System Requirements for Rational Performance Tester
The below link has the detailed system requirements information. It has a list of hardware requirements, supported operating systems, prerequisites and optional supported software, with component-level details and operating system restrictions.
Installing Rational Performance Tester and Rational Performance Tester Agent
Installing the product involves verifying requirements, planning, managing licenses, and configuring web-based help -
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 License Key Administrator V8.1.3 for Windows Multilingual (CI90LML)
- IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 Setup Evaluation Multiplatform Multilingual (CINW9ML) or
IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 Setup Multiplatform Multilingual (CINW6ML)
- IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 Core Part 1 Evaluation Multiplatform Multilingual (CINX0ML) or
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 Evaluation Multiplatform Multilingual (CINX1ML) or
IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent Controller V8.5 Part 1 Multiplatform Multilingual (CINW8ML)
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 220.127.116.11 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 RPTAGENT_SETUP\disk1 directory as Administrator
Click on Install IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent
Enter the hostname of the RPT workbench machine. Any of the following forms can be used
- the short hostname
- the fully qualified hostname
- the IP address of the local machine
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
- Start IBM Installation Manager and select Manage Licenses
- Select the IBM Rational Product, then choose the Import product activation kit option
- Browse to the jar file that you unzipped in step 2 and click Next, then Finish
- The activation kit will be installed. To verify the license installation, you can select Manage Licenses in IBM Installation Manager or view it through Help -> License status in the "Rational Product".
- The permanent license is now installed
- Configure floating license support
If using floating license support instead of an activation kit, then perform the following steps
- Start IBM Installation Manager and select Manage Licenses
- Select the IBM Rational Product, then choose the Configure Floating license support option
- Press Next
- Click I accept the terms in the license agreement then press Next
- Click on the green + sign to add a server
- Enter the server name, the port, then Test Connection
- Confirm that the server is available and there are one or more license keys available for IBM RPT
- Click OK then Finish
- Installation Manager can be closed at this time
- Start the License Key Administrator
- Choose Point to a Rational License Server to get my licenses
- Enter the name of the license server in the Server Name prompt and choose Finish.
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 Files\IBM\SDP\Majordomo".
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 18.104.22.168 32 bit for Windows
- 22.214.171.124-Rational-IBMIM-WIN32-20130528_1750 from Fix Central at http://www-933.ibm.com/support/fixcentral/swg/selectFixes?parent=ibm/Rational&product=ibm/Rational/IBM+Installation+Manager&release=126.96.36.199&platform=All&function=fixId&fixids=188.8.131.52-Rational-IBMIM-WIN32-20130528_1750&useReleaseAsTarget=true&includeSupersedes=0
- Note this will require and IBM ID
- IBM Rational Performance Tester V8.5 Core Part 1 Evaluation Multiplatform Multilingual (CINX0ML) OR
- 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 Evaluation Multiplatform Multilingual (CINX1ML) OR
- IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent Controller V8.5 Part 1 Multiplatform Multilingual (CINW8ML)
- IBM Rational License Key Administrator V8.1.3 for Windows Multilingual (CI90LML)
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> agent.installer.win32.win32.x86_1.6.3001.20130528_1750
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 184.108.40.206
Installed com.ibm.cic.agent_1.6.3001.20130528_1750 to the C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse directory.
4. Record a response file to be used for future silent installs
C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse>ibmim -record C:\temp3\MyResponse.xml -skipInstall C:\temp3\agentinfo
Notes: during this recording I did the following steps:
- added the repository for RPT 8.5
- added the repository for RPT 8.5 agent
- added the repository for LKAD
- when installing the agent specify localhost for the workbench machine
The directory "C:\TEMP3\agentinfo" can be deleted after the response file is created.
5. Install RPT, RPT Agent, and LKAD using the newly created response file
C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\Installation Manager\eclipse>ibmim.exe --launcher.ini silent-install.ini -input C:\temp3\MyResponse.xml -log c:\temp3\silent.log
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)?
WITH INTERNET CONNECTION
If your RPT computer is connected to the Internet consider the following steps.
Launch IBM Installation Manager.
Click File > Preferences ... . Then verify that you selected check box Search service repositories during installations and updates.
- Click the RPT package (IBM Rational Software Delivery Platform) and proceed with the guidance of IBM Installation Manager.
Note : IBM Installation Manager does not read through Automatic Proxy Configuration Script (.pac file). Thus if your organization uses such configuration to access the Internet,
click File > Preferences > Internet > Proxy > HTTP Proxy.
Enter the exact proxy host and port that your machine requires to access the Internet.
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 220.127.116.11, update packages of RPT and RPT Agent can be downloaded from IBM Fix Central.
Any major RPT and RPT Agent release like RPT 7.0, 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 8?3 comes with full install packages. You need to download these packages from your IBM Passport Advantage access.
The following steps describe how you upgrade manually.
Download all necessary packages.
Extract each package to a temporary location.
Define each repository location to IBM Installation Manager.
Click File > Preferences > Repositories.
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 18.104.22.168.
In that case, you need to download both 8.2.1 and 22.214.171.124 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.
Exit from RPT
Navigate to the following IBM Installation Manager shared plugins folder.
[<code>]<IBM Installation Shared folder>\plugins\com.ibm.rational.ttt.common.models.core_<RPTVersion><timestamp>[</code>]
[<code>]C:\Program Files (x86)\IBM\IMShared\plugins\com.ibm.rational.ttt.common.models.core_8.3.11.v20130208_0323[</code>]
Change the file extension of the JAR library files from that plugin location to disable them.
Rename [<code>]\lib\jmslibs\sibc.jms.jar[</code>] to [<code>]\lib\jmslibs\sibc.jms.jar.unused[</code>]
Rename [<code>]\lib\jmslibs\sibc.jndi.jar[</code>] to [<code>]\lib\jmslibs\sibc.jndi.jar.unused[</code>]
Rename [<code>]/lib/jmslibs/sibc.jms.jar[</code>] to [<code>]/lib/jmslibs/sibc.jms.jar.unused[</code>]
Rename [<code>]/lib/jmslibs/sibc.jndi.jar[</code>] to The full error message is as follows:
Navigate to the main IBM Installation Manager shared plugin folder again as in step 1
Disable the existing JAR file.
Rename [<code>]\lib\mqlibs\jms.jar[</code>] to [<code>]\lib\mqlibs\jms.jar.unused[</code>]
Rename [<code>]/lib/mqlibs/jms.jar[</code>] to [<code>]/lib/mqlibs/jms.jar.unused[</code>]
Add your own messaging libraries (TIBCO, Weblogic, or others) under the following folder.
[<code>] <RPT installation folder>\jdk\jre\lib\ext[</code>]
Add the "[<code>]-Dosgi.parentClassloader=ext[</code>]" argument to the eclipse.ini under the following folders.
[<code>]<RPT installation folder>\IBM\SDP and <RPT installation folder>\IBM\SDP\rptse[</code>]
[<code>]<RPT installation folder>/IBM/SDP and <RPT installation folder>/IBM/SDP/rptse[</code>]
Configure the Context Factory properties as part of your RPT SOA protocol configuration for your JMS transport. Use the added third-party messaging ad hoc parameters.
Examples of Context Factory properties include the following: java.naming.factory.initial, java.naming.initial.url, transport.jms.ConnectionFactoryJNDIName.
Determine the configuration details and which files of the messaging provider you need exactly. See the documentation from the messaging provider that you are adding, Tibco, Weblogic for example
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:
[<code>]servicemgr.exe remove "IBM RPT adapter for RQM"[</code>]
Finally, delete the following folders.
Important: If you have installed multiple products using IM, uninstall all of those products before deleting these 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:
1. Close RPT
2. Open a Command line terminal and move to the product installation directory. For example:
cd C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP
3. Invoke the following command to install the hotfix
-repository <repository site>
where <repository site> is the location where you have extracted the hotfix and <featureId>/<version> the hotfix featureId and version. <featureId>/<version> can be found in the hotfix feature name which is normally in the form of <featureId>_<version>
C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP>eclipsec.exe -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.director -repository "file:/C:/RST8303Hotfix_RATLC02515678_UpdateSite/" -installIU RSTPVUErr1_40332_8303.feature.group/1.0.0
4. While you are verifying this procedure, please use the extra step to ensure that the hotfix installation is successful:
Open RPT - Full Eclipse version. Look at Help->About Rational Performance Tester and click on the Installation Details button. In the Installation Details, go to the Plug-ins tab. Sort by Plug-in Id and find the row with the Plug-in Id "com.ibm.rational.test.lt.core". Note the Version for this plug-in; it should be the patch version.
For Streamlined Eclipse:
Repeat steps 1 to 4 by moving to "rptse" subfolder in the product installation directory. For example:
cd C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP\rptse
C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP\rptse>eclipsec.exe -application org.eclipse.equinox.p2.director -repository "file:/C:/RST8303Hotfix_RATLC02515678_UpdateSite/" -installIU RSTPVUErr1_40332_8303.feature.group/1.0.0
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.