Product Installation

It is important to properly install Rational Functional Tester. The installation process has been streamlined with the Rational Functional Tester v8.0, and Installation Manager is used for its installation.

If you do not have Installation Manager, you are installing a Rational product using Installation Manager for the first time. In that case, you install Rational Functional Tester v8.0 either by clicking on launchpad.exe or install.exe, located under ..\disk1\InstallerImage_win32\. In this scenario, Installation Manager and Rational Functional Tester are installed at the same time.

This installation is based on the Rational Functional Tester installation via the existing Installation Manager. You can start Installation Manager if you select Start > Programs > IBM Installation Manager > IBM Installation Manager. Click File > Preferences to select Repository used for Rational Functional Tester installation as shown in below figure.

Installation Manager preferences

When you select Repository, be sure that you use the letter drive for the installation path (for example, C:\RFT_8.0\disk1\diskTag.inf). Using the Universal Naming Convention (UNC) path is known to cause issues.

After Repository is selected, click the Install button in the main window of the Installation Manager. You might be prompted to install the updated version of the Installation Manager. If that is the case, a new version of the Installation Manager is installed first and Installation Manager restarts. You need to click the Install button again, and the Rational Functional Tester installation process starts:
  • Install Packages window provides details about the installation package. You can click the Check for Other Versions and Extensions button. This provides details about other available versions for installation. If you do not select the Show all versions checkbox, only the latest version is displayed. Select the desired version of the Rational Functional Tester to proceed with the installation.
  • On the next window, you are prompted to read and accept the terms in the license agreement. You need to accept the terms, so that the Rational Functional Tester installation can continue.
  • Upon acceptance of the terms of the license agreement, you are prompted to specify the location of the shared resources directory. For the best results, you should select the drive with the most available space because it must have adequate space for the shared resources of future packages. The default location is C:\Program Files\IBM\IBMIMShared. Click Next to continue with the installation.
  • You need to select the package group next. A package group is a location that contains one or more packages. If this is the first IBM Rational installation, you need to create a new package group. If there is an existing package group, you can select to reuse the existing package group. You need to specify the installation directory. The default value is C:\Program Files\IBM\SDP. Click Next to continue with the installation.
  • If you want to extend an existing version of Eclipse, Rational Functional Tester installation enables you to select Eclipse IDE and JVM. Be sure to have a compatible version of the Eclipse IDE on your system. If you are not sure if you have a compatible version of the Eclipse IDE, do not extend an existing Eclipse. After you make your selection, click Next to continue with the installation.
  • If you are interested in using one of the ten supported languages, you need to select which language you would like to install. The default value is English. Selection of the language is used for translations for the user interface and the documentation being installed. Click Next to continue with the installation.
  • You need to select features that you want to install. The default feature value is Java Scripting. You might select to install .NET 2003 or 2005 scripting instead. To see the dependency relationships between features, click Show Dependencies. Rational Functional Tester 8.1 has an option for Rational Team Concert.
  • On the subsequent window, you are prompted to review summary information that contains information about packages, features, environment, and the repository selected. After you verify summary information, the installation can start.
  • Installation Manager provides a status at the end of the installation. If successful, you should get a success message with the listing of the installed package as shown in below figure.

Install packages—successful installation message

Product Licensing

The market is shifting away from charging for individual GUI control sets for functional testing. Therefore, starting with Rational Functional Tester v8.0, all GUI control set extensions are included in the base installation.

The Rational Functional Tester v8.0 license is configured using Installation Manager. There are two supported license mechanisms. One uses a product activation kit and the other uses a floating license. The product activation kit is stored in a *.jar file. Configuring with the activation kit is considered as a permanent license key.

If you use a floating license enforcement, you can enable floating licenses for Rational Functional Tester with a permanent license key. You need to obtain the license server connection information from your Rational administration. You then configure a connection to a license server in the Installation Manager to obtain access to floating license keys installed on a license server.