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 8.7
- Support to run a schedule in a cloud location. See Cloud schedule overview.
- Support to initiate the test runs from IBM UrbanCode Deploy. See Testing from UrbanCode Deploy.
- Support to stop a schedule run after the specified number of stages fail successively. See Setting user loads.
- Support to view an Errors report that displays the error conditions and behavior encountered during a test run by a page.
- Support to specify whether an error condition affects the health of a page, transaction, or a loop. You can also view the reports. See Specifying error-handling behavior.
- Support to send email notification for the status of a test or schedule run. See Running a local schedule or test.
- Support to configure the method to add attachments to HTTP endpoint requests in a service test. See Sending HTTP endpoint requests.
- Support to skip authentication failures in a service test.
- Support to use a datapool for requests with certificates in a service test. See Creating SSL configurations.
- Support to remove empty XML elements from requests in a service test. See Adding a service request.
- Support for WADL 2009 for a service test.
What's new in version 8.6
- Support to record both HTTP and SAP and HTTP and Citrix test together. See Recording a session with HTTP SAP Portal and Recording a test with the Citrix Web Interface.
- Support for Citrix 4.1.
- Support to load events from test logs to Executive Event Console. See Viewing errors while running tests.
- Support to either stop a schedule execution if an agent is lost or replace the lost users in the current stage. See Running a schedule or test.
- Support to create a secondary HTTP request to dynamically fetch the exact values that the test requires. See Creating a secondary HTTP request.
- Support to parse/control URL based on resource and parameters in query for service testing.
- Support to format XML and JSON for service testing.
- Support for WSDL 2.0.
What's new in version 8.5.1
- Support for GraniteDS and BlazeDS data transformation.
- Support automatic correlation for XML Encoded fields in SAPWeb test generation (for SAP's ABAP Webdynpro framework).
- Support for WAS 8.5.5.
- Support for SAP GUI 7.3.0.
- Support for the execution of compound tests from a performance schedule.
- Support for generating sequential number for all the users in a test.
- Support to control the automated generation of the service reports.
- Support to control the length of input data to avoid scalability issues for service tests.
What's new in Rational Performance Tester and Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality 8.5
- This release of Rational® Performance Tester includes a number of new features.
- Rational Performance Tester 8.5 includes these new features or enhancements:
- Support for Microsoft Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.
- Support for Rational Performance Tester Agent on System z Red Hat Linux.
- Collect Response Time Breakdown data for WebSphere Application Server 8.5.
- New Test Execution perspective to run tests.
- Export of execution event console output to a CSV, XML, or text file.
- Export of event log to a CSV, XML, or text file.
- Export of multiple legacy reports to HTML.
- Export of web-based executive summary and counters are now saved in HTML.
- Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality 8.5 includes these new enhancements:
- Support to specify the maximum length for the response content for recording and test generation.
- Support to import a WSDL file from a secure site that requires certificate authentication.
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:
Enhancements to reports
- You can view reports and control schedule execution remotely from a web browser without installing Rational Performance Tester workbench. For more information, see the Accessing reports remotely topic.
- You use embedded web browser to create new reports, customize reports, and export them. For more information, see the Evaluate results in a web browser topic.
- Enhancements to Rational Performance Tester Agent
- A new Load Generation agent is available to generate load on the system under test. For more information, see the Working with agents topic.
- The Rational Agent Controller is used to gather data for the Response Time Breakdown feature and in support of the startup and control of web services stubs in the SOA protocol. The Rational Agent Controller cannot be used to apply load in version 8.3.
- You can check the status of the agents from workbench. You can also share an agent with another workbench. For more information, see the Checking status of agents topic.
- Support for new web browsers such as Google Chrome, Apple Safari, and Opera.
- Rational Performance Tester supports recording and playback for applications developed on Microsoft Silverlight and Google Web Toolkit. For more information, see the Microsoft Silverlight and Google web toolkit topics.
- Manually create a Microsoft .NET transport configuration to describe the transport settings for service requests that use the Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) protocol. For more information, see the Creating Microsoft .NET transport configurations topic.
- Support for Citrix XenApp version 6.5 and Citrix XenDesktop version 5.6.
- Check the data correlation errors in the new Data Correlation tab of the Test Log editor. For more information, see the View test logs topic.
- For Generic Service Client, add static XML headers to service requests to ensure compliance with WS-Addressing, WS-ReliableMessaging, WS-Coordination specifications as well as other predefined standards. For more information, see the Adding static XML headers to a service request topic.
- Remove the deployment directory automatically from the Rational Performance Tester Agent computer after the schedule execution. For more information, see the Manage deployment directory for agents topic.
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