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This post explains the IBM V.R.M.F - Maintenance Delivery Vehicle (MDV) terminology used by Rational products. V.R.M.F is the product release numbering format that is being implemented throughout the IBM and the Rational product lines.
IBM is using a standard version format for MDV. The product numbering is based on the IBM Version, Release, Modification and Fix Level structure within the V.R.M.F format.
The following table provides some details of the individual version elements. Note: Although not all of the version elements are publicly available, they are all fully supported:
V - Version number
Indicates a separate IBM licensed program that usually has significant new code or new function. Major feature changes.
R - Release number
Minor feature change release.
M - Modification number
Manufacturing refresh. Full release that can include new functionality.
F - Fix Pack
Synchronized, cumulative patch. Includes iFixes and Test Fixes. Maintenance roll-up. Quarterly releases or as needed.
Tested and verified fix available to all customers. Subsequent Interim Fixes are cumulative. For example iFix002 replaces iFix001.
LAiFix - Limited Availability iFix
A temporary or uncertified fix for multiple issues, with limited IBM testing.
TestFix – Interim maintenance
A temporary or uncertified fix for a single issue, with limited IBM testing.
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