psadmin.conf: Automation Challenges for Administrators

The next video from psadmin.conf 2018 is available! Nate Werner focuses on sing change management (Git/GitHub) for your collection of admin and monitoring scripts and setting up GitHub branches for non-prod, production, with a change approval process and team code review. Nate also shares solutions for managing passwords with scripts, how to abstract them and prevent passwords from leaking in logs. He also shows how Rundeck can be used to protect and audit your script execution (streamline vault access).

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#162 – Top 5 – Intro to Elasticsearch (#25)


This week Dan talks about using a PS_APP_PATCH_HOME environment variable, Kyle discusses PeopleSoft features that require Windows servers and then we give an introduction to Elasticsearch.

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161 – Top 5: Apply Your CPU Patches! (#80)


This week, Kyle and Dan talk about using Vagrant snapshots with Vagabond, strategies for managing psft_customizations.yaml files and demonstrating Fluid to end users. Dan shares a story of how an unpatched WebLogic server can leave your PeopleSoft application vulnerable to hackers.

Show Notes

  • Securing the Oracle Listener @ 1:30
  • Vagabond and Vagrant Snapshots @ 2:00
  • Vault and Hiera @ 7:45
  • Remote Desktop Spanning @ 14:00
  • Why You Apply CPU Patches – A Story @ 16:30
  • CPU Patching Wishlist @ 23:30
  • DPK and Middleware-only @ 33:15
  • psft_customizations.yaml strategies @ 39:00
  • Upgrading Interaction Hub @ 50:00
  • Demoing Fluid @ 57:00

#160 – Preloading Cache


This week on the podcast, Kyle shares his thoughts on apply CPU vs. PSU java patches and Dan explains the different options for preloading application server cache.

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#159 – Serverless and PeopleSoft


This week on the podcast, Dan discusses some tuning considerations for Elasticsearch and Kyle gives us an overview of serverless computing and how PeopleSoft could use it.

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#158 – Federated User Preferences


This week on the podcast, Dan shares some new ideas to improve the DDDAudit and SYSAudit reports, and Kyle discusses how federated User Preferences work in a clustered environment.

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#157 – Incident Investigation


This week on the podcast, Dan shares a Terraform hands-on Lab from OpenWorld and Kyle has some ideas to replace Health Center. Then Dan shares his experience investigating an incident with PeopleSoft and what he learned.

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#156 – Open World 2018 Recap


This week on the podcast, Graham Smith and Jim Marion join us to recap Open World 2018. We discuss the new Drop Zones feature, Graham’s view of smart customizations, Jim’s tips for working with the Fluid Homepage, and a review of Cloud Manager 7.

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Advanced PeopleSoft Administration – OpenWorld 2018

This week Kyle and I presented at OpenWorld 2018. Our session talked about how to take advantage of Deployment Packages, using ACM to simplify database refreshes, using psadmin-plus, and leveraging the new headless features of Change Assistant. You can view the slides here if you want to check out the presentation.