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How to do a silent install of IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT), or the RPT Load agent is a common topic. To do one on Linux is a bit trickier than on Microsoft Windows because most people are more familiar with Windows than Linux. Don't worry, it's still relatively easy and straight forward.
The approach I took was:
1. download IM 1.8.2 and the RPT 8.7 Agent repositories
2. copy from Windows machine to Linux machine using pscp, a Windows version of scp (secure copy)
3. install the standalone Installation Manager 1.8.2 for Linux
4. run that Installation Manager in GUI mode to create a response file needed for the silent install
5. then run Installation Manager from the command line using the response file generated in step 4 to install the agent silently.
Here's the steps
1. download IM 1.8.2 from http
2. copy to Linux machine, I'm copying to /tmp/IM182
3. unzip on Linux machine to /tmp/IM182
[root@citmx373 IM182]# unzip agen
4. install IM
[root@citmx373 IM182]# pwd
5. copy the agent to the Linux machine, I'm copying to /tmp/RPT87Agent
6. unzip it
[root@citmx373 RPT87Agent]# pwd
7. run IM in GUI mode to create a response file
[root@citmx373 eclipse]# pwd
8. Verify creation of response file
root@citmx373 eclipse]# ls /tmp
9. Do the silent install using the response file just created
[root@citmx373 eclipse]# pwd
10. Verify installation.
Check that the majordomo.config file exists and has the right hostname of the RPT workbench. Then check if the agent is started.
[root@citmx373 Majordomo]# pwd
11, Check agent status on RPT workbench by clicking on the agent status icon
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Page can't be displayed error during recording in RPT- This video demonstrates how to resolve a "this page can't be displayed" error that can occur with an IBM Rational Performance Tester recording if you do not have a RPT version that supports a specific TLS version.
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Customize a page percentiles report in Rational Performance Tester 8.6- This is a demonstration of customizing the percentiles in the Page Percentiles Report in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) V8.6. This video is also available for viewing and download in IBM Education Assi
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If you have encountered a Website security certificate error during HTTP recording in RPT, we have the solution for you in the embedded video below! In this video, Roja Ayyagary of Rational Client Support demonstrates how to resolve a website security certificate error that can occur during an HTTP recording in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT).
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First, make sure to have gone through the prerequisites for SAP testing. Refer the below link -
As you see in the link, you can have a maximum of only 50 virtual users on an agent for a SAP GUI test.
Beyond that, failures such as "connection errors", "SAP GUI Component not found" and "Invalid arguments" will start occurring during playback.
This is a result of how SAP has implemented the test automation API in SAP GUI.
Depending upon the script's complexity and the number of GUI components that are part of the script's scenario, it is likely that a script can be played back for only a lesser number of users. These limitations arise out of the SAP automation framework and not Rational Performance Tester (RPT) tool itself. The limitation holds good for other testing tools as well.
Since the limitation is on the on number of users per engine Java process, I tried setting up multiple agent engines in the same physical machine. This involved creation of multiple host aliases in the agent machine and then adding those hosts as locations to be used in user groups (Vertically Scaling an agent machine).
I personally saw that high capacity machine with multiple Agents did not resolve the issue.
Below are some recommendations while load testing a SAP GUI
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It''s becoming more and more common for secure websites to use stronger encryption. That's fine but when recording SSL traffic with Rational Performance Tester that stronger encryption level can prevent RPT from recording traffic from that site.
The solution is to install java policy files that allow use of the stronger encryption methods. This is explained in the the technote Enab
I'll walk you through the steps. The technote would have you start with step 1. But you can start with step 4.
1. The first link in the technote takes you to this link http
From here click on the Java SE 6 link
From here click on IBM SDK Policy Files
From here click on first ibm.com link under SR15
From here select Files for Java 5.0 SR16, Java 6 SR13, Java 6 SR5 (J9 VM2.6), Java 7 SR4, and all later releases and click on Continue
From here click on I agree and then I confirm
Make sure it says
Unrestricted JCE Policy files for the IBM SDK for Java
Then click on Download now
02/20/2015 03:08 PM 4,095 unre
Directory of C:\U
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Licensing can be confusing for Rational Performance Tester (RPT). Here's an overview of the various types of licenses for RPT along with their limitations.
1. 30 Day Trial
2. Rational Performance Tester or Rational Test Workbench Product Activation kit.
3. Rational Performance Tester or Rational Test Workbench PVU Activation kit
4. Rational Performance Tester or Rational Test Workbench Floating License
5. Virtual User licenses
6. Rational Performance Tester or Rational Test Workbench Floating License for PVU
7. Optional Protocol Extension Floating License
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Monitoring a virtual user during RPT schedule execution- This is a demonstration of setting up the monitoring of a virtual user during schedule execution in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) V8.6. This is helpful if you want to check on the status of a virtual user independent of the result of the entire schedule execution. You can find more information about this activity in the Rational Performance Tester docu
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The Rational Test Workbench family of products includes
These products have optional components and sometimes it's hard to figure out which package to down load to get everything needed for one of the products.
The components are available individually but they're also bundled into three offerings
RTW (Rational Test Workbench) Offering contains
RPTS (Rational Performance Test Server) Offering contains
RTVS (Rational Test Virtualization Server) Offering contains
Note that some of the individual products are available in two different offerings. In addition some of the optional components for a product requires obtaining two of the three offerings.
For example, to get Rational Performance Tester you'll want the Rational Test Workbench Offering and then the Rational Performance Tester Agent from either the RPTS or RTVS offering.
The complete set of four components for Rational Integration Tester are:
1. Rational Integration Tester (RIT)
2. Rational Integration Tester Agent (RITA)
3. Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack (RITPP)
4. Rational Tester Control Panel (RTCP)
It doesn't matter which offerings these components are obtained, as long as you get all four of them. For Rational Integration Tester customers I usually recommend getting the Rational Test Workbench offering which includes RIT, RITPP, RTCP, and then either the RPTS or RTVS component to get the Rational Integration Tester Agent.
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Datapool values duplicated when schedule is executed using multiple agents in RPT- This video demonstrates how to troubleshoot the issue in IBM Rational Performance Tester 8.5 where datapool values are duplicated when a schedule is executed using multiple agents. You can find the documentation referenced in the video about datapool options here
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Below are the links through which you can contact the RPT Support team
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IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) is a tool for automated performance testing of web and server based applications.
It allows users to create tests that mimic user transactions between an application client and server.
RPT captures data at the protocol level and supports applications based on the below protocols:
During test execution, these transactions are replicated in parallel to simulate a large transaction load on the server. Server response time measurements are collected to identify the presence and cause of any potential application bottlenecks.
RPT test playback does not invoke the client of the application you are testing. RPT does load testing only on the server (no testing is done against the client).
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A scenario where the contents of a PDF document was being datapooled (Eg. Name, address etc) using IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT).
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A scenario where, the IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) recording showed the message: 'This program cannot display the webpage'.
The script also had the required certificates in place.
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What is an IP alias
IP aliasing is associating more than one IP address to a network interface.
IP aliasing in RPT
By default, when you run a schedule, each virtual user has the same IP address. However, you can make each virtual user appear as though it is running on its own host. To do this, you configure IP aliases on the host computer (RPT workbench), and enable IP aliasing in the schedule. When you run the schedule, the network traffic will appear to be generated by multiple hosts.
To avoid IP conflicts, the IPs have to be legitimate, available within the same subnet, and blocked for distribution.
Configuring IP aliases for a remote Windows location
To make it appear that a virtual user has its own IP address during a schedule run, configure IP aliases for each Windows remote location.
Now, when you run the schedule, it will give the impression that the network traffic is being generated from multiple hosts.
Note: To add multiple IP aliases, use the netsh command, as shown in the following example:
The ntcmds.chm file, typically located in C:\WINDOWS\Help, contains more details about the netsh command. When you are finished with the IP aliases, use the following command to remove them:
You can also use a batch file to add and delete the aliases.
Enabling virtual users to use IP aliases
After you have configured aliases at on remote computers, you set the schedule so that the virtual users can use the configured IP aliases.
To set the schedule so that the virtual users will use the IP aliases during a run:
Assignment of IP addresses for each virtual user in RPT
When IP aliases is enabled, it is expected that each virtual users have unique IP address available in order to emulate unique virtual users. However in some circumstances the number of IP address available may be less than the number of virtual users.
The answer to this is, when the location has IP aliasing enabled, RPT will ask the agent computer how many IP addresses it has available. It is up to you to have already configured the computer with these IP addresses. By default, RPT will use all IPv4 (but not IPv6) address available. You can also restrict the selection to IP addresses on particular interfaces.
If there are more virtual users on the location than there are IP addresses (which would normally be the case), RPT will distribute the virtual users evenly (more or less) across the available IP addresses. For example, if your location has IP addresses 192.22.22.02, 192.22.22.03, and 192.22.22.04 and you ran 10 users on the location, you would have a distribution similar to:
192.22.22.02: Users 1, 4, 7, 10
192.22.22.03: Users 2, 5, 8
192.22.22.04: Users 3, 6, 9
Identifying the originating IP address for each Virtual Tester
By default, when you run multiple Virtual Testers the originating IP address will be the IP address of the system hosting the individual Virtual Tester. However, RPT does have a feature (IP Aliasing) that allows you to assign a specific set of IP addresses per Virtual Tester (See the topic ‘Emulating network traffic from multiple hosts’ in RPT online help). If you have IP aliasing set up, there are two ways to verify the originating IP address.
You can see the IP address that a virtual Tester is using by setting the Test Log level of your schedule to ‘All’ and then checking the Extended Properties of a request in the Test Log after a playback. The originating address of the virtual user will appear as the "Local IP Address".
Alternatively, there is a custom code class outlined in the RPT online help (Extending Rational Performance Tester Functionality -> Custom Code Examples -> Retrieving the IP address of a Virtual user) that you can add to your test/schedule that will obtain the IP address
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IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) 8.6 onwards, the IBM information center for user assistance is known as IBM Knowledge Center (KC). A KC is a central location for finding and organizing information about IBM products.
Below are the links for the knowledge centers:
Documentation with respect to all the older versions of RPT are also listed as seen above.
Few highlights of KC
1. Narrowing search results by selecting products
If a general search provides too many results, reduce the scope of the search to one or more products. You can also click Add Products... under the search field to add more than one product. Click Done to apply your search scope. Only results from the version, product, or products that you selected are returned. The product you selected is shown on the search bar.
2. Other search tools
To find information more quickly, limit your search results by defining filtering options under Search Results. Only the search results that match your filter selections are returned. In addition to using products, you can filter your search results in the following ways:
Date range : See only topics added or changed in the last week, month, or year, or define your own range of dates.
Tasks : Limit results to specific task types, such as installing, migrating, or troubleshooting. Only documents that are defined as that task type are included in search results. Results might be incomplete if some documents have not been assigned task types.
Operating systems : Limit your search to documents that are relevant for the selected operating system and version.
3. Signing in
To add comments to topics, rate topics, save searches, or create your own collections, sign in to IBM Knowledge Center. Click Sign In in the title bar to open the window where you provide your ibm.com ID and password. Your IBM ID is typically an email address. If you do not have an IBM ID, click Register to apply for one.
4. Adding comments
IBM encourages you to add comments to topics. You are welcome to ask questions, offer suggestions, or provide your own hints for success. However, before you do, please read the IBM Knowledge Center Terms and Conditions. IBM tries to ensure that all content on its sites is respectful of people and laws. We need your cooperation to make that happen.
To add public comments to any topic in IBM Knowledge Center, click the Add Comment link. Provide a title that identifies the problem that you are identifying or the suggestion that you are making. Be aware that after you click Submit, your comment is part of the page for all readers to see. You will not be able to edit or delete the message after it is submitted.
5. Creating your own set of topics with My Collections
Print collection or generate pdf and save the file (only from My collections)
6. Sharing topics
From any topic, click Share, and then select how you want to share a link to the Knowledge Center topic.
7. Viewing content in your own language
By default, IBM Knowledge Center shows content in the language that is specified in the Languages setting for your browser. For example, if your browser is set to French, then you see French content if it exists. If content does not exist in your preferred language, that content is shown in English. You can also set your language preference in IBM Knowledge Center by selecting a language from the language list.
To see which other languages are available for a topic, select the topic and click the language name at the end of the topic.
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In Rational Performance Tester (RPT) 8.6, new feature has been implemented with respect to datapool substitution in the Page Title. As and when the page title is executed during the run the datapool candidate is replaced with the iteration number.
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A scenario where a web application was recorded using Rational Performance Tester (RPT).
After playback, data correlation errors were noticed in spite of manually creating the references. Upon analyzing the server responses, it was noted that some of the responses were sent in binary format.
Data correlation cannot be done on the response content if the data is in binary. The response should be in readable format to implement data correlation.
The below steps were followed and the script was re-recorded:
Open RPT Workbench -> Select 'Window' -> 'Preferences' -> Select 'Test' -> 'Test Generation' -> Select all the check boxes and record again.
The server responses after the above settings looked fine, however, the correlation errors still remained. Upon further investigation, it was noticed that the users ran into trouble at the "Home - Portal" page.
Instead of getting redirected to http
It was also noticed that the initial URL was rather odd, it had a jsessionid incorporated in it:
Usually the initial URL is rather generic, something like
The concern here is, Incorporating the jessesion (8AF54....) value in the URL for all the virtual users, the playback sessions for the multi-user playback are not fully differentiated by the server.
The issue was resolved by using a different URL without specific information like above.
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Troubleshoot the error "No successful contact, Check Agents Failed" in RPT 8.5- This video shows you you can troubleshoot this error message in IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5: "Agent ... not ready, time of last contact: No successful contact. Check Agents Failed"
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Attempts to log-in to the Secured web application while recording in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) may led to the message - 'This Connection is Untrusted'.
The message is seen because, RPT acts as a proxy between the browser and the server application to record the data exchange. When a Secured page is recorded using RPT, the RPT proxy certificate is presented to the browser leading to the above message.
Creating and installing a digital certificate will help you get rid of the above message during RPT recording.
The digital certificates feature enables you to run tests against servers that use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for applications that require client-side digital certificates to authenticate users.
A digital certificate is a file that binds a public cryptographic key with an identity (a user or an organization). Trusted certificate authorities issue digital certificates, which are then used to authenticate users and organizations for access to websites, email servers, and other secure systems. A certificate store is an archive file that contains almost any number of digital certificates, possibly certificates that are issued from different certificate authorities.
Creating a Digital certificate store
A digital certificate store can be created using the 'keytool' utility.
You will find the keytool utility file in the RPT_
Navigate to the below directory through the command prompt -
Type the following command and press enter
my_certificate is an alias for your certificate in the key store. You may never use it, but every new certificate in your key store must have its own alias.
The certificate generation process will prompt you to enter some information about you. This information will be saved in the certificate. At the end you will have to confirm the entered information.
Once the information is confirmed, you will be prompted to enter the password. Enter the password given in the above command -
At the end you will find the new key store file my_keystore.pfx in your current directory.
Importing a Digital certificate into RPT
Import the certificate into the RPT project before recording.
Click on 'File' > 'Import' > 'General' > 'File system'. Import the required certificates into the project in RPT.
Imported certificates can now be used during RPT recording and playback -
Once you have the certificates in place, you may start recording a test with digital certificates. The below IBM info center link has details on recording a test with digital certificates:
IBM info center link with details on Playing back a test with Digital certificates:
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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
What's new in version 8.6
What's new in version 8.5.1
What's new in Rational Performance Tester and Rational Service Tester for SOA Quality 8.5
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:
Software Support Lifecycle link -
The IBM Software Support Lifecycle policy specifies the length of time support will be available for IBM software from when the product is available for purchase to the time the product is no longer supported. IBM software customers can use this site to track how long their version and release of a particular IBM software product will be supported. Using the information on this site, customers will be able to effectively plan their software investment, without any gaps in supp
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A scenario may occur where the IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) recording always shows blank pages in the browser panel (Window -> Show view -> Protocol data -> Browser).
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 -
Imposing Multiple Verification Points to validate a response content of web service call under IBM Rational Performance Tester
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Here's a quick requirement scenario on testing Verification points for a web service response (which is XML in nature) in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) v18.104.22.168
There are two different set of responses for one request. Based on whether the service has passed/failed, two entirely different xml will be returned. As of now you have a contain verification point to validate if the service has passed but the requirement is to add a condition so that when the response fails even that can be validated through the same scripts. Since conditional statements or multiple verification points are not allowed on same tag/response, this becomes a challenging task.
The best fit is to write a custom code that will help to address this use-case. To have this working:
1) Turn the XML answer of the web service into a Text Answer
2) Then it is possible to create a field reference on the full answer, as shown below.
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System Requirements for Rational Performance Tester
Installing Rational Performance Tester and Rational Performance Tester Agent
Some of the Frequently asked questions (FAQ) during RPT Installation
Title: Installing Rational Performance Tester 8.5 on Windows 64-bit
Question: How do you install IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) 8.5, Rational Performance Tester Agent 8.5, and Rational License Key Administrator (LKAD) 8.1.3 on Microsoft Windows 64-bit?
Answer: On 64-bit machines, running the launchpad from the RPT Setup download will result in an error when installing the 32 bit LKAD 8.1.3 which is listed under "Install Optional Products" on the launchpad menu. This is because launchpad will launch and install the 64-bit Installation Manger which cannot be used to install LKAD 8.1.3.
To avoid this issue. use a 32-bit version of Installation Manager to install the LKAD, RPT 8.5, and RPT Agent 8.5.
The following steps assume that no other Rational software is on the machine and that the LKAD, RPT, and RPT Agent are being installed for the first time as opposed to performing an upgrade from a previous release.
In addition, the following steps will include basic installation verification steps.
1. Download the repositories for LKAD, RPT, and RPT Agent:
IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 Setup Multiplatform Mult
IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 Core Part 1 Multiplatform Multilingual (CINW7ML)
RPT 8.5 Agent:
IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent Controller V8.5 Part 1 Multiplatform Mult
2. unzip the files to a temporary directory, e.g. C:\temp2
Directory of C:\temp2
10/28/2013 12:58 PM <DIR> .
10/28/2013 12:58 PM <DIR> ..
10/28/2013 11:33 AM <DIR> LKAD_SETUP
10/28/2013 11:35 AM <DIR> RPT
10/28/2013 11:36 AM <DIR> RPTAGENT_SETUP
10/28/2013 11:42 AM <DIR> RPT_SETUP
3. Install LKAD 8.1.3
Run launchpad from this LKAD_SETUP\disk1 directory as administrator
Click on Install or Update IBM Rational License Key Administrator
This will install Installation Manager 1.5.2 first, then LKAD 8.1.3.
After Installation Manage is installed click on Restart Installation Manager, then click on Install to install the LKAD 8.1.3
After installation of the LKAD 8.1.3, both the Installation Manager and launchpad applications can be closed
4. Install RPT 8.5 workbench
Run launchpad from the RPT_SETUP directory as administrator
Click on Install IBM Rational Performance Tester
This will first update Installation Manager from 1.5.2 to 22.214.171.124 which is required to install RPT
If using PVU licensing then check IBM Rational Test Workbench Process Value Unit (PVU) support otherwise leave it unchecked.
After installing, click Finish to exit Installation Manager. The launchpad application can be closed at this time.
5. Install the RPT Agent
Run launchpad from the RPTA
Click on Install IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent
Enter the hostname of the RPT workbench machine. Any of the following forms can be used
For this example we'll use "localhost". Although the install will proceed if this field is left blank, the RPT agent still needs to be configured to point to a RPT workbench machine. This can be done after installation by modifying the majordomo.config file of the agent. However, it's easier to enter the hostname now than it is to configure it after installation.
At this prompt choose the default option IBM Rational Performance Tester - for use with the Virtual Tester Pack floating license in IBM Rational Performance Tester if you plan to use floating licenses or the product activation kit.
Choose the second option IBM Rational Performance Test Server - for use with IBM Rational Test Workbench if using PVU licensing.
After installation of the RPT Agent the launchpad application can be closed
Installation of the RPT Agent can be verified by checking services to confirm the majordomo service is running
6. Import product activation kit
If using a product activation kit instead of floating licensing, then perform the following steps to import the product activation kit
If using floating license support instead of an activation kit, then perform the following steps
The LKAD application can be closed at this time
8. Verify installation
Start Rational Performance Tester - Full Eclipse
Use the default workspace.
RPT should start with no error messages about licenses.
Click on the Agent Status icon on the toolbar directly under the Search command
The RPT Agent should have a status of "Ready". If it doesn't, then check the majordomo.config file, the default location is "C:\Program File
Title: Creating a silent installation script for Rational Performance Tester 8.5 on Windows 64 bit
Question: What is the procedure for silently installing IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) 8.5, Rational Performance Tester Agent 8.5, and Rational License Key Administrator (LKAD) 8.1.3 on Windows 64 bit machines?
Answer: On 64 bit machines, running the launchpad from the RPT Setup download will result in an error when installing the 32 bit LKAD 8.1.3 which is listed under "Install Optional Products" on the launchpad menu. This is because launchpad will launch and install the 64 bit Installation Manger which cannot be used to install LKAD 8.1.3.
The same issue will be present if trying to silently install the 32 bit LKAD 8.1.3 if using a 64 bit Installation Manager. To avoid this issue we will use a 32 bit version of Installation Manager to install the LKAD and RPT 8.5, and RPT Agent 8.5
In addition we'll use our own Installation Manager and not the one provided in RPT Setup. This will give us the additional capability to install IM itself silently
1. Download the repositories for Installation Manager, RPT, RPT Agent, and LKAD:
Installation Manager 126.96.36.199 32 bit for Windows
RPT 8.5 Agent:
2. unzip the files to a temporary directory, e.g. C:\temp3
10/09/2013 02:30 PM <DIR> .
10/09/2013 02:30 PM <DIR> ..
10/09/2013 02:28 PM <DIR> agen
09/20/2013 02:35 PM <DIR> LKAD_SETUP
09/20/2013 02:35 PM <DIR> RPT
09/20/2013 02:41 PM <DIR> RPTAGENT_SETUP
3. Install IM 188.8.131.52
4. Record a response file to be used for future silent installs
C:\Program Files (x86
Notes: during this recording I did the following steps:
The directory "C:\
5. Install RPT, RPT Agent, and LKAD using the newly created response file
C:\Program Files (x86
RPT, RPT Agent, LKAD will be installed successfully. C:\temp3\silent.log can be checked for any errors
Please find the response file used during silent install in the below link -
Title: How to do a manual upgrade of Rational Performance Tester
Question: What are the prerequisites for manually upgrading IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT)?
It is recommended to install the latest version of IBM Installation Manager before upgrading. To update the IBM Installation Manager automatically, you click
File > Preferences > Update. Then select Search for Installation Manager updates.
WITHOUT INTERNET CONNECTION
If your RPT computer is not connected to the Internet, you can find each update packages for RPT and IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent (RPT Agent) at the following URLs.
Starting with version 184.108.40.206, update packages of RPT and RPT Agent can be downloaded from IBM Fix Central.
The following steps describe how you upgrade manually.
An update package of type RPT v.w.x.y is an update package to RPT v.w.x. Thus for such update (v.w.x.y), you need to download RPT v.w.x as well as v.w.x.y. You can not apply v.w.x.y directly on v.w.
The same applies to v.w.x . This is an update package to v.w. Thus you need to have v.w for this update to apply.
Let's say you have RPT 8.2.0 and wish to update to RPT 220.127.116.11.
In that case, you need to download both 8.2.1 and 18.104.22.168 update packages.
It is recommended to download and install the latest version of IBM Installation Manager before doing your manual upgrade of RPT or RPT Agent.
You can find IBM Installation Manager packages on the IBM FTP server. These IBM Installation Manager archive files are full installation packages, not updates.
Starting with IBM Installation Manager 1.5.2, full installation packages can be downloaded from Fix Central. You need to pick All Software to find IBM Installation Manager in the product list.
Title: How to change the default JMS libraries in IBM Rational Performance Tester
Question: How do you configure IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) Extension for SOA Quality to use third-party JMS libraries?
Answer: Here are the detailed steps to configure your RPT installation for messaging libraries other than WebSphere libraries.
Title: Manually uninstalling Rational Performance Tester version 8.0 and later
Question: What are the steps to remove IBM® Rational® Performance Tester 8.0 (and later) manually from a Microsoft® Windows® computer or a Linux® computer, if it was installed from IBM Installation Manager?
Answer: To uninstall Rational Performance Tester, do the following:
First Method: Installation Manager
If you installed Rational Performance Tester (RPT) using Installation Manager (IM), try to uninstall RPT by using IM. To do this, from the IM main window, click Uninstall, select RPT, and follow the instructions in the wizard. If you cannot uninstall RPT using IM, perform the following steps to manually uninstall RPT.
Second Method: Manual Alternative
Note: Do not attempt to manually uninstall RPT unless you have been unsuccessful using Installation Manager to uninstall RPT, or you have been unsuccessful in later attempts to install RPT.
First, stop the Data Collection Infrastructure (DCI) and Rational Agent Controller (RAC) services. To learn how to stop these services, see the following technote: Manually uninstalling IBM® Rational® Agent Controller or IBM® Data Collection Infrastructure.
Next, on Windows, stop any Rational Quality Manager (RQM) services that are running. To stop RQM services, open a command prompt, and then navigate to the following directory:
In that directory, from the command prompt type the following:
Finally, delete the following folders.
Title: Silent install of IBM Rational Performance Tester or IBM Rational Service Tester hotfixes
Question: IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) and IBM Rational Service Tester (RST) hotfixes are provided as update site packages. The installation usually requires to launch RPT or RST then install the hotfix through Help -> Install New Software. How to silently install such update site hotfixes ?
Answer: For Full Eclipse:
where <repository site> is the location where you have extracted the hotfix and <fea
Title: RPT in Linux 64 bit running in 64 bit mode
Question: Is IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) supported on 64 bit running in 64 bit mode?
Answer: Yes, RPT is supported on 64 bit hosts running in 64 bit mode.
Title: Supported Citrix environments for Rational Performance Tester
Question: What are the Citrix server and client environments supported by IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) Extension for Citrix ?
Answer: Rational Performance Tester supports Citrix clients going from version 9 to 11 and Citrix server versions: 4, 4.5 and 5.
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Troubleshoot the error "no remote agents in contact" in Rational Performance Tester 8.5- This is a troubleshooting video that covers the error "There are no remote agents in contact with this workbench" in IBM Rational Performance Tester 8.5.
Soumya Y Shanthimohan 270004GAQS Visits (1716)
A scenario where it looked like IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) was not capturing the 'Refresh' actions. While trying to record a SAP Business Objects session using RPT through Internet Explorer, there were many application triggered 'Refresh' that took place.
The 'Refresh' process would take sometime to end and it appeared like a progress window, as seen below -
RPT was capturing the actions when the 'Refresh' button was manually clicked by the user. However, it looked like RPT was not capturing the actions when the application triggered the 'Refresh' action.
The server replies for the above requests were as below -
There are several such exchanges until the refresh had ended.
Interestingly, it was noticed that the same request was sent again and again during the active session of the "Refresh" progress window. Looking at the server replies, one would think that RPT is not capturing the 'Refresh' actions triggered by the application.
It seemed to be a little confusing looking at the the Client requests with empty html pages and its corresponding server replies. However, after analyzing the requests and corresponding responses, it could be noticed that the RPT script was simulating the below request by looping on -
Until the server could send -
It was also noticed that the Client was sending empty.html requests every 20 seconds until the Server returned a response to the initial POST request.
There was nothing "missing" in the test!!
You can notice that there is a POST request for 'processPromps.jsp' and a GET request for 'report.jsp. The request "report.jsp" might have been sent too soon. RPT will in fact wait until the initial POST's response is received before sending the report.jsp request since the dynamic data (such as the sEntry value) in the report.jsp URL are being extracted from the POST's response. Thus, the playback will automatically have the correct sync
Dymanic value contents affecting the placement of loops during script execution under IBM Rational Performance Tester.
vjagadeesh 2700063KJN Visits (1246)
In a given scenario under IBM Rational Performance Tester, assume that the token ID’s and User session ID’s are present in the request as dynamic values. These values would thereby be present throughout the requests in the script.
Once the script is recorded, The transactions are segregated where the login and logout are placed outside the loop and remaining transactions are placed within a loop, which are run for multiple iterations.
Sometimes, these dynamic values present within the loop might not get addressed by the server correctly . Response content got from the server could appear blank. This happens as the server expects the sessions to be different. However in this case it would be that the same dynamic content is being passed in the requests and the server does not acknowledge with a response.
This could be addressed by placing the login and logout transactions within the loop. Doing so, the logout removes the old dynamic values and login creates new value.