With the release of SP8 for Netweaver04S, many people are wanting to get their hands on newer support package level systems. I know a lot of people who downloaded the SDN ABAP sneak preview system are thinking about trying the support package application process. Here is a video blog that might help out.
You see I have the sneak preview system (exactly the same as what developers can download from SDN) installed on my laptop. I keep it up to date with the latest support package level. You will find that around Web Dynpro ABAP there are some nice new features in the latest support package levels. For instance SP8 comes with the new context and view debugger.
But the process of putting on a support package might seem a little overwhelming if you have never given it a try. Afterall this is generally a Basis task. Don’t feel bad if you have never had the opportunity to do this.
Although there is good documentation available on the Service Marketplace, I thought it might be helpful if you could also “watch” someone do an update before trying it yourself. Early last week I went through the process of updating my system from SP7 to SP8. I recorded the process from end to end and it is now available on SDN for viewing:
The first video shows how to check your current SP level, Kernel Level, and SPAM tool level. We also see how to check to make sure you have enough free space in your database to import the support packages.
Downloading the Patches
In this video, I show you where on the Service Marketplace to go to download all the necessary files to perform the update.
In this video we start by unpacking all the files we just downloaded. We then walk through the process to perform a Kernel Upgrade.
In this final video we will do the main part of the SP application using the SPAM tool. It will also discuss Modification Adjustment and SGEN.