GRUC Webcast on August 21: What's in your (e) Wallet? Transforming payments and transactional capabilities.
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Date & Time: August 21, 2014, 011:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)
LIVE TWEETING DURING THE WEBCAST! USE #GRUCPAYMENTS TO FOLLOW AND SUBMIT QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS TO OUR SPEAKERS.
Payments and transactional services present multiple ‘moments of truth’ for demanding clients who are often interacting with us anytime and anywhere. For financial services organizations, the 24/7 nature of the industry and its intense competition have made innovation and optimization of these capabilities critical. In this session, you will learn about the experiences of IBM clients in transforming their payments and transactional services with IBM Rational DevOps capabilities.
Learn how banks, brokerages and insurance firms are aligning the life cycles of legacy back offices with the agile sprints of the mobile payments development shops and value-added technology partners.
Bruce Baron, Financial Services Sector Offerings Leader, IBM
Peter Eeles, Financial Services Sector Industry Lead, IBM Rational Worldwide Tiger Team, IBM
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Troubleshoot the error "No successful contact, Check Agents Failed" in RPT 8.5- This video shows you you can troubleshoot this error message in IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5: "Agent ... not ready, time of last contact: No successful contact. Check Agents Failed"
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Web UI Theming feature gives a Jazz Team Server administrator the ability to modify the look and feel of the Web UI for all users of that Jazz Team Server.
A theme can contain any number of *.css files. The *.css files in the theme can create new CSS rules, or they can override existing rules. If a CSS rule defined in an active theme exactly matches a CSS rule defined by the Jazz Team Server, the CSS rule defined by the theme will take precedence.
Tip: If you would like to alter the appearance of a certain UI element, use a tool like Firebug to inspect the DOM node and see what CSS rules are affecting its appearance. You can then create a theme that overrides those rules in order to alter the element's appearance.
I am listing examples where a logo can be modified either using a 'publicly accessible' image or an image file on a local machine.
Using a 'publicly accessible ' image. You can replace the hyperlink with your custom logo and modify the dimensions in css as per your requirement.
Similarly, upload the step 3 zip file for ccm and qm applications.
Using an image file(smiley.gif) from a local machine.
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Attempts to log-in to the Secured web application while recording in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) may led to the message - 'This Connection is Untrusted'.
The message is seen because, RPT acts as a proxy between the browser and the server application to record the data exchange. When a Secured page is recorded using RPT, the RPT proxy certificate is presented to the browser leading to the above message.
Creating and installing a digital certificate will help you get rid of the above message during RPT recording.
The digital certificates feature enables you to run tests against servers that use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for applications that require client-side digital certificates to authenticate users.
A digital certificate is a file that binds a public cryptographic key with an identity (a user or an organization). Trusted certificate authorities issue digital certificates, which are then used to authenticate users and organizations for access to websites, email servers, and other secure systems. A certificate store is an archive file that contains almost any number of digital certificates, possibly certificates that are issued from different certificate authorities.
Creating a Digital certificate store
A digital certificate store can be created using the 'keytool' utility.
You will find the keytool utility file in the RPT_
Navigate to the below directory through the command prompt -
Type the following command and press enter
my_certificate is an alias for your certificate in the key store. You may never use it, but every new certificate in your key store must have its own alias.
The certificate generation process will prompt you to enter some information about you. This information will be saved in the certificate. At the end you will have to confirm the entered information.
Once the information is confirmed, you will be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password given in the above command -
At the end you will find the new key store file my_keystore.pfx in your current directory.
Importing a Digital certificate into RPT
Import the certificate into the RPT project before recording.
Click on 'File' > 'Import' > 'General' > 'File system'. Import the required certificates into the project in RPT.
Imported certificates can now be used during RPT recording and playback -
Once you have the certificates in place, you may start recording a test with digital certificates. The below IBM info center link has details on recording a test with digital certificates:
IBM info center link with details on Playing back a test with Digital certificates:
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Importing and exporting system definitions using Ant scripts in RTC Enterprise Edition- A demonstration of importing and exporting system definitions with a translator for IBM Rational Team Concert Enterprise Edition using Ant tasks. This can be useful if you need to send system definition information to IBM Rational Support. The specific example in this video is with System z, but can also be done with System i.
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It is always recommended to use the latest version of IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) . In the later releases of RPT, there are many enhancements made and several defects have been fixed.
Below is a link that contains a complete listing of Defects that were fixed. It also has all the releases, refreshes, fix packs and interim fixes sorted by version for RPT and IBM Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality (RST).
List of enhancements sorted by version
What's new in version 8.6
What's new in version 8.5.1
What's new in Rational Performance Tester and Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality 8.5
What's new in Rational Performance Tester 8.3
This release of Rational® Performance Tester includes a number of new features.
Rational Performance Tester 8.3 includes these new features or enhancements:
Software Support Lifecycle link -
The IBM Software Support Lifecycle policy specifies the length of time support will be available for IBM software from when the product is available for purchase to the time the product is no longer supported. IBM software customers can use this site to track how long their version and release of a particular IBM software product will be supported. Using the information on this site, customers will be able to effectively plan their software investment, without any gaps in supp
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Building Views with Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager v5- Building and Using "Views" in Rational Engineering Lifecycle Manager without SPARQL programming language! In this video Technical Specialist Andy Lapping walks you through creating views using a drag-and-drop interface using "artifact elements" - reusable, parameterized queries, available out of the box. Note these must first be deployed before they can be used (see the Jazz.net article link at the top).
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Under IBM Rational Quality Managerv4.0.3, When adding default reporting widgets to RQM dashboard you might encounter the following error:
In order to validate if these default reports are working fine, you may execute the etl jobs for QM applications. However in this scenario, you could notice that the etl job execution was showing no specific errors pertaining to these reports or widgets. You can navigate to the QM and ETL jobs to find if any error gets logged. In most of the cases, you can find an error message :
This fragment is the one that extends the foundation reporting functionality to use specific tools designed in RQM. It acts like a "bridge" between foundation and RQM reporting functions. Since the bundle couldn't be loaded, the reporting functionality in RQM is not working as expected.
To confirm , you can navigate to this URL to see if he bundles are activated for the application.On the left pane of the window, click on Internal Tools >> Component Status. All the components listed there are expected to be displayed with green status. Pay special attention to the com.
Since the bundle that acts as a bridge between the BIRT engine and specific RQM reporting functions can't be resolved, you might encounter such errors. The primary reason could be that the .jar files (com
First thing you could try is replacing the problematic bundle mentioned above with a clean one while troubleshooting advances, as it is easy and may actually fix the issue. Get a copy of the above mentioned .jar files from a fresh installation of similar version of RQM and perform the below steps.
2. Shut down RQM
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Rational Team Concert v4.0.6: Advanced Work Item Customization - Calculated Value: This video describes how to configure Rational Team Concert and write a script to create a calculated value .
The Script.java file can be downloaded from
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A scenario where a web based application was being recorded using IBM Rational Performance tester.
Attempts to log-in to the web application led to the the message - 'This Connection is Untrusted'.
The below message was noticed while logging into the application and only during recording through RPT. The message was not seen when the application was not recorded. Also, the option 'Add Exception' was not seen in the message.
The message is seen because, RPT acts as a proxy between the browser and the server application to record the data exchange. When a Secured page is recorded using RPT, the RPT proxy certificate is presented to the browser leading to the above message. Creating and installing a digital certificate will help you get rid of the above message during RPT recording.
Below are the links to IBM user guide which has details on creating digital certificates and recording a test with digital certificates:
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Rational Developer for System z v9.1: Generating a Test Case with Test Data- This video describes how to use Rational Developer for System z z/OS Automated Unit Testing Framework (zUnit) to generate a unit test case for a COBOL program and how to generate test data for running the unit test.
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While configuring Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence (RRDI) on distributed environment, you have to catalog Rational Insight data warehouse (RIDW) and Rational Insight Content Manager (RICM) databases on the reporting server.
You can follow the below steps if the database used is SQL
1. Open the ODBC Data Source Administrator applet.
Looking for even more configuration guidance? Check out these great RRDI Configuration videos on the jazz.net deployment wiki: http
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Guidance for deploying Rational Team Concert into an existing Rational ClearCase environment
IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) provides various types of integration capabilities: the synchronizer, the importer, and the bridge. The integration is not a one-size-fits-all and you may need help with deciding which integration capability best suits your current deployment or your future deployment plan. The information below provides a brief overview about the integration capabilities. Additional "Getting Started" information and "Quick Tour" videos are available in the Rational Team Concert and Rational ClearCase integration cookbook topic in the deployment wiki on Jazz.net.
Rational ClearCase Bridge
The Rational ClearCase Bridge provides a traceability link from Rational ClearCase artifacts to work items in Rational Team Concert. This is primarily for a customer who wants to continue to use Rational ClearCase as a source control system, but also wants to take advantage of Rational Team Concert features such as agile planning, dashboards, etc. You do not have to change your current usage of Rational ClearCase, but you can enhance your Rational ClearCase deployment by using Rational Team Concert in a complementary fashion.
Developers can associate UCM activities or base Rational ClearCase versions to Rational Team Concert's work items. You can then navigate from one to the other in the developer IDE. Because a Rational Team Concert work item is used as the "glue" for all development lifecycle artifacts, it provides end-to-end traceability throughout the development life-cycle, from project planning to source code changes.
Rational ClearCase Version Importer
The Rational ClearCase Version Importer (new in Rational Team Concert 4.0.5) is a one-way data replication tool from Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert source control. You can migrate all the versions in any branches in Rational ClearCase in a single operation, and the version branching is also replicated in Rational Team Concert source control. The importer also preserves the checked-in user information.
It can also import Rational ClearCase view configurations as Rational Team Concert baselines since the version 4.0.6.
You can use the version importer for both Base ClearCase and UCM ClearCase, but it does not import UCM metadata.
Rational ClearCase Synchronizer and Baseline Importer
The Rational ClearCase Synchronizer is a two-way data replication between Rational ClearCase and Rational Team Concert source control. You can choose a UCM stream or a Rational ClearCase branch to set up synchronization with a stream of Rational Team Concert source control. It leverages the Jazz Team Build, and you can run the synchronization on a scheduled basis or by request. This provides flexibility to enterprise customers by allowing a subset of teams to choose SCM tools to work with, while letting you manage all of the latest source code through a single SCM repository.
The Rational ClearCase Baseline Importer is a one-way data replication from Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert source control. Like the synchronizer, you can choose a UCM stream where all baselines or only selected baselines are imported, or you can choose to import label types for base Rational ClearCase. It also leverages the Jazz Team Build, so you can run the import of new baselines/label types on a scheduled basis or by request.
Version Importer or Baseline Importer?
There are two migration tools available - the Version Importer and the Baseline Importer. You can choose either of the technology that fits to your requirements to migrate the data from Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert source control.
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Rational DOORS Next Gen: Creating a Requirements Management Project from a Template- In this video we are creating a new requirements management project from a template; more specifically the Automated Meter Reader Sample template that comes with IBM® Rational® DOORS Next Generation.
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I am sure you have seen multiple download buttons after adding Rational Tokens to existing Token server using the License Key Center, wondering why – please find the details below.
IBM Rational License Key Center captures the activity with the date history. When more tokens are added to the existing server on different intervals, Rational License Key Center records the number of Tokens assigned to the server and the date when it was generated.
This helps you to determine the total number of token to be used during the import of the license key on the server.
For Example: Screen shot 1 will show you how the download page looks on license key center when initially100 Tokens are generated for a given server on the July 3rd 2014.
Now, as and when the requirement for Tokens increases the License key center administrator logs in to the center to add more Tokens
Example: 100 more on a 8th of July, I see 2 download buttons.
What is important here is the date that the key center captures to maintain history of number of Tokens used on different dates. So on the July 8th the license key was generated for 200 Tokens irrespective of which Download button you choose.
Note: The license keys get appended when more tokens are added to the existing server, so ideally there is no difference in quantity between the two download buttons.
Author: Saurabh Tyagi, co-author Edwin Premnath
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When you renew support for the certain rational products listed below, the order will not flow in to rational license key center, instead the PA (Passport Advantage) website would get updated with the latest software versions.
The reason for these products not to flow into LKC (license key center) is because they work on version based concept. What is a version based concept? It is products which are designed to work without the maintenance expiry date in the license file.
For Example: Here is a “version based license”. You have a permanent license key with no maintenance expiration date.
INCREMENT ClearQuest rational 1.10000 permanent 32 EB37995684D9 \
Hence the latest maintenance renewal will not appear in the license file.
Below are the list of Rational product that flow into the License key Center after support renewal are:
The above products work on “date based concept” where it is mandatory to have the latest maintenance end date to appear in the license file.
A date based license key has the Subscription and Support (S&S) end date built-in as the license key version.
For example: 2010.1231 is Dec 31, 2010, the end date of your current S&S. The license key is used with any software version released before the end date of the built-in license version (S&S end date). To use any newer release, the license key must be updated with new S&S orders for each period of renewal.
When receiving your S&S renewal email, you must enter the IBM License Key Center and upgrade your license key using your S&S Renewal Order. Most date based licenses can be used for earlier versions as long as nothing else has changed, like FEATURE, INCREMENT, and so on.
Here is an example of a date based license. You have permanent license key with the maintenance expiration date of January 31, 2012.
INCREMENT DOORS telelogic 2012.0131 permanent 6 40C0
This key will work for any product software versions released on or before January 31, 2012. If you intend to use a product version released after January 31, 2012, you must purchase and apply a Renewal Order to the existing license file. This can only be done through the License Key Center.
If your license key expiration is permanent, you can use the keys permanently. However, it might be limited to versions with corresponding valid S&S renewal dates.
Note: The original License Order and Associated Renewal Order have to be registered on the same IBM Site ID. To apply the renewal order and upgrade the license keys, the orders must reside on the same License Key Center account ID
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"Software update" redirects here...
Keep calm and install a fix pack. It includes fixing security vulnerabilities and other bugs, and improving the usability or performance.
Fix list for Rational Common Licensing: http
Fix Central allows you to search, select, order, and download fixes to your system with a choice of delivery options. Fixes provide changes to your software, Licensed Internal Code, or machine code that fix known problems, add new function, and keep your system, software, or Hardware Management Console operating efficiently.
Fix Central has been designed to make it easy to find and obtain fixes by providing multiple search and ordering options.
These include the following:
The following are common fix related terms used in Fix Central:
NOTE: Fix Central may require you to log in using your IBM Registration user ID. IBM Registration is a central location for user information used throughout IBM web sites. If you have a sign-on to IBM web sites like Alphaworks or Passport Advantage, this signon is a valid IBM Web ID and can be used to log in to Fix Central. If you are prompted to sign in with an IBM ID and you do not have one, follow the register link provided on the Fix Central Sign On page. Creating an IBM Web ID is a one time, free process.
See My IBM profile summary to learn more about IBM Registration.
Fix Central provides fixes and updates for your system's software, hardware, and operating system : http
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The summer months and release cycles around Innovate mean we've seen a LOT of releases recently. We know you want and need these, so without further delay here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since June 13th! These links are provided to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products. Be sure to check out the downloads tag for previous posts as well:
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Following is a list of the recently published Tech Notes on ClearQuest APIs. These Tech Notes are really useful and required for ClearQuest Admins on day-to-day basis.
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A scenario may occur where the IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) recording always shows blank pages in the browser panel (Window -> Show view -> Protocol data -> Browser).
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Rational Developer Traveler, v.1.0.3: Edit and Submit (Video 2 of 3)- This 3 minute video explains how to edit JCL with Rational Developer Traveler and then submit the JCL for processing on the host environment. You'll learn how to use the Rational Developer Traveler Editor to modify the application that was copied in the first video of this series. When the updates are complete, the JCL will be submitted for processing on the host environment using the option found within the RD Traveler editor.
Rational Developer Traveler, v.1.0.3: Job Management (Video 3 of 3)- This 3 minute video features the Rational Developer Traveler Jobs view and Job view, which are new in version 1.0.3. You'll learn how to use the Rational Developer Traveler Jobs view to query jobs on the host environment, manage jobs with purge and
Resource URLs for the demos:
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Chrome enablement may seem to fail consistently even after configuring the enablement settings in IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT).
When you enable the Google Chrome browser through RFT, you would be prompted with following warning messages:
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We recently enabled a new feature on the Notes from Rational Support (NFRS) blog which utilizes Google's website translation engine to provide machine translation for all our blog posts. The best part is the language is user selectable, so now you have direct capability to select the language you prefer right within the blog itself!
How do you, as a reader of NFRS, translate the blog content into your preferred language? Just click the drop list highlighted in this screenshot and choose the new language for site translation:
Once selected, the NFRS blog content will be translated to the language of your choosing. But wait, there's more! Because Google knows the difficulties of accurate machine translation, you can also contribute corrections or improved translations by hovering your mouse over the translated text and then clicking the "Contribute a better translation" link as highlighted:
We hope you find this new translation feature beneficial to delivering Notes from Rational Support content in your language!
Rational Integration Tester has been built to help test and virtualize modern environments. These environments might present themselves with a simple front end, but may well have a number of heterogeneous components that communicate with each other in the background. While we can test just the surface elements, we do not know what’s going on beneath the surface.
So, lets say you want to perform a web service recording using Rational Integration Tester:
If you encounter the NT LAN Manager version 2 (NTLM v2) "Authentication failed" error in IBM Rational Performance Tester, you can follow the steps in the below technote to set up NTLM v2 in RPT:
Along with the steps in the technote above, also make sure that the 'Host' field contains the System name and the 'Doman' field contains the domain name, as seen in the attached screen-shot -
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Creating an Approval Precondition in IBM Rational Team Concert Web Client v5.0.1- This video shows how to create a precondition in the Rational Team Concert web client that requires a work approval before a change set is delivered. For more info
Imposing Multiple Verification Points to validate a response content of web service call under IBM Rational Performance Tester
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Here's a quick requirement scenario on testing Verification points for a web service response (which is XML in nature) in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) v220.127.116.11
There are two different set of responses for one request. Based on whether the service has passed/failed, two entirely different xml will be returned. As of now you have a contain verification point to validate if the service has passed but the requirement is to add a condition so that when the response fails even that can be validated through the same scripts. Since conditional statements or multiple verification points are not allowed on same tag/response, this becomes a challenging task.
The best fit is to write a custom code that will help to address this use-case. To have this working:
1) Turn the XML answer of the web service into a Text Answer
2) Then it is possible to create a field reference on the full answer, as shown below.
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