Rational Test Virtualization Server Fix Pack 2 (8.0.1.2) for 8.0.1

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Abstract

IBM Rational Test Virtualization Server 8.0.1.2 has been made generally available and contains fixes to version 8.0.1 including all predecessor fix packs.

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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.
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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.
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.

Prerequisites

Installation Instructions

Install the Rational Test Virtualization Server 8.0.1.2 Fix Pack update using the Update wizard in IBM Installation Manager.

  1. Download the software from Fix Central.
  2. Open Installation Manager, click File, and select Preferences.
  3. Click Add Repository and browse to the location of the folder that contains the downloaded files.
  4. Start the IBM Installation Manager.
  5. Click Update and follow the instructions in the wizard.

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Impact Description
This release is a maintenance release of Rational Test Virtualization Server 8.0.1. It contains 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 defects were not resolved in this release.

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Linux root/non-root Installation Notes Linux root/non-root Installation Notes:
The 8.0.1.1 components can be now installed on Linux as a non-root user. Alternatively, components can be installed as root and then run as non-root. The Network Capture (pcap) component of Rational Integration Tester requires root access and cannot be installed as a non-root user.

Most Linux administrators will be aware of file/directory ownership issues when performing these types of installation. The following known issues should be considered:

31329 - All users must be in the same group to be able to run/view reports

When a report is generated in Results Gallery Tester will create a directory called /tmp/ghtester5reports. This directory will be owned by the user that creates it (which may be root). When another user attempts to run a report then, if they’re not in the same group, they will be unable to write to the same directory and the report generation will fail. The workaround is to ensure that all users can write to this directory (for example, by making them all members of the same group)

30778 - If RTCP is installed as root but run as non-root then it will fail

This is caused because directories used at runtime for logging information have been created by root and therefore cannot be written into by a non-root user. This problem does not occur if RTCP was installed as a non-root user. If RTCP was installed as root and a user wishes to run it as non-root then directory permissions must be changed. For example, from within the RTCP installation directory issue the commands:

chmod a+w logs
chmod a+w logs/*
chmod a+w /var/rtcp
chmod a+w /var/rtcp/*

RTCP should now run as a non-root user. An alternative solution that may be preferred by some administrators, is to change the directory that RTCP writes information into. IBM will be providing a TechNote explaining how to modify an installed RTCP instance to do this.

31538 - Installation of RTCP as non-root requires a change to a suggested directory

When RTCP is installed as non-root user then the majority of the directory names that will be created (and shown to the user during the installation) are pre-fixed with /home/<username>/. However, the installer defaults the Workspace Path directory specified on the Standard Configuration panel to /var/rtcp. As the user will not be able to create the directory the installation will fail. The workaround is to enter a different Workspace Path directory during the installation (e.g. /home/<username>/var/rtcp).

32139 Use of –clean argument when Tester will not start Problems can sometimes occur when Rational Integration Tester does not properly resolve multiple versions of the same JAR file correctly. Multiple versions may be present within an installation because third party JAR files may each include a different version. If incorrect dependency information is stored within the Eclipce workspace cache then it will not correct itself. One common symptom of this problem is that when a user runs Tester, the splashscreen appears, then disappears but Tester never starts. The same issue can occur when running Library Manager, although in this case, as there is no splash screen, it will appear to the user as if Library Manager has just failed to start.

Although one workaround is to uninstall and re-install Tester it is possible for a user to force cached dependency information to be removed and re-evaluated and, in the majority of cases, the problem will then correct itself.

To force the Eclipse environment to delete dependency information GHTester.exe must be started from the command line with the -clean argument specified. i.e., from within the installed directory:

GHTester.exe -clean on Windows and ./GHTester -clean on Linux

Rational Integration Tester will take longer than usual to start when -clean is specified.

For Library Manager use:

LibConfig.exe –clean on Windows and ./LibConfig –clean on Linux

The same problem can occur in RTVS and RPTS installations with the RIT Agent. In this case diagnosis and remediation is more difficult as there a multiple executable files and the correct one must be used. In these cases IBM’s Support team should be contacted.

30017 - Upgrade Installations and Rollbacks (When Products Have Been Installed as Windows Services) Fail On the Windows platform, several components can be installed as Windows Services. These are the Rational Integration Test Agent, the Rational Test Control Panel and the Rational Integration Platform Pack Proxy. For all version 8.x releases prior to 8.0.1.1, it was not possible to upgrade or rollback an installation of these products if they were installed as a service. The uninstallation process appeared to succeed but during the installation of the upgraded software (or the previous software in the case of a rollback) errors occurred, stating that files are in use or could not be removed.

This problem has been resolved in release 8.0.1.1 of the affected products. However, it has only been possible to fix this problem when upgrades are done from 8.0.1 (or later) to a subsequent release. Customers who are upgrading to 8.0.1.1 (or above) from a version earlier than 8.0.1 must continue to follow the workaround below. However, they will be able to automatically upgrade to subsequent versions.

Note: This problem only occurs on the Windows platform and only for products which have been installed as services.

Workaround for upgrades to 8.0.1.1 from versions earlier than 8.0.1

The problem is caused because Installation Manager is not able to completely remove the service during the un-installation phase. The service will remain in the Windows service list in a disabled state until reboot. While it is in this state the upgraded service cannot be installed.

The workaround to this problem is to first uninstall the existing version of the software and reboot the machine, and then install the new version. Do not use the upgrade or rollback capability.

Note: Stop the service before attempting the uninstall.

When uninstalling Rational Test Control Panel, ensure you do not select the option to delete the workspace and make a note of the workspace directory. When you install the new version, ensure that you enter this directory as the workspace location, and that all settings and published stubs will be preserved.

If you do not know where the workspace directory is, open the following file:

<RTCP install location>\webapps\RTCP\WEB-INF\classes\container.server.properties

And look for the line containing the workingDirectory key:

workingDirectory=C\:\\RTW\\RTCP-Workspace

If this advice is not followed and the installation does fail, first reboot the machine (to clear out the service). After the reboot, confirm that the service has been deleted from the list of Windows services, and then manually clear out the installation directory. It should then be possible to start a fresh install.

If you set the Rational Test Control Panel workspace to be inside its installation directory (which is not a recommended approach), be sure not to delete this directory or you will lose all Rational Test Control Panel configuration settings.

28408 - Tester does not support WebSphere Application Server’s native JMS implementation if security has been enabled Rational Integration Tester cannot currently access WAS’s JNDI (required for JMS) if security has been turned on. IBM is currently investigation how to configure Rational Integration Tester so that this works, and expects to issue a Technote once the problem has been resolved.
29950 - Slow Fail Execution Is Not Supported When Running ‘Now’ on a Remote Agent Version 5.4 of Rational Integration Tester introduced the concept of ‘slow fail’ to Test Suites. When a suite is run with this option turned on, tests will not immediately stop when an individual test action fails. Instead they will continue so that users can see if future test steps succeed. Although this functionality is supported (in 8.0.1) when scheduling a test for future execution via Rational Test Control Panel it is not supported if you run a test suite ‘now’ on a remote agent using the Run… dialog.
27840 - Using the Shutdown.bat file (or shortcut) will not stop Rational Test Control Panel running as a service Startup and shutdown batch file scripts are provided with Rational Test Control Panel to start and stop it from the command line. On Windows shortcuts to these scripts are provided in the Start Menu.

Note; On Windows, if Rational Test Control Panel is running as a service, the shutdown batch script cannot be used to stop it. You must either use the control panel or issue a net stop IBMRTCP statement on the command line.

29672 - Overwrite Expected Field for Filters In the Message Difference Window, the Overwrite Expected Field only works for filters (within stubs) when updating leaf nodes. Message structures cannot be copied when viewing filter actions. The whole message can be replaced while viewing the filter actions, using overwrite expected message, but overwriting part of a message currently only works for the validate field action.
29494 - WaitForExit messages in Agent log Changes to the way that the Rational Integration Tester Agent logs information mean that users will now see the internal Java method name from which the log is being generated. This is part of the change to ensure that agents log information to a file correctly when run as a Windows service. The console output will now show messages as coming from WaitForExit. The WaitForExit statement is not relevant to the actual information provided in the output.
AIX Performance Testing Does Not Support the sysstats Probe The sysstats probe is not provided for AIX. If a user attempts to configure an AIX-based performance test to use this probe, the following error displays in the console:

[Error] Probe ERROR: http://<server>:4476 - Probes failed to start - Failed to start probe: System Statistics - java.lang.UnsatisfiedLinkError: ghsystemstats (Not found in java.library.path).

You must remove this probe from the configuration of the test.

Stopping an Agent Results In Windows Event Log Error On some Windows installations, IBM has seen errors raised in the Windows Application Event Log when the Rational Integration Tester Agent service is stopped. This error occurs during the shut-down process of the service and does not affect the functionality of the agent.
Component Tree Does Not Show Complete Project In Test Factory Some users have reported instances where the Test Factory Perspective does not show the complete list of project resources in the component tree. Rational Integration Tester requires re-starting to correctly display the tree. This problem has not yet been replicated within IBM’s labs and its cause is currently unknown.
User Interface Freeze Some users have encountered software freezes on Windows, particularly when moving the Rational Integration Tester user interface from a laptop screen onto an external monitor. This is believed to be caused by problems between the Java Virtual Machine and the DirectX video drivers in use on the machine. If this problem affects you, try to resolve it by adding the following line to the GHTester.ini file in the installation directory:

-Dsun.java2d.d3d=false

This tells the JVM not to use DirectX. This has resolved the problems in all the cases that IBM is aware of so far, although the UI does run more slowly. This issue has been raised with the IBM Java team.
GHDotNetUtils Must Be In the .NET Global Assembly Cache If you are using Rational Integration Tester’s .NET integration, the GHDotNetUtils.dll file (in the root installation folder) must be added to the .NET Global Assembly Cache before .NET objects can be parsed.

Users wishing to use the .Net functionality will need to install the .Net SDK from Microsoft and register the dll manually, for example: gacutil /i GHDotNetUtils.dll

.NET 4.5 is not supported Rational Integration Tester’s integration with .NET has not been tested on .NET 4.5 and this is not a supported version of .NET.
Left-to-Right and Right-To-Left Strings If a message element is a string that contains both left-to-right and right-to-left text in the same element then the string might not be displayed properly in the user interface. It will be published correctly.
Date Formatting Strings Rational Integration Tester uses Java to format date strings for validation purposes. The IBM JRE acts differently from the Oracle/Sun JRE used by earlier versions of GHT Tester for one unusual format string.
Specifically, a date of "123" parsed using an input format of “yyy” with output format MMDDy will be formatted as “0101123” by the IBM JRE. Previous versions of GH Tester (using the Oracle JRE) would have formatted this as “010123”. This is unlikely to cause problems as it is unlikely customers will be using single-character year output format strings.
Library Manager ‘Browse For File’ dialog When you first open the browse/edit dialog from the Library Manager application (to select a file), the directory ‘up’ button will not work. If a different directory is selected, the ‘up’ button will then work. This has been confirmed as bug in the IBM JRE.
Launching the ‘Tools Application’ (Source Control option on Menu) Displays License Warning If you are running Rational Integration Tester using an evaluation license, when you launch the “Tools Application”, by choosing the Source Control option in the menu or by creating/editing a data model, a dialog displays, warning that you are using a trial license. This dialog will not appear once you have installed a full license.
Silent Install of Rational Test Control Panel Depending on how the silent installation response file has been generated, the “Security Configuration” tool might still be launched at the end of the process. The imcl tool is known to work correctly and will suppress the dialog. As Rational Test Control Panel is a server-based product, silent installations are not expected to be common, but IBM will look to improve this in future releases.
To use imcl within the ${IM}/eclipse/tools directory, run ./imcl-c, specifying the response file when prompted.
The Agent Can Only be Started From its Installed Directory (Unix) On Unix, if an attempt is made to start the agent from a directory other than the one it is installed in, it will fail to start. For example:

/opt/GH/RIT-Agent/Agent –consolelog

If you are in the installed directory then ./Agent -consolelog works correctly.
It is not possible to rename a project resource by simply changing case Although project resources can be renamed, it is not possible to simply change the case. For example, a rename that changes “simpletest” to “SimpleTest” will not actually rename the test. This is because Rational Integration Tester uses the Eclipse framework to manage its files and Eclipse does not recognize this type of change.
Test Cycles and Coverage Reports If you are using Test Cycles and want coverage reports, the applicable tests must be executed from within a test suite. Coverage reports will not be produced for tests that are executed outside of a test suite.
Column Level Validation Cannot be Displayed in the Message Differences Window Validation on table rows and cells performed within the SQL Query action works as expected and is displayed in the console accurately. However, if column-level validation is used, any differences are displayed correctly in the console, but they are not displayed in the Message Differences window, where only row-by-row and cell-by-cell validation issues are displayed.
Duplicated Physical Resources when Using Source Control Rational Integration Tester now uses a different method of creating filenames for physical resources. For this reason, source control users might see duplicate items, due to the way the project was updated or committed after the resource change. In this case, the newer or newly named resource should be kept.
webMethods Broker Events When recording webMethods Broker events, some fields might appear to contain null rather than their actual content. This occurs because elements wired to a byte-array by an IS to publish can only be un-wired by another IS. This is an internal mechanism of IS and cannot be overcome. This has been seen with the MQ adapter notifications for the “MsgBody” and “MsgBodyByteArray” fields, but might affect other fields as well. For more information, see via Software AG support, incident number 5019024.
Logical View Sometimes adding a service component to the logical view does not add it to the corresponding diagram.
10905: User Names Containing “#” Character The Eclipse framework (and therefore Rational Integration Tester) does not support user names that contain the “#” symbol. This issue could result in the deletion of project files, as Rational Integration Tester cannot interpret the full path to the user’s Documents and Settings directory for application preferences.

The workaround for this issue is to create a folder to use as a Rational Integration Tester workspace (for example,C:\RIT) and edit TestEngine.ini (found in C:\Program Files\IBM\RationalIntegrationTester by default) to point to it. The line below -data should be changed from @user.home/.rit8/perf-workspace to C:/RIT/..rit8/perf-workspace.

UNC Paths as Current Directory in Run Command Action cmd.exe, used by the Rational Integration Tester Run Command test action, might return an error when trying to process a UNC path. For information about the resolution, see http://support.microsoft.com/kb/156276/EN-US.
10158: Issue with SSL tab referencing one of a number of identity stores In a project with multiple identity stores, the GUI does not always correctly reflect the one that is selected.

If you select any identity store from the Identity Store drop down menu and click OK to close the transport window, Rational Integration Tester selects the correct identity store when processing the data. This can be seen when opening the physical files in the Physical folder of the GH Project on your C drive. The HTTP file references the id of the selected Identity Store correctly.

Error scenario
If you select any identity store from the Identity Store drop down menu, but then reselect the Identity Store drop down menu, it does not retain the selected id store and defaults back to the first id store in the drop down menu. Clicking OK on the window rewrites the physical files on your drive to reference the first id store in the list. So this should be avoided until fixed.

Simultaneous Modifications If a message is opened in a message editor (for example, a Subscribe action), and in the message differences window at the same time, changes made in one window will be overwritten or reverted when closing the other window. More specifically, the content of the window that is closed last overwrites the content of the window that is closed first.

This also applies if the message differences window is used to correct messages used in a stub if the stub editor window is open. To avoid this issue, select the user preference, “Run from Disk” as opposed to “Run from Memory”.

User Permissions on non-Windows Platforms It is possible to perform actions in Rational Integration Tester that require the opening of IP ports less than number 1024. For example, you could create and run a stub configured to listen on port 80. On non-Windows platforms, this operation requires the user to be an administrator. Before you can run Rational Integration Tester as an administrator, however, you must run the Library Manager as an administrator (this is due to the way the .rit8 directory is created under the user’s home directory). Similarly, if you want to run Rational Integration Tester as a non-admin user, you must first run Library Manager as that non-admin user.
WS Security Only outbound actions are supported in the WS-Security node processor.
Results Rendering The third party rendering engine has performance issues when processing large reports. To improve performance, increase the amount of memory allocated to the application.
Invalid Schema Messages Some message fields might be displayed as invalid (red “x”), even though they are valid fields or messages.
SCM If a newer version of Rational Integration Tester is installed after adding team providers to SCM, the providers must be reinstalled, unless their installation is outside of the Rational Integration install folder (detailed in Rational Integration Tester Installation Guide).
TIBCO BusinessWorks Private Processes The BW private process transport uses HTTP as its primary communication method, but Rational Integration Tester’s “Publish” test action does not support HTTP. Therefore, the Send Request/Receive Reply action pair should be used for testing private processes.

Error schemas are not supported (for example, if a process outputs an error schema rather than an end schema, the error schema/output is not supported in Rational Integration Tester).

Rational Integration Tester does not support the following content in private process schemas:
  • A “Choice” content option at the root of the schema
  • Pointing to an AE message from anywhere (i.e. inner or at the root) causes a known deserialization issue
  • The “Java Object Reference” type is not supported at any level
  • The inline WSDL message content option is not supported

If you get a connection error when calling a private process, check the network settings. Open the Designer Engine Custom Properties in the Physical View of the Architecture School perspective to find the host and port number. The host and port numbers in the Physical View menu must match the host and port numbers in the GHEnable.proj design time library in the BW project. The BW host and port numbers can be set when the project is deployed.
Data Transfer Objects (DTOs) DTO support is currently limited to the following:
  • Classes with a default constructor and publicly visible member variables
  • Member variables must be primitives, wrapper objects, strings or other objects within the JAR file
  • JMS providers who use the Context Class Loader to obtain message definitions


Change history

The following new features/functions have been incorporated into this release:

  • A new step has been added to the Recording Studio Save wizard. This will appear only if the wizard is processing messages recorded on an HTTP or IBM WebSphere MQ transport. It provides users with a finer level of control over which transport-specific headers are removed by Rational Integration Tester when creating messages in stubs and tests. The default selection on this panel matches the decision that earlier versions of Rational Integration Tester would have used automatically, so clicking Next on this new screen will preserve previous behavior. In most cases, the default suggestion that Tester makes for the removal of headers will lead to the desired behavior, (for example, set-cookie values in HTTP). However, sometimes, users may want to preserve specific headers and this new screen facilitates those users. Unless a user specifically requires a header to be preserved, the default selection is likely to result in the correct message being created in the test or stub.
  • The Stubbing tab on the IBM WebSphere MQ Queue Manager transport dialog box in Physical View now allows “open” options to be specified on the various queues used by the sift and pass through technologies. The Recording tab on the same dialog box has also been updated to allow “open” options to be specified on the model queue used. These options enable users with non-standard WebSphere MQ deployments to avoid failure conditions by specifying how exactly Rational Integration Tester accesses queues. If sift-and-pass-through technology is being used on a clustered queue, users should select the “Pass Through Queue Is Clustered” check box in the Pass Through Queue Open Options section on the Stubbing tab. This causes Rational Integration Tester to use the MQOO_SET_ALL_CONTEXT flag when opening the queue to pass the message on to the live system if the stub decides not to process it. Without this setting, the message may not be passed on to the live system and Rational Integration Tester will not display any error or other messages about it.
  • The Function action in Test Factory now has a scroll bar.
  • When using an intercept to record WebSphere MQ queues, Rational Integration Tester filters out Queue Manager administration messages automatically to avoid showing users irrelevant events within Recording Studio. It is possible to show all messages by clearing the “Include Admin Messages” check box on the Recording Studio tab of the logical IBM WebSphere MQ Queue Connection dialog box in Logical View. In earlier releases, if user-messages were moved between Queue Managers in a cluster automatically, Rational Integration Tester would incorrectly interpret them as administration messages and would not display them in Recording Studio unless the “Include Admin Messages” check box was selected. This behavior has been changed; Rational Integration Tester should now correctly identify user-messages in the clustered scenario while still filtering out genuine administration messages.
  • Performance improvements have been made to the Recording Studio Save wizard when creating test data from large numbers of recorded messages.
  • For intercept-based WebSphere MQ message recording, users can now specify a prefix on the Recording Studio tab of the IBM WebSphere MQ Queue Manager dialog box in Physical View for temporary dynamic queue names that are created by Rational Integration Tester. If the prefix is used, Rational Integration Tester users do not need to be given access to all AMQ.* queues. The default value is blank, which means that no prefix will be used and users will require access to all AMQ.* queues.


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PM80402, PM80463, PM80566, PM78120, PM81449

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Rational Test Virtualization Server
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Software version:

8.0.1.2

Operating system(s):

AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

4034282

Modified date:

2014-03-28

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