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Using PeopleSoft Ping

The PeopleSoft Ping utility collects timestamps by sending a specific page to different tiers of the PeopleSoft system, starting at the browser, then going to the web server, the application server, the database and back. The timestamps that are collected are total time elapsed for the round trip, and arrival and departure time at each of the tiers.

To use the PeopleSoft Ping feature, select PeopleTools, Utilities, PeopleSoft Ping.

Image: PeopleSoft Ping page

This example illustrates the fields and controls on the PeopleSoft Ping page. You can find definitions for the fields and controls later on this page.

PeopleSoft Ping page

Enter a Test Case Identifier to uniquely group each set of metrics. For Repeat Time Interval , enter an increment for the ping to run. To avoid creating unnecessary traffic and overhead to the PeopleSoft system, set the Repeat Time Interval to a relatively high value, such as 600 to 1800 seconds, during normal operations. You may need to increase the Session Timeout value accordingly.

Select PeopleTools, Utilities, PeopleSoft Ping, PeopleSoft Ping Chart.

PeopleSoft Ping includes a charting utility to zoom in to a specific time interval from the ping test.

You can change the displayed time interval to a subset of the full ping test period. Edit the start time and end time values, and click Redraw to refresh the chart display with the new time interval.

Click Query Viewer to query the database for the ping data. A new browser window opens, displaying the ping data for the full test period in a table.

To delete a ping page test case:

  1. Select PeopleTools, Utilities, PeopleSoft Ping, PeopleSoft Ping Delete.

    The Delete page lists the current test case identifiers.

  2. Select the check box next to the identifier(s) you want to delete.

  3. Click Delete.

Select PeopleTools, Utilities, PeopleSoft Ping, PeopleSoft Ping Options.

The PeopleSoft Ping Options page enables you to set targets for each tier as well as overall completion time. If the ping process exceeds your targets, this affects the color-coding on the PeopleSoft Ping interface, using green, yellow, and red. Green is any time under the yellow and red targets, yellow is any time over the yellow target yet under red, and red is anything exceeding the red target. The metrics you enter depend on the typical conditions and expectations at your site.