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  1. Track if auditing was turned off

    I want the ability to track if auditing was turned off for the PI System (PI Data Archive and AF) so that I can determine if there was the risk of potential changes that were not captured by PI System audit functions.

    50 votes

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    How would you like to track this information? For example, is it sufficient to be a message in a log file, a performance counter? Do you want to maintain the history of all the changes you want on this flag? This will help us understand how to implement it.

  2. 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

    32 votes

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  3. 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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  4. Native configuration promotion from test to production servers

    As a PI Administrator with a test PI Server, I need to be able to easily promote configurations from our test environment to our production environment. Currently this is extremely difficult and a very manual process.

    19 votes

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  5. 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.

  6. 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…

    10 votes

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  7. 9 votes

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  8. Data Collection Manager User management

    We are running a central DCM Server in our site to maintain the dataflow between different UA Connectors and different DataArchive/AF pairs. We use this DCM to restart Connectors and to browse and select new Tags on a OPC UA Server.
    As central Admins, we need the input from our plants in order to select the proper tags to be transmitted into DataArchive. As DCM tagbrowsing and selection is easy to use, we would like to provide our plant DCS engineers the possiblity to do the selection on their own, without our support. But as we are running DCM as…

    8 votes

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  9. several Instances for PI Relay

    Having the PI Relay for OPC UA Connector running on a different machine than the actual connector is a good Idea, as we are now able to provide Windows credentials for AF Access without Credential manager.
    On our Site we are running several smaller PI Server and would like to have one or a few central Relay server instead of a Relay per DataArchive. However, this is not possible yet as Relay Service can not be instanciated and only provide a 1 by 1 connection to a DataArchive/AF Server pair. Our workaround is to install the Relay service locally on…

    8 votes

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  10. 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.

    8 votes

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  11. 7 votes

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  12. MarkArchiveGaps tuning parameter description should be more descriptive

    The description for the MarkArchiveGaps tuning parameter for a value of 2 is unclear.

    A user might interpret:
    2 - Gap markers only when there is an actual gap between two consecutive archives.

    to mean that markers are shown when a tag does not have a value for two consecutive archives. However, it means that markers are shown if a time/archive gap exists between two consecutive registered archives.

    7 votes

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  13. 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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  14. 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.

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  15. Pre-installation system wide compatibility check

    As a system administrator, I would like a comprehensive tool to validate system and version compatibility across my entire PI system.  When performing upgrades / adding components to my PI infrastructure, it takes considerable time to comb through the installation guides and manually compare prerequisites to determine the impact a software change will have on the system. 

    6 votes

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  16. Dynamic inventory of PI System components

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

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  17. in point builder remove the ability to delete pi point on right click.

    Remove the ability to delete pi point on right click in PI SMT Point Builder
    Put this function elsewhere

    5 votes

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  18. 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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  19. Warn the user of unsaved changes in the Archive Editor

    Currently, unsaved changes in the Archive Editor are silently discarded if the user refreshes the tab, closes the tab, performs a new search in the same tab, or exits PI System Management Tools. Please instead warn the user of their unsaved changes by displaying a window that contains the "Discard Changes" and "Cancel" buttons.

    4 votes

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  20. 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.

    3 votes

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