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SAP GUI Server Installation


Applicable For            : Windows XP, SAP GUI 7.30 for Windows

Installation Scenario    : Workstation installation from a server – Un Attended

Summary

SAP GUI server is useful when you need to install GUI on large number of computers. This server can be used to upgrade the release, applying patches, adding components to existing installations and un-installing the components. SAP GUI server is useful to administrators which makes gui administration easy.

Author(s):    Mahesh Kumar Mukkawar

Company:    Greatship India Limited

Created on:  04 December 2012


Author Bio


Untitled.pngMahesh Kumar Mukkawar is a Netweaver Consultant with Greatship India Limited and lives in Mumbai, IN. He previously worked for Alkem Laboratories, a leading pharma company in india.Mahesh Kumar is a Post Graduate from Osmania University,IN. He has exposure to SAP BPC in his coursework and interested in enterprise systems.

Pre Requisites:


Operating System          :   Windows XP/ Server 2008

.Net Frame Work           :   4.0

Components to Download: (SMP Login required)

SAP GUI 7.30 For Windows

SAP GUI 7.30 For JAVA

SAP GUI 7.30 for Windows Patches

SAP GUI 7.30 for JAVA Patches

BI 7.0 ADDON FOR SAP GUI 7.30

Patches for SAPSetup 9.0

Navigate to service.sap.com/swdc – SAP Software Download Center – Installations and Upgrades – Browse our Download Catalog – SAP Frontend Components – SAP GUI for windows – SAP GUI FOR WINDOWS 7.30 CORE – Installation – Downloads.

You can directly search for components and download CD SAP GUI FOR WINDOWS 7.30 CORE

CD No  –  50113858_6        NW 7.0 Presentation – 7.30 Compilation 1 Present.

Useful Tools


NWSAPSetupAdmin.exe – can configure your own installation packages

NWSAPSetup.exe – This installs GUI to client machines

NWCreateInstServer –  is a wizard driven tool that helps the administrator create a new installation server.

NWUpdateInstServer –  starts importing SAP products from the source into the newly created server.

Above all executable are available at below path

\\GUI Server IP\SAPGUISERVER folder\Setup

Logs


If you encounter any errors, you can refer following logs

Recording Logs Path : %ProgramFiles%\SAP\SAPSetup\Logs\NwCreateInstServer.log

Error Logs Path : %ProgramFiles%\SAP\SAPSetup\Errors\NwCreateInstServer_<CurrentDateTime>.xml.


Installation Procedure

Navigate to ptt.JPGath 50113858_6\NW_7.0_Presentation_\PRES1\GUI\WINDOWS\WIN32\Setup  and click NWCreate Inst Server icon

This launches installation server wizard

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Browse to empty share folder name

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This will install GUI server in your system. Once its successfully installed you will get confirmation screen.

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After successful installation, GUI server will import products into the server. Once you click on next it will automatically imports  product which you have selected from installation folder.

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Following screen will show the snapshot of Server Administrator Tool.

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Admin client can be opened from \\ Network Address\SAP GUI Server\Setup > NwSapSetupAdmin

You can perform following tasks using SAP Setup Admin tool

Import Product-Use this feature to add new products (for example, SAP front-end components) to an existing installation server for distribution over the network.

Export Product-Use this feature to export front-end components available on one installation server to another.

Delete Product-Use this feature to delete a product from an installation server.

Create Package-Use this feature to create packages for deployment. Packages can contain many components and their installation parameters can also be customized.

Create Package Definition File (PDF) –You can create a package definition file (PDF) for an installation server package. PDF is a package description format that simplifies the interoperability and information exchange between the SAP Installer and system management products like the System Management Server from Microsoft.

Configure Package-Use this feature to change the attributes or the content of your packages.

Patch-Use this feature to patch components that are available on the installation server.

Local Security Handling-This feature allows workstation users to install SAP components from the installation server without requiring administrative privileges.

Installing GUI on Client Machine


Configure Local Security Handling:

This feature allows workstation users to install SAP components from the installation server without requiring administrative privileges.

To configure configure LSH goto Services Menu and select Configure local security handling

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Next wizard will guide you through the configuration for Local Security Handling

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Above verify will verify the password and retype password only. It will not authenticate from active directory. After successful authentication from active directory you will see successful configuration of LSH.

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After successful completion you will see installation service state Active at bottom of admin tool.

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Services Created in Services.msc:

Following services will be created in services once the successful configuration


SAPSetup Automatic Workstation Update Service

SAP on-reboot installation service

Installing to Client Machines

This deployment you need help from your network team to configure group policies and auto deployment policies.

1. GUI can be installed or updated using the url provided for product or patch from SAP Installation Server Admin Tool.

It will be like \\Serverip\shared_folder\Setup\NwSapSetup.exe /Silent /Product=”SAPGUI710″ ( SAPGUI710 is Product Name )

2. You can install through the batch file also

net use \\<server>\<share>\Setup /user:<user> <password> /persistent:no

\\<server>\<share>\Setup\NwSapSetup.exe /Silent /package=”<packagename”

This can be distributed through group policies.

References

http://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/66971

http://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/26417

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-30247

http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-25456

http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/xp/all/proddocs/en-us/net_use.mspx?mfr=true

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  1. Andrew Hodgins

    Great article. With SAP GUI Server 7.3, I can import NWBC 3.5 and patch to pl8, but I’m having problems importing NWBC 4 into the installation server. When I give it the folder the NWBC 4 install file is, I get the message “The specified path is not a valid installation server”. The folder I’m using is D:\SAPInstallFiles\SAP GUI 7.3 and NWBC\NWBC 4.0\51044395 and the file is the original NWBC400_0-10011894.exe. How can I get NWBC 4 in the installation server?

    Thanks,

    Andrew

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    1. Former Member Post author

      Hi

      Thanks for the reply. I have added patch of adobe life cycle designer to gui server and was sucessful. I have tried to install NWBC4 which gave me same error. Will update you soon.

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    2. Former Member Post author

      Hi Andrew,

      As NWBC4.0 is a seperate product and not integrated in sapgui i feel we may not incorporate this into gui server. Kindly let me know if you have any work around

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      1. Andrew Hodgins

        It sounds odd to me that NWBC 3.5 is integrated but NWBC 4 is considered a separate product. I’ll keep looking for a work around and let you know if I find one. Thanks for your help.

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        1. Andrew Hodgins

          Thanks Jude, but I’ve tried that. I can have NWBC 3.5 in an install package and deploy it out, but for some reason can’t import NWBC 4. BTW, I’m using SAP Installation Server version 9.0.23.0.

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            1. Andrew Hodgins

              You can download it from the smp at: https://service.sap.com/swdc > Installations and Upgrades > Browse our Download Catalog > SAP Frontend Components > Netweaver Business Client > NWBC NW Business Client 3.5 > Installation

              However, it also comes with the SAP GUI 7.30 which is where I import the NWBC 3.5 originally. I then downloaded patch level 8 at https://service.sap.com/swdc > Support Packages and Patches > Browse our Download Catalog > SAP Frontend Components > Netweaver Business Client > NWBC NW Business Client 3.5 > Win32 and applied the patch in the server. So that’s how I have NWBC 3.5 on the installation server.

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    3. Andrew Hodgins

      Got the answer from SAP and I verified it works. I’m so happy.

      1.) Create an empty folder.

      2.) Start the installer in question with the additional parameter

      /extract=folder

      (e.g. NWBC400_0-10011894.exe /extract=”New Folder”)

      3.) The installer in question now extracts its content into the newly

      created folder.

      4.) Start NwSapSetupAdmin from your installation server and press the

      “Import Products” button and then navigate to the setup subfolder

      that has been extracted to the folder created in step 1.

      5.) Follow the wizard and the product should be imported.

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  2. Armstead Larry

    Mehesh, can you tell me if removing a package from an installation server and replacing it with the same name. will the machines installed from the previous package know the difference? because I’ve that each package name has a unique id number.

    thanks

    Larry

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  3. Former Member

    Hi this guide its great but i have an error when i tried to make a remote installation the error is something like that:

    check parameters credentials and verify if the windows workstation is running!

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    1. Andrew Hodgins

      Aldo,

      What we’re doing for remote installations is to create a package in the installation server and then create an MSI (Microsoft Installer) package that launches the UNC path of the remote install url which is pushed out to users in a Group Policy Update. The install url is:

      \\<sap installation server.\ClientInstallServer\Setup\NwSapSetup.exe /Package=”<install package name>” /silent

      When I tried using the remote installer on the installation server I got the same error you’re getting. Hope this helps.

      Andrew

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  4. Former Member

    Hi ,

    How can i get my SMP ???

    I am new to SCN , i want to download SAP GUI 7.3 core download file ( 700 – 800Mb) for windows xp , i am not a customer but i have Customer nos – 806064 ( individual participant) , did my sap sd from Lithan Genovate .

    cheers

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      1. Former Member

        Hi mahesh,

        i have recieved a letter (sub- Your personal key to the sap maket place) with a User ID and password ,, is this the same “S User Id ” you have mentioned in your reply , the same letter also stated that new users and training course participants do not have any authorizations in sap service market place , just read only acces ,, and it also suggest to request authorizations to super adminsitrators , so i got the id of one admin user and super administrator ,, one email id is not working and from other i have yet to get a reply ,, in case he replies with rejection for approval request ,, what should i do ,, from where should i get the 7.3 core file dowload for windows ,, only extractor files of 123 mb are avaialble online on other sites ,,

        pls suggest what should i do ????

        regards

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  5. Former Member

    Dear i am an IT Officer at my company and recently we implement SAP in our organization. now i am cumming to the point. we are simply installing SAP SUI setupall on windows and give server IP for every workstation manually so for this step we need to provide full internet access to workstation. now as per policy i want some advance installation  for workstation without give them internet access. i want to configure SAP on local server for workstation and local server will be connect with our DATABASE server in head office. please help. and sorry for my English .

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  6. Former Member

    Dear Mr Mahesh,

    I just installed NW 7.0 CPresentation 7.30 Compliation 3 Present 1 but i m unable to find their patches for windows 7, the above patches you provided its not supports this version of NW 7.30 Compliation 3 present 1.

    Can you suggest me for to install the SAP GUI Server in to the windows 7 Home basis.

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      1. Matt Fraser

        True, but it runs just fine in Win7 Home Premium, which is what I use when I’m supporting systems remotely (i.e., from home instead of the office).  I have yet to find anything about it that doesn’t work just the same as in my Win7 Enterprise system at my office.

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