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  1. Delay Real-Time Calculations until backfill is finished.

    For recursive Analyses such as below :
    PrevVal(tagA,'*') + 'TagB' → output : tagA

    When the PI Analysis Service is down (or the node needs to be restarted), the current calculation needs to be halted until the Backfilling reaches up to the start up time. Or else the value will not be as expected.

    17 votes

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    3 comments  ·  Analytics & Calculations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. 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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    0 comments  ·  System Management  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

    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.

  3. Put an Asset into Offline Mode which stops related analyses and notifications

    Have a way to manually (or automatically via another calculation/analytic) put the status of an asset/equipment into an offline/maintenance mode that has the effect of turning any analyses and notifications for that asset off.

    17 votes

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  4. Increase the allowed password length for AF Linked Table "Supply Password" connections

    Currently the maximum password length for AF Linked Table connections using the "Supply Password" option is 15 characters. This length limitation should be increased to at least 25 characters.

    16 votes

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  5. PI Auditviewer Usability Enhancements

    From a pharma/biotech user perspective, I am finding that the PI Auditviewer application is difficult to use and conduct an investigation with over an extended time period.  I believe the application needs an overhaul to allow for, at minimum, the following enhancements:
    Mass import and scanning of audit source files.  A user should not have to individually browse to, add, and scan each individual log file.  Current functionality does not easily support an investigation that must take place over a broad time period.  Better yet, the application should automatically scan the log file directory, and all audit log files should…

    16 votes

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  6. Analysis - Remove backfilling

    When a failover occur or at service startup, ALL analysis configured for backfilling executes based on the last configured backfill/recalculate timerange.

    There is actually no feature to manually remove a configured backfill on a specific analysis.

    16 votes

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  7. Provide a way to backfill/recalculate analyses from Analysis Template tab in PSE

    It is difficult to find all the analyses from template to backfill/recalculate after making changes in Analysis Template.  Currently one has to navigate to the Management plug-in, do some sort of search/filter, then queue the analyses.  This is a multi-step process.  Consider providing a better user experience.

    16 votes

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  8. Generate error when header is misspelled

    When editing PI Points, PI Builder does not return any error if one of the headers is wrong or misspelled. Simply, nothing is edited for that header and you  only find out at a later time when looking at the PI point. It would be useful if PI Builder could inform you when one of the headers does not match any PI Point attributes.

    16 votes

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  9. Export/Import Contact Groups and/or Delivery Endpoints to XML from PI System Explorer

    Please allow one to export, and import, to XML from PI System Explorer Contact Groups and/or Contact Delivery Endpoints.  Doing this with AFExport.exe and AFImport.exe on the AF Server is cumbersome and restrictive.

    16 votes

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  10. Option to use Good Data only in Analyses.

    Analyses can suffer from bad calculations due to bad events for a tag, such as system digital state events returned for a numerical tag.

    Although BadVal() can be implemented to avoid using bad events in these analyses, they add another layer of complexity the expression.

    The addition of a "Use Good Data" only option in the analysis tab in PSE that applies BadVal handling on top of an analysis would help simplify expressions.

    16 votes

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  11. 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…

    16 votes

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  12. 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.

    15 votes

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  13. 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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  14. PI Point User Settings in AF Client

    The Suggested PI Point Name configuration item in the AF Client should be able to be set on a AF Server basis instead of a User basis, at least as the initial default. There are default parameters we need to enforce from an enterprise/site level but it become unmanageable when the setting is based on user and PC.

    Example parameters we would have as a default for all users:
    \%Server%\164-%..\Element%.%Element%.%Attribute%-AFA;descriptor=%Attribute|Description%;exdesc=AFPath:%System%\%Database%\%ElementPath%;ptsecurity=piadmin: A(r,w) | piadmins: A(r,w) | PIWorld: A(r,w);step=0

    15 votes

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  15. Event Frames that can expire/auto-delete/archive

    When generating Event Frames it would be useful to automatically remove the Event Frame, either when no longer active or in combination with no longer active and acknowledged, or other conditions.

    An example use case would be for PI Notifications - the need to retain the Event Frames might not be there once a Notification is sent and action taken.

    See https://feedback.osisoft.com/forums/555148-pi-server/suggestions/17219861-ability-to-send-a-notification-without-being-trigg

    For example, I might sent a notification to remind someone to use PI Manual Logger to enter some data, but I don't need an Event Frame to exist after this is dealt with.

    Other examples are that I…

    15 votes

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  16. Allow EventFrame("Duration") to be used as an EndTrigger

    I want to stop my Event Frame after an amount of time that is stored in an AF Attribute. For my use case, the amount of time from the beginning of an Event Fame is an end triggering condition. One way to do this, would be to allow the EventFrame("Duration") function to be used as an end trigger.

    15 votes

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  17. Include subseconds in output timestamp from variable

    Currently we have an analysis with the output timestamp set to be a variable within the analysis. If I map that variable to an output, it includes the subseconds, but the output time for the analysis is truncated to the second. The output time for the analysis should also include the subseconds.

    15 votes

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  18. AF Audit Trail for deleted items should retain friendly database name

    Would like AF audit trail to retain friendly database name for deleted items.  Currently it removes the friendly database name making it very difficult to track changes made to a specific database once an item is deleted.

    15 votes

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  19. Allow Notification rules to return an EF attribute value belonging to a different event frame in AF

    I have a scenario where I would like that a certain Notification Rule, set for an Event Frame analysis (EF1), allows to return the value of an EF attribute belonging to a different Event Frame (EF2).

    On this scenario, the EF2 is triggered and finishes inside the time period of EF1.

    I would like to have the possibility that when EF1 is triggered the notification rules allow to find the value of the attribute belonging to EF2.

    15 votes

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  20. PI System Explorer shows the creation date and last changed date of AF objects by default

    As a PI System Explorer user I want to be able to see when was the creation date and last changed date of an AF object without enabling the Audit Trail, similar to the PI SMT feature which is easily accessible and works by default.

    15 votes

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