Surprise for Kernel version 7.21 patch level 500 !
Today, I started applying EWA report actions to ne of my ABAP stack SAP systems. Since kernel was out of date, I checked download center whether there was a new patch or not. Luckily there was nw version 7.21 patch level 500. It was very fresh on download page and was released today.
I downloaded SAPEXE_500* and SAPEXEDB_500* immediately.
As it is always done I extracted both SAR files into a folder and copied extracted files into NTAMD64 folder with overwrite option.
Then I started my system. It didnot become all green, dispatcher was in Dialogue Queue Standstill status, there were no work processes seen on management console. I could see all wps that were started, using Task Manager processes tab page but they were not coming to management console AS ABAP WP TABLE. Besides this inconsistency I could login to system without any warning etc, too.
There was inconsistency and strangeness in the system.
When I checked SAPCAR command (used with -xf parameter) I realised that extraction did not finish successfully for SAPEXE file. So I redownload SAPEXE file 2-3 times thinking that there was an error in downloading (SAPEXE filesize incresed in later downloads) . But the same error occured each time for SAPCAR command. Something was wrong with the file not with downloading.
I tried download manager for downloading but there was also an oddness in DM. I have seen “You are not authorized to…” message. How could it be I downloaded the same file few minutes ago.
After this message, I decided to check the download page. What was the problem of SAPEXE file.
And there was a surprise waiting for me. SAPEXE*_500* files were withdrawn by SAP guys.
I was surprised. This was the first time I have met with a damaged kernel file.
A damaged file was released for all customers!
How could this be? I could not imagine.
Wasn’t there a quality control?
This could not be done but it happened to me.
I have been checking download site for the files but they still did not appear.
Looking forward to 500.
I hope this kind of things will not occur again.