We are here to get some insight about the origin, functionalities and the licensing aspects of the Rational Integration Tester.
As most of us are aware, Green Hat is now an IBM Company. With the legacy products of Green Hat now integrated with the Rational brand, a new tool by name, Rational Integration Tester has its presence felt in the IBM Product list.
Green Hat portfolio’s new addition adds a whole new advantage to IBM Rational QM Portfolio:
Previously named Green Hat Tester, Rational Integration Tester, now a part of Rational Test Workbench, is used to create functional and performance tests for SOA messaging systems to be run locally.
The product is used to simulate virtualization reality, which is the ability to simulate services, without the actual service being run... much like a game of virtual golf...
For example, if you have to simulate eBay, without accessing it directly (and buying things!). You would build tests using the service definitions from eBay (which are publicly available) and you could then run those tests as 'stubs' within RTW/RIT. The application that would have pointed at eBay is then pointed at the RIT stub which sends back sensible replies when called. This enables a customer to build a testing environment without all of the (expensive) systems normally required.
Features included in Rational Integration Tester are:
➢ Automatically create test plan documentation.
➢ Support for many different protocols, including JMS, IBM MQ, Sonic MQ, TIBCO, TCP/IP, UDP/IP and SmartSockets. An API let's you write your own transports.
➢ Functional component simulation.
➢ Automatic test reports created from test results.
➢ Regression testing.
➢ Record and playback messages.
➢ Integrate tests with databases.
➢ Manipulate XML documents.
➢ Edit messages using intuitive GUI, or a text editor in XML.
➢ Capture messages, edit them and republish them.
➢ E-mail messages to colleagues in remote locations.
➢ Share messages with other Green Hat, an IBM Company, products like Rational Test Virtualization Server and Rational Performance Test Server
Currently Rational Integration Tester does not have trials on ibm.com. To get an evaluation copy, please contact IBM Planet wide as per the link http Overwhelmed by the features available in Rational Integration Tester, you may want to purchase the license. Wouldn't you like to know the types of licenses available and if it suits your need. Then let’s have an overview of the licensing for Rational Integration Tester. Rational Integration Tester is a SDP (Software Development Platform) based product and hence, the legacy Activation kits and Floating licenses are available. However, the Floating license is a bit different from the conventional IBM SDP products and are not available individually for Rational Integration Tester, instead, combined with the Rational Test Workbench. Two types of licenses are : ➔ IBM Rational Integration Tester v8.0 Activation Kit ➔ IBM Rational Test Workbench Floating License Key IBM Rational Performance Test Server (RPTS) and IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS) does not require a separate license, as software download from Passport advantage gets a pre loaded license. FAQs • Would I get only one license of Rational Integration Tester without the other inclusions of Rational Test Workbench? • Yes, an Activation Kit would serve the cause, which is exclusive to Rational Integration Tester. • Would I get licensing support for the Rational Integration Tester from IBM? If so, How? • Green Hat legacy customers will continue to use their legacy Green Hat keys, until they renew their Subscription and Support with IBM. For Existing Green Hat customers there is no immediate change in regard to legacy Green Hat License Keys. • If I have a license purchased from Green Hat for Rational Integration Tester, am I entitled for support from IBM? • Yes. IBM provides a conversion summary of the legacy Green Hat Tester licenses to IBM Rational Integration Tester. To get more information, please contact the respective Account Manager from IBM. • How do I get my license for Rational Integration Tester generated? • Rational License Key Center hosts the Rational Integration Tester licenses. Rational Integration Tester does not have a separate license as it is a component of the Rational Test Workbench. Follow the blog for How to generate IBM Rational Products license keys from IBM Rational License Key Center website
Overwhelmed by the features available in Rational Integration Tester, you may want to purchase the license. Wouldn't you like to know the types of licenses available and if it suits your need. Then let’s have an overview of the licensing for Rational Integration Tester.
Rational Integration Tester is a SDP (Software Development Platform) based product and hence, the legacy Activation kits and Floating licenses are available.
However, the Floating license is a bit different from the conventional IBM SDP products and are not available individually for Rational Integration Tester, instead, combined with the Rational Test Workbench.
Two types of licenses are :
➔ IBM Rational Integration Tester v8.0 Activation Kit
➔ IBM Rational Test Workbench Floating License Key
IBM Rational Performance Test Server (RPTS) and IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS) does not require a separate license, as software download from Passport advantage gets a pre loaded license.
• Would I get only one license of Rational Integration Tester without the other inclusions of Rational Test Workbench?
• Yes, an Activation Kit would serve the cause, which is exclusive to Rational Integration Tester.
• Would I get licensing support for the Rational Integration Tester from IBM? If so, How?
• Green Hat legacy customers will continue to use their legacy Green Hat keys, until they renew their Subscription and Support with IBM. For Existing Green Hat customers there is no immediate change in regard to legacy Green Hat License Keys.
• If I have a license purchased from Green Hat for Rational Integration Tester, am I entitled for support from IBM?
• Yes. IBM provides a conversion summary of the legacy Green Hat Tester licenses to IBM Rational Integration Tester. To get more information, please contact the respective Account Manager from IBM.
• How do I get my license for Rational Integration Tester generated?
• Rational License Key Center hosts the Rational Integration Tester licenses. Rational Integration Tester does not have a separate license as it is a component of the Rational Test Workbench. Follow the blog for How to generate IBM Rational Products license keys from IBM Rational License Key Center website
You might be interested to know more about the legacy Green Hat product additions to IBM. Refer the link below for more and apt information.
You might be interested to know more about the legacy Green Hat product additions to IBM. Refer the link below for more and apt information.
At the time of configuration, you might run into an error 'The server is available, but does not serve license keys for IBM Rational Integration Tester'. Refer the tech note below for diagnosis and resolution of the error. Related Links: License Requirements for Rational Integration Tester, Rational Performance Test Server and Rational Test Virtualization Server: http
License Requirements for Rational Integration Tester, Rational Performance Test Server and Rational Test Virtualization Server: http
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.
We have a new white paper that covers the Rational Token Licensing concept. Check it out!
Author: Edwin Stalin
Abstract: This white paper describes how Rational Token based licensing works. This paper includes information on token based license advantages, license key generation, logging, and frequently asked questions.
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Once you have access to the IBM Rational License Key Center Website (as described in our prior blog post here) and if you are looking at activating your Rational Product you are required to generate a license from the License Key Center Website.
Now let us explore the steps to generate the Floating license keys:
5. Select the type of license key that you need to generate from the list displayed
14. Click Generate
16. Transfer the license key to the system where it needs to be imported to the License Key Server
Reference today's prior blog post for information on "How to get access to the Rational License Key Center Website to obtain Rational"
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Introduction on renewals concepts:
For products using date based licensing version, you will see both the original license order plus any renewal order for that product. The License Key Center will list the Renewal Order as a separate line in your account. To apply this to your license key, select the Renewal Order and it will give you the licenses associated to choose from. You may then add the quantity of the renewal per product and regenerate the key. Note, only registered licenses show up in the list of licenses available for upgrades using the renewal order. Important! The Original License Order and the Associated Renewal Order have to be registered on the same IBM Site ID. To be able to apply the renewal order and upgrade the license keys the orders need to reside on the same License Key Center account ID which is the same as your IBM Site ID
The license key can be used with any software version released before the end date of the in built license version (S&S end date). To be able to use any new release, the license key needs to be updated with new S&S orders for each period of renewal.
Click on "Get Keys" in the left navigation bar as shown below:
Select the Product for which maintenance or S&S renewal needs to be applied, lets say DOORS, then select the product and follow the instructions ahead.
In the "Required Information" screen, ensure you check for the correct Hostname and Host ID:
In the Version column, drop the box and select the latest version of the product and check the Original Maintenance End Date to be the current one. Please see below, Taking an example of Doors, we can choose the latest version while applying the maintenance to the license file:
In the Usage Quantity, key in the number of the licenses that needs to be upgraded to the latest maintenance.
Click on "Generate" and then download the latest license file by clicking the button "Download License Keys".
Useful Links :
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New to your enterprise, want to get accustomed to the Rational Portfolio that your enterprise uses but you do not know how to start?
Who is a Site Technical Contact?
In simple words they are the designated Special Point of Contacts (SPOCs) for your respective organization(s).
3. Enter your contact information and the IBM Site Number. Also, enter the Sales order number if you have it. The Primary Site Technical Contact has this information in the IBM Proof of Entitlement (PoE) certificate.
a) Submitting without a Sales order number will invoke an authorization process for your account. The email response from the Licensing Key Center might not be immediate.
And don't miss the companion post here covering how to generate license keys using the License Key Center.
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It’s hard to think of an industry that is not undergoing transformation. Systems space industries including domains like: Banking, Automotive, Aerospace, Defense, and Manufacturing, are all being transformed by the forces of a smarter planet.
By smarter planet we mean the world is becoming:
Any project that is taken up by your organization needs the knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to see success. Each of these tools requires them to be licensed so that there is an authentic and a transparent way to deliver the project seamlessly. The choice of tools and the licenses involved come at a cost to the organization.
Rational Token Licensing helps you become flexible and optimized:
For more information on Rational Token Licensing and how it can work in your deployment please visit:
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License borrowing is a way that enables you to run software on a computer that is not continuously connected to a license server on the network. Review the details in the white paper to learn more about License borrowing: what the feature is, which products are supported and instructions on configuration and usage.
Understanding License Borrowing
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Rational Common licensing (RCL) v 8.1.3 has been released on July the 2nd 2012 The highlights of this release are
The advantages of moving to Rational License Key Server (RLKS 8.1.3) (11.10) server is Security and Performance; these are the two most important aspects that has been emphasized on this release. Users will benefit with a more detailed logging mechanism which will cater to the aspects of understanding any warning(s) or errors on the server side also help them keep a check on the performance of the license server.
Support for Early Return of Borrowed licenses
RCL 8.1.3 Borrow Tool has the “Return Product” button enabled and available on selecting one borrowed product from Borrowed Products table. On Clicking on “Return Products” button by selecting one or more borrowed products, It will go ahead with the Return Early operation.
Installation Manager based installation of RLKS 8.1.3 on UNIX
In order to upgrade to RLKS 8.1.3, you need to backup the license file used by older version of RLKS installation. Uninstall/remove the older version of RLKS installation and start the installation of RLKS 8.1.3. Configure the backed up license file in the configuration page of RLKS 8.1.3 installation.
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Starting October 19, IBM Rational will distribute activation kits using the IBM Rational License Key Center. For example, Rational Jazz-based products such as Rational Team Concert and Rational Quality Manager customers will now go to the License Key Center to get their product activation kits instead of IBM Passport Advantage.
This change is being made to provide a consistent method for IBM Rational customers to obtain and manage their license keys and activation kits.
This change affects the following products:
IBM Rational Application Developer (RAD)
IBM Rational Business Developer (RBD)
IBM Rational Developer for System z (RDz)
IBM Rational Developer for System i (RDi)
IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT)
IBM Rational Manual Tester (RMT)
IBM Rational Method Composer (RMC)
IBM Rational Modeling Exension (RME)
IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT)
IBM Rational Professional Bundle (RPB)
IBM Rational Software Analyzer (RSAR)
IBM Rational Software Architect (RSA)
IBM Rational Software Modeler (RSM)
IBM Rational Quality Manager (RQM)
IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC)
IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)
Click here to view a video explaining the Rational License Activation kits, featuring the dulcet tones of "Diamond" Dave Dimillo.Click here to view a video explaining the Rational License Activation kits, featuring the dulcet tones of "Diamond" Dave Dimillo.
More information in this technote: http
For more informatiion on Rational license keys, visit the Rational Support Licensing Site.
Jazz LICENSING : Exploring Rational Team Concert
Rational Team Concert has a simple set of defined roles to enable key solutions for your organization. With Rational Team Concert you simply acquire licenses to support the roles and solutions that you are interested in. This provides you with an unprecedented level of flexibility and cost efficiency to choose and use only what you are interested in to support your needs. Rational Team Concert allows you to implement individual components of RTC now and others later simply through licensing - and without your typical deployment and integration headaches and risks.
When you purchase a role-based license for IBM Rational Team Concert you will have read, write, and comment access to some or all of the capabilities of the Change and Configuration Management application. In addition, there are three types of Developer client access licenses.
Client access licenses:
With a role-based licensing scheme, when you purchase a client access license for a particular role you will have read, write, and comment access to some or all of the capabilities of the Change and Configuration Management application.
You install the client access license activation kits in the License Key Management section in the Administration page of the Jazz Team Server. You assign the licenses to users in the Client Access License Management section of Jazz User Administration. See Installing and managing license keys for instructions.
Role-based client access licenses:
Configuration Management application.
Functional user licenses:
Developer Client Access Licenses:
Once a Jazz Team Server is installed, you may install additional license keys in the License Key Management section in the Administration page of the Jazz Team Server
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Check out these recently published white papers for Rational License Server and the Rational Logiscope Eclipse integration!
Author: Indraneel Paul
Abstract: This white paper provides recommendations for maintaining a stable and efficient license service. The white paper also provides tips for enhancing the performance. Included is a case study on the performance benchmarks of Rational License Key Server 8.1.1. This white paper covers the different aspects essential for a successful deployment, such as system requirements, system resources, and network and security considerations.
Released: September 29, 2011
Author: Sandhya Boray
Abstract: The integration between Rational Logiscope and Eclipse enables you to be more efficient in the handling of code and modeling. This document describes the procedure to setup the integration between the two tools and optimize their strengths.
Released: October 28, 2011
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The IBM Rational License key server v8.1.3 (v11.10) was released on July 2nd 2012 , which means now you can migrate to license server v8.1.3 if you have deployed any older version of license server. You can refer below tech note to know the system requirements of license server v8.1.3
Scenario B: Migration of Telelogic License server 2.x to 8.1.3
Scenario C : Migration of Rational License server 8.1.x to 8.1.3
Note: If you move the license server to a new host , you may need to rehost the license file. You have to return the license file created for the old license server on Rational License Key center website and regenerate the new license file using the host details of the new server.
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Greetings from IBM Rational Licensing Team!
As a part of our proactive Client connects activities, we are conducting Open Mic sessions on licensing which covers different aspects of Rational licensing.
We believe these sessions will be helpful for you. Please find the Open Mic Calendar for the month of July below.
A) Title: Rational License Server 8.1.2, 8.1.3, Installation, Configurations, Options file.
Date: Monday, July 29, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
B) Title: IBM Rational Token Licensing, Basics, Benefits, Usage of Jazz Token Licensing.
Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Time: 3PM - 4PM Indian Standard Time (5:30am EST)
C) C) Title: Introduction to licensing, basic transactions of LKC, Migration of license keys and its best practices.
Date: Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Feel free to to nominate yourselves, or any members from your team who would be interested in taking part in these sessions by entering the details in the Open Mic Registration link below.
Also, please visit our Open Mics content page for current invites and previous recordings.
We are hoping to provide you with a good learning experience.
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A brief overview of software downloads, generating license keys, changing entitlements and getting support is available in a new video entitled "Rational OnDemand" (13:24). It is not intended to replace any in depth training such as the PA Online tour.
There are 5 new modules on using License Key Center (LKC):
The videos can be found on the login screen of License Key Center
For more information:
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Rational Test Workbench Licensing Overview
Now that Big Blue has worn a Green Hat and the products from Green Hat are now rolled into IBM's Rational division, let's take a deeper dive into the world of licensing concepts for a new origin product called Rational Test Workbench (RTW).
RTW is a desktop solution that combines Rational’s automation capability for functional, performance and integration testing which is a great collaborative platform.
Before we roll out the red carpet for RTW licensing let us know the inclusions of the software family:
IBM Rational Integration Tester is a scripting-free environment for developing tests for SOA messaging and business process integration projects. Tests can be built by recording existing system behaviors or from requirements, by entering the data to send and the data that is expected in return. You can also create virtual services to remove test dependencies and enable earlier testing. Virtual services can be deployed by Rational Test Virtualization Server to provide on-demand virtualized test environments that can support all phases of the test development lifecycle.
IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack contains technology-specific components used by Rational Integration Tester for recording SOA message conversations, HTTP(S) and JDBC traffic, and for monitoring middleware systems under test with minimal reconfiguration of client applications.
IBM Rational Test Control Panel is a server-based web application providing a central repository for virtualized services. The Rational Test Control Panel allows you to use virtual services published with Rational Integration Tester to create, share, and deploy virtualized test environments in Rational Test Virtualization Server.
IBM Rational Performance Tester is a scripting-free environment for automating load and scalability testing of web, ERP, and server-based software applications. Rational Performance Tester provides rich and customizable reporting to help you identify the presence and cause of system bottlenecks. Rational Performance Tester integrates with the Rational Performance Test Server or Rational Virtualization Test Server to create large scale, multi-user workloads so that you can validate scalability and SLAs for your critical business applications before you deploy to production.
IBM Rational Functional Tester is an object-driven automated functional testing solution for Windows, Java, Web 2.0 and other application environments. Storyboard testing combines natural language test narrative with visual editing through application screen shots to accelerate the creation of functional tests. A variety of wizards further simplify the creation of data-driven tests that are resilient to changes in the application UI.
All the flavors are fruitful aren't they? I'm sure, they are!
Ok. Now that we know the inclusions, let’s unfold the red carpet for the RTW license keys.
RTW has 2 types of license available:-
1. Authorized License
2. Floating License
As already mentioned, RTW license is a family name for a bundle of 4 licenses. The license inclusions are:
· IBM Rational Integration Tester
· IBM Rational Performance Tester
· IBM Rational Functional Tester
· IBM Rational Performance Tester PVU component
Wow! The above mentioned does not include IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack and IBM Rational Test Control Panel licenses as it is a part of software bundle, if you have noticed.
You got it right! IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack and IBM Rational Test Control Panel do not require a license. Both IBM Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack and IBM Rational Test Control Panel work as an add-on for Rational Integration Tester.
IBM Rational Performance Tester PVU license component works only in conjunction with Rational Performance Test Server (RPTS) / Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS) based RPT Agents.
This enables RPT not to attempt, check for protocol licenses for Siebel, SAP, Citrix, and SOA.
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For a Rational License server ( version v 8.1.2 or above ) to work properly using IPv6 addresses, all systems in an enterprise (including the network hardware and software) must be configured properly to support communication using IPv6 addresses.
Before testing or deploying a Rational Common Licensing-supported or -based application that supports IPv6 or IPv4/IPv6 dual communication, make sure that all systems on the network can communicate successfully. If the license server will run under any of the following operating systems, it can communicate with clients using either IPv4 or IPv6 (as long as the network is configured properly).
Because these operating systems support dual-layer communication, both IPv4 and IPv6 enabled clients can communicate with an IPv6 license server. Moreover, IPv6 clients can communicate with an IPv4 license server using the IPv4 address, as seen below:
In the case of a license server hosted on Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 operating systems, there are certain drawbacks because of limited dual-layer support on these operating systems.
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License Usage Order
IBM Rational products requests licenses in a specific order. In an organization we may have combination of authorized user, floating, suite, point-product licenses in the environment, it is essential that we understand the license usage order.
Now let’s try to understand the license usage order. An IBM Rational product that users IBM Rational Common Licensing will request the license in the following order.
For version 7.0 of IBM Rational products, the license key usage order has changed. In releases before 7.0, when a Suite product was being installed, the Rational License Key Administrator (LKAD) application would first try to find a license key corresponding to the Suite. If the Suite key was not available, LKAD would then look for a key corresponding to the product that was running.
The table below describes the license usage order for each IBM Rational Product that uses IBM Rational Common Licensing.
Now let’s check how to change the license usage order. Any changes made in the license usage order can be reversed to previous setting by clicking the "Restore to Defaults" in the license usage mapping window.
To change the license usage order:
The license usage order that you set on your computer is tied to your user ID. If different users log in to your computer with their own user IDs, the license usage order that you may have changed resets to the default order. The new users can set the license usage order for their user IDs. Their settings do not affect your settings.
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License Key Center and its Features:
Accessing the IBM Rational License Key Center:
So the IBM Rational License Key Center is the online licensing tool that you use to get or return your Rational software license keys and much more.
To access the License Key Center:
FYI : The website is designed for ease of access of clients located in different geographies, hence you will have an option "Translate my page" (on the right side of the page) to translate the page to language which best suites you.
NOTE: You may access the links given at the end of this doc in order to login to LKC and perform different activities on the web which will be discussed in this document.
Let's assume you have provided the username and password and selected the account ID (for the account you want to login. If you are a member of multiple License Key Center accounts, please select the account you wish to use for the current session. You can switch accounts after signing in by using the "Switch Account" link on the left hand navigation bar.) This is how it looks:
So, welcome to the license key center! Let's get started understanding different tabs as shown on the left. The first tab will be My license keys ! Great, that's why we are here! It will help you generate license keys...
My License Keys:
View and return keys:
View keys by host:
Listed below are all the licenses generated by the User you selected, ordered by Product Line, and the Date the License was Generated in reversed order. To see the details from one or more Licenses, select the check boxes and click "View Details".
Moving on to the second section on the license key center page we have ORDERS:
View order history:
Search Line Items:
Third section will be ACCOUNT and MEMBERS:
Accounts and members:
Join new account:
Enter the information under this section and IBM will add you to the account and issue new users a password for signing in. Upon submitting this form, you will be added to the account and emailed a password you will need to complete the login process.
Next section is PREFERENCES:
Email: Do you want to receive Update Notifications for this Product?
View: Do you want to view this Product as you navigate through your Rational License Key Center site or Search for Products?
NOTE : View is automatically selected if you choose to receive Email for this Product.
Under HELP section you will be able to find support
FAQ & Video tutorials: