PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 17 offers an automated upgrade path to PT 8.61, and more…

January 26, 2024 | 5 minute read
Mark Hoernemann
Platform Strategy Director
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It’s been a busy year so far for the PeopleTools team!  It’s only January, but we’ve already released Cloud Manager 17 as well as PeopleTools 8.61.  If you haven’t seen Sasank’s BLOG on 8.61, be sure to check it out:  Oracle releases PeopleTools 8.61 on OCI

 

Are you wondering what the easiest and fastest way to get started playing with the new 8.61 features might be?  Well, that would be putting Cloud Manager to work for you, of course.  Cloud Manager image 17 enables the automated upgrade to PeopleTools 8.61, and more.  Just this morning I was speaking to Dan Iverson from PSADMIN.IO who reported that he’s already completed an upgrade to 8.61 using Cloud Manager, and it went off without a hitch.

 

The automated upgrade to PT 8.61 is just the start of the features in Cloud Manager #17, however.  We’ve heard some requests from customers for greater flexibility within Cloud Manager that we’ve addressed.  We’ve made it easier to know when key patches are available for environments.  We’ve continued to enhance automation.  The Cloud Manager Image 17 Highlights video provides details on the key enhancements included in the new image, and I encourage you to take a bit of time to view the video; you can watch it here: 

 

The highlights video will give you insight into each of the following features:

0:12 Environment Advisories

4:34 Enabling Custom Actions Within Policy Manager

7:10 Support for Custom User Names and Locations

9:34 Adding Support for OpenSearch Provisioning

11:16 Self-Managed Update Images

 

I’ll give you some highlights but be sure to view the video which does a great job explaining the features in more detail.

 

Environment Advisories

With the growing emphasis on securing data and limiting exposure to security breaches, customers need to ensure their environments are kept current with CPU patches. Cloud Manager now assists in this regard by providing a visual cue for environments when new patches are available. When Cloud Manager downloads new maintenance through a PeopleTools subscription, the number of new fixes will be highlight on the Environment tile.

Additionally, customers that are taking advantage of auto-scaling capabilities and have forecasting data available will receive an indicator that a Cloud Manager has a new weekly recommendation available for middle tier resources. This recommendation can be automatically implemented using Policy Manager.

 

Enabling Custom Actions Within Policy Manager

Policy Conditions

Customers have asked for greater flexibility when it comes to tailoring their PeopleSoft environments.  Well, I think we’ve taken a big step in that direction!  With Cloud Manager 17 using the Governance framework, customers will now be able to implement REST APIs and custom scripts in a policy, either event or scheduled-based.  Multiple actions will be allowed, which customers can run in their desired order.  A policy action using Invoke Handler is used.  Create a PeopleCode app class and get creative with your tailored environments!

 

Support for Custom User Names and Locations

General Settings

One of the things that customers have shared with us is that very few actually use the default user names and locations that Cloud Manager has required in the past.  We heard you!  Beginning with Image 17, Cloud Manager will be able to use custom user names and groups when provisioning, adding a node, creating a template and performing a lift and shift.  Additionally, full-tier instances are supported when importing environments with custom user names and unique paths.

 

Adding Support for OpenSearch Provisioning

Environment Template

As PeopleTools has now transitioned the search server from Elasticsearch to OpenSearch, (see Tech Update - Oracle PeopleSoft Delivers OpenSearch for PeopleTools 2961688.1), Cloud Manager will now offer the correct search technology to use when provisioning new PeopleSoft environments with cloning, backup/restore and import.  For environments using PT 8.61, 8.60.07+ and 8.59.21+, Cloud Manager enables the use of OpenSearch for newly provisioned environments.  For environments using older PeopleTools patch levels on 8.59 and 8.60, Cloud Manager only Elasticsearch will be an option.  When you perform an upgrade to a patch or PeopleTools release that supports OpenSearch, you can select OpenSearch to switch to the new search server technology during the update.  

 

Self-Managed Update Images

Add Policy

With Image 17, Cloud Manager extends the PeopleTools Lifecycle Management (LCM) automation and provides the exclusive ability to keep PeopleSoft Update Images always current and synchronized with their environments.

Customers can use the Repository to subscribe to maintenance for their desired application.  Policy Manager is then used to set up policies to automatically spin up a new Update Image when it’s downloaded by Cloud Manager.  The metadata is synchronized from the previous Update Image. This includes automatically synchronizing information such as package definitions, database definitions, repositories, and PUM Automated Updates (PAU) schedules from one Update Image to the next.

This feature requires Update Images to be delivered on PeopleTools 8.61; these will be available later in 2024.

Mark Hoernemann

Platform Strategy Director

Mark joined PeopleSoft in 1997 in the PeopleTools development group, and has held various development and management positions.  For the past 13 years he has been a member of the PeopleTools Strategy team, and is currently Oracle's Platform Strategy Director.


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