By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Jun 07, 2016
Content Contributed by Biju Narayanan
This post is the first in a series on Configuration Management
Configuration the Old Way
PeopleSoft system administrators have generally spent a good deal of time on manual, repetitive tasks while setting up and configuring their PeopleSoft system. When you set up a new PeopleSoft demo environment or upgrade/clone environments, considerable effort is spent on configuration-related activities. This often involves going through hundreds of user interface pages to manually configure functional components like Integration Broker, Secure Enterprise Search, Process Scheduler, and so on. Testing for correctness is also required. If you cloned or made copies of systems configurations, they needed to be redone. Host name entries are spread within many configurations from webserver to appserver tiers and in many objects within databases, which adds to the challenge.
What We've Done to Improve the Process
With PeopleSoft 8.55, configuration is centralized with the Cloud Deployment Architecture (CDA). Deployment Packages (DPK) are a new delivery mechanism provided with PeopleTools 8.55 (for use with Linux and Windows operating systems). Deployment Packages contain all the software created by PeopleSoft as well as the required components pre-installed and fully patched, along with a deployment and configuration automation system. In addition, all Update Images delivered after 8.55 will also take advantage of the Deployment Framework, and will be comprised of Deployment Packages. DPKs have three parts:
- Binaries based on platform: Middleware binaries for Application Server runtime Tuxedo, WebServers - Weblogic, PeopleSoft binaries (PS_HOME), database, Client binaries, etc.
- Puppet-based automation for installation and deployment of middleware - The PeopleSoft Puppet modules provide automation for setting up the middle ware, deployment of PeopleTools binaries and configuration of Application server and WebServer domains. (For detailed information on Puppet see puppet.com, and docs.puppetlabs.com)
- ACM - Automated Configuration Manager to configure PeopleSoft components like Integration Broker, Secure Search, Process Scheduler etc.
With DPKs configuration is centralized in Pupprt configuration files, and can be customized by overriding configuration attributes in psft.customizations.yaml.
Automating PeopleSoft Configuration Using ACM
Automated Configuration Manager (ACM) is a tool set available beginning with PeopleTools 8.54. It is used to automate PeopleTools product configuration. ACM allows you to externalize product configuration as a template and then use the template to automate configurations across systems. ACM comes with graphical user interfaces, command-line tools, and a suite of configuration plugins that help administrators configure the base PeopleSoft components.
Peopletools 8.55 delivers the following predefined templates that you can start with.
The other functional plugins include the following:
- Integration Broker
- Rename local node, purge messages
- Configure default local node, set target location, configure content/portal URI
- Configure gateway URL, load gateway connectors, configure nodes in the gateway
- Set advanced gateway properties like keystore password, proxy/non proxy information
- Activate IB Domains and Queues
- Secure Enterprise Search
- Configure Search Instance
- Configure Identity plugin and proxy login
- Deploy/Undeploy, Index search definitions
- Cleanup Meta-data
- Process Scheduler
- Report Node configurations
- Server Definition configuration
- Network Node Registration
- Single Sign-On configuration
- Unified Navigation configuration, creation of remote folders
- Import SES search indexes to Portal environment
- Enable SSL configuration for MAP layouts
- MAP approval Svc Install configuration
- Introspection and Deployment of IB services
- Miscellaneous Utilities
- Performance Monitor Configurations
- Grant PTF roles to users
- Setting URL identifiers, url properties and its values
- Web Profile related configurations
Working with ACM
An administrator typically performs the following process to develop a configuration automation template. The template contains configuration units, and the sequence and dependencies in which the configuration has to be automated. After the template is developed, it is tested and used as a base version to automate other environments.
Pre-Requisites for Executing ACM
- User should have "ACM Administrator" Role: Navigate to Main Menu > PeopleTools > Security > User Profiles > User Profiles, then add the "ACM Administrator" role for the corresponding user.
- The newly created Template should have sufficient privilege: Navigate to Main Menu > PeopleTools > Security > Permissions and Roles > Permission Lists, then choose permission list "PTPT4800", then add the newly created template to the list present in the "ACM Templates" tab.
- Design a Template: Automate functional units of configuration. You can group configuration plugins, set configuration attributes and sequence then to automate functional parts. This can be done from PeopleTools > Automation Configuration Manager > Templates
- Execute the Template: The template can be executed interactively in three ways:
- Interactive: Navigate to: Peopletools > Automation Configuration Manager > Templates
- Command line: Administrators generally prefers to automate configurations by running scripts. This is the recommended method for automating configurations.
- DPK Puppet: Set the configuration in Puppet modules prior running the deployment scripts. You can specify your entire configuration in the "/etc/puppet/data/psft_configuration.yaml" file, before running the DPK automation process. The code block below shows how to set IB Configuration in your deployment configuration.
4. Test and Debug: After the execution you can monitor and debug the execution by navigating to PeopleTools>Automation Configuration Manager>Monitor
After you generate a working version of the template, you can keep it as a configuration baseline and use it to clone configurations across multiple environments. The template is the source of truth for configuration, and ACM allows you to re-run the configuration any number of times.