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The PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast

Dan Iverson and Kyle Benson talk about PeopleSoft Administration.
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Apr 28, 2017

This week Mark Hoernemann joins us to talk about platform certifications with PeopleTools. Mark explains how the PeopleTools team determines what platforms to support and how the support policies work. Then Mark gives us more details on the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.

Show Notes

  • Bringing App Engine to an SQR Discussion @ :45
  • Overriding Facter Facts @ 5:00
  • COBOL DPK and Unicode @ 7:45
  • Mark Hoernemann Interview @ 9:30
    • Deciding what platforms to support @ 11:45
    • SQL Server 2016 certification @ 15:30
    • Why platforms are dropped from support @ 18:00
    • Supporting frequent browser releases @ 20:00
    • 8.56 certification changes @ 24:00
    • Cloud Manager @ 24:45
    • Self Service Environment Administration @ 28:30
    • Getting Started with Cloud Manager @ 29:45
    • Building environments with Cloud Manager @ 37:00
    • Applying PeopleTools patches when provisioning environments @ 40:15
    • New PeopleTools features between releases @ 43:30
Apr 21, 2017

This week on the podcast David Bain, Product Manager for PeopleTools, joins us to talk about Fluid, the Cloud and PeopleSoft, and his favorite PeopleTools features. Dan and Kyle also recap some great discussions they had at the Collaborate conference.

Show Notes

  • David Bain Interview
    • Why the cloud is important to PeopleSoft @ 2:00
    • Why Fluid is a better user interface @ 13:00
    • Favorite new PeopleTools feature @ 19:45
    • How PeopleSoft uses PTF internally @ 22:45
    • Favorite PeopleTools feature of all time @ 26:00
  • Recap of David’s Interview @ 28:00
  • Unsexy software features @ 38:00
  • “Hidden" PeopleTools features @ 39:30
  • Interaction Hub @ 45:45
  • Phire and a Testing Module @ 52:30
Apr 14, 2017

This week on the podcast Jim Marion joins us to talk about Fluid Development, embedding PeopleSoft into cloud applications, Event Mapping, where the cloud makes sense and Jim’s new role at GreyHeller.

Show Notes

  • Jim’s Background @ 2:15
  • New Role with Grey Heller @ 3:45
  • Thoughts on the future of PeopleTools @ 6:00
  • Fluid Development @ 9:00
  • Improving App Designer @ 11:30
  • Event Mapping and Branding Objects @ 14:00
    • Event Mapping Idea [TODO]
  • Using the Cloud at Grey Heller @ 25:45
  • Embedding PeopleSoft with Cloud Applications @ 32:00
  • Disadvantages of Hybrid Cloud Systems @ 43:30
  • Where the Cloud makes sense @ 47:30
Apr 7, 2017

This week, Dan and Kyle talk about testing different web server configurations, using the ACM for Elasticsearch, and how mobile browsers work with websites. Then, they discuss different ways to promote yourself and your position to a boss or organization.

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Mar 31, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about planning PeopleTools and Catch-up projects, BI Publisher security, and how to turn off excessive BI Publisher logging. We also talk about slowly killing COBOL with PeopleSoft (it’s not dead yet) and using multiple Change Assistant installations.

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Mar 24, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about Query Manager bugs, changing how they apply CPU Patches, and testing partial database refreshes. Then Dan gives an overview of Oracle Configuration Manager and laments it’s unsupported status.

Show Notes

  • Collaborate Sessions
  • PeopleTools Ideas Page @ 3:30
  • IDDA Logging Follow-up @ 4:15
  • Query Manager / JSON bug @ 6:00
  • Changing how you apply CPU Patches @ 10:15
  • ProcessRestartMemoryLimit Parameter @ 18:15
  • Testing localapp @ 24:45
  • PTF being slow @ 29:15
  • SRID in Access Log @ 32:30
  • Populating Correlation Fields @ 35:30
  • Partial database refresh to grab old code @ 37:30
  • [Keeping Older PI Images] (https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1579720.1) @ 40:30
  • How do you do it: Booting domains: Serial or Parallel? @ 45:45
  • Oracle Configuration Manager @ 48:15
Mar 17, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle review some of the highlights from the Alliance conference. Then, they talk about about the history of PTF, hidden gems in PeopleTools, upcoming 8.56 changes and more.

Show Notes

  • Collaborate Sessions
  • PeopleTools Roadmap Session @ 2:30
    • 8.56 Supported Platform Changes
    • DPK Improvements
    • Virtual CD End of Life
  • Extending PeopleSoft the Fluid Way @ 12:00
    • Fluid Nav Collections
    • Update Save Event Mapping
  • DevOps and PeopleSoft @ 21:30
    • Calculating Automation Time Savings
  • PS Admin Toolbelt @ 25:30
  • PeopleSoft Automation and Deployment @ 31:30
    • PS_APP_HOME Patching
  • PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture Tips @ 38:00
  • PeopleTools Product Panel @ 42:15
  • Lifecycle Management Panel @ 51:45
Mar 10, 2017

This week we podcast from the Alliance 2017 Conference in Las Vegas. Jason Gilfoil and Eric Bolinger join us to talk about DevOps and Ansible with PeopleSoft. We talk about application orchestration, mixing Ansible and Puppet, customizing the DPK and more. 

Show Notes

  • Introducing Jason Gilfoil @ 1:30
  • Introducing Eric Bollinger @ 2:45
  • What is Ansible? @ 3:30
  • What is Orchestration? @ 8:00
  • Differences between Puppet and Ansible @ 12:00
  • Puppet Master, Hiera Hash and the DPK @ 15:15
  • Managing infrastructure code with Git @ 20:45
  • Adjusting to a DevOps culture @ 27:00
  • Getting automation started in your organization @ 30:30
  • Calculating Time Saving for Automation @ 35:30
  • Choosing an automation tool @ 41:30
  • Docker @ 43:00
  • Personal Development Environments @ 45:45
  • Starting to think “cloud” @ 50:00
Mar 3, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan talk about Log Correlation fields, resetting SES security filters, and getting started with the ACM. Then they dig into storing attachments and searching attachments with SES and Elasticsearch.

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Feb 24, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle discuss the new PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and our initial impressions. We also talk about testing database backups, getting app server error reports and an Adventure in MOS.

Alliance 2017 Sessions

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Feb 17, 2017

This week, Dan and Kyle talk about IDDA logging, managing queries and different SAML options for PeopleSoft.. Then they talk about different strategies for using Demo databases and the pscipher utility.

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Feb 10, 2017

This week on the podcast Kyle and Dan start deploying Elasticsearch, monitoring failed logins, and working with YAML files. They also discuss watching log files and recap a PeopleTools 8.56 preview webinar.

Show Notes

  • Starting Elasticsearch Deployments @ :30
  • Color Syntax Follow-up @ 5:45
  • Security Deployment Reference Grid @ 7:45
    • PS_EOPM_REF* Views
  • Running a PUM Compare Report @ 12:45
  • PrintProject Compare Reports @ 19:00
  • Kyle’s YAML Pain @ 23:45
  • ACM and YAML @ 31:00
  • Do you ever sit back and watch log files? @ 33:45
  • Monitoring Failed Logins @ 38:00
  • PeopleTools 8.56 Preview Webinar @ 41:45
    • SES End of Support in April 2018
    • Expanded Event Mapping
    • Classic+
Feb 3, 2017

This week on the podcast, Charlie Sinks joins us to talk about Image “Catch-up Projects”. We talk about different strategies to simplify customization retrofits, reviewing bugs and new features, and application testing strategies. We also talk about making architecture changes to work with the DPK, and Charlie shares an Oh No! story.

Show Notes

  • OS Change Update @ 1:30
  • First “catch-up” projects @ 6:45
    • Strategies to Simplify Retrofitting @ 9:30
  • Reviewing New Images @ 17:30
  • Testing “catch-up” projects @ 23:30
  • Charlie’s Introduction @ 29:00
  • Implementing Rundeck @ 34:00
  • Architecture Changes with the DPK @ 42:00
  • What is one app you hate to close? @ 51:00
  • Charlie’s Oh No! Story @ 60:00
Jan 27, 2017

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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Jan 20, 2017

This week on the podcast, Sasank Vemana returns to talk about his experience testing Oracle Cloud and using Google Analytics to analyze web traffic. We also discuss the differences in supporting students as end-users.

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Jan 13, 2017

This week, Dan and Kyle talk about writing PTF tests for PeopleTools, running multiple IB domains and trying A CM again. Then, we revisit our strategies for managing PS_APP_HOME when applying selective maintenance.

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Jan 6, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle talk about load balancing all environments or some environments, Diagnostic Plugins and syntax coloring code. Then, they dive into the getting current and how to test PeopleTools Patches.

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Dec 30, 2016

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle launch a new course about Deployment Packages. Dan tests out a new text editor and discovers you can run OPatch on MOS. Kyle digs into Jolt Failover options with the IB and brainstorms some great configuration ideas.

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Dec 23, 2016

This week on the podcast, Dan tries a different Remote Desktop tool, using RSS feeds to monitor PeopleSoft data and comparing SQL Explain Plans with SQL Developer. Then Kyle gives a great overview of the PeopleSoft Test Framework and what you need to know before using it.

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Dec 16, 2016

This week on the podcast Dan and Kyle talk about the new CFO tool, applying CPU patches with the DPK, and how the DPK could improve with newer versions of Puppet. Then Dan digs into the new Security Deployment tool and how you can use it improve security migrations.

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Dec 9, 2016

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle talk about a ransomware attack, load balancer health checks, applying POC patches and complain about minor annoyances in Change Assistant. Kyle shares a story about a misbehaving pagelet and how he investigated the issue.

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Dec 2, 2016

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle talk about Elasticsearch, using Powershell with SSH libraries, why the DPK doesn’t merge Hiera data, and how they format SQL files. Then Dan explains a new REST-based web service he built with new features in PeopleTools 8.55.

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Nov 25, 2016

This week on the podcast, Kyle recaps his successful HR 9.2 go-live and shares a few lessons learned. Dan and Kyle talk about encrypting password in YAML files, conditional navigation and PeopleTools CPU patches. Dan finishes the podcast by sharing his story about a spontaneous stress test.

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Nov 18, 2016

This week on the podcast, Colton Fischer joins us to talk about 2 Factor Authentication (2FA) and Event Mapping. Colton explains what 2FA is, how to implement it, and how he used Event Mapping to add it to PeopleSoft. We also talk about Servlet Filters and using REST-based API’s with PeopleTools.

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Nov 11, 2016

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. 

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
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