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Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas

Upgrading to Solution Manager 7.1 IT Service Management – the Functional Side

After finishing this upgrade, I wanted to share my experiences more from a functional side and less from a Basis / admin side.

Prior to the 7.1 upgrade, we were on Solution Manager 7.0 Ehp1 using Service Desk.  Things have changed greatly with the move to 7.1, as now the Service Desk is called IT Service Management.  Note this is SP05 of 7.1.

Here is a table of changes you will need to make (post SOLMAN_SETUP) when upgrading, along with links of documents I created.

Item Solution Manager 7.0 Ehp1 Solution Manager 7.1 SP05

Support Team Determination

Time Recording Service Desk Time Recording IT Service Management Time Recording
Time Recording Reporting


BW Time Recording
Incident Monitoring/Reporting Transaction CRM_DNO_MONITOR Monitor via the Web Client UI
BW Set up Solution Manager Service Desk Reporting Steps are embedded in SOLMAN_SETUP
Security/Authorizations Security Wiki

The other item we did was to create defaults in transaction NOTIF_CREATE to create incidents inside the SAP Gui and not inside CRM – see

What issues did we run into? First, BW didn’t capture all the incidents.  After consulting with SAP, I learned that SOLMAN_SETUP in basic configuration was not completely right.  I re-executed that in SOLMAN_SETUP and now it is working.

BW in SP05 doesn’t seem to activate technical content all the way.  Please see Note 0001716955 TWB BI Reporting: Incident Management setup is incorrect.  Not all CRM services were activated after SOLMAN_SETUP – there is another note for that as well. 

Best of luck in your Solution Manager upgrade.  Overall 7.1 has a nicer interface than 7.0 and I am glad to see time recording is now a part of standard content in 7.1.  Plus it gave me hands on experience with BRF Plus.

Learn more about Solution Manager at these upcoming events:

Projects 2012 Oct. 29-31, Las Vegas

SAP TechEd, Oct. 15-19, Las Vegas

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      Author's profile photo Vivek Hegde
      Vivek Hegde

      Thank You Tammy for sharing your experience on upgrading to ITSM. Well managed content, I must say 🙂



      Author's profile photo Lluis Salvador Suarez
      Lluis Salvador Suarez

      a Very useful post Tammy, thanks for share; that information are really important for scheduled upgrades for 7.01 to 7.1.




      hey Tammy, i found a twitter post from the last wek from a 7.1 presentation (news on SP06) that can be interesting on your initial post:

      Twith #solman 7.1 new Report for message update: RNOTIFUPDATE01 for 7.0 is replaced by report AU_CRM_IMUPDATE_FROM_SAP, the new report supports old and new message types.

      We will fight with huge Solution Manager 7.01 upgrade to 7.1 that are connected to around 900 productive systems, maybe interesting that you translate that post to a blog or wiki 😉

      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas
      Blog Post Author

      Luis - thank you for your feedback.  As time allows I will try your wiki page idea, that way you can update / collaborate as well

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I would like to add my experience - as it requires to run SOLMAN_SETUP completly ( System Preparation + Basic configuration).  Also you can migrate your SMSY to LMDB through SOLMAN_SETUP very easily. Don't be panic when you encounter some new user ids while running SOLMAN_SETUP, mostly related to new functionality "Dashboard" and reporing functionality.

      Bad part is that - post upgrade tasks (including SOLMAN_SETUP) took lots of time, I never expected.