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Rational Change 5.3.1

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IBM Rational Change 5.3.1 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

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.

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.

The Known side effects 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 to browse for additional information centers.

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 include:

Rational Synergy 7.2.1

Rational License Key Server 8.1.1 or any later versions

Rational Directory Server (Apache) or Rational Directory Server 5.2.1 (Tivoli)

A supported application server (or use the bundled one) on the server machine.

A supported browser on each of the client machines.

Installation Instructions

Review the installation guide:

Rational Change 5.3.1 comes bundled with Japanese and Simplified Chinese language packs.

Click the link to the Install instructions provided below.

Installing Rational Change English 1

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How critical is this fix?

Impact Assessment
Impact Description

This is a service release of Rational Change. It contains new features as well as fixes for client-reported and internally found defects.


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

  • 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 issues to report.

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:

Important known problems new to version 5.3.1 are decribed below. Review the known problems from previous release, as they may still apply.

Review the following list of open defects.

R#45226 Update the documentation in translated help files.

The below topics are not updated in the translated help files:
  1. Upgrade guidelines (Section 'Attributes of web type CCM_NUMBER').
  2. Creating attributes( Step 4 Section C).

Review the English documentation for the correct documentation.
R#45379 Language pack may not be installed on Rational Change by default when Rational Change and the Help server are installed together on Windows on Jetty server.

When Rational Change starts up the first time after the software has been installed, a script is run to install the language pack. The Rational Change service on Windows may not start in a timely fashion when Rational Change and Help are deployed together on Jetty. The script waits for a few minutes for Rational Change to start up and fails if the service takes more time to start up.

Possible workarounds include:
  • Install the language pack manually after the Rational Change service is up.
  • Install Rational Change and Help separately (on different web servers)

Change history

What's new

Review the Rational Change 5.3.1 announcement for the following information:

  • Detailed product description, including a description of new functions
  • Product-positioning statement
  • Packaging and ordering details
  • International compatibility information
Rational Change 5.3.1 which comes bundled with Japanese and Chinese language packs includes the following enhancements:

Dynamic required attribute
The dynamic required attributes feature allows users to mark some of the attributes to be required dynamically when a particular value is selected for another attribute.

Treating numeric fields as integers
Treating numeric fields as integers allows CCM_NUMBER attribute types to be set as integers. They can hold only integer values and users can query on them using mathematical operators. This can be used for queries which need to filter and sort based on criteria.

Database specific Home Pages
Database specific Home Pages allows the users to manage their home page content that is relevant to the database that they log in to.

Other Enhancements

  • Collapsible and expandable home page reports
  • Cryptographic functionality is enhanced to meet “NIST SP800-131a” standards.
  • Documentation updates for installation in a Windows secure environment
  • Documentation updates on security rules for lifecycle customization
  • Rational Change now has Jetty 8.1.3 embedded.
  • Upgraded dojo version to 1.8.4 and Birt version to 4.1.2
  • Supports browser versions IE 10 and FF 17
  • Redesigned user interface URLs and action links - user tokens are no longer displayed.

Below are some of the new technotes available :

Technical support

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Helpful Hints For Obtaining Technical Assistance:

Before you contact IBM Rational Software Support, gather the background information that you need to describe the problem. When you describe a problem to an IBM software support specialist, be as specific as possible and include all relevant background information so that the specialist can help you solve the problem efficiently. To save time, know the answers to these questions:

  • What software versions were you running when the problem occurred?
  • Do you have logs, traces, or messages that are related to the problem?
  • Can you reproduce the problem? If so, what steps do you take to reproduce it?
  • Is there a workaround for the problem? If so, be prepared to describe the workaround.

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Problems (APARS) fixed
PM43215, PM62150, PM64888, PM66266, PM70692, PM73590, PM74510, PM75217, PM84635, PM95358

Document information

More support for: Rational Change

Software version: 5.3.1

Operating system(s): AIX, Linux, Solaris, Windows

Reference #: 4035329

Modified date: 16 September 2015