Below there are a few suggestions for you to try:
- If you open PI System Explorer with the same user account that you have opened PI ProcessBook, would you receive a similar error when navigating through your tree of elements and its attributes from the same database?
- Can you create a trend with the values from an attribute from the same database you are testing?
- If you develop a console application with a similar code snippet you used on your PB Custom Component, would you see the same error message?
- The last test would be: modify your PB Custom Component and connect to your AF Server using the method Connect(NetworkCredential) and specify the credentials of a domain account that you are sure that it has read access to the PI Server.
- Check the content of the ConnectionInfo property from the PISystem object to review how your application is connecting to AF.
Don’t forget to check the PI Message Logs from the client machine and the PI Server. Also check the Windows Event Viewer to find error messages related to AF.
Hi Marcos, thanks for the reply.
Tried out the suggentions, the results:
1. Yes. But if i manually connect to PI Server the error disappear.
3. Yes, i'm getting this error with a standalone app.
4. Tested, doesn't solve the problem.
5. It returns the info "Name=LASSEPISERVER, Host=lassepiserver, Protocol=Tcp, Port=5457, AccountName=piadmin, TimeOut=00:05:00".
Looking the log i've found this message, might be the source of the problem:
26/08/2013 09:18:44,552, , Error, Failed to register a server with pibufss. [-30701] PIbufss unable to buffer due to internal problems. PIbufss cannot resolve the situation on its own : [-11446] Error retrieving buffered server configuration from the registry:  The system cannot find the specified file .. Not able to buffer SDK data. , procbook, , PISDK,,,
Can it be an enviroment problem?
Concerning the pibufss error message, I don’t believe it is related to insufficient privileges. In this case, TechSupport is the correct channel to solve this new issue. Would you like to contact them or should I report this issue to them so they could contact you?
Back to your original problem, could you please paste here the code snippet you used on your console application? I just want to understand what are you doing exactly.
Let me contact techsupport, no problem at all.
The test code is basically:
AFNamedCollectionList<AFAttribute> attrList = null; PISystems psystems = new PISystems(); PISystem psys = psystems.DefaultPISystem; psys.Connect(new System.Net.NetworkCredential("Administrator", "Administrat0r")); txtOutput.AppendText(psys.ConnectionInfo.ToString()); AFOperations.FindAttributes(this, psys.Databases.DefaultDatabase, out attrList, true, true, true, false, "");
The problem, as i think, is that the AF SDK is not setting the PI Server credentials for the Attribute Find Dialog.
Let’s do two more tests. The first one would be to create a new database in AF. Add an element and an attribute with a value. On your code, change the parameter in FindAttributes to search for attributes in this new database. Would you receive the same warning message?
AFOperations.FindAttributes(this, psys.Databases["NewDb"], out attrList, true, true, true, false, "");
What happens if you try to use the method FindElementAttributes instead of AFOperations.FindAttributes? Below you can find an example to test:
AFAttributeList allAttributes = AFAttribute.FindElementAttributes( psys.Databases.DefaultDatabase, //The AFDatabase to search for the requested objects. null, "*", null, null, AFElementType.Any, "*", null, TypeCode.Empty, true, AFSortField.Name, AFSortOrder.Ascending, 100000);
Please, let us know if you have any question.
Since you need to specify credentials to connect to the PI Server, you will need to use PISDK to explicitly create the connection before calling FindAttributes. In your code sample, you are specifying credentials for connecting to the AF Server (PISystem.Connect) which is different than the connection to the PI Server. The AF 2.5 .NET 4 version of the AFSDK has a PIServer.Connect where you can specify the credentials for the PI Server connection and not require the use of the PISDK.
It seems that your main issue is related to credentials as David pointed out.
I just wanted to note on the PIbufss errors you're seeing, could you clarify the version of your PI-SDK ?
PISDK 2012 (184.108.40.2065) supports buffering and it requires proper set up (see PISDKBuffering.chm) for PI-SDK apps to function properly on writing data through PIBufSS. It seems that the PIBufSS error your seeing is due to PIBufSS service running but it may not have proper permission on the corresponding PIServer.
Thanks for the responses. Sorry for the delay, i've been out for a day.
Marcos, i tried out the suggestion, but i really need the generic attribute search dialog.
David, that's the approach i've been trying. At first i was referencing a different AFSDK assembly version, the PIServer was missing in the lib, and i get running in circles for a while because of that. But at the final i've achieved success.
I think the problem may be related to a pi security security issue, for using weak login credentials (with no password), as listed on AF Help - PI Server Connection Problems topic.
Eddy, i'm currently using this version. Thanks for the note. i'll configure it as you said, and post, if necessary, further on.
Yes, please check your PI Security settings and create new PI Trusts and PI Mappings to check if the problem is solved.