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Post Installation steps for activating Adobe Document Services in SAP XI NW 2004S

Adobe Document Service is most commonly used while integrating the form based business processes. As an integration expert we should leverage this overwhelming out-of the box feature provided by SAP. Adobe Document Services is a shared service in SAP NW 2004S that is deployed on SAP XI J2EE as a web service and it communicates with SAP WAS ABAP using SOAP Protocol. I will discuss the settings required for the services to be up and running.

One of the most recurrent illustrations is an online bank account opening form that can be filled by customer online and posted into the banker proprietary database. Let’s suppose we come across a scenario where Online Account Opening Form Webservice sends data to XI which has to be the sent to the respective ERP systems using respective XI Adapter.

So it is essential for us to learn it. Isn’t it?

We have to configure the adobe document services on XI that is synonymous for SAP Web AS ABAP+JAVA. The complete configuration guide can be either found on service market place or

Adobe Document Service Configuration Guide or

My struggles with the Adobe Document Services in WAS6.40.

This blog discusses about the post installation steps that are required to be done once the ADS is configured on SAP XI WAS.

1. We need to create system users ADSUSER and a service user ADS_AGENT to be created on XI ABAP stack as shown below.



2. A dummy role ADSCALLERS has to be created and assigned to ADSUSER and SAP_BC_FP_ICF role has to be assigned to ADS_AGENT.



3. An RFC destination ADS of type G has to be created IN SM59 with the XI Java host details as shown below. You can test the destination in SM59 using Connection Test Option and the response code will be ok if the configuration is correct.

RFC Destination for ADS

Security Settings

HTTP Response

Assign Security Role

After Security Role

Create HTTP Destination

Enter destination

Install Reader Rights

Configure Credentials

After Configuring Credentials

7. Installing ActiveXControl Framework in your PC. You have to download the .exe file from Service Market place and install on your PC for playing around interactive forms. Refer to the note


for more info. After Installing Go to Control->Panel->Add or Remove Programs and check if the file is present as shown below.

ACF On Your PC

8. Download most recent version of Acrobat Reader from adobe site in your PC.

9. Check the security tab in your browser by choosing Tools->Internet Options and security tab to enable the ActiveXControlFrameworks. It has to be enabled as shown below.

ActiveX Control on Browser

Now you can execute the report


(Version information is displayed if everything is correct), check


(Displays Sample PDF if everything is correct) and also check the report


that displays interactive PDF form if everything is correct.

If you are successful, you can now start configuring interactive scenarios in SAP XI that uses Adobe.

Note :

I did not cover the configuration required for the

digital signatures

of the interactive forms.

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      We also should know that ADS installation On SAP-Netweaver 640 SR1'04 for component SAP-BW 3.5 will not support Export to PDF tab in WAS as currently we have only Export to Excel/CSV format.

      Even though we can succed in ADS server installation on SAP netweaver 640 SR1 '04 for ABAP+JAVA-Addin or standlone J2EE engine by running dialog instances.the Export to PDF tab will not appear in WAS for BW-BEx reports

      Venkatesh Janakiraman
      Tata Consultancy services

      Author's profile photo Sravya Talanki
      Sravya Talanki
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      Guess your message is pertaining to BI.
      We have got it installed on SAP XI that stands on SAP NW2004S and it works for SAP NW 2004S SP >=4 .Iam not sure wether this has any relation to my blog.If you are talking about SAP NetWeaver 2004 then the pack level should be greater than or equal to SP Stack 12.
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      Even though as you mentioned it as got no relevance pertaining to this issues, as you rightly said that if it is 2004S,ADS will be defaultely installed. But not in Netweaver '04 also Export to PDF is available only from BI 7.0

      Needless to say that, this comment is relevant only for BI consultant.

      Venkatesh janakiraman
      Tata Consultancy services

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      can u brief me what's the use in XI using adobe document service