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Campus Solutions Bundle 40 has been posted to My Oracle Support, and the corresponding Master Note for this bundle is also now available.

 

If you follow the link to the recently posted Campus Solutions CS 9 Bundle #40 - Master Note for Questions or Problems with Patchset 21378905 (Doc ID 2098028.1) you will find a great deal of reference material and a long list of “no problems found” entries.  While we hope that we never find any problems to list in this document, you can alleviate a lot of headaches stemming from the application of this recently posted bundle by reviewing this master note during your planning phase.

 

The intention of a Master Note for a Campus Solutions Bundle is to provide you with information regarding problems or issues with the application of the bundle, including any functional issues that have been reported and believed to be the result of applying this bundle.  In the Master Note, you will find sections for:

 

  • General Information on documentation, policy and the contents of the bundle
  • Problems applying the bundle, which will be continuously updated for any issues reported to Support
  • Functional problems attributed to this bundle in any of the Campus Solutions products

 

Before you apply this bundle, please review this master note and bookmark (by clicking the hollow yellow star next to the document title) it so that you can quickly revisit it during your planning and implementation phases.  If you are planning to apply any other bundles to your Campus Solutions product, please be sure to review the corresponding master notes, which can significantly decrease the time and effort involved with the application of maintenance.


Please also see these important links for further information and documentation:


  • CS 9.0 Documentation Homepage (Doc ID 751540.1)
  • For each bundle; Campus Solutions Product Information Center (Doc ID 1400681.2)
  • Campus Solutions Master Bundle Index (Doc ID 1330948.1)
  • Patchset’s Readme File or Download for detailed descriptions of all fixes contained in the bundle.


Is your site considering an  application-and-Peopletools upgrade to 9.2 (plus image) on PT8.55?

 

You will want to review the document "Getting Started on Your Psft Upgrade Addendum"  posted to the Application Upgrade Home Pages.

At this time, it is available for FSCM on PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management Upgrade Home Page (Doc ID 1963697.2),

in the Upgrade Documentation sections for those upgrades that incorporate PeopleTools 8.55.

 

Of interest in this doc, see section "Changes to Upgrade on PeopleSoft 8.55".

 

--Separation of PeopleTools and Application Upgrade

 

A PeopleSoft upgrade typically includes a PeopleTools and a PeopleSoft application upgrade.

Prior to PeopleTools 8.55, the PeopleTools upgrade could be combined with the application upgrade in one upgrade job.

 

Beginning with PeopleTools 8.55, the PeopleTools upgrade is separate from the application upgrade.

You will need to perform the PeopleTools upgrade before the application upgrade, if your environment is not at the same PeopleTools release

as your application upgrade source

 

--Databases Used for Upgrade

 

With PeopleTools 8.55, the following databases are used for your application upgrade:

• Production

• Copy of Production

• New Release Demo (certified Upgrade Source Demo)

• Update Image

 

The Copy of Current Demo database used previously for upgrades on PeopleTools 8.54 is no longer needed for upgrades on PeopleTools 8.55.

 

Also included is the step-by-step description of the process to configure the Change Assistant to get ready for the Upgrade, using the Upgrade Change Package.

 

Also new:  creation of the RFU (required for upgrade) change package. 

 

For more information on the changes, see

Getting Started on Your PeopleSoft Upgrade Addendum (Doc ID 1963697.2).

 

PeopleBooks:  “Using Change Assistant for Software Upgrades” chapter of the PeopleTools 8.55: Change Assistant and Update Manager online help

The January 2016 update to the Oracle Lifetime Support Document clearly illustrates Oracle’s commitment to support PeopleSoft HCM and Financials (FMS/ESA/SCM) 9.2 “through at least” December 2027.  You can see the updated Oracle Lifetime Support Document here. The PeopleSoft updates are on page 9 (and below):

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The key points PeopleSoft customers should take away from this are:

 

1)    Support for PeopleSoft HCM and Financials (FMS/ESA/SCM) 9.2 applications is extended through to 2027.

2)    Changes to support timeline driven by Oracle’s Continuous Delivery model and PeopleSoft Selective Adoption.

3)    Clarified the policy for updating support dates due to continuous Oracle’s Continuous Delivery model with the included statement “Support dates are evaluated for update annually, and will be provided through at least the dates above”.

If you have worked with Oracle Support for any appreciable amount of time, you have probably been asked to get a trace of a failing process.  You may have been told how to get the trace since this is not something that our customers would do on a routine basis, or you may have known exactly what to do to get it.   When it comes to actually reading and interpreting the trace, however, many people just pass the file along to someone who understands it.  If this describes your situation, or if you really want to know and understand how a process works, then you’re in luck.

 

We have an existing library of video instruction that teaches our customers how to acquire various traces, about the contents of a trace and how to interpret them, and we’ve added a new series on Application Engine Tracing and Troubleshooting.  In this series, we explain how to acquire a trace of any App Engine process, what the different traces consist of and how you can use them to see how a process uses your data.  We’ve also included a video on the use of cursors in PeopleSoft applications that helps you understand traces for any process, including Cobol and online activity.  This training is not for the technical crowd, though it may certainly help out that constituency, but is instead geared towards functional folks and people who would like to expand their understanding of PeopleSoft processes and develop their troubleshooting skills.

 

The new training videos for Application Engine Troubleshooting and Problem Diagnosis are:

 

How to Acquire an Application Engine Trace - <Note 1094728.1>

Interpreting the .AET Trace for an Application Engine Process [Video] - <Note 2092052.1>

Interpreting the .stdout Log File Trace for an Application Engine Process [Video] - <Note 2092093.1>

Interpreting the PeopleCode and SQL Trace for an Application Engine Process [Video] - <Note 2092097.1>

Understanding Cursors in PeopleSoft Applications, Cobol and App Engine Processes - <Note 2092074.1>

Diagnosing Performance Problems With Application Engine Processes [Video]- <Note 2092088.1>

 

But there are more than just these available to you.  The following is a listing of our series for troubleshooting assistance.  If you would like help in understanding the content of any of these videos, you can leave a comment on the document that contains the video.  If you would like us to develop training on other subjects, please just drop a comment on to this blog post and we’ll see what we can do.

 

Cobol Problem Diagnosis and Tracing Assistance

 

How to Acquire a Cobol SQL Trace - <Note 1092955.1>

Elements and Interpretation of a Cobol SQL Trace - <Note 1102782.1>

Understanding Cursors in PeopleSoft Applications, Cobol and App Engine Processes - <Note 2092074.1>

Diagnosing Functional Problems with a Cobol SQL Trace - <Note 1119500.1>

How to Diagnose Performance Problems with a Cobol SQL Trace - <Note 1109345.1>

Diagnosing Common Problems that Occur During the Execution of a PeopleSoft Cobol Job - <Note 2017882.1>

How to Diagnose Error 153 (Subscript Out of Range or Array Size Exceeded) in a Cobol Job - <Note 1153577.1>

Understanding the Cobol Compile Process and TroubleShooting Problems Compiling Cobol - <Note 1099163.1>

 

 

Page, PeopleCode and Online SQL Tracing and Troubleshooting

Introduction to TroubleShooting Problems with the PeopleSoft Page Processor - <Note 1581575.1>

Acquiring and Interpreting a PeopleCode Trace - <Note 1581649.1>

Acquiring and Interpreting an Online SQL Trace - <Note 1581652.1>

How to Acquire a Combined PeopleCode SQL Trace - <Note 1083800.1>

Interpreting a Combined PeopleCode and Online SQL Trace - <Note 1581653.1>

The Value of "Show Each Statement" and Diagnosing Problems on a Page - <Note 1581654.1>

Understanding Cursors in PeopleSoft Applications, Cobol and App Engine Processes - <Note 2092074.1>

 

 

Application Engine Tracing and Troubleshooting


How to Acquire an Application Engine Trace - <Note 1094728.1>

Interpreting the .AET Trace for an Application Engine Process [Video] - <Note 2092052.1>

Interpreting the .stdout Log File Trace for an Application Engine Process [Video] - <Note 2092093.1>

Interpreting the PeopleCode and SQL Trace for an Application Engine Process [Video] - <Note 2092097.1>

Understanding Cursors in PeopleSoft Applications, Cobol and App Engine Processes - <Note 2092074.1>

Diagnosing Performance Problems With Application Engine Processes [Video]- <Note 2092088.1>

 

 



Take a look at them, use them to learn more, and let us know what you think.

A must watch!!!

 

PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub: PeopleSoft in the Cloud featuring Jeff Robbins

In this episode, Marc talks with Jeff Robbins about PeopleSoft in the Cloud.
URL: https://youtu.be/5MFnq7pu5sg

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The Time and Labor Auto Enrollment VFO is now publicly available. View the video here:

 

https://youtu.be/1DuUiwpXEOQ

 

PeopleSoft Time and Labor Auto Enrollment can streamline your administrator’s work by easily automating the enrollments in Time and Labor for all hires, terminations, and job data changes.

 

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Getting to know PT 8.55:  Deployment Packages

 

Have you heard about the Deployment Packages (DPKs)?

Read about them in the new document PeopleSoft PeopleTools Patches Home Page (Doc ID 2062712.2), sections  Learning about the PeopleTools Patches and What are PeopleTools DPKs.

And, more information is in the Getting Started on PeopleSoft Installation document, found on the PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55 Installation Home Page (Doc ID 2068525.1).

 

 

Takeaways:

 

In PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55, Oracle recommends that you use the PeopleSoft Deployment Packages (DPKs) to install and configure your

 

PeopleSoft environment.

 

 

The PeopleSoft PeopleTools DPKs for Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems are supported for customers on Oracle database platforms

 

beginning with the PeopleTools 8.55.01 patch.

 

The PeopleSoft PeopleTools DPKs for Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems will be available at a later time for customers on DB2 for

 

z/OS, DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows, and Microsoft SQL Server database platforms.

 

Applications DPKs will be available after the new year.

 

 

Benefits:

 

Using DPKs, you can bypass these tasks in the classic installation process:

--install Tuxedo and WebLogic and their patches

--install of PTools and patch

--install of Ps App Home

--configuration of domains (app / web / batch servers)

 

Cloning of an environment is easy.  Save off the configuration files and apply to the next environment.

 

 

For additional information on using the DPKs, use the documentation found on 2062712.2 in section PeopleTools Patches Home Pages /

 

Installation documentation:  PeopleSoft Deployment Packages Installation (PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55).

Do you want to know more about PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture?  Please review the following FAQ which we hope will answer some commonly asked questions.

 

The questions answered so far are.....

 

What is PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture (PCA)?

How is PCA delivered?

When will PCA be available?

Do I need to purchase PCA?

Will PCA change the commercial terms for PeopleSoft (licensing and/or support)?

Does PCA turn PeopleSoft into a SaaS solution?

Now that PeopleTools delivers patches using Deployment PacKages (DPKs) for Linux and Windows, where do I get them?

I understand that DPKs are provided for Linux and Windows operating systems, but I don’t run on those – is PCA still applicable to me in some way?

How do DPKs differ from Oracle VM templates or VirtualBox appliances that were previously delivered?

Besides the flexibility in configurations, the automation capabilities, and the compatibility with multiple virtualization technologies, are there other benefits that PCA will provide?

Is that it? Are there any other benefits of PCA?

I’ve heard that DPKs will simplify how PeopleTools patching is performed, but how?

Will DPKs change how I currently use Update Images and PUM?

What is PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture (PCA)?I have my own processes in place to provision PeopleSoft environments. Can I continue to use them or are Deployment Packages required?

Will PCA help me with refreshing environments, and if so, how?

Each time I apply a PeopleTools patch, I need to tweak some settings in the environment – will DPKs overwrite my changes?

Update Images required a bare metal install – do DPKs also have this requirement?

Is deploying PeopleSoft to the cloud using PCA a requirement?

Where can I find more information on PCA?

Now Available... 11 documents for PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Standards.

PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and Navigation Standards White Papers contain information about using key PeopleSoft functionality to create highly usable, efficient, and productive experiences for Oracle customers.

 

We are in the process of moving all these PeopleSoft Fluid UI Standards into a web based HTML site.  For the time being, you can access the PDF format documents in the following knowledge document:

 

PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and Navigation Standards White Papers (Doc ID 2063602.1)

 

The topics of the white papers include:

 

  • PeopleSoft Fluid Navigation Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Buttons Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Grids Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Group Box Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Icon Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Messages Standard
  • PeopleSoft Other Fluid Page Element Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Panel Layout Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Related Action Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Required Fields Standards
  • PeopleSoft Fluid Banner and Footer Standards

In PUM 15, PeopleSoft enhanced existing Guided Self Service (GSS) with new features and functionality for the manager and HR Admin. We delivered the following new features:

 

1) The new ‘Last Day Worked” field for Retirement/Termination transaction

For details, see Last Date Worked.doc attached below.

 

 

2) New GSS transaction “Request Reporting Change” – updates Reports To for an employee (and upon approval will update Position Management and Job Data).

For details, see reports to_update.doc attached below.

The new PeopleTools release: 8.55

  

When is this Generally Available?

 

  The new PeopleTools 8.55 release is currently available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud, at https://edelivery.oracle.com

 

Looking for the Documentation Home Page, the Upgrade Home Page, and more

 

  Oracle's PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55 Documentation Home Page (Doc ID 2052626.1), with links to

 

       PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55 Installation Home Page (Doc ID 2068525.1)

           Includes document  Getting Started on the PeopleSoft Installation / see section Reviewing Hardware Recommendations 

 

       PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55 Upgrade Home Page (Doc ID 2070772.1)

       

 

Looking for the Release notes: what is new?  

     

  PeopleSoft Planned Features and Enhancements (Doc ID 1966243.2)

     see tab Technology, then PeopleTools 8.55

 

 

Platform change of note

 

  SAP Crystal Reports and Business Objects Enterprise (BOE) are no longer supported in PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55.

  Crystal Reports and BOE will not work on new PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55 installations, or on environments that are

    upgraded to PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.55.

  See Tech Update – Oracle Retires Support for Crystal Reports (Doc ID 1927865.1) for more information.

 

  For more info on changes to Oracle supported platforms, regularly check the Tech Updates.

  The main index page is Tech Update - Main Page (Doc ID 764222.1)

 

 

Product releases supported for use with PeopleTools 8.55 (among others)

 

  Windows 10  

  WebLogic 12.1.3.0

  Oracle 12.1.0.2.0 and 11.2.0.4.0

  Msft Sql server 2012, 2014

  Office Word 2013, 2010 and Excel 2016, 2013, 2010

  Tuxedo 12.1.3.0.0 and 12.1.1.0.0

 

  For all supported platform information, see MyOracle Support / certifications /

    search on Product = PeopleSoft Enterprise PT PeopleTools and Release = 8.55

 

 

Applications supported on PeopleTools 8.55

 

  See documents

      E-UPG: PT8.4x, PT 8.5x: What Versions of PeopleTools Will Your Application run on? (Doc ID 1915747.1)

      Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases (Doc ID 1348959.1)

You've probably already heard, but just in case you haven't, Campus Solutions 9.2 is now available. Campus Solutions 9.2 is a low impact, high return upgrade that addresses the key imperatives of the modern campus: a modern user experience, flexible functionality, and a product lifecycle platform that enables institutions to better manage system maintenance costs. With the 9.2 release, Campus Solutions joins the rest of the PeopleSoft pillars in continuous delivery, use of PUM and Selective Adoption, and of course the ability to introduce and take advantage of the latest Fluid capabilities and other product advancements.

 

Please refer to the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions Upgrade Home page (Doc ID 2078564.2) for links, instructions and documentation.

 

What’s Available Now:

 

  • Campus Solutions 9.2 software, in English, on PeopleTools 8.54
  • Campus Solutions 9.0 to 9.2 Upgrade Path, certified on PeopleTools 8.54
  • Campus Solutions 9.2.000 Update Image – baseline image for demo purposes, and for use with PRPs (if any) between now and CS 9.2.001 (note: posting is in progress, will be available on MOS by tomorrow)
  • Campus Solutions 9.2.001 Upgrade Source Image – available as an alternative for customers to conduct their upgrade, rather than using the traditional CDs (note: posting is in progress, will be available on MOS by tomorrow)
  • Campus Solutions Update Image Home Page (added to the PUM Home Page)

 

 

Key links for more detailed information:

   


And if you're interested in an index of all PeopleSoft Information Centers which enables you to drill down to the most recent information on solutions to problems, how-to information, bugs, etc., please visit the Catalog Index of Peoplesoft Enterprise Information Centers (Doc ID 1427453.2).

The SCM Maintenance Schedule for 9.1 SCM Bundles is now available. The schedule for 2016 is within Document 1948816.1. SCM 9.1 Bundles will be delivered about every three months starting with SCM Bundle #37 in February.

 

Happy Patching!

IT'S HERE!!! The New PeopleSoft Information Portal is now live!!

 

Check out the new web responsive design, which works beautifully on all devices.


Also, you have to check out the new Concept Pages. These pages are dedicated to some of the most important PeopleSoft technology and features, like Fluid User Interface, PUM, etc.

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In PUM 14, PeopleSoft delivered two important Manager Self Service features for Guided Self Service (GSS):

 

 

1) New action/reason – “Position Change/Reports to Change”

 

Why did we add this action/reason?

 

The Guided Self Service (GSS) Focus Group requested the ability for a manager to iniate a Reports To change for employees in position (and once approved it would update position management & job data with the new reports to).  Focus Group requested a specific reason “Reports To” vs. using the generic ‘Position Change’(easier to idenify the change in Job Data/Position with reason ‘Reports To’).

 

In order for GSS to use this transaction, CORE HR and Position Management first needed to be updated – since GSS is a ‘front-end’ into Job Data and Position Management.

 

This new action/reason is available to use in Job Data and Position Mgmt – even if you are not using Guided Self Service.

 

  •     New Position Reason – Reports To Change now available to use

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  •     New Job Data Action/Reason delivered – Position Change/Reports To Change now available

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  •     New Job Data Action/Reason delivered – Position Change/Reports To Change now available

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2) End-2-End integration for GSS> Position Management>Job Data

 

Why did we make this change?

 

The Guided Self Service (GSS) #1 enhancement request was to have a manager initiate a transaction (Location Change) and upon approval have the information update Position Management and Job Data.  Prior to PUM 14, if a manager initiated a Location Change, transaction would be approved but an HR Admin would have to manually key the transaction into Job Data/Position Mgmt.  This is the #1 reason why customers modified MSS or didn’t roll out MSS (no end-2-end integration).

 

With PUM14, PeopleSoft has delivered the end-2-end integration for Location Change and Full/Part-Time Change.  Additional transactions with position mgmt/job data will be delivered in future PUMs (location & status change is just the start).

 

See testing page shots below.

 

Note: PeopleBooks will be updated (very soon) will detailed info on the new functionality being delivered in PUM 14 for GSS.

 

  •     Current functionality for Position Management prior to PUM 14.  HR Admin would have to manually update the transaction for job data/position mgmt.

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  •     New message says “Position Data will be UPDATED as a result of this transaction” – YEAH!!!

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  •     You config if you want position management to be updated automatically (part of GSS transaction configuration)

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  •     You select the position reason you want to be used.

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  •     After AWE Approvals, the HR Admin selects option to ‘automatically update the database’

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  •     Position Management is automatically updated with the new Location

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  •     Job Data is automatically updated with the new Location

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Visit the PeopleSoft Update Manager Home Page Document 1641843.2 for more information including the Image schedule.

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