Has it really been three years since Kelly started this blog? Indeed it has! May 14th, 2009 was an auspicious day, as we dipped our toes into the corporate blogging world to see how it'd go. Little did Kelly know that we'd soon soar to become the 5th most visited blog on developerWorks, or ever break that 2 million visitors milestone! By the by, we DID break that 2m milestone yesterday evening! What wonderful serendipity for both to occur on the same day!
Sure, we may be a bit long in the tooth to be celebrating a birthday, but if you've hung around here for any amount of time you know we're kids at heart and surely you won't begrudge us a little celebration... right?
Ok, you're right... I can't post here without providing SOME sort of deeper value. So, as a bit of a small retrospective we thought it would be neat to go through and highlight some of our past posts. As we discussed which to highlight, we thought about giving visibility to the "Most Viewed" posts on this blog, but figured if they are the most viewed already, they probably don't need the help So we figured we'd go back through the archives of 715+ posts and pull out some of those 'sleepers'; the ones with some solid content but which may have gone far under the radar based on our analysis of activity metrics. That in mind, let's get to highlighting!
How to work with Rational Client Support: Part 2- In this second article, dW Contributing Author Kelly Smith outlines the technical support that you get when you license Rational software includes and doesn't, plus what to do before you call tech support. And don't forget to check our Part One, How to work with Rational Client Support: Behind the curtain!
New White Paper released: Deploy IBM Rational License Server 8.1.1 effectively in your enterprise- Here's a GREAT resource for nearly anyone running Rational software! Download the free whitepaper (no registration needed!), read it, and then share it with your colleagues and coworkers to help them be as successful with their own license server implementations as you will surely be!
Improve your Rational Support experience with our automated ISALite tool!- For select products, we've enabled an automated data gathering tool called IBM Support Assistant Lite (ISALite for short). This tool will gather appropriate troubleshooting information for a particular product.
Did you hear the news?- The dW Rational community is open to the publ
Downloading Products from Passport Advantage- This most excellent video from our friends over at IBM Electronic Supp
Everything You Wanted to Know About Rational Licensing- A good message always bears repeating ... Visit the IBM Rational License Key Center for lots of useful material on understanding and using your Rational license keys...
IBM Rational product support for Mozilla Firefox- This news flash is for all customers who use the Mozilla Firefox browser with our Rational products. Please take note of the direction particulars as they relate to your usage of the browser and level of product support IBM Rational is able to provide...
Introducing our newest blog author: Matt Quimby- You may have seen his name on a few recent posts around these parts: Matt Quimby has joined our team and dug into some of our social business efforts as you'll see below.
Trust and Personal Responsibility in All Relationships- That's a powerful statement. It's also one of IBM's Core Values, one that resonates particularly with me in regards to our social business initiatives… like this blog. Let me explain....
Five Imperatives for ALM, and Business agility: a technical perspective- Here's two videos and two articles for your benefit today; two videos on the Imperatives for ALM covering real-time planning and in-context collaboration, as well as two articles to help you along with business agility from a technical perspective and a tutorial on how to use the Practice Library application. Enjo
Lastly, in honor of this milestone, we'd like to thank the folks who made it possible for us to continue:
Now let's keep going! Our goal is to continue growing and continue providing you deep value in fun, exciting, and innovative ways. As the quote says: "We have only just begun"!
From Bill Penny, Knowledge Manager:
It has been a busy release time in the AM space, so I wanted to make you aware of three new RSARTE (Rational Software Architect RealTime Edition) whitepapers that I have collaborated on with development and just published.
These documents will be referenced both from the RSARTE support web page as well as from within the RSARTE InfoCenter.
PRE-Migration Best Practices from Rose RealTime to Rational Software Architect RealTime Edition 7.5.2
Migration Best Practices from Rose RealTime to Rational Software Architect RealTime Edition 7.5.2
Migrating Rational Software Architect Models to Rational Software Architect RealTime Edition
Thank you, Bill!
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It's always good to have options!
Let's discuss the options a license administrator has to use for a license. The options file is a plain text file that allows a floating license administrator to control user access to specific features or versions of licensed software. Users are identified by their username, hostname, IP address, or project.
For concurrent (floating) licenses, the license administrator can:
This looks good but your next question will likely be: "How can I create an options file?"
For example: VENDOR /etc/test [opt
Let’s create an options file assuming Peter, Matt, and Steve are all part of a team named 'Licensing' in an organization. We can create a group named 'Licensing' and have these users added into the group. The syntax would be: GROUP Licensing Peter Matt and Steve
Subsequently this group can be included to allow access to IBM Rational product license. Hence the final syntax in the Options file would appear as follows:
GROUP Licensing Peter Matt and Steve
INCLUDE RPE_PUBLISH GROUP Licensing ( considering the .opt file is for RPE )
If the system usernames in your organization have a space OR comma in them, then the names need to be enclosed within double quotes.
Example: Let's assume the usernames are <USER A>, <USER B> and <USER C>. Then the Options. opt file would have: INCLUDE RPE_PUBLISH USER "USER A" "USER B" "USER C" Alternatively, you can utilize the same concept of adding all the users into a GROUP and then specifying the name of the GROUP in the INCLUDE line of the options file.
Also, if you have only one USER_BASED license for IBM RPE in your license file, you would be able to specify only one user's name in the Options file. Once the Options. opt file has been updated as per the format of the system usernames, please save the same while making sure that the file is saved as "Options. opt" and doesn't have a .txt extension.
Open the License.dat and add the complete path of the newly created Options. opt file at the DAEMON line. The DAEMON line should be the next line (one soon after the) SERVER line in the license.dat file. If you don't have a word DAEMON instead have Vendor, please perform the following changes in the License.dat file.
SERVER LicenseServerName 12AcDe 19353
DAEMON telelogic "C:\Program File
After performing the above changes, save the License.dat file while making sure it's saved with only (.dat) extension.
Launch LMTOOLS and click on "Start/Stop/ReRead" tab. Stop the server, restart it, and wait until it says "Server Started successfully".
After the server has started successfully, please click on "ReRead License File" and wait until it displays: "ReRead license file completed". Once the message is displayed, click on "Server Status" and click on "Perform Status enquiry" and check if there is any error with the RPE_PUBLISH license. Ideally there shouldn't be any.
Any changes that are made to the Options file gets read either by doing a re-read or stopping and starting of the license server. The ability for vendor daemon to participate in rereading of its option file is introduced in the version 8.0 vendor daemon. If the License server is stopped and started the license file and option file are automatically read.
Now before proceeding we need to understand the most commonly used syntax of the options file:
Now we know how to create an options file lets use the options file to reserve or deny licenses. IBM Rational provides the least restrictive licensing environment possible. By default, the server does not restrict access to a client requesting a license key. This configuration works best for most customers. For a more controlled license environment, use the options file to reserve or deny licenses for certain users, hosts, displays, groups, or IP addresses. You can also limit the number of licenses each user or group can access.
The options file is a case-sensitive text file that sets the options for the license server. The options file can be used with the different types of floating licenses keys: temporary, evaluation, or permanent licenses keys. Your options file is located in the rational_dir\common directory and might have the name ibmratl.opt. If you do not have an options file, you can create one.
Options file that reserves licenses:
You have 10 floating licenses for IBM Rational ClearQuest®. You want to ensure that users Greg and Michelle always have a license of ClearQuest available for their use. Configure the options file as follows:
RESERVE 1 ClearQuest USER greg
RESERVE 1 ClearQuest USER michelle
Options file that excludes users from accessing a license:
You have 10 floating licenses for IBM Rational ClearQuest. You want to ensure that user Sally does not have access to a ClearQuest license. Configure the options file as follows:
EXCLUDE ClearQuest USER sally
How to configure USER_BASED license:
Common features used in the FLEXlm Licensing options file:
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Author: Robert V Stephen
New white paper Released: How to implement access restrictions to your EA Artifacts using Rational System Architect Catalog Manager
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Hot off the presses, a new whitepaper for Rational System Architect:
Abstract: This white paper provides you with information on how to implement access restrictions to your Enterprise Architecture (EA) Artifacts using IBM Rational System Architect Catalog Manager.
Released: August 1, 2011
Author: Mirtunjay Sharma
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It has been four weeks since four of us (Kelly Smith, Jason O'Donnell, Matthew Quimby, Jamel Touati) from IBM Rational Customer Support organization embarked on the Amazing E-mail-Less Man adventure following on the footsteps of Luis Suarez to Work Outside The Inbox (WOTI).
So far we've covered the first three steps of the WOTI process: