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Automating RTC Source Promotions from Urbancode Deploy

August 3rd, 2018 Kenny Smith In a recent project for a z/OS customer, we had to create some custom scripts to kick off a Rational Team Concert Promotion definition. This is a special type of build definition found in the RTC Enterprise Extensions, and is used for promoting change sets from one stream to another, by their attachments to work…

Updating the SSL/TSL Security Certificates for WebSphere Liberty Under IBM CLM Tools

July 2nd, 2018 Kenny Smith Why you should change the default certificates? If you are a user of IBM Rational Team Concert, DOORs Next Generation, Quality Manager, Design Manger, or Engineering Lifecycle Manager, you likely have seen the issue with the browser stating "Your connection is not private", and red error showing in the browser URL as 'Not Secure'. If…

How to Fix the Mysterious Global Configuration Management Error in jts.log or ccm.log

June 12th, 2018 Kenny Smith I recently ran across an issue, one that was low priority, but nagging like a gnat on a hot summer day. I kept seeing these entries in the log files: ERROR ervice.internal.GlobalConfigurationCacheUpdateTask - [operationId=976] com.ibm.team.jfs.app.http.HttpServiceUnavailableException: Unable to discover the GC service, which might indicate that Global Configuration Management is not set up in JTS. Please…

Securing SSL communication between Rational Team Concert and Urbancode Deploy

June 4th, 2018 Kenny Smith The Business Scenario We recently had a challenge where a customer needed full end-to-end SSL/TLS encryption for communcation between IBM Team Concert, and Urbancode Deploy. They are a z/OS Mainframe customer implementing these tools for continuous Integration / continuous deployment operations.  Team Concert in this case, handles dependency build (compilation) of z/OS source code (COBOL,…

11 Team Concert Behaviors You Should Use for Enterprise Extension (z/OS) Projects

May 2nd, 2018 Kenny Smith We have worked with several customers in the past few years, and have come to a general consensus on the minimum operation behaviors that should be enabled in your Team Concert project. These that we have listed are in additional to any you may already have (rather than a replacement of them). These also do…

Adding Compiler Feedback Information to Team Concert z/OS Dependency Builds

April 26th, 2018 Kenny Smith In Rational Team Concert's build functionality, there is capability to show the build compilation report. This is available by a simple checkbox for Java type builds, but in z/OS dependency builds, it requires some additional configuration to get it working property. A compilaton report can show errors and warnings that occured durring the compile. It…

Systemd Unit file for Rational CLM and Team Concert

March 8th, 2018 Kenny Smith Linux is a very popular platform to run the IBM CLM tools on (i.e. Quality Manger, Team Concert, DOORs NG, etc). However, out of the box, there is not a built in autostart feature for the platform. Naturally, you want this to autostart in a production environment. Here is a handy systemd unit file. First,…

FAQs for Runnnng Rational Team Concert on DB2 for z/OS Database

February 6th, 2018 Kenny Smith Strongback works with many large mainframe customers, in the financial services, government, insurance, and manufacturing sectors. We've been involved in quite a few migrations from various SCM systems to Rational Team Concert. Most of these customers choose to run Team Concert with a DB2 backend running on z/OS (DB2z). As such, we often run into the…

Powershell script to create folders based on week ending date

January 29th, 2018 Kenny Smith We are frequently on projects subcontracted by IBM. As such, we have to submit our time and expenses for each week which ends on Friday's in IBM's time tracking system. Sometimes we have multiple projects going on at the same time and every Friday afternoon (or Sunday evening depending upon travel and general motivation), I…