Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

Were you at Alliance, Collaborate, Interact this year, or wished you were?

This year, as well as uploading my PDF presentation, I've uploaded a couple of additional files.

The one you may find interesting is a short form Security Check List.

You can find it here: 

This is a supplement to the Securing Your PeopleSoft Application Red Paper (it includes the link) and it covers a number of points I've discussed with customers over the years. I include most of the check list as slides in my session but the PDF is an expanded set. The check list also contains a number of useful links.

In the discussions with customers we frequently find there are topics they have overlooked because they don't appear directly related to PeopleSoft security, but they are part of the overall infrastructure security and often managed by people outside of the PeopleSoft team. It's more important that as teams are reduced in size, that you build collaborative, virtual teams in the rest of your organization. I hope the check list will also provide the conversation starters to help build those virtual teams.

If you think some of the points are  topics by themselves, let me know and I can work on building out the information.

I appreciate any and all feedback. 

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Coming Soon - PeopleTools Customer Beta Program

The PeopleTools team continues to push forward, ever improving the features and capabilities of PeopleTools.  Recently, you may have seen some of the planned enhancements for PeopleTools 8.55 discussed on MyOracleSupport in the Planned Features and Enhancements area.  This document has replaced the Release Value Proposition that has been used previously to highlight features to look for in the upcoming PeopleTools release. 

There are a number of cool features that we’re working on, including the Cloud Deployment Architecture (CDA) which will provide greater flexibility in the installation and patching of environments.  Additional planned features include Analytics for PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), Fluid dashboards/homepages and Simplified Analytics….just to name a few.

 We plan to kick off the PeopleTools 8.55 Beta Program in the relatively near future, and have an opening for a customer who’s willing to closely partner with us.  If you are looking to get your hands on the next release so that you can thoroughly test out some of these features in your own environment to see the benefits, perhaps you are the one we’re looking for.  Does your team have the skills and desire to take beta code and run with it?  Can your organization get a standard beta trial license agreement signed promptly?  We want to work with a customer that’s going to dive in, and really exercise the new features - If that’s you, email me ( and let’s talk.  Please keep in mind that this is a small beta – I’ve only got room for one, maybe two customers.   

Thursday Jan 15, 2015

Jumpstart Patch Application and Installs with PeopleTools Templates

PeopleTools OVM templates provide a great way for customers running current levels of PeopleTools to keep up to date with their PeopleTools middle tiers.  The templates provide a simplified method of rolling out new patches, allowing Oracle to bundle, patch, test and deliver all the required middle tier components such as Java, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the Oracle Linux operating system. Using the pre-built templates eliminates the possibility of downloading the wrong version, and/or missing a critical patch of one of the required components. Templates also significantly reduce the amount of time needed to locate, download, patch and test the individual elements of a PeopleTools environment. For customers that need to customize, the PeopleTools templates are a great starting point to create baseline custom templates.

PeopleSoft has produced middle tier templates with PeopleTools patches since PT 8.53.03.  These templates have been found on MyOracleSupport (MOS) Patches and Updates under the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools product category.

Until now, all templates produced were available for download.  Older templates include components that may have become stale over time. To ensure that only current environments are available, we now plan to make each patch level template available for no more than six months. This will allow customers enough time to download and use a template before environment components become out-of-date. The use of the patched templates allows customers to adopt PeopleTools maintenance faster and reduce the risk of encountering known bugs and security issues.

Should older patches be required, they will still be available via the traditional patching methods, in accordance with our documented Patch Policy.

Secure Enterprise Search (SES) for PeopleSoft templates are also made available on MOS. SES templates are intended to be a ‘black box’ or ‘appliance’ installation. As such, only the most current level of an SES template is available. This appliance is compatible with all PeopleTools levels used with PeopleSoft 9.2 applications.

As new SES templates come out, they REPLACE the previous version found on MOS.

For information on the PeopleTools middle tier templates for Oracle Linux and Exalogic, SES templates and PeopleSoft update images, please see Oracle’s PeopleSoft Virtualization Products.

Additional Information:
Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft White Paper
PeopleSoft Virtual Machine Templates for Exalogic Red Paper

Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

General Availability announcement for Oracle Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft

Oracle PeopleSoft is pleased to announce the General Availability of Oracle Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft

Oracle Application Management Pack, or AMP, is also known as Oracle PeopleSoft Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle PeopleSoft Plug-in Is licensed as part of Application Management Suite for PeopleSoft.

This release of Application Management Pack supports PeopleTools Releases 8.54, 8.53 and 8.52.

Here are some of the new features of Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft:

System Management Enhancements


· New ADF Based UI: All the Administration/Configuration and Monitoring UI is available now on ADF UI with advanced dashboards.

· Improved PeopleTools System Discovery: Allows user to discover the PeopleTools Database from one of the PeopleTools/Tuxedo Domain Targets.

· New Aggregate Target Homes: Aggregate Target Home pages eases Inter Target Navigation for users. Also comes with new menu based navigation, helping users to navigate within PeopleTools Targets with less hops.

· Configuration Comparison Templates: Configuration comparison templates allow customers to compare configurations of two or more PeopleTools environments.

· Diagnostic Framework: Enables users to collect extensive diagnostic log, leading to faster resolution to Target Discovery/Configuration and Monitoring issues.

· Performance Monitoring: PeopleTools customers will now be able Proactively monitor the targets using new JMX enabled Monitoring Metrics.

Change Management Enhancements

· Cloning: Supports cloning of Web Server and Application Server Domain Configurations.

Release Details

Downloading PeopleSoft Application Management Suite

PeopleSoft Application Management Suite can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud by using following instructions:

1. Go to the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud site.

2. Choose a language and click Continue.

3. Answer export validation questions.

4. Select PeopleSoft Enterprise from the list of product/media packs.

5. Choose Respective Platform and click Go.

6. Select Oracle Application Management Suite for PeopleSoft from the list and click on Continue.

7. Select PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and download.

Note: Starting with Enterprise Manager 12c customers can download and install the application management pack as Self Update from EM store. For more details on the EM Store and the Self Update feature, see the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

Supported Releases and Platforms

The following Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control releases, PeopleTools releases, and platforms are supported:

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (
  • PeopleTools Release 8.54
  • PeopleTools Release 8.53
  • PeopleTools Release 8.52
  • Supported Platforms: Oracle Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft is available on Linux, IBM AIX, Oracle Solaris, and HP-UX Itanium and Windows. For a complete list of supported platforms and operating systems, refer to the certification pages of PeopleTools. Also, for a complete list of Enterprise Manager supported platforms and operating systems, refer to the certification pages of Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Installing Oracle Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft Release

Installation and Implementation Guides are available on OTN and on OSDC.

  • PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Install Guide is available on Part No - E57421-01.
  • PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Implementation Guide is available on Part No - E55343-01.
  • The Oracle Application Management Pack PeopleSoft can be downloaded and installed by using the Self Update feature of Oracle Enterprise Manager.
    Please refer to the following documentation to understand more about the Self Update Feature:
    Oracle® Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide

Monday Aug 18, 2014

Developing with Fluid UI – The Fluid Home Page

The first place to start with Fluid UI is with the Fluid Home Page. Sometimes it’s referred to as the landing page, but it’s formally called the Fluid Home Page. It’s delivered with PeopleTools 8.54, and the nice thing about it is, it’s a component. That’s one thing you’ll discover with Fluid UI. Fluid UI is built int PeopleTools with Fluid UI. The Home Page is a component, the tiles or grouplets are group boxes, and the search and prompt pages are just pages. It makes it easy to find things, customize and brand the applications (and of course to see what’s going on) when you can open it in AppDesigner.

To see what makes a component fluid, let’s start with the Fluid Home Page. It’s a component called PT_LANDINGPAGE. You can open it in AppDesigner and see what’s unique and different about Fluid UI. If you open the Component Properties dialog, you’ll see a new tab called Fluid

On the Component Properties Fluid tab you’ll see the most important checkbox of all, Fluid Mode. That is the one flag that will tell PeopleSoft if the component is Fluid (responsive, dynamic layout) or classic (pixel perfect). Now that you know it’s a single flag, you know that a component can’t be both Fluid UI and Classic at the same time, it’s one or the other.

There are some other interesting fields on this page. The Small Form Factor Optimized field tells us whether or not to display this on a small device (think smarphone). Header Toolbar Actions offer standard options that are set at the component level so you have complete control of the components header bar.

You’ll notice that the PT_LANDINGPAGE has got some PostBuild PeopleCode. That’s to build the grouplets that are used to launch Fluid UI Pages (more about those later). Probably not a good idea to mess with that code!

The next thing to look at is the Page Definition for the PT_LANDINGPAGE component. When you open the page PT_LANDINGPAGE it will look different than anything you’ve ever seen. You’re probably thinking “What’s up with all the group boxes”? That is where Fluid UI is so different. In classic PeopleSoft, you put a button, field, group, any control on a page and that’s where it shows up, no questions asked. With Fluid UI, everything is positioned relative to something else. That’s why there are so many containers (you know them as group boxes). They are UI objects that are used for dynamic positioning.

The Fluid Home Page has some special behavior and special settings. The first is in the Web Profile Configuration settings (Main Menu->PeopleTools->Web Profile->Web Profile Configuration from the main menu). There are two checkboxes that control the behavior of Fluid UI. Disable Fluid Mode and Disable Fluid On Desktop.

Disable Fluid Mode prevents any Fluid UI component from being run from this installation. This is a web profile setting for users that want to run later versions of PeopleTools but only want to run Classic PeopleSoft pages. The second setting, Disable Fluid On Desktop allows the Fluid UI to be run on mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets, but prevents Fluid UI from running on a desktop computer.

Fluid UI settings are also make in My Personalizations (Main Menu->My Personalizations from the Main Menu), in the General Options section. In that section, each user has the choice to determine the home page for their desktop and for tablets.

Now that you know the Fluid UI landing page is just a component, and the profile and personalization settings, you should be able to launch one. It’s pretty easy to add a menu using Structure and Content, just make sure the proper security is set up. You’ll have to run a Fluid UI supported browser in order to see it. Latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and IE will do. Check the certification page on MOS for all the details.

When you open the first Fluid Landing Page, there’s not much there. Not to worry, we’ll get some content on it soon. Take a moment to navigate around and look at some of the header actions that were set up from the component properties. The home button takes you back to the classic system. You won’t see any notifications and the personalization doesn’t have any content to add. The NavBar icon on the top right has a lot of content, including a Navigator and Classic home. Spend some time looking through what’s available.

Stay tuned for more. Next up is adding some content.

Friday Jul 18, 2014

Developing with Fluid UI

The Fluid UI is one of the most exciting new features PeopleSoft has delivered in years.  With Fluid UI, app developers build responsive user interfaces that run on smartphones, mini tablets, tablets and even desktops/laptops using the same PeopleTools components, pages, records and peoplecode they’ve been using for years.  There’s one difference, with classic PeopleSoft, the UI is pixel perfect, meaning what you see on the page is exactly what you built in page designer.  With Fluid UI the contents of a page is based on styles, and may change depending on the size of the device.  It’s all still HTML, just a new way of laying out the fields.

PeopleSoft is gearing up for this big change and will deliver a new set of responsive, mobile ready applications soon.  In keeping with PeopleSoft's continuous delivery strategy, the new content will be delivered in a PUM instance, available on the 9.2 product line.

A lot of developers from customers and partners will want to get up to speed and become familiar with how Fluid UI works.  An easy path is to wait until the application content is available, and use that content to learn from.  For those that just can’t wait,  we’ll start a mini-blog series that shows you how to build your first Fluid component.  Stay tuned.  We’re off to talk about the great new features of 8.54 at Reconnect in Chicago, but after that we’ll begin showing you how it all works.

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

PeopleTools version end of support/life and PeopleTools support for applications

As a follow on from the CPU Analysis posting and for the frequent enquiries we get regarding an end of support/life for a particular PeopleTools version and the versions of PeopleSoft applications which PeopleTools versions support, here is some background you can use for your own research and upgrade planning.

Please review  the Oracle Technical Support Policies page at:

PeopleTools releases are designated as follows - 8.xx.yy
-  xx is the minor release version
-  yy is the patch version

PeopleTools versions are patched until 12 months after the GA of the next minor release version.
CPU (security) patches/fixes are provided for a further 12 months.

For example:
General Availability of PeopleTools 8.52 - Friday Oct 28, 2011
General Availability of PeopleTools 8.53 - Wednesday Feb 06, 2013

PeopleTools 8.52 was patched until 12 months after PeopleTools 8.53 GA - i.e. until Feb 2014
First CPU only patch release for PeopleTools 8.52 was April 2014
PeopleTools 8.52 support ends Jan 2015 (depending on SV's, alignment with CPU cycle, and some other circumstances, CPU may be extended for another cycle, i.e. additional 3 months)

Please see this document for Maximum PeopleTools releases for particular PeopleSoft versions:
Oracle Support Document 1348959.1 (Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases) can be found at:

PeopleSoft applications support is defined in Applications Unlimited support -

Here is an example from the Applications Unlimited support document for HRMS (HCM) 9.0

HCM 9.0 support

For additional information on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin, see


Friday Jan 31, 2014

New PeopleSoft PeopleTools Training Courses Available

Oracle University has just released several new courses to help you get essential hands-on experience with PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.53.  Just looking to drill-down on what’s new with the latest release?  Delta courses are available to give experienced developers insight into the new features.  You have an option to take in-class training or avoid travel and train online with Live Virtual Classes.

 Here are the courses offered:

Developing a Contemporary User Experience with PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Interaction Hub
5 Days

PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management/Update Manager Combo Rel 8.53
5 Days

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Installation & Server Admin Rel 8.53
5 Days

PeopleSoft Security Rel 8.53

4 Days

PeopleSoft Query Reporting Rel 8.53

3 Days

BI Publisher for PeopleSoft PeopleTools Rel 8.53
2 Days

If you only need to discover what is new with certain products or subjects, these delta course will be useful:

PeopleTools Server Admin Rel 8.53 Delta/Oracle SES Configuration
1 Day

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Delta Rel 8.52 - 8.53

1 Day

PeopleSoft PeopleTools & Server Admin Delta Combo Rel 8.53
1 Day

You can learn about all of Oracle University's PeopleSoft courses here.

If you can't find the course you seek, let OU know!

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Secure Enterprise Search Now Available for PeopleTools 8.53

We are pleased to announce that Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) is now available to PeopleSoft Customers on PeopleTools 8.53.  The minimum PeopleTools Patch Version Required to adopt SES is PeopleTools 8.53.06.  This version of SES provides some important benefits for PeopleSoft Customers, particularly in the areas of platform support, distributed architecture support, and RAC support.  You can get all the details on this update on My Oracle Support.  This MOS document lists the fixes and configurations needed for PeopleTools certification of SES

For other useful information on PeopleTools and SES, see this Oracle forum.

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

Video 'How-To' Available for Activity Guides

PeopleTools provides a feature called Activity Guides that enable our application developers and customers to create guided processes for users.  Activity Guides are especially useful to walk users through infrequently performed self-service tasks, but are also beneficial for power users that perform complex administrative functions.  Here is an example of an activity guide delivered by the HCM applications for a self-service activity.  PeopleSoft delivers several guided processes out-of-the-box, but it's important to understand that customers can easily create their own activity guides for unique requirements or processes in their enterprise.  To illustrate how simple it is, we've created a video that shows how to create a simple activity guide.  This will get you on the road to creating your own.

Friday Sep 20, 2013

Oracle Open World is Here!

This weekend kicks off a big week for PeopleSoft at Oracle Open World.  In PeopleTools, we have a lot of great sessions prepared for you.  The subjects for our sessions are wide ranging, but here are a few:

  • Technology roadmaps
  • Sessions on platforms, performance and life-cycle management including the new PeopleSoft Update Manager and virtualization
  • Security
  • User experience advances
  • Mobile
  • Reporting
  • Testing
  • Getting up on our latest releases: 9.2 apps and 8.53 PeopleTools.

In addition, you'll hear from several customers on their successes with PeopleSoft technology.  We are also bringing back the popular 'Meet the Experts', hands on labs, and panel discussions.  Be sure to visit us on the Demo floor as well.

Of course there a some great keynotes and other general sessions, that, while not specific to PeopleSoft, will be of interest to PeopleSoft customers.

Visit this page for a pretty comprehensive list of PeopleTools and related sessions.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

PeopleSoft Update Manager

Oracle and the PeopleSoft team have changed the way all maintenance and functionality is being delivered starting in PeopleSoft 9.2  using the new PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).

PUM transforms the way customers manage their PeopleSoft applications.  Customers have the ability to determine what maintenance to apply, when to apply it, and at any point can create a single change package to get current.  The cost savings and strategic benefits this enables are significant.

While PUM delivers transformative value to customers and feedback from customers has been very positive, it represents a change in approach from how PeopleSoft has historically delivered maintenance.  To avoid disruptive impact to upgrade and implementation plans, it is critical to understand and plan for the hardware, software, and procedural change that PUM represents.

If you are planning or executing a PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade or implementation, it is important that you include PUM in your plans.  Use the following resources:
  1. The PUM Home Page.  Single site that contains all PUM related content, training, and image schedules, as well as links to all information mentioned below.
  2. PUM Video Feature Overview:  If you don’t know what PUM is, start here. 
  3. PUM Hardware and Software Requirements: See the Quick Start Guide (#9) and Using VirtualBox Images (#10) on the PUM Home Page.   These two documents outline the hardware and software requirements for PUM. 
  4. PUM Instructions and Best Practices: See all other documents and trainings on the PUM Home Page.
There are many additional documents available that provide training and detailed install and usage instructions.  We strongly recommend reviewing the PUM Best Practices and Maintenance Strategy document (#6) for guidance on the procedural implications of PUM.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Oracle Support.

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub VM Demo Image Available

A VM demo image is now available on on the PeopleSoft Demo Images home page.  This is a central location for information regarding all PeopleSoft Demo Images. The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub image is for release 9.1/Revision 2.

This page contains all of the information needed for PeopleSoft Demo Images including the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  PeopleSoft Demo Images are released on a regular schedule.  The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/R2 image is suitable for use in conference room pilots and demonstrations. This demo image replaces any OVM template that was previously released for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1.

The Demo Image Home page contains a wealth of information and documentation including installation instructions and related useful collateral.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

A few tips on deploying Secure Enterprise Search with PeopleSoft

Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search is part of PeopleSoft now.  It is provided as part of the Peopltools platform as an appliance, and is used with applications starting with release 9.2.  Secure Enterprise Search is a rich and powerful search product that can enhance search and navigation in PeopleSoft applications.  It also provides useful features like facets and filtering that are common in consumer search engines.

Several questions have arisen about the deployment of SES and how to administer it and insure optimum performance.  People have also asked about what versions are supported on various platforms.  To address the most common of these questions, we are posting this list of tips.

Platform Support
SES does not support some of the platforms supported by PeopleTools, such as Windows 2012 and AIX 7.1. However, PeopleSoft and SES can use different operating system platforms when SES is deployed on a separate machine.

SES will have the required platform support for PT 8.53 in the future. We are planning to certify PT 8.53 once the testing is complete in 8.54 development and all platform support is released for

We recommend running SES on a separate machine (from your apps) for two reasons:
1.    SES bundles specific WebLogic, Java, and Oracle DB versions and might need different OS patches at a minimum than PeopleSoft. By having SES run on a different machine, these pre-requisites can be managed better through their lifecycle independenly for PeopleSoft and SES.
2.    SES is resource intensive - it runs it's own WebLogic and Oracle database. By having SES run on its own machine, sufficient resources can be allocated to SES and free the PeopleSoft servers from impacts of SES load patterns.

We will be providing a comprehensive red paper covering PeopleSoft/SES administration in the near future, but until that is published, we'll post tips on this blog.

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

PeopleSoft Reconnect Conference

The PeopleSoft Reconnect Conference is coming in July.  This conference is run by Quest, and unlike other conferences, is focused specifically on PeopleSoft.  You can learn about the conference and register here.

We have a lot of great sessions planned this year for both PeopleSoft applications and PeopleTools.  Since this is the Tech blog, I'll highlight some of the PeopleTools and related technology sessions:

  • PeopleSoft Technology Roadmap:  Current Features and Future Plans
  • PeopleTools Features for the Smart Functional User
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Using the Peoplesoft Integration Network
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Getting Started with PeopleSoft Update Manager
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Putting Dashboards and Workcenters to Work for You
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Exploiting PeopleTools Tips and Tricks
  • PeopleSoft Administration Across the Enterprise

As you can see from this list, we're covering a broad range of topics that will appeal to everyone from your technical staff to savvy functional experts.  And these are just the sessions that we in the Oracle/PeopleTools group are presenting.  There are also dozens of valuable and interesting sessions being presented by customers and partners.  You can view the entire program here.

We hope to see you there!


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For information about PeopleSoft see the PeopleSoft Strategy Blog.

For information about PeopleTools 8.53 and 8.54 see the PeopleTools Patch Updates.


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