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.

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#225 – PeopleSoft Security Insights w/ Greg Wendt


This week on the podcast, Greg Wendt from Appsian joins us to talk about IDP-based authentication, Zero Trust security with PeopleSoft, and some of the creative ways you can use Appsian.

Show Notes

  • Introducing Greg Wendt @ 1:30
  • IDP-based Authentication @ 3:30
  • Kiosk Security and BYOD @ 9:00
  • Zero Trust and PeopleSoft @ 11:30
  • Security Implications with Cloud Migrations @ 18:00
  • How do privacy laws affect PS Admins? @ 21:30
  • Creative uses with Appsian @ 34:00

#222 – Cloud Manager 10 Review


This week on the podcast, Graham Smith joins Dan to talk about passwords and Cloud Manager 10. We discuss the new installation process, the use of Terraform and the File Storage System, and improvements to building environments.

> Watch our video on installing Cloud Manager using the OCI Resource Manager <

Show Notes

  • Password Complexity @ 1:30
  • Cloud Manager 10 Review
    • Cloud Manager Audiences @ 9:30
    • Installation via Resource Manager @ 16:00
    • Terraform as a first class citizen @ 20:00
    • OCI File Storage System @ 26:00
    • Self-Updating @ 27:30
    • Cloning Environments @ 31:30
    • Managing Nodes @ 35:30
    • Windows Support @ 39:00
    • Importing Environments @ 42:45
    • CM Wishlist @ 44:30

Signing nVision Macros

Signing nVision Macros

If you have to support nVision reports, you’ve probably had to deal with getting nVision configured on developer workstations. To develop nVision reports, you need to run Excel macros inside Excel. But, many organizations are concerned about allowing users to run any macro. Macros are often an attack vector for hackers, so running Excel macros are something that IT security often discourages.

How do we balance the need to run nVision and IT security discouraging macros? We can sign the nVision macros with a certificate from your organization so that the macros are trusted. To sign the macros, we will use tools that come with Microsoft Office.

Generate a Certificate

First, we need to generate a certificate. If you have Office 2016, you will find the selfcert.exe program here: C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16\

PS C:\> cd 'C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16' 
PS C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\root\Office16> .\SELFCERT.EXE

Give your certificate a name, nVision, and click OK. Your certificate is stored in the Windows Certificate Manager.

Sign the Excel Macro

Next, launch nVision and sign in. If nVision hangs, you can start Excel, set the macro settings to “All Macros enabled” for now (File> Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Macro Settings), then relaunch nVision.

Once nVision has started, enable the Developer tab under File > Options > Customize Ribbon. Select the Developer option and move it to the toolbar. Next, click on Developer tab and select the Visual Basic button. In the VB Editor, click on Tools > Digital Signature and select the nVision certificate. Save your changes.

Test the Signed Macros

Before we test, make sure your Excel macro settings are correct. Under File> Options > Trust Center > Trust Center Settings > Macro Settings, select the option “Disable all macros except digitally signed macros”. Close Excel and nVision.

Last, launch nVision and watch your digitally signed macros run in Excel.

#211 – Query Types


This week on the podcast, Jim Marion joins us to talk about different options for masking data in PeopleSoft and locking components down for business processing. Then we discuss the different types of queries in PeopleSoft and how Jim would improve the query tools.

Show Notes

  • Data Masking @ 4:15
  • Component Lockout @ 13:00
  • Query Manager @ 18:00
  • Query Improvements @ 33:00

#208 – 2019 Fall UMRUG Recap


This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle recap some of the great discussions and sessions at the 2019 Fall UMRUG meeting. Kyle also talks about some great ideas for using the ACCTLOCK field.

Show Notes

#204 – Open World 2019 Recap Part 1


This week on the podcast, Graham Smith, Sasank, Vemana and Jim Marion join Dan at Oracle Open World 2019 to recap the big PeopleSoft announcements. The group discusses the upcoming UI changes in PeopleTools 8.58, the upcoming Kibana visualizations capabilities for application data, and a discussion about search security.

Show Notes

  • 8.58 UI Changes @ 3:00
  • Kibana Visualizations @ 10:00
  • Search Security @ 18:00
  • Chatbots and demos that go wrong @ 27:00

#200 – Things You Shouldn’t Do in PeopleTools


This the 200th PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast! Kyle and Dan share some fun stories from the first 199 episodes. Jim Marion joins us to talk about registering components, configuring and working with with node security, and things you can do in PeopleTools but shouldn’t do.

Show Notes

#192 – Powershell and Process Scheduler


This week on the podcast, Dan talks about running scheduled ACM jobs and how that led him to build a powershell wrapper for the process scheduler. Kyle and Dan also talk about spear fishing and being hyper aware for new attacks.

Show Notes