Background: As we know when we are using the Enterprise Portal we often encounter issues related to session management and these can occur for a wide range of different reasons. The purpose of this blog is to provide a short and simplistic overview on what type of sessions are involved in terms of association with the Enterprise Portal. In my next blog I will provide an overview on some of the most commonly encountered session issues.

Overview: From an end users perspective utilizing the enterprise Portal is a straightforward process. We simply logon, fulfill our work obligations and logoff. As an end user we are only concerned with the graphical representation of the Portal that we are delivered with through our monitors representation and we are not truly troubled by what underlying functionality is taking place.

What & Why: If you have ever encountered a “User Session” or “Cookie Rentention” issue with the Portal then you are most likely familiar with the transaction of SM04.

SM04:  Essentially SM04 as a transaction provides us with a view on the different connection types. With reference to SM04 the connection type means what kind of user (and their connection) is connecting to the SAP System e.g. the Portal.

Connection Types: Connection types include that of RFC, GUI, Plugin (HTTP/SMTP).

RFC Connections: This particular connection type references users which are connected up to the system (Portal) via an RFC Connection. (See RFC’s using the SM04 transaction), a simplistic view on a RFC connection type user is someone who is utilizing the connection using external based RFC clients.

GUI Connections: As the title implies this particular connection types makes referneces to users who utilize access to the Portal via a GUI based connection platform.

Part 2: Common Issues coming soon

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