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ITCAM for Transactions - Current and planned support of Rational Performance Tester (RPT)

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ITCAM for Transactions - Current and planned support of Rational Performance Tester (RPT)

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IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Transactions
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By Kevin Baldwin -


How to.....How to.....
Know what versions of Rational Performance Tester (RPT) are currently supported or planned for use with ITCAM for Transactions



RPT can be used to record and upload robotic script tests to monitor HTTP or HTTPS web applications, SAP, Siebel, or Citrix applications for performance and/or availability.

RPT is a product developed independently of ITCAMfT. This sometimes means there are newer versions of RPT available that are not supported by ITCAMfT.

You might be developing tests that require new features only available in the latest versions of RPT or you might need help with specific RPT issues from RPT support which result in a recommendation to upgrade to a newer version of RPT.

If RPT tests are being developed for export to ITCAMfT it is your responsibility to make sure you only use a version of RPT supported for use with the version of  ITCAMfT Robotic Response Time (RRT) agent you have installed or plan to install.

To check what versions of RPT are supported by what versions of ITCAMfT take a look at the ITCAM RPT RFT Robot Support Matrix
 


 

Planned and unofficial support


This section describes what the status of "planned" and "unofficial" support is for various aspects of RPT use in the ITCAMfT RRT/T6 playback environment.
 

The following questions will be updated as and when new information is provided by ITCAMfT Robotic Response Time (RRT) development.
 

Any statement of "unofficial" support here is based purely on limited but successful testing completed in advance of completing full certification tests.

This level of support is provided on a "best effort" basis as it will not be possible to escalate the problem to L3 or development till support is officially announced.
 

  • What are the current plans to support already released versions of RPT that aren't yet officially supported by ITCAMfT?

    Updated 23rd Jan 2017:
    Full ITCAMfT certification testing of RPT 9.0.1 and RPT 9.0.1.1 is planned to be complete by the end of Q1.
    This blog will be updated with more information as soon as it is known.
     
  • Is any support available in advance of full certification and a statement of support for already released versions of RPT?

    Updated 23rd Jan 2017:
    Support will be provided on an "unofficial" basis for RPT 9.0.1 http playbacks only, on all supported versions of Windows and Windows 10
     
  • What are the current plans to support operating systems not yet officially supported by ITCAMfT?

    Updated 23rd Jan 2017:
    Full ITCAMfT certification testing for running RPT playbacks on Windows 10 machines is planned to be complete by the end of Q1.
    This blog will be updated with more information as soon as it is known.
     
  • Is any support available for currently unsupported operating systems in advance of full certification and a statement of support?

    Updated 23rd Jan 2017:
    Support will be provided on an "unofficial" basis for RPT 9.0.1 http playbacks only, on all supported versions of Windows and Windows 10
     
  • What are the current plans to support Citrix Receiver versions not yet officially supported by ITCAMfT?

    If the version of RPT used to record the script is supported by ITCAMfT as seen in the  ITCAM RPT RFT Robot Support Matrix and the Citrix Receiver version is supported by RPT as seen in the Citrix support policy for the IBM Rational Performance Tester Citrix extension, then it is also supported by ITCAMfT.

    There have been times when ITCAMfT have provided support for Citrix versions not supported by RPT after successful testing of a specific Citrix Receiver version by ITCAMfT.
    A table showing the test results of various Citrix client versions against different Windows platforms can be seen in the "Response Time and Availability Monitoring of Citrix Servers with IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time and Transactions" wiki page.

    Updated 23rd Jan 2017:
    At this time, Citrix support policy for the IBM Rational Performance Tester Citrix extension shows that RPT supports the following versions of Citrix Receiver:

    RPT         Citrix Receiver
    8.6.0.0     4.1
    8.6.0.1     4.1
    9.0.0.0     4.1
    9.0.1.0     4.5
    9.0.1.1     4.5

    Full ITCAMfT certification testing of RPT 9.0.1 and RPT 9.0.1.1 is planned to be complete by the end of Q1.
    Until that time ITCAMfT does not support versions of Citrix Receiver above 4.1 or those described in the "Response Time and Availability Monitoring of Citrix Servers with IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager for Response Time and Transactions" wiki page.
    This blog will be updated with more information as soon as it is known.

    Support for Citrix Receiver 4.6 is expected to be delivered in RPT 9.1.0.0 when it is released later this year.
    New certification tests by ITCAMfT will be needed to deliver support for RPT 9.1.0.x playbacks in the ITCAMfT environment.
    At this time no further information is available.
     
  • Is any support available in advance of full certification and a statement of support for currently unsupported versions Citrix Receiver?

    Updated 23rd Jan 2017:
    No
     

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The rest of this blog provides information that is relates to the support of RPT playbacks supported by ITCAMfT.
 



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