PS/nVision Configuration & Troubleshooting Tips


PS/nVision Reporting Tool PS/nVision and Troubleshooting Tips

T I TLE OF P AP E R 11/12/2009

Reference Number: Reporting Tool’s Product(s): PeopleTools Release(s): Revision Number: Contains: √ √ √ √ √ √

PTOOLS001 PS/nVision 7.x, 8.1x, 8.4x, 8.5x Rev1



Table of Contents
Table of Contents........................................................................................................................................................3 Introduction .................................................................................................................................................................5 Structure of this Red Paper Related Materials 5 5

Chapter 1 - Executive Overview ...............................................................................................................................6

Chapter 2: PS/nVision ................................................................................................................................................8

Chapter 3: Main Components of PS/nVision report ..............................................................................................10 Report Layout Report Request 10 12

Chapter 4 - PS/nVision Configuration for 2-tier client environment..................................................................14 Configuration Manager Settings 14

Chapter 5 - How to run PS/nVision in 2-tier client environment .........................................................................16 Appearance of PS/nVision 2 tier client Steps to create an PS/nVision report 17 18

Chapter 6: PS/nVision setup in Web Environment (n tier) ...................................................................................20 Report Server Requirements MS Excel PSPRCS.cfg settings DrilltoPIA.xla 20 21 21 22

Chapter 7: How to run PS/nVision in Web environment.......................................................................................23 Report Request Scope and Report output Types Drilldown 23 24 25

Chapter 8: PS/nVision Advanced Features ............................................................................................................27 Scope Drilldown nPlosion ReportBook PS/nVision Variables NvsInstanceHook 27 29 30 30 31 31

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Chapter 9: New Features in PS/nVision in PeopleTools 8.4x..............................................................................33 SaveTempFile TimeOut settings EnablePoll Dialogs PS/nVision Trace Secured Reports EnableDrillDownforFile 33 33 34 34 34 35

Chapter 10 : New Features in PS/nVision in PeopleTools 8.5x ...........................................................................36 Public and Private Report Requests in nVision Windows client Improved Drilldown on PIA using Web Services Tree Effective Date Criteria Not In Tree Criteria Support for Query Prompts via PIA Decoupled PS_HOME vis-à-vis nVision 36 36 37 38 38 39

Chapter 11 : PS/nVision with Excel 2007/PeopleTools 8.4x/8.5x ........................................................................40 Known Issues with Excel 2007 Compatibility Mode Features that need to be verified with Excel 2007 normal mode 40 41

Chapter 12: Troubleshooting Tips ..........................................................................................................................42 In 2-tier client With Certain workstations With all workstations In Web Environment On Intermittent Basis On Regular Basis With all Reports With some certain Reports Tips for DRILLDOWN With Certain Drilldowns With All Drilldowns Drilldowns in 2-tier Drilldowns in Web Environment Drilldown issues with some specific Users Perforamnce issues with PS/nVision Important Logs Important Resolutions 42 42 42 43 43 43 43 43 46 46 47 47 47 48 48 48 49

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This Red Paper is an introductory and practical guide for technical PS/nVision users, beginners, PS/nVision reports Developers and Oracle Global Customer Services analysts. This Red Paper discusses the PS/nVision reporting tool, it’s configuration within PeopleSoft Application and troubleshooting tips for PS/nVision related problems. Much of the information contained in this document originated from and within Customer’s production environments and PeopleSoft Development and is therefore based on "real-life" problems encountered in the field. The issues that are discussed here are the problems that prove to be the most common or troublesome.

STRUCTURE OF THIS RED PAPER This Red Paper provides guidance on basic understanding of PS/nVision reporting tool. Keep in mind that PeopleSoft updates this document as needed so that it reflects the most current feedback one receive from the field. Therefore, the structure, headings, contents, and length of this document is likely to vary with each posted version. To see if the document has been updated since users last downloaded it, compare the date of usersr version to the date of the version posted on Customer Connection.

RELATED MATERIALS It is assumed that our readers are Oracle GCS Reporting Tools analysts, PeopleSoft DBAs and PS/nVision reports developers. To take full advantage of the information covered in this document, it is recommended that users should have a basic understanding of system administration, basic Internet architecture, relational database concepts/SQL, and how to use PeopleSoft applications. This document is not intended to replace the documentation delivered with the PeopleTools PS/nVision section. It is recommended that before any user reads this document, user should read the PIA related information in the PeopleTools People Books 8.49 to ensure that user have a well-rounded understanding of our PIA technology. Note: Much of the information in this document eventually gets incorporated into subsequent versions of the People Books.

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e. b. it retrieves the information from database and places it into Excel spreadsheet. All rights reserved. Depending upon the criteria defined at the report level. 6 . Users can define scopes on multiple fields also. Overview of PS/nVision Tool: 1.Enables functional users to create reports to fit their needs Copyright © 2007 Oracle.It’s a PeopleSoft developed Reporting Tools.Builds upon users’ Excel expertise. It is one of the main reporting tools one uses to generate reports within PeopleSoft Application.Enables users to summarize transactional data. PS/nVision selects data from PeopleSoft database against the Ledgers. 2.Facilitates the use of trees in reports. Users use familiar enhanced Excel commands to format and analyze the data.Enable users to nPlode (explode) and Drilldown to the appropriate level of detail.Major Strengths: a. c. which is used for reporting purpose. b.Executive Overview PS/nVision is a PeopleSoft owned product.Allow users to define scope for report. Trees and Queries. Inc.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 1 . d.Major Capabilities: a.Handles report bursting and distribution (to individual or role) through Scope Definition. This transfer of information from the database to spreadsheet enables users to use familiar excel commands for formatting and analyzing data. It is an Excel based reporting and analysis tool. c.

So.PDF or .DOC etc. PS/nVision has very few output format options. In comparison to other Reporting Tools. users can run PS/nVision reports to only two output formats (.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 3. b..PS/nVision tools runs only in Windows environment as it uses Microsoft Excel for the reporting purpose.XLS format but not in any other output formats like .HTM and .XLS). All rights reserved. 7 . it cannot be run on Unix or any other O/S. users may run PS/nVision report to both .Disadvantages: a.In Web environment (4-tier). Copyright © 2007 Oracle. In 2-tier also. Inc.HTM and .

who are responsible for evaluating the company’s position and reporting the results to Senior Executives. The complete process includes tasks such as reporting. users may use the familiar commands. Inc. 8 . Below are some scenarios where users will better understand the need of PS/nVision tool. formatting and graphics.PS/nVision PS/nVision not only works with spreadsheets. this task is performed by accountants and analysts. it works within them. Because PS/nVision works from within user spreadsheet.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 2 . Users may check more detailed information for these Excel commands in Microsoft’s Excel User guide or the Excel on-line help. company generates reports from the accounting systems to help determine its financial health and position. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Users access PS/nVision features from a special PS/nVision menu within Microsoft Excel. data entry and delivery. Excel offers for inserting formulas. See the picture below: Consider the scenario: At the end of every month. All rights reserved. analysis. typically. User organizations can also create a custom “front-end” macro sheet to give users point-and-click access to reports and reporting functions. The first question arises in mind why PS/nVision tool in comparison to other Reporting Tools? Some of the advantages and strengths of PS/nVision tools have already been discussed in Chapter 1.

All rights reserved. 9 . This is one of the scenarios. PS/nVision makes all reporting and analysis of data very easy. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. which describes the usage of PS/nVision tool in terms of commercial purposes. data entry. analysis. and delivery users are assigned the task of retrieving the data directly into an Excel spreadsheet. Users only need to combine the power of PS/nVision with the known functionalities of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet to format and deliver the report. Inc.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool To reduce the time and efforts required in reporting.

criteria. The columns in the report correspond to the fields returned by the query and the rows in the report correspond to the rows in the query result set. It is just the structure of the report-query/ledger information. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 3 . a column or an individual cell. The Report Layout also consists of formulae to calculate and retrieve data.Tabular Layout 2. PS/nVision offers two types of Report layouts. a row. 1. It specifies the Query or Ledger. Inc. all matrix layouts must have at least one timespan. All rights reserved. 10 . Tabular layouts are used for detailed transaction reporting. one ledger and one chartfield as criteria. Unless users are specifying a query in the matrix layout. These layouts use a Query defined in PeopleSoft Query to retrieve data. while matrix layouts are more appropriate for summarized reporting and analysis.Main Components of PS/nVision report Before proceeding further. thus creating a criteria matrix. Users can specify data selection criteria at the level of the entire spreadsheet i.e. Report layout specifies the type of data that can be retrieved within the columns and rows. Report Layout Report layout is an Excel spreadsheet that users can use as a template to define the format in which the report is displayed and the type of information that goes into the report. users must understand more about the Report Layout and Report Request and their roles in generation of any PS/nVision report. test. whichever is used for the report generation. formulae.Matrix Layout The main difference between both these types of layouts is the way in which users specify the data to be retrieved from the database. graphics. However it does not include any actual PeopleSoft data. formatting or other information users want to include. The data retrieved for an individual cell is determined by a combination of the criteria for its’ column and its’ row. Matrix layouts have data selection criteria based on the intersection of columns and rows in the spreadsheet. PS/nVision > Layout Options Tabular layouts are the simpler of the two layout types. Creation of report layouts is the first step towards developing the Report layouts. Matrix layouts are more complex in nature. Report layout is just an Excel spreadsheet.

11 . PS/nVision > Layout Definition For more details about the “tabs” in “Layout Definition” window and their usage. one data row per spreadsheet row Multiple per workbook Scope. row and column labels (text) One per workbook Scope. text in labels and variables Row/Column intersections (amounts). Feature/Function Data Sources Data Data Delivery Layout sheets Selection Criteria PS/nVision variables Scope nPlosion Drilldown from Instance Time Spans Matrix Layout Multiple Queries and/or Ledgers. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Numbers in matrix.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool The table below shows some of the key differences between tabular and matrix layouts. row and cell level Yes Multiple instances of layout workbook Rows and Columns Yes Yes. users must be very clear about the format and type of data users like to show to the end users as a Report output. column. including prompts. Query. criteria at Sheet. Inc. Query including Prompts No Multiple instances of layout workbook None No No Before creating layout. It makes users’ work very easy while putting format related columns and fields in layout or putting formulae to calculate the data in end results. with data keyed by year. please review “PS/nVision” section in PeopleBooks. period Tabular Layout Single Query Text and numbers Selected Query results columns.

Users must create a corresponding Report Request for running a PS/nVision report. Each Report Request is a collection of report-specific information such as Request name. users can use the Scope feature to create multiple instances of a report from a single request as shown in the screenshot below: Excel PS/nVision tab Select New Report Request this window appears Copyright © 2007 Oracle. 12 . associated Report Layout. Users must use the Report Request dialog box to open. When defining a Report Request.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Report Request Second step is creating Report Request for this PS/nVision report. All rights reserved. modify or delete Report Requests. Inc. report title. create. Scope and so on.

Leave blank if users do not need scope. meeting the criteria in Layout. All rights reserved. for performing nPlosion. Business Unit only As of Date: It allows users to select the effective date of the trees to be used when trees are referenced in layout and scopes. Inc. Use Main as of Date: ** For more details. please check the “PS/nVision” section in PeopleBooks. it will extract data for all Business units. This is how users can run a consolidated report. This is usually left at the default. this checkbox should be checked. data will reflect only from the requesting business unit only. Request Name: Report Title: Requesting: Business Unit Layout: Scope: PS/nVision Reporting Tool This name identifies Report Request This tile appears on prompt lists and can be used in reports and can be used in report Report request are owned by Business Units. It specifies the name of Report Instance (output) that is created when running this Report request. such as instances for each Business Units or departments Specifies which directory to place the report after users have run the request.XNV file. Otherwise one will not be able to perform nPlosion successfully Directory Template: File Template: Enable nPlosion: Data from requesting: When this checkbox is turned on the report. It means it will use the tree closest to the As of Date. Users may use PS/nVision variables also to get any specific nomenclature for users directory names. Users can include PS/nVision variables in the template to dynamically creates file names at the run time For Ex: %RTT% or %LYN% In 2-tier. 13 . Copyright © 2007 Oracle. If users leave the Template field blank the finished report will be in default directory. One can choose the applicable . The Layout may retrieve data for this business unit. one likes to execute This is optional. If this box is not checked. A scope is used to create multiple Instances of one .11/12/2009 Below are the descriptions of Fields under Report Request.XNV report layout.

PS/nVision Configuration for 2-tier client environment PS/nVision requires specific DLL’s and ODBC driver that are specific to that Peopletools version. Inc. If a user has multiple Peopletools versions on his machine a “Workstation install” might be required to go back and forth with PS/nVision according to the usage of one environment. PS/nVision relies on the PeopleSoft PTools ODBC Driver to be the exact same version of PTools that is currently being run. PeopleSoft does not recommend multiple PeopleTools version on single machine for avoiding issues with PS/nVision and Crystal Reports.Click the “Edit” button 4. Under Directory Paths: Copyright © 2007 Oracle. However. All rights reserved.Click the “PS/nVision” tab This is the only place where one can configure the PS/nVision related directories within Configuration Manager. In 2-tier client environment: 1. 14 .Open Configuration Manager 2. please check if users are having multiple PeopleTools versions on box and in Web environment also.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 4 . Now let’s discuss the various settings under “PS/nVision” tab in Configuration Manager. Space between Query Columns: This is the setting that is defined to have spaces in between the columns in the report output or Query to Excel output.Click the “Profile” tab 3. So.

Check the DBBIN setting under  Process Scheduler tab.Style Sheets: This is the location where various Excel style sheets get stores.Report Instance: This is the location where all PS/nVision Report Instances will get saved when running to 2-tier client. There is a folder by name “layout” under “PS/nVision” folder for this. GLLog etc. For ex: DrilltoPIA. Prerequisites for PS/nVision in 2-tier client for successful running 1. which talk about the issues related to mapped drive paths.Workstation Installation should be done in proper manner in “Configuration Manager” with correct settings in below locations: a. Inc.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 1. available under %PS_HOME% needs to me mentioned.xla.1). These are mainly used during nPlosion.Query Templates: This is the setting where Query Templates are available.1). 2. 200975617(Doc ID 640030. Ex: D:\FMS89\PS/nVision\layout 3Drilldown Layouts: This is the location of the folder where all users Drilldown layouts reside. Ex: D:\FMS89\excel\stylesheets Note: If users access PS_HOME from the network. Ex: D:\FMS89\excel These templates are 6.Report Layouts: This is the field to specify the location of PeopleSoft delivered Report Layouts as well as Customized Report layouts.Certified Excel version with present PeopleTools version should be installed on users machine.xla. All rights reserved. both PeopleSoft delivered and Customized ones.Under  Client Setup tab --> under ODBC setup --> Check the Install PeopleSoft ODBC Driver and Workstation Installation --> click Apply. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. 15 . After performing the above. c. please give the UNC path instead of mapped drive path as there are many issues involves with mapped drive path. available under the Excel folder only in PS_HOME. Ex: D:\FMS89\PS/nVision\layout\drilldn 4.Customization Macros: PS/nVision is basically a macro driven tool. 200999015 (Doc ID 645019. b.Please check all the locations are correctly filled under “PS/nVision” tab d. It must be correct. 2. Macros are used to run some features of PS/nVision report. Ex: C:\USER\PS/nVision\INSTANCE 5. users should be ready to work within PS/nVision Reporting Tool. It must point to the correct location. Here the path for “excel” folder. NVSUSER. For ex: D:\FMS89\excel where “D:\FMS89” is usersr PS_HOME or “D” drive is where usersr File server is mapped.Check the PS_Home directory setting under  Process Scheduler tab. There are some resolutions # 201008980 (Doc ID 647145.1).

PS/nVision would be available to users under the “start” Programs . Inc. All rights reserved.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 5 .How to run PS/nVision in 2-tier client environment There are two ways by which users may run PS/nVision client on users machine. First: Log in Application Designer Go PS/nVision (click) Second: If while performing “Workstation Installation” users select “PS/nVision” also. 16 .PeopleSoft > PS/nVision Copyright © 2007 Oracle.

xls) is “Startup” homepage for PS/nVision. With this it also opens an Excel sheet and an instance of PS/nVision.xls (PS/nVision Menu). Excel Instance and PS/nVision windows must remain open. NVSUSER. There are two new menu choices in Excel tool bar i. Inc. 17 .e. “PS/nVision” and “Drill” Please make sure that all the three NVSUSER. If users close any one of them. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. PS/nVision instance would be closed. All rights reserved.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Appearance of PS/nVision client: When users run PS/nVision.xlm (or .xlm. PS/nVision instance opens a file named NVSUSER.

In Report Request. users can use the same Report layout repeatedly.Report Layouts are the formats of PS/nVision reports in which one would like to show data to the end users. PS/nVision uses the specified Report Layout to determine what data to retrieve for the report and how to display it. 2. with which users can design layouts.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Users have many options under “PS/nVision” and “Drill” tab in layout. When users run a PS/nVision report through Report Request. users specify the layout and the other run options for PS/nVision report. Report layouts have extensions . users should create a Report Request. users create. There are two main components about creating PS/nVision reports.After creating Report layout. Inc. Steps to Create a PS/nVision Report: Every PS/nVision report. 18 . This step is required only for the first time users create the report. Once the layout is saved. One creates Report layouts in Excel only. define Report Requests and run PS/nVision reports. All rights reserved. is based upon “Report layout”. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.Report layout 2.XNV.Report Request 1. These components are: 1. Therefore creating a PS/nVision report is a 2-step process.

For example. It is the output of PS/nVision report. Inc. 19 . users might want to generate an income statement report for each department in users organization. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Each instance is an individual report with up-to-the-minute data from users database. This creates “Report Instance” at the location which users define in Configuration Manager > PS/nVision > “Report Instance”. A Report instance contains data that PS/nVision has retrieved from users PeopleSoft database.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool After defining a Report Layout and Report Request. users run the Report Request either by using the PS/nVision menu in MS-Excel or clicking the “RUN” button on the Report request dialogue box. User can send Report outputs to “File”/”Printer” output type and only “XLS” output format is available in 2-tier environment. Users can produce multiple instances of a single PS/nVision report with the help of the feature scope. selected and formatted according to the instructions in the Report Layout. All rights reserved.

please run any PS/nVision report through Application Designer (2. PS/nVision windows client is used only to generate Report layouts.HTM formats Drilldown for report outputs in HTML (PeopleTools 8.tier) on the Report Server. the Report Server must be running on Windows platform. If report is generated successfully it indicates that the settings are correct.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 6 .Microsoft Excel 2. Process Scheduler initiates a PS/nVision instance on the Report Server. drilldown and distribute PS/nVision reports through a browser. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. So for PS/nVision developers. Users can also send reports as email attachments rather than requiring recipients to navigate to a location on file server. Users access the Report Server and the database via browsers though PIA. view.XLS and .Process Scheduler Server 3. Once these Report Layouts are developed. which is accessible to Report Server. 20 . register Drilldown layouts. For creating Report layouts users still require workstation client. All rights reserved. Scopes and Report Requests can be directly created in Web environment itself and reports can be run through the Web as well. Report Server is the place where PS/nVision reports are run when requested by end users. Report Server must also have the following components: 1. However for the end users who only run PS/nVision reports in web environment or view them.PS/nVision setup in Web Environment (n tier) With PeopleSoft 8 users with Internet access can run. But remember. Users can create Report Request. PS/nVision analyzes the Report Layout and retrieves data from database and saves the report to a specified output format (XLS or HTM) under a configurable instance directory to the Report Repository.EXE. Main advantages in Web: 1234Internet versions of Report Requests. ReportBooks and Scope Definitions PS/nVision report output in . there is no need of client installation on their machines. Users can view the report in browser via a link in Report Manager. As it is known PS/nVision uses EXCEL to generate reports. which is what runs PS/nVision reports) 4. which in turn initiates an instance of Excel.10 and higher) or XLS format (8. users cannot create Report Layouts in Web environment.PeopleTools client installation (this installs PSNVS. depending upon the MAX Concurrent settings for PS/nVision processes in Server Definition.Database connectivity software So. When Report Request is run from Web interface. run Drilldown to “Web” or “Window” output types and also can define scopes in web environment. ODBC driver and basic settings for PS/nVisions are correct on the Process Scheduler box. they are uploaded to the configurable layout directory. Report Server must be setup correctly. Inc.14 and higher) Email options to send PS/nVision reports to individual user or users in specified roles Users may run multiple parallel PS/nVision sessions in web environment. ** For verifying that the Excel registry settings. please make sure the above components are installed properly on Scheduler box to run PS/nVision successfully in the web environment. client installation is required. without a PeopleSoft installation on client machines. PS/nVision configuration for Web Environment: For running PS/nVision in Web environment.

cfg) is required. 2.======================================================================= DrillDownDir=%PS_HOME%\PS/nVision\LAYOUT\DRILLDN InstanceDir=%PS_HOME%\PS/nVision\INSTANCE LayoutDir=%PS_HOME%\PS/nVision\LAYOUT MacroDir=%PS_HOME%\EXCEL StyleDir=%PS_HOME%\EXCEL\STYLESHEETS TemplateDir=%PS_HOME%\EXCEL EnableDrillDownForFile=0 EnablePollDialogs=0 PollDialogSeconds=30 TraceLevel=0 SaveTempFile=0 In above configuration. If the Process Scheduler is started thru PSADMIN then please find out the user id that logs onto the network to access PSADMIN to startup the process scheduler . If as a service then it is recommended to log on as 'this account'. PS/nVision uses Excel’s “Save as Web Page” function to generate the HTML format output. For this configuration of PS/nVision related directories in Process Scheduler configuration file (PSPRCS.cfg file.======================================================================= . . Please check if Process Scheduler is started with a service or thru psadmin. Inc. These flags are discussed in detail in following chapters. Excel version: It is recommended to use Excel 2000 and above Excel version on Report Server. PS/nVision supports both XLS and HTML in release 8. (Chapter 9) 21 Copyright © 2007 Oracle. However there are certain flags. When an HTML format is requested. most of the directory locations are similar to the Configuration Manager. Therefore if Excel 97 is used on the Report Server. which are introduced only with PeopleTools 8. Process Scheduler on the Report Server kicks it off.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool BEAPROCMgr Tuxedo Service: 1. [PS/nVision] .Ensure that this user is a Domain Account. Please make sure that it is a Domain Account. users will not be able to generate PS/nVision reports in HTML format output.x onwards. BEAProc Manager Service . Process Scheduler Configuration: It is important to know that when running PS/nVision in the web environment. General settings for PS/nVision . The PSPRCS. This function is only available from Excel 2000 and upper versions. All rights reserved. 3.Please find out if this service is logged on as 'Local system account' or 'this account'? Recommended way would be 'This Account' and ensure that it is a Domain Account.cfg file is located at below location %PS_HOME%\appserv\prcs\Domain name \PSPRCS. which is discussed in previous chapter. These flags are introduced by development to enhance the capabilities of PS/nVision as a Reporting Tool and make it more competitive against the other available Reporting Tools.cfg Configuring similar directories using PeopleTools Configuration Manager only enables users to run PS/nVision as a Windows client on the Report Server.4x and onwards. Ensure that the user ID that starts up both the Process Scheduler and BEA Proc Manager are the same and that Users have Domain rights. Below are settings for PS/nVision in PSPRCS.

22 . To load the add-in DrillToPIA. End users need to install this add-in only when Users want to Drilldown directly from Report instances in Excel on a browser client. Select the menu option Tools. and select DrillToPIA in the Add-ins dialog box.Launch Excel.14 and above. DrilltoPIA.xla file into usersr Excel environment: 1.xla is delivered with PeopleTools CD. This add-in requires only a one-time load in the load in the end user’s environment. Users do not need this add-in if then only view reports in Excel XLS format through the web. All rights reserved. Inc.xla): DrilltoPIA.xla is an optional Excel VBA add-in that is provided for end users convenience in PS/nVision for PeopleTools 8. Go to usersr %PS_HOME%\Excel directory Copy the file DrillToPIA. users can access PS/nVision with the below navigation: Menu > Reporting Tools > PS/nVision Copyright © 2007 Oracle.xla to usersr Excel add-in directory If usersr Microsoft Office is installed in %MS_OFFICE%. then Excel add-ins directory is %MS_OFFICE%\Office\Library.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Excel Add-in (DrilltoPIA. Add-ins In Web Environment. 3 . 2.

How to run PS/nVision in Web environment PS/nVision report can be run in Web environment (n-tier) by navigating as suggested below. All rights reserved. Reporting Tools > PS/nVision > Define Report Request Copyright © 2007 Oracle. 23 .11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 7 . It is similar to the 2-tier environment. Menu > Reporting Tools > PS/nVision User can define Report Request in Web environment also. Inc.

“Ren Server” setup should be correct. When users run the report to “Web” output type.11/12/2009 Users can define Scope and other entries by clicking Scope and Delivery Templates link. In “Window”. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. And for “Printer”. Reporting Tools > PS/nVision > Define Report Request > Scope and Delivery Templates PS/nVision Reporting Tool After putting the desired entries in report request. Like in below screenshot. one can send the report output to the desired location. Where by clicking on “View Log/Trace” link. report output appears in a new Window. “Email”. user can move to “Process Details” page. Viewing Report output: User can check the status of the report through “Process Monitor” page. “Window” and “File” in web environment. Similarly one can send the report output directly to “Email” and “specified network “Printer”. Note: For “Window” output type. Inc. user can see the Report output. report output goes to the “Report Repository” and one can access the output from the Report Manager. Report Output types: Users have the option to run PS/nVision reports to multiple output types “Web”. 24 . All rights reserved. ”Printer”. printer should be setup correctly in that environment. user can run the report by clicking “Run Report” button. If user runs the report to “File”. it is showing status “Success/Posted” By clicking on “Details” link.

On this. All rights reserved. select the “Run Drilldown” button for the desired drilldown. Please see the screenshot below. Inc. 25 . For running Drilldown. please make sure that users have registered that Drilldown for that specific environment. user can start Drilldown on clicking that cell. Reporting Tools > Report Manager Drilldown: If Drill down criteria is defined on the parent instance. Note: If users are not getting custom Drilldowns in Web environment. Drilldown instance will run. users can view the output either from the “Process Monitor” page Copyright © 2007 Oracle. The page will appear as. On Success.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool The other way to look the Report Output is directly from “Report manager”.

By clicking the link under “Description” field or the “Details” link. 26 . All rights reserved. user can view the Drilldown report output. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Inc.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool or from the “Report Manager” directly.

Inc.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 8 . * Users can use PS/nVision Scope feature while creating a Report request to retrieve instances of a report from the PeopleSoft database * Users process the Report Request once and PS/nVision automatically produces a multiple Report instances for specific Field values Copyright © 2007 Oracle. 27 . which enhance the capabilities of PS/nVision as a Reporting Tool and provides some edge on the other reporting tools. please go through People Books.PS/nVision Advanced Features There are some advanced features of PS/nVision. All rights reserved. The main features are 123456Scope Drilldown nPlosion ReportBook PS/nVision Variables NVSInstanceHook Let’s discuss in more detail about these. For more details about these features. as there is detailed information about the same. Scope A Report Scope enables users to create multiple instances of an PS/nVision report by using a single Report layout and running Report Request only once.

each report instance can share the same layout. In Web: Copyright © 2007 Oracle. All rights reserved.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool * Using a scope. or a group of values. such as a tree node summarizing all sales departments. while contains data unique to these field values. Inc. such as a Business Unit or Department. 28 . In this way. In 2-tier: Users can define Scopes on combination of Fields. each Report Instance will contain data specific to an individual field value.

After displaying the results of a Drilldown in a tabular layout. Users can perform Drilldown in both the environments i. All rights reserved. So please confirm if users setup Ren Server in users environment so that users could run drilldown to "Window". The Drilldown feature is available only for Matrix layouts. Drilldown feature offers fast and convenient access to supporting details in summary reports. Inc. in Web environment. can be with either matrix or tabular.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Drilldown Drilldown is a PS/nVision feature that enables users to select a cell on the Report Instance worksheet and expand it according to the new criteria in a special Drilldown layout. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Please check the below points for that specific user. In Web environment. However the layout that displays the results of the Drilldown. 29 . D R I L L D O W N Matrix Layout D R I L L D O W N Matrix Layout Matrix Layout Tabular Layout D R I L L D O W N Tabular Layout POSSIBLE DRILLDOWN SCENARIOS In summary. Drilldown output type is default to "Window". Ren Server must be setup. because it provides underlying details whenever and wherever users need them. users cannot Drilldown further. The key to Drilldown is passing the selection criteria from a parent cell to its’ child cell by using the Drilldown layout.e. user may Drilldown to two output types “Web” and “Window”. If "Window" is used to run any process. 2-tier environment and Web environment. Drilldown is useful when PS/nVision Reports are based on summary Ledgers. Please note that users can Drilldown further only from a Matrix Layout. If Ren Server is setup correctly.

11/12/2009 1. brackets come at the top of columns on which one defines nPlosion. It is showing the Row nPlosion. nPlosion looks like the below picture. to show amounts for each accounting period. Likewise users may expand multi-period timespans.Column nPlosion In Report Instance. Detail value columns are inserted to the left of the column where the nPloded criteria are specified. ReportBook A ReportBook is a PS/nVision component that enables users to group multiple Report Requests and run the ReportBook once to process all the combined Report Requests. Use of a Report Book saves users the time that would be required to manually run a large number of Report Requests. In Web Environment: Copyright © 2007 Oracle. 30 . nPlosion automatically creates individual rows or columns for each detail value defined in the criteria. Users can schedule it in Process Scheduler. Similarly for Column nPlosion. whether those values are defined specifically or implicitly. which makes up the criteria. When enabled. Detail values rows are inserted above the row where the nPloded criteria are specified. nPlosion is set at layout level. Inc. PS/nVision Reporting Tool 2. There are two types of nPlosions. 1. such as YTD. All rights reserved. WEBLIB_RPT is the script that produces the "processing page".Update the Web Libraries tab on the primary permission list to include WEBLIB_RPT "FULL ACCESS". nPlosion nPlosion is used to expand row or columns containing Field criteria.Please add permission list PTPT1200 to the user's profile. NPlosion provides the ability to specify a tree node in a layout and have rows or columns at run time for each underlying detail value.Row nPlosion 2.

NvsInstanceHook indicates the name or reference of the macro to be run on completion of the instance. which are defined on the Report Request. when a variable is used in a layout or report request. %RID%). With the NVSINSTANCEHOOK one can make custom macros in Visual basic and can use them for customizing the PS/nVision reports according to our requirements. Besides using PS/nVision variables in users layouts. NVSInstanceHook “NvsInstanceHook” is the name assigned to an Excel macro in an PS/nVision layout when users want PS/nVision to process the macro as the last procedure in the creation of an PS/nVision report instance. 31 .Report Request Variables. When users choose a variable. One can use PS/nVision variables into the layout to display heading information that might change from report to report. its code must be enclosed within percent signs (for example.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool PS/nVision Variables There are certain variables available which one may use to enhance the Report Instances nomenclature options and enhance the reporting capabilities. %PER% 3. Ex: %APN%. Ex: %SFN%. %RID% 2. which help to insert specific time or period in layouts where different accounting periods are reported in each instance.Date and Time Period Variables. or between report runs. %SFD%. 1. Inc. Users can define variable criteria at the cell level only—one variable per cell—and the variable must be the only element in that cell. dialog box.Scope-Related Variables helps in labeling layouts for which one are using any report scope. users select its three-letter code. However. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. All rights reserved. %ASD%. A scope is used to define multiple instances of a report based on different field values. There are mainly three types of PS/nVision variables. %IFN%. please review information available in People Books. %SFV% ** For more details about PS/nVision variables. Ex: %ICT%. %RTT%. users can use some of these variables in the Instance Controls section of the Report Request dialog box.

please check the People Books. 32 . below are some scenarios where one can take help or suggest customers to use NVSINSTANCEHOOK. Inc. 2. Users can get this information in People Books at below given navigation: Home > People Books > Enterprise PeopleTools 8. are considered as customizations and do not come under GSC support domain.46 PeopleBook: PS/nVision > Using the PS⁄PS/nVision Visual Basic Interface However. For more details about this. However some information about this is available in People Books so that customer can take help of this in customizing their macros.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Please review the screenshots. However from GSC perspective.If users would like to combine multiple PS/nVision reports into one Excel Workbook during the PS/nVision report generation.If users like to have time and date stamp in PS/nVision reports output file names. which will give users some idea about how to use that. 3. 1. All rights reserved.If users like to apply an nPlosion style to one specific column. please be informed that custom macros which are used in any PS/nVision report. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.

1) for more details about this issue. Inc. File output specified in Directory Name Template of Report Request.44 release. to enhance the reporting capabilities of PS/nVision as a Reporting Tool.16. if left blank. PS/nVision report at the “Report Request Definition” level. 33 .11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 9 .1) for more details about this new flag. 1. which are introduced in PeopleTools 8. This flag is setup in the PS/nVision section of the PSPRCS. Email or Printer output type. If one sets SaveTempFile=1 files will not be deleted when reports ran to Web.45. All rights reserved. report saves to PS/nVision Instance Directory Users may check the Resolution # 200976598 (Doc ID 640188. Users can define Time-out setting for any specific Users may also define “Time-out” for PS/nVision/Drilldown in “Process Definition-NVSRUN/DRILLDWN” ** Users may check Resolution # 200770135 (Doc ID 622973.SaveTempFile: This flag is introduced in PeopleTools 8.cfg file.4x This chapter will give users some idea about the new features.Time-out settings: This feature is introduced in PeopleTools 8. 2.4x for PS/nVision.New Features in PS/nVision in PeopleTools 8. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.

All rights reserved. and if any PS/nVision dialog messages come up while running PS/nVision report.45. Inc.18 and 8.44 release. 4.Secured Reports: With PeopleTools 8.PS/nVision trace option: Users may turn on trace for PS/nVision reports in the PS/nVision section of the Process Scheduler configuration file (PSPRCS. There is a known issue with this. This includes the below features.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 3. output values. 5. which was addressed in Incident # 1294236000 resolved in PeopleTools 8. The Output of that trace would be available at Client: c:\temp\psnvs_<process_id>.06.44 onwards user can secure PS/nVision reports with the help of this option. EnablePollSeconds=30 It configures how often to check for unattended PS/nVision dialog boxes. and other detail information. PS/nVision will detect and dismiss them. a: b: c: d: Private by Default Share by users or roles Secured -Only users in list can update Public –All users can update Copyright © 2007 Oracle.nvt Web: View Log/Trace link under Process Details TraceLevel=0 (0-4) 0: 1: 2: 3: 4: No tracing (default setting) Basic high level process flow and status Entries from Level 1 plus additional info Tracing up to level 2 and SQL statements Tracing up to level 3 plus additional function calls. 34 .46. (PSPRCS.cfg). This flag is setup in the PS/nVision section of the Process Scheduler configuration file.EnablePollDialogs: This flag is introduced in PeopleTools 8. It is not for Excel Pop ups or O/S Pop up boxes as such.cfg) •1= turned on •0 = turned off When this setting is set = 1.

1).CFG “EnableDrilldownforFile = 1” Report still goes to Report Repository Please check Resolution # 200756612 (Doc ID 620653. for more details. ** These are the features.“EnableDrilldownforFile” flag: a: b: c: d: Started in PeopleTools 8. All rights reserved. 35 .43 Ability to run parent PS/nVision report to “File” output type and still run Drilldown PSPRCS. For details of these features users may go through People Books.08 and 8. which are introduced with PeopleTools 8.44 onwards.42.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 6. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Inc.

User could disable the web services mode and operate the 8. All rights reserved. 36 .4x way.Improved Drilldown on PIA using Web Services In PeopleTools 8. In PeopleTools 8. In PeopleTools 8.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 10 .5x for PS/nVision. shared or transferred via PIA only. All new report requests will be secured by default. 1. Web service operation opens the report in a new Excel window. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. which are introduced in PeopleTools 8. Web service operation submits report request to Process Scheduler.New Features in PS/nVision in PeopleTools 8. Web service operation retrieves the list of drilldown layouts. New “nVision Report Request Admin” dialog box added.50: abcdeWindows client can be used for securing and sharing Report Requests. User opens a report and goes to nVision Drill menu.Public and Private Report Requests in nVision Windows client : In PeopleTools 8. 2.4x: Drilldown from Excel takes the user to PIA for layout selection. New “nVision Share Report Request” dialog box added.4x: Report Requests can be secured. Inc. User can change security settings for individual Report Requests. User chooses a drilldown layout from the list in Excel.5 This chapter will give users some idea about the new features. to enhance the reporting capabilities of PS/nVision as a Reporting Tool.50: abcdefgExcel invokes REST-based web services to eliminate the PIA trip.

11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Setup Checklist to achieve the “Drilldown” from “Web Services” •MS Excel 2007 •MS Visual Studio Tools for Office Plug-in •MS Office 2007 Primary Interop Assemblies •MS . Copyright © 2007 Oracle.Tree Effective Date Criteria In PeopleTools 8.New “Override Tree As Of Date If Specified in Layout” in PIA Report Request page. d.Effective dates for trees in Criteria Definition and Report Request. 37 .New “Override Layout“check-box added in “PeopleSoft nVision Report Request” dialog. All rights reserved.No impact on Tabular Layouts. f. only in Report Request In PeopleTools 8. c.50: a. Inc. e.0 Framework •nVisionDrill add-in in Excel •App Server Configuration •IB Configuration •SSL Configuration •Report Node Configuration 3.New “As Of Date” field added in “PeopleSoft nVision Filter Criteria” dialog.User can override criteria effective date in Report Request.NET 2. b.4x: Effective dates for trees.

4x: Windows client accepts query prompt values at runtime. New sub-page named “Query Prompts” added. User can view the prompt parameters of queries associated with the layout.4x: Layout Definition does not allow exclusion of nodes. User can view/edit the prompt values. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 4. Constraints: Report must be executed once to ave the prompts in database. In PeopleTools 8. In PeopleTools 8. Excluded nodes appear grayed out in “PeopleSoft nVision Layout Definition” dialog. Excluded nodes become part of “Not In” criteria string inserted into the selected cell. 5. New check box added in “PeopleSoft nVision Filter Criteria” dialog.Not In Tree Criteria In PeopleTools 8.50: abcdUser can exclude tree nodes in Layout Definition.Support for Query Prompts via PIA In PeopleTools 8. All rights reserved.50: abcdUser can input query prompt values via PIA. Inc. 38 .

nVision/INSTANCE directory is moved out of PS_HOME.50: PS_HOME is read-only.Decoupled PS_HOME vis-à-vis nVision In PeopleTools 8.Report execution will fail for the first time. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Changes in nVision a. 6. The new default location is under PS_SERVDIR. Subsequent Report executions should work successfully. This can be done by clicking the Update Parameters link.nVision/LAYOUT directory has to be moved out of PS_HOME if Layout files are required to be editable. b. In PeopleTools 8. All rights reserved.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Important Points to check with the “Query Prompts via Web” feature: a.4x: PS_HOME is read-write.If prompts are modified through Query Manager. then the new list of prompts have to be loaded in nVision Report Request also. b. Inc. 39 .

11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 11 . g.xlsm". All rights reserved.46 onwards. ". c.xls file. b. a . d. PS/nVision functions as it did in Excel 2003 and does not take advantage of the enhanced capabilities of Excel 2007: abcdeThe total number of available columns in Excel .4x/8. ".Currently restricted to 1k characters (New Limit: 8k characters) f. Known Issues with Excel 2007 “Compatibility” Mode: One of the ways that we enable people to create documents in Excel 2007.EnablePollDialogs feature. which would not allow PS/nVision to run normally like any other Excel 2007 based applications: Whenever Excel 2007 opens a file in Excel 2003 file format.PS/nVision with Excel 2007/PeopleTools 8. So. IE7 doesn't print preview Excel 2007 for which MS has provided a hotfix. Features that need to be verified with Excel 2007 “normal” mode: a. The user needs to click OK and then continue working on the layout.Structured Referencing of Tables in Formulas . i.Save/Save As: Every time Excel 2007 opens a . presently there are certain issues involve in using PS/nVision with Excel 2007. so if we try to save the spreadsheet in any other format the macro information is lost and hence resulting spreadsheet (layout) is not a valid.5x Excel 2007 is the certified Excel version with PeopleTools 8.e.Using PS/nVision-Defined Names. i.Macro layout or something that is posted on the blog . This pop-up message cannot be disabled.xnv file. saving does not work. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. it opens in “compatibility” mode and not in “normal” mode. 40 .Currently restricted to 256 (New Limit: 16k) The total number of available rows in Excel . In this “compatibility” mode of Excel 2007.e.Redrill may fail as it creates a new xls file from xls file which is macro free spreadsheet. Structured references are saved as cell references in previous version (Excel97-2003) file formats ie.Print Preview Whenever spreadsheet has label and it is saved in excel 2003 format using Excel 2007 there is some difference in the color of the label and when user prints the spreadsheet there is chances of label printed in the right color format.Using nplosion which would expand to more than 255 columns or 64000 rows.Currently restricted to 30 (New Limit: 255) Number of levels of nesting in formulas . we need to use Save As feature of Excel 2007.xls".Currently restricted to 7 (New Limit: 64) Formula Length . Following are the limitations.Structured references to tables are not created automatically when formulas are created. However. a message box pops up informing that the file is corrupted. which are compatible with previous versions is by disabling new features of Excel 2007 by changing the characteristics of runtime container of Excel 2007 to match characteristics of runtime container of Excel 2003. Inc. h.Excel 2007 has a specific format to save spreadsheet with macro i.Currently restricted to 64k (New Limit: 1M) Max number of arguments per function .

** There is an enhancement request opened with Development for optionally taking advantage of new capabilities of Excel 2007. l. f. All rights reserved.Using PS/nVision API Functions. These enhancements are addressed under Incident # 1629231000. which doesn’t fall within these boundaries. So one needs to take care that PS/nVision runs within the limits of “Compatibility” mode and need to apply proper workarounds whenever PS/nVision crosses these limits. is bound to fail.User opening an Excel workbook in Excel 2007 by using a hyperlink that contains a query string as part of the URL.Using PS/nVision for Win2003 SP2 for COM Initialize and COM Uninitialize statements.Using PS/nVision VBA Interface. g. k.Macro Security for making macros run. m.Creating new toolbar buttons in PS/nVision toolbar.Using PS/nVision StyleSheet might not show the proper required format when the report result is generated. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.Using PS/nVision in Remote Desktop where network is slow. 41 . i. Any Report Request of PS/nVision. PS/nVision Reporting Tool h.1). Inc.Cells containing embedded URL to calculate values from remote data source. j. Please also review the Solution # 201066688 (Doc ID 661373.11/12/2009 e.

This will help in understanding the main cause behind the issue and trouble-shooting it. verify whether this issue is happening with all the workstations or with certain workstations. In this case. Before start working on any PS/nVision issue. 42 . 2. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. a. please BE on certified combination. 4. For pin pointing the exact reason behind any issue.If the problem persists.Please check if the issue is appearing in 2-tier client environment or in Web environment? Troubleshooting steps (for 2-tier): 1.If this issue is happening only in 2-tier. b. 5.1) that is available in customer connection.Please check if this issue is happening in 2-tier environment only or in Web environment or in both the environments.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Chapter 11 . It suggests to Use Regmon (www. 2. A. there are certain points/guidelines.Please check all the Directory locations under PS/nVision tab in Configuration manager are put correctly.If this issue is with certain workstations: 1.sysinternals. one finds that this is the main reason behind the issue.Also. please ask customer to register PSNVS.exe or Excel. Please refer Resolution # 687760 (Doc ID 609003. Please refer Resolution # 200978054 (Doc ID 640433.Troubleshooting Tips Here are some guidelines to troubleshoot/pinpoint the exact root causes of any specific problems for PS/nVision in different scenarios. If there is any. please check if there is any orphaned PSNVS.exe manually on this workstation. as the issue could be that the Excel is not registered properly.If this issue is happening with all workstations (2-tier): It happens rarely as there is very simple configuration for PS/nVision for running in 2-tier client and one may always check the above points. One can run PS/nVision in 2-tier client as well in Web environment. 3. One can verify with Customer Connection whether Users are on certified combination or not.exe in Task Manager> Processes. If not. so the first question should be: 1. 6. All rights reserved.There could be a network to fix registry issues.Please check if users are running on certified PeopleTools/Excel/Workstation O/S combination.1) that gives users correct idea how to perform Workstation Installation correctly.exe is not registered properly on this workstation. In many of the cases.Please check Users are purring correct PS-HOME and DBBIN path under Process Scheduler tabs in Configuration manager.If the problem persists.One can try with “Workstation Installation”. 2. Besides that one can check the below points. Inc. 1. which one should always check.Check if Users are on certified combinations. it is necessary that one should know about the exact issue and exact configuration of PeopleSoft environment.If the problem persists the issue could be that PSNVS. 3. the issue could be with the registry of this workstation. please kill them. please try un-installing Excel on this workstation and then re-install it.

Check if there is any orphaned PSNVS. On Intermittent basis: If the issue is happening on intermittent basis. e. 43 Copyright © 2007 Oracle. e. c. if the usage is high for PS/nVision. please check the below points: 1. If there is any kill them and now test.There is a known issue for PS/nVision in present PeopleTools releases (PeopleTools 8. If it is low.Check the Process Scheduler logs for errors when running PS/nVision reports. d.Try uninstalling Excel on the Process Scheduler box and then reinstall it with the user having Administrator rights.exe or Excel. a.cfg file. this indicates that basic setup for running PS/nVision is perfectly fine otherwise user would not be able to run PS/nVision reports even for a single time.Please check the directory locations for the PS/nVision. b. it is recommended as well to delete Process Scheduler cache and reboot the Process Scheduler Now test.BeaProcMgr service should be logged in as “This Account”. fPlease check ICE for any known issues with PS/nVision reports.1).Try uninstalling Excel on the Process Scheduler box and then reinstall it with the user having Administrator rights.Please check the Process Definition for PS/nVision is setup correctly in this environment. Users may navigate the correct page by this navigation PeopleTools > Process Scheduler > Process Definition c.cfg file (Process Scheduler configuration file).42. Correct them and then reboot the Scheduler domain to get these changes into affect.exe in Task Manager >Processes on Process Scheduler box.Please check the “MAX Concurrent settings” for PS/nVision in “Server “ Definition. So. of the intermittent issues related to PS/nVision reports happen due to cache at Application Server and Scheduler level. There was a known issue with Development for PeopleTools 8.47 onwards) that users intermittently encounter error like “SQL error 416 Error Position 28 return 0 Invalid Cursor Number“. a. please increase it to some higher number. please add one DBFLAGS key in “PSTOOLS” section in PSPRCS. domain.Most Process domain. . This defines how many number of simultaneous PS/nVision processes one can run in any specific environment. under PS/nVision section in PSPRCS. As a workaround. this indicates that issue could be with the PS/nVision Configuration for Web environment.If issue is happening on intermittent basis or on regular basis. Inc. please try deleting Application Server cache and reboot the Application server Also. Please check Resolution # 201009382 (Doc ID 647253. So. b. when running in web environment.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Troubleshooting steps (for Web): If this issue is happening in Web Environment only. d. it is always suggested to have some higher values for PS/nVision. On Regular Basis: If the issue is happening on regular basis. All rights reserved.

then the issue is at the SQL level and one has to correct it. Copy the SQL statements and then run that SQL directly in Query Analyzer (2-tier) and check if users are getting the correct results. If with some specific reports: b. Please review the screenshot. Inc. it means that issue coule be because of wrong configuration and one can always check the above points for PS/nVision configuration. By this user will get to know about the fields. 44 . Open Layout --> PS/nVision --> Options --> "Show report SQL" checkbox This option helps us in troubleshooting issues with single PS/nVision report or issues with some specific PS/nVision reports. All rights reserved. 2.If the issue is happening with all the PS/nVision reports.If users like to see what exactly the criteria is passed in any specific PS/nVision report. In this way users will see criteria in the column “A” of the excel sheet. If users are not getting the correct results there. which is running behind that specific problem PS/nVision report.In these type of issues one should look into the SQL. below. This option would be available on Options dialog box by selecting PS/nVision. To capture the SQL one have to check the "Show Report SQL" option. 1. one should check the below points. Trees etc used in that specific PS/nVision report. Options from the toolbar of Excel sheet.Check if this issue is happening with all the PS/nVision reports or certain PS/nVision reports? If with all reports: a.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 2. users can select “Show Row and Column Criteria” in the above image. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. Please turn on "Show Report SQL" option and run this report.If the issue is happening with only one PS/nVision report or some specific PS/nVision reports.

NCASH One can read these criteria as “F” is indicating that Field is “Account”. which usually happens at the backend. The output of that trace would be available at •Client: c:\temp\psnvs_<process_id>. One can capture that and start troubleshooting on that basis.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool It has some entry in Column “A”. start BeaProcMgr service as a "Local Account" with Check on the box for "Allow service to interact with desktop". One can set Trace for some higher values “4” and can capture the deeper execution details of that specific PS/nVision report. “T” is indicating that “Tree” Used is “GASB_ACCOUNTS” and “N” indicates “Node” is “Cash” 3. In this way one can capture all the execution for that PS/nVision report. 45 .FACCOUNT. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.One can turn on the PS/nVision Trace in PSPRCS. Go to Windows Start >> Settings >> Control Panel >> Administrative Tools >> Services Double click on BeaProcMgr service. For running PS/nVision in “Foreground” method. would be appear on the screen.nvt •Web: View Log/Trace link under Process Details 4.cfg file.TGASB_ACCOUNTS. All rights reserved. In this way if there is an error at the execution level. like this: %.One can run PS/nVision report by “Foreground” method on the Scheduler box. Go to Log on as tab Select Local System account Radio button and Check on the box which says Allow service to interact with desktop. it would be appear on the screen. Inc.

Inc.Please check if user is able to run the same PS/nVision report in any other web environment. wild character such as !.( or periods. 6. 2. For parameters. 46 . please make sure that users have registered this Drilldown properly for each server. All rights reserved. please correct that.If the issue is in Web environment or users are getting that specific Drilldown in Web. please check whether the same Drilldown correctly in 2-tier client. It should not contain spaces.*.%. one can navigate to Process Monitor > Details (against the report) > Process Detail page > Parameters link Troubleshooting steps for Drilldown There are certain tips to pinpoint the exact reasons behind any issues with performing Drilldown.Check if the issue is happening with certain Drilldown or with all the Drilldowns. 1. If yes.Users may also check the command line parameters that are being passed for that PS/nVision report.&.@. please compare the Process Definitions of that PS/nVision report in both the environments. 5.Please check the SQL running behind that PS/nVision Drilldown and see if it is getting the correct results in Query Manager. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.Check in ICE for any specific issues reported for these Drilldowns 4. It may help in fixing the issue. If there is any difference.Please check if users are not using any invalid character in parent PS/nVision report name.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 5.If the issue is happening with that Drilldown only in Web environment. 3. Ask users’ if they are able to run report directly from command line. If with certain Drilldown: 1.

Please check Resolution # 201042761 (Doc ID 654934. All rights reserved. 1 = Enable drilldown.Please check if Drilldowns are running successfully on newly PS/nVision reports.xls Click on Advanced push button and Check on browse in the same window check box. If yes and the issue is happening only for the parent PS/nVision reports which were run in past and Drilldown is performed on them. In Web Environment: 1. as there is certain limitation with MSEXCEl of 256 columns. 2. “EnableDrillDownDownForFile” parameter is introduced by PeopleTools 8. Go to Tools >> Folder Options >> File Types Select .Please also check the settings under DrillDown dir in PSPRCS.1) for the same.cfg file. 3.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool 6.Please check if the issue is happening with only larger set of data. ========================================================================= . The setting only takes effect when the report request is defined to run in File output type on the web. The PS/nVision reports must exist in the PS_CMD_LIST table and the report repository in order to do the drilldown.Please make sure that DrilltoPIA.xla according to usersr PeopleTools version. Users can call GSC for latest version of DrilltoPIA. If with All Drilldowns: In 2-tier: 1. the issue could be that the instance of parent PS/nVision report is not available in Report Repository. it is must be that instance of parent PS/nVision report is there in “Report Repository”. where it can then perform the drilldown. Inc. (Default). 47 . 0 = Disable drilldown. please make sure that “EnableDrillDownDownForFile” parameter is et to “1”. the process attempts to copy the PS/nVision report from the report repository to the PS/nVision instance directory on the process scheduler server.If the issue is happening on the Drilldowns for which the parent PS/nVision reports ran to “File” output type. [PS/nVision] . So. please reboot the Process Scheduler Copyright © 2007 Oracle. 3. The reason for this is that when doing the PS/nVision drilldown. General settings for PS/nVision DrillDownDir=%PS_HOME%\PS/nVision\LAYOUT\DRILLDN InstanceDir=%PS_HOME%\PS/nVision\INSTANCE After making any changes.Please check if the Drilldown folder location is correct in Configuration Manager > PS/nVision 2. Indicate whether users want to enable drilldown on a report with the output type of file.43 and supports DrillDown on File output type reports in the web-based PS/nVision environment.Please check “Browse in Same Window” option checked for Excel.xla file is installed properly on that workstation.

6.Please check PSPRCS. This document is available in Customer Connection at below given URL: URL: https://support.If the issue is Drilldowns are going to “Posted” status on the Process Monitor page.Web: View Log/Trace link under Process Details Copyright © 2007 Oracle.Log/Output Directory: This log is located at: %PS_HOME%\appserv\prcs\Domain Name\log_output 2. All rights reserved.Please check if “PS/nVision” and “REPORT_BOOKS” pages are attached with the Permission List of PS/nVision Reporting Tool Performance related issues with PS/nVision reports Please refer a document that is available on customer connection for understanding how exactly the Trees and different performance options work for PS/nVision reports.Client: c:\temp\psnvs_<process_id>. To the O/S of the box where report node URL is pointing. 1. Users may check ICE for any known issues for Drilldowns.cfg file for “PS/nVision”.1 Important Logs: (for troubleshooting purpose) Below are the logs. 3. please check users Report Node definition. which users can always refer for checking the errors.nvt b. One may navigate to “Report node Definition” page in web environment: PeopleTools > Process Scheduler > Report Nodes 5. WEBLIB_RPT is the script that produces the "processing page".PS/nVision Traces: When users will set the Trace options in PSPRCS. must be set to O/S of the WebServer i. With some specific users: If only some of the users are not able to perform Drilldowns in Web environment.Please try rebooting the Web Server if all above points are correct.cfg file for any Error messages related to Drilldown. So please check if users specify the values in the report node configuration correctly to guarantee that the drilldown will work successfully. 2.jspx?id=843107. The “operating system” field on “Report Node Configuration” page. please check below points: 1.Please add permission list PTPT1200 to the user's profile.Update the Web Libraries tab on the primary permission list to include WEBLIB_RPT "FULL ACCESS". Trace files will be located at: a. Inc. 48 .Process Scheduler logs and Distribution Agent Log: These logs are located at: %PS_HOME%\appserv\prcs\Domain Name \LOGS It contain Log files DSTAGNT_Date & SCHDLR_Date 3. After that reboot the scheduler.

1): E-NV PT 8. web 201066688 (Doc ID 661373.1): E-NV: Getting error that DrillDown is not allooned for this file from Web 200976598 (Doc ID 640188. 49 .cpp:2048” on Windows 2008 Copyright © 2007 Oracle.49.47 PS/nVision Report Requests. Inc.1): ISSUE: Problem with memory errors when running PS/nVision on the Process Scheduler 200951257 (Doc ID 635847.1): E-NV: PS/nVision drilldown menu does not display the drilldown option using XL2003 200956718 (Doc ID 636864.1): E-NV: "Access Denied.07 onwards Doc ID 815983.1): "PS/nVision: Getting error when trying to access Report Request in 8. printer.1): E-NV: PS/nVision reports timeout when running over 15 minutes after upgrade to 8.44" 200770135 (Doc ID 622973.1): 2003SP2 E-NV/DR: PS/nVision/Drilldown run to Success after 15min status Error/Win 201070039 (Doc ID 662397.1): E-CR/NV: Crystal and PS/nVision output reflecting that wrong language has been selected 201048723 (Doc ID 656499. All rights reserved.1): How to setup drilldown to run outside of the web? PS/nVision Reporting Tool 200776624 (Doc ID 624174.11/12/2009 Some Important Resolutions 200756612 (Doc ID 620653.1): E-NV: PS/nVision reports run on win XP/Win2003 machine error when machine is locked 200953642 (Doc ID 636310.1): E-NV: Ability to save a copy of PS/nVision to file when run to email.1): "Users are not authorized to access this page" error when attempting drilldown 200768153 (Doc ID 622627.1): E-NV: PS/nVision hangs on Windows 2003 SP2 on PeopleTools 8.44 200949219 (Doc ID 635485.1): E-NV/QR: Excel 2007 does not recognize the format message 200765265 (Doc ID 622158. Report Books Intermittently error out 200778054 (Doc ID 624427. unable to post files to repository" doing web drilldown 201009382 (Doc ID 647253. E:\pt84918b-retail\peopletools\src\psnxl\gridapp.1: E-NV: “Excel Interface Exception.

Lessons learned from these customer experiences will be posted here. Inc. CUSTOMER VALIDATION PeopleSoft is working with PeopleSoft customers to get feedback and validation on this document. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2007 Oracle.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool Appendix A – Validation and Feedback This section documents that real-world validation that this Red Paper has received. 50 .

jspx?id=747621. All rights reserved.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool References 1.jspx?id=843107.PS/nVision Red Paper (2004) This Red Paper is available in MetaLink at below URL: Books All version of People Books available in MetaLink at below given URL: URL: 2. 51 which is available in MetaLink at below given URL: URL: https://support.Performance Document by Lakshmi Copyright © 2007 Oracle.1 3.

Inc.11/12/2009 PS/nVision Reporting Tool PS/nVision Configuration & Troubleshooting Tips By Sandeep Verma [August] 2007 Oracle Corporation World Headquarters 500 Oracle Parkway Redwood Shores. whether expressed orally or implied in law.A. 52 . JD Edwards. This document is not warranted to be error-free. This document is provided for information purposes only and the contents hereof are subject to change without notice.7000 Fax: +1. without our prior written permission. for any purpose.650. Copyright © 2007 Oracle. One specifically disclaim any liability with respect to this document and no contractual obligations are formed either directly or indirectly by this document. Worldwide Inquiries: Phone: Copyright © 2006. including implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This document may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means. Oracle. electronic or mechanical. All rights reserved. nor subject to any other warranties or conditions. PeopleSoft.650.506. Other names may be trademarks of their respective owners. and Siebel are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Oracle. CA 94065 U.506.7200 oracle. All rights reserved.S.

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