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Required Oracle optimization parameter

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

To optimize performance, set the Oracle parameter optimizer_index_cost_adj to a value between 20 and 25. If this value is not set, the system can run exceedingly slowly, potentially blocking users from login.

Slow WebSphere performance on Mac platforms

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.2

Use the following JVM setting to improve WebSphere performance on Mac platforms:

-Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true

Turn off saved connections in WebLogic

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

PRPC caches connections in thread-local storage. When using a WebLogic application server, set database/savedconnections to FALSE to avoid incorrectly saved, container-managed transactions. You can make this update through JNDI settings or by adding an entry to the prconfig.xml, for example:

<env name="database/savedconnections" value="false" />

IE8 hangs on large imports

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

IE8 users may experience a hung process when running the Designer Studio > Application > Distribution > Import wizard. This issue is related to low-capacity networks and large (300+ MB) archive files.

Although the processing symbol prevents you from proceeding to the next step in the wizard, the file is still imported to the server. As a workaround, you can:

  1. Wait approximately eight minutes for the file to import.
  2. Close and restart the wizard.
  3. Click Next to skip the upload step.
  4. Select the name of your file from the list of import files.
  5. Complete the remaining steps in the wizard.

Synchronized database and application server settings

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

Configure your database and application server to use the same time zone and character encoding to avoid conflicts.

Case Management

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

This release had a focus on extending key capabilities to improve the ease of configuration based on early adopter feedback.  Improvements were made in run-time performance, especially in high volume situations with complex case configurations.  A series of cosmetic changes and fixes are included.

  • The Wait shape now supports dynamic references.
  • Issues were addressed with the CreatePDF and the CascadingApproval Smartshapes.
  • Attachments have been improved.
  • Issues with the Create Case Type functionality were addressed.
  • The Pega Pulse functionality has been improved, including its performance.
  • When auditing a work item, History is now the default tab.

DCO

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

In this release, specification support in Case Designer was improved.  Also, improvements and fixes were made to the New Application Wizard.

  • Changes were made to support a split schema environment
  • Shared and Component RuleSets can be copied.
  • Can edit in Word from either Grids or Lists.
  • More than 50 case types are now supported for an application.

System Management

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.3

The PRPC installer has been enhanced to handle additional error conditions related to partial installs and duplicate keys; additionally, the hotfix rollback feature has been improved, and the Rulebase compare tool now supports HTTP(S) environments.

  • Rollback feature has been enhanced.
  • RuleBase Compare will work for secure (HTTPS) environments as well as  non-secure (HTTP) environments.
  • Install will gracefully handle the presence of a duplicate key during import.
  • When install fails, system will set tables back to original state.
  • Remote MBean methods will now work on multi-servant load-balancing systems.
  • Enhancements were made to harnesses in Split Schema systems.

Required DB2 settings

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

For customers using the DB2 Version 4 drivers (“db2jcc4.jar”), it is necessary to set the custom connection property useJDBC4ColumnNameAndLabelSemantics to “false”.   

For customers using DB2 with WebSphere, the useJDBC4ColumnNameAndLabelSemantics property in the DB2 data source needs to be changed from a Boolean to an Integer and set to "2". 

Using Kerberos authentication with your database

Valid from Pega Version 7.1.1

Pega 7 supports Kerberos functionality. Kerberos is a computer network authentication protocol which allows nodes communicating over a non-secure network to prove their identity to one another in a secure manner. 

 

To use Kerberos for authentication, you must use the command line to install or upgrade Pega 7.

 

To use Kerberos authentication:

1.  Change the setupDatabase.properties file.

a.  In the “Uncomment this property section” of the file, uncomment the jdbc.custom.connection.properties property.  Based on your security infrastructure, different properties may be required as parameters to this property; provide the needed properties as semicolon-delimited name/value pairs:
 

jdbc.custom.connection.properties=prop1=val1;prop2=val2;prop3=val3;
 

Example:  For an installation on a MSSQL database server from a Windows client machine (where both machines belong to the same Windows domain), using the Microsoft JDBC driver, the property may be set as follows:
 

jdbc.custom.connection.properties=integratedSecurity=true;

 

b.  Comment out all the username and password properties where they occur in the jdbc.custom.connection.properties file, so that they appear as follows:


# pega.jdbc.username db username
# pega.jdbc.password db password

[lines removed here]

# pega.jdbc.username=ADMIN
# pega.jdbc.password=ADMIN

 

2.  Set up your database to enable Kerberos functionality.  This may include additional vendor-specific JDBC driver configuration, or other setup procedures.  Check the documentation from your database vendor to determine what Kerberos setup is needed for your database.

 

3.  Run the command line installation or upgrade by following the instructions found in the Pega 7 Deployment guides.

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