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The new Rational License Key Administration and Reporting tool has released! Download the tool for free today, and start reporting against your usage of IBM Rational Products.
The reporting feature of the new Rational License Key Administration and Reporting tool generate license usage reports for IBM Rational Products using Flexlm and Jazz (CLM) licensing technologies. It provides reports on the use of floating and token licenses, including:
Some of the new administration features of the tool include:
For more information on downloading, installing, configuring, and using the new Rational License Key Administration and Reporting tool, see:
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We'll be back tomorrow with more great content focused on helping you get the most out of IBM Rational Support and your IBM Rational products!
For now.... It is that time of year when many Americans roll out that one last big blow-out barbecue party before the summer comes to a close and we look toward welcoming winter, albeit a bit trepidatiously. While the holiday has indeed come to symbolize the end of summer for many of us (it isn't, summer doesn't end until September 22), it started and remains as an American federal holiday to honor the worker; a day when we recognize the contributions of the American worker by relaxing and eating lots of BBQ
All this, of course, means your loyal blog admins are off galavanting (or just sitting on the sofa) and not actively working today. But that doesn't mean we don't have some good content for you! In this case, it is a video from IBM Electronic Support guiding us all on how to download software from the Fix Central repositories.
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This is a re-print from the original post by Jason O'Donnell on www.waywardcelt.com which ran on August 20th:
The number one barrier that prevents people from engaging in social business is their fear of saying the wrong thing.
Addressing that issue has proven difficult as it involves so many variables and is deeply rooted in the individual’s own psychology. It is a myriad of obstacles that get in the way of engagement here, any one of which can be the one issue that prevents someone from playing in social media, or it could be a complex web of issues woven to prevent adoption. For me, the solution was two-fold:
Luckily, I have a wonderful tool to help guide me in the social media world as I interact and engage in valuable conversation. The IBM Social computing guidelines give me the framework to avoid saying the wrong things on-line and provides you with the same benefit:
Quoted below from the IBM Social Computing Guidelines with my own bold highlights for emphasis:
Take a moment and also real the Detailed Discussion section of the IBM Social Computing Guidelines here, as it will explain some of the above in better and clearer terms than I am capable.
Once you have a handle on the social computing guidelines, life becomes so much easier... but even then, you or your employees may still be hesitant to start sharing, or think they don’t have anything to say... that’s okay. After creating your account, go find a few people to follow then start listening to how they are interacting. Take the next step by highlighting some of the ideas or information you find that you agree with and reshare those. After a while you’ll start to really get a feel for what you want to be saying and how to say it effectively as well.
Lastly, and this may seem overly simplistic though it is true: don’t worry about making a mistake. If you are playing in the social spaces you will make a mistake; but that’s okay too. Acknowledge when it happens and make your correction as soon as you can. In this way you can own your words and your mistake. This behaviour makes all the difference between a big or small mistake; between something that blows up or blows past.
Remember that social business is no different from any other interaction in the core values. If you pick up a phone or respond to emails in a professional capacity you can engage in social business as well. You have the trust of your company behind you, all you need now is the same trust in yourself and your success will be imminent! Just remember to follow the social computing guidelines, especially so if you share something you disagree with...
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Applying Scrum Process Methods in Rational Team Concert, Part 1- Applying Scrum Process Methods in Rational Team Concert with Rational technical specialist Jeff Hanson.
Applying Scrum Process Methods in Rational Team Concert, Part 2- The second half of the webcast on Applying Scrum Process Methods in Rational Team Concert with Rational technical specialist Jeff Hanson.
More information on this topic can be found at:
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Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since August 15th! We present these links below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously miss
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The folks over at Jazz.net have been busy this month! Check out all the great content brought to you in August through the Jazz.net technical library! And don't forget that you can get a t-shirt if you submit an article!
Use approvals to enforce test driven development, code reviews and integration testing in Rational Team Concert
Execute JUnit test scenarios with Rational Quality Manager
Supported Rational Connector for SAP Solution Manager Topologies
Workarounds: Web client and server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.3 and Rational DOORS Next Generation 4.0.3
Workarounds: Web Client and Server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.2 and DOORS Next Generation 4.0.2
Workarounds: Web Client and Server problems in Rational Requirements Composer 4.0.1 and DOORS Next Generation 4.0.1
Agile DevOps: Build a DevOps dashboard
Collaborative Lifecycle Management 4.0.4 Online Help (in progress)
In the Jazz.net library you can:
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Finding content and information about your IBM Rational products- Here is a video from IBM Innovate 2013 that is an overview of finding content and information across different offerings of IBM.com and Jazz.net.
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If there is a need to know the cipher used by CLM applications or RTC and the level of encryption used for web-clients, this blog should be of some help.
Cipher refers to the algorithm used for performing encryption and decryption of the data.
Generally, SSL (Secure Socket Layer) is used for data encryption, decryption and transmission using certificates or smart cards. However, this also depends on the kind of Application server being used. Based on the kind of application server in use, the respective product documentation should have the details on the cipher used.
Websphere Application Server, Apache Tomcat
a. For Internet Explorer, login to RTC and then right click on the web-page --> Properties;
b. For Firefox web-browser, if one hovers and clicks on the padlock symbol prior to URI in the address bar, say before https: //ho
So, if the RTC/CLM installation is based on Websphere Application Server (v7.0), the site supports a minimum cipher strength of 168 bit encryption. This, can be confirmed by looking into the properties for ccm application web-page and the application server documentation.
By default, using the Apache Tomcat application server the site supports a minimum cipher strenght of 128 bit encr
The cipher indicates that the data is encrypted between the Internet browser and the Server. It doesn’t encrypt the data on the database itself.
This is what is behind the HTTPS protocol and is managed by the Application server. RTC is only an application installed on top of Jazz, which is installed on WebSphere.
Here is the link for the WebSphere v 7.0 documentation - About "TLS 1.0, 3DES with 168 bit encryption (High)". This explains SSL Version 3 and TLS Version 1.0 cipher specifications: http
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UrbanCode offers capabilities for application release automation (ARA), complementing IBM's DevOps solutions, enabling clients to more rapidly deliver mobile, cloud, big data analytics and traditional applications. More info can be found at: http
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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:
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As many of us are in the last weeks of summer break, getting ready to head back to school or get the kids ready, we're still pushing headlong forwards to make sure you get the best information you need to get your job done and get it done right the first time. Our awesome developerWorks authors are always focused on producing the right information you need... so here you go, the following articles and trials went live last week on developerWorks Rational:
Use Rational Quality Manager to manage lab assets in virtual environments
Manage test data more effectively with Rational Quality Manager 4.0.1
Create an automation framework for an HTML-based application
UML Model Metric Analysis rules-based generation of class diagrams
Rapid JPA development with Rational Application Developer
Reconcile, a new feature in Rational Quality Manager
IBM Rational Quality Manager
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Webcast: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
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Once again, here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since July 23rd! We present these links below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products.... Plus, don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see any of the fixes you may have previously missed:
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Profiling C/C++, Java and COBOL with Performance Advisor- This video demonstrates how to use Rational Developer for AIX and Linux 9.0 to profile multiple languages, such as C/C++, Java™ and COBOL with Performance Advisor.
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Sanjeev Sharma blogged on his personal site a few weeks back about the presentation he did for the
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Follow-up Tests with Reports/Queries in Rational Quality Manager- Rational Quality Manager includes reporting and querying capabilities to help you stay informed about the status of your project. Use these wherever you are in the test effort to gather in-depth information on things like test case and test script states, testing coverage, test execution progress, and overall project health.
And as a bonus, This video demos how to customize the menu in Rational Quality Manager 4.0.3: IBM Rational Quality Manager v4.0.3: Customizing Menus
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Here's a great three part series in the developerWorks Technical Library on Server-side mobile application development with IBM Worklight:
Part 1: IBM Worklight adapter integration with Java business logic
This part demonstrates how to extend and transform existing server-side business logic assets to the mobile domain without re-e
Developing and testing a JPA-exposed RESTFul service application in Rational Application Developer for WebSphere, using that to create an application logic package as a library to use in mobile application development, and using Worklight Studio to develop and test a server-side mobile application component to use that library.
About the Author:
Bhargav Perepa is a WebSphere architect and IT specialist in the IBM Federal Software Group in Washington DC area. Previously, he was a developer in the Austin WebSphere Development Lab and had Smalltalk and C++ development experience at IBM Chicago. Bhargav holds a master's degree in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a master's in business administration (MBA) from the University of Texas, Austin.
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The IBM Rational Licensing Support Team members are conducting Open Mic sessions that cover different aspects of Rational licensing and are helpful to those looking for more information on the topic. Here is an summary of the Open Mic events coming up.
Feel free to to nominate yourselves, or any members from your team who are interested in taking part in these sessions by entering the details in the Open Mic registration page.
For more information on these and other sessions, see the Rati
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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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Need to package and deploy with RTC? This article on Jazz.net explains how to use the IBM i packaging and deployment capabilities of Rational Team Concert 4.0.
Here's the quick contents overview to show you the breadth and scope of the article:
For more information:
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It may be a slow time of the year for a lot of us in-between all the holidays, vacations, and general time-off relaxing during these summer months, we're still focused on getting you the right content when you need it, to help drive your business forward to success. To that end, the following items went live on developerWorks Rational this week:
How to move an existing CICS application to a smartphone
Deploy Rational Reporting for Development Intelligence 2.0.3 to a federated WebSphere environment
Rational Developer for System z
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Overview of Mobile Test Automation for Android Apps in Rational Test Workbench- IBM Rational Test Workbench: mobile application testing solution for Android OS Applications.
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DevOps helps establish easier, quicker handoffs from planning and development to deployment and other siloed areas. In this complimentary series of webcasts, we’ll discuss this collaborative approach for continuous software delivery, and how IBM integrated development and operations tools and processes can help optimize the entire lifecycle of your applications. Join us to learn about the DevOps architecture and how the IBM suite of development and operations products reduce the hops and stops on the continuous track of software delivery with end-to-end collaborative software innovation.
With the DevOps approach, organizations can:
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts as seen below. All sessions are one hour in length, beginning at 11 a.m. EDT / 3:00 p.m. GMT / UTC
August 7: IBM DevOps Solution: Accelerating the delivery of multiplatform applications
Mobile, social, big data and cloud technologies are driving the demand for new, faster and more frequent approaches to software delivery across all platforms, middleware and devices. The goal is to push out significantly more features in each release and get more releases out the door with confidence, while maintaining compliance and quality. Amid these demands and goals are some common problems – or gaps– with software delivery that need to be mitigated.
In this session, IBM executives will discuss how IBM DevOps solution addresses culture, process and tools integration across the software delivery lifecycle - spanning distributed and mainframe environments. They will provide updates on the latest IBM System z tools and middleware offerings, and introduce the recent IBM acquisition of UrbanCode.
August 14: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous business planning to get cost out and agility in
Do you know what you have, what it is worth to your business and what that return is costing you? Are you able to respond to business needs and customer demand in a timely manner while also managing the cost to deliver that value? In this webcast, you’ll learn about actionable strategies and techniques to get more out of your existing investments. Our experts will discuss how you can transform your application portfolio to reduce maintenance and development lifecycle costs and improve the decisions you make about technology investments.
September 4: IBM DevOps Solution: Collaborative development to spark innovation and integration among teams
Application development cannot be sustained in disjointed silos. New mobile, social, big data and analytics projects demand a development process that is fast, integrated, creative and affordable. Your teams need to work closely with one another, regardless of the deployment platform used to run the components of those applications. The needs of your business change quickly, too, making it necessary to re-prioritize work quickly and shift resources to different projects efficiently. With advanced, productive and unified development environments and middleware from Rational and CICS, you can apply talent across boundaries and keep the focus on innovation and high-quality code development and test.
September 11: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous testing to save costs and improve application quality
As teams move more quickly to meet customer demands, they need ways to ensure quality while keeping deliveries on time and costs under control. These challenges can be met by automating manual, repetitive tasks, including build, regression testing, integration testing, problem determination and functional validation. Further benefits can be realized by virtualizing services that are external to applications under test. Join us and learn how to get started with automated testing and debugging, as you learn valuable service virtualization techniques.
September 18: IBM DevOps Solution: Continuous release and deployment to compress delivery cycles
Manual processes and efforts to deliver software changes across an enterprise are notoriously risky, costly, and error-prone. Today’s applications are complex, and multi-tiered, where deployment often consists of orchestrated changes to multiple subsystems and can involve multiple teams of specialists, with a shrinking release window. New deployment models and tools have come into play that help streamline collaboration between teams, standardize and automate repeatable tasks, thereby increasing deployment quality and repeatability while reducing risk and cost. This new generation of release, deployment and provisioning tools helps you improve your processes today, while positioning you for an easy jump to next-generation systems management in the future, saving days or even weeks of effort for every deployment. Attend this session to discover strategies for application release automation and some new tools that can help.
Register today for the entire series, or for any of the individual webcasts.
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Are you following us on your preferred social channel? Did you know we've recently launched a GooglePlus and Tumblr blog? While no channel is meant to be a catch-all, we want to get you the information you want and need in the channels you are most comfortable with. Do you find twitter is the best place to find our content and engage with us? Follow us there! Twitter not your style but rather you prefer Facebook? We're posting there as well to help you find the right information at the right time! Check out our news document linked below to see all the channels on which we're active and follow us on the ones you're most comfortable with:
Without losing sight of the work we do in the newer social channels, we also want to ensure you don't forget about some of the most effective community based channels out there surrounding Rational products and topics. Finding answers from previous questions, or even direct community based help with your own specific question can be a great way to leverage the collective wisdom, but even better is when you can join in the conversations and share your own expertise to help others.
While the above are great resources for truly social support with clients and IBMers alike all participating, we also recognize that this isn't a complete list of all the forums or social channels out there. Is your favourite one missing? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the list! Or, do you have some other favourite method for finding answers or sharing answers which we haven't touched on? We'd love to hear about those as well!
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BlueMix enables you to rapidly build, rapidly deploy, and easily manage cloud applications, while using services and frameworks available in a cloud environment to deliver systems of engagement. Sign up to start exploring the BlueMix public cloud environment.
Project ICAP is a set of pre-release technologies being developed as part of the BlueMix initiative. It includes integrated tools and runtimes, open services, and cloud deployment. You can use it to quickly deploy systems of engagement that are innovative and easy to manage.
Mobile Cloud Services are middleware capabilities designed to be consumed by mobile apps and to help speed up app development. Features include platform-agnostic development, lightweight consumability via REST APIs, easy developer on-ramp via SDKs, and hidden server-side complexity.
JazzHub, powered by Rational Jazz technology, is a cloud-based software development environment. It helps you develop and collaborate on software projects in the cloud - with task tracking, agile planning, and integrated source control - giving you everything you need to develop your next app, feature, or product.
Big SQL is new technology from IBM that provides SQL access to data in Hadoop (HDFS and HBase). Apply to participate in the Big SQL Technology Preview program. You will get access to a free course on BigD
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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.
Article Author: Ashok Rao
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These are the top content reused during June to help solve your Rational Change, Rational Focal Point, and Rational Quality Manager 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:
IBM Rational Change:
IBM Rational Focal Point:
IBM Rational Quality Manager:
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iOS Mobile App Testing with IBM Rational Test Workbench- A brief introduction to the mobile app testing capabilities available for iOS in IBM Rational Test Workbench v8.5
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Here's the most recent list of the latest and greatest downloads which have gone live from Rational Support since June 19th! Presented below to help you find the fixes you need in order to stay up to date and successful with your Rational products....
Don't forget to check out the downloads tag to see the fixes you may have previously missed:
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These are the top 20 technotes reused during June to help solve your Rational License Key Server 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: