#247 – Cloud Manager Kit


This week on the podcast, Dan talks about a contextual Nav Bar idea and then he and Kyle discuss the idea of using the Cloud Manager libraries for general automation.

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Environment Template Security in Cloud Manager

Now that Cloud Manager is here, we have self-service ability to create PeopleSoft environments in OCI. Cue Uncle Ben… “With great power comes great responsibility.” Having a self-service portal that allows for the creation of these environments is fantastic, but how do we put some controls around this awesome power? This is where Environment Template security comes in to play.

To create an Environment in Cloud Manager, you first need an Environment Template. This template is created using some General Details, a Topology, and finally Security. It is this security detail that will help us control who can use these templates to create environments in the future. When you are creating a template, you will see the following section 3 – Define Security in the wizard. Let’s break down what our options are.

Assign Template to Zone(s)

Templates can be assigned to a single or multiple Zones. As of Image 11, there are currently three zones to choose from:

  • Development
  • Test
  • Production

A Zone is just “a logical grouping of environments,” according to Oracle’s Cloud Manager FAQ. At this time, it doesn’t serve any other purpose outside of helping you organize your environments. I could see a level of security being added to Zones in the future. If not by Oracle, maybe a custom bolt-on?

Assign Template to Role(s)

Templates can also be assigned to PeopleSoft security Roles. Any user that has a Role specified in this section will have the ability to create an Environment based on this template. Cloud Manager delivers three roles intended to be used with templates:

  • Cloud Administrator (PACL_CAD)
  • Cloud PeopleSoft Administrator (PACL_PAD)
  • Self-Service User (PACL_SSC)

As you would expect with PeopleSoft security, you are free to create and use your custom roles here. I think the delivered roles make it clear how Oracle sees the breakdown of potential users. Users who admin OCI resources, users who admin PeopleSoft, and users of PeopleSoft who might want ad-hoc environments(thinking developers or maybe even business staff looking for demos). I could see the OCI and PS admin roles combined often. Also, the self-service user might be split out into a technical and functional role or disabled altogether. Each organization will have to review this for themselves and come up with a good policy. Just keep in mind, you can add multiple roles to each template.

Creating Environments

Once the security and other details are added to a template, it will be available to use when creating an Environment.

Only the templates the user has access to will be in the Template Name dropdown. The Zone dropdown will also be populated with available zones from the selected template. If a single zone were added, this would be auto-selected and read-only.

Overall, I feel that Environment Template security offers a lot of control. It gives us enough control to provide a level of self-service environment deployments if desired. I do look forward to seeing actual functionality added to Zones. It might be easier to manage this security if we could somehow control access by zone versus strictly individual template security.

#245 – Bring Your PET to Work


This week on the podcast, Jim Marion joins us to talk about PTF and the changes to Selenium, Kibana related content, and (re)introduces Pluggable Encryption Technology.

If you want to learn more about PeopleTools, Fluid, Integrations and so much more, Jim offers the best PeopleSoft training out there.

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#239 – AutoMgrLock


This week on the podcast, Kyle shares an idea for a drop zone in Cloud Manager, and then he and Dan discuss the AutoMgrLock feature in the application server.

#237 – Approaches to PIs



This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle talk about some older frameworks in PeopleSoft and why they didn’t catch on. Then Kyle shares some approaches to manage your PIs and why each solution might be a fit for you.

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#235 – Wireshark


This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle discuss “toil”: what it is and how it affects your team. Then Dan shares a debugging story about the Integration Broker and how he solved the issue with Wireshark.

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#228 – Health Center 8.58


This week on the podcast, Dan shares his experience with the new VisualCOBOL compiler and how to reorder Signon PeopleCode. Kyle shares his first impressions with the new Health Center in PeopleTools 8.58.

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psadmin.conf: System Performance Data Collection

In this session from psadmin.conf 2018, Frank Dolezal shares how he collects logs and system analytics to address a number of system issues. He explains how they can track average performance trends in the system, identify errors an anomalies, catch new issues before they are reported, and more.

We released the videos from psadmin.conf as a free course so you can find the sessions 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.

#227 – Firefox Containers


This week on the podcast, Kyle explains how Firefox App Containers work and how he uses them when testing with PeopleSoft, and Dan shares some updates to the Vagabond project.

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