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  1. Support different data retention policies

    As an administrator, I need to ability to configure the life span of my PI data, so that data are kept or deleted accordingly. For example, data that should be deleted based on corporate mandates and data that should be kept forever are handled accordingly.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 25774OSI8.

    60 votes
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  2. Undelete PI tags

    Recovering a PI tag that was deleted accidently is extremly annoying.
    Why do I have to create a new tag and reprocess all historical archives to convert the old tag to the new tag in the archives? (https://techsupport.osisoft.com/Troubleshooting/KB/2651OSI8/)

    It should be quite easy to just recreate the original tag if you have the pointid and recno. Maybe when deleting a tag you should only mark the tag as deleted instead of removing it from the pi point table.

    28 votes
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  3. 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.

    26 votes
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  4. Provide the capability to apply compression on uncompressed data, aka recompress using offline archive utility.  See work item 6944OSI8.

    Provide the capability to apply compression on uncompressed data, aka recompress using offline archive utility.  See work item 6944OSI8.

    15 votes
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  5. Add new PIPointAttribute for "StaleTimeout"

    While no customers have asked for this directly, I have seen many customers ask how to check a tag for being stale. The solution to date assumes all tags have the same staleness timeout, which really is not the case most of the time.

    This new "StaleTimeout" point attribute would be a duration (time span) customizable for each tag. There could also be a new PIPoint property called "IsStale" which could bounce the current value's timestamp off the "StaleTimeout".

    15 votes
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    Hi Rick,

    We are considering how to implement Data Quality in an upcoming release. A subset of that is if data is stale. If you can help us gather more customer use cases to better document the problem, and help us get a sense of how many customers would benefit from this feature, that would be extremely helpful.

    Specifically, what would be very helpful is the requirements customers have to determine when a data point is stale. We are making a serious effort to simplify the management of the PI System, so we would like to be able to avoid asking users to spend time configuring yet another parameter.

  6. Add flag for offline archive reprocessing to honor archived digital state values

    If a tag is edited to use a new digital state set, this set will be used for all future data even though the previous state set is still used for historical data.  If a historical archive (prior to editing the digital state set used by the point) is reprocessed, the events within the archive will be coerced to the new digital state set.  This can be very confusing if the archived data is intended to be the old digital state set.

    13 votes
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  7. Force Shift warning is misleading

    When force shifting an archive, the following message is displayed:

    "Warning: This shift will clear data from the target archive. Are you sure you want to force an archive shift on <serverName> to a new archive?"

    When Auto Archive Creation is enabled (having a value in Archive_AutoArchiveFileRoot), this is very misleading. A new archive will be generated and no data will be wiped.

    This warning should only display if auto archive creation is not enabled and the archive will shift into the oldest shiftable archive.

    13 votes
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  8. Provide more granular configuration for default ACLs

    As a PI Administrator of a PI System with complex security requirements, I need to set up different default permissions for various users so they can create tags that automatically have the proper security instead of having to rely on a process/procedure to correct security after the tags are built.

    13 votes
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  9. Make it easier to get a list of buffered or unbuffered points on the PI Data Archive

    For PI System Administrators, it would be nice to be able to easily get a list of all buffered or unbuffered points on the PI Data Archive.

    Currently, a list of buffered points is possible to retrieve using 'piartool -bfs <id> -ptlist', but a comprehensive list would require iterating through all of the buffered sources.

    Such functionality would be nice because it would allow administrators to easily identify which data sources need to be configured for buffering, or which data sources are possibly misconfigured for buffering. It would also be a quick thing to check for points which may potentially…

    12 votes
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  10. 64-bit Unix time

    Consider upgrading from 32-bit Unix time to 64-bit Unix time so that PI can support dates past January 19, 2038. Reasons:

    1. This date is fast approaching as a future value. It is only 20 years away.

    2. OSIsoft will need time to implement the 64-bit time stamps and convert all existing and supported PI Data Archives to use the 64-bit time stamps. At least a year of time will be used up for leeway.

    3. Once 64-bit Unix time is implemented, then OSIsoft can exclude from training presentations the (very high) upper limit of supported time. This gives the…

    12 votes
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  11. Powershell PIArchive.Reprocess

    A powershell method for reprocessing PI Archve Files.

    $myPIArchive = Get-PIArchiveFileInfo -Connection $myPi -Name "someArchiveFile"

    $myPIArchive.ReprocessArchive -NewFileName $false|"filename" -Type Dynamic|Fixed -OtherCoolOptions

    Reading data from a reprocessed archive is significantly faster, so I am adding this as a maintenance-task currently using
    cmd /c "%PISERVER%\bin\piarcss.exe -if old -of new"
    (For some reason start-process didn't work for me)

    I would also love a $myPIArchive.LastReprocessedTime for housekeeping. I am currently storing that in a separate hashtable.

    10 votes
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  12. 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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  13. Support storing data quality

    As a user I want to be able to collect, store and analyze quality information associated with real-time events and assets. This feature will allow the user to determine the trustworthiness of the data when decisions are made.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 161240.

    10 votes
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  14. Incremental backups are not possible because of frequent backfilling

    Occasional back filling of data would cause 5 TB of archives to be backed up with incremental backups. This is frustrating because only a few KB of data is changed in each archive. Can OSIsoft provide a way to backup only the data that has changed or support a 3rd party backup solution that would backup only the differences?

    8 votes
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  15. PI Data Archive: Improve piarchss performance

    PI Archive Subsystem should be able to use operating memory more efficiently. For example by loading as many non-primary archives into its process memory as possible (perhaps it could be affected by a user setting).

    8 votes
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    Could you please provide more details and examples of what you want to do? The Archive Subsystem already manages the files in memory, and in the file system cache. So, what are your specific situations where you see inefficient memory usage today?

  16. 2 factor authentication

    As a user, I would like PI Data Archive to provide 2 factor authentication.

    7 votes
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  17. Support User Information in Connection History Tool

    (pidiag -connectionhistory)

    Support the collection and retrieval of PI / Windows user information by the connection history database.  

    Currently, the connection history database only stores IP addresses which can be misleading when multiple multiple users work from the same computer.

    7 votes
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  18. Allow bi-temporal data archiving

    PI DA Server should allow for more flexibility in terms of the format of archived data. A big advantage would be if PI could archive two timestamps per event. One timestamp will come from whatever the data source is (PI Interfaces, fiels devices, etc) - this is effectively what PI has now. In addition to that, PI Should be able to add a second timestamp recording when the event got into PI i.e. when either PI Snapshot or Archive Subsystem saw the event coming in their respective queue. Benefits and use cases:
    - any PI Client could make sure it…

    7 votes
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  19. 2 timestamps for future data tags

    Currently, if you want to store predictions for 1 day, 2 days, 3 days, etc. into the future, you must create a different PI tag for each distance into the future.

    Future data tags should support 2 timestamps: the timestamp that the predicted value applies to and the timestamp of when the prediction was made.

    The additional continuous time dimension will make it much easier to analyze the change in accuracy of prediction as the distance into the future changes.

    7 votes
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  20. Ability to Identify Critical (e.g. GxP) PI Tag in SMT

    A checkbox or some mechanism to identify Critical data point (e.g GxP) in SMT.
    * can be used for search filter to separate critical vs. non-critical data (gxp vs non-gxp)
    * possible additional layer of confirmation/prompt prior deletion (?)
     
    Current workarounds :
    using prefix/suffix to flag critical data point,using point source to separate,creating logical categories in AF, etc.

    6 votes
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