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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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Author: Robert V Stephen
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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"
Author: Kushagra Sharma