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I'm not a ProcessBook guru, but I think it depends if you're doing a one-time converting job - going from OldPIServer to NewPIServer, or if you want to create a parallell set of ProcessBook files for Server2. If you're converting, I guess you'll just set up a server alias in the PI SDK connections dialog, so that calls to the old server is routed to the new server. If you want a parallell set I'm not really shure how to do this.
Thanks for reply. I am migrating from old to new PI server.
There are two ways I can think of. Firstly the geek way: write a vba script that loops through each symbol and change the point name to the new server. Two the quick and dirty way: remove all references to Server1 in the connections (About-SDK -> Connections) then open the display in process book, you will be prompted for a new server; select Server 2 from the drop down list; check the display and save.
Is Server2 restored on another set of hardware from the backup of Server1? If it is the case, then you can just follow Michael's suggestion 2.
If not, for example a case where Server2 is a new server after Server 1 is merged with another server, then it would be good to go into \Program Files\PIPC\dat\procbook.ini, and change the setting "PB2TagResolution=0" to "PB2TagResolution=1" before doing that.
This is to tell ProcessBook to resolve tags on the new server using tagname before using pointid. This can avoid cases where the a tag has different pointid on Server1 and Server2, and ProcessBook resolves to the wrong point based on pointid.
Sweet tip, Han! I've been looking for functionality like that.
We're often asked by customers to convert (to SVG) and adapt (resolution-wise) ProcessBook-files so they can be used in Sharepoint, and one of the guys here did it with appr. 40 files before noticing that it picked tag by point id - instead of tagname. And after that we've really only had two options - either get a virtualized copy of the customers entire PI Server, or doing the converting job on one of the computers at the customers.
You may want to take a look here for the PI ProcessBook Support Tool.
From the manual:
Tag Search and Replace
This Tool is used to change symbols’ tag names in PI ProcessBook files. It is intended to assist with migrating displays and workbooks from one PI Server to another or with changes to tag names.
The second tip worked absolutely fine for me.
Your suggestion will certainly help in case we face such a situation.
The problem is now solved :) . I will keep the file for records.