Release Notes for IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server

This document includes information about What’s new, installation and upgrade instructions, known issues, and contact information of IBM Customer Support.

Contents

Description

Rational® Test Automation Server is a server that includes capabilities such as project and role-based security, Docker-based distribution and installation, and running of test cases. For more information about the server, see IBM Rational Test Automation Server overview.

What's new

The following sections list the new features, enhancements or other changes made in this release.
  • Introducing Team Spaces on Rational® Test Automation Server

    Rational® Test Automation Server is now provisioned to display an initial Team Space, which is a logical partition of Rational® Test Automation Server.

    The operations that you managed at the server level can now be performed at the Team Space level. You can now configure licenses or an SMTP server, create projects, register the remote agents, dockers, or intercepts within a Team Space. See Team Space overview.

  • System modeling
    • You can create a system model to view the logical representation of any application under test in a Team Space. The system modeling is a Tech Preview feature.
    • You can configure a Team Space repository, which is different from the project repository, to save the system model.
    • You can create components that represent different types of assets and associate the components by defining the relationship between the components. You can also create child components for components. You can use these concepts to build a system model and view the model. You can then publish the system model to the Team Space repository.
    • You can also associate the virtual services in a project repository with components of the system model. From the associated component, you can view and run the virtual services.

    See System modeling.

  • Working with virtual services

    You can now view the virtual service resources that are in your project repositories from the Resources page and then configure a run of the virtual service. Working with virtual services is a Tech Preview feature.

    After you start a virtual service, the running instances can be viewed from both the Resources page and Instances page.

    You can perform the following tasks on virtual services:
    • View information about the details, behavior, usage, routing rules, and diagnostic information of the virtual service instance.
    • Modify the behavior or the logging level of a running instance.

    See Management of virtualized services.

  • Stubs are excluded from Execution and Progress pages

    Starting from 10.1.3, stubs are not displayed on the Execution page to start them nor are they displayed on the Progress page after they are started. Stubs must be started from the Virtualization > Resources page and stubs that are running can be viewed from the Virtualization > Instances page.

    See Management of virtualized services.

  • Agents are selected automatically for an override

    When you install static agents V10.1.2 and add the agents to your project on Rational® Test Automation Server, Rational® Test Automation Server determines and then displays the capabilities of the agents. Further, Rational® Test Automation Server compares the capabilities of the agents with the required capabilities specified for the agent in the test assets and automatically selects the most suitable agent for an override. You can either proceed with running the test on the agent selected or select an agent from the agents displayed that have the same capabilities. See Adding an agent to a project.

  • Working with capabilities that you define for static agents

    When you install static agents V10.1.3 and register them with Rational® Test Automation Server, you can add, view, edit, or delete the capabilities of static agents. See Working with agent capabilities.

  • Refreshing of the migrated project repositories

    After you migrate a project from a previous version to a later version of Rational® Test Automation Server, the repositories that are configured for the project are refreshed only after the project owner logs in to Rational® Test Automation Server.

System requirements

For information about hardware and software compatibility, see System Requirements.

Installing Rational® Test Automation Server

Known issues

Known problems are documented in the download document for each product and in the form of individual technotes in the Support Knowledge Base:

Table 1. Download documents and technotes
Product Download document Knowledge base
Rational® Test Automation Server Release document Knowledge articles

The knowledge base is continually updated as problems are discovered and resolved. By searching the knowledge base, you can quickly find workarounds or solutions to problems.

Contacting IBM® support

IBM® support provides you with technical assistance.

For contact information and guidelines or reference materials that you will need when you require support, read the IBM® Software Support Handbook. For personalized support, including notifications of significant upgrades, register at IBM® support.

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Before you contact IBM® Support, gather the background information that you will need to describe your problem. When describing a problem to an IBM® 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.