Change Assistant 8.56 Installation Changes

Starting in Change Assistant 8.56, a new file is used to track the installations of Change Assistant, C:\Windows\PeoplesoftCA.txt. While Change Assistant 8.55 let us install multiple versions at the same time, 8.56 now tracks which your Change Assistant installations.

C:\Windows\PeoplesoftCA.txt

1 8.56.05  c:\psft\ca\hr025-8.56.05
2 8.56.05  c:\psft\ca\hrtst-8.56.05

The Change Assistant installer scripts set the path for the file. On Windows, is uses the WINDIR environment variable and on Linux it generates a temporary folder.

if isWin() :
  winpath = os.environ['WINDIR']
else :
  winpath = tempfile.gettempdir()

The C:\Windows location doens’t seem like the best place to store this file though. C:\Windows is for Windows files, not for vendor configuration. I’d like to see this stored in a better location, like C:\ProgramData\Peoplesoft.

If you run into errors when installing Change Assistant, especially in early releases of 8.56, try deleting the PeoplesoftCA.txt file. Earlier versions of Change Assistant used this format of the file (this is from Change Assistant 8.56.03):

INSTALL_PATH=c:\psft\ca\hr024-8.56.03

There are multiple ways to install Change Assistant with 8.56.

  1. tools_client\setupPTClient.bat on the PeopleSoft Image
  2. Use the setup.bat file under PS_HOME\setup\PsCA
  3. Silent Install option:

    .\silentInstall.bat c:\psft\ca\hr025-8.56.05 NEW NOBACKUP
    .\silentInstall.bat c:\psft\ca\hcmpum UPGRADE NOBACKUP
    

A few changes to the installation process:

  1. Installing an older version of Change Assistant will error if the PeoplesoftCA.txt has a newer version in it.
  2. The PeopleTools Installation Guide for 8.56 references the installer as setup\PsCA\installCA.exe, but in the latest 8.56.05 client tools that file does not exist.
  3. Instead, there is a setup.bat script to perform the installation.
  4. At OpenWorld, we heard that 8.56 included Change Assistant for Linux but you had to look for it. Now we have a setup.sh script for Change Assistant on Linux.
  5. The installation process is powered by Python, not an installation wizard. This follows suit with the DPK changes and supports multiple platforms.

#117 – Invalid Views


This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle discuss a WebLogic exploit used for currency mining, Dan revisits the Health Center in the latest PeopleSoft Images, and Kyle explains why you need to review the Invalid View project.

Show Notes

#116 – ps-terraform


This week on the podcast, Dan shares a new project called ps-terraform to help you build PeopleSoft Images on AWS. Kyle tries to resolve a Friday Night Ghost issue and Dan follows up on his love for Continuous Integration and the DPK.

Show Notes

  • Elasticsearch DPK Install Methods @ 1:00
  • GitLab Continuous Integration Follow-up @ 5:30
  • Friday Night Ghost @ 19:00
  • Ps-terraform @ 31:00

#115 – “Old School” Patching


This week on the podcast, Kyle goes back to applying bundles and appreciates all the improvements to Change Assistant. Dan shares his research of “Slow PO Output” and what was really going on.

Show Notes

Using ElasticHQ to Monitor Elasticsearch

There are a variety of ways to monitor Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft. You can use the Health Center, use the Elasticsearch Interact page, make API calls. But my favorite tool to keep an Elasticsearch is ElasticHQ. ElasticHQ is an open source plugin that you can easily install into Elasticsearch.

There are two ways to install ElasticHQ:

  1. Install as Plugin
  2. Download .zip

If your Elasticsearch server has access to download from the internet, you can use this command to install the ElasticHQ plugin:

PS C:\psft\elastic\pt\es2.3.3\bin> .\plugin install royrusso/elasticsearch-HQ/v2.0.2

-> Installing royrusso/elasticsearch-HQ/v2.0.2...
https://oss.sonatype.org/service/local/repositories/releases/content/royrusso/elasticsearch-HQ/v2.0.2/elasticsear
ch-HQ-v2.0.2.zip 
Trying https://github.com/royrusso/elasticsearch-HQ/archive/v2.0.2.zip 
Downloading ..........................................................
..................................................................DONE
Verifying https://github.com/royrusso/elasticsearch-HQ/archive/v2.0.2.zip checksums if available ...
Installed hq into C:\psft\elastic\pt\es2.3.2\plugins\hq

You need to specify version 2.0.2 for PeopleSoft Elasticsearch. The latest version of the ElasticHQ plugin is designed for newer versions of Elasticsearch, not the version that ships with PeopleSoft.

If your server cannot download from the internet, you can download the .zip file, extract it, and copy to base/pt/es2.3.2/plugins

To access ElasticHQ,

  1. Open a web browser and the page http://server:9200/_plugin/hq
  2. Log in with the esadmin user
  3. Click the “Connect” button to get your Elasticsearch status

If you have an Elasticsearch cluster, ElasticHQ will show you statistics about every node in the cluster.

#114 – Git Workflows


This week on the podcast, Kyle shares some changes and improvements to using Git with the Deployment Packages. Kyle and Dan also talk about Continuous Integration and how it can be used to test Deployment Package changes.

Show Notes