Rational Focal Point 6.6

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Abstract

IBM Rational Focal Point, version 6.6 has been made generally available and contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

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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.
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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 Manager 1.6.3.1

For planning the installation, refer Planning the installation documentation.

To generate a custom guide based on your install or upgrade scenario, see the Interactive guide for installing or upgrading Rational Focal Point.

Installation Instructions

Procedure

  1. Download Rational Focal Point, version 6.6.
  2. Extract the content of the .zip file to a temporary directory.
  3. In the IBM Installation Manager, click File > Preferences and add the locally downloaded Rational Focal Point, version 6.6 repository location to the list of repositories.
  4. Click Install to directly install the complete package.

For more information about installing Rational Focal Point, version 6.6, see Installation road map.

For upgrading from earlier versions of Rational Focal Point, uninstall the existing version, and install Rational Focal Point, version 6.6. For details, see Upgrading from earlier versions.

Note: To install or start IBM Installation Manager on a Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL 6.0/6.1 x86_64 (64-bit), you must install 32-bit OS system libraries on your system. For details, see IBM Installation Manager technote 1459143.

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Impact Description
This release is a service release of Rational Focal Point. 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 known issues, refer the Known problems and limitations section of the Release Notes documentation.


You can run the customized query of the live Support Knowledge Base to view all the known problems for Rational Focal Point, version 6.6.

List of open APARs:

APAR
Description
PM78164 Bulleted list and numbered list formatting in Microsoft Internet Explorer and Mozilla Forefox
PM79508 Incoming Link attribute displays links that do not exist (due to a deleted Mirror Attribute)
PM80110 Advanced filter mode on List/Link attribute: Deselecting links does not work
PM80914 Problem in computation of values for streams that depend on calculator tapes
PM83322 Investment Analysis: Editing variables when Auto racalc run freezes Rational Focal Point
PM86964 Performance issue when editing rule on filter, on Link attribute
PM87881 Choice attribute icons are not matching in GroupBy and Workflow
PM88855 Link to element URL and URL link in Text attribute
PM89185 Single user is checking out more than one license in the case of multi node setup
PM89381 Rollback error detected. Lifecycle Query Engine detected that the data source (Phase 3B) rolled back its database
PM89509 Template based workspace and "Is Folder" attribute
PM89745 Rational Focal Point: Mirror attribute's data and Lifecycle Query Engine
PM89802 Space added with prefix and suffix
PM89865 Mail log is not captured when account information is sent to a user added through Need Access
PM89985 Rational Focal Point allows creating duplicate links in a linklist attribute
PM90436 Information mismatch in integration link
PM90587 Special XML characters are not working correctly in Rational Focal Point
PM90607 Expressions missing in the elements after importing the workspace in Rational Focal Point

Change history

Rational Focal Point, version 6.6 includes the following new features and enhancements:

Feature
Description
New installation experience You can now install Rational Focal Point by using an installation process that is split into two broader steps that provide the flexibility of setting up the database and license details after the basic installation.
  • Installation: This is the step where you install Rational Focal Point by using the IBM Installation Manager. Rational Focal Point is installed in the location that you specify.
    • Default Database - Derby database (only in Rational Focal Point, version 6.6)
    • Server: Tomcat 7.0 server is included with the package, and can be installed along with Rational Focal Point. You can also choose to use an existing supported version of Tomcat server or IBM WebSphere® Application Server.
  • Configuration: This is the post-installation step that is required only when you change the default settings. You can specify all of the required configurations in the fp.properties file.
    • Database: For evaluation purpose you can use the default Derby database. In the production environment, you must use any other supported database such as PostgreSQL, IBM DB2® and Oracle. You must configure one of these supported databases and specify the database details in the fp.properties file.
    • License: You must configure the license details in the fp.properties file before the license expires.
  • The Rational Focal Point, version 6.6 installer enables you to to install Rational Focal Point and Jazz™ Team Server on the same Tomcat application server.
Shared filters You can configure a filter as a shared or copied filter with other member roles in a view. Doing so helps in customizing the filter according to the requirement and sharing the filter with all the members who have permission to the shared filter in the view. Filters can either be shared as a non editable shared filter or copied as an editable private filter.
Enhancements to REST client view commands
  • Create batch commands: You can group multiple view commands into a single batch command. This batch of commands can be run in a single click to execute the multiple, grouped commands.
  • Schedule the REST client view commands: You can schedule the running of REST client view commands. The commands can be scheduled to run on hourly, daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Selective export You can export the elements of the View and the Members modules, and the root folder structure. The root folder structure is exported with the attribute configurations for other modules, notifications, filters, workflows, aliases, OSLC view commands, and REST client view commands. The history log file is not exported.
Export and import multiple modules You can select and export multiple modules to a .fpz file. The .fpz file can also be imported.
Enable or disable Export to Excel option You can, as an administrator, restrict the export of data to Microsoft Excel and .csv files by using the Disable Export option that is available on the Configure > Views page.
Enhancements to home page
  • Support for OpenSocial gadget:You can add the URL of OpenSocial gadgets to the homepage. OpenSocial gadgets can be used to display contents from various sources in the form widgets on the homepage.
  • Support for 2D Attribute Statistics:In the home page settings, you can configure 2D attribute statistics for a selected view. The 2D attribute statistics is displayed in the specified display type for the selected attributes.
  • Move or copy windows:In a home page layout with multiple tabs, you can copy or move windows from one tab to another.
Editable view settings As an administrator, you can change the settings of a view at the view level for all users in the workspace. You can change the default display type, display settings, icon and color attributes.
Order of attributes You can use the drag handles to move the attributes in views and filters, in any order as needed. You can also click on the attribute to be moved and select the position of the attribute in the "Move attribute" window.
Enhancement to time grid attribute You can use the enhanced edit and display options to maintain consistency, and to add and log comments.
Enhancements to dynamic table
  • Support for quick filter: You can save a quick filter as a Rational Focal Point filter. The quick filter is listed as a private filter, and can be edited or deleted.
  • Workflow attribute: You can view the transition state of a workflow attribute in a dynamic table. A frame with the workflow transition is displayed when you click to edit a workflow attribute.
Support for dynamic filters You can select the attributes to be filtered and specify the value dynamically during runtime.
Enhancements to multi-edit You can select multiple elements for editing, and add links to the selected elements, or delete links from the selected elements.
Export and import parent folder path You can view, export, and import the complete parent folder path for a selected element.
Copying element links directly from the user interface You can copy the URLs of linked elements from the user interface in tree view, table view, dynamic table view and attribute statistics view.
List business rule You can use List business rule to perform mathematical functions such as sum, average, minimum, and maximum on a Date, Float or Integer attribute for the elements in a Link List or an Incoming Links attribute. This business rule can also be used to calculate the number of links. LinkListAttributeSum and ListAttributeSum business rules are deprecated from this release.
DateFormat business rule You can use DateFormat business rule to display dates in the pattern that you specify.
Rational Focal Point as an OSLC provider for linking OSLC applications can use the delegated resource creation dialog to create Rational Focal Point artifacts, and link to the those artifacts. The delegated resource selection dialog can be used to select and link to the existing Rational Focal Point artifacts.


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Product Alias/Synonym

Focal Point

Problems (APARS) fixed
PM32699, PM57259, PM61167, PM67838, PM69105, PM69479, PM74314, PM75950, PM75953, PM76652, PM76731, PM77067, PM77079, PM77731, PM77753, PM78088, PM78604, PM78691, PM78700, PM78914, PM79022, PM79900, PM80952, PM81206, PM81895, PM81987, PM83605, PM83795, PM83900, PM84208, PM84989, PM85272, PM85998, PM86417, PM86691, PM86698, PM86740, PM87156, PM87171, PM87980, PM88107, PM88284, PM88343, PM89333, PM90470

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Rational Focal Point
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Software version:

6.6

Operating system(s):

Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

4034954

Modified date:

2013-09-09

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