Peopletools 8.55

No, it's not released yet. Well, maybe during the upcoming Oracle Open World 25-29 Oct. ? Who knows.
It's not even a RVP (aka release value proposition).

It's called a Planned Features and Enhancements, note #1966243.2. I came across this My Oracle Support note whilst I was looking for something else. It is really worth reading.
An new Oracle internal DevOps team... to make faster development.
Non-exhaustively, we may see coming : (more...)

DRAC5 on Poweredge 2900III

It may sound old hardware, but still works like a charm and pretty good. I had a chance to get a Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC5). Easy to install, a little bit less to access.
Once you configured the IP from the boot, you can access the card from a browser (this is a small webserver).
From the browser you are supposed to be able to open the console and see what happens and configure (more...)

VMWare snapshot management

Before testing several configurations on my new brand FreeNAS server hosted on VMWare ESXi 6.0, I took a snapshot. Then run tests. The FreeNAS is composed by two virtual disks : one for the software is 20Gb, one for the data is 900Gb.
After a while, bouncing the FreeNAS guest ended in error, VMWare is complaining about disk space not enough…
No way to start it up again.

Quite surprising. Except if we (more...)

VMWare ESXi 6.0 upgrade (from 5.5u2)

First off, I put the all server in maintenance mode.

Then from the burned image .iso file downloaded from the VMWare site (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso), boot from the CD on the server, choose upgrade and… everything goes smoothly ! Unfortunately, I still do not have a remote access card to make screenshot from BIOS boot. Anyway, this is really straightforward.

Second, I immediately applied the patch as followed, connected on the ESXi (more...)

FreeNAS 9.3

Just installed FreeNAS 9.3 on VMWare ESXi 5.5.
Software and data must have separate disks. So first create the VM with a disk defined for the FreeNAS software, second add a disk as you wish for the data (both disks can be on different datastore).
I choose to put boths in one datastore separated from all other VMs hosted on my server (two different RAID array), and on separated network card.

Anyway, this (more...)

VMWare ESXi copy VM and datastore

Lately, one of my drive of my RAID5 array was gone to death. Time for an infrastructure change.

I was glad to buy 4 new drives of 2TB to add new datastore to my vMWare ESXi 5.5 server. My plan is to move all the VMs from the old datastore where the disk is broken (RAID5, previously 4*500GB) to the new datastore (defined as RAID5, 4*2TB).
Then redefined the old LUN as RAID5 on (more...)

Windows 10 Tech Preview

I had some spare time last week-end and still enough Gb free on my VMWare server, so I decided to have a look into that new Windows…




So far, all what I can say is that Microsoft was concerned about customers complaints regarding previous version 8. It’s kind of mix-up but looks much better. We can wonder why some applications are there (see XBox) that we cannot uninstall…


Probably a matter of time and maturity.


No words

For once, nothing to do with tech, but I cannot do otherwise. 3 painting describe the thoughts which may came up.

After three bloody days last week in France…

… today, time for mourning…

… and hope the better for tomorrow…

Thanks to the painter Malevitch (1879-1935).

For all the innocent victims of terrorist attacks.


Peoplesoft HCM92 image #9

It has been released earlier this week, time to move to VMWare ESXi.
My workaround I described here is still working. To make it short, updating the ovf file as below:
1. ovf:capacity=(ovf:capacity*2)-64512 (I used diskMode=thin in the VM disks’ definition for the import)
2. <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="101">
3. <Description>oracleLinux64Guest</Description>
       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">oracleLinux64Guest</vbox:OSType>
4. <vssd:VirtualSystemType>vmx-08</vssd:VirtualSystemType>

And the VM starts properly.




PS_JOB is probably the most popular and well known table in Peoplesoft HCM… The name explains by itself the content, job data component is in there.
If I would have a table on my own, I’d like to add line(s) with my name in it…
It just means that I’m always looking for a new contract. This is the intent of that blog entry. Sorry to the people who are seeking a technical subject, it’s (more...)

psadmin 8.54

Peoplesotools 8.54 made few changes in the main menu of psadmin. I thought to find easily docs in Peoplebooks PSADMIN utility description, but it’s not really straight away. So, I decided to write it down to keep ref.

Application domain :
Whether there’s still 28 options in the menu, one has been added, one has been removed.

Let’s see first the menu. Left side psadmin menu from Peopletools 8.53, right side Peopletools 8. (more...)

Script PIA and psadmin

Depending of how you are coding your script to start/stop your webserver, it might not work.

Small example:
[root@vv-cephei-b ~]# cat
su - hcm92 <<EOF
psadmin -w start -d peoplesoft
[root@vv-cephei-b ~]# sh ./
Last login: Fri Sep 26 10:33:57 CEST 2014

Starting the domain [peoplesoft].
General Exception: null

        at (more...)

Oracle Linux 7 : ps command as root produces a WARNING

When running a “ps” command as root user on Oracle Linux 7 (and CentOS 7), you may see the following :

root       694     1  0 09:01 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/abrt-watch-log -F Backtrace /var/log/Xorg.0.log -- /usr/bin/abrt-dump-xorg -xD
root       692     1  0 09:01 ?        00:00:00 /usr/bin/abrt-watch-log -F BUG: WARNING: at WARNING: CPU: INFO: possible recursive locking detected ernel BUG at list_del corruption list_add corruption do_IRQ: stack overflow: ear stack overflow (cur: eneral protection fault nable to (more...)

Restart CREATE_TEMP_TABLE won’t work

Whilst I was running the database setup of a brand new FSCM 92 Peopletools 8.54 database, the server has all of sudden crashed down.
Once restarted, checking the logs files produced by the DMS script, I was able to determine the step it was doing when it stopped. It was the very last step, CREATE_TEMP_TABLE.
Here’s the beginning of that log :
Since the server crashed without notice, it ends in the middle of (more...)

Windows Power Shell does not know psae

I’ve never notice it before, probably already known by most of you guys. But whilst I was building a Peoplesoft database from within Windows 2012R2, I ran psae (PSADMIN AppEngine) from a Windows Power Shell command prompt.
And here what I got:

PS E:pt854binclientwinx86> psae
psae : The term 'psae' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check
the spelling of the name, or if a path (more...)

We’ve detected that your operating system is not supported by this website

For many, many years, the Peoplesoft users know this (infamous) message on the login page when using, well, a non-supported OS by Peoplesoft.
I remember Duncan found a workaround to hide this message, find out more here. Already 4 years ago…

Maybe I’m out of date by using my old – but very well running – laptop on Windows XP Pro SP3, here it is within the image HCM92004 (Peopletools 8.53.xx) :


VMWare ESXi vSphere 5.5 update 2 and guest OS

As of the 1st of August 2014, VMWare ESXi 5.5 supports Oracle Linux 7. 1.5 months after RHEL 7 and 2-3 weeks after CentOS 7.
And good news, from the 5.5 update 2 released last week, we can set it for new guests from the Client:
Note that’s only for the 64-bit version of OS. Surprisingly, whether RHEL 7 64-bit is officially also supported, it’s not listed here…
Or, from within (more...)

VirtualBox Appliances for PeopleSoft on VMWare ESXi (bis)

Written in April last year, my procedure to move the Peoplesoft appliance to VMWare ESXi – see here – seems to be broken since image #6… My test was on image #3…
One of the reader found its own way and kindly shared experience, you can find here how to work around.

Right now we are on image #8, the first one ever on Peopletools 8.54. Time to have a shot.

1. I decided (more...)

Peopletools 8.54 client silent installation

Digging around the last Oracle VM appliance HCM92008 (based on Peopletools 8.54.01), I just discovered a file with a nice name.
Check at /opt/oracle/psft/pt/tools/setup/Client/Disk1/resp_file_client.txt
Does this mean we can install Peopletools client in silent mode ? Well, probably not so easily in fact. According to the documentation, it’s still not supported : “Note. Only the command line options listed in this documentation are supported for PeopleSoft installation. Note that the use of (more...)

Peoplesoft stops certification on Sybase and Informix

Due to a low number of customers using Sybase and Informix, Peoplesoft team recently decided to stop supporting their products on these databases, please see MOS note Oracle Modifies Supported Platforms for PeopleSoft (Doc ID 1915316.1)
According to the note, the Peoplesoft application 9.1 will be the terminal release for these databases. However, you’ll still be able to go for Peopletools 8.54, it will be the last supported.
Anyway, most likely better (more...)