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Using the Rational Adapter for HP ALM 60-day trial with the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management

This article presents user assistance for the 60-day trial version of the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM. This trial version is intended for internal evaluation, testing, or demonstration purposes.

A supported version of the Rational Adapter for HP ALM is generally available with the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition offering. For more details, visit this page.

Overview

The IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM can be used to integrate key areas of IBM Rational software with the HP ALM application lifecycle management product.

The Rational Adapter for HP ALM enables you to create associations between HP ALM and the Requirements Management (RM) application in the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Rational Team Concert resources.

Tip: RM capabilities that are provided by the RM application in CLM are licensed as Rational DOORS Next Generation or IBM Rational Requirements Composer.

This adapter is designed for teams by using HP Quality Center for testing or requirements management who are also working with one or both of the following roles:

  • Analysts by using Rational Requirements Management
  • Development teams by using Rational Team Concert

With the adapter, you can establish and maintain these associations among product artifacts throughout the application development lifecycle.

The adapter works with HP ALM so you can quickly switch between applications. Testers viewing resources in the Quality Center for HP ALM application can open the view of the same resource in the adapter with one click. Similarly, you can easily open resources in HP ALM from the adapter with the Launch in HP ALM option on each adapter page, which opens a resource in HP ALM.

Integration of data is enabled by using the Open Service for Lifecycle Collaboration (OSLC) standard, which uses a linked data model. There is no synchronization step among repositories. The information that you see is not copied, but taken directly from the product's repository. For more information about linked data and OSLC, see http://open-services.net/about.

Through the hover feature, you can view linked HP ALM artifacts from CLM or the Rational HP ALM adapter interface, so you can work from a single interface if you choose.

In addition to viewing resources across products, with the Rational Adapter for HP ALM, you can:

  • Establish and follow links among resources
  • Reconcile RM requirement collections with HP ALM test folders to ensure test coverage of your requirements
  • Reconcile Rational RM requirement collections with HP ALM requirements
  • Link failed test runs to work items in Rational Team Concert
  • Link change sets in Rational Team Concert to defects tracked in HP ALM
  • Configure predefined dashboard widgets to view data from HP ALM and CLM in one place, open a preview of those resources in the dashboard, or follow the link to open the resource in HP ALM.
Important:
  • This trial version of the Rational Adapter for HP ALM is the same as the Rational Adapter for HP ALM that is available with the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition offering, except that the trial version of the Rational Adapter for HP ALM will expire 60 days after installation. You need to purchase the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition offering to continue to use the Rational Adapter for HP ALM after the expiration date. Work done with the trial version of Rational Adapter for HP ALM can continue to be used after you install the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters offering.
  • If you plan to purchase the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition offering, consider using a public URI that you will use in production, for example, https://myalmserver.com:9443/qcbin/ and a location for derby.system.home so that you can reuse your database configuration after the trial expires.

The adapter download includes a sample exported HP ALM project. Use the sample project as a starting point for your work with this trial.

Supported software

Before you begin the installation of Rational Adapter for HP ALM, verify that your hardware and software meet the minimum requirements.

For a list of supported hardware and software platforms for Rational Adapter for HP ALM, see Detailed System Requirements for Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition.

In particular for this trial, you need Java version 6 or 7.

You also need the following information:
  • The URL for the HP ALM server. For example, https://myalmserver.com:9443/qcbin/
  • The root services URI for Rational Requirements Composer. For example, https://myclmserver.com:9443/rm/rootservices
  • The root services URI for Rational Team Concert. For example, https://myclmserver.com:9443/ccm/rootservices
  • The hostname of the server on which the HP ALM adapter is running.
  • Accounts with administrator permission for the HP ALM server and the Rational CLM server.

Install and configure the HP adapter

Several overall steps are required to install and configure the Rational Adapter for HP ALM trial version.

Before you begin

You have read the software and hardware requirements for the HP adapter.

About this task

This task provides an overview of the steps to complete before you can use the HP adapter.
Important: The CLM 2012 server rename feature is not supported

Procedure

  1. Download and extract the HP adapter.
  2. Install the HP adapter.
  3. Download the HP ALM exported project.

Download the HP adapter

The Rational Adapter for HP ALM is available as a 60-day trial download.

Before you begin

Your hardware and software meets the minimum requirements for the Rational Adapter for HP ALM.

About this task

The Rational Adapter for HP ALM is delivered as a single compressed file. The compressed file contains the files and the license for the Rational Adapter for HP ALM trial version. Follow these steps to download this compressed file.

Procedure

  1. Go to the Rational Adapter for HP ALM download page.
  2. Click All (844.82 MB) under Platform.
  3. Log in with your jazz.net ID.
  4. Review the accompanying license by clicking the View License link. If you agree to the license terms, select the check box to agree with the terms, and click Download.

    Your download begins. If the download does not begin, follow the instructions provided.

  5. Extract the downloaded file to a location that you can access from the HP ALM server.

Install the HP adapter

Several steps are required to install the HP adapter.

Before you begin

You have downloaded the HP adapter and extracted the files to a location that you can access.

About this task

You follow the same installation and configuration steps provided in the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition information center to install and configure the Rational Adapter for HP ALM trial version.

Procedure

  1. Install the adapter, see Installing from the IBM Installation Manager GUI.
  2. Complete the installation of the adapter, see Postinstallation tasks.

Download the sample project for HP ALM 11.5

This trial includes a sample project that works with HP ALM 11.5 and the SQL server. Use the sample HP ALM project to evaluate Rational Adapter for HP ALM.

Before you begin

You have completed installation of the adapter including the postinstallation tasks.

About this task

HP ALM projects require some customizations to work with CLM projects.

Tip: If you want to modify your existing HP ALM projects and test them in a sandbox copy of those projects, you can follow the instructions in the information center about customizing projects, see Customizing HP ALM projects.

Procedure

  1. Point your browser to https://fully qualified hostname:port/hpqm. Login to the Rational Adapter for HP ALM server. Use an account that has administrator privileges, if applicable.
  2. Click the help icon on any Rational Adapter for HP ALM page to go to the page About the IBM Rational Adapter for HP ALM.
  3. In the HP ALM Workflow section, click Download Sample Project for HP ALM 11.5.
  4. When prompted, save the .qcp file to a local directory.
  5. Launch the HP ALM Site Administration site using site administrator privileges.
  6. From the Site Projects tab, right click the domain and projects folder where you are adding the project.
  7. Select Create a new project by importing data from an exported project file to start the Create Project wizard.
  8. In the Select File for Import page, specify the download folder where you copied the .qcp file.
  9. When prompted, name the new project and set the domain.
  10. Accept the defaults for Database type and DB server on the next tab. In most cases, these settings are not changed on a project basis.
  11. Activate the new project.
  12. Click the new project to add Project Users and set Project Administrators.
  13. From the Site Configuration tab, click New and add the parameter GB_BASE_URL and set the value to https://YourRationalAdapterforHPALMURL:YourPort/hpqm/
  14. Click OK to save the change.

Using the HP adapter

The Rational Adapter for HP ALM supports integration of requirements and change management work in Rational CLM with HP ALM test management and requirements capabilities.

Before you begin

You downloaded the exported HP ALM project.

About this task

You follow the same steps that are provided in the Rational Lifecycle Integration Adapters Standard Edition information center to use the Rational Adapter for HP ALM trial version.

Procedure

Use the Rational Adapter for HP ALM to create associations between HP ALM and the Requirements Management (RM) application in the Rational solution for Collaborative Lifecycle Management (CLM) and Rational Team Concert resources, see Using the Rational Adapter for HP ALM.

For more information

If you run into problems while you complete the tasks to install the trial software, or have general questions about the HP ALM adapter:

About the authors

Sam Padgett and Richard Bone are software developers at IBM. Sally Hehir and Melanie Steckham are technical writers at IBM.


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