PeopleSoft Change Assistant Overview
Oracle's PeopleSoft Change Assistant is a standalone, Windows based, Java program that expedites the process of applying a PeopleSoft software update or performing an upgrade by automating most of the steps. Change Assistant utilizes all of the elements included in the Environment Management Framework to monitor information specific to your PeopleSoft implementation and deploy the necessary application updates throughout your system.
See the PeopleSoft Update Manager home page (Doc ID 1464619.1) on My Oracle Support for more information.
PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) is a lifecycle management tool and maintenance delivery mechanism for application updates that will be implemented as a component of Change Assistant in the future. When PUM is made available for application updates, this book will be revised to include details on how to use this new tool.
Change Assistant provides these main benefits:
Automates many of the steps in an upgrade or update process.
Provides a clear step-by-step definition of the process for applying maintenance or performing an upgrade. Whether the process is automated or manual, as long as you complete each step, you will successfully apply the application maintenance or perform the upgrade.
Provides in-line documentation for each of the steps in the process.
The Environment Management Framework performs these key tasks:
Crawls local drives and directory paths to discover and validate the components associated with a given PeopleSoft environment. Change Assistant can selectively retrieve the environment information to create CA environments for use by CA jobs and other activities.
Facilitate the deployment of files to various components in the PeopleSoft environment.
Change Assistant Actions
Change Assistant supports the following actions:
- Apply Updates
Apply Updates is used to apply updates and fixes downloaded from My Oracle Support. Updates are downloaded as change packages.
Apply Updates can be used with any change packages.
- Update Manager
Reserved for future use.
- Application Upgrade
Application Upgrade is used to perform upgrade to a new application release, which typically includes a PeopleTools upgrade as well. Full application upgrades are delivered with detailed templates and documentation tailored to your specific upgrade path.
- Upgrade PeopleTools
Upgrade PeopleTools is used to do a PeopleTools only upgrade.
- Compare/Copy Managed Objects or Merge Select Object Types
Provides the ability to copy and compare Managed Objects, ADS projects and Application Designer projects in Change Assistant. You also have the ability to view and merge PeopleCode, SQL and XSLT. This option uses project Administration.
- Create or Modify Templates
Change Assistant templates are composites of all the possible steps that apply to an update or upgrade. The templates are delivered as part of the change package. Once you select a change package, the template is loaded into the Change Assistant internal storage. You can edit the template or add additional chapters, tasks and steps, if needed.