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

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.
  • Support to install Jaeger as part of Rational® Test Automation Server is removed

    The support to install Jaeger during the installation of Rational® Test Automation Server is removed.

  • Running tests on remote Kubernetes clusters

    You can now run the supported test resources on remote Kubernetes clusters that you register with a team space on Rational® Test Automation Server and add the Kubernetes cluster to your project in the team space.

    You can select the remote cluster as a location to run the tests when you configure a run.

    You can edit the configurations of a cluster, remove a cluster from a project, or unregister the cluster from a team space.

    See Management of remote Kubernetes clusters.

  • Creating an Edit branch to contain resources before committing to the repository branch

    When you want to create or edit datasets or resources that are associated with components in a system model, you must now create an Edit branch, which is a temporary branch that will contain these until the time you commit or publish these to a branch in the project repository or the team space repository.

  • Support to schedule recurring test runs

    You can now schedule recurring test runs on Rational® Test Automation Server.

  • Support to run additional test assets from integration plugins
    By using appropriate Rational® Test Automation Server integration plugins, you can now run the following types of test assets:
    • Apache JMeter tests

    • Apache JUnit tests

    • Postman resources

    • HCL® AppScan CodeSweep

    You can run these tests from the Azure DevOps, IBM® Engineering Test Management, Jenkins, and UrbanCode Deploy.

  • Enhancements to the IBM® Rational® Test Workbench extension

    When you run tests from Azure DevOps Pipeline by using the IBM® Rational® Test Workbench extension, you can now store the JUnit report that is generated for the test in the XML format.

    See Running IBM Rational Test Automation Server tests in an Azure DevOps Pipeline.

  • Enhancements to the Jenkin plugin

    You can now view the test results by using the Test Results Analyzer feature in Jenkins if you have installed the Test Results Analyzer plugin in Jenkins. See Running tests from Jenkins.

Deprecated capabilities

You can find information about the capabilities that are deprecated in this release and are planned for a removal in a future release.
Note: You can contact the IBM Support team if you have any concerns.
  • No capabilities were deprecated in this release.

Removed capabilities

No capabilities were removed in this release.

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

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

  • For personalized support that includes notifications of significant upgrades, subscribe to Product notification.

  • 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.