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  1. 2 votes
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  2. Preserve formatting in PI Builder when use Simplified Configuration Strings

    If the "Show simplified configuration strings" option is selected in Settings, this removes GUIDS from the output in Excel.

    However, this option also removes the linefeeds in any formatted Analyses. If reloaded then this can corrupt the analyses - especially if comments are used.

    Please add an option to remove GUIDS but preserve formatting.

    @OSIsoft: Refer to TechSupport case 929964 for information.

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  3. Add hot key for Evaluate button in the Analysis tab in PSE.

    Had a customer ask for this when learning to use analyses. Seems like it would be handy to be able test analyses as you add variables via hot key (Ctrl + e, perhaps).

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  4. Ability to export specific elements (parents and child) using XML with PI System Explorer

    If you export an XML file for a migration you can not specifically designate what parent and child elements you want to migrate

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  5. Attribute traits limits should handle questionable flag or old timestamp of snapshot

    AF Attribute traits should add the functionality of flagging questionable data (if PIPointDR has currently the questionable flag turned on) or the value has a current snapshot timestamp older than a certain relative time.

    2 votes
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  6. enhance rollup analysis to perform more complex calculations.

    I would like to enhance rollups analysis so I can perform more complex calculations. Ideally I would like to be able to build my own functions for example sum of squares...

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  7. Multi State for PI System Explorer

    We use PI System Explorer as a data consumption and management tool. We would like to have the option to configure multi states such that an attribute "row" in the attribute tab would be colored based on value criteria.

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  8. Enable Trace logging per Notification or Notification Template

    As an PI System administrator, I would like to leave the Trace flag on for important Notifications. This would avoid having to wait for an issue to reoccur to troubleshoot. Currently the Trace flag is a service wide property. If left on for an extended period of time, the logs get flooded and the log files consume quite a bit of disk space.

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  9. A pop-out/undocked editor for PI Analysis Expressions

    Editing expressions that have multiple rows of statements can be difficult in PI System Explorer due to small editor window. It would be useful to be able to pop-out/undock the editor window so it can be maximized/re-sized/etc.

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  10. Create event frames with minimum, maximum, and standard deviation attributes

    If a user has PI points that are calculated with average, maximum, and standard deviation time range method, it would be great if those points can be referenced as attributes in an event frame template. Right now the time context needed to calculate  a minimum, maximum, or standard deviation is not exposed within an event frame. It would be helpful if the time context can be exposed in event frame templates.

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  11. Microsoft Store for Business with PI client tools

    Please consider distributing PI System client tool via "Microsoft Store for Business" https://businessstore.microsoft.com/en-us/store/search?q=OSIsoft

    This would be a convenient way to install and update PI System Management Tools (SMT), PI System Explorer, PI ProcessBook, PI SQL Commander (PI OLEDB\PI OLEDBEnt), PI DataLink, and PI Builder, etc.

    This would also remove the hassle of packaging the software installers in the enterprise software package management systems.

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  12. Support for Windows event logging

    As a system administrator, I need to integrate PI System logging into my SEIM, so that I can manage PI System events consistent with other applications in a centrally managed system.

    Most PI System applications leverage the Applications and Services Logs in the Windows event logs. As the built-in logging mechanism for the Windows platform, there are a number of forwarding, aggregation, and management options for the Windows event logs. The PI Data Archive logs to the Windows Application event logs as a fallback if the PI Message subsystem is unavailable, but some of the metadata for the events is…

    2 votes
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  13. Allow a select feature on rollup using the mouse.

    Currently you have to type the attribute you wish to rollup by hand. Some of our customers have expressed interest in being able to select one attribute with the mouse rather than typing anything. Wildcard characters do work but some customers who use templates often have large similarities between attribute names.

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  14. Rename "PIAFBuilder" to "PI Builder" in Excel's add-in lists

    The name "PIAFBuilder" still appears in at least 2 places in Excel (see the attached screenshots):
    File → Options → Add-ins
    Developer tab → COM Add-ins

    Please change the name to "PI Builder". "PI AF Builder" was the name of PI Builder before PI AF Builder incorporated the functionality of the PI Tag Configurator.

    2 votes
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  15. PI Manual Logger Web should allow access to in-progress Recent Tour Runs from other clients

    PI Manual Logger Web should allow a user to start a new tour run on one machine, save it part-way through, and then load and finish the tour run on another machine. For example, if a user in the field begins a tour run on a tablet that dies or has a hardware malfunction, they should be able to continue and finish the same tour run from a different tablet instead of having to start a new tour run.

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  16. Have a consistent presence of a terminating \ in the PIHOME and PIHOME64 environment variables

    By default, PIHOME is "C:\Program Files (x86)\PIPC" and PIHOME64 is "C:\Program Files\PIPC". For new installations, please consider either having the terminating \ on both or removing the terminating \ from both. The current inconsistency can confuse anyone that tries to write the path to anything within the PIHOME or PIHOME64 folder.

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  17. Consistently name the local groups that PI adds

    Some examples of names of the local groups that PI adds are:
    AFQueryEngines
    AFServers
    PI Buffering Administrators
    PI Connector Administrators
    PI Web API Admins

    Please consider making the naming more consistent. For example:
    PI Asset Framework Query Engines
    PI Asset Framework Servers
    PI Buffer Subsystem Administrators
    PI Connector Administrators
    PI Web API Administrators

    At the very least, please make sure that the group names start with "PI" so that the PI groups are grouped together when the groups are sorted in alphabetical order, much like what was done for the PI services.

    2 votes
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  18. Expand the plug-ins by default when PI System Management Tools is opened

    PI administrators that keep their PI system up to date will likely hide all of the many deprecated plug-ins in PI System Management Tools. There are few enough plug-ins remaining that the left pane can be fully expanded to show all remaining plug-ins without having to scroll. However, at the moment, when PI System Management Tools is opened, the plug-ins are collapsed by default, which is an inconvenience/punishment for PI administrators that keep their PI system up to date despite best practices being followed.

    Please consider expanding the plug-ins by default when PI System Management Tools is opened.

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  19. Use a consistent order of settings when adding a new PI Identity versus editing an existing PI Identity

    When you go to add a new PI Identity, the settings appear in this order:
    Identity
    Server
    Description
    Identity cannot be deleted
    Identity cannot be used in a Mapping
    Identity cannot be used in a Trust
    Identity is disabled

    However, when you go to edit a PI Identity, the settings appear in this order:
    Server
    Identity
    Description
    Type
    Identity cannot be deleted
    Identity is disabled
    Identity cannot be used in a Mapping
    Identity cannot be used in a Trust

    Please use a consistent order across both cases.

    2 votes
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  20. Request that the install kit inform the user of pending installs and unintalls

    Today a coworker requested that I install the web api and web crawler on an application server that already was running analysis and notifications.  I ran the AF install kit, selected api and crawler because I just wanted to add those and the software performed the install but also uninstalled analysis and notifications without warning.  It was probably a bad assumption on my part that it would only install what I asked it to and do nothing else.

    Please pass this along to tech support and/or developers.  Request that the install kit inform the user of pending installs and unintalls.

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