#73 – Oracle Configuration Manager

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about Query Manager bugs, changing how they apply CPU Patches, and testing partial database refreshes. Then Dan gives an overview of Oracle Configuration Manager and laments it’s unsupported status.

Show Notes

  • Collaborate Sessions
  • PeopleTools Ideas Page @ 3:30
  • IDDA Logging Follow-up @ 4:15
  • Query Manager / JSON bug @ 6:00
  • Changing how you apply CPU Patches @ 10:15
  • ProcessRestartMemoryLimit Parameter @ 18:15
  • Testing localapp @ 24:45
  • PTF being slow @ 29:15
  • SRID in Access Log @ 32:30
  • Populating Correlation Fields @ 35:30
  • Partial database refresh to grab old code @ 37:30
  • [Keeping Older PI Images] (https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1579720.1) @ 40:30
  • How do you do it: Booting domains: Serial or Parallel? @ 45:45
  • Oracle Configuration Manager @ 48:15

#72 – Alliance 2017 Recap

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle review some of the highlights from the Alliance conference. Then, they talk about about the history of PTF, hidden gems in PeopleTools, upcoming 8.56 changes and more.

Show Notes

  • Collaborate Sessions
  • PeopleTools Roadmap Session @ 2:30
    • 8.56 Supported Platform Changes
    • DPK Improvements
    • Virtual CD End of Life
  • Extending PeopleSoft the Fluid Way @ 12:00
    • Fluid Nav Collections
    • Update Save Event Mapping
  • DevOps and PeopleSoft @ 21:30
    • Calculating Automation Time Savings
  • PS Admin Toolbelt @ 25:30
  • PeopleSoft Automation and Deployment @ 31:30
    • PS_APP_HOME Patching
  • PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture Tips @ 38:00
  • PeopleTools Product Panel @ 42:15
  • Lifecycle Management Panel @ 51:45

ps-availability Version 2.0

About a year ago, I posted a project to check on the status of all our PeopleSoft environments. Our status page has become an important part of monitoring our environments. I check that page every morning and the email alerts let me be proactive in addressing environment issues. We also embedded the status page into our support teams homepage, so any team member can quickly see the status of environments.

I made some improvements to the script over the last year and am releasing them as version 2.0. The improvements for version 2.0 are:

  • Checking for Stale process schedulers. In version 1, I simply grabbed the process scheduler status and reported on that. But, if your scheduler crashes it won’t update the server status table. So, you can get situations where the page says your scheduler is running but it’s not. In version 2.0, you can configure a Stale Interval to compare the last updated time. If the last update is greater than the interval, it will report the scheduler as “Stale”.
  • I removed the interim Markdown tables that were used to create the HTML table, which let me remove the Redcarpet gem dependency. In version 2.0, the HTML tables are built as the data is collected. This let’s the script dynamically add classes for formatting, but it also lets us build more complex tables.
  • IB Domain Status reporting is in version 2.0. The status of the IB domains doesn’t impact the notifications (partly because we have some domains Inactive on purpose), but you can click on an environment row to see a report from the IB Domains page. The row embeds a table with your IB domain status so you can quickly check the status.
  • You can specify a homepage check for both Classic and Fluid so you don’t have to use the same title for both homepages. This is also useful if you are starting to roll out Fluid in some environments, but have Classic in others.

Here is a screenshot of the new status page:

version2

There are three new configuration options (in the psavailability.rb script – on the list for future improvements) with version 2.0:

  • Fluid Homepage Title Check (default: Homepage)
  • Time Zone (default: US Central)
  • Stale Interval (default: 10 minutes)

Go visit the GitHub repository to download the project and get started.

#71 – DevOps and Ansible w/ Jason Gilfoil and Eric Bolinger

This week we podcast from the Alliance 2017 Conference in Las Vegas. Jason Gilfoil and Eric Bolinger join us to talk about DevOps and Ansible with PeopleSoft. We talk about application orchestration, mixing Ansible and Puppet, customizing the DPK and more.

Show Notes

  • Introducing Jason Gilfoil @ 1:30
  • Introducing Eric Bolinger @ 2:45
  • What is Ansible? @ 3:30
  • What is Orchestration? @ 8:00
  • Differences between Puppet and Ansible @ 12:00
  • Puppet Master, Hiera Hash and the DPK @ 15:15
  • Managing infrastructure code with Git @ 20:45
  • Adjusting to a DevOps culture @ 27:00
  • Getting automation started in your organization @ 30:30
  • Calculating Time Saving for Automation @ 35:30
  • Choosing an automation tool @ 41:30
  • Docker @ 43:00
  • Personal Development Environments @ 45:45
  • Starting to think “cloud” @ 50:00

Running Change Assistant without “as Administrator”

One annoyance with Change Assistant (among a few) is that you have to start it “as Administrator”. If you don’t, you’ll get the message “Another instance of Change Assistant is already running” (even though it’s not). While running a program “as Administrator” is not hard, there is no reason why Change Assistant needs Administrative rights. (At least that I know of).

Folder Security

The fix to run Change Assistant without Administrator is to set the folder security permissions correctly. If you install Change Assistant to the default directory, C:\Program Files\PeopleSoft\Change Assistant, the Change Assistant folder security needs to be updated. Grant the user (or group) who will be running Change Assistant Full Control over the directory. In my case, I granted the group “Authenticated Users” full access to the folder.

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Now you can start Change Assistant as a normal application.

PeopleTools Idea

There is an Idea on the Oracle PeopleSoft Space for the PeopleTools team to fix this. If you want to vote for the Idea, you can do that here.

I don’t remember where I originally saw this solution, so I can’t give appropriate credit, but I want to thank whoever posted about this in the past.

#70 – Attachments

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about Log Correlation fields, resetting SES security filters, and getting started with the ACM. Then they dig into storing attachments and searching attachments with SES and Elasticsearch.

Show Notes

#69 – PeopleSoft Cloud Manager

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle discuss the new PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and our initial impressions. We also talk about testing database backups, getting app server error reports and an Adventure in MOS.

Alliance 2017 Sessions

Show Notes

#68 – pscipher

This week, Dan and Kyle talk about IDDA logging, managing queries and different SAML options for PeopleSoft.. Then they talk about different strategies for using Demo databases and the pscipher utility.

Show Notes

#66 – Catch-up Projects w/ Charlie Sinks

This week on the podcast, Charlie Sinks joins us to talk about Image “Catch-up Projects”. We talk about different strategies to simplify customization retrofits, reviewing bugs and new features, and application testing strategies. We also talk about making architecture changes to work with the DPK, and Charlie shares an Oh No! story.

Show Notes

  • OS Change Update @ 1:30
  • First “catch-up” projects @ 6:45
    • Strategies to Simplify Retrofitting @ 9:30
  • Reviewing New Images @ 17:30
  • Testing “catch-up” projects @ 23:30
  • Charlie’s Introduction @ 29:00
  • Implementing Rundeck @ 34:00
  • Architecture Changes with the DPK @ 42:00
  • What is one app you hate to close? @ 51:00
  • Charlie’s Oh No! Story @ 60:00