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SP Stack 12 – Dream or Nightmare ?

On next week (CW-21) is expected to be released the latest Support Package (Stack) for NetWeaver 2004s based products; this SPS
will contain a lot of fixes and new features, but also will come with a hard surprise ….

The Dream….

On next week (CW-21) some bugs that are making our life hard will be solved with this very expected patch, also a quite few new features.

It’s true, you can check the What’s New in the Portal for 2004 SP20 / 7.0 SP12 for the new features coming for NetWeaver Portals, and a SAP Note confirm more than 22 improvements and some new features for NW Visual Composer (will be mentioned in SAP Note 1020064 ).

From my point of view that’s fantastic… but ….. do you remember during the installation / upgrade to 2004s that SAP Solution Manager Key requested ???

The Nightmare…….

This is the first Support Package after April 2nd, 2007…. what exactly that means ?

As mentioned in the press release on July 25th, 2006, that means :

“all corrective software packages, including Support Packages (Stacks) for SAP NetWeaver 2004s and subsequent versions, as well as all applications which are based on this software (including SAP Business Suite 2005), released after April 2, 2007, will be available exclusively through the Maintenance Optimizer in SAP Solution Manager.”

In summary : If you don’t have installed and well configured the Solution Manager you cannot update your solution to this great SPS and any newest available.

What to do ?

To use the new software download function in the SAP Solution Manager, the following activities must be performed:

1-. Install the SAP Solution Manager 4.0
2-. Update the SAP Solution Manager SP Stack 09
3-. Connect the systems to the SAP Solution Manager
4-. Connect the SAP Solution Manager to SAP
5-. Download the Support Package containing the extension for the Maintenance Optimizer

Afterwards the nightmare is over and all the dreams comes true!

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  • Hi, Nice Blog…

    I know Web Page Composer is available as a Restricted Shipment in SPS12, do you know when will it be available to Download it??


    Antonio M.

  • If you just need to patch a single SAP Netweaver Portal or running few SAP systems, SAP’s way of forcing you to use the SAP Solution manager can only be called customer harrassement.

    Actually it costs us a week+ in terms of time and money to get SPS 13 for Netweaver Portal. We don’t need any of Solution Manager’s new benefits, we just want to download patches. With any other vendor I know this is a matter of minutes.

    SAP better comes up with a simpler way of obtaining patches and hotfixes for customers who don’t have a big SAP landscape running.