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The idle standby configuration enables recovery from failover to help ensure minimal impact on business operations during planned or unplanned server outages and Idle standby deployment for crash recovery.
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Important: Jazz Team Server applications allow only a single server to be active at any one time to a repository; therefore the backup (or Idle) server is configured to never run asynchronous (or background) tasks. If a switch is made to the backup server, you must plan to bring the primary server back up as quickly as possible.
Index corruption can be caused by Network, database or application server issues, to name a few. Below are the steps to fix the index corruption issue on active server, using the idle standby server.
Index corrupted occurred on the Active server and you were unable to fix it by running the repotool command on it. So we can still fix the index issue by running a repotool command on the idle standby server.
Fixing the index issue on active RTC server using the Idle standby server.
Below are steps to fix the index problem, using the IDLE standby server. The standby server is on a different machine (and pointing to a different jazz_home than the active one).
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Rational Team Concert server is expected to have a common user base management. In order to correctly perform process enforcement for Git operations by Rational Team Concert it is imperative that the identity of the Git user be known to Rational Team Concert. Therefore, the need to have a common user base across Rational Team Concert and Git server (Apache HTTP server) via a different LDAP arrangement.
We can still get the integration done using a common user name with different user base across Rational Team Concert and Git server via an different LDAP arrangement.
Example: Git is configured with Apache DS LDAP and RTC configured with different LDAP registry.
Note: Common user id used for both GIT and RTC using different registry (with different password) and provide all necessary permissions.
Below are checkpoints for verifying the integrations:
1) Verify the GIT login, just to ensure GIT login is fine
$ git remote show origin
2) Verify the GIT GIt repo configuration
Update respective "repokey" and "repourl" information
3) Verify the GIT GIt repo configuration
Update respective "pre-receive" and "post-receive" hooks information
Note: The above configuration will give a clear understanding about RTC-GIT integrations and using a common user name with different user base across Rational Team Concert and Git server via different LDAP arrangements.
How did the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program help a Financial Services Company save big bucks?
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How did the IBM Software Accelerated Value Program help a Financial Services Company save big bucks?
Financial Services Company (FSC) is one of the world’s largest banks with worldwide operations serving more than 75M customers. They’ve made a significant investment in IBM Rational’s software development solutions, including Rational TeamConcert (RTC), Requ
FSC has a very intricate ecosystem and although RTC performed as expected, the loss of confidence in RRC and BF threatened the migration of 18,000 MKS users to RTC. The client found working with Rational Customer Support to be a very frustrating process as complex interactions between BF and RTC elongated the identification of root cause and remediation. The integration between RTC and BF did not meet user expectations and there were serious questions about BF’s to perform at scale.
To address the integration issues AVP engaged the Customer Satisfaction Project office (CSPO) and Development. Regular checkpoints with the client improved communication and collaboration and Development produced 5 hotfixes that solved this problem.
Now focused on performance, AVP arranged for BF Development to create a series of performance tests using environment variables similar to Financial Services Company’s and increasing user load. The checkpoint meetings monitored test progress and documentation recording settings and results. This also exposed a number of unnecessary workflows which AVP help eliminate, further increasing output. After 3 months BF was stable and performing satisfactorily, without degradation, above the maximum users levels FSC had set. The client was then satisfied their BF investment would produce the requisite ROI. The migration from MKS was back on track!
RRC users around the world were experiencing varied response times with some functions taking too long to respond or refresh. Upon learning that Financial Services Company planned to engage its own performance test team, AVP engaged the Rational Executive and Global Response Teams (GRT) to partner with the Financial Services Company performance group. To understand the problems being encountered, the AVL (Accelerated Value Leader) obtained previous measurements of RRC function response times and network latency from Financial Services Company’s global sites. AVP also arranged for a GRT resource to work onsite to measure system responses and recommend optimized server settings.
GRT discovered that Financial Services Company was using an unsupported topology with RTC and RRC sharing the same server – and would never achieve the desired performance. To improve performance in the short term, IBM recommended migrating to a later version of RRC and adjusted server settings on the unsupported topology to approach target performance levels. AVP also identified the impact using the newer version of RRC would have on other tools in use.
AVP facilitated daily checkpoint calls with the client and extended IBM team. A number of PMRs were raised, which resulted in 2 hotfixes being applied to RRC. Use of the newer, patched version of RRC and tuned server settings allowing the Financial Services Company performance team to report that the product was suitable for use, but the impending move to a new data center necessitated architecting a supported topology. AVP has continued to work with Financial Services Company to ensure that the data center design and implementation will optimize the performance of the Rational solution and ensure Financial Services Company’s ROI.
With AVP coordinating and prioritizing the efforts of FSC and IBM, solution stability and performance have improved, as has the quality of the partnership between our two companies. Increased confidence and usability has positively impacted productivity of Financial Services Company’s global analysts and developers.
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From our friends at IBM Rational User Education, here are nine more how-to videos surrounding key topics core to Rational Team Concert v4.0:
Rational Team Concert: Create and edit a text file - This video describes how to create and edit a text file in the Rational Team Concert web client v4.0.
Click through to the videos below for even more how-to style quick guides!
Rational Team Concert: Accept changes from other team members - This video describes how to accept changes from other team members in Rational Team Concert.
Rational Team Concert: Add files and folders to a stream - This video describes how to add files and folders to a stream in the Rational Team Concert web client v4.0.
Rational Team Concert: Create a Repository Workspace from a Stream - This video describes how to create a repository workspace from a stream in Rational Team Concert v4.0.
Rational Team Concert: Deliver Changes and Resolve a Work Item - This video describes how to deliver changes and resolve a work item in Rational Team Concert v4.0.
Rational Team Concert: Lock, Download, and Edit a File - This video describes how to lock, download, and edit a file in the Rational Team Concert web client v4.0.
Rational Team Concert: Build definitions and build engines - This video describes how to use build definitions and build engines in Rational Team Concert v4.0.3.
Rational Team Concert: Request a build - This video describes how to request a build in Rational Team Concert v4.0.3.
Rational Team Concert: Build results - This video describes how to view build results in Rational Team Concert v4.0.3.
Even more information can be found at: http
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Are you planning an upgrade to a newer release of IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC), Rational Quality Manager (RQM), Rational Requirements Composer (RRC), Rational DOORS Next Generation (DNG) or your Jazz Team Server (JTS) and unsure about whether or not your clients or servers need to be upgraded together or can be upgraded separately?
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Ralph Schoon has posted a great reference, tutorial, and code on his personal blog which provides for A Rational Team Concert WorkItem Command Line! He provides code for a simple Work Item Command Line Client and explains the usage in a detailed but easily understood manner. Of course, noting that the post contains published code derived from examples from Jazz.net as well as the RTC SDK, we need to state that the usage of code from that example source code is governed by this license and as stated in the disclaimer, this code comes with the usual lack of promise or guarantee.
Since we have seen many requests to be able to create and update work items from a command line in the forum, as well as enhancement requests and a story for it in the RTC development repository, we wanted to highlight Ralph's work as a great starting point for creating these solutions. This WorkItemCommandLine should provide access for most of your automation needs when creating work items, as well as standing as a resource for the RTC work Item API.
So, go ahead and check out Ralph's blog post; we think you may find it stands as a hugely valuable resource as you move forward with your own RTC work!
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Custom Attributes on File Versions in Rational Team Concert 5.0.2- IBM Software developer Magnus Lindgren demos this feature as it is used to support extensibility and traceability for source files.
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Ralph Schoon (Unleash The Labs, Leading Technical Sales Professional ) provides two great no-nonsense views into starting up with projects in IBM BlueMix on his external blog rsja
Getting started with BlueMix - Ralph blogs about his experiences with BlueMix and provides some detailed information to help you get started as well: "Recently everyone has their heads in the clouds and I decided to have a peek to find out what it is all about. So I started looking into it. This post is a summary of my first experiences with the IBM BlueMix Cloud Computing offering and how I got started with developing my first applications for it..."
Using RTC to Work with DevOps Services and With Bluemix - Ralph blogs again with a deeper dive into BlueMix and Eclipse that builds upon the post above: "I recently had a look into Bluemix and how to use it with Eclipse to develop cloud applications. The blog post also mentions that there is an integration to DevOps Services that enables to use work items for planning. It also allows to use GIT or Jazz SCM to manage the source code. Recently I had a look into how that works and I would like to share here what I learned. This post assumes you have performed the first steps to setup your environment following the Getting started With Bluemix post already...."
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There are some new videos published to the IBM
Rational Performance Tester
Rational Team Concert
Rational Developer for i
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In this season of The Newsroom a USB drive retrieved from a toilet tank (really?!) is used by an investigative journalist to download thousands of stolen confidential documents to a single air gapped computer. The illicit information blooms across the screen and the leaked documents reveal espionage.
Accelerated Value Program
The Defense Company’s initial vision was to have set of ‘golden’ images for their Rational tools that could be electronically distributed to users in any environment. Because Rational Team Concert (RTC) is the keystone to team collaboration, it made sense to make that the top priority and an open-area replica environment was created to facilitate integration testing and troubleshooting.
The Rational AVP and DevOps Impact
What next for Defense Company?
Rational AVP is a critical partner for Defense Company in helping to gain maximum value from its Rational software which helps the client to reduce costs, and accelerate productivity!
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Scheduled Jenkin Build Should run only if there are "changes accepted "
The expected behavior for this config is: The build will run whenever new change sets show up in the stream selected as flow target for the build repository workspace. In reality the build is started every minute regardless if there are changes or no changes.
Enable the Poll SCM under Build Triggers, which takes the cron argument.
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There are some new videos available for the Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) products. Two of the topics are the integration of the Data Collection Component into Rational Insight and in the installation of the V5.0 Jazz Reporting Service. There is another video that focuses on exporting and importing system definitions with enterprise edition of Rational Team Concert (RTC), a method you can use to provide system information to Rational Support. Thank you to support engineers Ben Silverman and Olivier Gauneau for creating the videos.
Here is a look at one of the videos:
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Archived 'Filed Against' values are available in the drop down of Filed Against column in a plan view
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Guidance for deploying Rational Team Concert into an existing Rational ClearCase environment
IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) provides various types of integration capabilities: the synchronizer, the importer, and the bridge. The integration is not a one-size-fits-all and you may need help with deciding which integration capability best suits your current deployment or your future deployment plan. The information below provides a brief overview about the integration capabilities. Additional "Getting Started" information and "Quick Tour" videos are available in the Rational Team Concert and Rational ClearCase integration cookbook topic in the deployment wiki on Jazz.net.
Rational ClearCase Bridge
The Rational ClearCase Bridge provides a traceability link from Rational ClearCase artifacts to work items in Rational Team Concert. This is primarily for a customer who wants to continue to use Rational ClearCase as a source control system, but also wants to take advantage of Rational Team Concert features such as agile planning, dashboards, etc. You do not have to change your current usage of Rational ClearCase, but you can enhance your Rational ClearCase deployment by using Rational Team Concert in a complementary fashion.
Developers can associate UCM activities or base Rational ClearCase versions to Rational Team Concert's work items. You can then navigate from one to the other in the developer IDE. Because a Rational Team Concert work item is used as the "glue" for all development lifecycle artifacts, it provides end-to-end traceability throughout the development life-cycle, from project planning to source code changes.
Rational ClearCase Version Importer
The Rational ClearCase Version Importer (new in Rational Team Concert 4.0.5) is a one-way data replication tool from Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert source control. You can migrate all the versions in any branches in Rational ClearCase in a single operation, and the version branching is also replicated in Rational Team Concert source control. The importer also preserves the checked-in user information.
It can also import Rational ClearCase view configurations as Rational Team Concert baselines since the version 4.0.6.
You can use the version importer for both Base ClearCase and UCM ClearCase, but it does not import UCM metadata.
Rational ClearCase Synchronizer and Baseline Importer
The Rational ClearCase Synchronizer is a two-way data replication between Rational ClearCase and Rational Team Concert source control. You can choose a UCM stream or a Rational ClearCase branch to set up synchronization with a stream of Rational Team Concert source control. It leverages the Jazz Team Build, and you can run the synchronization on a scheduled basis or by request. This provides flexibility to enterprise customers by allowing a subset of teams to choose SCM tools to work with, while letting you manage all of the latest source code through a single SCM repository.
The Rational ClearCase Baseline Importer is a one-way data replication from Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert source control. Like the synchronizer, you can choose a UCM stream where all baselines or only selected baselines are imported, or you can choose to import label types for base Rational ClearCase. It also leverages the Jazz Team Build, so you can run the import of new baselines/label types on a scheduled basis or by request.
Version Importer or Baseline Importer?
There are two migration tools available - the Version Importer and the Baseline Importer. You can choose either of the technology that fits to your requirements to migrate the data from Rational ClearCase to Rational Team Concert source control.
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Creating an Approval Precondition in IBM Rational Team Concert Web Client v5.0.1- This video shows how to create a precondition in the Rational Team Concert web client that requires a work approval before a change set is delivered. For more info
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Rational Support encountered a case for IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) where 400+ custom attributes in a project needed to be deleted. These attributes were removed from the presentation and from "Types and Attributes" in the process configuration, but they still show up in the Query Editor.
One of the options available is to archive the custom attributes and not include these when querying. However, in this example there was a request for a workaround for not being able to delete custom attributes. Again, the environment in this example had over 400 attributes to delete.
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If you are using Rational Team Concert (RTC) 18.104.22.168 and an Oracle database, trying to load a plan with more than 1000 work items may fail.
Here are the symptoms and errors:
a. In the web client, it shows the below error:
b. In the Eclipse client, it gives the warning that it has more than 1000 work items.
However, ignoring the warning still doesn’t help in loading the workitems on the planned items tab.
c. The complete error is as follows:
If the working environment is a combination of RTC 22.214.171.124 version and Oracle database only and this issue is encountered, one has come across a known defect.
Here are the details of the defect work item from jazz.net and this is fixed in RTC 4.0.1: http
In case you need a fix, a PMR needs to be raised with IBM Rational Client Support asking for a hot-fix, along with the mention of the existing hot-fixes installed, if any.
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Consider this scenario: An Analyst removed and deleted certain artifacts within a IBM Rational Requirements Composer (RRC) module. These artifacts were linked to IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) work items.
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Here is one of the requirements that was put across one of the users, using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) tool: