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Author's profile photo Tamas Hoznek

Fix the slow startup of the SAP Screen Personas trial instance

If you created an own instance from the solution “SAP Screen Personas pre-configured system based on IDES ERP 6.0 EhP7“, you probably noticed that activating takes a long time, like 15-20 minutes before logon to ECC is possible. This is caused by an incorrect (old) version of one of the kernel files. To fix the problem, follow the instructions below:

1. Log on to your instance using a terminal client, such as MobaXterm, PuTTY etc. You have to configure an SSH session using the private key (.PEM file) which you can download if you go to the Instance Details in your CAL Console. Store this .PEM file and refer to it in the SSH session definition. This will allow logging on to your instance as root without a password.

2. Execute the following commands:

cd /usr/sap/ABA/SYS/exe/run

su -l abaadm -c “stopsap all”

mv sybctrl sybctrl_old

cp -p sybctrl.200 sybctrl

chown root sybctrl

chmod 4750 sybctrl

su -l abaadm -c “startsap all”

After this, activating the system will be much faster and it should be possible to log on to ECC when the indicator in the CAL console turns green for the instance.

The base solution will be corrected shortly as well, and after that newly created instances will not experience the same problem.

Sorry for the inconvenience.


On February 15th 2016, the CAL solution has been updated which fixes the slow startup issue, so the above steps are only needed if an instance was created before this date.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      When will the system be upgraded to SP3 of Personas? I just started to test it via CAL. Now I am very disappointed as there is only SP2 available.

      Author's profile photo Tamas Hoznek
      Tamas Hoznek
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      The update is in the last stage of validation and I expect it to be online very soon. This took longer than expected... sorry about that.

      Author's profile photo Tamas Hoznek
      Tamas Hoznek
      Blog Post Author

      The SP03 update is out. 

      Author's profile photo Baktha Rajagopalan
      Baktha Rajagopalan

      How much it costs after the free trial period?

      Author's profile photo Tamas Hoznek
      Tamas Hoznek
      Blog Post Author


      Your SAP CAL console should provide you the answer.