Maintenance Planner, a solution hosted by SAP for planning changes in your SAP landscape, enables you to easily set up SAP systems on any targeted Support Package Stack level, called up-to-date installation.
For this, you can plan and prepare the installation of a new SAP system (ABAP or Java) with a certain Support Package stack in Maintenance Planner, which also provides required artifacts (such as archives and the stack.xml file) by putting them into your download basket. Software Provisioning Manager, our installation framework, can consume the stack.xml file and will then take over planned parameters, such as the SAP System ID. In addition, the run of Software Update Manager (used to apply the selected Support Package Stack level) can get prepared (such as by extracting corresponding archives and applying patches for the involved tools) and be started right after the installation.
On this Customer Engagement Initiative (CEI), we want to focus on the integration and enhancement of the involved tools. So, this is your opportunity to influence the overall process, the single procedures + tools and their integration in direct interaction with the responsible development teams! The outcome of this initiative can have a big influence on what seems to be becoming the standard installation process for many SAP-NetWeaver-based products and as such will have a big impact on the daily work of administrators.
If you should be interested in this topic, please register here and we will invite you to an initial Webinar, where we outline the CEI and the offering. After the call, you could decide, if you want to join this initiative and if yes, in which format.
Looking forward to work with you on the overall procedure and identified improvements!