Building out a new HCM 9.2 Update Image 9 DEMO

As mentioned here an updated version of  the PeopleSoft HCM media was released in late 2014.  I’ve done a few Demo installs of this on both Linux and Windows now, and here are my notes from a Linux install.  As in the past, these are rough notes I take when I do any install and not a how-to guide.  This install requires PeopleTools 8.54.03 patch as that is the level of PeopleTools within the database.  The media available on Oracle Software Delivery Cloud is only 8.54.00.  This install includes all PeopleSoft HCM patches through Update Image 9, a great thing for those using it to upgrade. Continue reading

PeopleTools in the re-released install media

People that are installing PeopleSoft without a support contract may run into issues if they are using the new re-released PeopleSoft Application media.  This can impact those looking to evaluate the product, install for practice, or learn during the trial license.  The reason being, these images now contain a PeopleTools version inside the database that is higher than what is available for download on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  As I just discussed, FSCM 9.2 has been re-released and now contains PeopleTools 8.54.08.  On Edelivery you can only download 8.54.00 though.  Without the ability to download and apply the 8.54.08 patch there will most certainly be problems.

This will temporarily correct itself when PeopleTools 8.55 is released.  Then the application media will be a lower version and the installer will have the ability to upgrade the version in the database.  But until then those looking to have a working application may be stuck.

FSCM 9.2 re-released

PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.2 has been re-released again.  I just saw today that the media on Oracle’s Software Delivery Cloud now has FSCM 9.2 with Update Image 11 available for download.  With this release comes a new certified upgrade image.  Those upgrading to FSCM 9.2 can now go straight to Update Image 11 which was released March 6th.  The Tools release in this image will be 8.54.08.  The previous media package only contained Update Image 5.

Poll: What Is Your Role in the PeopleSoft Realm

In an effort to be more interactive with readers, I’m going to try to run a series of polls. Most will be related to PeopleSoft in some fashion, some may be for fun though. I hope you will participate and also find the results interesting.  Don’t forget to come back to check the results as the polls gather votes. You can view historical polls by going to the Polls Category or searching Poll on the site.

To start us off, I thought it would be interesting if we can learn more about the roles the readers Continue reading

Bypassing a Load Balancer

Load balancers are fantastic devices but sometimes we need to get around them.  I can’t count the times I have needed or wanted to test/diagnosis the functionality of each PIA instance individually, especially when fighting what might appear at first as an intermittent or random issue.  When we have multiple PeopleSoft PIA instances behind a load balancer or reverse proxy we set the virtual addressing URL in the web profile to be that of the URL to the load balancing device.  If we try to hit SERVER-A or SERVER-B directly the URL is rewritten back to SERVER-LB.   The following are some tips that may help you establish a connection to a specific PIA instance rather than the load balancer. Continue reading

SSL and Weblogic

As previously mentioned, I was doing an analysis of how PeopleSoft and Weblogic utilize SSL which was spawned by the announcement of POODLE.  I’m going to review my findings for Weblogic 10.3.6.x and then duplicate the analysis to see if anything is changed with Weblogic 12.1.2.  Weblogic 10.3.6.x is supported for any PeopleTools 8.50 – 8.53 installations.  If you are on an older release of Weblogic 10.3 you should upgrade your Weblogic. Continue reading

PeopleSoft and POODLE

POODLE has been a fairly common topic with security teams recently since Google announced the vulnerability.

There is plenty of reading available on the POODLE attack so I’m not going to go into too much detail but I’ll give a short description.  POODLE is a man-in-the-middle attack which uses an attackers ability to force the protocol of the server/client communication to fall back.  When the attacker can force the downgrade of the protocol to SSLv3 they can attack the weaknesses of that protocol.  SSLv3 has been around for a really long time, since 1996, and has been superseded by multiple versions of TLSv1.x.  TLSv1.2 is the latest version available and TLSv1.3 is currently in draft status.  As these new TLS versions were released they were implemented in new servers and applications, however for interoperability all the old protocols were also left active.

So are you vulnerable? As a PeopleSoft Admin/User/Developer do you need to worry about this?  Well, that depends.  Continue reading

Remastered 9.2 Application media

Some of you may have noticed this already but I recently saw that some of the PeopleSoft 9.2 Application media had been remastered.

  • HCM 9.2 was updated on E-delivery at the end of October.  It includes patches from Update Image 9.  Image 9 was also released as a certified Upgrade Demo Image.
  • FSCM 9.2 was updated at the end of September.  It includes patches from Update Image 5 which also released as a certified Upgrade Demo Image.
  • ELM 9.2 was updated in early October and contains patches from Update Image 6.  As with the others it also is a certified upgrade image.
  • CRM 9.2 looks updated at the end of September as well, but it does not indicate if any patches from an Update Image are included.  Since there is not currently a supported Upgrade Image other than CRM 9.2.000 it would not make sense that this media include the patches.  This may indicate it was updated because PeopleTools 8.53 was pulled and 8.54 added to the collection.  I have not downloaded it to look.

In addition the other change I noticed was that all PeopleTools 8.53 media has been pulled.  If you need something from the 8.53 media set you will need to open a non-tech SR.  This seems to be a change from the previous strategy of keeping the current plus one previous Tools set available for download.  I’m not on E-delivery all that often so who knows, maybe they changed that a while ago.

Either way, those looking to start upgrades or may have recently started the process using media they downloaded prior to end of September should evaluate where they are and possibly grab this new media.  Jumping straight to a Update Image would be beneficial.  Those looking to avoid PeopleTools 8.54 for some reason may want to avoid these though because at least HCM, FSCM, and ELM will already be 8.54 PeopleTools in the database.

New DataViewer Tool released

I’ve finally WeblogicRealTimemade a new version of the DataViewer tool available for download.  This new version includes new stand alone features as well.  I’ve added Real Time Weblogic monitoring and an Access Log Parser.  It also includes all the old charts for the Weblogic and Tuxedo monitor data files and some new ones.  This version requires Java 8.  I won’t be making new updates to the old version, but it will still be available for download if for some reason you can’t use Java 8.  I’ve posted new screenshots on the Monitoring Tools Screenshot page.  Another little improvement is the application should remember your last viewed data file and attempt to use it again the next time it is started.  Same goes for the data entered on the Real Time Weblogic Monitor configuration.  Download it here.  And read how to use the new viewer on the DataViewer page.

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