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Rational Developer for System z (v9.0.1): Working with JCL, Part 1 of 2- In this video you'll learn to how to edit and submit JCL files, and become familiar with using job filters to retrieve files and determine job status.
Rational Developer for System z (v9.0.1); Working with JCL, Part 2 of 2- This 3 minute video demonstrates how to use Remote System details to see the status of all your jobs in a table view. It also shows how to simultaneously use the Properties view for even more detailed job information.
Resource URLs for the demo:
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The Tip of the Iceberg
Growing complexity in a heterogeneous environment is todays IT challenge, but there is nothing new about that! Maintaining a high availability of the IT-infrastructure often comes down to reactively fixing technical issues, involving many different parties and is an important responsibility of the organization’s IT-support team. However, these types of activities are just the tip of the iceberg. In order to maintain a high level of availability, the risk of having longer than expected downtime and loss of productivity is high when we turn to reactive support only. There is a lot more that organizations implement to reduce these risks.
For this, predictability is critical and by proactively avoiding risks, IT-support teams are much more capable of providing a robust environment to their users. Providing proactive support starts with planning initiatives and aligning any support related activities such as analyzing the impact of upgrades and migrations and coordinating knowledge transfer. To achieve this it is essential to have direct access to a large network of expertise and to bring teams and knowledge together. This allows for the successful setting of the right priorities and getting the right attention, which must be a collaborative effort of the organization and its suppliers.
The Rational Accelerated Value Program is designed to provide Essential Lifecycle Services that enhance and improve your productivity over the full range of the solution lifecycle. Don’t settle for the Tip of the Iceberg!
Please visit the Accelerated Value Website for more information: http
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License Availability Report:
I am sure we all want to know, how our “IBM Rational product licenses are being used” it would be useful to track what licenses your company have purchased year by year and what is the available count in the pool. How about you knowing on what is the order number ( Sales Order number/Order ID ) for a record, under which these licenses are purchased, Or when the licenses that you purchased are expiring, in order to be prepared for renewing or purchasing a new set of licenses from IBM, 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 to know this information for your investment decisions.
Let's understand the results of the license availability analysis, In order to reach here you may want to login to License key center, you will find “license availability report” on to your left under license management section.
A license availability report can be downloaded up to a maximum of 200 lines, please note that you might need to go to the next page to download additional lines.
The report will show you the number of licenses that you’ve registered and the number of licenses available. Please note that in some cases you have access to a lot of different product within the same or different part number. License keys are not equal to entitlements and it’s within your responsibility to make sure you use only what you are entitled to.
You may choose from the drop down, on how you may want to search ( using what attribute ), you also can filter/choose between accounts as shown in the picture below, and click on search line items,
Also, in order to get results for a specific time frame can be selected from, From and To sections, ( Click in the box and the calendar will be auto-populated as shown ).
How to get your order details:
In order to get your order details, please click on the order ID / Line # ( In the above image “Internal Use ONLY 2014 EMEA“ ). You will get details like,
License Information :
Listed below you will find a box for each Rational license line item associated with your order. Select the checkbox to the left of the line item to get the license keys associated with that item. You may see multiple checkboxes for one line item if you purchased an IBM Rational product consisting of multiple products bundled together.
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Depending on the complexity of work and projects associated with your organization, complexity of your environment also increases invariably. Your environment might include several tools to assist you in doing your daily job and this may include several products which fall under different category. For example : Change management, Requirements management, modeling tools, testing tools, development tools and so on.
These products may be Rational or Telelogic, Which falls under IBM Umbrella.
You might have to work with both Rational and the Telelogic products and you may very well be the license administrator and your areas of interest may include both Rational and Telelogic product licensing.
Though we have Rational and Telelogic products under the same Umbrella today IBM, there is a difference in the way the licensing works for Rational and Telelogic products.
We will unearth these differences in the working mechanism of the licenses for Rational and Telelogic products and try to understand how they work.
The following section briefs the working of Rational licenses and also throws some light on difference types of licenses available for Rational products
Floating licenses for Rational products are not tied to any version of the product. Floating licenses are always configured on a centralized Rational license key server and the clients are pointed to this license server to pick the licenses.
The scenarios where you are upgrading the client to a different version.
For example: If you are migrating the Rational software architect from version 7.0 to version 8.0 there is no need to update the license file as the floating licenses which you had configured to work with Rational software architect 7.0 will still work with Rational software architect version 8.0 as they are not specific to any version of the product.
But It is always recommended to have a version of the Rational license key server which was released post the release of the product.
Rational products also have authorized user licenses which are tied to a specific host and need no license server, Even authorized user licenses for a Rational product is not specific to any version.
Activation kits are available for SDP (software delivery platform) products (Rational) and only activation kits are specific to the version of the product and they need to be imported on the Installation manager.
Refer to the link below on how to configure an activation kit on Installation mana
Now as we have an understanding of how the licenses work for the Rational products, we will try to understand how the licenses work for the family of products previously known as Telelogic and what are the different Telelogic products which are available.
The below sections will give us a complete understanding of how the licenses for Telelogic products works.
Only for TELELOGIC family of products floating licenses and Authorized user licenses are not version independent and Telelogic products don't have the concept of activation kits.
Whenever the client or the product is upgraded we also have a need to update the license file to ensure that it has appropriate maintenance renewal to support the newer version of the product.
TELELOGIC family of products works on Date based concept of licensing and your license file will have a maintenance end date in it and only product versions released prior to that maintenance end date which is specified in your license file will work and any version of the product which was released post to the maintenance end date will not work.
For Example: If you have Rational Doors floating license file with an maintenance end date of 2010.01.01 (JAN-01-2010) this will not work with Rational Doors version 9.5 as Rational Doors version 9.5 was released post 2010.01.01 (JAN-01-2010).
To understand this concept of Date based concept of licensing in clear refer to the white paper link below on Understanding date based concept of licensing: http
Also refer to the link below on how to apply the maintenance renewals for the Telelogic family of products: http
Find the list of TELELOGIC products below and as mentioned they all work on date based concept of licensing.
→ IBM Rational Dashboard
→ IBM Rational DocExpress
→ IBM Rational DOORS
→ IBM Rational DOORS Analyst
→ IBM Rational DOORS Net
→ IBM Rational Focal Point
→ IBM Rational Logiscope
→ IBM Rational Rhapsody
→ IBM Rational SDL
→ IBM Rational Statemate
→ IBM Rational Synergy
→ IBM Rational System Architect
→ IBM Rational Tau
→ IBM Rational Tester
→ IBM Rational TTCN
→ IBM Rational Change
→ IBM Rational Software Architect
→ IBM Rational Publishing Engine
This blog post was Co-Authored by: Saurabh Tyagi and Karthik M.
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A video blog is available on the IBM
Larry describes some of the programs and happenings at the event for AVP clients, including:
You can watch at the IBM Rational Support channel or play it here:
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Deliver better software with a comprehensive lifecycle management solution:
IBM Rational ClearQuest is application lifecycle management (ALM) software that provides flexible change and defect tracking, customizable processes, real-time reporting and lifecycle traceability for better visibility and control of the software development lifecycle. This solution provides scalable, multiplatform support to any size organization, so you can continue to use your customized processes as your organization’s needs evolve. Rational ClearQuest supports the IBM AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Sun Solaris and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
Rational ClearQuest can improve visibility and control of software development projects:
Web client licensing:
To make Rational ClearQuest Web available for use, your license administrator must install floating licenses on a Rational License Server.
The Web server (Rational ClearQuest Web Application server or Rational Web Platform) requests a license key from the Rational License Server for each Web client. You do not have to install a license key on your desktop to use the Web client.
Entering floating keys on Windows:
You can import the floating licenses by using the Windows License Key Administrator (LKAD). You must have local administrator privileges on the License server before you can enter the license key, using LKAD.
Using the Rational ClearQuest Web client:
Restricted mode is a special mode of accessing Rational ClearQuest Web that limits the number of features available to designated users and user groups. Users and groups working in restricted mode have access to at most three operations:
You can control access to Rational ClearQuest Web by restricting the activities that users and user groups can perform.
These activities include:
For example, you can enable users to provide feedback through a password-protected extranet by performing the following steps:
When members of the group access the URL, they can only submit records and view the results of the query that you specify. The records returned by the query are read-only unless you configure restricted mode to permit record modifications.
When you log in to ClearQuest Web in restricted mode, Restricted Mode appears in the navigation banner at the top of the display. Users are logged on in restricted mode whenever they cannot obtain a valid Rational ClearQuest Web license, for example, if all available licenses are in use.
Configuring restricted mode:
You must have the Super User privilege to configure restricted mode.
In the Rational ClearQuest Web banner, click Site Administration -> Configuration.
On the Security Options tab, fill in the restricted mode configuration fields as described in Table
Settings on the Security Options tab take effect immediately; there is no need to restart the server. However, only subsequent Rational ClearQuest Web application sessions reflect these changes. Existing Web application sessions continue to use the settings that were in effect when the sessions started.
Ports used by the Rational ClearQuest Web application:
The Rational ClearQuest Web application uses these port definitions in the jtl.properties file:
The jtl.properties file is located in these directory locations:
Note: These directory locations assume that you have deployed the Rational ClearQuest application using Rational Web Platform (RWP) installed in the default installation location. If you have installed to a different location from the default, adjust the directory path accordingly. If you are hosting the application using a different Web application server, see that product's documentation for details about configuring ports.
Ports used by the Rational ClearQuest Web registry server:
The registry server component of the Rational ClearQuest server listens on port 1130 and 1131 for requests from the request manager and the Web application. (These ports cannot be changed.)
The registry server also listens on port 1150. You can re-configure that port definition by modifying this parameter in the csm.properties file:
The csm.properties file is found in this location:
Note: These directory locations assume that you have installed Rational ClearQuest to the default installation location. If you have installed to a different location, adjust the directory path accordingly.
Ports used by the Rational ClearQuest request manager:
The request manager component of the Rational ClearQuest server uses these port definitions in the jtl.properties file:
JTLRMISERVICEPORT: 1132, 1133
The jtl.properties file is found in this location:
There are two additional ports that are specified in the csm.properties file:
The csm.properties file is found in this location:
Note: These directory locations assume that you have installed Rational ClearQuest to the default installation location. If you have installed to a different location, adjust the directory path accordingly.
This blog post was Co-Authored by: Kiran Byrappa and Saurabh Tyagi
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What are the IBM Product Lifecycle and EOS? - This video will help you understand the stages of the IBM Product Lifecycle, including End of Support.
For more information on End of Support items, review the following two recent blog posts concerning an announcement was made on the week of April 8th, 2014 that certain versions of multiple Rational products would be end of support on April 30th, 2015:
Here is a note which addresses the queries like: "Why is Eclipse so slow?" and "Why does Eclipse crash so much" when using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) Eclipse client.
With little efforts and self troubleshooting you can watch the memory consumption over time which gives an indication if the IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) Eclipse client is using too much memory.
Eclipse Heap Status
Hovering the mouse over the widget gives you a tooltip with more information. Clicking the garbage can icon forces a System.gc(). More options are available with a context menu:
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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IBM UrbanCode Release playlist- In the series of seven videos below, you will learn about IBM UrbanCode Release, a release management and coordination platform. Each video will auto play after the other for a total runtime of 55 minutes. So grab a pot of coffee, sit back, and enjoy learning about UrbanCode Release!
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Of late I have come across instances, where license administrators are facing issues related to permanent and temporary licenses. I thought it will be a good idea to provide all the relevant information through this post. Let me start with a description of license key types.
License key type : These are broadly categorized into two parts
Permanent: A license issued to a customer to run products for an indefinite period of time.
To order your permanent floating, named-user floating, or authorized user license keys for most products, use the IBM Rational License Key Center.
To acquire an authorized user license key for IBM Rational products based on the Eclipse framework, purchase and download an activation kit from Passport Advantage. See Requesting license keys for information about ordering keys from the License Key Center.
Temporary (evaluation or emergency): A time-limited license issued to a customer for running IBM Rational products. You can use it on any computer until the specified expiration date.
Temporary license keys can be floating or authorized user.
Temporary keys are generated only for single or multiple license servers. They are not generated for redundant servers.
NOTE : To evaluate a product, ask your sales representative for an evaluation key.
Important : License key files file name with description:
→ rational_temp.dat: Contains all authorized user temporary license keys. Obtain a permanent license key to use your IBM Rational product past the temporary license key expiration date.
→ rational_perm.dat: Contains all authorized user permanent license keys. Go to IBM Rational License Key Center to request permanent license keys.
Now as we know and understand the basics about licenses, we can move ahead to discuss a few issues related with using the licenses in your environment. To start off, I would like to discuss about using a newly generated temp
The figure below shows the contents of a temporary license file
the Host name is “this_host”
the host id is “ANY”
the host-id is “ANY” to signify that this license can be run on any machine irrespective of the license type,
But while configuring these licenses on the license key server you need to make sure that the host name is updated to reflect the the actual Host name of the machine on which the license key server is running.
If this is not done, license checkouts will not happen.
Steps to modify the temporary license file:
1. Open the temporary license file with notepad or any other text editor.
2. Replace this_host with hostname of the machine.
3. Save the changes and exit from text editor.
If the Rational license key server is running on the host ABCD, then the above steps should be followed and the updated file should look like the one below
There may be instances where you have to use both permanent and temporary license. The following discussion focuses on this.
How to serve both permanent and temporary licenses at the same time
As pointed out earlier for temporary licenses, the following files are used
and for permanent licenses, the following files are used
So we have to configure the license server to read two license files instead of one
Steps to make the license server to read two license files
If Rational License Key Server is configured as a Service
1. Open windows registry editor (regedit.exe)
2. Navigate to the following registry key:
Note: On 64-bit Windows 7 platform, please navigate to the following key:
3. Modify the current value, and specify the complete paths to the two license files, separated with a semi-colon “;”.
4. Close the registry editor and restart your Rational License Server.
If the license server was initially started as a process from a command prompt:
1. Stop the license server by using following command
lmutil lmdown -c <pat
2).Restart the Rational License Server process using the following command:
lmgrd -c <pat
Note: The 2 paths are separated by a semi-colon ";".
I would also mention that removing the references to expired temporary licenses is also very important. If not removed, the expired licenses can cause issues while importing new licenses.
To remove expired temporary licenses:
1. Navigate to location of rati
2. Open the file in a text editor.
3. Delete the lines or INCREMENT block(s) corresponding to the expired temporary licenses.
4. Restart the license server.
→ How to serve both permanent and temporary licenses at the same time: http
→ Rational License File Management: http
→ Rational Common Licensing 8.1.4: http
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What is IBM Event Connect?
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It is possible to export and import the work items from a repository to another. Here was a unique situation, which demanded additional work.
We were trying to export workitems to CSV and import it in to other repository. It is possible to get the XML data entered in an attribute of a work item upon export, if that attribute is of the type wiki or HTML. However we had an attribute of the type largeString, which had XML content as the data for this attribute.
Exporting the work item to CSV in this case did export the attribute but not the XML data to CSV.
==> Here are the steps that we took, to bring the XML content from the attribute of the type large string at the target project area. It makes use of Temporary HTML attribute for this cause.
4. Apply the script to the LargeHTML attribute.
Please note, the use case mentioned here may not be applicable to all users performing an export and import, as this was a unique situation with a non-typical solution.
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Flip or Flop, Rehab Addict, Renovation Raiders rest my brain after a long day. When they find an intriguing listing these investors look at the neighborhood comps, zoom to the property and poke around the perimeter attempting to peer into filthy windows. They examine refuse piles as if on an archeological dig, try to gauge the viability of the roof and foundation and then bolt back to their cars. Speeding to the courthouse steps they formulate a bidding strategy and make some wild estimates as to potential return on investment. With a flip of the hand they throw down a few hundred thousand dollars.
Keys In hand they nervously enter the darkened structure and begin to learn just how far out of reach their target ROI is. The sooty smoke detector atop the trash heap – thrown out after a fire gutted the kitchen. Water stained ceilings mean the roof has been leaking a while and hearts sink as they encounter termite trails meandering down the walls. Their margin target has been shot to hell…
It’s fascinating because this buying process is the antithesis of corporate buying decisions. Tangible ROI is the central concern of every client considering the purchase of IBM’
Home renovators all want state of the art kitchens with wide open vistas, but challenges often arise when the contractors start to open up walls. That’s when they discover that without the addition of a big beam, the upstairs bath tub is on its way to becoming a patio planter.
Just as it’s simply not possible to envision what’s inside walls, until we start working together, AVP can’t understand every nuance of your software development environment. Within a matter of weeks your dedicated AVP resource develops that expertise and will be working with you to recommend the right structural reinforcements and IBM resources to enhance process and performance, while being ever mindful of your business goals.
And though we can’t invite you to come and view our new showcase home, while you’re at Innovate we can invite you to meet some of our most important clients and hear their ‘renovation’ stories. They represent companies that invest in AVP year after year, because we make their lives easier and offer solid ROI. Real results delivered in real time.
Interested? Ask us how.
One of the users using IBM Rational Team Concert (RTC) 4.0.1 were planning to move some work items to a different repository.
To do this, they were considering the following options along with some requirements:
a. Move the work items, preserving workitem ID and if possible history also.
b. Export workitems to CSV file and then import it into other repository.
Here is the information that should help users with similar queries:
So those references would break if the work item is moved.
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Managing Parallel Streams of Requirements with Rational DOORS- In this video, Doug Babcock, a lead developer of requirements at GM, with 17 years experience, will lead you the methods of developing and synchronizing streams of requirements including branching, comparison and merging of requirements between modules within DOORS.
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What is Codename: BlueMix, exactly?
Codename: BlueMix is an open-standards, cloud-based platform for building, managing and running apps of all types (web, mobile, big data, new smart devices). Capabilities include Java, mobile backend development, application monitoring, as well as capabilities from ecosystem partners and open source — all through an as-a-service model in the cloud. If you're a developer, you will now have a hand in creating the future. Codename: BlueMix offers you all the instant services, runtimes, and infrastructure you need to push your ideas into the present.
So now that you know what it is, check out the video below to see how you can use it to extend your mobile apps:
Now, why not start playing with BlueMix today? Get your free beta trial here and start extending your mobile apps with the power of Big Blue behind you!
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Various Ways of Deploying and Using IBM Rational Product Help Software- This video contains information about how to use IBM Rational Help systems. The Help can be deployed and used locally, through an internal company intranet, or streamed over the web.
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IBM Rational Synergy for Rational Team Concert Bridge Connector - Part 1 - This article describes the use of Rational Synergy for Rational Team Concert (RTC) Bridge Connector. It talks about who can utilize this integration, and the benefits and the features of doing so.
IBM Rational Synergy for Rational Team Concert Bridge Connector - Part 2 - This article describes the use of Rational Synergy for Rational Team Concert (RTC) Bridge Connector. It talks about who can utilize this integration, and the benefits and the features of doing so.
IBM Rational Synergy for Rational Team Concert Synchronizer - Rational Synergy users can now migrate to Rational Team Concert (RTC) and migrate their source code data to RTC. This articles talks about the Rational Synergy for Rational Team Concert Synchronizer and who should use this integration. It also talks about some of the benefits, best practices, workarounds and limitations of the RTC Synchronizer integration.
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Our friends in IBM Electronic Support have gone that extra mile for us all and published a seven part series of blog posts covering various ways to get more out of IBM Support. We've rolled all their posts into this single point resource to find them more easily and connect them in order to help you not only find the information you need, but when you need it!