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Read a great article in the NY Times this week about the perils of being always connected: Silicon Valley says "Step away from the device".
As much as I love love LOVE the interconnectedness that this new technology allows us, I too find I need to unplug in order to recharge and reconnect with the real world around me. I spend the vast majority of my waking hours during the week interacting with the world via laptop, tablet and smartphone, working out loud. I could easily spend all weekend sitting in front of these devices too, so I find I need to make a conscious effort not to do so.
Like some of the others interviewed in this story, I find I need to balance this connectedness with "me" time on the weekend: family time, meditation, art, writing, playing music, and puttering. I screen my calls and enjoy the peace and quiet. Time to reflect on what I've learned and done over the past week. Time to breathe deep. This is made much easier by the fact that I am an introvert by nature. I'm not afraid of spending time in my own head.
Todd Henry, author of the Accidental Creative, talks about Unnecessary Creating, which is one of my favorite ways to digitally detox. Give me a coloring book and LOTS of colorful markers and I can lose myself for hours. I've also been teaching myself to write Tengwar, which is totally unnecessary, but so much fun. Yes, I am a geek.
Again, perspective and mindfulness are wonderful things. Don't let yourself become uni-dimensional. Although it may be hard to believe, here is a LOT more to the world (and life) than can be found on t'interwebs.
Exporting dateTime (timestamp) values into Rational Quality Manager through the RQMExcelWordImporter plugin
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This blog entry is to provide suggestions to users who are surprised at incorrect / mismatched date attribute (TIMESTAMP) values seen in RQM artifacts while the data is exported from Excel using the RQM Excel Exporter.
In most cases, the excel export will succeed but you might see that the "date attribute" field, is not in accordance with what is exported.
The dateTime (Date/Time which translates to TIMESTAMP) values in Rational Quality Manager artifacts like Test Case, Test Plans and execution artifacts like Test Case Execution Record undergo translation when the data is coming from excel through the "Export to Repository" option in the RQME
A dateTime value passed through the excel sheet should follow a format yyyy
More details on the syntax are available at the date
RQM Client and RQM Server in same time zone: If the RQM client (where excel is used) and server are on machines in the same time zone? the TIMESTAMP value specified in the sheet is exported into RQM as is.
RQM Client and RQM Server in different time zone: If the RQM client and server are on different machines? the TIMESTAMP value specified in the sheet is converted to the time on the RQM server and used. to avoid this (i.e., to ensure the TIMESTAMP value is as per client time zone) you should use dateTime (TIMESTAMP) string as 2014
For example: 2014
If the excel exporter is on a machine in a different time zone, replace the timezone string highlighted above with the relevant value.
You can use a Java Applet online like a sample one here to get the timeZone string : http
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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 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 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 18.104.22.168 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 22.214.171.124
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 126.96.36.199, 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 188.8.131.52.
In that case, you need to download both 8.2.1 and 184.108.40.206 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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