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Rational DOORS and Rational DOORS Web Access Fix Pack 4 ( for 9.6.1



IBM Rational DOORS and DOORS Web Access has been made generally available and contains fixes to version 9.6.1.

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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.

Find technical developer content and resources.


Prerequisites include:

Java is no longer included in the Rational DOORS client installation. This component is a prerequisite for installation. See Detailed System Requirements for Rational DOORS for more information. Rational DOORS uses Java for the help system and for document generation with Rational Publishing Engine. You must install a 64-bit version of Java, which can be obtained from Oracle or IBM. See the installation instructions associated with your Java download. After installing, verify that your system has an JAVA_HOME environment variable that is set to the JRE install path; for example: C:\Program Files\IBM\Java71\jre.

Review the Version compatibility for Rational DOORS Web Access, interoperation server, Rational DOORS database server and client document prior to installation to ensure the client and server compatibility requirements are met in your environment.

Installation Instructions

Review the Installing section of the IBM Knowledge Center for details.

The Rational DOORS 9.6.1 client and interoperation server support 64-bit Windows. There is no support for 32 bit.

The Rational DOORS Web Access 9.6.1 server supports 64-bit Windows and Linux. There is no support for 32 bit.

All other Rational DOORS components are 32 bit. You can install 32-bit Rational DOORS components on a supported 64-bit Windows platform. See system requirements for a list of supported platforms.

Rational DOORS 9.6.1 and Rational DOORS Web Access 9.6.1 do not support Solaris.

The Rational DOORS kit for ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 has been updated for Rational DOORS 9.6.1.

The integrations with IBM Rational Rose and IBM Rational ClearCase and not supported in Rational DOORS 9.6.1.

Download Package

The following sections provide detailed information related to this release.

Click the FC link below to obtain the release from Fix Central.

In addition to the download package that is available from Fix Central, the release is also available at Passport Advantage. Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express clients are required to sign in to download the software package. If you are entitled for Rational DOORS and need to download your software from Passport Advantage, perform the following steps:

  1. Logon to Passport Advantage.
  2. Select Software Downloads and Media Access.
  3. Select the Download Finder.
  4. Select Find by description or part number.
  5. Select the Product Description and All radio buttons and enter Rational DOORS in the description field.
  6. Select Continue.
  7. Expand the eAssemblies and you will see your entitled software.

How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a maintenance release. It contains fixes for customer-reported and internally found defects. It also contains fixes for the following security vulnerabilities:

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
1903758 Cannot paste a screen capture image into an IBM Rational DOORS object text on Microsoft Windows 8.1.
1689169 After upgrading to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 Rational DOORS interoperation server fails to start.

Open defects

Review this 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
  • The capability for migrating data from Rational DOORS to Rational DOORS Next Generation is now generally available and includes enhancements for the previous Beta functionality.
    • Fully embedded migration functionality. There is no separate toolkit required.
    • Automated harmonization of DOORS type systems and links.
    • Automated creation of Rational DOORS Next Generation artifact types.
    • The Migration Metrics utility is now included in the Rational DOORS client installation.
  • A new OSLC DXL Services Manager is included in the Rational DOORS client installation.
  • Pictures are now supported in the Rational DOORS Change Management integration.
  • The Column/Attribute/Type dialog box now has a column that indicates whether an attribute is DXL based or not.
  • Provision of DXL to purge individual soft-deleted objects.
  • Rational DOORS Change Management now uses a getResourceURL DXL function to generate URLs with http or https protocol rather than "doors://". The change is applied to all new URLs. To revise URLs that were created previous, contact Support.
  • Rational DOORS now supports Rational Directory Server version
  • Java is no longer included in the Rational DOORS client installation. This component is a prerequisite for installation. Separate installation of Java provides the opportunity for security upgrades to Java outside of the Rational DOORS release schedule.
  • The Find feature in the Rational DOORS client now includes an option to copy the URL to a found artifact.
  • The installed help system is now a 64-bit application.
  • The integration with IBM Rational Quality Manager now uses link discovery if Rational DOORS version or later is integrated with Rational Quality Manager version 6.0.1 or later, and the minimum client version of is set on the Rational DOORS database. If both conditions are not met, then back links are used, as in previous releases.
  • The Rational DOORS capability to export data using Document Generation now includes the option to export to a Word document as Office Open XML (.docm).

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Problems (APARS) fixed

Document Information

Modified date:
01 May 2020