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Want to know how your IBM Rational product licenses are being used? Wouldn’t it be useful to find out which users use which product licenses? How about knowing if any licenses were denied during peak hours? Or when the licenses that you purchased are expiring? Whether you are in a large enterprise with hundreds of users using multiple applications, or a small or medium business with a handful of users, you want right-here-and-now information about license utilization and availability so that you can increase operational efficiency and make the right investment decisions. The recently released IBM Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool provides reports to answer all these questions and more. (If you missed the release announcement for the tool, here
In this blog post, I will provide an overview of the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool and also explain its installation topology in typical application environments. To understand the Server Administration and Reporting Tool, let's start with Rational Common Licensing and the Rational License Key Server.
The Rational License Key Server is at the heart of Rational Common Licensing and provides a service to host licenses and serve tokens for Rational applications. There’s a lot going on under the covers in Rational Common Licensing and some of those goings-on involve d(a)emons and wizards, but let’s not go there now! For now, let’s keep it nice and simple, which is that the License Key Server is at the core of Rational Licensing. Now, for the Rational Jazz client applications, it's the fabulous Jazz Team Server that manages the authorized and floating licenses. If you use tokens for your Jazz applications, you also need the Rational License Key Server for the token service. And I will explain a little bit more about that later.
The Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool provides a suite of reports that provide information on license utilization and availability. Jane’s post provides a list of reports You use this tool to generate reports on license usage from your license servers, be it the Rational License Key Server or Jazz Team Server or both. You can also use the tool to remotely administer your license servers. This is helpful in distributed environments where you might want to administer one or more license servers from a single remote location. Administration involves starting and stopping the license servers and importing license files to the servers.
The Administration and Reporting Tool uses an agent - the Rational License Key Server Administration Agent – to communicate with the Rational License Key Server and Jazz Team Server. Think of the agent as a behind-the-scenes operation that connects the entities that you see and work on – the License Server and the Server Administration and Reporting Tool.
Fig 1: Installation topology: Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool
This topology assumes that you use more than one Rational License Key Server. It also shows how licenses are deployed on the Jazz Team Server. You must install the Server Administration Agent on all the license server machines that you want to enable for remote administration and reporting. The Server Administration and Reporting Tool is installed separately. The Server Administration and Reporting Tool communicates via the Server Administration Agent with the license servers.
Let me explain how the Jazz Team Server works in the context of Authorized and Floating Licenses and Token Licenses. If you are using applications that run on the IBM Jazz platform, you can use the Jazz Team Server to deploy and manage your licenses. The Jazz Team Server also functions as a license server and you can import your Jazz license files (client access licenses or CALs) to the Jazz license server. For tokens however, you require the Jazz license server to connect to a Rational License Key Server instance for the token service. When a Jazz user requests tokens, the Jazz License Server forwards the token request to the Rational License Key Server for token checkout. You do not require Rational License Key Server if you are using authorized or floating licenses on the Jazz license server. Let’s see if a table can help illustrate the concept more clearly.
Now that we’ve sealed the topic of license types and license servers, let’s go back to the Server Administration and Reporting Tool. The Server Administration and Reporting Tool can provide reports on all license types on both the Rational License Key Server and the Jazz license server. For Jazz application tokens, the Server Administration and Reporting Tool extracts the report data from the Rational License Key Server.
That sums up the tool overview and the explanation of its installation topology. In the next post, I will talk about the architecture of the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool, and how you can set up and configure the tool for use with your license servers.
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Relationships of trust and understanding within your own business are crucial to every success. You may have relationships with key players from your in-house departments who play a part in the full cycle of your service delivery or product offering. Maybe your business relies on external suppliers to advise you of product choices, changes with demand, or best route to market. Your IBM software investment is no different!
In fact, as a foundation to your business processes and the interface to your customers, it could be the most important asset for which you need an experienced guide to work alongside.
IBM Accelerated Value Leaders (AVLs), are Trusted Advisors and client advocates who work with their assigned customers to learn about their businesses, their challenges, their infrastructures, and their goals. AVLs are seen as virtual members of the customer's team, but with many additional advantages! As a single point of contact, they are the customer's voice inside IBM, and they have a direct relationship with the IBM resources that can make a huge positive difference to customer's business changing decisions.
When should we upgrade? What is our longer-term strategy? How can we meet our business needs? How can we reduce our costs? What tools can we deploy to speed up performance? What should we be looking at to reduce time to market? How do we minimize risk? Is there a faster route to resolving issues? How can we adopt new technologies quickly? ... and more... much more.
AVLs are the nucleus of IBM's Software Accelerated Value Program, providing a valuable service by working alongside their customers, expertly steering projects (such as software migrations) to successful and profitable conclusions, providing crucial knowledge transfer along the way. When is comes to issue management (PMRs), Accelerated Value Program clients receive priority call handling. However, as prevention is more efficient than cure, customers with this Program will benefit significantly from the AVL's proactive problem prevention element of the offering.
Many of the top businesses across industries engage this essential IBM service, so if you are interested to learn more, why not check out the IBM web page (htt
Have you pulled together your platform upgrade plans for 2014? Do you know if your IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) environment will be supported on the platforms you plan on upgrading?
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A collection of web-based education courses for various Rational products are now available for free! The information in these courses provide information that is relevant for Rational products such as Rational Application Developer, DOORS, and ClearCase. This archive is provided for your free use, as-is, with no planned updates or maintenance. Click the link to check out the available course topics.
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If you are a new user of Rational Developer for System z (RD/z), this document is intended to help you get started on debugging Cobol programs on z/OS. The example shown here is for a simple Cobol program for a batch runtime environment.
It is assumed that you have installed RD/z (for example RDZ 9.0) on your client platform, and have set up connection to the RD/z host component using Remote System Explorer.
The images show in this document are from from RD/z client. It is assumed that you are working on an RD/z Eclipse client IDE and are familiar with navigation on the IDE.
Step 1: Verify that debug Listener is configured and operational
Switch to Debug Perspective:
Click on UI Daemon Listener:
Typically the listener will be listening on port 8002.
Step 2: Set the property group for the program to be debugged
In this example we select program MYMAIN.cbl in a z/OS project .
In the property group, set the normal Cobol compile settings, and select the Run tab
Step 3 - Select the program and debug
To debug the program you will create a JCL file for compile link and go. the go step will contact the listening daemon.
In this case the JCL is in a member named MYMAIN in MAHADEV.BATCH.JCL
After the generation of JCL is complete, you may submit it to launch the debugger.
This will take you to the interactive debug window.
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While no channel is meant to be a catch-all, we want to get you the information you want and need in the channels you are most comfortable. Do you find twitter is the best place to find our content and engage with us? Follow us there! Twitter not your style but rather you prefer Facebook? We're posting there as well. Like to be cutting edge? try following our GooglePlus and/or Tumblr blog to help you find the right information at the right time! Check out our news document linked below to see all the channels on which we're active and follow us on the ones you're most comfortable.
And, without losing sight of the work we do in the newer social channels, we also want to ensure you don't forget about some of the most effective community based channels out there surrounding Rational products and topics. Finding answers from previous questions, or even direct community based help with your own specific question can be a great way to leverage the collective wisdom, but even better is when you can join in the conversations and share your own expertise to help others.
While the above are great resources for truly social support with clients and IBMers alike all participating, we also recognize that this isn't a complete list of all the forums or social channels out there. Is your favourite one missing? Let us know in the comments and we'll add it to the list! Or, do you have some other favourite method for finding answers or sharing answers which we haven't touched on? We'd love to hear about those as well!
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Introduction to DOORS Next Generation v4.0.5 for DOORS v9.5.2 Users- This video introduces IBM Rational DOORS Next Generation to people already familiar with IBM Rational DOORS 9. It highlights some basic differences between the two applications, including deployment, terminology, administration and basic use.
One thing that is not obvious in the video but should be noted, is that if you install Rational DOORS Next Generation as part of the IBM Rational solution, with IBM Rational Quality Manager and IBM Rational Team Concert, you get additional lifecycle capabilities with your Rational DOORS or Rational DOORS Next Generation license.
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... to celebrate the new year and recover from staying out far too late last night.
So, while we sleep away the day, then wake only to gorge ourselves on traditional New Year's Day fare (Hoppin' John anyone?), we still wanted to take some time out and thank you all for being such a loyal audience and helping to make this blog one of the most viewed on developerWorks (currently hovering around 4th place)! We truly hope this means you all find value in the content we share and that our posts do indeed help you see more success in your daily work with your Rational product suites.
From Matthew and Jason to you, we say: A heartfelt thank you, and we hope this new year sees even greater prosperity and success for you all!
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Yesterday we shared the top ten blog posts in 2013. Today we are sharing the top 50 most re-used technotes in the past year.
Like all the prior top content posts month-to-month, these technotes are the most often cited and shared in our Support Engineers' PMR notes all used to help you solve or prevent issues with your Rational products.
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What end of year post would be complete without a top ten list? As we wrap up the year running metrics and reports to show our results, we've taken a look back at the past year and found some fun bits of data to help us in the coming year.
So, here you go! These are the top ten most viewed blog posts published on Notes from Rational Support in 2013!
While these were the most viewed, and presumably most helpful, were they also your favourites of the year? Or, did you find other posts more helpful or more enjoyable? Let us know in the comments!