Installing Rational® Performance Tester Agent

You must install Rational® Performance Tester Agent on different computers to apply load on the server that hosts the application under test.

Before you begin

  • You must have reviewed the installation considerations.

  • Before upgrading the 64-bit Rational® Performance Tester Agent from version 8.6 to 8.7 or later, you must first remove the OCR Support feature that was installed with version 8.6 and then upgrade.

About this task

If you use the Launchpad program to install the product, IBM® Installation Manager gets installed automatically if you do not have it on your computer and starts the product installation by using the preconfigured repository that contains the product package.

If you install Installation Manager and then install the product, you must set the repository preferences manually.

For more information about installing the product from the command prompt in the silent mode, see IBM Installation Manager Knowledge Centre.


  1. Complete one of the following steps:
    1. If you are installing from compressed files, such as .zip or ISO files, extract the files into a common directory. Navigate to Common_Directory/RPTAGENT_SETUP/disk1/Platform_Directory and double-click install.exe.
    2. If you are installing from a CD, insert the first product CD into your CD drive. If autorun is enabled on your workstation, the launchpad starts automatically. Otherwise, start the launchpad program manually.
      • For Windows. Run the launchpad.exe command, which is located in the root directory of the Setup disk installation image.
      • For Linux. Run the command, which is located in the root directory of the Setup disk installation image.
      • For Macintosh. From the command line terminal, run open from the root directory of the Setup disk installation image.
      Note: Mac OS commands are case-sensitive.
  2. Select a language in which to run the launchpad and IBM® Installation Manager.
  3. Click a product package. Its description is displayed in the Details pane at the end of the screen.
  4. To search for updates to the product packages, click Check for Other Versions, Fixes, and Extensions. Make sure you are connected to the Internet. If updates for a product package are found, they are displayed in the Installation Packages list on the Install Packages page under their corresponding product. Only recommended updates are displayed by default.
    • To view all of the updates that are found for the available packages, click Show all versions.
    • To display a package description under Details, click the package name. If additional information about the package is available, such as a readme file or release notes, a More info link is included at the end of the description text. Click the link to display the additional information in a browser. To fully understand the package that you are installing, review all of the information.
      Note: For IBM® Installation Manager to search the predefined IBM® repository locations for the installed packages, select the Search service repositories during installation and updates check box on the Repositories preference page. This check box is selected by default. Internet access is also required. A progress indicator shows that the search is taking place. You can install updates at the same time that you install the base product package.
  5. Select the product package and updates to the package to install. Updates that have dependencies are automatically selected and cleared together. Click Next to continue.
    Note: If you install multiple packages at the same time, all the packages are installed into the same package group.
  6. On the Licenses page, read the license agreement for the selected package:
    1. Read and understand the terms of all of the license agreements before clicking I accept the terms of the license agreements.
    2. Click Next to continue.
  7. On the Location page, in the Shared Resources Directory field, type the path for the shared resources directory or accept the default path. The shared resources directory contains resources that one or more package groups can share. Click Next to continue.
    The following default paths are provided:
    • For Windows. C:\Program Files\IBM\IBMIMShared
    • For Linux. /opt/IBM/IBMIMShared
    • For Macintosh. /Applications/IBM/IBMIMShared
    Important: You can specify the shared resources directory only for the first time when you install a package. You must use your largest disk for this directory to help ensure adequate space for the shared resources of future packages. You cannot change the directory location unless you uninstall all packages.
  8. On the Location page, create a package group to install the product. If you are updating the product, use the existing package group. A package group represents a directory in which packages share resources with other packages in the same group. To create a package group, complete these steps:
    1. Click Create a new package group.
    2. Type the path for the installation directory for the package group.
      The name for the package group is created automatically.
      The following default paths are provided:
      • For Windows. C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP
      • For Linux. /opt/IBM/SDP
      • For Macintosh. /Applications/IBM/SDP
    3. Click Next to continue.
  9. Rational® Performance Tester Agent does not support extending an existing Eclipse IDE, so you can ignore this page.
  10. On the Features page, under Translations, select the languages for the package group. The corresponding translations for the user interface and documentation for the product package will be installed.
  11. On the next Features page, select the features to install.
    • The Load Generation Agent is used to generate a load on the system under test and gather data for the Response Time Breakdown feature.
    • IBM® Installation Manager automatically enforces any dependencies with other features and displays updated download sizes and disk space requirements for the installation.
    1. Optional: To see the dependency relationships between features, select Show Dependencies.
    2. Optional: Click a feature to view its brief description under Details.
    3. After you are finished selecting features, click Next to continue.
  12. On the next Features page, configure the agent:
    1. For Windows.: The Web UI test panel is applicable only if you are shell-sharing Rational® Performance Tester and Rational® Functional Tester and executing a Web UI test on the remote agent computers. If you are not running a Web UI test, do not select the The agent will be used primarily to support remote execution of Web UI tests check box so that Majordomo runs as a service. When Majordomo runs as a service, it starts automatically after the computer reboots. However, if you must run the Web UI test on remote agent computers, select the check box so that, after the installation of the agent, Majordomo runs as a batch file instead of a service. When Majordomo runs as a batch file, it stops after the machine reboots. You must restart Majordomo by double-clicking AgentInstallDir/Majordomo/Majordomo.bat.

      On Linux, this check box is not available, and by default, the agent runs as a service and can run a Web UI test.

      Click Next.
    2. For Load Generation Agent, type the host name of the workbench . If needed, change the port number. You can also change the port number after you install Rational® Performance Tester Agent. For more information, see Configuring ports for agents.
    3. To connect the agent with IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server, specify the fully qualified domain name in Server Hostname, the port number, and the offline user token. For information about offline user token, see Managing access to Rational® Test Automation Server.
      Note: Use the default port number 443 to connect to the server.
    4. Click Next.
  13. On the Summary page, review your choices before installing the product package. To change the choices that you made on previous pages, click Back, and make your changes. When you are satisfied with your installation choices, click Install to install the package.
    A progress indicator shows the percentage of the installation that is complete.
  14. When the installation process is complete, a message confirms the completion of the process.
    1. Click the View log file button to open the installation log file for the current session in a new window. You must close the Installation Log window to continue.
    2. Click Finish to install the selected package.

What to do next

After the installation, the agent starts polling the workbench based on the IP address or the host name provided by you. You can check the status of agents from the workbench. See Checking the status of agents.