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.


Product description

You can find the description of IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server.

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 in

This release addresses the issue of the security vulnerability in CVE-2021-44228 that is specific to Apache Log4j 2 / Log4Shell.

This release replaces IBM® Rational® Test Automation Server 10.2.1 and includes all updates made in the 10.2.1 release.

For customers that need to execute IBM® Rational® Performance Tester tests that use Rational® Performance Tester's Apache JMeter Test Extension from the server, upgrading to Rational® Test Automation Server release from the entitlement registry is recommended. Although the log4j libraries installed with the Apache JMeter Test Extension are never loaded by Rational® Performance Tester, the presence of log4j-core-2.11 may concern customers.

For more information about remediation instructions, refer to Security Bulletin: Rational Test Automation Server.

If you installed Rational® Test Automation Server 10.2.1, you must first uninstall it, and then install Rational® Test Automation Server For installation instructions, see Installation of the server software.

What's new in 10.2.1

You can find information about the features introduced in this release of Rational® Test Automation Server.
The following sections list the new features, enhancements or other changes made in this release.
  • Integration with IBM Engineering Test Management

    You can now integrate Rational® Test Automation Server with IBM® Engineering Test Management to run the test assets in a project in your team space from Engineering Test Management. After the tests run, you can view the results on the Results page. See Integration with IBM Engineering Test Management.

  • Overriding results database

    When you want to override the Results Database that is configured in the API Suite project, you can now provide the URL, user name, password, and the database driver as program arguments in the Advanced settings in the Execute test asset dialog box. You can optionally use an encrypted password that is generated by using the EncryptPassword application that is in the installation directory of Rational® Integration Tester.

Installing and upgrading

You can find information about the installation and upgrade instructions for Rational® Test Automation Server.
Installing Rational® Test Automation Server

For instructions about installing the software, see Installation of the server software.

Upgrading of Rational® Test Automation Server

For instructions about upgrading the software, see Server software upgrade methods.

Known issues

You can find information about the known issues identified in this release of Rational® Test Automation Server.

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 Rational Software Support

You can find information about IBM technical support assistance for Rational® Test Automation Server.

  • For contact information and guidelines or reference materials that you might need when you require support, read the IBM Support Guide.

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  • Before you contact IBM Rational Software Support, you must gather the background information that you might need to describe your 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.