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I'm sure we all agree that the single most exciting thing to happen in 2014 was the delivery of a 64-bit client for Rational DOORS.
Following on from this, in 9.6.1, we also deliver DOORS Web Access (DWA) in 64-bit.
However, do note that 32-bit builds are no longer built and delivered in parallel. So what? If you have 32-bit hardware, you cannot upgrade to DOORS 9.6.1 or DOORS Web Access 9.6.1. The last version to ship 32-bit builds of DWA and the DOORS client is 220.127.116.11.
The legendary DOORS client/server compatibility remains – so users with 32-bit hardware can be on the 18.104.22.168 32-bit client while those with 64-bit can move to 9.6.1.
How to create a full link after checking 'Save partial changes' in Rational Quality Manager linked to DOORS
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The missing links are identified and can be fixed by the broken link icon.
This has been implemented as a user setting. A customer recently asked why is this not the default? Well, consider the actual impact of this if you have thousands of test cases linked to requirements. It will send thousands of requests to DWA. With hundreds of users, DWA would need to be scaled to manage that increase in load. I would leave this feature for the users who need it. I would not activate it for every user as every user is not interested in the link status.
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I most commonly see DOORS Web Access (DWA) installed on its own server and I prefer this for two reasons:
An important related note is that DWA should be close to the DOORS database server. A ping should be less than 50ms between where the database server is running and where DWA is running. I have twice seen DWA put in a remote location (a different city), with ping times significantly in excess of 50ms. The performance was unacceptable with operations such as login and opening modules timing out.
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There was a time when either was fine. And it still is if you are only using DWA (DOORS Web Access). However, if DWA is used to integrate with other browser based applications, this becomes a critical point.
How many interops are recommended in Rational DOORS Web Access for use with Rational Quality Manager?
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The interop process (doors.exe) serves multiple users. However it is a single threaded process - it can only do one thing at a time for which it will attach
IBM Rational DOORS Next Gen is supported on Jazz platform helping you to collaborate with other Jazz platform tools like Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager in your environment.
IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation provides additional features like:
Rational DOORS Next Gen has assumed the place of Rational Requirements Management (RM) for the Jazz platform that adds a requirements definition and management application on top of that common platform.
Now let’s discuss the DOORS Next Gen licensing concept.
DOORS Next Gen is the name rendered to the DOORS installation based on Jazz platform where you can enrich your client from a DOORS Next Gen Analyst or a Requirements Composer Client Access license. The contemporary version of the DOORS thick client is available too; this is DOORS 9.5.
Notice the fact, as per the screenshot above, that DOORS Next Gen and Rational Requirements Composer are based on Jazz platform activated by authorized or floating CALs (Client Access Licenses).
The Jazz admin can assign the licenses to the users by logging in to the License Management page which defines the level of access for each user.
Points to remember
I hope you've got the info you are looking for, but you might still have some questions in mind. If so, I invite you to take a look at the FAQs section below and to check out the Rati
See you folks. Let’s get together with my next blog post.