And best of all, the IBM Support Assistant is more intuitive and easier to use than ever!
IBM Support Assistant is a complimentary software offering which provides clients with a workbench to help clients with problem determination. With focus on quickly finding key information, running automated data collection and a variety of serviceability tools, clients will be prepared for self-analysis and diagnosis on a wide variety of software problems.
The latest release includes new ways to augment problem determination and enhancements to existing features that you have come to rely on. These new capabilities will allow you to expand your level of analysis from the IBM Support Assistant workbench. Enhancements to this release include increased usability across many key areas of IBM Support Assistant and improved local and remote functions.
Some of the new and expanded features include:
You can get more release information and technical details at the following resource: http
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IBM Rational Jazz token license configuration on Jazz team server
Token based licensing is an option, along with floating and authorized user licensing, within the Rational portfolio. Technically, the basis of token licensing is on the traditional floating license mechanism and process. However, when it comes to how the license check out (consumption) works, it has a different behavior.
In a token environment, each product consumes a predefined token value, not a predefined quantity as it does in a traditional floating licensing environment. The license key has a pool of tokens from which the license server automatically calculates the tokens being checked in and out across users and products.
Lets discuss how a token based licensing model can be implemented for Jazz-based products.
Jazz-based products use IBM Rational Common Licensing (RCL) token service provider, which is an extension of the Jazz Team Server (JTS) that forwards token requests to an IBM Rational License Key Server (RLKS). Jazz-based products and non Jazz-based products can share tokens from same pool of tokens.
How to generate Jazz tokens?
Log into the Rational license key center and follow the below steps to get the required Jazz tokens
You can also refer to the technote links below which will guide you in accomplishing this task:
To configure these Jazz based licenses, from a licensing perspective pre-requisites are:
The following picture shows a high level single server topology deployment of RTC using token licensing.
Once you have successfully configured your flexlm license server with token file, you downloaded from IBM Rational license key center (license.dat), Import the Jazz Keys (Jazz.Token.zip file) on the Jazz team server.
Post successful import of Jazz keys on the Jazz team server you will find an entry very similar to the below diagram
The above screen confirms that the Jazz tokens are successfully imported on the Jazz team server and we can now proceed to configure this Jazz Team Server to communicate with the Rational License Key Server that you installed and configured earlier.
In the Floating License Server section of the License Key Management page of your Jazz team server click the radio button next to IBM Rational Common Licensing Token Service to enable the service.
Hover over the icon in the Actions column until you see the edit hover. Click the icon to view the Server Configuration dialogs shown in following picture.
Configure the following two properties in the above dialog:
If the Jazz Team Server is able to connect to the Rational License Key Server, you'll see a green checkmark on the IBM Rational Common Licensing Token Service line as shown in following picture.
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Well, it's Week 2 of the grand WOTI experiment, and things are moving along swimmingly. We've got a nice little race shaping up in the Sent email department. Jason put us all to shame Week 1, by sending a grand total of three, count 'em, THREE (3) emails, easily winning the WOTI Overachiever of the Week Award. Week 2, we're all settled in for the long haul, and so i thought it would be a good time to discuss Step 2: Group Conversations and Identify Use Cases.
Luis Suarez tells us that it's easiest to first break up the mail in your inbox into 2 categories: Things That Belong in My Inbox and Things That Don't.
Things That Belong in My Inbox
Things That Don't
We've started breaking down the "everything else" bucket and grouping them into use cases. We'll be looking to move that information or transaction to a better home.
In a lot of cases, especially in these early days, that means transitioning closed conversations/ tasks/ knowledge-sharing to a more collaborative/open venue, and turning "bad" email into "good" email (aut
Here are some ideas:
Again, it all comes down to mindful processing of email, and spending just a couple of extra moments to stop and think .... is this the best way to share this information? Is anyone else likely to need this knowledge in the future?
Think NOT just of the immediate, tactical need for information or action, but the ability to capture that knowledge/action for reuse so that the entire organization can benefit in the future, and not re-invent the wheel, or waste time recreating knowledge assets that folks aren't sharing.
Is there a better way than email? I bet there is!
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Our last interview before IBM Innovate 2010 is with Kelly Smith. Kelly is Rational Support's social media guru and Knowledge Activist, as you've likely already seen. You can meet Kelly at the IBM Innovate 2010 Support Cafe' (agenda here) where she'll be talking about Support 2.0 specific to communities, social media and knowledge sharing in RCS. Kelly will also be roving the Innovate floor both live-tweeting, photographing, and blogging the conference here on the NFRS blog. Read on to learn more about Kelly, and stay tuned here for here words from the Innovate floor. And if you missed them, check out our previous interviews with other presenters and RCS peeps!
Tell us a little about yourself: who are you, what is your role in Rational Client Support?
My name is Kelly Smith, and I am a self-proclaimed Knowledge Activist for Rational Client Support. I do knowledge sharing, knowledge management, collaboration, innovation, electronic support, communities, hack day, and anything else shiny I can get my hands on.
How long have you been working for IBM and Rational?
I've been working for Rational since 1997(!)
Have you had any other roles in Rational?
I started out doing testing on the Rational Rose 98, and 98i releases. I've subsequently been in test, development and client support, all for IBM Rational.
What are you currently working on?
See above. Plus, you may not be aware, but Innovate 2010, the Rational Software Conference, is coming up. I'll be there, taking pictures, blogging, tweeting and talking about electronic support, and support 2.0. You can follow along here or on Twitter.
I call tweet-up!
Describe a normal day for you.
I'm definitely a morning person, so I use my early morning time to make progress on my projects – which are varied and wide-ranging, dealing from internal collaboration enablers, communication, social networking, knowledge management and electronic support – before the parade of meetings starts. I love working on strategic initiatives and making things better.
What project are you the most proud of?
I think I'm most proud of the work we've done to adopt Knowledge-Centered Support best practices in Rational Client Support … building a robust knowledge base of our collective experience to date for our support engineers to draw on; encouraging and enabling our engineers to work content in the PMR workflow, and making our knowledge business agile. KCS is a journey, not a destination, and we are far enough down the road now that we are realizing the benefits of KCS, in both our organizational efficiency and in your ability to find the answers you need.
I love to see a plan come together.
Are you a gadget person? What type of gadgets do you use?
I love gadgets, especially Apple ones.
What gadget, which you currently own, can you not live without?
My iPhone. I use it for EVERYTHING – email, web surfing, GPS, social networking, watching movies, reading books, playing games, and I love the utility apps: I have a spirit level app! Tellingly, my FATHER has just gotten his first smartphone and is rapidly becoming a convert to the technology.
How do you define success?
Making a difference. Go big, or go home.
In your spare time, if you have any, what hobbies or activities interest you?
I am a serial hobbyist. I am interested in EVERYTHING. Well, almost everything. I recently taught myself how to knit socks and how to tat. Sadly, I've only produced one pair of socks.
What tools / skills have you acquired that you feel are vital to your success in this field?
Key to success here or anywhere is a healthy curiosity and desire to make things better. Seth Godin's Linchpin Manifesto (htt
Have you worked on any projects that you feel were exceptionally exciting for you?
IBM's Hack Day, of course.. Hack Day is EXACTLY the kind of thing I love... grass-roots innovation and being just a little subversive.
Do you have any big plans for the future?
Well, I've already met my major life goal, which was to get the children out of the house before I died. Oh, you meant in my career? The best career advice I've heard recently is “do your best every single day, and your career will take care of itself”. And I think that's true. My career has taken me down some very interesting paths that I would have never considered as part of a life plan, but the opportunities appeared because of results I was able to achieve. So I focus on the work at hand, but remain open to new possibilities.
What is on your nightstand with regard to reading?
Ha! My current nightstand books are Galileo's Daughter, by Dava Sobel, and Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, by Walter Isaacson. However, these have both been on my nightstand for MONTHS. The problem with reading material on my nightstand is that I rarely get through more than a page or two before falling asleep. I should finish both by … oh... 2012. On the coffee table is Blindness, by Jose Saramago. I hope to finish that soon.
What is your favorite technology that fizzled or failed to live up to the hype?
Well, it's probably just me, but while I love the GPS capabilities of my smartphone, I'm not really interested in sharing my every move with the world at large. I don't get Gowalla or 4Square, and in fact, I don't really care if you are the mayor of Peet's Coffee in Lexington. Of course, that could also be because the only places I'm likely to be mayor of are my own house and the IBM Mass Lab.
What future technology would make your life easier?
A replicator (a la Star Trek) to make dinner for me.
How do you grow your technical skills?
How are you using social networking today?
On a personal level, surprisingly enough, not as much as I used to. Not sure why, but this (htt
How could you see yourself using it in 5 years?
I'm not sure. I was a bloggers' blogger until twitter and microblogging came about. I joined Facebook rather late in the game. The playing field keeps evolving … all I know is I'll be playing along!
Are you a blogger in the blogosphere? ... Are you a YouTuber? ...Are you an Author? .... Do you Tweet? …
I've had a personal blog since 2006 and have been tweeting for several years as well. My resume is on LinkedIn, and I'm on Facebook. I've also launched this blog, Notes from Rational Support, and helped establish Rational Client Support's web 2.0 presence: we are @RationalSupport on Twitter, IBMRationalSupport on Facebook, and IBMRationalSupport on YouTube.
What are some of your favorite webs
um.... Notes from Rational Support?!?! My google reader account is stuffed full of fun stuff on the web … some of my favorites: Neatorama, Information is Beautiful, The Steampunk Workshop, and Productive Flourishing.
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Many of us have been following Luis' adventures in collaborating "outside the inbox" for 4 years now, ever since he first announced his radical plan on the internal blogosphere. Those of us passionate about the power of open, transparent and collaborative communication over "mail jail" have been cheering him on, all the while wondering how we could do the same.
Luis wrote a great blog post on the experience here, and I encourage you to go read it. Now.
I've taken many of the principles to heart, and have moved as much of my work as possible to collaborative technologies like Rational Team Concert and Lotus Connections.
I don't WANT to be the sole owner and disseminator of the information and content I produce.
I don't WANT my manager to have to ping me every time he wants to know the status of something.
I don't WANT to hoard information on MY machine and pass that information around every time someone asks for it.
SHARED knowledge is power.
As Luis stated so eloquently, we're probably not going to get rid of email entirely. But we CAN work smarter, more openly and transparently, one tran
spreadsheets -> wikisTo dos -> Connections Activities.
status updates, news, announcements -> blog posts
Next time you are working on something, think before you file it away on your computer. I bet there's a better way.
I KNOW there is.