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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.

    24 votes
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  2. 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

    24 votes
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  3. As an avid user/admin of AF, in PSE I would like an option to display large attribute values with commas

    Currently, in PSE there is no way to display attribute values greater than or equal to 1000 with commas for the thousands separators. Ex: 1,234,456 instead of 123456. This option exists in other PI Clients (i.e. PI Vision) and should be available in all PI Clients.

    23 votes
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    0 comments  ·  Asset Framework (AF)  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. AF Transformer sync functionailty


    1. AF Transformer should be able to sync changes made in the source AF Database: if an element is added, deleted or edited.  For the deletions there should be a way to select the behavior: delete an object from the target database, place it under a different hierarchy, rename or do nothing. 

    2. It would be also helpful to have an additional AF property in AF - deletion flag. A power user will be reviewing a list of elements flagged for deletion and will be making a decision - delete, rename, move or do nothing (similar to functionality in the connectors admin…
    23 votes
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  5. AF Elements reference across AF Databases

    Customer would like to be able to use AF Data References to reference AF Elements that reside in different AF Databases. This would allow him to not have to replicate elements and attributes across multiple databases.

    23 votes
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  6. Add a function to calculate the week number of the year

    In order to calculate the current shift operating at a plant, I need to calculate where in the 28-day cycle the current week is. Knowing which week of the year it is allows me to do that. Note that current PI weekday functions always count Sunday as Day 1, while some Excel functions count Monday as Day 1. It might be important to have an option to specify which day of the week is Day 1.

    23 votes
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    3 comments  ·  Analytics & Calculations  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Allow nested operations in AF Asset Analytic functions for 'attribute attname'

    KB00868 recommends Asset Analytics as the right job, but there are some major limitations that inhibit ease of use and deployment, specifically around operations on >1 attribute or tag simultaneously.

    To improve this, AF analyses functions that take in data of type "attribute attname" should be able to process an expression that returns type attribute. Perhaps limited to periodic analyses other toggleable somehow, as there is potential to use a lot of CPU cycles.

    == Example 1: Totalized Mass Flow ==
    Given FIT-001 and DIT-002, return the totalized mass flow (say, kg) over an interval. The current process:
    1. Create…

    22 votes
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  8. Ability to clear and not send notifications on Notification service startup.

    We've had issue with Notifications spamming users with events should a PI collective member stop getting data.

    At times, we need to disable the notification service until we can resolve the issue. After the issue is resolved, we need to start the notification service, and need an option to have it not send past email notifications.

    To be clear, clear all past events on service startup.

    22 votes
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  9. Enable tracing for one individual Analysis

    On a highly loaded system with thousands of analysis i have one analysis that is misbehaving, missing executions but no skipped count, etc. Currently tracing enables tracing for ALL analysis creating an ocean of logging to plough through for that one event every few days.

    As an AF administrator i would like to turn on Tracing for one or more individual analysis to investigate rare issues that happen over time, without logging ALL analysis evaluations as 99.9999% runs fine.

    22 votes
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  10. Improve search Capabilities of Management Tab

    A few minor improvements to the search and filtering capabilities of the management tab could save time when doing backfills at scale - for example after transferring several elements from a development server.  If possible the following search capabilities could be very useful:
    -Improve search by template: Currently when searching by template every analysis will be listed and in alphabetical order by analysis - not template name which makes it difficult to search. It could be helpful if it were possible to choose one template and every analysis associated with that template would be included.  At the very least, adjust…

    22 votes
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  11. Allow different naming for Parent and Child Event Frames

    Allow a different naming pattern for the child event frames. End result would have the long, uniquely named EFs in the Parent EF as usual, but the Child EFs could have a simplified name, like the level of an alarm that is pulled from an attribute value (capable as of AF 2017 R2).

    22 votes
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  12. Tag Search GUI consistency among client tools

    Consistency among tag search GUIs within client products (PI Builder, DataLink, SMT, ProcessBook, etc.)  The search in PI Builder has limited functionality and would be nice to have the same search GUI as used in SMT and ProcessBook.

    22 votes
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  13. Which tags are being used by a PI Analysis

    As a PI Administrator, I want to know which tags are being used at which PI Analysis so I can know exactly if there is already another Analysis writing to a tag and avoid duplicated or wrong data.

    22 votes
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  14. Remove installation kits' dependency on write permission to root C:\.

    Some organizations do not provide admin accounts with write permission to the root C:\ directory. The install kits of most PI products copy the setup.ini to C:\pisetup.ini, and then write the logs to C:\ before moving them to %pipc%\dat, both of which require write permission to C:. The only workaround for now is to find someone with that permission to run the kit (typically an IT member).

    22 votes
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  15. Scheduled backfilling for a specific time frame on analyses

    Add the capability to perform scheduled backfills for a specific time frame, for analyses created on PI System Explorer.

    22 votes
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  16. Option to not capture value for event frames generation

    As an engineer I need the option to not capture values for event frames generation so that if I have out-of-order events, I don't have to recapture the values.

    Note: This was previously Enhancement 114349.

    22 votes
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  17. More functions to support operations on arrays

    The arrays in Expression and Event Frame Generation analyses are useful, but use cases are emerging where more functions are needed to reduce/calculate the arrays in more streamlined fashion. For example, Concat function should support array of characters to construct a string.

    21 votes
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  18. 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

    21 votes
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  19. Improve UI for Analysis Service Statistics

    It can be difficult to locate an analysis group in the current (2.9.5) UI for the Analysis Statistics in a large system. Currently the groups are organized in decreasing order of lag which is great to troubleshoot latency issues. However, if one wants to keep an eye on the performance of a particular group, they must scroll through the list to find the group which can be painful in a large system. This comes up frequently when trying to see if a group is has some skip counts.

    One way of improving the UI could be to include the type…

    21 votes
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  20. Order by name (alphanumerically) the Analysis in the Management tab in PI System Explorer

    I would like to be able to order by name (alphanumerically) the Analysis in the Management tab in PI System Explorer after retrieving a list of analyses through a search/filtering. This could be done by clicking on the Name column.

    21 votes
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