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psadmin.conf 2018 Session Descriptions

Implementing DPK To Build PeopleSoft Servers at Capella University

Peyton Colburn

(Sunday Session)

This session will cover seven lessons we learned from implementing the Deployment Packages. We will discuss how we got management buy-in, how we work collaboratively on the DPK, what resourses we used to learn Puppet, how we structured our Hiera data, and how to bring the entire PS Admin team up to speed.

Running a PeopleSoft Elasticsearch Cluster on Kubernetes

JR Bing

In recent years there has been enormous growth in the number of companies utilizing containers to run their production workloads. Even more recently, Kubernetes has emerged as the dominant framework for managing these workloads. In this presentation we will walk through the process of containerizing an Elasticsearch instance for use with the PeopleSoft Search Framework, and managing its lifecycle with Kubernetes. We'll also touch on some of the benefits/pitfalls of using containers and discuss what this could mean for other components of the PeopleSoft architecture.

Gaining Valuable Insights into your PeopleSoft Application Activity

Greg Wendt

PeopleSoft administrators know that the devil is in the details – and visibility is key. Whether its locating potential security threats or monitoring metrics to ensure optimal performance, having robust analytics at your disposal is the key to ensuring your PeopleSoft systems are running safely and effectively. However, PeopleSoft’s lack of transaction level logging and limited performance visibility leaves you at a disadvantage if you’re looking for granular data to help you achieve your administrative objectives.

Join us as we demonstrate how GreyHeller's PeopleSoft Analytics platform, Insights, can give you the data you need to spot a possible security threat, gain transaction insights, remain compliant with various data regulations, and more – all with visually compelling analytic dashboards and valuable insights

System Performance Data Collection

Frank Dolezal

Process Monitor 2.0 Reboot/Bringing Sparky Back

David Vandiver

This presentation showcases a new bolt-on page written by David Vandiver. The Process Monitor 2.0 is a complete overhaul of the delivered Process Monitor. New filters and columns have been enhanced to give both support teams and end users an improved tool to monitor processes in PeopleSoft. It is written purely in PeopleTools and can complement the existing Process Monitor.

Some of the benefits:

  • allows filter by multiple oprid, rolenames, run status.
  • shows the navigation to the process that ran.
  • shows the Run Control and the Recurrence name.
  • shows the Query name if it was a PSQuery.
  • shows the user's actual name.
  • shows JobSets.
  • shows both the Job and the Processes in a Job. You can search for a process, even if it is in a Job.
  • search for date range, or even a date/time range (like Integration Broker).
  • timings, on how long the program was (or has been) running.

And yes, we brought back Sparky to fetch results.

Automation Challenges for Admins

Nate Werner

The talk will focus on:

  • Using change management (Git/GitHub) for your collection of admin and monitoring scripts.
  • Setting up a bash scripting architecture to allow scripts to run in a "work" directory as well as a standard path without code changes.
  • Setting up GitHub branches for non-prod, production, with a change approval process and team code review.
  • Setting up a configuration repository to control infrastructure config changes.
  • Using vaults to store passwords for automated scripts or tools.
    • Securing the server from script execution. Can root users access your scripts or password files?
    • Will focus on this issue of having password files for applications, DBs, etc in text files.
    • Will demonstrate using ansible, lastpass, and hashicorp vault for your scripts.
  • Using Rundeck to protect and audit your script execution (streamline vault access).

Terraforming PeopleSoft

Dan Iverson and Kyle Benson

The cloud promises to make deploying servers easier, but how do you build cloud servers quickly? We will look at Terraform, a cloud provisioning tool, and show how uses Terraform to build training environments. Terraform works with Amazon Web Services, Azure, Google Cloud Platform, Oracle Public Cloud, and many more cloud providers. Terraform can deploy a single server, or an infrastructure for 100 people, from a single command. The session will also talk about ps-terraform, an open source project to help you build PeopleSoft Images on the cloud.

IB Monitoring in 90 Minutes or Less

Brad Carlson

The PeopleSoft Integration Broker Monitor Service was developed by the University of Minnesota to provide robust monitoring of asynchronous messaging into and out of the PeopleSoft Enterprise. Through simple XML configuration, the monitor will check at defined intervals for pre-defined scenarios, when if found, will trigger configured actions such as notification.

This session will include hands-on section where you can try the PeopleSoft Integration Broker Monitor Service.

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