If you encounter the NT LAN Manager version 2 (NTLM v2) "Authentication failed" error in IBM Rational Performance Tester, you can follow the steps in the below technote to set up NTLM v2 in RPT:
Along with the steps in the technote above, also make sure that the 'Host' field contains the System name and the 'Doman' field contains the domain name, as seen in the attached screen-shot -
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Imposing Multiple Verification Points to validate a response content of web service call under IBM Rational Performance Tester
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Here's a quick requirement scenario on testing Verification points for a web service response (which is XML in nature) in IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) v18.104.22.168
There are two different set of responses for one request. Based on whether the service has passed/failed, two entirely different xml will be returned. As of now you have a contain verification point to validate if the service has passed but the requirement is to add a condition so that when the response fails even that can be validated through the same scripts. Since conditional statements or multiple verification points are not allowed on same tag/response, this becomes a challenging task.
The best fit is to write a custom code that will help to address this use-case. To have this working:
1) Turn the XML answer of the web service into a Text Answer
2) Then it is possible to create a field reference on the full answer, as shown below.
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System Requirements for Rational Performance Tester
Installing Rational Performance Tester and Rational Performance Tester Agent
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 Performance Tester V8.5 Setup Multiplatform Mult
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 Multiplatform Mult
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 22.214.171.124 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 RPTA
Click on Install IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent
Enter the hostname of the RPT workbench machine. Any of the following forms can be used
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
If using floating license support instead of an activation kit, then perform the following steps
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 File
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 126.96.36.199 32 bit for Windows
RPT 8.5 Agent:
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> agen
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 188.8.131.52
4. Record a response file to be used for future silent installs
C:\Program Files (x86
Notes: during this recording I did the following steps:
The directory "C:\
5. Install RPT, RPT Agent, and LKAD using the newly created response file
C:\Program Files (x86
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)?
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 184.108.40.206, update packages of RPT and RPT Agent can be downloaded from IBM Fix Central.
The following steps describe how you upgrade manually.
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 220.127.116.11.
In that case, you need to download both 8.2.1 and 18.104.22.168 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.
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:
Finally, delete the following 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:
where <repository site> is the location where you have extracted the hotfix and <fea
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.
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Troubleshoot the error "no remote agents in contact" in Rational Performance Tester 8.5- This is a troubleshooting video that covers the error "There are no remote agents in contact with this workbench" in IBM Rational Performance Tester 8.5.
Executing RIT test scripts from within HP Quality Center prompts the error: "Unable to start the tester process"
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This was an integration setup of IBM Rational Integration Tester (RIT) with HP's Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) tool. Both RIT v22.214.171.124 and HP-QC v11 are installed on separate server machines.
Test Scripts from RIT was exported into QC successfully. When these test was run in the QC's Test Lab module section, the test should have ideally invoked the RIT application process and function the execution process. However, in this specific scenario, the test execution process resulted the following error:
QC11 Plugin Path : C:\Program File
It was noticed that the previous GreenHat un-installation process did leave residual files of its own on the machine, due to which the RIT installation files did not picked up the appropriate executable correctly for the run made from HP-QC. A clean re-installation of RIT on the Citrix server did resolve this error.
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A scenario where it looked like IBM Rational Performance Tester (RPT) was not capturing the 'Refresh' actions. While trying to record a SAP Business Objects session using RPT through Internet Explorer, there were many application triggered 'Refresh' that took place.
The 'Refresh' process would take sometime to end and it appeared like a progress window, as seen below -
RPT was capturing the actions when the 'Refresh' button was manually clicked by the user. However, it looked like RPT was not capturing the actions when the application triggered the 'Refresh' action.
The server replies for the above requests were as below -
There are several such exchanges until the refresh had ended.
Interestingly, it was noticed that the same request was sent again and again during the active session of the "Refresh" progress window. Looking at the server replies, one would think that RPT is not capturing the 'Refresh' actions triggered by the application.
It seemed to be a little confusing looking at the the Client requests with empty html pages and its corresponding server replies. However, after analyzing the requests and corresponding responses, it could be noticed that the RPT script was simulating the below request by looping on -
Until the server could send -
It was also noticed that the Client was sending empty.html requests every 20 seconds until the Server returned a response to the initial POST request.
There was nothing "missing" in the test!!
You can notice that there is a POST request for 'processPromps.jsp' and a GET request for 'report.jsp. The request "report.jsp" might have been sent too soon. RPT will in fact wait until the initial POST's response is received before sending the report.jsp request since the dynamic data (such as the sEntry value) in the report.jsp URL are being extracted from the POST's response. Thus, the playback will automatically have the correct sync
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Thank you to Pritesh work on this video!
Here is a look at the YouTube version of the video in case you want to preview it here:
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Engineers from Rational Support have been hard at work producing white papers that help you navigate through some of the more advanced activities for Rational products. Here are some of the latest papers published.
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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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As a prerequisite, IBM Rational Functional Tester (RFT) and the Application Under Test (AUT) should be configured on the same machine. The RFT playback process performs the actions recorded on the AUT which required the AUT to be opened. At the same instance no other actions should be performed in that machine.
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In a scenario where more than one Html.Table controls are present in a web page and the recognition properties of the table controls are not enough to distinguish them individually, then the best possible method to capture the table controls are to capture the parent control first and then retrieve these table controls as a child of the parent, provided the parent control has unique recognition property values.
While capturing the table control using the below code snippet, Rational Functional Tester (RFT) may throw the following error message:
This is because, getChildren() can retrieve all the mappable and non-mappable controls of a parent. If there are any other non-mappable controls present in between the html.DIV and Html.TABLE that can also be retrieved by getChildren().
RootTestObject root = getR
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There is a video available for Rational Application Developer (RAD) that assists you with downloading installation files. The concept of the video is based on parts of the Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 9.0 download document. There are many listed when looking at RAD 9.0 on Passport Advantage. The video provides an overview of what is available in the list of files and what you download depending on your usage of RAD.
Thank you to Leila for her work on this video!
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Sometimes in our days as technical support we find the need to validate what type of OS install is on a machine as a way to identify the environment in which a product may be encountering difficulties.
To help with that discovery, here are two commands we have found to check if an Ubuntu OS install is a server version or desktop setup:
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Watch through the playlist above, or pick and choose the specific short videos from the links below:
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While using IBM WAS as an application server, there might be a need to understand certain artifacts here.
This helps in understanding the internal behavior and identifying the components in IBM WAS.
When you use the Administrative console to configure IBM WebSphere, certain XML files are updated internally. Here are the details:
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Innovate@SPEED - Innovate 2014 Day 1 General Session- We all need to Innovate@SPEED. Kristof Kloeckner will kick off Innovate 2014 with technical insights to accelerate business delivery cycles with confidence and trusted outcomes. How do we deliver Efficiency@SPEED, Value@SPEED and Growth@SPEED? Technical leaders from IBM and our clients will deliver strong positions on Cloud, Mobile, Security, DevOps and Continuous Engineering in crisp, punchy 5-minute speed talks. Kristof's opening keynote will be a catalyst for an intense week of community sharing and networking, focusing on how IBM and its partners can help you become fast, agile and competitive.
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Dymanic value contents affecting the placement of loops during script execution under IBM Rational Performance Tester.
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In a given scenario under IBM Rational Performance Tester, assume that the token ID’s and User session ID’s are present in the request as dynamic values. These values would thereby be present throughout the requests in the script.
Once the script is recorded, The transactions are segregated where the login and logout are placed outside the loop and remaining transactions are placed within a loop, which are run for multiple iterations.
Sometimes, these dynamic values present within the loop might not get addressed by the server correctly . Response content got from the server could appear blank. This happens as the server expects the sessions to be different. However in this case it would be that the same dynamic content is being passed in the requests and the server does not acknowledge with a response.
This could be addressed by placing the login and logout transactions within the loop. Doing so, the logout removes the old dynamic values and login creates new value.
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Rational Developer for System i (v9.0): Activation kit for ESS orders - This article details the steps needed in order to successfully download the activation kit for ESS or AAS orders.
To obtain licenses for orders placed either via econfig (AAS - Advanced Administrator System) or ESS (Entitled Software Support) customers should access ou
2. On the left side of the screen under 'My entitled software' click on Register IBM customer number if this is a new order or new user.
4. Select the OS version, Product number and continue. Check V6R1M0 version first since most of our keys are placed under this version regardless of your iSeries version.
5. Under 'Software downloads' verify the product and continue.
7. Select 'Click here to use HTTP'.
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IBM Rational Jazz token license configuration on Jazz team server
Token based licensing is an option, along with floating and authorized user licensing, within the Rational portfolio. Technically, the basis of token licensing is on the traditional floating license mechanism and process. However, when it comes to how the license check out (consumption) works, it has a different behavior.
In a token environment, each product consumes a predefined token value, not a predefined quantity as it does in a traditional floating licensing environment. The license key has a pool of tokens from which the license server automatically calculates the tokens being checked in and out across users and products.
Lets discuss how a token based licensing model can be implemented for Jazz-based products.
Jazz-based products use IBM Rational Common Licensing (RCL) token service provider, which is an extension of the Jazz Team Server (JTS) that forwards token requests to an IBM Rational License Key Server (RLKS). Jazz-based products and non Jazz-based products can share tokens from same pool of tokens.
How to generate Jazz tokens?
Log into the Rational license key center and follow the below steps to get the required Jazz tokens
You can also refer to the technote links below which will guide you in accomplishing this task:
To configure these Jazz based licenses, from a licensing perspective pre-requisites are:
The following picture shows a high level single server topology deployment of RTC using token licensing.
Once you have successfully configured your flexlm license server with token file, you downloaded from IBM Rational license key center (license.dat), Import the Jazz Keys (Jazz.Token.zip file) on the Jazz team server.
Post successful import of Jazz keys on the Jazz team server you will find an entry very similar to the below diagram
The above screen confirms that the Jazz tokens are successfully imported on the Jazz team server and we can now proceed to configure this Jazz Team Server to communicate with the Rational License Key Server that you installed and configured earlier.
In the Floating License Server section of the License Key Management page of your Jazz team server click the radio button next to IBM Rational Common Licensing Token Service to enable the service.
Hover over the icon in the Actions column until you see the edit hover. Click the icon to view the Server Configuration dialogs shown in following picture.
Configure the following two properties in the above dialog:
If the Jazz Team Server is able to connect to the Rational License Key Server, you'll see a green checkmark on the IBM Rational Common Licensing Token Service line as shown in following picture.
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Using the Sandbox Practice Environment for Rational DOORS Next Gen v4.0.5+ This video illustrates how to use a sandbox on Jazz.net as your practice environment for completing the Getting Started tutorial.