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Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 8.5.1

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IBM Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 8.5.1 has been made generally available on IBM Fix Central and the IBM Passport Advantage web site.

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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 the link to finds viewlets for some of the new or enhanced product features.
Click the link for a detailed list of the files included with this product assembly on Passport Advantage.
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.


Review the detailed system requirements report for any prerequisites required for this release.

Installation Instructions

For instructions on how to install the product, see the installation instructions in the Rational Application Developer information center.

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Fix Central If you already have Version 8.5 installed, you can update to Version 8.5.1.

Important: By default, you do not need to download the compressed files that contain the refresh pack; the refresh pack is downloaded and installed by IBM Installation Manager directly from the IBM update repository.

To download and install the refresh pack from the compressed files:

  1. Extract the compressed files in an appropriate directory. For example, extract the contents to C:\temp\update
  2. .
  3. Add the refresh pack's repository location in IBM Installation Manager:
    1. Start IBM Installation Manager.
    2. On the Start page of Installation Manager, click File > Preferences, and then click Repositories. The Repositories page opens.
    3. On the Repositories page, click Add Repository.
    4. In the Add repository window, browse to or enter the file path to the diskTag.inf file, which is located in the disk1 sub-directory in the directory where you extracted the compressed files and then click OK. For example, enter C:\temp\update\disk1\diskTag.inf.
    5. Click OK to close the Preference page.
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How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description
This release is a service release of Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software 8.5. 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

The following APARs were not resolved in this release:

Annotations Framework PM76757 A ConcurrentModificationException might occurs when performing a build
Data Tools PM63354 The JDBC driver drop down list is empty on the new database connection wizard after importing workspace preferences
Data Tools PM73860 Show/Hide Compartments > All Compartments is not working
Documentation PM76463 Remove references to WebSphere Portal stubs from the documentation of Rational Build Utility
Eclipse SDK PM77075 Starting the product might result in a java.util.ConcurrentModificationException
External Dependencies (JRE) PM73110 Kerberos authentication for non-ASCII usernames fails
Java EE Tools PM76551 Preferences on the EAR Module Assembly property page might not be persisted
Page Designer PM74700 The CRTL key command functionality (CRTL+F or CTL+Z) may be lost using the JSP or Page Design editor
Server Tools PM77291 Republish of application causes uninstall and reinstall of application
Web Services PM77343 Migrating utility project enables annotation processing

Known problems are recorded in individual documents in the Support knowledge base. As problems are discovered and resolved, the knowledge base is updated and maintained with new information. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.

To learn about all the documented known problems and limitations in Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, Version 8.5.1 and any workarounds or solutions that are available, review the content posted on the IBM Support Portal.

Change history

For information about new features and functions in Version 8.5.1, review the Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software, Version 8.5: new features and enhancements document.

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Refresh pack 8.5.1 26 Nov 2012 English 1 FC

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Document information

More support for: Rational Application Developer for WebSphere Software

Software version: 8.5.1

Operating system(s): Linux, Windows

Reference #: 4033820

Modified date: 26 November 2012

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