#127 – Managing DPK Archives


This week on the podcast Kyle and Dan discuss different strategies for managing DPK archive files. Dan also discovers a few small improvements in the 8.56 PS_HOME and where to find the mythical Application DPK files.

Show Notes

  • App Designer Bug in 8.56 @ 1:00
  • 8.56 PS_HOME @ 5:00
  • Client Tools Install @ 8:30
  • Application DPK @ 11:00
  • Mananging DPK Archives @ 14:30

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.

#87 – PeopleTools 8.56

PeopleTools 8.56 has been released. This week on the podcast we talk about new features in 8.56 that we are excited about and dive into some of the changes to Deployment Packages.

Show Notes

  • 8.56 is out! @ 2:00
  • Platform Changes @ 4:45
  • Fluid Changes @ 7:00
  • Event Mapping API? @ 11:00
  • Searching Improvements @ 11:45
  • PUM @ 14:00
  • Portal Changes @ 18:30
  • Unified Navigation @ 21:00
  • PTSYS Database @ 26:30
  • Classic Plus @ 30:15
  • PSCBO @ 34:30
  • Role/PL Aliases @ 35:15
  • Event Mapping @ 37:45
  • VCD Still Around @ 40:00
  • Change Assistant @ 41:45
  • Deployment Packages @ 48:00
  • RECONNECT @ 68:00

#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

#53 – UMRUG 2016 Fall Recap

This week on the podcast, Charlie Sinks joins us to talk about everything we learned at the Upper Midwest Regional User Group meeting. We talk about PeopleTools 8.56, changes in Lifecycle Management, Fluid adoption, Elasticsearch, Dan’s DPK session, and much more.

We want to make this podcast part of the community discussion on PeopleSoft administration. If you have comments, feedback, or topics you’d like us to talk about, we want to hear from you! You can email us at podcast@psadmin.io, tweet us at @psa_io, or use the Twitter hashtag #psadminpodcast.

You can listen to the podcast here on psadmin.io or subscribe with your favorite podcast player using the URL below, or subscribe in iTunes.

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Show Notes

  • Benefits of the Roundtable @ 3:30
  • Roundtable Topics:
    • Extending 9.1 Support @ 5:15
    • Current Versions of PeopleTools @ 6:30
    • Fluid, Fluid, and more Fluid @ 8:45
    • Classic Plus @ 10:45
    • Classic Pages and Support @ 14:00
    • Elasticsearch in 8.55.11 @ 17:45
    • Getting started with Decoupled Homes @ 25:30
    • Conditional Navigation @ 32:00
    • 9.2 Upgrade and Tools? @ 35:45
    • PeopleTools 8.56 Details @ 39:30
      • Selective Adoption
      • ACM
      • Event Mapping
      • BI Publisher
      • The “PeopleSoft” name
  • Dan’s DPK Talk @ 52:00
  • LifeCycle Management
    • PTF, Usage Monitor and PTF Upgrade Utility @ 57:00
    • PUM Environments for Testing @ 61:30
    • How to determine the PeopleSoft Image you are on @ 67:45
    • Keeping older PeopleSoft Images @ 72:15
    • Best Practices for Lifecycle Management Red Paper @ 78:00
    • PUM Analytics @ 79:00

#47 – Oracle OpenWorld 2016

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about announcements from Oracle Open World. We hit the highlights for PeopleSoft Administrators and grade our predictions from last week. Dan also shares why Windows 95 was connecting to PeopleTools 8.55 environments.

We want to make this podcast part of the community discussion on PeopleSoft administration. If you have comments, feedback, or topics you’d like us to talk about, we want to hear from you! You can email us at podcast@psadmin.io, tweet us at @psa_io, or use the Twitter hashtag #psadminpodcast.

You can listen to the podcast here on psadmin.io or subscribe with your favorite podcast player using the URL below, or subscribe in iTunes.

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Show Notes

  • Windows 95 Users? @ 1:15
  • Elasticsearch/Kibana Graphs @ 6:00
  • psadmin Hidden Menu Follow-up @ 11:45
  • 8.56 Release Date @ 13:30
    • After recording the episode, we clarified that the PeopleTools 8.56 release date was not announced.
  • Classic Plus @ 16:30
  • Classic UI Support @ 21:15
  • Page Composer @ 28:00
  • Elasticsearch Updates @ 30:30
  • Re-delivering Mobile Expenses Module in Fluid @ 36:15
  • Oracle Cloud Manager @ 38:45
  • Oracle Cloud on Premise @ 39:30
  • Oracle Community Ideas @ 42:30
  • Grading Our OOW Predictions @ 44:00

Thanks to Graham Smith and Javier Delgado for their write-ups and everyone on Twitter who kept us up-to-date.