Reasons for automating configurations

For smooth processes in the Application Life Cycle Management, It is very important to maintain systems in landscape with consistent & error free configuration and description. You do this in SAP Solution Manager.As per study performed to evaluate unplanned downtimes, it was concluded that many unplanned downtimes are due to application errors / improper configuration due to manual errors – see figure 1.

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The complexity further increases when your system landscape, the application types and the connectivity needed is growing.

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To ease these efforts and reduce human errors, SAP has come out with automation scripts to help reduce TCO by reducing the efforts on the technical configuration for administrators.

About Standalone Task Manager for Lifecycle Management Automation

Standalone Task Manager for LM Automation is a part of SLToolset shipment. LM Automation works as generic framework for automating tasks such as technical configuration and validation. LM Automation templates act as a shield to administrators from configuring complex application setup in landscape, making the adoption of SAP’s solutions easier.

Automations are shipped as method of framework & content. The single framework can be downloaded and used against various contents (scenario specific templates)

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Table 1 shows some examples of available automation content:

Security scenario templates    |      Reference SAP Note: 1891360

Scripts/Template

Description

JAVA: SSL Validation

Validates configuration like SAP Crypto Graphic library installation, SSL service, SSL certificate, HTTPS port etc. required for enabling ssl (https) on JAVA application server.

JAVA: SSL Profile Validation

Validates settings of parameters like http, xsrf, cookies etc. required for secure session on JAVA application server.

JAVA: SSL Maintenance

Configuration for Key Store, SSL port, Socket etc required for enabling ssl (https) on JAVA application server. This task also let you know the current configuration of the system.

ABAP: SSL Validation

Validates configuration like SAP Crypto Graphic library installation, Profile parameters, ICM parameters, PSE configuration etc. required for enabling SSL (https) on ABAP application server.

ABAP: SSL Profile Validation

Validates settings of parameters like SSO, logon ticket, icf, http etc. required for secure session on ABAP application server.

Mobile scenario templates   |    Reference SAP Note: 1891358

Scripts/Template

Description

SAP Mobile Landscape Configuration

Mobile Landscape configuration deals with configurations on SAP Backend, SAP Gateway and SUP systems. The template plans to automate and guide administrators to configure SAP Backend, SAP Gateway and SUP Systems.

HANA scenario templates      |  Reference SAP Note: 1891393

Scripts/Template

Description

SAP HANA Landscape Configurations

SAP HANA Landscape consist of Backend (ERP, CRM,..), SLT – Replication server, HANA UME. The template plans to automate and guide administrators to configure backend, SLT and HANA systems.

Table 1: available automation content for security setting, mobile, and SAP HANA

Download Link:

1.       Navigate to www.service.sap.com/swdc in your browser.

2.       Choose Support Packages and Patches -> A – Z Index à “S“ -> SL Toolset à SL Toolset 1.0

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Figure 3a:  Entry by Components ->Standalone Task Manager For LMAUTO1.0

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Figure 3b: Components to choose

In figure 3b as highlighted, the automation framework and content are available. The framework once downloaded can be used for all the contents scenarios.

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      Download the archive to a folder and unzip/unpack the downloaded file.
Note: The user needs write access to this folder (administrator rights are not required)

Figure 3c: Archives to be downloaded.

1.   Click on LMAuto.bat to start the application. When the popup window containing the list of available scripts/templates opens, choose a script/template and click on the Start button

2.   Follow the guidance of the tool and enter further information about the ABAP or JAVA backend system on which you want to execute the template.

Glimpse of the tool:

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Figure 4: Running Task Manager showing 4 tasks.

Additional Information

Automation scripts are also shipped with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management as Java Post Copy Automation scripts. Below are few details and references.

Java Post Copy Automation templates | Reference SAP Note: 1750096

Java Post Copy Automation templates are available from SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management -1.0. Templates shipped are as follows,

§  System Copy: Java Server –Post Copy Configuration

§  System Copy: Java Server – Refresh (Export) Configurations

§  System Copy: Java Server – Refresh (Import) Configurations

BI Java Post Copy Automation templates | Reference SAP Note: 1932832

BI Java Post Copy Automation templates are shipped along with SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management -2.0 SP03 onwards.

·      For more informatin and user guides, see https://www.service.sap.com/sltoolset

·      Information on landscape data such as configuring systems for monitoring and maintenance in general is available at Landscape Descriptions @ the SCN ->SL Toolset 1.0

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