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
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"!
Jazz team server has a detailed reporting mechanism for the floating license usage and these reports can be very helpful in managing the available floating licenses effectively. The reports give a picture of license consumption in a given time frame. This not only helps you to manage your licenses but also provides a big picture about your license requirements for a project.
There are two ways to collect data about the license usage on a license server:
* Historic usage snapshots - Data that tracks how many of each CAL were used concurrently over time.
* Full license usage log - Exactly which users used which CALs and for how long.
Historic usage snapshots
By default, the license server will collect basic license usage data and store the data as historic snapshots. The data collected is only how many of each Client Access License, CAL were used, and by which server. That data is used to generate the graphs provided by the admin web UI.
You can see the admin web UI graphs by going to this URL, http
Load the admin web UI of the license server, usually http
Three ways of monitoring the license usage on the web UI:
1. Click the server tab and in the licensing pane, Click reports.
2. On the floating license usage page, select a license type from the menu.
3. Optional : Enter values in the start date and end date fields.
4. Click on the "Reports" link in the "Floating License Usage" section of the left navigation area.
The page to obtain the floating license usage looks like this:
In below given scenario:
We are running the reports for the IBM Rational Quality Manager – Quality Professional – Token licenses from September 1st to September 10th.
Further the details about the license denial's if any also would be present in the logs.
In below provided image, It is clear that the consumption of the tokens is high from 09/09/2012 to 09/12/2012.
You can also get access to the raw data through the generic reporting UI by doing the following:
View the report UI in the web by going to http
Full license usage log
To use the full license log, you must first enable it through the admin web UI. You can do it through the following steps:
After the license log has been enabled a file will be generated for each license action that happens on the server. Here is an extract of a sample log:
The meaning of each column is:
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Different Types of reports in the RLKS Admin and reporting tool:
Reports display valuable statistics about how users are using the assets and repository.
Managing software assets goes beyond submitting them to a repository and managing them through consumption. Over time, looking at the changing elements, the models and trends of asset details, consumption use cases, and users information can help companies evaluate the needs of their current business strategies.
Lets understand the different types of reports available and the insights they provide...
Peak usage : This metric represents the maximum number of license requests that were granted by the selected license servers for the selected products. If more than one license type is selected in the report definition (floating and token as license type), the peak usage report shows multiple numbers in the bar graphs. The following example shows a peak distribution report with two counts per bar.
Peak denial : This metric represents the maximum number of license requests that selected license servers denied for the selected products during the specified time.
Note: In certain reporting scenarios, the tool can report inaccurate license denials. For more information, see the "Known limitation in license denial report" technical document.
License usage per user : This metric presents information about product usage by a user from a license server at a specified time. This list includes the user and the host server name for the selected products for the specified duration.
Available Licenses : This metric presents the total number of licenses for a product that are available in the license files that are used to start the license server.
License expiration : This metric presents the expiration date of licenses for each of the selected products. This information is collected from the license file.
Token distribution : This chart presents the number of token licenses that are issued in the specified time for various products in an organization.
Chargeback report : This metric represents a simple chargeback policy for product licenses that are used in an organization. The report for this metric is like an invoice, where the number of licenses that are used by each user during a specified time is listed. The number of license hours is multiplied by the unit costs that are associated with each license hour of that kind of license for that product. This product gives the value in currency to be charged for that user.
Note: For the Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products, the following metric types are supported:
Homo Sapiens are not the only intelligent ones.. IBM Rational Rhapsody seems to be enhancing its ‘thinking’ capabilities with the introduction of version 8.0.5.
Here again intelligence of Rational Rhapsody 8.0.5 can be observed, the ControlFlow automatically gets converted to an ObjectFlow when an ‘Action' is connected to an ‘Object Node’:
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.
IBM Rational Asset Analyzer: Introduction- IBM® Rational® Asset Analyzer provides in-depth insight into dependencies within and among mainframe and composite applications. This tool assists IT personnel with the maintenance, extension, and reuse of existing mainframe and web applications in modernization efforts.
Recycle, reuse, and most importantly... Share!
Following are the top ten technotes our TSEs shared with you over April to help resolve your Focal Point, Change, and Quality Manager PMRs. Are you running into any of the same issues as well? If so, check out these technotes and let us know if they helped solve your issues too!
Rational Change Top 10
Rational Focal Point Top 10
Rational Quality Manager Top 10
Cause: The Java Plugin is being blocked by Chro
An AVP customer’s Rational Software migration program is seriously threatened until Rational Accelerated Value steps in to turn it around!
An AVP customer’s Rational Software migration program is seriously threatened until Rational Accelerated Value steps in to turn it around!
The Challenge: IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) is mission critical for this mobile device company, but repeated Jazz Team Server (JTS) crashes jeopardized product reputation to the point that frustrated users were ready to throw out the tool. IBM Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) is this company’s central CLM offering, serving thousands of R&D users, from Asia to the US. This client typically deploys the latest CLM release 1-2 months after GA. The fully virtualized environment, which also includes Insight, is hosted and operated in Europe, by a team of four. Two IBM Accelerated Value Leaders and one IBM Accelerated Value Specialists cover the client’s CLM usage in Europe, and work closely with the local team.
Following the phone maker's recent migration of a large RequisitePro baseline to the RRC server, the JTS server had experienced a very high CPU load, caused by RRC views which had been migrated from ReqPro. To temporarily rectify this problem, the client had to continually restart JTS several times a week. On further investigation, the root cause was found to be an RRC product defect, whereby the RRC views were generating a Jena query service in the JTS server which was not terminating in a timely fashion.
As a consequence of the perceived RRC system instability, the telecom company’s R&D design units ceased further migrations, and laid down a short deadline challenge to IBM to find a resolution.
CLM Development wanted to have the CLM tools ready and did not want to risk modifying or adding any new features as this may have caused a delay in the release date of the CLM new version.
The client’s AVP team leveraged its relationships with key IBM specialist teams and engaged CLM L3/IBM Development to participate in regular status update calls about the issue. AVP was able to put the client's case forward to gain agreement from IBM Development that a testfix should be prioritized and made available within the client's deadline. Without AVP intervention, this fix would not have been available within the time frames critical for this client’s product delivery commitments.
By helping to expedite the testfix, the IBM Rational AVP team was able to assist the client’s CLM administrators with providing the solution to the end users, reopening the channels for the client's planned migrations.
Remaining a market leader in the global mobile device race is a brutal quest and the top position goes to the company executing flawlessly. With a $MB market at stake the value of an on time delivery is almost priceless. This client’s Tangible ROI from AVP: Incalculable
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If you encounter the NT LAN Manager version 2 (NTLM v2) "Authentication failed" error in IBM Rational Performance Tester, you can follow the steps in the below technote to set up NTLM v2 in RPT:
Along with the steps in the technote above, also make sure that the 'Host' field contains the System name and the 'Doman' field contains the domain name, as seen in the attached screen-shot -
The new IBM Knowledge Center open beta has been extended until early April. This site replaces the individual information centers.
Look at these key features in IBM Knowledge Center:
To get oriented, you can do a few simple things first:
Search for content:
Add a comment:
Like all the prior top content posts month-to-month, these technotes are the most often cited and shared in our Support Engineers' PMR notes all used to help you solve or prevent issues with your Rational products. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused for Rational Team Concert. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
There have been few queries from clients asking if it is possible to import work items by e-mail into IBM Rational Team Concert. This is a somewhat complex topic as it isn't currently supported, but there is a potential work around. Let's take a look at the information:
A. There are the following properties in Advanced Properties page of the CCM application in RTC:
Online Help for this says: "A periodic task runs on the server that checks for mail received for work item creation. This property specifies the time in seconds between runs of this task."
B. Here is a brief on this feature from Jazz.net wiki
C. However, there has been an RFE on this already and you might want to add a comment here with your additional business justification. The details, along with a business justification should add more weight to this RFE.
I hope this note adds to the links above on this topic.
Asset management, broadly defined, refers to any system that monitors and maintains things of value to an entity or group. It may apply to both tangible assets such as buildings, and to intangible concepts such as intellectual property and goodwill.
Know where your assets are....
IBM Rational Asset Manager is a collaborative environment for creating and governing software assets. A definitive library management system where you catalog, organize, use, reuse, manage, and report on any type of software, technology, or business asset.
A collaborative software development asset management solution, IBM Rational Asset Manager software enables organizations to identify, manage and govern the design, development and consumption of software assets, including services as part of a service-oriented architecture (SOA) initiative. The software helps IT organizations deliver innovative IT solutions while controlling costs, reducing application backlogs and improving business flexibility and responsiveness by facilitating software asset reuse.
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Purchasers of IBM Rational Asset manager can choose among three types of product licenses: an Authorized User license, an Authorized User Fixed Term License (FTL) and a Floating license. The best choice for your organization depends upon how many people will use the product, how often they will require access. Lets understand the concepts of keys ( licenses ) behind this dynamic software.
Types of RAM (Rational Asset Manager ) Licenses:
Licensing Model for Standard Edition:
Licensing Model for Enterprise Edition :
Addresses different usage patterns
→ Administrators assign users to AU licenses: Collaborator or Publisher.
→ SE licenses cannot be used in an EE servers.
→ Collaborator license only allows search, download and comment on assets.
→ Audit report can be generated to show license usage.
→ Floating license is consumed by users not assigned an AU license.
→ Collaborator license is consumed initially until a publisher feature is invoked then license consumption switches to publisher.
→ 30 minutes of inactivity or logging out releases the license (Floating).
→ Programmatic access consumes a license → Concurrent programmatic access consumes multiple licenses equal to the number of concurrent programmatic access.
→ When a user searches and browses without authenticating then no floating license is used,
→ When an anonymous user displays a public asset details, then an available collaborator floating license is checked out,
→ When an authenticated user displays an asset, then a collaborator licence is checked out, unless you already have a publisher license from a previous action,
→ When an authenticated user modifies or submits an asset, then a publisher license is checked out ( and if a collaborator license was checked out, then it is check in )
→ When an authenticated user logs out, then the license is returned, for either collaborator or publisher, unless the user had other sessions,
For EE (Enterprise Edition) : each authorized user license is of one access type -> collaborator or Publisher
For SE (Standard Edition) : there is only one license type,
If the authorized user license is of type Collaborator, and the user attempts to modify or submit an asset, then an available Publisher license will be checked out.
Version 7.5 ( RAM ) includes the following enhancements and features:
Server licenses: Rational Asset Manager Enterprise Edition no longer requires the purchase of a server license, providing more flexibility in the deployment of clusters and stand-alone servers
Token licenses: Token licenses are now available. You can reduce deployment costs by sharing Token licenses across one or more Rational products.
How to reconcile the different editions & license types?
Help Help Help, I’ve got an error message and don’t know what to do!
We all know how frustrating it can be to encounter an error message and not know what to do to fix it. Please find error messages and their troubleshooting information below, collaborate with others to improve the product functionality without wasting a minute.
Error: Rational Asset Manager error: No valid license managers could be instantiated. There is an installation problem
Rational Asset Manager, Version 7.5 editions and licensing:
Rational Asset Manager, Version 184.108.40.206 release information:
Licensing model for client access licenses:
Article Author: Saurabh Tyagi
These are the top content reused during June to help solve your Rational Team Concert issues. Last month the following technotes were the most heavily reused when closing PMRs opened by you, our clients. We hope that highlighting them here will help others encountering the same or similar issues also find quick resolution:
Rational Team Concert Technotes:
Now that we are back from "rainy" Orlando, Fla. and a great VoiCE and Innovate, have you had further thoughts about the soon to release, Rational License Key Administration and Reporting Tool?
It was wonderful to meet so many of you in person at VoiCE and Innovate, and to hear your enthusiasm for this new licence feature. And, rest assured, the important feedback and suggestions you gave at VoiCE and Innovate have already been heard by our development teams. So, keep it coming!
If you walked away with further thoughts and suggestions from the VoiCE presentation or the Innovate Labs pedestal on the Rational License Key Administration and Reporting tool, please don't hesitate to reach out to me: email@example.com Or, you can leave your thoughts, here, as a comment response to this blog post.
If you did not attend VoiCE or Innovate, and have questions about the soon to release Rational License Key Administration and Reporting tool, you too should feel free to reach out to me, or contact your IBM Rational sales lead about the tool. If you are under an NDA, we can show you what was presented at Voice and Innovate prior to release.
Thanks, and I look forward to our continued collaboration on the new Rational License Key Administration and Reporting tool.
Author: Jane Balin, PHD.
Rational Team Concert 2.0 communication with Rational Quality Manager and Rational Requirements Composer 3.0
I started working as a Technical Support Engineer, initially on Telelogic Synergy/Change products, later on IBM Rational ClearCase for the past couple of years, and lately with IBM Rational CLM (Collaborative Lifecycle Management) solutions.