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Rational License Key Server, Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool and Agent Fix Pack for 8.1.5



IBM Rational License Key Server 8.1.5 has been made generally available and contains new features as well as fixes for customer-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.

For fixes for security vulnerabilities, see Security Bulletin.


Attention: Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool (ART) and IBM Rational License Key Server Administration Agent MUST BE CONFIGURED according to the following hardware and software specifications. Otherwise, failure may occur during license administration and usage reporting.

Prerequisites include:

Version of IBM Installation Manager required:"IBM Installation Manager 1.8.6.

Additional notes: Upgrade the agent and ART to version 8.1.5 to obtain the RFE and improvements that are included in this release.

Important: If you are upgrading ART from version 8.1.4 to 8.1.5, you must upgrade the ART component first, before you upgrade the agent.

If you are currently using ART version or, to upgrade to version 8.1.5, you cannot use the IBM Installation Manager Update option to upgrade. You must uninstall the previous version of ART. After you uninstall the previous version, the data in the installation directory remains. Do not delete this directory. When you install version 8.1.5, the installer migrates the data from the old installation directory into the new installation directory. Ensure that you select the option to migrate data from the old installation location during the installation. For detailed steps, see the Upgrading section of the IBM Knowledge Center.

However, if you are currently using ART version or later, you can upgrade to version 8.1.5 using the IBM Installation Manager Update option.

If the 8.1.4 agent is configured with ART, when you upgrade to 8.1.5, the tool shows the reporting status as Not Running. When you select Start reporting for the first time, the log file conversion process begins. Depending on the size of your server log file, the process can take awhile for the initial conversion of the data. The system must convert the data in the entire log to the required format.

Data backup and upgrade

When you upgrade from version or later, the installer automatically creates a backup of your license usage data. However, if you prefer to create your own backup, copy this directory: RLKSAdmin/server/conf/lqe.

Hardware requirements

Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Disk space: 100 GB

Rational License Key Server Administration Agent

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Disk space: 50 GB

Software requirements

Web browser requirement for Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool

  • Mozilla Firefox: 10 ESR and future fix packs

  • Important: Switch to Standard View by clicking Tools > Developer tools to work with ART. Internet Explorer does not render ART properly in Compatibility View.

Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool

  • Rational License Key Server: version 8.1.2, 8.1.3, or 8.1.4
    Note: ART does not support Rational License Key Server 8.1.1
  • Jazz team server version 4.0.1 and later

Rational License Key Server Administration Agent

  • Installation prerequisite: The Server Administration Agent MUST BE COLLOCATED with the license server.
  • Operating Systems: All operating systems supported by Rational License Key Server (version 8.1.2 and later versions) and the IBM solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (version 4.0.1 and later versions) server.


Special characters supported by reports

  • For a list of special characters that are supported by reports in ART, see the technical document.


Download Package

The following sections provide detailed information related to this release.

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


How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This release is a service release of Rational License Key Server. 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

Open defects

Review the following list of open defects for Rational License Key Server 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
  • Flexera FlexLM product name has been changed to Flexera FlexNet Publisher. The Rational Common Licensing documentation has been updated to reflect this name change.

  • In the Installing the license server on UNIX topic, the step to enter the absolute path to the license file and the port number for the license server was deleted. This step is not required when installing Rational License Key Server version 8.1.4.

Click the "FC" link in the Download Options column:

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Problems (APARS) fixed

Document Information

Modified date:
20 July 2018