Installation considerations for Rational® Test Control Panel

You can install Rational® Test Control Panel as part of Rational® Test Workbench or Rational® Test Virtualization Server.

Consider the following information before you install Rational® Test Control Panel.

Hardware and software requirements

Networking considerations

Note if Rational® Test Control Panel will be running in an IPv4 or IPv6 networking environment. The server Networking installation option is used to declare an IPv4 or IPv6 addressing preference.
Note: The Rational® Test Control Panel Networking installation option applies to Windows only.
Note: Accessing the Rational® Test Control Panel web UI by using an IPv6 literal address is not supported.

Security considerations

Starting from version 9.1.1 onwards, when you install Rational® Test Control Panel software, all communications with Rational® Test Control Panel are secure and by default use HTTPS on port 5443. You can change the port number after installation and also enable plain HTTP as required. For details, see Configuring the server HTTP Endpoint.

For security considerations for installing the software in detail, see Security considerations for Rational Test Control Panel.

Installation considerations for the HTTP/TCP proxy

Before you deploy the HTTP/TCP proxy, it is important to consider the following items:
  • Network segments.
  • The proximity of the HTTP/TCP proxy to client and server applications because all traffic goes from client applications to the proxy and then to the server applications.
  • Systems that use HTTPS are sometimes locked down to accept communications from a specific source only, which could force the location of the HTTP/TCP proxy to be the same as the client applications.

Before you uninstall the HTTP/TCP proxy, copy the registration.xml file (which contains the Rational® Test Control Panel location, HTTPS set up, and forwarding rules) so that these values can be reapplied after upgrading the proxy to the latest version. After you install server, upgrade the existing Rational® Test Control Panel JDBC driver installations by copying the new driver over the existing files.

Security model planning

Rational® Test Control Panel has a simple security model. The features available within server depend on the security model chosen during installation.

The following table describes the security model options.

Security Model Option Description
Active Directory Rational® Test Control Panel uses one or more Active Directory servers to authenticate the user name and password provided by each user. This process enables you to use your Windows domain user names to log in to Rational® Test Control Panel. However, Rational® Test Control Panel does not store or maintain any user name and password information itself.

For an Active Directory server, only the Security group type (groupType=-2147483643) is supported. To use other group types, you must treat the server as an LDAP server and set up the user and group filters to match the appropriate attributes.

You must create two Active Directory groups:

  • Rational® Test Control Panel "normal" users who are allowed to log in to Rational® Test Control Panel but have limited access.
  • Rational® Test Control Panel administrators.

Active Directory users must be put into these Active Directory groups and the names of these two groups must be specified in the fields provided on the Rational® Test Control Panel Security Configuration screen in the Rational® Test Control Panel installation program.

Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) This option is similar to the Active Directory security model option but it authenticates against a single LDAP server. However, the basic approach of having two groups defined for user and administrators is the same.

Even when you are using an LDAP URL as an Active Directory server, you must select "Active Directory" as the LDAP provider in the LDAP list box, and then, specify the host name or IP address and port number of the LDAP server to use.

Rational® Test Control Panel Built-in User names and passwords are managed by the Rational® Test Control Panel and each user must enter a user name and password to log in. Thus, only authenticated users can control the Rational® Test Virtualization Server environment.

In addition, users who are identified as administrators can create other users. However, you must enter a user name and password for the first user, who will be created as an administrator. After Rational® Test Control Panel is installed, you can log in as the administrator and create additional users.

None There is no user authentication. Users are not required to log in (by using a user name and password), which means that anyone who knows the Rational® Test Control Panel URL can control, say, the Service Virtualization environment.

Before installing Rational® Test Control Panel, it is important to consider whether and how you want Rational® Test Control Panel to authenticate users:

  • To use either Active Directory or LDAP, you need the assistance of an Active Directory or LDAP administrator.
  • If your organization does not have any Active Directory or LDAP servers or if you are unsure about the configuration details of any such servers in your organization, you can use the Rational® Test Control Panel Built-in authentication-type.

Reusing the workspace

Note: Starting from V9.2.1 onwards, when you roll back a Rational® Test Control Panel version, the workspace cannot be reused and must be reinstalled.

Before you upgrade, or uninstall an older version to move to a newer version (when the upgrade is not applicable), back up the Rational® Test Control Panel workspace. The workspace is the directory where Rational® Test Control Panel stores its data (for example, published stubs), which is separate from the installation directory. After the upgrade or uninstallation, the contents of the workspace directory might change to work with the newer version of Rational® Test Control Panel. Because Installation Manager supports rolling back the Rational® Test Control Panel installation directory, but not the workspace directory, you must manually roll back the workspace while rolling back the installation.

To preserve your Rational® Test Control Panel workspace (published stubs, user configuration, domains, and environments) when you uninstall the previous version, ensure that you do not select the option to remove the workspace. When you install the latest version, ensure that the workspace directory is set to the same location as your existing workspace.

The uninstallation of Rational® Test Control Panel version 8.5 and later specifies the location of the workspace directory. Make note of this directory. For versions earlier than 8.5, the uninstaller does not provide this information.

To determine the workspace location, open the container.server.properties file that is available in Rational® Test Control Panel installation directory\usr\servers\defaultServer\apps\RTCP.war\WEB-INF\classes directory. Look for the line that contains the workingDirectory key. For example:
  • On Windows, workingDirectory=C\:\\IBM®\\RTCP-Workspace
  • Non-Windows, workingDirectory=/var/rtcp
Note: If you delete the workspace during the uninstallation of Rational® Test Control Panel (by selecting the Delete Workspace option) in the Installation Manager, all the published test reports are deleted as well.
For more information about moving the Rational® Test Control Panel workspace, see the technote.
Note: Starting from V9.2.1 onwards, the Rational® Test Control Panel Environments page and the Agents page were replaced by dashboards. Those dashboards model stubs and scenarios differently and use new REST APIs, so existing test automation scripts that use the REST APIs before V9.2.1 will operate differently. Review the list of enhancements and download documents in the V9.2.1 release notes for information about other differences in Rational® Test Control Panel in 9.2.1.

Configuring the X-Frame-Options HTTP response header

To help prevent possible clickjacking attacks, configure an X-Frame-Options HTTP header to be sent in the responses by doing the following steps:
  1. Stop Rational® Test Control Panel, if running.
  2. Go to Rational® Test Control Panel installation directory\usr\servers\defaultServer\apps\RTCP.war\WEB-INF\classes.
  3. Open the container.server.properties file and add a property named container.xFrameOptions. The value of this property is sent as the X-Frame-Options header value in the responses for web pages. For example container.xFrameOptions=SAMEORIGIN. If you do not add the property or specify no value for it, no header is sent.
  4. Open the oslc.server.properties file and add a property named oslc.xFrameOptions. The value of this property is sent as the X-Frame-Options header value in OSLC content responses. For example oslc.xFrameOptions=SAMEORIGIN. If you do not add the property or specify no value for it, no header is sent.
  5. Save the changes.
  6. Restart Rational® Test Control Panel.