This week on the podcast, Kyle follows up on his psc and psp bug, Dan doesn’t like the SSL setup in Linux and Kyle shares a great utility called chroot.
That’s right, its another Change Assistant episode. Dan shares some updates to Change Assistant in 8.56, some 8.57 speculation, and applying PeopleTools Upgrades headlessly. Kyle shares an ACM discovery, and the PeopleTools Idea Space updates.
- VisualStudio Code PeopleSoft Plugin Follow-up @ 1:30
- GitLab Plugin for VSCode @ 3:15
- PeopleTools Idea Space @ 5:00
- ACM PTSFAdministerRemoteSearch @ 12:00
- 8.56 Change Assistant Updates @ 17:15
- Customization Repository
- Change Assistant and the DPK in 8.57?
- App Designer Change Package Support
- Headless PeopleTools Upgrades @ 30:00
This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle talk about cloud provisioning tools and how they could work for PeopleSoft Admins, Mike Ripley’s POC for securing WebLogic, and changes to the Change Assistant installation process.
- LinuxFilter Proof of Concept for WebLogic @ 1:30
- Insecure PeopleSoft Settings @ 6:00
- Random Default Local Node Name @ 9:30
- ps-terraform and working with cloud provisioning tools @ 15:00
- Change Assistant Installation Changes @ 26:00
- Headless PeopleTools Patching with Change Assistant @ 35:00
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.
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()
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
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):
There are multiple ways to install Change Assistant with 8.56.
tools_client\setupPTClient.baton the PeopleSoft Image
- Use the
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:
- Installing an older version of Change Assistant will error if the
PeoplesoftCA.txthas a newer version in it.
- 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.
- Instead, there is a
setup.batscript to perform the installation.
- At OpenWorld, we heard that 8.56 included Change Assistant for Linux but you had to look for it. Now we have a
setup.shscript for Change Assistant on Linux.
- The installation process is powered by Python, not an installation wizard. This follows suit with the DPK changes and supports multiple platforms.
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.
- Crypto Currency Exploit on PeopleSoft Web Servers @ 1:30
- Health Center with PeopleSoft Images @ 6:00
- Elasticsearch Clustering Improvements in 8.56 @ 17:00
- Invalid Views @ 19:00
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.
This week on the podcast, Kyle recaps the Phire User Group meeting, his PTF talk, and shares a nice tip on integrating Usage Monitor with PTF scripts. Then, Dan and Kyle discuss the latest changes with HR Image 23 and PeopleTools 8.56 and forcing users to adopt new technologies.
- Phire User Group Meeting Recap @ 2:00
- Kyle’s PTF Session @ Reconnect @ 17:30
- Usage Monitor and PTF @ 20:00
- Free Page Composer Course @ 27:00
- Oracle DB VM Build Scripts @ 29:00
- Powershell Style Guide 35:00
- Bash Style Guide from Google @ 37:00
- Change Assistant Command Line Improvements @ 41:00
- Forced Adoption @ 44:00
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.
- 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
This is a short post, but hopefully helpful. I recently discovered that you can turn on Change Assistant with a debug mode using an environment variable. There is no documentation on this, but it seems to work well and might help you resolve any issues you have with Change Assistant.
To enable the debug mode, set the
PSCADBG environment variable. I used “true” for the value, but any value should work.
Then launch Change Assistant from the command line:
c:\Program Files\PeopleSoft\Change Assistant\changeassistant.bat
In the command line you should see the debug output, like this:
Signed on to 'PSFTDB'. Using c:\PT8.55.13_Client_ORA\ Attempt to signon using PS/PS@PSFTDB Controller sending c:\PT8.55.13_Client_ORA client -com.peoplesoft.pt.changeassistant.pshome.request.db.SignOnDatabase Controller received from c:\PT8.55.13_Client_ORA client -com.peoplesoft.pt.changeassistant.pshome.request.db.SignOnDatabase Signed on to 'PSFTDB'. Using c:\PT8.55.13_Client_ORA\
This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about planning PeopleTools and Catch-up projects, BI Publisher security, and how to turn off excessive BI Publisher logging. We also talk about slowly killing COBOL with PeopleSoft (it’s not dead yet) and using multiple Change Assistant installations.
- Collaborate Sessions
- New Elastic Stack 5.2 features @ 2:00
- Tabs v. Spaces – Language Analysis @ 3:00
- JQ – command line JSON parser @ 5:30
choco install jq
- ps-availability 2.0 @ 7:30
- SQL Server 2016 is Certified @ 13:30
- PT 8.55.14 DPK – more recent binaries @ 15:30
- Killing COBOLs off slowly @ 19:30
- COBOL DPK Follow-up @ 24:00
- BI Pub Security @ 26:15
- BI Publisher Logging @ 29:15
- Patch for BI Pub/Query Manager output @ 33:00
- OS Update from Kyle @ 34:45
- Oracle Linux or RedHat?
- Planning PeopleTools and Catch-up Projects 43:00
- Kicking off a Catch-up Project @ 54:00
- Multiple Change Assistant Installations @ 57:30