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Rational Functional Tester 8.5.1



IBM Rational Functional Tester 8.5.1 has been made generally available and contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

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Table of Contents
Sections Description

The Change history section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.

This section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.

This section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.

This section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.

This section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.

The Known side effects section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.

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Click to review the detailed system requirements information for a complete list of hardware requirements, supported operating systems, prerequisites and optional supported software, with component-level details and operating system restrictions.

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Click to review a complete list of the defects (APARs) resolved in this release including a list of resolved defects for the entire version family.


Prerequisites include:

Version of IBM Installation Manager required: IBM Installation Manager 1.7.

Installation Instructions

You can either install Rational Functional Tester version 8.5.1 as a new install or as an upgrade from 8.5. If you are installing on 64-bit Linux, it can only be a new install.

Click the link to the Install instructions provided below.

For information about new installations of Rational Functional Tester, version 8.5.1, review Installing Rational Functional Tester.

For information about updating Rational Functional Tester to version 8.5.1, review Updating Rational Functional Tester.

Additional considerations:

Accessing Help

Rational Functional Tester help is included with the product. You can also connect to the site and access the information center help. See Accessing help in Rational Functional Tester versions 8.2.2 and later in the Rational Functional Tester Information Center.

Note: It is recommended that you access information center help from the website. After installing Rational Functional Tester version 8.5.1 or later, complete the following steps:
  1. Start Rational Functional Tester.
  2. Click Window and then click Preferences.
  3. In the Preferences dialog box, expand Help in the left panel, and then click Content.
  4. In the Content page, select the RFT 8.5 Infocenter row and then click Enable.
  5. Click Apply and then click OK.
  6. Restart Rational Functional Tester, and view the help.

Installing Rational Functional Tester 8.5.1 .NET 2010 help

If you have installed Rational Functional Tester 8.5.1 with Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET Integration, you must install Rational Functional Tester Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 .NET help manually.
  1. Open Rational Functional Tester, click Help and then click Manage Help Settings.
    This opens the Visual Studio Help Library Manager.
  2. Select the Install content from disk option.
  3. Click Browse and select the helpcontentsetup.msha file that is available by default in the Rational Functional Tester installation directory\IBM\SDP\FunctionalTester\vsnet\MSDNHelp\VS2010 directory. The help manifest files for other translations are found within the locale folders available in the VS2010 directory. Click Next.
  4. Select RFT and click Add. The Update button is enabled.
  5. Click Update. You are prompted to confirm the installation. Click Yes. The Rational Functional Tester .NET help is installed as local help for Visual Studio 2010.

Note: To view the Rational Functional Tester .NET Scripting help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, you must enable the local help option in the Help Library Manager.

Tip: To view the complete table of contents of the installed local help in the Visual Studio 2010 IDE, install the Visual Studio Help Keyword Index plug-in that is available from the Microsoft website. Alternatively, you can upgrade to Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 to view help in the Microsoft Help Viewer.

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Fix Central provides fixes and updates for your system's software, hardware, and operating system.

How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a service release of Rational Functional Tester 8.5. It contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Test Results


Regression: An error in the Maintenance Delivery Vehicle (MDV) that produces incorrect or unexpected behavior causing a supported feature to stop functioning as designed.
This includes:

  • Coding errors that cause a regression
  • Documentation or packaging problems that cause a regression
  • Errors reported in a new function delivered in a MDV that cause a regression

Incomplete: An error in the MDV has not regressed, but does not work as designed.
This includes:

  • Fixed APARs which did not solve the original problem but did not break anything new
  • APARs reporting documentation errors, such as readme errors, that cause problems applying an MDV but do not lead to a regression

  • Regression and incomplete APARs are considered fix-in-error or MDV-in-error
  • Definitions above apply only to valid APARs that result in product fixes (APARs returned as working-as-designed are not assessed for being fix-in-error)
  • Issues in major releases due to new functionality do not apply in this definition

There are no known issues to report.

Problems Solved

Click the Fix List link in the table of contents above to review a list of the problems solved in this release.

Known Side Effects

The following client reported defects were not resolved in this release:

Review the following list of open defects.

APAR Description
PM91085 Unable to save recorded scripts from the Internet Explorer 9 download popup
PM91358 Firefox does not provide an option to capture the grid value using 'Table Contents with Child Items'
PM92998 Dojo Tree recording adds the leaf node twice in the click AtPath
PM93276 RFT is unable to highlight/playback actions on the Open Dialog Window in the AppScan application
PM94364 RFT and 8.5 cannot find the Dojo grid when the ".dojoclass" property is included
PM95632 In Siebel, RFT records the actions twice
PM96366 In Silverlight, the script using find() method does not support playback
PM98549 Multiple issues with Script find on Chrome
PI05209 Playback Log: Result Steps displayed in the XML report are out of order
PI05772 IE9: TestObject Inspector is unable to recognize the controls after scrolling down the page
PI06051 Unable to save data: After deleting the row(s), the data grid in the DataVP is taken on the HTML table.
PI06052 Recorder throws wrapped exception while clicking on the scroll bar in WPF list view.
PI06060 Unable to drill down controls inside iframe when another iframe has a pdf document embedded.
PI06223 IE10: UnSupportedAction Exception, NoScreenPointFound is thrown during playback.
PI05880 The Playback Monitor is started, but nothing gets executed.

Change History

What's new

Rational Functional Tester 8.5.1 includes the following features and enhancements:

Click the link in the Download Options column:

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Problems (APARS) fixed

Document Information

Modified date:
29 September 2018