Hot News (as from SolMan 7.01) has been integrated into ‘System Recommendation’ as a part of Change management work center
First, why the intent to blog on this Hot News. I got a requirement from our customer to configure Hot News for our new Solution Manager 7.1.
For me, I spent almost two hours, finding documentation on how to configure HotNews on SolMan 7.1. The reason being HotNews term is somewhat less
significant/obsolete in the SolMan 7.1 terminology.
The new name was System Recommendations as cited in the below excerpt. Hence I hope if some googles for a HotNews configuration with Solution Manager
7.1, this shows up and saves them some time!
In addition, the feature provides a most current System Recommendation Report which I found very useful.
I have concluded the blog with some focus on that.
Excerpt from the SAP Help Link
- System Recommendations
You can use this function to find appropriate SAP Notes for a technical system, to display them, and to execute additional tasks associated with them.
In addition to HotNews, which has been integrated into System Recommendations, you can manage Security Notes, Performance Notes, Legal Change Notes,
and Correction Notes. These functions are available in the Change Management work center
Prerequisites for the above System Recommendation remain the same as for the previous Hot News configuration
– You should have run the SOLMAN_SETUP wizard up until the Managed System setup wizard for the respective system.
– The above wizard creates a required connection to the Service Marketplace
– It also creates required product system, technical system and RFCs to the respective managed system.
– Assists in the creating logical component for the product system
– You also need to assign the logical component to a Solution via SOLMAN_WORKCENTER -> Solution Manager Administration -> Solutions
Start the tcode solman_workcenter and navigate to the Change Management Work Center.
(You need to assign the required Role to be able to view this work center)
Specify a filter for the system
Choose the solution, system in the solution and the date window as per requirements.
As soon as you hit Apply Filter, the calculation is started:
The above information is to be ‘Refreshed’ manually to get the latest information about updates.
Update Note Information Automatically
Recommended option is to add the system
Click on ‘Settings’ on the Far Top Right of the screen
In the next screen select Turn On Automatic Notes Checking
In the next screen, add the systems from your Solution
And Save the above. A weekly job is scheduled which would check for the latest updates for the respective system from the Service Marketplace
and provide System Recommendation as below.
In the Workcenter, click on ‘System Recommendations Report’
The Report gives a unified view of Notes recommendation for the added systems in the Solution Landscape.
Back at the workcenter, you could either export the notes list to excel for future
reference or create change request directly for the respective Note.
Once note implementation is complete, note status can also be set here directly.
Personally, the usefullness of this feature is that it shows a filter of notes which would correct some errors in your system.
Whether you are currently facing that particular error depends on your system’s usage or rather your luck 🙂
More importantly, if and when an issue is reported on the system – the basis administrator can scan through the system recommendation report and check
very easily if a Note exists which could solve the problem. This is a lot easier than searching for the error directly in the SMP Notes section.