We are here to get some insight about the origin, functionalities and the licensing aspects of the Rational Integration Tester.
As most of us are aware, Green Hat is now an IBM Company. With the legacy products of Green Hat now integrated with the Rational brand, a new tool by name, Rational Integration Tester has its presence felt in the IBM Product list.
Green Hat portfolio’s new addition adds a whole new advantage to IBM Rational QM Portfolio:
- IBM Rational Test Workbench (RTW/RIT)
- IBM Rational Performance Test Server (RPTS)
- IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS)
Previously named Green Hat Tester, Rational Integration Tester, now a part of Rational Test Workbench, is used to create functional and performance tests for SOA messaging systems to be run locally.
The product is used to simulate virtualization reality, which is the ability to simulate services, without the actual service being run... much like a game of virtual golf...
For example, if you have to simulate eBay, without accessing it directly (and buying things!). You would build tests using the service definitions from eBay (which are publicly available) and you could then run those tests as 'stubs' within RTW/RIT. The application that would have pointed at eBay is then pointed at the RIT stub which sends back sensible replies when called. This enables a customer to build a testing environment without all of the (expensive) systems normally required.
Features included in Rational Integration Tester are:
➢ Automatically create test plan documentation.
➢ Support for many different protocols, including JMS, IBM MQ, Sonic MQ, TIBCO, TCP/IP, UDP/IP and SmartSockets. An API let's you write your own transports.
➢ Functional component simulation.
➢ Automatic test reports created from test results.
➢ Regression testing.
➢ Record and playback messages.
➢ Integrate tests with databases.
➢ Manipulate XML documents.
➢ Edit messages using intuitive GUI, or a text editor in XML.
➢ Capture messages, edit them and republish them.
➢ E-mail messages to colleagues in remote locations.
➢ Share messages with other Green Hat, an IBM Company, products like Rational Test Virtualization Server and Rational Performance Test Server
Currently Rational Integration Tester does not have trials on ibm.com. To get an evaluation copy, please contact IBM Planet wide as per the link http://www.ibm.com/planetwide/
Overwhelmed by the features available in Rational Integration Tester, you may want to purchase the license. Wouldn't you like to know the types of licenses available and if it suits your need. Then let’s have an overview of the licensing for Rational Integration Tester.
Rational Integration Tester is a SDP (Software Development Platform) based product and hence, the legacy Activation kits and Floating licenses are available.
However, the Floating license is a bit different from the conventional IBM SDP products and are not available individually for Rational Integration Tester, instead, combined with the Rational Test Workbench.
Two types of licenses are :
➔ IBM Rational Integration Tester v8.0 Activation Kit
➔ IBM Rational Test Workbench Floating License Key
IBM Rational Performance Test Server (RPTS) and IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server (RTVS) does not require a separate license, as software download from Passport advantage gets a pre loaded license.
• Would I get only one license of Rational Integration Tester without the other inclusions of Rational Test Workbench?
• Yes, an Activation Kit would serve the cause, which is exclusive to Rational Integration Tester.
• Would I get licensing support for the Rational Integration Tester from IBM? If so, How?
• Green Hat legacy customers will continue to use their legacy Green Hat keys, until they renew their Subscription and Support with IBM. For Existing Green Hat customers there is no immediate change in regard to legacy Green Hat License Keys.
• If I have a license purchased from Green Hat for Rational Integration Tester, am I entitled for support from IBM?
• Yes. IBM provides a conversion summary of the legacy Green Hat Tester licenses to IBM Rational Integration Tester. To get more information, please contact the respective Account Manager from IBM.
• How do I get my license for Rational Integration Tester generated?
• Rational License Key Center hosts the Rational Integration Tester licenses. Rational Integration Tester does not have a separate license as it is a component of the Rational Test Workbench. Follow the blog for How to generate IBM Rational Products license keys from IBM Rational License Key Center website
You might be interested to know more about the legacy Green Hat product additions to IBM. Refer the link below for more and apt information.
At the time of configuration, you might run into an error 'The server is available, but does not serve license keys for IBM Rational Integration Tester'. Refer the tech note below for diagnosis and resolution of the error.
Configuring floating license for Rational Integration Tester results in a warning
License Requirements for Rational Integration Tester, Rational Performance Test Server and Rational Test Virtualization Server: http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=swg21605379
Just a quick note to let you know that I have accepted a new role in IBM, still focused on collaboration, communities, and knowledge-sharing, but outside of Rational Client Support.
It's been a great ride, and I'm looking forward to new opportunities and challenges. Notes from Rational Support is going strong and I leave you in the Most Capable Hands of my Wonder Twin, Jason O'Donnell and the growing cadre of bloggers in Rational Client Support.
They, and everyone else at Rational Client Support, inspire me every single day with their dedication and passion for client success. You've got a great bunch of people to work with.
It has been my pleasure and joy to share knowledge with you here, and I hope we have been able to make a difference for you. So, of course, consider this one last plea for feedback from me. If you have found this blog to be of value to you over the past several years, a quick comment would be greatly appreciated.
As always, you can find me on t'internets as kellypuffs. (And hopefully, Jason will let me come back with the odd guest post now and then
* Jason's Editorial Note:
We wish Kelly all the best in her new endeavors! While we are very sad to see her go, we are also incredibly happy that she has such a wonderful opportunity to bring her skills to other important projects within IBM. This blog began as Kelly's brain-child; a way to bring personality and voice to the Rational Support crew and to provide our amazing clients with great tips and useful content to help in your daily jobs. Luckily, Kelly won't be going too far away! As she will continue her work in the social spaces for IBM, the editorial staff here will make sure she has a spot for guest posts whenever she has content appropriate for a Rational Support focused audience, be it product or thought leadership specific items. We enjoy her voice here and are pleased she will still be hanging around!
As you may have already noted, we are also adding other post authors to our growing list of contributors (it takes a lot of people to replace Kelly!), and will continue with this trend to make sure the blog here remains a solid and valuable resource for our clients and other IBMers as well. It is our commitment to take Kelly's work here and carry on the ideals she set forth when she began this blog: open, transparent, and authentic communication and collaboration for mutual success.
5000+ hits on Notes from Rational Support yesterday.
2500+ so far this morning.
I know it's spam or crawlers or other such nonsense, but if you don't mind, I'm just going to sit here and revel in it for a little while.
And if any of you are REAL people, you could leave a comment and say hi. And get a prize. :-)
I have 4, count 'em, FOUR Rational Support moo cards
left from last year's conference, which I will give away on a first come, first served basis to the first 4 commenters on this blog.
But not to spambots.
Has it really been three years since Kelly started this blog? Indeed it has! May 14th, 2009 was an auspicious day, as we dipped our toes into the corporate blogging world to see how it'd go. Little did Kelly know that we'd soon soar to become the 5th most visited blog on developerWorks, or ever break that 2 million visitors milestone! By the by, we DID break that 2m milestone yesterday evening! What wonderful serendipity for both to occur on the same day!
Sure, we may be a bit long in the tooth to be celebrating a birthday, but if you've hung around here for any amount of time you know we're kids at heart and surely you won't begrudge us a little celebration... right?
Ok, you're right... I can't post here without providing SOME sort of deeper value. So, as a bit of a small retrospective we thought it would be neat to go through and highlight some of our past posts. As we discussed which to highlight, we thought about giving visibility to the "Most Viewed" posts on this blog, but figured if they are the most viewed already, they probably don't need the help So we figured we'd go back through the archives of 715+ posts and pull out some of those 'sleepers'; the ones with some solid content but which may have gone far under the radar based on our analysis of activity metrics. That in mind, let's get to highlighting!
How to work with Rational Client Support: Part 2- In this second article, dW Contributing Author Kelly Smith outlines the technical support that you get when you license Rational software includes and doesn't, plus what to do before you call tech support. And don't forget to check our Part One, How to work with Rational Client Support: Behind the curtain!
New White Paper released: Deploy IBM Rational License Server 8.1.1 effectively in your enterprise- Here's a GREAT resource for nearly anyone running Rational software! Download the free whitepaper (no registration needed!), read it, and then share it with your colleagues and coworkers to help them be as successful with their own license server implementations as you will surely be!
Improve your Rational Support experience with our automated ISALite tool!- For select products, we've enabled an automated data gathering tool called IBM Support Assistant Lite (ISALite for short). This tool will gather appropriate troubleshooting information for a particular product.
Did you hear the news?- The dW Rational community is open to the public! http://ibm.co/rationalcommunity Like any community, both IBMers and clients get out of it what they put in. In the Rational community, we provide the added benefit of pulling all Rational technical content in real time and presenting it in consumable chunks through the community landing page.
Downloading Products from Passport Advantage- This most excellent video from our friends over at IBM Electronic Support demonstrates how to download software products from Passport Advantage Online, which you can get to from the IBM Support Portal.
Everything You Wanted to Know About Rational Licensing- A good message always bears repeating ... Visit the IBM Rational License Key Center for lots of useful material on understanding and using your Rational license keys...
IBM Rational product support for Mozilla Firefox- This news flash is for all customers who use the Mozilla Firefox browser with our Rational products. Please take note of the direction particulars as they relate to your usage of the browser and level of product support IBM Rational is able to provide...
Introducing our newest blog author: Matt Quimby- You may have seen his name on a few recent posts around these parts: Matt Quimby has joined our team and dug into some of our social business efforts as you'll see below.
Trust and Personal Responsibility in All Relationships- That's a powerful statement. It's also one of IBM's Core Values, one that resonates particularly with me in regards to our social business initiatives… like this blog. Let me explain....
Five Imperatives for ALM, and Business agility: a technical perspective- Here's two videos and two articles for your benefit today; two videos on the Imperatives for ALM covering real-time planning and in-context collaboration, as well as two articles to help you along with business agility from a technical perspective and a tutorial on how to use the Practice Library application. Enjoy!
Lastly, in honor of this milestone, we'd like to thank the folks who made it possible for us to continue:
- YOU!: For following, commenting, reading and sharing. We love being able to collaborate with you here, and elsewhere .... and hope that we will continue to provide you with the information you need, before you need it.
- The fine folks at developerWorks: Thanks for providing a platform for our community of passionate practitioners. Special thanks to Bob Leah and John Holtman, who have patiently provided us with the tools, support, and knowledge we need to be successful.
- IBM and IBM Rational Client Support: Thanks for being forward-thinking and encouraging our exploration of new avenues of client interaction and knowledge-sharing, and for providing the opportunity and support for us to lead the way in social business.
Now let's keep going! Our goal is to continue growing and continue providing you deep value in fun, exciting, and innovative ways. As the quote says: "We have only just begun"!
(Does this mean we've finally leveled up and unlocked the achievement to actually call ourselves bloggers?)
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Jazz team server has a detailed reporting mechanism for the floating license usage and these reports can be very helpful in managing the available floating licenses effectively. The reports give a picture of license consumption in a given time frame. This not only helps you to manage your licenses but also provides a big picture about your license requirements for a project.
There are two ways to collect data about the license usage on a license server:
* Historic usage snapshots - Data that tracks how many of each CAL were used concurrently over time.
* Full license usage log - Exactly which users used which CALs and for how long.
Historic usage snapshots
By default, the license server will collect basic license usage data and store the data as historic snapshots. The data collected is only how many of each Client Access License, CAL were used, and by which server. That data is used to generate the graphs provided by the admin web UI.
You can see the admin web UI graphs by going to this URL, https://<yourserver>:9443/jts/admin#action=com.ibm.team.repository.admin.floatingLicenseReports, or by the following steps:
Load the admin web UI of the license server, usually https://<yourserver>:9443/jts/admin.
Three ways of monitoring the license usage on the web UI:
1. Click the server tab and in the licensing pane, Click reports.
2. On the floating license usage page, select a license type from the menu.
3. Optional : Enter values in the start date and end date fields.
4. Click on the "Reports" link in the "Floating License Usage" section of the left navigation area.
The page to obtain the floating license usage looks like this:
In below given scenario:
We are running the reports for the IBM Rational Quality Manager – Quality Professional – Token licenses from September 1st to September 10th.
Further the details about the license denial's if any also would be present in the logs.
In below provided image, It is clear that the consumption of the tokens is high from 09/09/2012 to 09/12/2012.
You can also get access to the raw data through the generic reporting UI by doing the following:
View the report UI in the web by going to https://<yourserver>:9443/jts/web/projects/Jazz%20Foundation#action=jazz.viewPage&id=com.ibm.team.reports
Full license usage log
To use the full license log, you must first enable it through the admin web UI. You can do it through the following steps:
Load the admin web UI of the license server, usually https://<yourserver>:9443/jts/admin.
Click on the "Advanced Properties" link in the "Configuration" section of the left navigation area.
Find the "Floating License Log File" property and change it's value to be the location of a file on your disk. The file's extension should be ".xls" or ".csv" or “log”
Click the 'Save' button at the top of the page
After the license log has been enabled a file will be generated for each license action that happens on the server. Here is an extract of a sample log:
The meaning of each column is:
* Server - The server that made the request to the license server
* Start time - The time the license lease was created
* Expiration Date - The time of the license expiration after the request was processed. For checkouts this is the initial expiration date and for extends, this is the new expiration date.
* Policy Id - The id of the license being requested
* Lease Id - A unique identifier that can be used to track changes to the lease over time. Subsequent 'extend' and 'checkin' requests will use the same lease id.
* User Id - The user id, from the requesting server, of the user requesting the license
* Operation Id - The operation that is prompting the license request. This is the action that caused the server to request the license action.
* Description - The type of operation being performed, possibly a checkin, extend, or release.
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This topic comes up frequently. Sometimes a customer will have a set of existing service tests and the server has been changed to require TLS 1.2 and the service tests no longer work. Or the customer is trying to record a new service test using the General Service Client and can't get a valid response after invoking the request.
The error message reported by RPT will be similar to:
RPWY0002E An exception occurred in com.ibm.rational.test.lt.models.wscore.transport.impl.HttpTransporterImpl
This usually means TLS 1.2 is required.
Unlike a HTTP test where a specific version of TLS can be set for each server, the version of TLS is global setting for all calls in a service test. The version is similar to one of the properties listed at http://www-01.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSYKE2_7.0.0/com.ibm.java.security.component.70.doc/security-component/jsse2Docs/overrideSSLprotocol.html.
The default value used by General Service Client is SSL_TLS. However RPT will not use the property com.ibm.jsse2.overrideDefaultProtocol but use the property com.ibm.rational.test.lt.soa.ssl.protocols instead
We need to set this property in two separate places so it can be used for recording as well as playback
Put this in the eclipse.ini
Like for recording we need to set the same -Dcom.ibm.rational.test.lt.soa.ssl.protocols=TLSv1.2 for the playback engine of the test. The only way to do this in RPT is
to put the test in a schedule, then configure the schedule to run on a location instead of local computer. Then we add the -Dcom.ibm.rational.test.lt.soa.ssl.protocols=TLSv1.2 as a property of the location.
1. install the RPT Agent, on the same machine as RPT workbench is OK.
2. create a schedule
3. put the test in the schedule
4. on the group of the schedule click "Run this group on the following locations (0) defined)"
5. Do Add...New
6. Create an Agent location using the location that shows up in the Agent Status icon
7. Add a property for this location with the value RPT_VMARGS= -Dcom.ibm.rational.test.lt.soa.ssl.protocols=TLSv1.2
8. run the schedule
The playback should now work. Remember the test will never be able to be run standalone any more if TLS 1.2 is required, it must be run in a schedule using an agent and a RPT_VMARGS set for that agent following the steps above
Please take a moment to read the latest blog post written by my manager, Kelley Anders . Her blog explains internal management changes and uncovers division changes that impact the Rational product portfolio. In a nutshell, Rational is now a part of the Cloud division. Learn more below...
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Now available in the open beta for ClearQuest 8.0.1
is the improved ability to update multiple records in the ClearQuest Web client. ClearQuest development has recorded a demonstration of the changes and would like your feedback!
In ClearQuest Web 7.1 and 8.0, it was only possible to perform simple modifications to multiple records. The feature now has several improvements, including the ability to perform state transitions on multiple records. You can find the demonstration of these changes in the download list for the ClearQuest Open Beta
This feature is still in development, and your feedback is appreciated to help with improvements. See ClearQuest Open Beta Support
for info on posting feedback or questions. Keep in mind that ClearQuest 8.0.1 is in beta and is subject to change. See the open beta website for more information on the program's terms and conditions.