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Rational Performance Tester, Version 8.2.1



This document describes how to download and install IBM Rational Performance Tester, Version 8.2.1.

Download Description

Rational Performance Tester is a performance testing tool used to identify the presence and cause of system performance bottlenecks.

Note: Rollback from version 8.2.1 to versions or earlier is not supported. To work around this issue, install Rational Performance Tester, Version before you install Version 8.2.1. Then you will be able to roll back from version 8.2.1 to version, and then roll back from version to an earlier version of the product, if necessary.

Rational Performance Tester 8.2.1 includes these new features or enhancements:
  • Usability improvements have been made to the test-splitting function.
  • Packet details are displayed in the recording session editor.
  • Recording session files can be encrypted.
  • Significant enhancements have been made to the data correlation rules editor.
  • Data correlation rules can be automatically created as you manually edit a test.
  • Potential data correlation errors are now detected and displayed.
  • Searches in tests can match encoded and decoded values of the specified text.
  • Random numbers can be generated as built-in data sources.
  • Binary data can be automatically transformed when a test is generated.
  • You can monitor the progress of a test-log transfer when a test run stops.
  • Error handling support now includes custom verification point failures and any user-defined conditions that are detected in custom code.
  • You can pass literal strings as arguments to custom code.
  • You can change the schedule stage duration during a run.
  • Enhanced data correlation enables you to use any data source at run time to control test parameters such as think times, delays, loop conditions, transaction names, and content verification strings.
  • HTTP tests now have built-in data transformation support for the Action Message Format 3 (AMF 3) protocol that Flex applications use.
  • Recording HTTP traffic can be blocked for specified hosts.
  • HTTP applications that do not support SOCKS or HTTP proxies can be recorded using an enhanced socket recorder.
  • Browser cache emulation is now supported in HTTP tests, and new statistical counters have been added to monitor cache behavior, including hit ratios.
  • Dynamic redirect requests are automatically followed at playback time to support common usage patterns such as load balancing.
  • Reports can display the effect of connection and client delays on page response time.
  • Custom counters can be aggregated from multiple agent computers.
  • More events can be displayed on the execution event console.
  • You can collect resource monitoring data from Apache HTTP Server, Oracle Database, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) sources.
  • You can collect response time breakdown data from the 64-bit versions of IBM WebSphere Application Server versions 6.1 and 7.0 and WebLogic Server versions 9 and 10.
  • New Citrix testing features have been added:
    • Citrix XenDesktop is supported
    • Citrix XenApp 6 is supported.
  • New SAP testing features have been added:
    • SAP Scripting settings on the server are logged when you record or run tests.
    • Error handling is supported for connection failures, content verification points, and server timeouts.
  • New SOA testing features have been added:
    • Improvements have been made to Web Services Description Language (WSDL) file handling to make it easier to store SOA tests in source-control management tools.
    • GZIP content encoding is now supported.
    • Verification points to validate server responses against an XML schema are now supported.
    • URL binding information is now saved in the test log.
    • Usability and logging improvements have been made to the generic service client.
  • A new socket testing feature has been added: Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is supported.

Fixed APARs contained in this release
APAR Headline
PM38141 Citrix performance test generation moves all comments to the top
PM39698 Support Policy for Performance Testing under Windows 2008 Server R2
PM45519 Correction Information Center article 'Percentile Report'
PM47718 MQ libraries cannot be found. Please refer to the online help.
PM48051 RST: Disconnect between the values in the WSDL.
PM50370 SOA test EMF/Data initialization is not thread safe.
PM27095 Citrix ICA file not exported to ITCAM and not exported as part of the test dependencies
PM36701 RPT handling of Set-Cookie without Path is different than IE's
PM37609 Re-ordering custom code args produces incorrect results
PM37661 Not able to change X Axis after setting to Time (Absolute)
PM51119 RPT hangs in running state while downloading files larger than 2GB
PM42026 Need a way to recover Test Log if playback hangs during Test Log transfer
PM48073 Double substitution corrupting Host header value in request
PM48915 RPT incorrectly parsing Set-Cookie with commas in value: preferences=TicketColumns=0,SortColumn1=1,SortOrder1= ...
PM49805 RPT playback reports "Driver has reported a RUNFAIL status" when user added to Absolute group
PM50019 RPT test generation takes almost 40 times longer in RPT vs due to auto data correlation
PM50284 RPT checkout of VT license keys uses random user IDs
PM50903 Putting test assets under source control
PM53669 RPT reports NPE for Siebel Message Bar


This release requires IBM Installation Manager, Version 1.4.4 or later.

IBM Rational Performance Tester, Version 8.2 must already be installed.

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Installation Instructions

IBM Rational Performance Tester, Version 8.2, must already be installed. For information about installing version 8.2, see the Rational Performance Tester Version 8.2 DCF download document.

Install the Rational Performance Tester 8.2.1 update using the Update wizard in IBM Installation Manager.

  1. Start the IBM Installation Manager.
  2. Click Update.

Support available for the help installation

The Rational Performance Tester help system is configured to use remote help, where an Internet connection is used to access help or to download and install help locally. If you do not have an Internet connection, see Installing Rational Performance Tester and Rational Performance Tester Agent.

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:

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Technical Support

<p>Visit the <a href="… Support Portal</a> for technical support.<BR><br>
<b>Rational software support</b>
Links to specific product support pages plus general topics such as downloads and product documentation are available from the <A href="">IBM Rational software support main page</A>.
Discuss your Version 8.2.1 experience with the IBM professional community by either searching an "Overall product forum."
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Modified date:
07 May 2019