25 PeopleSoft Administration Interview Questions

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PeopleSoft Administration Interview Questions on important topics like Application Designer, Data Mover, Application Server/Process Scheduler.

  • How do you configure Report Repository? 
  • What kind of tuning have you done? Explain. 
  • Customization done in Dev DB, Which tool is used to move it to Prod DB? 
  • What is the difference in logging into App Designer in 2-tier and 3-tier mode? 
  • How do you compare two projects? 
  • How do you clear App Designer cache? 
  • How do you check whether you have logged into 2-tier or 3-tier? 
  • When logging in “Invalid AccessID and password for signon” pops up. What is the issue? 
  • What are the different modes you can login into Data Mover? 
  • How do you login into BS mode? 
  • Where does authentication take place in 2-Tier and 3-Tier modes? 
  • What utility is used to Configure Application Server and Process Scheduler? 
  • Where do you set Peoplecode trace? - Configuration Manager and application server 
  • Where do one see the status of the process requested to be executed - Process monitor 
  • Where is PeopleTools data is cached – App Server 
  • How do you restart a Data Mover script? 
  • How do you create a DMS using Data Mover? 
  • What SQL statements are not valid in Data Mover? 
  • Where is the App Server Configuration parameters defined? 
  • Where do you define failover for clustering? 
  • What are the file transfer modes supported by PeopleSoft? 
  • Where do you check the status of processes/jobs run from PIA? 
  • How do you start PIA configured for WebLogic? 
  • What servers are needed for configuring PIA?

Peoplesoft Admin Questions and Answers

What is PeopleSoft Vanilla Database?
A Vanilla implementation is one where no customization are made to the delivered application. 
Vanilla is PeopleSoft Application out of the box and implemented exactly as delivered. 
Vanilla implementation simplifies PeopleSoft environment in a number of ways. 
  • No development costs. 
  • Fast time to rollout 
  • Simplified upgrades.
How do we start & stop Peoplesoft Webserver in single server domain?
Start: <HOST_PS_HOME>\webserver\startpia
Stop: <HOST_PS_HOME>\webserver\stoppia

Which are the external objects in a PeopleSoft environment?
  • TUXEDO
  • COBOL
  • CRYSTAL
  • WEB SHERE
  • WEB LOGIC
  • JAVA
  • DATABASE(ORACLE, SQL, DB2, SYBASE)
  • MS-OFFICE
What is PeopleSoft Fileserver?
The File Server is used as a central storage area for files used by development clients.
This allows for a central point of file revision administration. as well as saving significant disk space on each client.

What is Report Repository?
The Report Repository is simply a Web Server with the report repository servlet and directory installed to it.

Report Repository Directory: Location on the Web server where the process scheduler server transfers report and log files.

Report Repository Servlet:  The Java sevlet program that manages the display of the report and log files in a browser.  If a user has been granted security access, the servlet allow them to view the files.  If the user doesn’t have the permission, the servlet will not even show the file exits.

The Report Repository will always receive any report produced by processes on the server if you establish this link.

What is DDDAUDIT?
DDDAUDIT delivers a report on the integrity of the links between the System Catalog Table and PeopleTools Table.  

What is SYSAUDIT?
SYSAUDIT delivers a report on the integrity of the links within the PeopleTools Tables.

What is the ALTER AUDIT?
It is used to report difference between the PeopleTools records definition and the RDBMS System catalog.

Name the configuration file of Application Server and its location?
Location: <HOST_PS_HOME/>APPSRV/<DOMAIN_NAME>
Name : psappsrv.cfg

Name the configuration file of Process Sheduler and it’s location?
Location: <HOST_PS_HOME/>\APPSRV\PRCS<DOMAIN_NAME>
Name : psprcs.cfg

Describe the purge process?
  • Updates statistics to all of the process request tables before deleting content.
  • Purges of all process requests with a last update date that is past the Days Before Purge value for the specified run statuses.
  • Deletes all of the subdirectories in the Log_Output directory that are associated with the process requests that are purged from the process request table if the Purge Process Files option was specified.
  • Purges the report repository tables with expired dates, based on the specified number of retention days.
  • Deletes all directories from the report repository that are associated with processes purged from the report repository tables. 
What is shared cache and how you enable it? 
  • The system assumes that a preloaded cache exists in the share directory. The preloaded cache contains most instances of the managed object types that are cached to file.
  • While booting application server, if shared cache is enabled but no cache files exist, the system reverts to unshared caching.
  • To set shared caching for the domain, set the Set ServerCacheMode to 1. With this option enabled, the system stores the cache information in the following directory:
<PS_HOME>\appserv\<DOMAIN_NAME>\cache\share 

What are the benefits of The Shared Cache Mode? 
The shared cache mode offers the following benefits:
  • Server processes share a common cache file, which reduce the disk space consumed by multiple cache files.
  • Improved initial transaction load performance. Because all objects are already cached, the initial load performance is equivalent to subsequent loads. This is the major difference from previous behavior.
  • Improved performance because the system does not write new items to the cache. As such, the cache file never grows. This prevents the host running out of disk space as each PSAPPSRV cache grows in size.
  • Simplifies file management by having fewer files for the system to maintain. 
What are the three logical sets of tables that make up a PeopleSoft database and what is the purpose of each?
  • System Catalog Tables–  This table contain metadata about all object in the database.
  • People Tools Tables—This table contain the metadata about PeopleSoft that is installed on the database. And also the structure that applications use to define specific objects.  The structure of the tables is the same for all applications.
  • Application Data Tables—  This  table contain data entered for use by your organization.  Any table updated ad part of a component is an application data table. 
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