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Have you ever took a close look at the first time consultants in a project. They will be full of energy and enthusiasm to do something. But they will not know where to start. Same here, when I joined my first project, I was just out of my Super SAP APO course (and certified ;)). But in a project they don’t expect you to start designing the solution right away. Being on an onsite / offshore model; onsite consultant used the sandbox environment (already existed) for small demos during the solution design discussion and as an offshore resource my first task was to bring up the development server active connected with ECC and to be honest I was really terrified with that task. What ever I did went wrong (thank god it is a DEV!).

Later I got introduced to SDN and posted a few queries where I got answers. The answers, suggestions and advices from SDN actually boosted my confidence. So my first task started with creating planning model and version in APO system. It was a fresh system and the basis folks did their best to keep Livecache running properly 🙂 and handed it over to me.

Whatever I provide here are already available in SDN forums, I’m just gathering everything under one single roof, so that a begginer need not keep searching the forum (as I did)

So lets start with creating a model. Goto /SAPAPO/MVM or in the SAP Easy Access >  Start Menu > APO > Master Data > Planning Version Management

Create ModelCreate Model

Once the model is created, the next step is create a version. If you are using SCM 5.1 and this is first time version is getting created, you may face a error of the following kind,

General error in model/planning version management

Don’t panic, its a regular error :). You have to run the Livecache consistency check through /SAPAPO/OM17 to rectify the error. Refer SAP Note:519014

After running the consistency check, create the version again.

Create Version 

Fine we have completed the first step, lets see how to activate our planning area using this planning version. But before that we need activate our standard Planning object structures in system. By default SAP delivers 5 standard POS for SNP & DP and they will be in the inactive version (no..no.. this is not the version which we have created).

To activate the planning object structures, we need to run a report. Goto Systems (in Menu) > Services > Reporting

POS Activation Report

Enter /SAPAPO/TS_D_OBJECTS_COPY and execute the report. In the next screen, select Activate standard objects and Adjust planning ID. Select the Log Display to have the output of the report run.

POS Activation

After the run, check for any error / inconsistency through the log displayed and if nothing, then check the activated MPOS in system. 

POS Activation

Once all standard MPOS are activated, you will be able to activate the standard planning area as well using the version created. If neccessary adjust the periods in Storage Bucket profiles or you can also do that in the pop-up during the activation of planning area.

Planning Area Activation

So we are all set for basic planning in APO. The next step is to establish the connectivity between ECC & APO, which we should leave it to Basis experts as any small mistake in maintaining the RFC user profile, might leave a lot of trouble later.

Thats it folks for this post!

Lets see in the next post what is the importance of pulling calendar from ECC and how to ensure calendars in ECC and APO are synchronized in the system.

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