Understanding PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in

The PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in uses Oracle Enterprise Manager to provide an integrated, graphical user interface for monitoring and managing components of a PeopleSoft environment.

The entities that Enterprise Manager monitors and manages are called managed targets, which are separately manageable and named entities within the enterprise, such as databases, application servers, Process Scheduler servers, web servers, and so on.

The Oracle Enterprise Manager product includes the Management Agent, Oracle Management Service, Management Repository Database, and the Cloud Control Console, which is a browser-based central console through which administrators can perform monitoring, administration, and configuration tasks for the enterprise.

Field or Control

Definition

Administrator Account

Administrator accounts provide users permission to perform administrative tasks and access administrative information. You can set up each administrator account to have its own privileges and notification rules. There are two types of administrator accounts:

  • Super Administrator

  • Administrator

Incidents

Indicates a potential problem; either a warning or critical threshold for a monitored metric has been crossed. An alert can also be generated for various target availability states. Enterprise Manager provides various options to respond to Incidents. Administrators can be notified automatically when an alert triggers and can set up corrective actions to resolve an alert condition automatically.

Beacon

A special target installed on an agent that runs a defined service test and reports the results to the Oracle Management Service to determine the status and performance of a service.

Dashboard

Presents information using intuitive icons and graphics that let you spot recent changes and quickly identify and respond to problems.

Discovery Process

The process of identifying and registering targets in Enterprise Manager so that they can be monitored and managed from the Enterprise Manager console. Targets are discovered one host at a time.

Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Console

The Oracle Enterprise Manager web-based user interface for centrally managing the entire PeopleSoft environment. It can be accessed from a client workstation running a browser that meets the minimum client requirements of the Enterprise Manager.

Management Agent

A process deployed as binaries on each of the monitored hosts. It is responsible for monitoring all targets in the host, communicating the information to the middle-tier management service, and managing and maintaining the host and its targets.

Management Repository

This is an Oracle database that contains all the available information about administrators, targets, and applications managed within Enterprise Manager. Captured data is uploaded to the repository through the Oracle Management Service. The Repository organizes the data and makes it available for retrieval—allowing the data to be shared between any administrators accessing the Cloud Control Console.

Oracle ADF

This is a Java EE framework for building enterprise applications through a visual and declarative development experience.

Oracle Management Service

A web application (J2EE-compliant) that renders the user interface for the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Console. It works with all management agents to process monitoring and job information, and uses the Management Repository as its data store. The Oracle Management Service (OMS) runs within the Oracle WebLogic Server layer of the framework.

PeopleSoft System

A group of targets that are associated with a particular PeopleSoft application database. Depending upon how many PeopleSoft applications you have installed, you may have multiple PeopleSoft Systems to manage.

PeopleSoft Global Unique Identifier (GUID)

A unique identifier for each PeopleSoft database. The GUID ties each target to a specific database and defines all targets referencing the same database GUID as a system. The GUID is generated and stored at the database layer. During the discovery process, the application server connects to the PeopleSoft application database and retrieves the GUID for that database. This value is derived from the PeopleTools PSOPTIONS table.

Region

A region is a visual box with a title that can be expanded and collapsed. Regions can have charts, tables, label and value pairs, Chiclets, standard web widgets, and other UI elements.

Rules

Define the desired behavior or characteristics of systems. By using preconfigured or custom rules, automated assessments of systems and applications are performed. Through violation messages, you are notified of any deviations, such as inappropriate settings or incorrect system configurations.

Preferred Credentials

Simplify access to managed targets by storing target login credentials in the Management Repository. With preferred credentials set, users can access a target that recognizes those credentials without being prompted to log in to the target's host machine. Preferred credentials are set on a per user and per target basis, ensuring the security of the environment.

Service

An entity that models a business process or application. Examples of services are HCM applications, online banking, and email services. You can define services by creating one or more service tests that simulate common end-user functions. Using these service tests, you can measure the performance and availability of critical business functions, receive Incidents when there is a problem, identify common issues, and diagnose causes of failures.

System

A set of targets (hosts, databases, application servers, and so on) that function together to host one or more applications or services.

Super Administrator Account

Can manage all other administrator accounts and set up all administrator credentials. In addition, the super administrator can:

  • Create privileges and roles.

  • Perform the initial setup of Enterprise Manager.

  • Add targets to Enterprise Manager.

  • Perform actions on targets in the system.

Note: Enterprise Manager is installed with a default super administrator account named SYSMAN. You use the SYSMAN account for the initial login to Enterprise Manager. Then, create new super administrator accounts as needed in your system.

Train

The train is a guided workflow or wizard that walks users through a sequence of steps by stringing together a series of pages.The objective of these steps is to guide users through the task of achieving a specific goal.

Topology Viewer

Enables you to view the relationships between targets within the context of a system. You can perform some management actions from this view.

The PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in:

  • Installs into and integrates with the Oracle Enterprise Management System.

  • Discovers and registers PeopleSoft targets.

  • Monitors and manages PeopleSoft targets, which includes viewing performance metrics and performing actions such as start, stop, configure, and other specific tasks relevant to each target type.

  • Submits and monitors Process Scheduler requests.

  • Displays configuration data in a graphical user interface driven by metadata.

    This ensures that you enter appropriate values and helps limit potential errors in configuration.

  • Provides log management for PeopleSoft targets, including the ability to search, view, export, and purge log files.

  • Creates a PeopleSoft system in Enterprise Manager based on the database.

    This enables you to group all the targets in the system related to a PeopleSoft application database.

  • Generates a graphical topology that displays the relationships between targets.

  • Creates a service that simulates a transaction, such as login and logout, to monitor the availability of an application.

    Using the Enterprise Manager Service Level Monitoring feature, you can also check the availability of a system or a feature of an application.

    The PeopleSoft Application Management Plug—in delivers a login and logout transaction service for a PeopleSoft system.

  • Provides custom Compliance rules to evaluate configuration data for PeopleSoft target types.

Defining user access for the Enterprise Manager and the PeopleSoft targets is important and should be considered prior to installing the PeopleSoft AMP to ensure you are aware of all the implications of the options. The options for managing the user accounts you use for installing, configuring, and implementing the PeopleSoft AMP are discussed in detail in the installation instructions.

See Also

Installation Guide: PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in 13.1.1.1.0 for Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c.

You install the PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in after you have installed the Oracle Enterprise Manager software and PeopleTools.

For detailed information about Enterprise Manager features, benefits, documentation, and downloads refer to the Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c overview page on the Oracle Technology Network.

For information related to the version of Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control software that is required for the PeopleSoft Enterprise Manager Plug-in, see the PeopleSoft certification information posted on My Oracle Support.

See, Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Documentation 13c Release 1

After you have installed all of the required software, you can begin the discovery of the PeopleSoft targets. PeopleSoft targets refer to the elements of a PeopleSoft environment, such as an application server, application database, PeopleSoft website, and so on.

The discovery process identifies and registers PeopleSoft targets in Enterprise Manager so that they can be monitored and managed.

Discovery is the process of searching for and registering PeopleSoft targets so that Enterprise Manager can monitor and manage them. It is the first step to be performed after you have installed all of the required software.

During this process, you use a series of Enterprise Manager screens to:

  • Select the target types to be discovered.

  • Enter credentials so that Enterprise Manager has access to the host where discovery is to be performed.

  • Register the discovered targets in Enterprise Manager.

  • Enter the information required to connect to the PROCESSREQUEST web service.

  • Identify and register the Process Monitor target.

  • Set environment variables needed to connect to the PeopleSoft application database.

  • Identify and register the associated application database.

  • Review the registered targets.