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Rational Functional Tester 8.3

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IBM Rational Functional Tester 8.3 has been made generally available on the IBM Passport Advantage website.

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Table of Contents
Sections Description
This section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.
This section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.
This section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.
This section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.
This section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.
This 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.
The information center provides you with user assistance for the product. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product. You can also visit IBM Product information page the to browse for additional information centers.
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.



If you are installing or upgrading Rational Functional Tester on Microsoft Windows, to use the .NET Scripting feature, you must copy msvcp71.dll into the System32 directory (C:\Windows\System32), if it is not already available. You can copy the msvcp71.dll file from any other Windows operating system such as Windows XP or download it from Internet.

Before you update Rational Functional Tester, close the Eclipse and Microsoft Visual Studio IDEs, as well as any open Web browsers, and all other applications that are enabled by Functional Tester.

Installation Instructions

For information about installing Rational Functional Tester, version 8.3, see Installing Rational Functional Tester.

You can upgrade to Rational Functional Tester version 8.3 in any of the two ways described below. Note that, to upgrade to version 8.3, the minimum required version of IBM Installation Manager is 1.6.

  • Using IBM Installation Manager
If releases of Rational Functional Tester version 8.2 or one of their interim fixes is already installed on your computer, you can install version 8.3 using the Update Packages wizard in IBM Installation Manager. For information, see Updating Rational Functional Tester.
  • Local upgrade of an existing installation
    1. Download the Rational Functional Tester 8.3 package from the location specified at the bottom of this page.
    2. Extract the files to a temporary directory. For example, extract the file to C:\temp
    3. In the IBM Installation Manager click File > Preferences and add the temporary directory to the list of repositories, for example, C:\temp\rft83.update.disk1\disk1\.
    4. Use the Update Packages wizard of the Installation Manager to proceed with the update.

Accessing Help:
Rational Functional Tester help is included with the product. You can also connect to the site and access the information center help. See Accessing help in Rational Functional Tester versions 8.2.2 and later in the Rational Functional Tester Information Center.

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Impact Assessment
Impact Description
This release is a service release of Rational Functional Tester. It contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Problems solved

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

For a list of known problems, see the Known limitations and workarounds section in IBM Rational Functional Tester version 8.3 Release Notes in the Rational Functional Tester Information Center.

Change history

Version 8.3 includes these features and enhancements:

Technical support

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Problems (APARS) fixed
PM59427, PM59566, PM59696, PM65298, PM66414, PM66775, PM66781, PM66985, PM67355, PM67826, PM68057, PM68299, PM68526, PM68920, PM70104, PM70663, PM71000, PM71228, PM71327, PM71635, PM71688, PM71790, PM71883, PM72291, PM72302, PM73399, PM73715, PM73892, PM74038, PM71674, PM63789

Document information

More support for: Rational Functional Tester

Software version: 8.3

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 4033551

Modified date: 12 November 2012

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