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Jumpstart Patch Application and Installs with PeopleTools Templates

Thu, 2015-01-15 18:36

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 This will allow customers enough time to download and use a template before environment components become out-of-date.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

Consumer Security for the season and Today's World

Fri, 2014-12-19 13:41

Just to go beyond my usual security sessions, I was asked recently to talk to a local business and consumer group about personal cyber security. Here is the document I used for the session and you might find some useful tips.

Protecting your online shopping experience

- check retailer returns policy

- use a credit card rather than debit card, or check the protection on the debit card

- use a temporary/disposable credit card e.g. ShopSafe from Bank of America

- use a low limit credit card - with protection, e.g. AMEX green card

- check your account for random small amount charges and charitable contributions

- set spending and "card not present" alerts

Protecting email

- don't use same passwords for business and personal accounts

- use a robust email service provider

- set junk/spam threshold in your email client

- only use web mail for low risk accounts (see Note below)

- don't click on links in the email, DON’T click on links in email – no matter who you think sent it

Protecting your computer

- if you depend on a computer/laptop/tablet for business, ONLY use it for business

- don't share your computer with anyone, including your children

- if you provide your children with a computer/laptop, refresh them from "recovery disks" on a periodic basis

- teach children value of backing up important data

- if possible have your children only use their laptops/devices in family rooms where the activity can be passively observed

- use commercial, paid subscription, antivirus/anti malware on all devices (see Note below)

- carry and use a security cable when traveling or away from your office

Protecting your smart phone/tablet

- don't share your device

- make sure you have a secure lock phrase/PIN and set the idle timeout

- don't recharge it using the USB port on someone else's laptop/computer

- ensure the public Wi-Fi which you use is a trusted Wi-Fi (also - see Note below)

- store your data in the cloud, preferably not (or not only) the phone/tablet

- don't have the device "remember" your password, especially for sensitive accounts

- exercise caution when downloading software e.g. games/apps, especially "free" software (see Note below)

Protect your social network

- don't mix business and personal information in your social media account

- use separate passwords for business and personal social media accounts

- ensure you protect personal information from the casual user

- check what information is being shared about you or photos tagged by your "friends"

- don't share phone numbers or personal/business contact details,
e.g. use the "ask me for my ..." feature

General protection and the “Internet of Things”

- be aware of cyber stalking

- be aware of surreptitious monitoring
e.g. “Google Glass” and smart phone cameras

- consider “nanny” software, especially for children’s devices

- be aware of “click bait” – e.g. apparently valid “news” stories which are really sponsored messages

- be aware of ATM “skimming”, including self serve gas pumps

- be aware of remotely enabled camera and microphone (laptop, smart phone, tablet)

Note: Remember, if you’re not paying for the product, you ARE the product

Important! PeopleTools Requirements for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:04

The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub* follows a release model of continuous delivery.  With this release model, Oracle delivers new functionality and enhancements on the latest release throughout the year, without requiring application upgrades to new releases.

PeopleTools is a critical enabler for delivering new functionality and enhancements for releases on continuous delivery.  The PeopleTools adoption policy for applications on continuous release is designed to provide reasonable options for customers to stay current on PeopleTools while adopting newer PeopleTools features. The basic policy is as follows:

Interaction Hub customers must upgrade to a PeopleTools release no later than 24 months after that PeopleTools release becomes generally available.  

For example, PeopleTools 8.53 was released in February 2013. Therefore, customers who use Interaction Hub will be required to upgrade to PeopleTools 8.53 (or newer, such as PeopleTools 8.54) no later than February 2015 (24 months after the General Availability date of PeopleTools 8.53). As of February 2015, product maintenance and new features may require PeopleTools 8.53. 

Customers should start planning their upgrades if they are on PeopleTools releases that are more than 24 months old.  See the Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases (doc id 1348959.1) in My Oracle Support for details on PeopleTools support policies.

* The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is the latest branding of the product.  These support guidelines also apply to the same product under the names PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal, PeopleSoft Community Portal, and PeopleSoft Applications Portal.


New Interaction Hub Data Sheet Available

Mon, 2014-11-17 14:55

In support of the recently released Revision 3 of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, we've just produced the latest data sheet for the Hub, which can be found here.  This paper covers the highlights of the new release, and describes the our overall direction for the product.  The prime topics we cover are as follows:

  • Setting up and running a cluster of PeopleSoft applications using the Interaction Hub
  • Content Management
  • Branding and the User Experience
  • Using the Hub with the new Fluid User Interface
There is much more collateral about the Interaction Hub on My Oracle Support

PeopleTools/Interaction Hub Dependencies Doc--Updated for Revision 3

Mon, 2014-11-10 17:50

The latest version (Revision 3) of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is now available.  Since Hub Revisions are aligned with PeopleTools releases, we provide a doc that helps explain how the Hub can best be implemented to take advantage of PeopleTools features.  This document contains information on how new customers can install PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and existing PeopleSoft Interaction Hub customers can apply PIH 9.1 Revision 3 functionality if they are on an earlier version. It also describes the general upgrade process within the Revision model, and how customers can expect this to work with subsequent revisions, maintenance packs, and bundles.

The document is available on the Portal Solutions home page in Oracle Support.


New Central Resource for Info on PeopleSoft Update Manager

Mon, 2014-10-27 18:39
You probably have already heard that PeopleSoft is moving to a new model for providing updates and maintenance to customers.  This new life cycle model enables customers to adopt changes incrementally and on their schedule.  It is much less disruptive, is cheaper and simpler, makes updates available sooner, and gives customers greater control.  An essential part of the new model is PeopleSoft Update Manager.  Now there is a new central resource for everything about PUM and PeopleSoft Update Images.  With this resource you can find information about the methodology and purpose of PUM, the update image home pages, and specific information about each image, troubleshooting links, best practices, and more.  Check it out!

Open World Recap

Fri, 2014-10-24 16:29

Oracle’s Open World conference was completed in early October.  It was one of the best ever for PeopleSoft.  We introduced a lot of new and important features like the new Fluid User Experience and the PeopleSoft Update Manager (and much more).  The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive.  Our sessions were well attended, and the demo grounds were consistently busy with inquisitive customers.

PeopleSoft offered informative general sessions like Paco Aubrejuan’s  “PeopleSoft Strategy and Roadmap—Modern Solutions Delivered with Ease” .  In that session, Oracle’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft Development addressed a standing room only crowd, and described how Oracle’s continued investment in PeopleSoft is delivering key innovations that address our customer’s greatest challenges:

  • Delivering a robust solution that is intuitive and easy to use – regardless of device (mobile device or desktop workstation)
  • Ensuring that new PeopleSoft capabilities are delivered on a continuous basis and are easy to adopt at a low cost, without the need to upgrade.

Paco shared how the investments in the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and the new continuous PeopleSoft Delivery Model address these challenges.

PeopleSoft Application sessions were also well attended.  Our applications teams provided greater depth and specificity, describing how PeopleSoft applications are taking advantage of the latest PeopleTools technology, particularly in the areas of the Fluid UI and PeopleSoft Update Manager and the new delivery model.  

Our PeopleTools Tech sessions were packed with curious, enthusiastic customers.  Here are some highlights:

The PeopleTools team delivered several sessions focused on the Fluid User Interface, covering different aspects and for different audiences.

  • Matthew Haavisto presented a survey of the new features from a user’s point of view, as well as a glimpse at what is coming for Fluid in future releases of PeopleTools.
  • Jeff Robbins covered how to take advantage of many of the new Fluid features.
  • Dave Bain covered Fluid from a mobile perspective and described how developers can build, customize, and deploy Fluid features.

Life Cycle is another important topic that was addressed in these sessions.

  • Mike Krajicek presented with a customer (Boeing) on Optimizing change delivery.
  • Dave Bain covered not only the new PeopleSoft Update Manager, but the new delivery model that will enable customers to reduce cost and receive new functionality and fixes faster.
  • Tim Durant and Vijay Gopalan presented a deep dive on all the life-cycle management tools.

There were several valuable sessions that were either new this year or perennial favorites that are updated for the latest release.

  • Pramod Agrawal demonstrated how to set up a cluster of PeopleSoft Applications including the Interaction Hub.
  • Jim Marion presented his always popular PeopleTools Tips and Techniques session.
  • Jeff Robbins covered the PeopleSoft Analytics and Reporting Suite.
  • Greg Kelly described how to secure your system against the ever changing threats that are continuously emerging.
  • Dave Bain described the continuing evolution of PeopleSoft integration technology.
  • Mark Hoernemann covered the Platforms Roadmap.
  • Jeff Robbins presented the overall tools and tech roadmap.
  • Matthew Haavisto showed how to guide users through complex or infrequently performed processes using Activity Guides.

Finally, we also offered the ever-popular panel discussions and ‘Meet the Experts’ sessions.  

If you would like to review any of our sessions, go to Oracle’s Open World site and download the presentations from the content catalog.