Hello, this is Evan Stoddard, one of the product managers for SAP Solution Manager.
SAP Solution Manager Product Management is pleased to announce that SAP Solution Manager 7.2 SPS03 is available to SAP customers and partners via the Cloud Appliance Library (CAL), available via the link http://cal.sap.com.
This education-focused appliance includes both SAP Solution Manager 7.2 ABAP and JAVA systems as well as a MS Windows desktop to allow easy system access via a standard SAP frontend. This appliance runs on Linux/SAP HANA, with both AWS and Azure available as infrastructure providers.
The purpose of this appliance is to allow SAP’s customers and partners to test and evaluate the content activation process that moves SAP Solution Manager 7.1 solution documentation into the new 7.2 solution documentation UI after an upgrade. As described in the presentation and training simulation in the link below, you can save 7.1 solution documentation and landscape information to transport files, and then add them to the 7.2 system in SAP CAL via the WinSCP tool. You can then proceed with the one-time content activation procedure to evaluate how your documentation will appear in the new 7.2 system. Best of all, through the cloud infrastructure you can restore the system to a previous state easily and repeat the activation process as many times as you wish. With the application of Support Package 3 to the 7.2 system, the entire Content Activation process has been greatly simplified and improved.
In addition, Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA have been imported to the system as well as a sample SAP S/4HANA Simple Finance project plan. You can review the project plan from the Project Management tile of the Solution Manager Launchpad, linked in the user menu of the sample ‘solman’ user. You can also review the Best Practice content in the new solution documentation UI via the Solution Documentation tile in the Launchpad as well.
Note that if your company policies prevent the transfer of confidential, productive solution documentation to a cloud environment for content activation testing, you can create a test project based on SAP Solution Manager 7.1 standard content provided by the Business Process Repository, and use this project to experience the activation process.
On this appliance, some basic settings and setup of Process Management has been performed to allow the quickest path for evaluation of the content activation process. As part of this configuration, the sample ‘solman’ user has been created with the necessary authorizations.
No other configuration has been performed, but you are free to use and configure this system for evaluation of other capabilities, install SAP Notes, and make other changes as you would in any other SAP CAL system.
Support for this free trial system will take place via the SAP CAL SCN community in the same manner as other free trials: http://scn.sap.com/community/cloud-appliance-library
The training materials for this scenario are now available on the SAP Solution Manager Early Knowledge Transfer site at:
http://support.sap.com/ekt-solutionmanager -> SAP Solution Manager 7.2 Learning Maps -> Content Activation -> Preparation -> Test and Evaluate the Solution Documentation Activation Procedure With SAP Sol Man 7.2 in SAP CAL.