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Mini me of WebAS 6.20

The “mini me” of WebAS 6.20 is here, well OK it’s been here for awhile now but you know sometimes these Demo systems are just not strong enough to actually play around with. Well the latest of the demo’s from SAP is! I’m here to tell you it can also grow.

This is actually something that has been talked about quite a bit in the forums.

So yes it’s been a bit of a nice active topic lately. Now I won’t focus on all the issues related to this system nor all the little problems that occur during the installation. What I plan to talk to you about is what to do once you have the system up and running and want to actually play around a bit.

The system comes with SP 24 of ABA and BASIS and since the system ID is “BSP” this tends to be a problem. You can’t really play with the system and BSP’s with only SP 24. You need to get up past SP 30. Now perhaps SAP will provide a new version here soon with that, but if you can’t wait then here you go…


So as you can see from the reading (forum topics) it was not exactly an easy task so here are the steps I recommend.

  • Download the SP’s from 25 to 43
  • Manually unpack the SP’s using sapcar and put them in the EPS/in directory under /MiniWAS/trans
  • Download the Kernel Upgrade
  • Download SAPDB 7.4+

Once you have everything downloaded, and the SP’s unpacked and in the right place. Make a backup of your system.

A side note I should mention, you should have your Transport system working before going any further. Refer to the forum topics I listed earlier for more information on that. I would also recomment that you transport into your system at least the Transport Request that come on the CD with the ABAP Objects.

So now back to it. You have your backup completed? I hope so because you may have to go through and reinstall everything if you get a huge problem.

Step 1:
   Import one at a time the ABA and BASIS SP’s from 25 to 27.
Step 2:
   Stop the system. Do your kernel upgrade, basically copy the files from the CAR files to your MiniWAS directory. Restart your system.
Step 3:
   If the system starts up and you can login then proceed to import SP’s, one at a time, from 28 to 37.
Step 4:
   At this point you will need to do the next Kernel upgrade (DB independent and DB Dependent) as well as the SAPDB upgrade.
Step 5:
   After this restart you should be able to login, if the work processes are all dying then chances are you didn’t do the SAPDB upgrade. If the system starts up and you can then proceed to import SP’s, one at a time, from 38 to 43.

Once you have all those in and you’ve checked your system and it works OK, make another BACKUP.

One thing I learned while trying to figure this out was that often times I had to get back to a start point, for example I first tried to import SP’s for ABA from 25 to 27 in one go and the system hung. I could have worked through it tried to figure it out like a normal WebAS 6.20 but instead I choose to restore my backup as it was much quicker. So please make that BACKUP!!!

I do hope those of you trying the system out give this a shot, it’s the best way to get a true feel for working with BSP’S. Have fun coding and we look forward to seeing you over in the Business Server Pages (BSP)

Please note: The link I provided for the purchase of the MiniWAS is a bit funny you may haveto click on the WAS – WebAS 6.20 from the menu on the left if that comes up for you.

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    • Thanks for the link I had problems with all of them now so I’ve just give the link to where everyone can choose to enter the knowledge shop – SAP Netweaver – WAS – WAS 6.20
      • Craig, this is a follow up on the other thread I had posted. I think it is better to continue here since now I have specific questions about SPAM.
        In SPAM, my default directory is pointing to sapmnt\eps\in.
        How can I change it so it reads from my miniwas\trans\eps\in?



        • Hey did I tell you to share the folder as “trans” in the message thread? if so I was wrong I meant the share name on MINIWAS should be called “sapmnt”
          • (Out of topic)
            Leonardo – How did you get out of that problem?
            I’m facing this “tp buffer prepared OK” for some days now.
            I’ve tried everything I could think of,but nothing helped.

            And a strange thing: I’ve tried to delete and add request again. When adding the request again (Extras -> Other requests -> Add), it is immediately displayed with “Import running” status!.


  • Hi Craig

    I followed your description. But already on the import of package I got problems. So after some hours desperately seeking for a solution, I figured out that I had to carry out the kernel upgrade before it worked. The trouble was that the transport system not was working without that upgrade. The upgrade is located at (look after the files that contain 1027). Unpack the files, and just copy them into your miniwas directory (It is a good idea to take a backup of the directory before you copy)

    • Which transport did you try before you noticed the upgrade problem? I’ve heard from different people, I think there was a different tp.exe sent out on different CD’s ??
      • My CD’s where patched to SP 24, as in your example. But when I tried to upgrade, I had trouble with the transport system. After the upgrade it worked whiteout any trouble.
  • Very important message that you keep repeating: ‘Make a backup.’ I have successfully completed the MiniWas 6.20 installation on Win XP. before starting to perform the descibed upgrades, can you give me some details on how to create a good backup? Thanks in advance, Tiest
    • Hi there! I have an external HD so I did a complete copy of the file system to that, I also did copies of the MiniWas directory (all executables) to CD and one initial complete copy to DVD (I like backups) since then my DB is over 6GB so it’s rather hard to back up.
      • Thanks for your quick reply Craig. I just ot my transportation system successfully installed but remain (newbie in this specific area) to be unclear on making these back-ups. Do you mean a complete database (restore) back-ups, a Win XP Restoration Point, or any other method I am unaware of? Thanks, again, Tiest
        • Don’t need a system restore point, just a copy of the file system MiniWAS and sapdb directories. For the upgrade the key point for the Kernel and TP stuff is the MiniWAS directory where your executables are.

          For the SP’s then the sapdb where the database is, that is key.

          For the DB you can just copy the file system as well.

  • Another question that I need you help with. I have downloaded all support packages and upacked them as directed. However I do not know how to apply them to my environment. Can you help me out with this? Thanks again, Tiest
    • You need to have them all unpacked in your MiniWAS/trans/EPS/in directory. Your MiniWAS directory needs to be set with a SHARE name of “sapmnt” and you need to upgrade your system to the latest kernel release (TP included).

      Then if you have followed the directions that came with the documentation for the “Transport System” then you need to go to SPAM (you’ll need to update that as well) and import your support packages as described above in this weblog.

  • Thanks for your help with the Support Package Import, that worked perfectly. However I am facing a problem, I am importing SP25-Basis but the transaction seems to ‘hang’. I guess I need to update the Kernel first as you described but which file(s) do I need to download from SAP Service in order to be able to perform this update? As always looking forward to your response. Thanks a awful lot, Tiest
  • Craig, thanks for your guidance, but I hope you can help me here. I looked at your various blog’s but can you help me with this one?

    TP system is complete, transaction SICK does not give any errors(SP24). After SPAM(0012) the files get distributed to the correct directories but… SPAM hangs, support packages get imported, but partially activated. After that the system ‘hangs’, any solutions? Do you have any guidance? Thanks, Tiest

      • The TP was upgraded? You modified your Profile in RZ10?  Your TP (command window opens on your system when you start)? You planned all the jobs for the transport system according to the directions giving in the documentation that came on the CD’s?