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PI System Administration for IT Professionals

Introduction

The PI System Administration for IT Professionals class is designed for the Information Technology Professional who is tasked with maintaining the PI System. This class will concentrate on the server side of the PI System, and it will provide you with a working knowledge of the tasks required to maintain a PI System and support the technical needs of its users. It covers the utilities provided with the PI System, as well as tag and system configuration. This class covers common management tasks, understanding the data flow, and troubleshooting procedures.

The class is four days long. Class starts at 8:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 4:30 p.m. Lunch breaks are at noon each day and last 60 minutes. When making travel arrangement for the class, please plan to remain on site to the completion of the final exercise. This should be no later than 4:30 on the last day of the class. This class provides 26 classroom hours of instruction.

Note: OSIsoft Learning Group is preparing documentation to obtain IACET accreditation to offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Upon successful completion of IACET assessment, the course description will be updated with CEUs instead of classroom instruction hours.

Who Should Take This Class

I am the typical IT professional, with responsibilities to maintain the uptime of the PI System. I need to know what the application platforms are for the PI System servers. I need to know what the data pipes look like coming into and going out of the PI System. This includes protocols, ports, and mechanisms used. I need to know what tools are available to monitor the PI System health, and what tools and methods are normally used in troubleshooting. I need to know what are and how to perform routine maintenance tasks like backup and security.

Prerequisites

The student should be familiar with the following:

  • Basic Windows and Network security (why you log in, what is a domain, etc)
  • Basic directory navigation and management (using Windows Explorer, creating and finding files)
  • Some familiarity with your real time data sources (control systems, PLCs, OPC)

Class Outline

The class begins with an introduction to the PI System and its components. The student will gain an understanding of the infrastructure as a whole, and how the various pieces will contribute to their overall value of the customer.

The course will then be devoted to a series of exercises where the student is challenged to understand the data flow from device through interface and PI Server, and ultimately to the user. Students will learn how to use the various tools provided within the PI System to configure and monitor the PI Server. These sections make up the bulk of the course and are designed to give users a working knowledge and new skills to use toward real world problem solving.

These topics will be covered in each class.

  • Understanding Data Flow through the PI Server and the PI AF Server
  • The PI Interface Defined
  • PI Interface Configuration Utility
  • PI Point Attributes and Interfaces
  • Polling, Advise, and Event Points
  • Organizing your PI Tags into PI System Assets
  • What is PI Buffering?
  • Explore the PI Server Directory Structure
  • What is the Event Queue
  • Common Tuning Parameters
  • Opening the Hood of the PI AF Server
  • Safeguard Your Data
  • Securing the PI System Environment
  • Monitor Your PI System
  • A Word About PI Server and PI AF Server Collectives

Final Challenge – Building a PI System

The course end with a challenge to use all of the tools presented in class to build a PI System interfaced with a PI OPC Interface. The goal of this is two-fold: to reinforce in the student the new skills learned in the class and to allow more time for the student to ask questions and get clarification on concepts prior to returning to their job.

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