#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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#65 – CPU Patching

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle talk about using web traffic data to analyze user activity, new information on Jolt Failover, and how we generate and distribute compare reports. Then, they discuss Critical Patch Updates and how they affect PeopleSoft Administrators.

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#35 – Too Many Technologies?

This week on the podcast, Dan uses an M&M analogy for network security, Kyle asks about SYS databases with the DPK, and we discuss if there are too many technologies used with the DPKs.

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#9 – Tools and Documentation Part 1

This week on The PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast we talk about documentation, how we like to document, what has worked for us and some of our documentation pet peeves. We also share all of our favorite tools that make the PS Admin job easier. This topic was so much fun, we had to make it a 2 part episode. Enjoy Part 1 this week. We’ll release Part 2 next week.

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HTML Compare Report Issue

The other day I ran into a situation where I needed to generate HTML compare reports. When I created the report though, all the support HTML files like the CompareViewer.html file were not generated. At first, I thought there might be a bug that was preventing the HTML compare reports from building. But I dug into the process and found that there was an easy fix. Before we get to that, let’s dig into the HTML compare reports and how App Designer builds them.

HTML compare reports are great for sharing with users who don’t have App Designer access. You can drop the HTML reports on a share and anyone you want to can view the reports. To view the reports, you open CompareViewer.html and you see all the information in the report. But if some of the HTML support files are missing, the reports won’t work.

Support Files

There are some base HTML, CSS and JavaScript files to support the HTML reports:

  • CompareViewer.html – Main HTML file. Open this one to view HTML Compare Reports.
  • projectHeader.html
  • projectList.html
  • projectList.xml – Contains all the HTML compare report projects in the directory.
  • projectList.xsl
  • source* – Support HTML, CSS, JS, images
  • projectName* – If you ran more than one HTML compare report to the same directory, each project will have it’s own folder. Each project folder will have any entry in the projectList.xml file.

UPGCOMPVIEWER Folder

In your PeopleTools client folder, you need to make sure the setupUPGCOMPVIEWER folder has the support files. When you generate the HTML compare reports, App Designer drops the HTML files into your output folder. Then, App Designer will add in your project and compare data to the output folder.

The UPGCOMPVIEWER folder has two sub directories:

  • report_files – The main HTML compare report files.
  • project_files – Used for each project in the HTML compare report.

If you wanted to customize your compare report output, you can make the HTML, CSS or image changes there.

Output Folder

You can’t change the output folder for compare reports in the Report Options tab (you should be able to though…). To change the output path, go to “Tools > Options > General” and change the “Report Output Directory”.

PeopleTools Client Install

If you haven’t figured it out yet, my problem was that the UPGCOMPVIEWER folder didn’t exist in the setup folder. I used the PeopleTools client install but it didn’t include the UPGCOMPVIEWER folder and files.

To make sure, I did a fresh client install with 8.53.24, 8.54.16 and 8.55.01. The 8.53 client installs did not contain the folder. The latest 8.54 and 8.55 client installers did include UPGCOMPVIWER in the setup folder.