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Rational Test Automation Server, 10.0

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Abstract

IBM Rational Test Automation Server, 10.0 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 the documentation. You can view, browse, and search the online information.

Prerequisites

Prerequisites include:

Review the Prerequisites for installing the software in the IBM Knowledge Center prior to installing.

Installation Instructions

Review the Installing the software page in the IBM Knowledge Center.

Download Package

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Access type Description

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

If you are entitled for Rational Test Automation Server 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 Integration Tester in the description field.
  6. Select Continue.
  7. Expand the eAssemblies and you will see your entitled software.

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

Definitions

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


Notes:
  • 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

Known Side Effects

Review the following list of known issues and open defects:

Review the following list of known issues.

Rational Test Automation Server is a component of IBM's comprehensive test solution, Rational Test Workbench. Fix packs are made available separately for each component of Rational Test Workbench.

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.

Known issues in this release include:

New to this release
TP-58292 If you interrupt the installation or uninstallation of the Rational Test Automation Server software, the installation or uninstallation cannot complete. For a workaround, see Troubleshooting installation.
TP-58170 Selecting a date in the Execution Results card on the Project Overview page does not update the results for that date.
TP-58125

The Rational Test Automation Server does not currently remove Docker containers after they have exited. The containers will exist in a 'stopped' state but should consume only disk resources (not memory). The Docker command docker ps -a shows both running and stopped containers.

This problem is normally not an issue but if the list grows large it consumes disk resources or might make it difficult to find other stopped containers.

On the HCL OneTest Server system (assuming Linux), to view stopped execution containers, use the following Docker command:

docker ps --filter "status=exited" | grep 'EC_[0-9]' | awk '
{print $1}'

To remove stopped execution containers from the system, use the following Docker command:

docker ps --filter "status=exited" | grep 'EC_[0-9]' | awk '{print $1}
' | xargs docker rm

TP-58104 When monitoring a test execution with the Statistical report, data might stop updating after about an hour. To get updated data, reload the page in your browser.
TP-58061 A server shutdown will not stop currently running executions. It is recommended to not shutdown the server if there are active executions running. If the server is shut down while assets are executing the reported status of those executions might be incorrect.
TP-58024 Rational Test Automation Server Login and Account Settings pages are only available in English.
TP-58017 In case of a slow network, the cloning of a repository might fail with an error. In such a case, you can delete and add the repository again.
TP-58016

If there are errors encountered during server shutdown or while uninstalling the server, they can be caused by active asset executions in progress. It is recommended to allow any executions in progress to complete before shutting down or uninstalling the server. If you want to force a shutdown, the following commands can be used to identify and stop active containers:

Show all running and stopped containers that are part of server asset execution:

docker ps -a -f 'name=EC_*'

Remove containers, including running containers:

docker rm -f $(docker ps -q -a -f 'name=EC_*')

TP-57971 After adding a repository to a project, you see a GREEN status indicator. When you remove the ssh key from Github, the GREEN status changes to RED. When you update Github with a new ssh key and update the same for the repository in Rational Test Automation Server, the status indicator does not immediately change to GREEN but it does change to GREEN after a couple of minutes.
TP-57832

Rational Test Automation Server for Windows is provided for evaluation purposes. It is intended for non-production use, for exampletrials and demonstrations. It is neither supported nor recommended for production use due to insufficient stability and reliability of Docker for Windows while running Linux images at the time of release.

Rational Test Automation Server is tested on both Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition and it operates correctly. However, it is suitable and supported for non-production use only.  If native Linux is unavailable, you can run Rational Test Automation Server for production use on a Linux virtual machine on their Windows host, provided that the Linux virtual machine is running a supported version of Linux.

TP-57198

When working in multiple Rational Test Automation Server tabs concurrently, a message “You are already logged in” might sometimes be displayed. This message occurs when your session has expired and you have since logged in again, but then attempt a navigation action in a browser tab other than the one in which you logged in.

This is a known Keycloak issue. For more information, see https://issues.jboss.org/browse/KEYCLOAK-5179. To workaround this problem, close the tab and open a new one.

TP-56453 After about 20 minutes of an inactive browser session for Rational Test Automation Server, if you attempt to use the existing browser session, you must authenticate again by providing your username and password. When you do so, the message "You took too long to log in. Try again.“ is displayed and you must enter your credentials again.
Rational Performance Tester Agent

With 10.0, you might expect a reduction in the number of Virtual Users (VUs) supported by IBM Rational Performance Tester Agent depending upon workload characteristics. This variation is the result of the product shipping with OpenJDK™ 8 with OpenJ9 instead of IBM JRE.

OpenJDK 8 with OpenJ9 JRE exhibits a higher utilization of CPU for the workload. Up to 30% or more decrease in the supported VUs capacity may be expected for CPU-bound workloads. However, for memory-bound workloads, a much smaller, if any reduction in VUs capacity may be expected.

If you need higher performance and have access to IBM JRE 8.0.5.35 or later that contains the latest security fixes, you can switch from OpenJDK 8 with OpenJ9 to IBM JRE. For more information, see http://www.ibm.com/support/docview.wss?uid=ibm10956413.

Change History

What's new

Review the Release notes in the IBM Knowledge Center.

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Document Information

Modified date:
08 July 2019

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ibm10884462