In order to access URL based transaction codes like For Fiori Launchpad or UI Theme Designer,you need to add an entry in the host file of your local system. Here is the path for the hosts file as per Windows 8.1:

C:\windows\System32\drivers\etc\<hosts>

Here are the parameters that need to be added:

(01)Application Server IP as per SAP Logon System entry in SAP GUI e.g:11.111.11.181

(02)Host name e.g: sap@scn.fiori

so the final entry in the host file would look like this including a tab between the two:

11.111.11.181     sap@scn.fiori

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[Note: Due to user restrictions,the host file should be copied in a public folder such as Documents,Downloads etc.,then open up in notepad and updated with the entry and then copied back and replaced with the host file,as per the file path mentioned above].

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Secondly,the service for the given URL should also be activated using Transaction SICF. When such transactions are called for the first time,you get a dialog box to activate it.

e.g: /UI5/THEME_DESIGNER

the service path for this tool is ‘sap/bc/theming

Figure 02(a) : Activating A Service When It calling one of the UI based Transactions for the First Time
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This service could also be checked whether it is activated or no using T-Code ‘SICF‘ and going to the path of the service in question. In our case that is:

default_host > sap > bc > theming

We can also check the activation status of a Service at a glance by looking at the Text of the service. If its greyed out,then it is in-active[e.g:]. If its highlighted in black,that means the service is activated[e.g:].

Figure 02(b) : Finding the Path of the Service in SICF and Checking Its Activation Status
01(b)_FindingThePathOfTheServiceInSICF_andCheckingItsActivationStatus.png

We can also activate a service in SICF by right clicking a service and choosing ‘Activate‘ from the context menu as shown below:

Once the ‘Activate Service‘ option is selected,we get a pop-up for activating a Service Selecting ‘yes’ will activate the service.

The SecondYes‘ button with the hierarchy icon []is best suited for activating all services that are part of a particular node.

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