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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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Stéphane Leroy (Unleash the Labs CLM, IBM Software Engineer) has created a wonderfully simple table to outline the Test Lab mana
And don't miss Stéphane's most recent posts surrounding his expertise in RTC and enterprise modernization!
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I suspect I could get DOORS Web Access (DWA) installed and running on Windows in 5 minutes. But I hear grumbling about it so I am sharing and timing a DWA 184.108.40.206 install in a rush. I’m usually in a rush.
[Start the stopwatch]
It is important to wait for it to start, as the first time you start it, it is uncompressing the .war files and putting them in different places - this can take minutes. If you interrupt it, you get partly deployed war files which will cause problems later.
When in the Tomcat window you see the message 'INFO: Server startup in xx ms', it should be done
[Stop the stopwatch]
24min 11sec. This included downloading and first draft of this blog. So 5 minutes is not in fact possible for me, I stand corrected. Downloading and starting are the slowest parts.
Avoid problems by having the DOORS client and DWA at the same version level and make sure that the client can start and that you don’t interrupt the tomcat start. If the database server is on the same machine, it is usually best to also upgrade it in order to avoid any DLL compatibility issues.
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These are ten of the most recent How-To technotes for IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC). We know you will find them as helpful as we do, especially since they were all created based on client calls/ emails that have come in to our Support Engineers and the answers from which have been reused to solve even more PMRs than just the initial call...
How to manage the size of the RTC log file- How do you manage the log size in IBM Rational Team Concert(RTC)?
How to view the previous states of RTC dashboard- How do you view the previous states of dashboards in IBM Rational Team Concert(RTC) on the web browser?
How to trouble shoot Tomcat for RTC flashes and disappears- How can you get detailed information when starting Tomcat for IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) with command line, for example server.startup.bat, that flashes and disappears?
How to add Resource Tab in Plan View in RTC- How do you add Resource Tab in Plan view in project area created using Scrum process in IBM Rational Team Concert?
Time of checking attachment size of work item in RTC- When does IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) check the attachment size of work item for upload and is the attachment file compressed during upload?
Supported integrations for Rational Team Concert- Where can you find a list of supported integrations for IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC)?
How to promote a plan view of tree or Kanban display in RTC 4.0.4 or prior- How can you promote a plan view that contains a tree or Kanban display option in the process configuration editor in IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) version 4.0.4 or prior?
How to restrict file and Folder deletion in IBM RTC- How do you restrict the user from deleting files and folder in IBM Rational Team Concert?
How to perform Rational Team Concert work item transitions with CMI- How do you configure the IBM Rational ClearCase Change Management Integration (CMI) to perform Rational Team Concert (RTC) work item transitions?
How to update Rational Team 8.0.1.x, 8.0.0.x, 7.1.x, 7.0.4.x, 7.0.3.x, or 7.0.2.x installations through IBM Installation Manager- How do you update IBM Rational Team products 8.0.1.x, 8.0.0.x, 7.1.x, 7.0.4.x, 7.0.3.x, or 7.0.2.x versions to a new iFix or Fix Pack using IBM Installation Manager?
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IBM Rational DOORS: Common Mistakes and Misconceptions- In this video Afsheen Khan, an experienced DOORS user, takes you through the various common mistakes and misconceptions made by novice DOORS users as well as what powerful and useful DOORS functions most often go unused or underutilized.
Table of Contents:
00:40 - Agenda
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IBM Rational DOORS 101: Basics- In this video Senior Systems Engineer Rick Learn takes you, as a beginner, through everything you need to know to get started with IBM Rational DOORS.
Table of Contents:
01:05 - How do you get started?
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Rational Developer for System z (v9.0.1): Integrated Debugger- This video features the new Integrated Debugger that is part of Rational Developer for System z, version 9.0.1. This debugger is much more than your typical debugger. In this video you'll become familiar with the debug perspective, learn how to submit a job in debug mode or code coverage, access the full feature editor, step through a program, add, monitor, filter, label and search for variables and breakpoints, work with complex variables, easily navigate large programs using the Outline or Program Code Flow views, and use Monitor memory to display results in different formats.
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After the wizardry of my previous post, where you learned how to install the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool by using the IBM Installation Manager wizards, let’s now slay some demons! In this post, I will help you understand how a typical licensing model works and how, specifically, the Rational licensing model is designed, complete with daemons!
A licensing model generally consists of:
The license file defines what software or features the license is for, how long it is valid for, how many users can use the software, the computers on which the software can be used, and so on. The license file can be stored locally on the same computer as the application, or on a remote license server. In a served license model, where licenses are stored and served from a common license server, the applications that require a license connect over a TCP/IP network to obtain the licenses from the license server. Rational Common Licensing supports both options local license file deployment and the served license model.
The Rational Common Licensing model consists of the following components:
When you purchase an IBM Rational product, you receive a license entitlement that authorizes you to generate and download license files from the Rational License Key Center. The Rational License Key Center is an online service that you use to create license files (.dat, .upd, .txt) for the application or applications that you have purchased, or in IBM parlance, “have entitlement for”. As I mentioned earlier, the license file:
Tip: Do not change the host name when you migrate your license server from one computer to another. If you do change the host name, be sure to log into the Rational License Key Center, return your existing license and regenerate licenses for the new host computer.
For single desktop applications, you can store the licenses on the same computer as the application. You also have the option to run multiple instances of the application on the licensed computer. For applications that are used on several computers by different users, you can use a served license model. The licenses are held centrally by the Rational License Key Server and served up to requesting applications and users.
Let’s take the help of an illustration to clarify the concept of a served licensing model.
Fig 1: Rational Common Licensing process
Log in to the Rational License Key Center to generate and download your licenses. After you download the license files from the Rational License Key Center, you can use the Rational License Key Administrator (LKAD) to import and deploy the license files to the license server. Depending on your product type, you will need to use different mechanisms to point to the license server:
See the daemons in the illustration? Those two daemons - the lmgrd manager daemon and the ibmratl or telelogic vendor deamon - manage licenses on the license server. The lmgrd daemon runs on the license server. The vendor daemon information is supplied for each application in the license file for the application. The lmgrd deamon handles the initial contact with the client application or the IBM Rational product. It reads the license file, identifies and starts the appropriate vendor daemon, and then passes on the connection to the vendor daemon. The vendor daemon tracks how many licenses are checked out and who has the licenses. An application that requires a license connects to the license server and requests a license. The license server provides a license based on the availability of the license. The daemons write information about license usage to the lmgrd.log file. The License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool uses the information in this log file to generate reports on license usage.
That, in a nutshell, is an overview of the Rational Common Licensing model. In my next post, I will pick up from where I ended here, and describe how the License Server Administration and Reporting Tool uses the log data and works with the license servers to generate reports.
Additional reading: If you are interested in more information on Rational Common Licensing, read my previous posts on the subject #licensing:
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Here's a great new tutorial from TheOnDemandDemoGuy covering the Rational Developer for System z (v9.0.1): Integrated Debugger- This video features the new Integrated Debugger that is part of Rational Developer for System z, version 9.0.1. This debugger is much more than your typical debugger. In this video you'll become familiar with the debug perspective, learn how to submit a job in debug mode or code coverage, access the full feature editor, step through a program, add, monitor, filter, label and search for variables and breakpoints, work with complex variables, easily navigate large programs using the Outline or Program Code Flow views, and use Monitor memory to display results in different formats.
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Theory of PVU Licenses :
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One of the queries that I received, while working on IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) is this:
2. Change the LDAP host in Websphere Application Server (WAS).
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While working the front lines in support over the past 16 years of my career, a small handful of issues always seem to crop up as the most requested items when clients call in. One of those items was consistently in depth question on how to setup SSL for any of the products I was supporting. So, of course I'm going to highlight an SSL article when it comes across my plate, as I know how important these types of setups are to you, or clients, with a focus on ensuring your environment's security.
Luckily, John Chewter, Chief Architect for Green Hat Technologies in IBM has written a wonderfully detailed article on developerWorks outlining this process for IBM Rational Integration Tester:
Using SSL within Rational Integration Tester- Overview of key material, the SSL handshake, and its use in Rational Integration Tester transports. Learn how to configure SSL and use the key material in IBM® Rational® Integration Tester to test and virtualize secure services.
Summary: This article explains the various key material types and how they are used within Rational Integration Tester so that it can connect to and test applications secured using SSL. In Part Two we explore how to use the HTTP(S) proxy server to record and re-route secure traffic by using existing key material, or by using the certificate and key that is included in the HTTP proxy server, within the Rational Integration Tester Platform Pack.
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Over the course of 10 weeks in Q4 2013, developerWorks Rational featured a modeling tip for systems engineers each week from Bruce Douglass. Undeniably, Bruce's 35 years of experience and credentials make him the perfect person to provide this information, and he does so with humor- which makes it all the more fun. We think these are some fabulous hints and tips and hope you find these tips helpful in your daily work as well:
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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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Here is a great tip and trick to find help directly on your local system!
Various Ways of Deploying and Using IBM Rational Product Help Software- This video contains information about how to use IBM Rational Help systems. The Help can be deployed and used locally, through an internal company intranet, or streamed over the web.
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If you're unlucky enough to be stuck working this week, we hope at least that you will be able to take the quiet time and accomplish some of those forgotten items. To help you do that, here's a listing of some Quick Tip videos and How-To tips from IBM Electronic Support's community aimed at helping you get the most from the IBM Support Portal and Fix Central:
Today's Video: Quick Tip: Fix Central Mobile- This quick tip video introduces the Fix Central mobile function, accessible from the landing page of the IBM Fix Central site. Visit Fix Central at: Today's Video: Quick tip: Introducing the Shortcuts module- This quick tip video introduces the Shortcuts module, now found on the Support home page of the IBM Support Portal. Visit the IBM Support Portal at: Today's Video: Social Media Aggregator in Support Portal- This video shows you how to see the latest social media content about your IBM products in the Support Portal.
Today's Video: Quick tip: Introducing the Shortcuts module- This quick tip video introduces the Shortcuts module, now found on the Support home page of the IBM Support Portal. Visit the IBM Support Portal at: Today's Video: Social Media Aggregator in Support Portal- This video shows you how to see the latest social media content about your IBM products in the Support Portal.
Today's Video: Social Media Aggregator in Support Portal- This video shows you how to see the latest social media content about your IBM products in the Support Portal.
Tip of the Week: How to Link your IBM Customer Number to your IBM ID- What benefits do I receive by linking my IBM Customer Number (ICN) and my IBM ID? Ability to download software fixes you are entitled to. A customized view of your IBM products and services. Viewing content that made available to IBM clients only. Faster creation of service requests. With full access, the ability to see all current service requests across your company under your linked ICN. For additional help with linking your IBM Customer Number (ICN) and IBM ID in the IBM Service Request tool, visit this checklist with screen captures of the process: http Tod Today's Video: Using IBM Service Request on your mobile device- This video describes how you can review your PMR status and history from your mobile device by using the IBM Service Request (or SR) mobile implementation. Visit SR at: Tip of the Week: We Love Feedback!- This short, 2 minute video demonstrates how you, our loyal customers can help IBM Support improve its content by leaving feedback on document pages found through the IBM Support Portal.
Tod Today's Video: Using IBM Service Request on your mobile device- This video describes how you can review your PMR status and history from your mobile device by using the IBM Service Request (or SR) mobile implementation. Visit SR at: Tip of the Week: We Love Feedback!- This short, 2 minute video demonstrates how you, our loyal customers can help IBM Support improve its content by leaving feedback on document pages found through the IBM Support Portal.
Today's Video: Using IBM Service Request on your mobile device- This video describes how you can review your PMR status and history from your mobile device by using the IBM Service Request (or SR) mobile implementation. Visit SR at: Tip of the Week: We Love Feedback!- This short, 2 minute video demonstrates how you, our loyal customers can help IBM Support improve its content by leaving feedback on document pages found through the IBM Support Portal.
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Last week we told you about the great new features added into the latest release of the IBM Support Portal. Today, we have a special video outlining the specifics around one of those feature close to my heart: the social media aggregator...
Social Media Aggregator in Support Portal- This video shows you how to see the latest social media content about your IBM products in the Support Portal. Visit the IBM Support Portal at
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Our friends in IBM Electronic Support have been hard at work lately producing some great videos to help walk through various support tasks on IBM.com. In the three videos below, you will find them focused on specific scenarios with finding and downloading fixes using the IBM Fix Central facility:
Fix Central Shortcut Features- This quick tip video demonstrates how to take advantage of the shortcut features available on the IBM Fix Central website. Visit Fix Central at H
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It's always good to have options!
Let's discuss the options a license administrator has to use for a license. The options file is a plain text file that allows a floating license administrator to control user access to specific features or versions of licensed software. Users are identified by their username, hostname, IP address, or project.
For concurrent (floating) licenses, the license administrator can:
This looks good but your next question will likely be: "How can I create an options file?"
For example: VENDOR /etc/test [opt
Let’s create an options file assuming Peter, Matt, and Steve are all part of a team named 'Licensing' in an organization. We can create a group named 'Licensing' and have these users added into the group. The syntax would be: GROUP Licensing Peter Matt and Steve
Subsequently this group can be included to allow access to IBM Rational product license. Hence the final syntax in the Options file would appear as follows:
GROUP Licensing Peter Matt and Steve
INCLUDE RPE_PUBLISH GROUP Licensing ( considering the .opt file is for RPE )
If the system usernames in your organization have a space OR comma in them, then the names need to be enclosed within double quotes.
Example: Let's assume the usernames are <USER A>, <USER B> and <USER C>. Then the Options. opt file would have: INCLUDE RPE_PUBLISH USER "USER A" "USER B" "USER C" Alternatively, you can utilize the same concept of adding all the users into a GROUP and then specifying the name of the GROUP in the INCLUDE line of the options file.
Also, if you have only one USER_BASED license for IBM RPE in your license file, you would be able to specify only one user's name in the Options file. Once the Options. opt file has been updated as per the format of the system usernames, please save the same while making sure that the file is saved as "Options. opt" and doesn't have a .txt extension.
Open the License.dat and add the complete path of the newly created Options. opt file at the DAEMON line. The DAEMON line should be the next line (one soon after the) SERVER line in the license.dat file. If you don't have a word DAEMON instead have Vendor, please perform the following changes in the License.dat file.
SERVER LicenseServerName 12AcDe 19353
DAEMON telelogic "C:\Program File
After performing the above changes, save the License.dat file while making sure it's saved with only (.dat) extension.
Launch LMTOOLS and click on "Start/Stop/ReRead" tab. Stop the server, restart it, and wait until it says "Server Started successfully".
After the server has started successfully, please click on "ReRead License File" and wait until it displays: "ReRead license file completed". Once the message is displayed, click on "Server Status" and click on "Perform Status enquiry" and check if there is any error with the RPE_PUBLISH license. Ideally there shouldn't be any.
Any changes that are made to the Options file gets read either by doing a re-read or stopping and starting of the license server. The ability for vendor daemon to participate in rereading of its option file is introduced in the version 8.0 vendor daemon. If the License server is stopped and started the license file and option file are automatically read.
Now before proceeding we need to understand the most commonly used syntax of the options file:
Now we know how to create an options file lets use the options file to reserve or deny licenses. IBM Rational provides the least restrictive licensing environment possible. By default, the server does not restrict access to a client requesting a license key. This configuration works best for most customers. For a more controlled license environment, use the options file to reserve or deny licenses for certain users, hosts, displays, groups, or IP addresses. You can also limit the number of licenses each user or group can access.
The options file is a case-sensitive text file that sets the options for the license server. The options file can be used with the different types of floating licenses keys: temporary, evaluation, or permanent licenses keys. Your options file is located in the rational_dir\common directory and might have the name ibmratl.opt. If you do not have an options file, you can create one.
Options file that reserves licenses:
You have 10 floating licenses for IBM Rational ClearQuest®. You want to ensure that users Greg and Michelle always have a license of ClearQuest available for their use. Configure the options file as follows:
RESERVE 1 ClearQuest USER greg
RESERVE 1 ClearQuest USER michelle
Options file that excludes users from accessing a license:
You have 10 floating licenses for IBM Rational ClearQuest. You want to ensure that user Sally does not have access to a ClearQuest license. Configure the options file as follows:
EXCLUDE ClearQuest USER sally
How to configure USER_BASED license:
Common features used in the FLEXlm Licensing options file:
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Once you have access to the IBM Rational License Key Center Website (as described in our prior blog post here) and if you are looking at activating your Rational Product you are required to generate a license from the License Key Center Website.
Now let us explore the steps to generate the Floating license keys:
5. Select the type of license key that you need to generate from the list displayed
14. Click Generate
16. Transfer the license key to the system where it needs to be imported to the License Key Server
Reference today's prior blog post for information on "How to get access to the Rational License Key Center Website to obtain Rational"
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