#168 – Subsequent Pass


This week on the podcast, Dan shares some changes when applying Change Packages with PeopleTools 8.57. He explains the new Subsequent Pass mode and what changed with the Move to Production mode. Kyle shares some changes with PT_COMMON, and then Dan and Kyle discuss serer naming conventions.

Show Notes

#167 – Troubleshooting Elasticsearch


This week on the podcast, Dan goes through a list of troubleshooting steps for Elasticsearch that he has encountered over the last year. Dan and Kyle discuss shard management, replica settings, setting the JVM heap side, and monitoring Elasticsearch with Cerebro and ElasticHQ.

Show Notes

  • ERDs for HR @ 1:30
  • Elasticsearch “slow” @ 5:00
  • Elasticsearch – Unassigned Shards @ 9:00
    • curl -u esadmin:password -XGET esserver:9200/_cat/shards?h=index,shard,prirep,state,unassigned.reason | grep UNASSIGNED
  • Elasticsearch replica settings @ 16:00
  • Cerebro @ 24:00
  • Elasticsearch URL querying @ 30:00

#166 – Refresh Processes


This week on the podcast, Kyle shares a great MOS document that explains how psadmin issues tuxedo commands and asks if we could hook into that setup. Then Dan and Kyle discuss their ideal refresh process if they were to start from scratch.

Show Notes

#165 – Top 5 – Agile PeopleSoft (#105)


This week on the podcast, Charlie Sinks joins us to talk about the Upper Midwest Regional User Group. We talk about using Agile with PeopleSoft, our experiences with Elasticearch, the Idea Space for PeopleTools, and using Git with PeopleSoft.

Show Notes

  • Chatbots Demo @ 3:30
  • Agile and PeopleSoft @ 11:00
    • SCRUM
    • Kanban
    • SAFE
  • Elasticsearch Experiences @ 33:45
  • PeopleTools 8.56 Updates @ 43:30
  • Testing Effort for Certifications @ 45:30
    • AIX/Solaris: pspuppet.sh is used to prepare the environment. Need to invoke if the bootstrap or puppet failed and you need to re-run
  • Idea Space @ 50:15
  • Advanced PS Admin Talk @ 56:30
  • Orchestration @ 61:00
  • Using Git @ 67:30

#164 – Top 5 – Purging Cache (#105)



This week on the podcast, Kyle finds the ProcessRestartMemoryLimit does not work as expected, Dan finds that the Purge Cache command has changed in 8.56, and Kyle recaps a successful Go-Live for PeopleTools 8.55 and Fluid Navigation.

Show Notes

  • Page and Field CONFIGURATOR Follow-up @ 1:00
  • October CVE Details @ 6:00
  • Understanding ProcessRestartMemoryLimit @ 11:30
  • Purge Cache Change in 8.56 @ 19:45
  • Elasticsearch 04 DPK, POC Patches @ 25:30
  • Unified Nav and My Favorites @ 31:30
  • 8.55 and Fluid Nav Go-Live Success and Issues @ 38:15

psadmin.conf: Terraforming PeopleSoft

The next video from psadmin.conf 2018 is available! Kyle Benson and Dan Iverson look at Terraform, a cloud provisioning tool, and show how psadmin.io uses Terraform to build training environments. Terraform works with Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Public Cloud, and many more cloud providers. Terraform can deploy a single server, or an infrastructure for 100 people, from a single command. The session will also talk about ps-terraform, an open source project to help you build PeopleSoft Images on the cloud.

We released the conference videos as a free course so you can find the videos in one place. Head over to the psadmin.io courses page and sign up. If you already signed up for the course, you can log in and the new video will be available.

#163 – Top 5 – Elasticsearch with Wayne Fuller (#54)


This week on the podcast we welcome back Wayne Fuller to talk about Elasticsearch. Wayne gives an excellent introduction into using Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft, some lesson’s learned from his testing, and highlights the benefits of switching to the new search tool.

One quick note – after recording, Wayne got clarification that you cannot cut over to Elasticsearch by index, only by user. -dan

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 or tweet us at @psa_io.

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

  • Testing Elasticsearch @ 1:00
  • Elasticsearch and IB Changes @ 5:00
  • Shards and Replicas @ 8:00
  • Elasticsearch Infrastructure @ 13:00
  • Elasticsearch Speed @ 17:15
  • Search Framework Architecture Changes @ 18:00
  • Integration Broker Impacts @ 25:00
  • Attachment Processing @ 28:00
  • Planning an Elasticsearch Deployment @ 31:30
  • Improving the Search Framework @ 38:30
  • Elasticsearch REST Interface @ 42:45
  • Health Center and Elasticsearch @ 46:00
  • Delete Processing @ 50:00
  • Beta Testing Experience @ 55:30

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).

We released the videos as a free course so you can find the videos in one place. Head over to the psadmin.io courses page and sign up. If you already signed up for the course, you can log in and the new video will be available.

#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.

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 or tweet us at @psa_io.

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

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