IBM Rational Software Architect, Version 8.5.5 has been made generally available on Passport Advantage and Fix Central.
|This document provides an overview on what is new in this release with descriptions of new features and enhancements.|
|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.|
Review the information about hardware and software requirements for installing the product in the system requirements.
Disk space requirements
You need the following disk space to store and extract the electronic parts, and install Rational Software Architect, Version 8.5:
|Platforms||Disk space required for compressed files||Disk space required for extracted files||Disk space required for installation|
|Windows, Linux||4.0 GB||5.0 GB||10 GB|
Extracting the compressed files
Extract all compressed files into the same directory.
If you use FLEXlm floating or token licenses for your product and chargeable components, you must upgrade your license key server to Rational License Key Server, Version 8.1.2, or later, before installing the product.
Rational License Key Server, Version 8.1.2, or later, can used with earlier versions of the product.
For information about how to upgrade from v7.1.x or an earlier Rational License Key Server to v8.1.2, or later, see http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/rational/v0r0m0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.rational.license.doc/topics/r_migration.html.
Fix pack installation scenarios
There are two scenarios for installing the fix pack:
For information on how to install the product, see: http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/rsahelp/v8/topic/com.ibm.xtools.installation.rsaws.doc/topics/c_intro_product.html.
Installing the fix pack as an update
If IBM Rational Software Architect, Version 8.5, or later, is already installed on your system, then refer to the following sections for details on installing the fix pack as an update:
Restrictions for installing the fix pack as an update:
(Optional) Changing the repository search preferences
When Rational Software Architect is installed, the location of its update repository is automatically embedded in IBM Installation Manager. For Installation Manager to search the default update repository, the preference Search the linked repositories during installation and updates on the Repositories preference page must be selected. This preference is selected by default.
To install the fix pack from a different repository location (for example, if you downloaded the installation files, or if the fix pack is available on a shared drive or HTTP or HTTPS server), you must add the repository location in Installation Manager.
To add a repository location:
Steps for installing the fix pack as an update
To find and install the fix pack for Rational Software Architect, Version 8.5 as an update:
Uninstalling the fix pack
You can revert to the previous version by using the rollback feature of Installation Manager. For instructions on uninstalling the product, see the Uninstalling product packages topic in the product information center.
The rollback feature uninstalls the updated resources and reinstalls the resources from the previous version. You can only roll back one version level at a time.
When you roll back to an earlier version of a package, it will be restored with same features that were associated with that version; any features that you added after updating to this fix pack for version 8.5 will be removed, and any features that you removed will be restored.
During the rollback process, Installation Manager must access files from the earlier version of the package. By default, these files are stored on your system when you install a package. If you changed the default setting or deleted the files by using the Remove Stored Files option on the Roll Back preferences page (File > Preferences > Rollback Files), Installation Manager will require access to your installation repository or media. If you installed the product from a repository, you must have listed in your Preferences (File > Preferences > Repositories) the repository from which you installed the previous version of the product. If you installed the product from disks or downloaded installation files, they must be available when you use the rollback feature.
Before you roll back this fix pack for Rational Software Architect, Version 8.5, complete the following steps:
To roll back an updated package, complete the following steps:
For additional instructions on uninstalling Rational Software Architect, see the product information center or the IBM Installation Manager information center.
|Passport Advantage||Passport Advantage and Passport Advantage Express clients are required to sign in to download the software package.|
|IBM OEM 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.|
|Fix Central||Fix Central provides fixes and updates for your system's software, hardware, and operating system.|
How critical is this fix?
|This release is a service release of Rational Software Architect 8.5. It contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.|
|Test Results||There are no known issues to report.|
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
Known problems are recorded in individual documents in the Support knowledge base. As problems are discovered and resolved, the knowledge base will be updated and maintained with any new information. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.
To learn about the problems or limitations that were found in this version at the time of its release and any workarounds or solutions that are available, see IBM Support Portal.
The following defects were not resolved in this release.
|PM86270||Unreadable characters on printed class diagrams|
|PM93931||Using Profile Tooling, closing diagrams/palette leads to "SWTError" and hanging|
|PM94736||Impossible to add an association instance for an association between classes generalizing the same class|
|PM95972||Adding an association instance for an association between classes generalizing the same class is not possible.|
|PM95486||Exception Occured running UPIA Modeling Generate Resource Exchanges|
|PM94084||Missing attributes in XSD from UML-to-WSDL transformation|
|PM95777||UML-to-WSDL transformation does not generate all Derived types|
|PM84070||In V8.0.4, analyze Topology for Automation Signature matches hangs|
|PM56184||Popup warnings like: "The license key for this product will expire in..." breaks automatic script.|
See the New features and enhancments document for a complete description of the new features and enhancements in the version 8.5.x releases.
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What is Fix Central (FC)?
|Fix Central||13 Sep 2013||English||1||FC|
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