New Encryption Algorithm Impacts PeopleTools Connectivity

I stumbled onto this little piece of info while researching an unrelated connectivity problem.  Oracle changed an encryption algorithm they use (for at least Access Id/Password) a few months back.  This change went in with PeopleTools 8.52.24, 8.53.17, and 8.54.04.  Most places I’ve been have always kept their PeopleTools clients at the same level as the Tools release in the PeopleSoft Database.  But I have seen on more than a few occasions, either certain users lag behind or the updated client is not pushed to developers.  This happens sometime for those doing minor release updates. When going from a level lower than the three listed above to a level equal or higher than listed, clients will no longer be able to connect.  They will be greeted with an Invalid User ID and password error.

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

Oracle posts SES install tips

I’ve been really busy lately and have not been able to find the time to finish up my troubleshooting post on SES yet.  Hopefully I’ll have more time for writing posts again in a few weeks.  I did want to bring attention though to a post I noticed a few weeks ago on the PeopleSoft Technology Blog.   It speaks to the platform support of SES 11.1.2.2, the future support of SES 11.2.2.2 for PeopleTools 8.53, and also provides additional good reasons to keep your SES installs on separate hardware/vm’s than your existing PeopleSoft infrastructure.

Read the full blog post here.

Part 2: PeopleSoft SES Configuration

Previously in Part 1, I wrote about the steps to install Oracle Secure Enterprise Search for use with PeopleSoft and I reviewed some considerations for PeopleSoft Admins.  Part 2 covers the integration configuration required to have PeopleSoft communicate with SES.  On the PeopleSoft side we must setup Integration Broker properly.  On the SES side we need to configure Identity Management for PeopleSoft.

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SES for PeopleTools 8.53 Installation

There is a lot of information to cover about Oracle Secure Enterprise Search and PeopleSoft.  As I was writing this I decided it became too much for a single post, so I’ve decided to break it into at least three posts and maybe four:

  • Part 1 – SES Installation:  Installing the SES product for PeopleSoft
  • Part 2 – Integration Configuration:  Configuring PeopleSoft and SES to communicate properly
  • Part 3 – Administration:  How to administer the PeopleSoft/SES functionality
  • Probably Part 4 – PeopleSoft/SES troubleshooting:  Troubleshooting tips and methods for the SES/PeopleSoft relationship

Background:

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search is now the new standard search engine for PeopleSoft with the release of the PeopleSoft 9.2 applications.  SES support was introduced in PeopleTools 8.52 with the new PeopleSoft Search Framework.  You can use SES with older applications, however you may need to create search indexes yourself because only the newest Feature Packs may include delivered indexes, HCM 9.1 FP 2 for example.

The PeopleSoft Search Framework provides a standardized method for creating and maintaining search indexes for PeopleSoft that should be considered an improvement over what was required previously.  Very briefly, the Search Framework Designer is used to create a search definition based on PeopleSoft Query.  In the definition you can implement security, data mapping, categories, and related searches for example.  The search is then deployed to Oracle SES through the Search Framework Administration pages.  You then run an AE which will create your index and publish a feed for Oracle SES and initiate the crawler on the SES side.  All the interaction between PeopleSoft and Oracle SES is via Integration Broker.

Verity is no longer supported for the 9.2 applications or later but is still supported in 8.53 for older applications.  SES is a separate product that can be used to index and search just about anything.  According to documentation no additional licenses are needed to use SES with PeopleSoft, so a limited use licenses is probably wrapped into the standard PeopleTools agreements for 8.52+.  SES includes Weblogic, Oracle Database Server, and the SES Application itself.  From my understanding Oracle does not support the separation of these components and has stated “SES is packaged as a ‘software appliance’ where Oracle database, mid-tier, and the SES application are all tightly integrated and shipped in a single bundle”.

When planning your deployment of SES into your environment consider the following. Continue reading