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Getting the latest release of ESP from the SAP Software Download Center

If you are evaluating ESP for purchase, getting the latest version of ESP is easy.  You just have to click through the “Download Free Trial Version” link.  However, if you are trying to find the latest release in SAP’s Software Download Center (SWDC), it can be a little trickier.

If you try navigating to the latest service pack, the initial screen shows that you can navigate to “Support Packages and Patches” or “Installations and Upgrades”:


You might think that the latest release of the software would be listed under the “upgrades” section but you would be wrong.  The latest releases (also known as service packs) are listed under the “Support Packages and Patches” section.

Rather than navigating to the product, I prefer choosing the option to “Search for Software Downloads”.  In the search box, I put in “Event Stream Processor”:


Several results are returned but the latest service packs are listed under “Maintenance Product”:


Next, choose the appropriate operating system:


Finally, you get the list of available service packs and you can choose the latest one (SP04 is the most recent in the screen shot below):


A couple of side notes:

  • ESP service packs are complete installations that include all of the fixes from the previous service packs.  You do not need to install the GA release or a prior service pack before installing the most current release.
  • You might be asking yourself, what is this “EBF 21857”?  EBF is old Sybase terminology for “Emergency Bug Fix” and the EBF number was a unique number to help identify the release.  You could have “ESP5.1 SP04” available on five different platforms but the EBF number makes the release uniquely identifiable across platforms.  In other words, if you give technical support the EBF number, they know exactly which release and which operating system ESP was installed on.

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