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Monday, August 31, 2015

Why PeopleSoft Update Manager?

Since CS 9.2 information started coming out, PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) caught my attention. It was projected as a highlight feature of 9.2 version. So that was something worth to take a look. The first thing as usual was to do some research and gather some information to get started. 

PUM been around for some time from Applications 9.2 with PeopleTools 8.53 except for Campus Solutions that gives me an option to say that I didn’t try that yet :)

Technically this should be making the life easy as Oracle recommends it by making the tool to be the one stop shop for any kind of SELECTIVE (you can decide/adopt the changes that matters to your business) updates / patches / bug fixes. 

Oracle strongly recommends minimum version PeopleTools 8.53.10+ to avail the minimum benefits of the tool and this is again the pre-requisites for CS 9.2 upgrade. Again, this is a no-brainer. It is a free and powerful upgrade anyway.

What are PI’s? 
PeopleSoft Update Images (PIs) are Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual machines that you download locally. One PI is available per application (database instance), and each will be released periodically according to the image schedule posted on your application's update image home page. 

The PI is the master source environment from which Change Assistant will pull the updated objects, create a custom change package, and apply updates to your environment. The PI for your application is cumulative, so you will download the most current image and get all of the updates that you need.

The PI is a virtual machine running Oracle cross-platform virtualization software called Oracle VM VirtualBox. The PI is offered with Oracle Enterprise Linux as the guest operating system and with Oracle Database as the RDBMS. No additional license requirements exist for PeopleSoft VirtualBox images used for non-production activities such as maintenance, new feature delivery, and demonstration purposes.

Understanding picturization of PUM

Using PeopleSoft Update Manager is the only way to apply maintenance for PeopleSoft 9.2 and Interaction Hub 9.1.

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