templates - Analysis Templates, the evaluate button should be able to evaluate logic at a previous point in time as well as the current time. This would allow better visibility over how logic performs for periods of time in the past, and will be better for debugging logic.

    2 votes

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  18. Expose backfilling/recalculation status in the AFSDK

    Currently analysis runtime information can be accessed programmatically using the AFSDK (AFAnalysisService.RuntimeInformationFields - https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Documentation/PI-AF-SDK/html/P_OSIsoft_AF_Analysis_AFAnalysisService_RuntimeInformationFields.htm). However, there are no fields which can be specified corresponding to backfilling/recalculation status of an analysis.

    Adding a field for the aforementioned property or introducing a new method which could expose backfilling/recalculation status would be helpful for finding backfilling/recalculation errors programmatically. This approach should be much faster than finding analyses with backfilling errors in PSE.

    12 votes

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  19. Add documentation to AF Databases

    As we adopt more and more AF databases as part of how we do business, the ability to easily maintain them becomes more and more important.

    We have created documents to detail the business process flow to follow to update AF databases, but these are stored as documents on sharepoint sites, and not easily linkable to the actual AF databases. We can put a link to them in the database "Description", but it is a workaround.

    It would be great to have the ability to better document AF databases. This could take a number of forms from the very basic…

    1 vote

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  20. 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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