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I could also have called it

“The missing or outdated documentation syndrome”

or

“Stop playing with my SPRO path”

or just

“700, 701, 702, 710, 711, 720, 730, 731, 740”

Warning this blog post contains cryptic SAP acronyms that might be ununderstandable for non-basis consultant…

SAP always had a problem with documentation… and in some area if you finally succeed in finding some explanations they are either outdated or not relevant to your specific scenario. For instance on AD/SSO solution for BO the latest available documentation (from 2013) is still based on Windows 2000 and the sestspn parameter are wrong !

I just went through some rough time on ADS configuration for printing PDF from a GRC RM WDA (WebDynrpo Abap).

A Non SAP-aware person would consider this to be a very simple task like installing a PDFcreator on the client PC… but the printing solution is really complex and requires installing a Java instance for hosting ADS, and also installing BI Java usage on it.

I was not able to find a clear and complete documentation so I did first install a java instance with only ADS usage… and it was not working… so I found some document that suggest that BI Java usage was required. Too bad for me, I was on a 740 system and now the SUM is required to install new Java usage… this imply connecting my Java system to solution manager and run an MOPZ scenario…

After installing and configuring all the mess (JCO, RFC dest…) I did get an error :

(sap.com/com.sap.ip.bi.webdynpro.alv.pdf, BW-BEX-ET-WJR) Exception Message no. SALV_WD_MSG701


That error did reference note 1413938 – WD ABAP ALV – creating print version that tells to “Specify the service to generate the PDF document” through a SPRO path valid for 740… but I did not find that path on my 740 SP05 system.

After spending some more time searching SCN / SMP I did found note 1630587 – WD ABAP ALV: IMG paths for Customizing Settings that did provide all the different possible SPRO paths for that option depending on NW release.

Too bad none of these paths were available in my version…. I’ve tried on few 740 systems and in fact the path provided in the note only exist on the latest SP08 version, for all previous SP no access to that option !

I did catch the underlying report / table (SALV_WD_CUSTOMIZING / SALV_WD_ADMIN) and could run it on my 740 SP05.. to find that the point was already appropriately configured !

I did notice that the ADSUSER account gets locked… and I was not able to track how. I did activate the SM19 security audit log but no events were logged, no records for these failing connections. So the wrong logging must come from the Java WAS.

By the end my problem was a stupid misconfigured password (and a wrong account as I used ADSUSER instead of ADS_AGENT) in the SOA template destination “ConfigPort_Document”.

Just a simple BC work by the end, it took me a week to install & configure everything.

It was tough to explain to my customer that 5 days are required to configure PDF printing !

Then I almost lost a full day to track a simple password error.

As a BC freelance consultant I make my living on SAP complexity … so I should not criticize it too much, but sometime it really going too far !

I hope the new S/4 will make everything simpler… but I’m afraid that this “simplicity” will only concern business process and not the basis layer nobody cares about.

References


1413938 – WD ABAP ALV – creating print version

This SAP Note is valid only for the following releases (related to your Application Server ABAP):

    SAP NW Release 7.02

    SAP NW Release 7.30

    SAP NW Release 7.31

    SAP NW Release 7.40

Navigate to the following folder (see SAP Note 1630587 as well)

Path for releases < SAP_BASIS Release 7.40:

-> Application Server -> SAP List Viewer (ALV)

Path for releases as of SAP_BASIS Release 7.40:

-> SAP NetWeaver -> UI Technologies -> SAP List Viewer (ALV)

1882863 – WD ABAP ALV – Troubleshooting for print version

First check your installation and configuration in accordance with SAP Notes:

    918236 – WD ABAP ALV – creating print version

    valid for SAP NetWeaver Releases 7.00, 7.01, 7.10, 7.11

    1413938 – WD ABAP ALV – creating print version

    valid for SAP NetWeaver Releases 7.02, 7.30, and higher

1630587 – WD ABAP ALV: IMG paths for Customizing Settings

SAP_BASIS 7.00 & 7.01

  + SAP NetWeaver Implementation Guide    + Application Server     + Web Screen for ABAP     + Set-Up Printing for Web Screen ABAP ALV         – System-Wide Settings for the Web Dynpro ABAP ALV

SAP_BASIS 7.02

  + Implementation Guide for R/3 Basis Customizing    + Base      + SAP List Viewer (ALV)

SAP_BASIS 7.10

  + SAP NetWeaver Implementation Guide    + Application Server      + Web Dynpro for ABAP

        + Set-Up Printing for Web Dynpro ALV      – System-Wide Settings for the Web Dynpro ABAP ALV

SAP_BASIS 7.11

  + SAP NetWeaver Implementation Guide   + Application Server      + Web Dynpro ABAP

        + Set-Up Printing for Web Dynpro ALV     – System-Wide Settings for the Web Dynpro ABAP ALV

SAP_BASIS 7.20

+ Implementation Guide for R/3 Basis Customizing     + Base       + Web Dynpro for ABAP     + Set-Up Printing for Web Dynpro ABAP ALV      – Client-Sprecific Settings for the Web Dynpro ABAP ALV       – Generic Crystal Report Layout Maintenance

SAP_BASIS 7.30

+ Implementation Guide for R/3 Basis Customizing     + Application Server       + SAP List Viewer (ALV)

SAP_BASIS 7.31

+ SAP Customizing Implementation Guide     + SAP NetWeaver       + Application Server         + SAP List Viewer (ALV)

SAP_BASIS 7.40

+ SAP Customizing Implementation Guide     + SAP NetWeaver       + UI Technologies         + SAP List Viewer (ALV)



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