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Applying Solution Manager 7.0 Enhancement Pack 1

We recently went through the Solution Manager upgrade cycle at AusPost. We were on SolMan 7.0 and in our bid to upgrade it, we came across Enhancement Pack 1 (EHP1) also known as SPS 18.

 

EHP1 Value Proposition at AusPost

Apart from software currency, we read about the rich functionality EHP1 would bring to SolMan 7.0. We were keenly interested in the Work Centre concept of grouping new and improved functionality. The top five new functionality interests include:-

  • Downtime Management

  • NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC) integration for SolMan

  • Wizard based SMD (diagnostics) and Wily Introscope agent deployment

  • Integrated BI central reporting history (CPH) reporting

  • Automatic maintenance of the SMSY system landscape using the central SLD

Plan your system landscape well

Be warned, unless you have a non-production SolMan system you will need to back up (and hold your breath) often. My suggestion is to get yourself a Sandpit SolMan where you can test maintenance before productionising the process. Take the opportunity to line up your SLDs and deploy some nice snapshot technology using IBM FlashCopy SE or similar.

 

High Availability

Around 2 years ago, SolMan was installed on a Linux Server under my desk – to generate install keys. These days, SolMan has become a mission critical application. Keep this in mind when locating your Production SolMan system – or be prepared to move (or reinstall) it later.

 

Sizing

Make sure you place the Production SolMan on scalable infrastructure like IBM PowerVM or similar. All new functionality obviously needs processor power. Please also consider disk IO rates, Tier 3 disks just won’t cut it when using Wily Introscope or Central NWA to manage a large landscape.

 

Essential reading for EHP1 installation

As always, read all the right documentation and download the latest SAP notes. Here is a list of the essential reading:-

 

System preparation for EHP1 installation

The following are a collection of things we did before launching into EHP1:-

The order of EPH1 maintenance

Things to consider after the upgradete  

Special mentions

The quality of assistance from our Maximum Attention consultant was invaluable. The Maximum Attention gig is now becoming more common place in the industry, and paying dividends at AusPost.

 

Lastly, always work with a Basis guy who is not afraid to land and productionise the new functionality.

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  1. Judy Allison
    Don’t forget to check note 1172948 as well as the ones mentioned above. This is briefly mentioned in 1244225 and should not be missed as it contains many fixes.
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  2. Alexander Alyoshin
    Really useful Blog.

    We upgraded our Solution Manager 7.0 to EhP1 two weeks ago and unfortunately we had not this material at hand.

    I think many people will use it in the future for upgrading their SolMan systems.

    I would advise author to correct last line: After “Read the SAP Enhancement Package 1 Configuration guide” put “Run T-code SOLMAN_SETUP for Initial Configuration”.
    Of course it is possible to use T-code SPRO, but I have found SOLMAN_SETUP useful.

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    1. Tony De Thomasis Post author
      Thanks for your kind comments.

      My copy of the the SAP Enhancement Package 1 Configuration guide has several post-it notes through it. Expecially useful is section 3.6 whuch goes through SOLMAN_SETUP in detail.

      You will refer back to this document several times as you deploy extra SolMan functionality.

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      1. Entegris IBM Support-contact info in msg
        Hi Tony

        Excellent blog with useful steps which helped me a lot on upgrading SolMan EHP1 with minimun issues.

        I’d appreciate your assistance on which steps/configurations are required after EHP1 is fully functional.

        I saw you mention EHP1 Configuration Guide section 3.6 which goes thru SOLMAN_SETUP in detail, but I couldnt find that guide which has section 3.6

        Could you plase send a link with the guide you are mentioning

        Thanks!

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  3. Mark Finnern

    Hi Tony,

    Makes me so happy that you took the idea of the tribe that underlies the SAP Mentor initative to your work with the students.

    I think it is a concept that is not understood and valued enough, therefore to weave it into a university course is amazing. The result of for example having Ray Wang show up at one of your sessions are just amazing.

    Thanks you so much for being an inspiration, Mark.

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