Thursday, September 18, 2014

Windows Power Shell does not know psae

I’ve never notice it before, probably already known by most of you guys. But whilst I was building a Peoplesoft database from within Windows 2012R2, I ran psae (PSADMIN AppEngine) from a Windows Power Shell command prompt.
And here what I got:

PS E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86> psae
psae : The term 'psae' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, script file, or operable program. Check
the spelling of the name, or if a path was included, verify that the path is correct and try again.
At line:1 char:1
+ psae
+ ~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : ObjectNotFound: (psae:String) [], CommandNotFoundException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException

Suggestion [3,General]: The command psae was not found, but does exist in the current location. Windows PowerShell does
    not load commands from the current location by default. If you trust this command, instead type ".\psae". See "get-help
    about_Command_Precedence" for more details.
PS E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86>

Well, probably not a big deal, but good to know and worth a try what is recommanded, since I trust this psae command:

PS E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86> .\psae
Invalid command line argument list.
  process command line:
  GUID command line   : <unavailable>
Usage:
    psae -CT <dbtype>
         -CS <server>
         -CD <database name>
         -CI <connect id>
         -CW <connect password>
         -CO <oprid>
         -CP <oprpswd>
         -R  <run control id>
         -AI <program id>
         -I  <process instance>
         -DEBUG <Y|N>
         -DR <Y|N>
         -NOCOMMIT <Y|N>
         -TRACE <value>
         -DBFLAGS <value>
         -TOOLSTRACESQL <value>
         -TOOLSTRACEPC <value>
         -OT <output type>
         -OF <output format>
         -FP <file path>
  or
    psae <parmfile>
PS E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86>

Of course, we can also still use the good old Windows DOS cmd :
PS E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86> cmd
Microsoft Windows [Version 6.3.9600]
(c) 2013 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86>psae
Invalid command line argument list.
  process command line:
  GUID command line   : <unavailable>
Usage:
    psae -CT <dbtype>
         -CS <server>
         -CD <database name>
         -CI <connect id>
         -CW <connect password>
         -CO <oprid>
         -CP <oprpswd>
         -R  <run control id>
         -AI <program id>
         -I  <process instance>
         -DEBUG <Y|N>
         -DR <Y|N>
         -NOCOMMIT <Y|N>
         -TRACE <value>
         -DBFLAGS <value>
         -TOOLSTRACESQL <value>
         -TOOLSTRACEPC <value>
         -OT <output type>
         -OF <output format>
         -FP <file path>
  or
    psae <parmfile>

E:\pt854\bin\client\winx86>

Nicolas.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

We’ve detected that your operating system is not supported by this website

For many, many years, the Peoplesoft users know this (infamous) message on the login page when using, well, a non-supported OS by Peoplesoft.
I remember Duncan found a workaround to hide this message, find out more here. Already 4 years ago…

Maybe I’m out of date by using my old – but very well running – laptop on Windows XP Pro SP3, here it is within the image HCM92004 (Peopletools 8.53.xx) :
PTOOLS854_WEB_OS_002 

What a surprise with the last image HCM92008 (Peopletools 8.54.02), using the same browser and of course the same old laptop and OS, the message is just gone :
PTOOLS854_WEB_OS_004

Nice, but probably time for an OS upgrade anyway !

Nicolas.

Addendum (19-Sept-2014): if my test was done on Firefox 30.0, it’s worth to read PeopleTools Simplifies Internet Explorer Certifications

Monday, September 15, 2014

VMWare ESXi vSphere 5.5 update 2 and guest OS

As of the 1st of August 2014, VMWare ESXi 5.5 supports Oracle Linux 7. 1.5 months after RHEL 7 and 2-3 weeks after CentOS 7.
And good news, from the 5.5 update 2 released last week, we can set it for new guests from the Client:
HCM92008_027 
Note that’s only for the 64-bit version of OS. Surprisingly, whether RHEL 7 64-bit is officially also supported, it’s not listed here…
Or, from within an existing guest:
HCM92008_029  

Find out more about VMWare Compatibility Guide.

Nicolas.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

VirtualBox Appliances for PeopleSoft on VMWare ESXi (bis)

Written in April last year, my procedure to move the Peoplesoft appliance to VMWare ESXi – see here – seems to be broken since image #6… My test was on image #3…
One of the reader found its own way and kindly shared experience, you can find here how to work around.

Right now we are on image #8, the first one ever on Peopletools 8.54. Time to have a shot.

1. I decided first to follow my own procedure and see.
1.1 OVF changes
First, the ovf file setting changes, very few are needed compared to last year :
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# diff HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf.tmp
34c34
<     <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="109">
---
>     <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="101">
36,37c36,37
<       <Description>Oracle_64</Description>
<       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">Oracle_64</vbox:OSType>
---
>       <Description>oracleLinux64Guest</Description>
>       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">oracleLinux64Guest</vbox:OSType>
45c45
<         <vssd:VirtualSystemType>virtualbox-2.2</vssd:VirtualSystemType>
---
>         <vssd:VirtualSystemType>vmx-07</vssd:VirtualSystemType>
Nothing else.

1.2 ovftool control file
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "lax" > .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "datastore=vm" >> .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "skipManifestCheck" >> .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "overwrite" >> .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "powerOffTarget" >> .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "net:HostOnly=VM Network 2" >> .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "annotation=Peopletools 8.54">> .ovftool
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# echo "name=HCM92008" >> .ovftool

1.3 Push to ESXi
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# ovftool --version
VMware ovftool 3.5.0 (build-1274719)
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# ovftool HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf vi://root:pwd@192.168.1.10:443
Opening OVF source: HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf
Opening VI target: vi://root@192.168.1.10:443/
Deploying to VI: vi://root@192.168.1.10:443/
Transfer Completed
Warning:
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk' (specified: -1, actual 2258674176).
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk' (specified: -1, actual 3552615424).
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk' (specified: -1, actual 8894975488).
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk' (specified: -1, actual 7227696640).
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk' (specified: -1, actual 144896).
- Wrong file size specified in OVF descriptor for 'HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk' (specified: -1, actual 15863050240).
Completed successfully
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]#

Those warnings – which were not here last year on previous images- are really scary. If, like me you want to get rid off these, modify the ovf file.
First check the vmdk files size on disk:
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# ls -l *vmdk
-rw------- 1 root root  2258674176 Aug 12 08:30 HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk
-rw------- 1 root root  3552615424 Aug 12 08:35 HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk
-rw------- 1 root root  8894975488 Aug 12 08:53 HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk
-rw------- 1 root root  7227696640 Aug 12 09:04 HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk
-rw------- 1 root root      144896 Aug 12 09:04 HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk
-rw------- 1 root root 15863050240 Aug 12 09:24 HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]#

Take all the size and add them into ovf file (ovf:size=…):
<File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk" ovf:id="file1" ovf:size="2258674176"/>
<File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk" ovf:id="file2" ovf:size="3552615424"/>
<File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk" ovf:id="file3" ovf:size="8894975488"/>
<File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk" ovf:id="file4" ovf:size="7227696640"/>
<File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk" ovf:id="file5" ovf:size="144896"/>
<File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk" ovf:id="file6" ovf:size="15863050240"/>

That’s it for the warning.

1.4 Start the VM
Unfortunately, despite ovftool specified a successful work, it’s not possible to boot the new VM. It systematically tries to boot from within the network card, ignoring all the hard drives. And of course, it fails.
 HCM92008_005

2. The systems’ disks are broken.
In the link of the other blog I mentioned above, someone found a way by setting the disk capacity to a dummy size, say 98Gb (see the comment). Using the option “diskMode=thin” of the ovftool properties, it should not be a problem in space. And it works.
2.1 The new ovf
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# diff HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf.orig
4,9c4,9
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk" ovf:id="file1" ovf:size="2258674176"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk" ovf:id="file2" ovf:size="3552615424"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk" ovf:id="file3" ovf:size="8894975488"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk" ovf:id="file4" ovf:size="7227696640"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk" ovf:id="file5" ovf:size="144896"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk" ovf:id="file6" ovf:size="15863050240"/>
---
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk" ovf:id="file1"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk" ovf:id="file2"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk" ovf:id="file3"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk" ovf:id="file4"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk" ovf:id="file5"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk" ovf:id="file6"/>
13,18c13,18
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:diskId="vmdisk1" ovf:fileRef="file1" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="34649586-c43a-4df3-af9c-2445fd543fdf"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:diskId="vmdisk2" ovf:fileRef="file2" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="f108476c-e701-49f8-b8f0-f6a2b4d6c4d5"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:diskId="vmdisk3" ovf:fileRef="file3" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="6ca0b490-9258-4643-888c-1b0722199fe5"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:diskId="vmdisk4" ovf:fileRef="file4" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="1a394121-3721-4d20-8c09-cd4f9b7f2053"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:diskId="vmdisk5" ovf:fileRef="file5" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="3bbbc232-080d-4536-916c-262fe5b2d379"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="107374182400" ovf:diskId="vmdisk6" ovf:fileRef="file6" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="696b9eac-bbe8-4e49-84c2-c0c5d8b84480"/>
---
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="10092418560" ovf:diskId="vmdisk1" ovf:fileRef="file1" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="34649586-c43a-4df3-af9c-2445fd543fdf"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="5782371840" ovf:diskId="vmdisk2" ovf:fileRef="file2" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="f108476c-e701-49f8-b8f0-f6a2b4d6c4d5"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="41957153280" ovf:diskId="vmdisk3" ovf:fileRef="file3" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="6ca0b490-9258-4643-888c-1b0722199fe5"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="15743185920" ovf:diskId="vmdisk4" ovf:fileRef="file4" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="1a394121-3721-4d20-8c09-cd4f9b7f2053"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="24675840" ovf:diskId="vmdisk5" ovf:fileRef="file5" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="3bbbc232-080d-4536-916c-262fe5b2d379"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="27793221120" ovf:diskId="vmdisk6" ovf:fileRef="file6" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="696b9eac-bbe8-4e49-84c2-c0c5d8b84480"/>
34c34
<     <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="101">
---
>     <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="109">
36,37c36,37
<       <Description>oracleLinux64Guest</Description>
<       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">oracleLinux64Guest</vbox:OSType>
---
>       <Description>Oracle_64</Description>
>       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">Oracle_64</vbox:OSType>
45c45
<         <vssd:VirtualSystemType>vmx-09</vssd:VirtualSystemType>
---
>         <vssd:VirtualSystemType>virtualbox-2.2</vssd:VirtualSystemType>
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]#

2.2 The ovftool file content (thin option is used)
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# cat .ovftool
lax
datastore=vm
skipManifestCheck
overwrite
powerOffTarget
net:HostOnly=VM Network 2
diskMode=thin
annotation=HCM9.2 - Peopletools 8.54.01
name=HCM92008

2.3 Push to ESXi
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# ovftool HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf vi://root:pwd@192.168.1.10:443
Opening OVF source: HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf
Opening VI target: vi://root@192.168.1.10:443/
Deleting VM: HCM92008
Deploying to VI: vi://root@192.168.1.10:443/
Transfer Completed
Completed successfully
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]#

2.4 Boot of the new VM
HCM92008_009

HCM92008_015
Then you are back to the business and prompted to setup your brand new VM.

3. Capacity from vmdk file
Setting a larger value than needed is fine but a bit hazardous.
Looking in the vmdk file, we also can see the real disk capacity of the target. For instance, here for the disk1:
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# cat HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk|more
KDMV

version=1
CID=aa3d0432
parentCID=ffffffff
createType="streamOptimized"

# Extent description
RDONLY 19711755 SPARSE "HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk"
The size is in Kb, so it should be 19711755*1024=20184837120.
”Surprisingly”, it’s exactly the double of the specified capacity in the original ovf file for the disk1. And the same is true for all the other disks.
Using that size’s capacity is also a failure… Same as above, it’s booting from within the network.

4. Size from vmdk disk
WMWare is coming with a small tool, vmware-mount (version 5.1). Very useful in our case.
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# for i in `ls |grep vmdk`
> do
> echo $i
> vmware-mount -p $i
> done
HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk
Nr      Start       Size Type Id Sytem
-- ---------- ---------- ---- -- ------------------------
1         63     530082 BIOS 83 Linux
2     530145   10779615 BIOS 83 Linux
3   11309760    8401995 BIOS 82 Linux swap
HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk
Nr      Start       Size Type Id Sytem
-- ---------- ---------- ---- -- ------------------------
1         63   11293632 BIOS 83 Linux
HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk
Nr      Start       Size Type Id Sytem
-- ---------- ---------- ---- -- ------------------------
1         63   81947502 BIOS 83 Linux
HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk
Nr      Start       Size Type Id Sytem
-- ---------- ---------- ---- -- ------------------------
1         63   30748347 BIOS 83 Linux
HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk
Nr      Start       Size Type Id Sytem
-- ---------- ---------- ---- -- ------------------------
1         63      48132 BIOS 83 Linux
HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk
Nr      Start       Size Type Id Sytem
-- ---------- ---------- ---- -- ------------------------
1         63   54283572 BIOS 83 Linux

The size is given in Kb.
Let’s take the first, (530082+10779615+8401995)*1024=20184772608
Ok, we are not that far from the double of the original size (from vmdk, see above), are we ? See.
20184837120 (original capacity) – 20184772608 = 64512. And 64512 is nothing but 63 (start) *1024…

Verifying on the second drive:
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# cat HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk|more
KDMV

version=1
CID=8bdea51b
parentCID=ffffffff
createType="streamOptimized"

# Extent description
RDONLY 11293695 SPARSE "HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk"

11293695 * 1024 = 11564743680 (in other word original capacity*2, 5782371840*2).
Then, from the last output of vmware-mount, we have 11293632*1024=11564679168.
11564743680 - 11564679168 = 64512. Again.

So, I think we are safe to say the required capacity should be the double of the initial capacity minus 64512.

5. Let’s have a new try with this hypothesis.
5.1 New ovf
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# diff HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf.orig
4,9c4,9
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk" ovf:id="file1" ovf:size="2258674176"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk" ovf:id="file2" ovf:size="3552615424"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk" ovf:id="file3" ovf:size="8894975488"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk" ovf:id="file4" ovf:size="7227696640"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk" ovf:id="file5" ovf:size="144896"/>
<     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk" ovf:id="file6" ovf:size="15863050240"/>
---
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk1.vmdk" ovf:id="file1"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk2.vmdk" ovf:id="file2"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk3.vmdk" ovf:id="file3"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk4.vmdk" ovf:id="file4"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk5.vmdk" ovf:id="file5"/>
>     <File ovf:href="HCMDB-SES-854-01-disk6.vmdk" ovf:id="file6"/>
13,18c13,18
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="20184772608" ovf:diskId="vmdisk1" ovf:fileRef="file1" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="34649586-c43a-4df3-af9c-2445fd543fdf"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="11564679168" ovf:diskId="vmdisk2" ovf:fileRef="file2" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="f108476c-e701-49f8-b8f0-f6a2b4d6c4d5"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="83914242048" ovf:diskId="vmdisk3" ovf:fileRef="file3" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="6ca0b490-9258-4643-888c-1b0722199fe5"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="31486307328" ovf:diskId="vmdisk4" ovf:fileRef="file4" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="1a394121-3721-4d20-8c09-cd4f9b7f2053"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="49287168" ovf:diskId="vmdisk5" ovf:fileRef="file5" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="3bbbc232-080d-4536-916c-262fe5b2d379"/>
<     <Disk ovf:capacity="55586377728" ovf:diskId="vmdisk6" ovf:fileRef="file6" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="696b9eac-bbe8-4e49-84c2-c0c5d8b84480"/>
---
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="10092418560" ovf:diskId="vmdisk1" ovf:fileRef="file1" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="34649586-c43a-4df3-af9c-2445fd543fdf"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="5782371840" ovf:diskId="vmdisk2" ovf:fileRef="file2" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="f108476c-e701-49f8-b8f0-f6a2b4d6c4d5"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="41957153280" ovf:diskId="vmdisk3" ovf:fileRef="file3" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="6ca0b490-9258-4643-888c-1b0722199fe5"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="15743185920" ovf:diskId="vmdisk4" ovf:fileRef="file4" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="1a394121-3721-4d20-8c09-cd4f9b7f2053"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="24675840" ovf:diskId="vmdisk5" ovf:fileRef="file5" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="3bbbc232-080d-4536-916c-262fe5b2d379"/>
>     <Disk ovf:capacity="27793221120" ovf:diskId="vmdisk6" ovf:fileRef="file6" ovf:format="
http://www.vmware.com/interfaces/specifications/vmdk.html#streamOptimized" vbox:uuid="696b9eac-bbe8-4e49-84c2-c0c5d8b84480"/>
34c34
<     <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="101">
---
>     <OperatingSystemSection ovf:id="109">
36,37c36,37
<       <Description>oracleLinux64Guest</Description>
<       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">oracleLinux64Guest</vbox:OSType>
---
>       <Description>Oracle_64</Description>
>       <vbox:OSType ovf:required="false">Oracle_64</vbox:OSType>
45c45
<         <vssd:VirtualSystemType>vmx-09</vssd:VirtualSystemType>
---
>         <vssd:VirtualSystemType>virtualbox-2.2</vssd:VirtualSystemType>
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]#

5.2 ovftool control file
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# cat .ovftool
lax
datastore=vm
skipManifestCheck
overwrite
powerOffTarget
net:HostOnly=VM Network 2
diskMode=thin
annotation=HCM9.2 - Peopletools 8.54.01
name=HCM92008

5.3 Push to ESXi
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]# ovftool HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf vi://root:pwd@192.168.1.10:443
Opening OVF source: HCMDB-SES-854-01.ovf
Opening VI target: vi://root@192.168.1.10:443/
Deploying to VI: vi://root@192.168.1.10:443/
Transfer Completed
Completed successfully
[root@omsa:/nfs/software/PeopleSoftCD/OVA/HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA]#


5.4 Booting VM
The new VM starts as expected. Back to normal.


Ok, I hope it is clear, briefly speaking, in the ovf file change the capacity as (capacity*2)-64512 for each file.

Successfully tested on HCM92008 and FSCM92008 images.

Nicolas.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Peopletools 8.54 client silent installation

Digging around the last Oracle VM appliance HCM92008 (based on Peopletools 8.54.01), I just discovered a file with a nice name.
Check at /opt/oracle/psft/pt/tools/setup/Client/Disk1/resp_file_client.txt
Does this mean we can install Peopletools client in silent mode ? Well, probably not so easily in fact. According to the documentation, it’s still not supported : “Note. Only the command line options listed in this documentation are supported for PeopleSoft installation. Note that the use of a response file for silent installation is not supported for the installer for PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54. For some of the installations described elsewhere in this documentation, such as PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture, the same options apply.”

Fair enough, looking across Internet, it seems I missed a very interesting blog entry, worth to go through :
http://otherdutiesasrequired.com/?p=17

Nice catch up !

Nicolas.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Peoplesoft stops certification on Sybase and Informix

Due to a low number of customers using Sybase and Informix, Peoplesoft team recently decided to stop supporting their products on these databases, please see MOS note Oracle Modifies Supported Platforms for PeopleSoft (Doc ID 1915316.1)
According to the note, the Peoplesoft application 9.1 will be the terminal release for these databases. However, you’ll still be able to go for Peopletools 8.54, it will be the last supported.
Anyway, most likely better to go for a database support change as soon as possible.

It reminds me a poll that I did 5 years ago (!), that was not a scientific nor official statistics but none of the readers here was already using these two db… http://gasparotto.blogspot.nl/2009/11/polls-results.html

Will DB2 next one ?

Nicolas.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

JDK for Peopletools 8.54 on Linux 7

On Linux, once you installed JDK provided on edelivery for Peopletools 8.54 (jdk-7u55-linux-x64.rpm), you make a go for Weblogic.
Here you go:
java -jar wls_121200.jar

On Oracle Linux 7, it ends quickly by the following error :
OpenJDK JVM not supported on this platform.

Also tried with 7u65, no luck. To solve it, install the JDK 7u67 – the latest available. You can download it here :
http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/java/javase/downloads/jdk7-downloads-1880260.html

Weblogic install should run now - do not forget to set JAVA_HOME before hands.
There’s a warning though about unsupported platform (Oracle Linux 7 is not yet), but it does not hurt.

Nicolas.