The PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast

Dan Iverson and Kyle Benson talk about PeopleSoft Administration.
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Dec 8, 2017

This week on the podcast, we share a database migration Oh No! story. Then Dan and Kyle talk about updates to the Vagabond and psadmin-plus projects.

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Dec 1, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle and Dan share their strategies of how to deal with technical debt.

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Nov 24, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle revisit their favorite tools and what has changed in the last two years.

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Nov 17, 2017

This week Simon Chiu from the PeopleSoft UX Blog joins us to talk about his experiences with Interaction Hub, Unified Navigation, Push Push Notifications, Federated Search and the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.

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  • Introducing Simon @ 1:30
  • Using the Interaction Hub @ 4:45
  • Unified Navigation and the Interaction Hub @ 20:00
  • The good and bad of Push Notifications @ 32:45
  • Testing Federated Search @ 44:15
  • Cloud Manager @ 54:30
Nov 10, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle finds the ProcessRestartMemoryLimit does not work as expected, Dan finds that the Purge Cache command has changed in 8.56, and Kyle recaps a successful Go-Live for PeopleTools 8.55 and Fluid Navigation.

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  • Page and Field CONFIGURATOR Follow-up @ 1:00
  • October CVE Details @ 6:00
  • Understanding ProcessRestartMemoryLimit @ 11:30
  • Purge Cache Change in 8.56 @ 19:45
  • Elasticsearch 04 DPK, POC Patches @ 25:30
  • Unified Nav and My Favorites @ 31:30
  • 8.55 and Fluid Nav Go-Live Success and Issues @ 38:15
Nov 3, 2017

This week on the podcast, Charlie Sinks joins us to talk about the Upper Midwest Regional User Group. We talk about using Agile with PeopleSoft, our experiences with Elasticearch, the Idea Space for PeopleTools, and using Git with PeopleSoft.

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  • Chatbots Demo @ 3:30
  • Agile and PeopleSoft @ 11:00
    • SCRUM
    • Kanban
    • SAFE
  • Elasticsearch Experiences @ 33:45
  • PeopleTools 8.56 Updates @ 43:30
  • Testing Effort for Certifications @ 45:30
    • AIX/Solaris: is used to prepare the environment. Need to invoke if the bootstrap or puppet failed and you need to re-run
  • Idea Space @ 50:15
  • Advanced PS Admin Talk @ 56:30
  • Orchesteration @ 61:00
  • Using Git @ 67:30
Oct 27, 2017

This week on the podcast Dan and Kyle discuss an password vulnerability, learning VIM and migrating 2 Facter Auth devices. Then they review the new Page and Field Composer utility (spoiler: it's great).

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Oct 20, 2017

This week on the podcast, an All Star cast joins Dan and Kyle to recap OpenWorld 2017. Mike Ripley, Graham Smith, Sasank Vemana, Wayne Fuller, and Brad Carlson share their thoughts on announcements and sessions from OpenWorld.

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  • Mike Ripley on Oracle 18c Announcements @ 2:00
  • The Future of Change Assistant @ 6:00
  • PeopleTools Platform Changes @ 15:00
  • Graham Smith on Cloud Manager's Value @ 17:30
  • How do we run PeopleSoft Images? @ 25:00
  • Elasticsearch Panel @ 32:45
  • Where to start working with the DPK @ 38:30
  • Graham Smith's backyard office
  • Sasank on Starting Fluid Development @ 42:00
  • Wayne Fuller on the "2027" Support Date @ 48:00
  • More Details on ClassicPlus @ 58:30
  • Brad Carlson on Fast CPU Patching @ 67:00
  • Brad and Sasank on Syncing People in PeopleSoft @ 77:00
  • Personalizing the User Interface @ 84:00 Location and Time Specific Tiles @ 94:30
Oct 13, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle talks about custom OEM metrics he built for Elasticsearch and Synchronous Services. Dan shares a WebSocket testing Utility. Then they discuss some big changes with Cloud Manager Image 5 and repurposing PSQCKSRV and PSQRYSRV services.  

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Oct 6, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan shares how to disable PSWATCHSRV and how the Fluid Navigator broke. Kyle finds a bug with Facter. Then Dan and Kyle discuss default build settings in App Designer and what is "safe by default" when building projects.  

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Sep 29, 2017

This week on the podcast, Brad Carlson and Nate Werner interview Dan and Kyle. We discuss the history of the podcast, where Dan and Kyle want to take the site, our favorite things about the PS Admin community, and answer some fun questions.

Sep 28, 2017

In this special episode, Dan and Kyle share predictions for PeopleSoft announcements at OpenWorld 2017.

Sep 22, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle shares why the Navigator button disappeared on him, using VisualStudio Code and Git-Bash, and Colton Fischer's excellent POC projects. We finish the podcast with David Kurtz talking about the Oracle Resource Manager with multi-tenant databases.  

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Sep 15, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan has follow-up on using Hiera with Puppet environments, capturing WebLogic logs in Elasticsearch, and Kyle shares his thoughts on the Solaris "change". Then Kyle discusses the in depth failover testing and how Unified Navigation behaves when app servers fail.

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Sep 8, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan and Kyle discuss strategies to organize and manage Event Mapping code, writing code that other people will use, trying to work with Push Notifications and custom ACM modules. Kyle ends the podcast with a funny story about searching for images.  

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Sep 1, 2017

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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Aug 25, 2017

This week on the podcast, we share Eric Bolinger's DPK module for WebLogic, Graham's 5 Things about PeopleSoft Images, more Fluid Ideas, and dive into ELM's Find Learning page behavior. We finish the episode discussing about Matt Tremblay's "Reverse Proxy Server with Docker" post.

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Aug 18, 2017

This week, Dan and Kyle talk about linting and the tnsnames.ora file, managing a Portal reimplementation proejct and follow-up on the TimesTen database. Then Kyle gives us a great overview of why you shouldn't use LOCAL_NODE on Content References.

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Aug 11, 2017

This week on the podcast, Kyle recaps the Phire User Group meeting, his PTF talk, and shares a nice tip on integrating Usage Monitor with PTF scripts. Then, Dan and Kyle discuss the latest changes with HR Image 23 and PeopleTools 8.56 and forcing users to adopt new technologies.

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Aug 4, 2017

This week on the podcast, Dan dives into some advanced Puppet configuration to use with the DPK. Dan and Kyle discuss Hiera hash merging, using Puppet environments, and using the ACM with the DPK. Kyle talks about a bug with the Interaction Hub and My Favorites and some odd finds in PeopleBooks.

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Jul 28, 2017

title: 'psadmin.conf'
description: 'The first conference for PeopleSoft Administrators.'
long_description: >
psadmin.conf is a 1 day conference specifically for PeopleSoft Administrators.
The conference features talks from expert admins on a variety of topics.
The goal of the conference is to expand your knowledge of PeopleSoft Administration
and make you a better admin.
location: 'University of Minnesota (West Bank Office Building)'
address: '1300 2nd Street S, Minneapolis, MN, 55455'

date: 'September 12, 2017'
start-time: '09:00'
end-time: '17:00'

cost: 'Free'
limit: '40'
registration: ''
selection: >
Because of the limited space for the conference, selections will be made to ensure
attendance is spread across organizations fairly. Submit your conference registration
now. We'll close registration on 8/16 and notify attendees on 8/18 if they were selected
to attend. We will give preference to people who sign up to present a Blitz Talk.
options: >
Is travel to Minneapolis not an option, can't get out of work, or weren't selected to attend?
We will be recording the talks and releasing them on after the conference.

Jul 28, 2017

This week on the podcast, Frank Dolezal joins us to talk about how he measure user testing and how it builds confidence when deploying updates. We also discuss self-service and fast database refreshes, and what skills to look for when hiring a PS Admin.

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  • Introducing Frank @ 1:00
  • Creating Metrics for User Testing @ 4:00
  • Getting Users to Test @ 11:00
  • Justifying testing through metrics @ 17:00
  • Data Sources to gather testing metrics @ 23:00
  • Self Service Refreshes @ 28:30
  • Planning Catch-up Projects @ 39:00
  • Changing PT Release Schedule? @ 43:00
    • Oracle said that there was no plans to change, so this is speculation only
  • Skillsets when hiring a PS Admin @ 48:00
Jul 21, 2017

This week, Kevin Antoff joins Dan and Kyle to recap the Reconnect 2017 conference. Kevin also discusses his experience with Elasticsearch and how Oracle is improving the tool in newer PeopleTools releases.

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  • Beta Testing Elasticsearch @ 2:00
  • Elasticsearch Attachment Direct Transfer @ 3:30
  • Reconnect Keynote @ 8:45
  • Using Change Assistant for Refreshes @ 10:30
  • PeopleTools Roadmap @ 12:00
  • Beyond the Upgrade @ 25:00
  • Using ACM with Elasticsearch @ 28:00
  • Fundamentals of Elasticsearch @ 35:15
  • Elasticsearch Roundtable @ 45:30
  • Sentinal Security @ 51:15
  • PeopleTools Product Panel @ 58:00
  • PS Admin Roundtable @ 67:15
Jul 14, 2017

This week Kyle and Dan discuss UI improvements from Sasank and Dan's new Fluid Stylesheets, using Git and GitLab to manage DPK files, managing Favorites with Unified Navigation and some "Gotchas" Kyle found during his 8.55 upgrade project.

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Jul 7, 2017

This week Brad Carlson from the University of Minnesota joins us to talk about some recent projects he worked on. Brad explains why and how they consolidated their PeopleSoft database, an IB Monitoring tool that was recently open-sourced, and how the U of M can deploy CPU patches in 21 days.

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  • Introducing Brad @ 1:00
  • Database Consolidation @ 5:30
  • Benefits of a Single Database @ 11:00
  • IB MonitorService @ 34:30
  • Distributing Notifications @ 53:30
  • Fast CPU Patching (21 Days!) @ 58:30
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