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  1. Ensure data is identical between collective members

    As a PI Administrator, I need to trust that the data is identical between my collective members. Currently, there is no way for me to be sure it is the same unless I do a side by side comparison. Data can be missing, or slightly off, and I have no easy way to understand this right now.

    42 votes

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  2. More customizable filter options for the PI AF Audit Trail

    As a user of the PI AF Audit Trail, I would like more customizable filter options.  For example, I would like to be able to query changes "not equal" to a string.

    8 votes

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  3. Keep escalating Notification until it is acknowledged, even if no longer active

    I would like the option to configure a Notification to continue to be escalated until it has been acknowledged, even after the trigger condition has become false and the Notification is no longer active.

    18 votes

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  4. Use Excel tables to contain PI Builder data

    PI Builder should use tables (the kind of table found in the Insert tab on the Ribbon) whenever headers are set up and whenever data is imported from the PI Data Archive or the PI Asset Framework.

    Benefits of PI Builder using tables:
    • filters are on by default, and they do not use up the 1 filter that is allowed per sheet
    • readable formulas that automatically fill the table column
    • explicit isolation of PI Builder data from the rest of the sheet
    • banded rows are an option

    14 votes

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  5. Add Access Right that Allow Users to Create Tags But Not Delete Tags

    As a user of the PI Data Archive, I would like the ability to give users access to create tags but not to be able to delete tags. This way they will not be able to accidentally delete tags but they still have the ability to create tags.

    10 votes

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  6. Composite element templates

    As an user I want to be able to create a template hierarchy (parent-child) all at once, so that I can easily create a hierarchy representing related assets. For example, create a motor, gearbox, compressor train with a single template that actually consists of (in this case) 3 templates.

    33 votes

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  7. Date Format in AF Event Notification

    In AF please provide a way to suppress time zone and/or to format the timestamp in AF Events, particularity, Notifications. For example, in the message format in e-mail notification I do not need to indicate the time zone it was triggered in.
    Please make this available in the AF SDK as well as in PI System Explorer.

    20 votes

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  8. Ability to send a notification without being triggered by an event frame

    As a notification user I want to receive a report on daily or weekly basis but I don’t want to store any associated data about it like the event frame information or the notification history since I use event frames for other purposes and I don’t want to clutter my PI system

    32 votes

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  9. Conditional Analytics within event frame templates

    As a PI Admin, I'd like to be able to calculate conditional based analytics within my event frames rather than in an outside calculation that you need to reference within the event frame. This causes timing issues when trying to schedule that calculation and the event frame generation. Having an expression analysis and event frame generation analysis is additional work to set up and to maintain.
    Work around is to use Datalink or another client tool.

    9 votes

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  10. pisrvstart and pisrvstop scripts should have pilogsrvX64

    pisrvstart.bat and pisrvstop.bat scripts should have "pilogsrvX64" added to them.  Currently all services except the "PIPC Log Server x64" are started/stopped by these scripts.

    1 vote

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    This log service is used by 64 bit application that loads the PI API. The most common being 64 bit PI Interfaces. Therefore if you have 64 bit PI API based applications, these scripts should start/stop the service for you. Please contact tech support if you have these applications and pilogsrvx64 is not in your pisrvstart and pisrvstop scripts.

    As a side note, recent releases of the PI Server implements virtual service accounts for all the Data Archive related services so please consider it for an upgrade.

  11. Create a Flag for AFGetTrace to Show Calculation Steps for Analysis Data References

    Background:
    Currently, the only why to troubleshoot the analysis service is to set the trace levels through the various config files.  This only works when the analytic engine is being used.  In other words, this only works if the analysis is historizing values or writing to PI Tags.

    Analysis Data References are handled by the client and uses the AF SDK to get values from the PI Server and make calculations.   Therefore, an AF SDK Trace is needed to troubleshoot analysis data referenced attributes.

    However, the AF SDK Trace only shows the function calls to PI.NET and does not show…

    3 votes

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  12. 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.

    22 votes

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  13. Ability to use archived data in Notifications

    I am trying to do weekly emails on some PI points.  It would be very nice if I could have both the value at start of event and an archive value based on a specified time stamp. 

    7 votes

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  14. User-defined functions

    Allow arguments/parameters to be passed to variable definitions, effectively creating user-defined functions.

    For example, suppose that I want to define the function TagSum, which adds the values at all events in a time range. Then:
    TagSum(tag, start, end) = TagMean(tag, start, end) * EventCount(tag, start, end)
    https://pisquare.osisoft.com/thread/7591

    10 votes

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  15. Aggregate event frames to a time series

    As an user, I want to be able to treat event frame like time series data, such as number of active event frames, sum of an attribute, so that I can continuously monitor the evolution of event frames over time.

    24 votes

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  16. Access Tag Properties for Notification Content

    As an AF user, I would like to be able to store a tag’s instrument tag value in an attribute so that it can be used in the content of a Notification. For example, notifying someone on data from a PING interface where the instrumenttag property holds the IP Address.

    I am able to create an AF analysis to store a tag’s description in an attribute using the TagDesc PE function, but there is no similar PE function to pull in a tag’s instrument tag.

    17 votes

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  17. Include root cause data into Notifications message

    Include event frames root cause data into Notifications message. A customer ask about how to include event frames root cause data into notifications message because he has a notification message generated when an equipment fails but to diagnose the cause of fail he has setup a root cause event frame and he needs to see this root cause data into notifications message.

    9 votes

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    The current architecture has a 1:1 relationship between the main event frame and the notification rule. The notification rule has no knowledge of the root cause event frame. As a workaround, since the root cause event frame is based on the same EF template as the main EF, you can include additional EF attributes with a time offset as the root cause event frame to capture the information. You can then include these additional attributes in your notification email.

  18. 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.

  19. As a PI Administrator, we should be able to see which PI mapping was used for a Windows AD user in PI message logs.

    Through PI message logs I want to see which PI mapping was used for a Windows AD user, currently only the PI identity associated the windows AD is visible in the Logs. PI mapping information will give us more idea/facts about the particular Windows AD user.

    6 votes

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  20. Notification Reporting

    With the arrival of AF 2016R2 notifications changed considerably. One of the features "lost" is reporting on notification delivery. You now simply get an annotation that x number of subscribers where notified.

    I would like this to be improved to include a notification delivery report. I would suggest implementing this as a sub event frame that contains the list of subscribers, how they where notified (email, webservice, ...) and the status of the delivery.

    14 votes

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