Web Browser

The web browser is the primary means by which users and administrators access PeopleSoft applications and administrative tools.

You must make sure that a supported browser is installed on each workstation. You do not need to install other software on the workstation running the browser, such as applets or connectivity software. The system sends pure HTML to the browser.

A web browser uses the HTTP protocol. The browser sends a request to the web server, which forwards the request to the application server. A servlet installed on the web server facilities all browser connections.

The browser does not download any applets to complete a transaction. The application server sends only the following items to the browser:

  • HTML

  • XML

  • JavaScript

  • Cookies

Because the browser processes only this basic internet content, the client workstation is not burdened with unnecessary processing responsibility.

PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture leverages web browser cookies to store a unique access token for each user when the user is initially authenticated. When the user connects to another PeopleSoft system, the token in the browser cookie is used to reauthenticate the user and bypass the sign-in process. The browser cookie is an in-memory cookie and is never written to disk. The cookie is also encrypted to prevent snooping and uses a checksum to prevent tampering.

See PeopleTools Browser Compatibility Guide (Oracle Support Document 704492.1) on My Oracle Support for more information.

Note: With PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture, no client software installation is necessary. Most processing occurs at the server level. You install the PeopleTools development applications in a Microsoft Windows environment. Development applications, such as PeopleSoft Application Designer and Data Mover, are usually intended for application developers and system administrators who need to access data other than application data. These users require workstations running Microsoft Windows.

Web Browser Cookies Setting

For you to use PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture, the Internet option to allow session cookies must be enabled.

To enable session cookies:

  1. From your browser menu, select Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level.

  2. Scroll down to the Cookies – Allow per-session cookies (not stored) option.

  3. Select Enable.

  4. Click OK to save the setting.

  5. Click OK again to close the dialog window.

Note: The internet option to allow cookies that are stored on your computer is optional.