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E-DPK PT8.55: Frequently Asked Questions about Deployment Packages (DPKs) (Doc ID 2127715.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 25, 2020

As part of PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture, PeopleSoft Update Images are now comprised of deployment packages (DPKs).

These deployment packages provide a faster, more flexible way to install your PeopleSoft Update Image. The DPKs are delivered with the PeopleSoft Puppet modules, which are initialization and management scripts based upon the open-source Puppet software. In addition to the convenience of using the interactive bootstrap script,  you can take advantage of the PeopleSoft Puppet modules to customize and control the PeopleSoft virtual machines deployed from the DPKs.

Some of the benefits to using DPK include:

  • The primary benefit of the new DPK infrastructure to PUM is that for those sites who do not want to, or for policy reasons cannot, run VirtualBox in their environment.
  • DPK allows you to create your own instance. In the 9.2 release, some customer sites started using alternative hypervisors like VMWare to host their PUM Images. This was not formally supported by Oracle.
  • Oracle has also heard feedback that customers wanted the PUM Images in their datacenters, closer to their actual dev/test/prod environments.  The  VirtualBox requirement of a physical non-virtualized host restricted that. With DPK, this shouldn't be any issue any longer.
  • If a customer site wants to run a PUM instance on a Windows or Linux virtual guest in a data center, they can, as long as the OS is certified for either Windows or generic Linux on PeopleTools 8.55.

This document provides information on these deployment packages (DPKs) including key concepts, getting started, reported issues, error messages, advanced topics and additional references.

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