Posted on : 08-05-2013 | By : Elisabeta Olteanu | In : PeopleTools
Remember when deploying a PeopleSoft environment could take long hours?
Now it’s no longer the case: with the new pre-defined oracle virtual appliance (.ova) technology, Oracle gives its customers the possibility of familiarizing themselves with the new PeopleSoft tools and application functionalities in the fastest and most comfortable way possible.
These oracle delivered virtual machines allow the creation of PeopleSoft 8.53 Demo Human Capital Management, Enterprise Learning Management, Customer Relationship Management or Financial and Supply Chain Management 9.2 applications in no more than an hour.
In addition, the appliances contain Secure Enterprise Search. SES gives users the ability to search for content across multiple locations, including websites, file servers and enterprise resource planning systems.
The resources prerequisites for such a virtual machine are according to the “Using Oracle VM VirtualBox Appliances for PeopleSoft Applications” documentation the following:
* The hosting system needs to have the Virtual Box utility installed, tool downloadable from here , and a 64-bit processor that can support hardware virtualization (eg: Intel VT). Also, in order to allow PeopleTools client utilities, like Application Designer, Data Mover, etc., the host operating system must be a 64-bit Microsoft Windows version.
*The hosting environment has to be a physical one due to the fact that the PeopleSoft VirtualBox machines are 64-bit and the VirtualBox instance that runs them cannot be run in another virtual appliance.
*The virtual machine requires a minimum of 4 GB available RAM to run, but if planning to configure and start Oracle SES, please consider the additional RAM needs (2GB).
*To start and initialize the virtual appliance 65–80 GB of free disk space are required
The FSCM9.2 virtual machine can downloaded from the PeopleSoft Update Manager Home Page [ID 1464619.1] Oracle Support document:
In order to create one importable appliance from the Oracle provided parts files, run the next command:
After having obtained the final virtual machine file, one can delete the individual part files to help clearing the disk space.
The FSCM9.2 delivered appliance will have the following software characteristics:
After having installed the Virtual Box utility, open it and select the “Import Appliance” option from the File menu:
In the new Import Virtual Appliance window click the “Open appliance” button and select the earlier merged, final ova file:
In the next “Appliance Settings” step choose the name you would like for your VM and select the “Reinitialize the MAC address of all network cards” checkbox.
After clicking the Import button, the operation can take from 15 to 50 minutes, depending on the condition of your hosting drive. “To address possible performance issues caused by fragmentation occurring when writing the large virtual machine disk files, consider defragmenting the Host OS’s hard drive at this point.” (Oracle documentation)
The FSCM9.2 VM disks, once deployed, can take around 54 GB of disk space.
The Virtual Box machine is created with the following configurations:
In the VirtualBox utility, select the FSCM9.2 VM and click the green-arrowed Start button to initialize the setup of the FSCM9.2 appliance. The development Linux environment is going to be deployed with the necessary configurations:
Choose y to continue the FSCM9.2 environment deployment.
During the VM installation, the implementer will be required to provide and confirm the root account password. Following that, one can choose to use a static or dynamic IP address.
Choose the virtual machine hostname you would like to access it as:
To view afterwards the PeopleSoft application, in browser, from the hosting operating system, the hosts file should be modified to reflect the VM IP and the name chosen for the FSCM9.2 environment:
For the PeopleSoft database name you can choose either to change it or keep the default naming. Once the database has been configured, the application server, PIA and Process Scheduler will be configured and started. The next step is to choose whether or not you would like Oracle Secure Enterprise search installed:
Once the SES configuration is completed, which can take a longer time taking into consideration the SES crawling process of the search index, the application can be accessed from the browser, by using the VP1 user and its corresponding VP1 password.
In the predefined FSCM9.2 virtual machine everything comes configured, from process scheduler to report nodes, integration broker and its nodes, search instance, etc.
The Secure Enterprise Search can now be used to return the desired results using the facets filtering, advanced search and get related actions.
One of the things that does not come setup by default is the Web Profile Authentication Domain and the Help URL. The Help link can be configured by setting the link on the web profile as described here (http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E17566_01/epm91pbr0/eng/psbooks/
In this case the PeopleBooks URL I setup is the one provided by Oracle:
Remember to restart your web server before performing further tests.