#89 – Gotchas

This week Kyle and Dan discuss UI improvements from Sasank and Dan’s new Fluid Stylesheets, using Git and GitLab to manage DPK files, managing Favorites with Unified Navigation and some “Gotchas” Kyle found during his 8.55 upgrade project.

Show Notes

psadmin.io Stylesheets for Fluid

Last year we released a set of stylesheets to brand your non-production environments. Those stylesheets were built for the Classic UI and not for Fluid. Today we are releasing Fluid versions of the stylesheets.

The main colors are the same, but since Fluid uses a darker color for UI the themes are darker than the Classic versions. Here screenshots of the Fluid Homepage with each theme:

Blue

Green

Grey

Orange

Purple

Red

Yellow

Improvements

One change the stylesheets make beyond the color is adding a button style around the Homepage Tab selection. This should improve the usability of the homepage (thanks to Kyle for idea and CSS).

Environments

Use the colors however you want, but the list below is how I’m using the colors:

  • DEV1 – Green
  • DEV2 – Light Blue
  • DEV3 – Purple
  • TST – Red
  • QA/UAT – Grey
  • SBX (Sandbox and Nightly Refresh) – Yellow

Installation

Installing these scripts is simple. All of the changes are included in a single Data Migration project, so you can import all the styles with the Data Migration Workbench.

  1. Download the latest IO_STYLES_FLUID.zip
  2. Unzip the IO_STYLES_FLUID.zip to your Data Migration file location.
  3. Navigate to PeopleTools > Lifecycle Management > Migrate Data > Data Migration Workbench
  4. Select “Load Project From File”
  5. Select the file location and the IO_STYLES_FUILD project.
  6. Select “Submit Project for Copy”

After the Migration Project is loaded, change the theme for your application.

  1. Navigate to PeopleTools > Portal > Branding > Branding System Options
  2. Select the IO_THEME_xxx you want.
  3. Click OK.
  4. Log out and log back in to see the changes.

Change the Logo

To change the logo, you can upload a new image file to use. You have two options:

  1. Replace the IO_WHITE_32 logo with your own image
  2. Upload a new image and change the Theme Macro Set value for PT_LOGO_IMAGE_NAME and PT_LOGO_IMAGE_NAME_SMALL

Community Thanks

A huge “Thank You” to Sasank Vemana for his excellent blog posts on Branding Fluid and Kyle for his feedback and sharing some of his CSS with the project.

#86 – Usability Testing

This week on the podcast Kyle talks about Usability Testing with his PeopleTools upgrade and moving to Fluid Navigation. Dan and Kyle also talk about Unified Navigation and the Node Network, where the Portal fits in and beefing up the Integration Broker.

Show Notes

  • Excited about Fluid @ 1:00
  • Discovering Homepage Tabs @ 3:15
  • How to Approach Usability Testing @ 9:00
  • Usability Participants @ 13:45
  • Accessibility Testing @ 18:00
  • Comparing Usability Testing before Fluid @ 22:45
  • Personalizing Homepages @ 32:00
  • Unified Navigation @ 38:30
  • Getting Lost with Unified Navigation @ 47:00
  • Integration Monitor @ 50:30
  • Making Search a Critical Component @ 55:00
  • Beefing Up the IB with Unified Nav @ 57:30

#84 – No Agenda

This week on the podcast Dan and Kyle talk with no agenda. We discuss our week and talk about Portal, PeopleTools Bugs, Fluid, Git, Deployment Packages, Puppet, OneNote, Kanban Boards and more.

Show Notes

  • Portal Projects @ 1:45
  • PeopleTools Bugs and Puppet @ 10:45
  • psadmin.io Community @ 21:00
  • Job changes @ 23:30
  • Spreading the Fluid Excitement @ 25:00
  • Selecting Fluid Nav Images @ 28:00
  • The Git “Trojan Horse” @ 31:30
  • Git Hooks, Puppet Server and getting crazy @ 39:30
  • Changes to the DPK? @ 47:00
  • Kanban Boards @ 57:00
  • Svchost.exe @ 58:30
  • OneNote Templates @ 60:30
  • Kanban Boards and Task Management @ 71:00

#82 – Embracing Fluid Navigation

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan revisit Fluid Navigation and why they are fans of the new navigation model. Kyle shares his experiences working with the DPK and his method for managing the YAML and Puppet files on servers. Dan shares a top-notch “Dad Joke”.

Show Notes

PS Admin Fluid Tile

In Episode 82 of the PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast, Kyle and I revisited the topic of Fluid Navigation. If you haven’t listened to the discussion yet, I encourage you to head over here and listen.

Part of our change in attitude with Fluid Navigation was understanding how to use the new Navigation tools available with Fluid, especially Tiles and Navigation Collections. I talk about creating a PS Admin Fluid Tile to simplify my navigation in PeopleSoft and how I enjoy using that Tile. In the video demo below, I’ll show you how to create a PS Admin Fluid Tile so you can simplify your navigation in PeopleSoft.

Richard Wood also a great write-up on on building Fluid Tiles and Navigation Collections as well.

 

#80 – Apply Your CPU Patches!

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

#79 – UMRUG 2017 Spring Recap

This week Charlie Sinks joins Kyle and Dan to recap the 2017 Spring UMRUG meeting. We discussion transitioning to Fluid, selective adoption strategies, PTF improvements, Cloud Manager, Interaction Hub and Elasticsearch. The spring meeting was a great User Group meeting and generated excellent conversations.

Show Notes

  • Robin Velayedam (PeopleSoft HCM Strategy) Keynote @ 1:45
  • Workcenters or Nav Collections? @ 9:00
  • Going to 8.55 with or without Fluid Nav @ 12:00
  • Related Actions and Fluid Navigation @ 16:00
  • July HCM Image on 8.56 @ 20:15
  • Selective Adoption Strategies @ 22:00
  • Technical Roundtable @ 31:30
    • Elasticsearch Clustering
    • How easy to set up Elasticsearch?
  • PTF Improvements in 8.56 @ 35:30
  • Oracle 12c patch and tuning recommendations @ 38:15
  • How long does it take to apply images? @ 39:30
  • Security Identity Validation Framework and Secure Transactions @ 40:45
  • Interaction Hub Panel @ 43:15
    • Unified Navigation
    • Federated Search and Notifications
  • Cloud Manager in Interaction Hub @ 53:00
  • Applying Maintenance to Cloud Manager @ 56:00
  • Elasticsearch and Alternative Uses @ 59:00
  • Taking Control of Logs with Elasticsearch @ 62:00
  • Archiving IB Data @ 67:15

#77 – Why the Cloud is Important w/ David Bain

This week on the podcast David Bain, Product Manager for PeopleTools, joins us to talk about Fluid, the Cloud and PeopleSoft, and his favorite PeopleTools features. Dan and Kyle also recap some great discussions they had at the Collaborate conference.

Show Notes

  • David Bain Interview
    • Why the cloud is important to PeopleSoft @ 2:00
    • Why Fluid is a better user interface @ 13:00
    • Favorite new PeopleTools feature @ 19:45
    • How PeopleSoft uses PTF internally @ 22:45
    • Favorite PeopleTools feature of all time @ 26:00
  • Recap of David’s Interview @ 28:00
  • Unsexy software features @ 38:00
  • “Hidden” PeopleTools features @ 39:30
  • Interaction Hub @ 45:45
  • Phire and a Testing Module @ 52:30

#76 – Hybrid Cloud w/ Jim Marion

This week on the podcast Jim Marion joins us to talk about Fluid Development, embedding PeopleSoft into cloud applications, Event Mapping, where the cloud makes sense and Jim’s new role at GreyHeller.

Show Notes

  • Jim’s Background @ 2:15
  • New Role with Grey Heller @ 3:45
  • Thoughts on the future of PeopleTools @ 6:00
  • Fluid Development @ 9:00
  • Improving App Designer @ 11:30
  • Event Mapping and Branding Objects @ 14:00
  • Using the Cloud at Grey Heller @ 25:45
  • Embedding PeopleSoft with Cloud Applications @ 32:00
  • Disadvantages of Hybrid Cloud Systems @ 43:30
  • Where the Cloud makes sense @ 47:30