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Rational DOORS and Rational DOORS Web Access 9.6



IBM Rational DOORS and DOORS Web Access 9.6 has been made generally available and contains new capabilities 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.

The How critical is this fix section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.

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

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

The Installation instructions 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.

Supporting Documentation
Document Description

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.

IBM Knowledge Center provides an entry point to product documentation. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product.

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.

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Prerequisites include:

When following the link to Passport Advantage below, there are a large number of components that are listed. The following components are the only ones that are required for a basic installation of Rational DOORS and Rational DOORS Web Access:

  • Quick Start Guide - IBM Rational DOORS V9.6 Multiplatform Multilingual (CIY6FML)
  • IBM Rational DOORS Web Access V9.6 Multiplatform Multilingual (CIZ0EML)
  • IBM Rational DOORs V9.6 Multiplatforms Multilingual (CIZ0CML)
  • IBM Rational License Key Server V8.1.4 for Windows Multilingual (CIPP8ML)

The following components are required for a basic installation of Rational DOORS Next Generation:
  • IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management IDE Clients Install V5.0 Multiplatforms Multilingual (CIY0UML)
  • IBM Rational Collaborative Lifecycle Management Server Install V5.0 Multiplatforms Multilingual (CIY0TML)

Installation Instructions

Review the Installing section of the Knowledge Center for details.

All Rational DOORS components are 32-bit. An optional 64-bit client is now available. You can install 32-bit Rational DOORS components on a supported 64-bit Windows platform. See system requirements for a list of supported platforms.

To run Rational DOORS on a Linux platform, the operating system must be configured to support 32-bit applications.

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Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express clients are required to sign in to download the software package.

IBM Software Group OEM offerings are designed for partners who develop and sell business solutions with embedded or bundled IBM middleware software. Clients with Flexible Contract Type (FCT) license purchases and IBM Business Partners must sign in to download the software package.

How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a service release. 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 regressions to report.

Problems Solved

Defects resolved

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

Review the following list of known issues and open defects:

Review the following technotes for details regarding known issues.

Technote Description
1673608 An error occurs when printing reports in Rational DOORS if an attribute includes an ampersand (&) character
1661512 Version compatibility for Rational DOORS Web Access, interoperation server, Rational DOORS database server and client.
1672588 Rational DOORS and Rational DOORS Web Access cannot process paged results from Rational Design Manager for link discovery.
1672644 When exporting content from Microsoft Word to Rational DOORS, Word might stop if the document contains graphics with inline shapes.
1666672 Security Bulletin: Security vulnerability in the JRE in Rational DOORS Web Access version 9.6 (CVE-2014-0411).
1672610 Loading an RCR view in Rational DOORS Web Access takes a long time if the module contains a large number of attributes

Open defects

Review the following list of open defects for Rational DOORS and DOORS Web Access on the IBM Support Portal.

Review technote 1461170: Open APARs for Rational products available on the Web for information on how to configure your MyNotifications subscription account and subscribe to the APARs you are interested in following.

Change History

What's new

Rational DOORS version 9.6 includes the following new capabilities and enhancements:

Native 64-bit client for Rational DOORS rich client

  • Supports higher volumes of module data. The client can now use all extended physical memory.
  • This is an option client installation, an alternative to the existing 32-bit client.

Usability and productivity improvements

  • Configurable refresh rate for layout columns in modules.
  • Change bars and link indicators are displayed in modules even if the the main column is not displayed.
  • Finer control on the creation of link suspicion.
  • Return to last-opened modules with the previous size and position of windows.
  • Filter the display of contents in the database explorer.

Finer-grained traceability

  • Support for linking requirements to Rational Quality Manager test script steps.

Extended capabilities for ReqIF content migration

  • Supports folders.
  • Migrate tables to rich text tables.

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Problems (APARS) fixed

Document Information

Modified date:
01 May 2020