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  1. 6 votes

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  2. By default, do not install the PI Module Database Builder when the PI System Management Tools install kit is run

    Similar to how the PI DataLink install kit includes PI DataLink (Legacy) but requires manual modification to setup.ini in order to install it, the PI Module Database Builder should continue to be included in the PI System Management Tools install kit but should not be installed by default. This will make it clearer to users that the PI Module Database is deprecated and it will declutter the list of installed programs for users that never used the PI Module Database Builder.

    3 votes

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  3. Make the tuning parameter Base_AllowSIDLookupFailureForMapping visible by default

    When this tuning parameter is enabled, it prevents a PI Collective from being flagged as out-of-sync when some of the PI Collective members can resolve the SID of a PI Mapping and others cannot. However, by default, this tuning parameter is hidden and disabled.

    This tuning parameter is important when you are trying to replace all PI Trusts with PI Mappings to accounts that are dedicated to each instance of each PI service and you do not have the power to create domain accounts and/or the creation of dedicated domain accounts is not a priority for the organization as a…

    2 votes

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  4. Make the tuning parameter PointDb_RemoveEmptySource visible by default

    This tuning parameter toggles the automatic deletion of unused point sources. By default, it is hidden and the automatic deletion is disabled.

    Point sources are used mainly for PI Interfaces, which are slowly being replaced with PI Connectors and PI Adapters, where point sources are less important. Therefore, it is also less important to keep this rather useful tuning parameter hidden. In the worst case, a user enables the automatic deletion of unused point sources and loses unused point sources that they still wanted, even though point sources are not that important anymore.

    Please make PointDb_RemoveEmptySource visible by default so…

    2 votes

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  5. Be able to change "State number" in SMT Digital States.

    SMT Digital States you can't change the number. This matters when trying to insert a new state. You have to rename everything to move it down. In PSE with enumeration sets you an change the number easily.

    1 vote

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  6. option to manually disable secondary collective member synchronization

    I have experienced several synchronization errors with data archives running on virtual machines in separate errors, generally after MS updates. Please provide a way to stop synchronization of configurations between collective members, so I can perform MS updates and reboots without fear of having to re-synchronize my secondary archives afterwards.

    1 vote

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  7. Replace the "http://techsupport.osisoft.com/" link in the "About" window of PI System Tray

    The "About" window of PI System Tray contains the link "http://techsupport.osisoft.com/". However, this link does not use HTTPS and will redirect to "https://my.osisoft.com/". Please replace the link with an appropriate one that uses HTTPS and does not redirect.

    1 vote

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  8. Replace "timeout parameters" with "tuning parameters" in the description of the PITUNING Database Security table

    In PI System Management Tools, under the Database Security plugin, the description of the PITUNING table is:
    "Controls access to Timeout parameters and the Firewall"

    "Timeout parameters" is the old name for "tuning parameters", I'm guessing from the days when the tuning parameters stored mostly connection timeout times. New PI administrators will not know what a timeout parameter is. Please change the description of PITUNING to:
    "Controls access to tuning parameters and the Firewall"

    1 vote

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  9. By default, hide the tuning parameters of legacy features

    Many tuning parameters are irrelevant for PI systems that are new or no longer use legacy features. To reduce the clutter in PI System Management Tools, the tuning parameters of legacy features should be hidden by default, just like other tuning parameters that are hidden by default, such as Base_AllowSIDLookupFailureForMapping. Tuning parameters that are hidden by default appear in PI System Management Tools only when they are set to a custom value, which appears in the Value column.

    Below is a list of tuning parameters of legacy features. These account for >10% of all tuning parameters that are visible by…

    1 vote

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  10. Remove the PI Interface Configuration Utility (PI ICU) from the PI System Management Tools (PI SMT) install kit

    PI System Management Tools is more of a client-side program, so it does not make sense for it to be packaged with a server-side program like the PI Interface Configuration Utility. This increases the size of the install kit, increases the extraction and installation time, and leaves the user with lots of junk programs that they are not sure if they can safely uninstall (PI Interface Configuration Utility, PI Buffer Subsystem, PI Spt DLL, PIGenericNames DLL).

    Please remove anything specific to the PI Interface Configuration Utility from the PI System Management Tools install kit. Also grey out "Interface Configuration Utility"…

    6 votes

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  11. 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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  12. Expose connection history information to PI SMT

    As PI System administrator, I would like to know the number of clients connection given a time frame. (e.g. * -1 month) Currently, this is only exposed to the pidiag command line utility. It would help me as a pi system admin to see it within a user interface such as in PI System Management Tool.

    Also please expose this command to PowerShell Tools for PI System as well for better manageability.

    2 votes

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  13. Align the Archive_AutoArchiveSize and Minimum Archive Size to be based on Tag Count, not Record Number Count

    Schedule data archive shifts occur and create archive files based upon a Minimum Archive Size calculation. This calculation is based upon the total count of record numbers. When large amounts of tags are deleted, the total number of tags is reduced but the record number count remains the same...thus creating a huge discrepancy between the two counts.

    The minimum archive file size is based on total record numbers. Thus, if you delete a large number of tags (e.g. Reduce a 5M tags system down to 1M tags after splitting a collective into multiple collectives)....then the system will artificially create very…

    4 votes

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  14. Dynamic inventory of PI System components

    Provide a way to have an online, dynamic inventory of installed PI System components, especially interfaces.

    5 votes

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  15. Increase Box Length for Tagname Field in Archive Editor

    The Tagname field visible length should be increased within Archive Editor in System Management Tools. The full tag name is limited and cannot tell what is listed because the name is cut off. (See screenshot and steps listed below.)

    Steps to reproduce:
    1. Navigate to PI System Management Tools -> Data -> Archive Editor
    2. Search for long tag name
    3. Select Multiple tags in the tag search box
    4. Click "OK" to confirm selection
    5. Select the dropdown icon within the tagname field to list all selected tag names.

    1 vote

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  16. 8 votes

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  17. Sizing sheet should include at least minimal support for AF Audit Trail

    Currently there is not a single hint nor guidance on the impact of the Audit Trail in the sizing sheet, while the Audit Trail can have a major impact on the storage requirements.

    5 votes

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  18. 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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  19. PI SMT - Archive Editor Improvements

    Why is the second server of all selected servers the default selected server for the archive editor? (C# index 1 instead of 0?)

    If I leave the Tagname empty and press the search button the tag search dialog opens fine.
    But if I enter some text at Tagname and then immediately remove the text again and now press the search button an error message "Error -2147220305: Empty strings not allowed. (Check Tagname)" appears even twice in a row.

    If I enter a tagname that does not exist an the error message appears that is ok, but it also appears twice…

    2 votes

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  20. 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

    31 votes

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