Upgrade and coexistence considerations

If you have a previous version of the product, or if you plan to install multiple Rational Software Delivery Platform products on the same workstation, review the information in this section.

Upgrade from IBM Rational Functional Tester version 6.1.x or 7.0.x

IBM Rational Functional Tester version 8.x cannot be installed on a computer on which Rational Functional Tester version 6.1.x or 7.0.x is installed. All previous versions of Functional Tester must be uninstalled before attempting to install IBM Rational Functional Tester version 8.x. During the installation of Rational Functional Tester version 8.x, if an installation of the version 6.1.x or 7.0.x product is detected, the installation routine will stop. Refer to the previous product's documentation for instructions on uninstalling the software.

Uninstalling version 6.1.x or 7.0.x packages will not delete project assets.

Migrating test assets from earlier versions of IBM Rational Functional Tester

All test assets from earlier versions of Rational Functional Tester , including projects, scripts, object maps, and verification points, will work with the current version of the product. However, scripts recorded with the current version of the product will not play back on earlier versions.

For more information about migrating test assets, see Upgrading from earlier versions of Rational Functional Tester topic.

Coexistence within a package group

When you install each product package, you select whether you want to install the product package into an existing package group or whether you want to create a new package group. IBM Installation Manager offers only products that are designed to share a package group and meet version compatibility and other requirements. If you want to install more than one product at a time, the products must be able to share a package group.

Any number of eligible products can be installed to a package group. When a product is installed, the product functions are shared with all of the other products in the package group. If you install a development product and a testing product into one package group, when you start either of the products, you have both the development and testing functions available to you in your user interface. If you add a product with modeling tools, all of the products in the package group will have the development, testing, and modeling functions available.

Coexistence between package groups

Multiple instances of a product package can exist on the same computer and they are automatically installed into separate package groups. The product packages can be at different versions or fix levels.

If you update a product package, you update only that instance of the product.