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Looking for information to help you prepare for the migration of your existing Rhapsody projects to another version? If so, then you may want to first review the relevant migration issue sections in the Migration to Rational Rhapsody document. This document contains information about issues that you might encounter as you migrate existing IBM Rational Rhapsody projects to another version of the product.
When reviewing the document, it is best to go through the lists in ascending product version order. For example, if you have Rational Rhapsody 220.127.116.11 and are migrating to version 8.0.3, review the migration issues for 18.104.22.168 on the 7.6 tab and then all the migration issues on the 8.0 tab up to and including version 8.0.3.
Complex distributed systems require an automated, layered approach to monitoring. Most organizations monitor key parts of their infrastructure but monitoring typically stops at the application layer because it can be difficult to know what and how to effectively monitor applications without an understanding of the application architecture.
In the CLM Monitoring article, by Vishwanath Ramaswamy, Vaughn Rokosz, and Richard Watts, they describe some key application metrics to monitor and present a high-level overview of the distributed application architecture. They describe briefly what managed beans are and explain how to enable them.
Monitoring your Rational Team concert cluster article by Alexander Bernstein, Vishwanath Ramaswamy, Vaughn Rokosz, Richard Watts - describes how to monitor six key aspects of your clustered Rational Team Concert environment.
The article includes information on the following topics:
The Continuous Engineering teams have delivered a number of new product releases over the last few weeks. These releases include a number of fixes and enhancements. We've included highlights of some of the enhancements below.
Available November 29, 2016
Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Tasktop Edition V1.2
The latest release of Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapter Tasktop Edition allows clients who use third-party tools to take advantage of the benefits that are offered by Configuration Management capabilities in the IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management suite while still ensuring that desired artifacts are visible and synchronized across the tools. Configuration Management allows for multiple versions of Collaborative Lifecycle Management artifacts. Other tools, like JIRA and HPE ALM do not share the same concept nor have this same capability. Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapter Tasktop Edition V1.2 bridges the gap by showing one (or more) versions of a Collaborative Lifecycle Management artifact in tools that do not have version capabilities.
Additionally, there are now new adapters for HPE Octane and Pivotal Tracker, along with general improvements in functionality for connectors with:
CA PPM and Agile Central, Version One
Available December 5, 2016
Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management V6.0.3
Teams that create and evolve complex IT systems and mechanical-electrical-software products need modern tools and developments practices to overcome the challenges of increasing solution complexity, compliance, and cross-organization coordination and collaboration. Version 6.0.3 furthers this with the following enhancements:
Extend agile development to agile program and portfolio planning with built-in Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) V4.0 templates.
Gain efficiencies from easier parallel development and reuse of requirements and tests with Global Configuration Management of many component streams and baselines within project areas in IBM® Rational® DOORS® Next Generation and Rational Quality Manager.
Find insight into project dependencies and status using:
Jazz™ Reporting Service with more development data
More ready-to-copy reports
More graph formatting options
Collaborate more easily on requirements with expanded use case support for requirements interchange across supply chains and new user interface wireframe diagrams.
Improve productivity of manual testing with new customizations and automated testing across multiple servers.
Improve productivity in complex software development with improved change and merge use cases in Rational Team Concert™ source control management and enhancements when updating Rational Team Concert work items while using Git.
In this release, project teams and document controllers can look forward to further improved web functionality that is built on the success of the recent Rational Publishing Engine V2.1 release. These enhancements includes following details:
Everyday users: When grouping artifacts, users can expand or collapse all of the items.
Report designers: They can hide complexity from everyday users:
New sample assets are available for report designers to use (for example, templates, snippets, scripts, and style sheets, which are designed to work with specific data sources, such as, Rational DOORS or Rational Quality Manager).
Report designers can select all the assets in a view by clicking the check box in the table heading.
Report designers can select multiple templates and click the Create Report from Template icon to load the selected templates into the Design reports page.
Administrator: Administrators can now monitor long running jobs and pause, cancel, or resume the jobs.
Other Rational Publishing Engine enhancements include:
New Document Studio guided tours to help you quickly build and generate documents for data sources, such as Rational DOORS and Rational DOORS Next Generation.
Drag and drop support for creating templates from web resource websites is now added for communication diagram and object model diagram web addresses from Design Management, and graphical report websites from Jazz™ tm Reporting Service Report Builder in the Document Studio. The resulting template and document specification are automatically configured with the REST website, credentials, and authentication type.
Ability to add mathematical equations to your documents.
Ability to set links on your images.
Ability to add rich text inside links, for example tags.
In Rational Publishing Engine V2.1.1, there are the following deprecated functions:
The 1.x Remote services are deprecated in this release. Administrators can migrate assets from the 1.x Remote services application to Document Builder.
The Legacy PDF driver is no longer supported. If your document specification points to the old legacy PDF driver, modify the specification to refer to the default PDF driver.
Rational Rhapsody V8.2 and Rational Rhapsody Design Manager V6.0.3
AUTOSAR: migration of projects to newer versions of AUTOSAR
Configuration management: direct integration with RTC (Rational Team Concert)
Diagrams: Adding shortcut list to graphic elements
Diagrams: connection points for rectilinear lines
Diagrams: connectors with rounded bends
Diagrams: enhanced highlighting during hover
Diagrams: guides for aligning elements
Diagrams: improved routing of connectors
Harmony SE Toolkit enhancements
Rhapsody API: additional callback methods
Rhapsody DM client: remote requirements in multiple views
Rhapsody DM web client: improvement of properties page
Rhapsody DM web client: remote requirements as independent model elements
Rhapsody Design Manager - copying, moving and referencing model elements
Rhapsody Design Manager: additional information in element preview
Rhapsody Design Manager: importing profiles
Rhapsody Design Manager: linking to sequence diagram elements
Rhapsody Design Manager: navigating from element pages to element in Rhapsody client
Rhapsody Design Manager: new ChangeSet toolbar in Rhapsody client
Rhapsody Design Manager: reference information for non-loaded elements
Rhapsody Design Manager: references to nested packages
Rhapsody Design Manager: use of work item approvals to restrict changeset delivery
Rhapsody command line: loading helpers
Rhapsody in Ada: SXF ports
Rhapsody in Ada: catching exceptions when entering first state
Rhapsody in Ada: flowchart support - code generation and reverse engineering
Rhapsody in Ada: including user-defined code in auto-generated code
Rhapsody in Ada: pragmas in generated code
Roundtripping of individual classes in 64-bit version of Rational Rhapsody
Search and replace dialog: enhancements
Sequence diagrams and timing diagrams: new metamodel elements
Sequence diagrams: controlling message spacing
Sequence diagrams: defining timeout duration with model element
Sequence diagrams: message formatting
Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 7.1
SysML modeling: ValueProperty elements
SysML modeling: automatic creation of allocations
TestConductor: inclusion of remote requirements in coverage computation
TestConductor: model coverage computation for flow charts in Rhapsody in Ada.
TestConductor: support for Rhapsody in Ada on Linux
For more detailed information about what is new in these releases and how to download these new versions, refer to the following:
Want to find out what is new in Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager (RELM) 6.0.6?
Check out the exciting new functionality and enhancements in this latest version. In addition to usability improvements this latest release also includes IBM Continuous Engineering Connector for IoT in RELM which supports the scalable development of IBM Watson IoT Platform and IoT Connection Service solutions. [Read more...]
New Jazz Reporting Service (JRS) educational videos provide instructions on working with email notifications and troubleshooting data issues in Report Builder.
JRS: Email notification for scheduled reports in Report Builder- You can now notify team members when a scheduled report is ready. Each email address must be associated with a Jazz Team Server user account. This video was recorded using Jazz Reporting Service version 22.214.171.124. For more information, see: Scheduling reports to run in Report Builder
In this demo you’ll learn how to resolve data issues in Report Builder reports. By running TRS feed validation and validating the data in the Lifecycle Query Engine index, administrators might be able to fix the reports without reindexing. This video was recorded using Jazz Reporting Service 126.96.36.199.
A new Program Board application is available from the plans menu. The Program Board shows the relationship between blocked by and depends on relationships for a set of work items scoped to a given timeline and project. It is useful for quickly identifying if there is a work item in your project that has a dependency on another work item but is attempting to be delivered or planned for a later sprint. In SAFe methodology, the Program Board provides transparency and visibility of the dependencies and enables the organization to address these by ensuring that features are delivered early enough in various sprints to avoid delays in delivery. The Program Board graphical visualization of dependencies can be used with any methodology (not just SAFe) that has parent child relationships and uses the blocked by and depends-on feature of work items to denote dependencies.
Note: If you have seen the RTC 6.0.6 technical preview of this feature, you will notice a considerable amount of changes in this release.
This release adds the ability to organize work item queries by using tags. This feature is available as a technical preview. This feature supports grouping queries by tags on the My Queries and Shared Queries tabs. The tags can represent a hierarchy of folders. For example, the tag 188.8.131.52 / iFix003 / verification (release / iFix / type) displays with a root of 184.108.40.206, a child iFix003, and a nested child verification. You can organize your queries with new tags or existing tags.
Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool (ART) and Administration Agent Refresh Pack 2 (220.127.116.11) for Version 8.1.5 was made available September 20, 2017.
Here is a quick peek at what’s new:
All the validations used on the LDAP configuration page have been revised to provide more uniform and better user experience. The messages displayed on the UI appear exactly the same as in the ART logs to prevent from missing any events.
The V18.104.22.168 of Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool supports the following version levels of the LDAP servers:
IBM Security Directory V6.3.1
Microsoft Active Directory 2012
Oracle Directory V22.214.171.124.0
When configuring the Db2 database, you must create an artdata database. For details, see the Creating artdata database topic. Then the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool database schema is created and updated in the following ways:
After installing and starting for the first time, the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool database schema is automatically created.
When you are upgrading the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool, the database schema is updated as required on the first run of the application.
The ART log has been enhanced and a new log level called "NOTE" is introduced. In this log level you can get more granular and organized information about the data received from the agents.
You can now configure the retained or deleted data that is generated at the agent. This allows detailed debugging in case the Data Conversion at agent is corrupted.
Improved error and information messages are displayed during communication between Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool and Rational License Key Server Agent that includes more specific information such as connection timeout.
Improved documentation available for troubleshooting information when installing and configuring Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool database.