PeopleSoft – Performance Monitor (Setup)

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PeopleSoft – Performance Monitor (Setup)

Setting up Performance Monitor is one of those once every couple of years quests that I get tasked with. There is no need to re-invite the wheel on this as Oracle provides a great Red-Paper on setting this up.

My Oracle Support:
PeopleSoft Performance Monitor Red Paper (Doc ID 747510.1)

The easiest way to start with the install is to actually do a PeopleTools System Database install. Using the PeopleSoft PeopleTools Install Guide for your Tools version follow the instructions to create a database manually.  There is a delivered install for PeopleTools System Database right in the PeopleTools home.  You create it just like you create a Financials or HCM application database. Use the ptddl.sql delivered script to setup the PeopleTools tablespaces.

One thing that is unique about the PeopleTools Database, the core user is not VP1 or PS as in the other applications, it is: PSADMIN. PTWEBSERVER is still the web profile user by default.

Another odd issue I ran into with my last install was not being able to log in, and that was resolved by verifying that the correct license code was present on the PSOPTIONS table.

Smart Panda – PeopleSoft – Performance Monitor Red Paper (April 2013 – most current I can find as of March 2017)

PeopleSoft – Authorization Error – Contact Your System Administrator

Smart Panda - PeopleSoft in the CloudPeopleSoft – Authorization Error – Contact Your System Administrator

Last week I was on a call with a client who had Oracle in doing a “free” assessment, which in my opinion was a giant sales pitch. Interestingly there was many nuggets of gold to be had if you were listening which I will share in other posts.  However, one item that was brought forth was that they should have performance monitor installed because it is just awesome!  In all the years of doing PeopleSoft have not had many opportunities to work with PPM or PerfMon or Performance Monitor depending on how you want to reference it.

It is not terribly difficult to setup, however, it is literally a separate application, so it has its own database, application server, process scheduler and web service. So this turns into more maintenance and most organizations don’t require the tool for the cost and understanding of getting PerfMon in place.

When doing the install you need a database that has PeopleTools framework, so the easiest way to get that is to install a PeopleTools System database. When doing the install, you should not that the core user is “PSADMIN” not VP1 or PS. When doing the install everything was fine, except when I tried to login I got the Authorization Error message with NOTHING else. I checked the logs and looked at security and did not see much of anything wrong.  So it was time for the secret weapon:  my oracle support, and searching we go.  Since this is a highly generic message it is difficult to determine what the cause was, all the usual suspects did not seem right.  At the bottom of one of the case notes it suggested to make sure you had the correct license code.

This install was doing using a PeopleTools Home that we did not originally install, we inherited the mess from somebody else, so when I looked, sure enough it had he strangest looking license code I have seen yet in my PeopleSoft career.  So I popped out to the PeopleSoft License Page and I got the correct license code and inserted that into the PSOPTIONS table.  After a quick restart of the application server – eureka!

Oracle Database 12c: Installation Guide

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I was working on a new server the other day and I wanted to make sure that all the correct repositories were in place, this install guide was excellent.

>> Install Guide <<<

I was doing this in AWS, and found a nice guide to setting up an OEL 7 Image: >>> Install AWS Image Guide <<<

The primary element that I was looking for was the Repositories for Oracle Enterprise Linux 7: