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Rational Performance Tester version 8.1.1 for Microsoft Windows and Linux



This document describes how to download and install refresh pack 8.1.1 for IBM® Rational® Performance Tester (RPT) version 8.1 on Microsoft® Windows® and Linux® operating systems.

Download Description

New features

  • Usability improvements have been made for manual data correlation.
  • You can see a global view of all data correlations in a test.
  • You can generate multiple HTTP tests from a single recording session.
  • You can see error messages from virtual users in real time while running tests and schedules.
  • You can analyze and compare stage results in real time while a schedule runs.
  • You can create executive summary documents that incorporate selected report data and graphics.
  • You can export the test log to a text file.
  • You can automatically export results in full CSV format when you run tests from the command line.
  • Measurement of net server time for transactions is now supported, so that you can isolate the portion of a transaction's elapsed time due to the server and network, excluding think time.
  • HTTP page response times are corrected for increased accuracy by using advanced techniques to exclude processing overhead not related to the server under test.
  • A high resolution timer is available. If you use the high resolution timer, all measurements are precise to 1 millisecond.
  • You can collect resource monitoring data from DB2, Oracle WebLogic, and SAP NetWeaver.
  • New Citrix testing features:
    • You can debug a Citrix test while it runs by setting breakpoints and stopping and starting a test manually.
    • You can view response times for the virtual users that did not encounter synchronization failures.
    • Usability improvements have been made to the response time table.
    • You can split Citrix tests.
  • New SAP testing features:
    • You can record an SAP test from an open SAPGUI session, from an SAP shortcut file, or from a SAPGUI transaction launched from SAP Portal.
  • New SIP testing features:
    • The sips scheme is supported.
  • New SOA testing features:
    • You can split SOA tests.
    • Usability improvements to HTTP transport configuration have been made, including improvements to keystore management and to the display of HTTP information.
    • The JMS and MQ transports now support multiple returns.
    • Web Services Security 1.1 EncryptedKey and Thumbprint references are supported.
  • New socket testing features:
    • Content verification points are now supported for the socket protocol.

Known problems

Known problems are documented in the form of individual technotes in the Support knowledge base at As problems are discovered and resolved, the knowledge base is updated. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.

The following links open customized queries of the live Support knowledge base:

Additional resources

IBM Rational Performance Tester Information Center
IBM Rational Performance Tester Roadmap

Fixed APARs contained in this release
APAR Headline
PK87515 Inconsistent behavior when right-clicking on results in Profiling and Logging perspective.
PK88806 RPT stays in Running state for simple schedule with two agents and three Percentage User Groups
PK99214 Negative values in Server Throughput Byte Transfer Rates report for high throughput
PM01707 Data correlation time is added to page response time, potentially inflating them
PM02022 Deleted request headers reappear if multiple headers are removed in single operation
PM02912 Auto data transform to JSO not working in; worked in
PM04438 RPT is not automatically correlating Location when using proxy server with SSL traffic
PK94972 TestGen fails with an "RPTS0001I Exception encountered: %1 %2 %3" exception
PM02181 Recording through Web Interface will fail when test project is physically located outside of the workspace folder
PM03310 Test Suite Editor filters the non pure-XML lines


Before you can install this fix pack, you must update your Installation Manager to version 1.3.1. Whenever you use Installation Manager to update an installed package, it automatically updates itself if necessary.

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Installation Instructions

A previous version of IBM Rational Performance Tester, Version 8.1 must already be installed on your system.
Automatic Update You should install the RPT 8.1.1 update using the Update wizard in the IBM Installation Manager.

  1. Start the IBM Installation Manager.
  2. Click Update.
Manual Update It is also possible to download the update and install it locally.
  1. Download the RPT 8.1.1 update ZIP files. Refer to the Download Package table below for the URLs.
  2. Extract the files to a temporary directory with a directory structure resembling:
    • rpt_update\disk1
    • rpt_update\disk2
    The base directories must be named disk1, disk2, etc.
  3. Start the IBM Installation Manager.
  4. Open File>Preferences ...
  5. Click Add Repository.
  6. Enter the directory where disk1 resides according to the following example: ...\rpt_update\disk1\diskTag.inf
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Apply.
  9. Click OK to close the Preferences window.
  10. From the main Installation Manager window, click Update.

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Technical Support

The Passport Advantage Online Help href="…">Instructional Videos will guide Passport Advantage customers through the download and CD ordering processes.
If you are unable to download the 8.1 release, contact the href="…">Passport Advantage help desk.


Discuss your version 8.1 experience with the IBM professional community by either searching a "Overall product forum."

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Rational software support

Links to specific product support pages plus general topics such as downloads and product documentation are available from the IBM Rational software support main page.

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Problems (APARS) fixed

Document Information

Modified date:
07 May 2019