#193 – Unified Compare Reports

This week, Kyle and Dan discuss SSH port knocking, a possible MOS API for Weblogic patching, and the excellent DMSViewer tools. Dan also shares some thoughts on the Unified Compare Reports in PeopleTools 8.56+.

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#96 – Mom, I’m a spaces guy

This week on the podcast, Kyle discusses how he kept the Supplier Portal in Classic while going Fluid Nav for the rest of the application, Dan shares some Related Content feedback and some App Designer filtering tips.

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#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”.

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psadmin.io Stylesheets for 8.54 and 8.55

I’m happy to release a set of stylesheets for PeopleTools 8.55 for everyone to use. The stylesheets are based on the TANGERINE theme (8.53 look and feel), so they won’t work with Fluid pages. For people who are using the Classic look, these stylesheets are a great way to ensure your users know which environment they are using.

I’ve used stylesheets for pre-8.50 environments from Duncan Davies in the past and built custom stylesheets for 8.53. But with the Branding Framework in 8.54 and 8.55, using custom styles are even easier. Thanks to Sasank Vemana for his great posts on using the Branding Framework as well. I used his posts to build these stylesheets.


There are six styles in the project. The colors (except the purple theme) are based on the Bootstrap default theme.


Green Header

Light Blue

Light Blue Header


Purple Header


Red Header


Grey Stylesheet


Yellow Header


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

Load Stylesheets and Branding Data

You can apply the stylesheets three ways: manually load the project with App Designer and Data Mover, apply a change package with Change Assistant, or follow Sasank’s post and use the stylesheets from the GitHub repository.

App Designer

Download the change package, updIO_STYLES_855.zip, from the GitHub repository. Extract the updIO_STYLES_855.zip file to get the project and scripts. In App Designer, copy the project IO_STYLES_855 from the change package folder into the target database.


Import the ptbr_io_theme.dat file using Data Mover and the script ptbr_theme_io_imp.dms (under updIO_STYLES_855\updIO_STYLES_855_batch\filereferences\scripts).


Run the updateSystemBranding.sql script to update the Branding System Options and insert the IO_LOGO and IO_HDR_BLUE stylesheets.


Change Package

Download the change package, updIO_STYLES_855.zip, from the GitHub repository. Apply the change package against any environment where you want to use the stylesheets. (You’ll need to use the “Apply Updates” mode in newer Change Assistant versions). The change package will import the IO_STYLES_855 project, import the Branding Framework theme data, and update System Branding Options.


If you want to use the styles in your non-production environments, you can import the project and Branding Framework setup and theme data into your production database. Skip the SQL script to update the System Branding Options. Add the SQL commands from the Change Package script updateSystemBranding.sql into your refresh scripts.

8.55 Homepage

After you load the project and run the scripts, Classic pages will show up with the new stylesheest. If you are on 8.55 and want to use the Classic homepage, you’ll need to run the SQL below:

update psuseroptndefn set user_option_value = 'C' where optn_category_lvl = 'PPTL' and useroptn in ('HPPC', 'HPTABLET');

Header Color

To change the header colors, change the Additional Stylesheet on the “PeopleTools > Portal > Branding > Branding System Options” page.

Change Header Color


There are two ways you can replace the logo with your own:

  1. Replace the IO_LOGO file under “PeopleTools > Portal > Branding > Branding Objects > Images”
  2. Upload your logo as a new image and replace the IO_LOGO reference in the IO_LOGO css file.


I have created a GitHub project with the styleets used in the project. If you want to add any changes or suggest improvments, please send them in or contribute to the GitHub repository.

8.55 – Drop-Down Navigation

In a past post, I highlighted the new default navigation options with PeopleTools 8.55. For some organizations, the new Fluid Navigation might be a large change and are not ready to make the jump to Fluid. But, there is a way to keep the Classic Drop-Down menu style in PeopleTools 8.55. If you switch the System Default Theme back to the 8.54 or 8.53 stylesheets, you can use the Drop-Down menu.
1. PeopleTools > Portal > Branding > Branding System Options
2. Choose DEFAULT_THEME_TANGERINE (8.53 Look-and-Feel) or DEFAULT_THEME_TANGERINE_ALT (8.54 Look-and-Feel). You need to log out and back in to see the changes (I had to clear some browser cache too).

Screen Shot 2016-02-08 at 7.16.06 AM The screenshot above is from HR 9.2 Image 16 after I updated the system theme to DEFAULT_THEME_TANGERINE. One thing to note if you make this change, the default homepage is still the Fluid Homepage when you log in. The “Assign Themes” let’s you change the user homepage based on Role or Permission List if you want to make that change.