Rational License Key Server Fix Pack 2 (8.1.4.2) for 8.1.4

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Abstract

IBM Rational License Key Server 8.1.4.2 has been made generally available and contains fixes to version 8.1.4 including all predecessor fix packs.

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Table of Contents
Sections Description

The Change history section provides an overview on what is new in this release with a description of any new functions or enhancements when applicable.

The How critical is this fix section provides information related to the impact of this release to allow you to assess how your environment may be affected.

The Prerequisites section provides important information to review prior to the installation of this release.

The Download package section provides the direct link to obtain the download package for installation in your environment.

The Installation instructions section provides the installation instructions necessary to apply this release into your environment.

The Known side effects section contains a link to the known problems (open defects) identified at the time of this release.

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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.

IBM Knowledge Center provides an entry point to product documentation. You can view, browse, and search online information related to the product.

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

Prerequisites include:

Version of IBM Installation Manager required: IBM Installation Manager 1.7.1.

Immediately after installing 8.1.4.2, you must install the Rational License Key Server Interim Fix 1 for 8.1.4.2 before accessing the IBM Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting tool.

Attention: IBM Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool (ART) and IBM Rational License Key Server Administration Agent MUST BE CONFIGURED according to the following hardware and software specifications, otherwise failure may occur during license administration and usage reporting.

Hardware requirements

Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool:

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Disk space: 100 GB

Rational License Key Server Administration Agent:

  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Disk space: 50 GB

Software requirements

Web browser requirement for Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool:

  • Jazz team server version 4.0.1 and later
  • Mozilla Firefox: 10 ESR and future fix packs
  • Internet Explorer: Version 9, 10, or 11
    Important: Switch to Standard View by clicking Tools > Developer tools to work with the server administration and reporting tool. Internet Explorer does not render the server administration and reporting tool properly in Compatibility View.

Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool:

  • Rational License Key Server: version 8.1.2, 8.1.3, or 8.1.4
    Note: Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool does not support Rational License Key Server 8.1.1
  • Operating systems: ONLY 64-BIT OPERATING SYSTEMS ARE SUPPORTED

Rational License Key Server Administration Agent:

  • Installation Prerequisite: The Server Administration Agent MUST BE COLLOCATED with the license server
  • Operating Systems: All operating systems supported by Rational License Key Server (version 8.1.2 and later versions) and the IBM solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (version 4.0.1 and later versions) server.

Installation Instructions

Review the Installing page in the IBM Knowledge Center.

Immediately after installing 8.1.4.2, you must install the Rational License Key Server Interim Fix 1 for 8.1.4.2 before accessing the IBM Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting tool.

For detailed information about installing IBM Rational License Key Server, review the following topics:

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The following sections provide detailed information related to this release.

Click the FC link below to obtain the release from Fix Central.


How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a fixpack release. It contains fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.

Test Results

Definitions

Regression: An error in the Maintenance Delivery Vehicle (MDV) that produces incorrect or unexpected behavior causing a supported feature to stop functioning as designed.
This includes:

  • Coding errors that cause a regression
  • Documentation or packaging problems that cause a regression
  • Errors reported in a new function delivered in a MDV that cause a regression

Incomplete: An error in the MDV has not regressed, but does not work as designed.
This includes:

  • Fixed APARs which did not solve the original problem but did not break anything new
  • APARs reporting documentation errors, such as readme errors, that cause problems applying an MDV but do not lead to a regression

Notes:
  • Regression and incomplete APARs are considered fix-in-error or MDV-in-error
  • Definitions above apply only to valid APARs that result in product fixes (APARs returned as working-as-designed are not assessed for being fix-in-error)
  • Issues in major releases due to new functionality do not apply in this definition

There are no known regressions to report.

Problems solved

Defects resolved

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:

Review the following list of open defects.

APAR Description
N/A Rollback of RLKS ART 8142 to RLKS ART 814 does not work. Review technote 1666051: Rolling back Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting Tool to version 8.1.4 for more details.
N/A ART 8142 does not report against token consumption of Rhapsody DM and RSA DM products individually. Review technote 1666029: Reports for Design Management products regarding this limitation.
N/A Issues with console mode installation on 8142 Agent in non-english locales. Review technote 1667210: Inconsistency in configuration page options during console mode installation of Rational License Key Server Administration Agent for workarounds.
N/A Issue with reports containing ampersand character from 814 release. Report definitions from 814 that contain this character in their title need to be deleted and reconfigured without the ampersand.
N/A When generating expiration reports  from time zones that are behind GMT (Greenwich Mean Time), the expiration dates reported are a day behind the actual expiration date. For example, if you are generating a report from
PST ( GMT - 8:00 ) with a license that expires on 1/15/2014, the expiration report shows the expiration date as 1/14/2014.
N/A The Data Duration in some scheduled reports loses one day of information. Review technote 1668412: The Data Duration in some Scheduled reports loses one day of information for more details


Change history

What's new

Allow the agent to handle Rational License Key Server restart operations.

The agent is now enabled to handle restart operations, without any impact on reporting and without any data loss. For more details review technote 1671165: How RLKS Administration and Reporting Tool version 8.1.4.2 manages restarts of the Rational License Key Server to prevent the RLKS log file from being overwritten and the loss of license usage data

The Rational License Key Server Administration reporting tool (ART) and the agent should start automatically whenever the machine is started.

The tool and the agent are installed as services on Windows platforms. When you restart the ART and agent machines, the system automatically restarts the services.

Usability improvements in the report definition page with respect to report metrics and their attributes.

There is a clear indication of which inputs are required to create a report definition.

Include CLM products in addition to RTC, RQM, and RRC in token distribution report.

Starting with version 8.1.4.2, the Rational License Key Server Administration and Reporting tool reports against Design Management products such as RSA Design Manager and Rhapsody Design Manager.

Prevent the serviceability logs from being created as a default configuration.

Rational License Key Server version 8.1.4.2 provides a mechanism to disable the generation of the serviceability logs for the client libraries.

Compliant with IBM serviceability guidelines. Allows you to determine proper recovery procedures using product messages and logs.

All product messages now have a code.

The ART and the agent are enabled to restore the agent's reporting status after restarting the agent.

Users are not required to perform the "Start reporting" operation.

Support for Windows 2012

Windows 2012 is now a supported platform for Rational License Key Server, the agent, and ART.

Support for Internet Explorer 11

Internet Explorer 11 is a supported browser for the ART.

Additional Notes

Upgrade the agent and ART to version 8.1.4.2 to obtain the RFE and improvements included in this release.

Important: If you are upgrading the ART from version 8.1.4 to 8.1.4.2, you must upgrade the ART component first, before you upgrade the agent.

If the 8.1.4 agent is configured with the administration and reporting tool, when you upgrade to 8.1.4.2, the tool shows the reporting status as Not Running. When you select Start reporting for the first time, the log file conversion process begins. Depending on the size of your server log file, it can take time for the initial conversion of the data. The system must convert the data in the entire log to the required format.

Click the "FC" link in the Download Options column:

Download RELEASE DATE LANGUAGE SIZE(Bytes) Download Options
What is Fix Central (FC)?
Rational Common Licensing 8.1 fixes 27 Mar 2014 English 1 FC

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Problems (APARS) fixed
PM94180, PM92016, PM89682, PM84150

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Rational License Key Server
Installation

Software version:

8.1.4.2

Operating system(s):

AIX, HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #:

4037083

Modified date:

2014-04-11

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