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The SAP CAL solution “SAP Solution Manager 7.2: Test drive Content Activation of Customer’s Own Documentation” is now updated to support package 03 (GA) level!

Hello, this is Evan Stoddard, one of the product managers for SAP Solution Manager.

SAP Solution Manager Product Management is pleased to announce that the solution “SAP Solution Manager 7.2: Test drive Content Activation of Customer’s Own Documentation” has now been updated to support package 03 level, which is the same version as general availability. The updated solution is now available to SAP customers and partners via the Cloud Appliance Library (CAL) at

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 AWS and Azure 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.

In addition, if your company policies prevent the transfer of confidential, productive solution documentation to a cloud environment, you can create a test project based on SAP Solution Manager 7.1 standard content provided by the Business Process Repository or Rapid Deployment Solution, 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, a 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.

This solution also contains Best Practice content already imported into the new solution documentation user interface, accessible via the Solution Manager Launchpad in the user menu or via tcode SM_WORKCENTER. Since this system is now at support package 03 level, you can now upload additional Best Practice content yourself via the Solution Administration area, also available as a tile in the Launchpad.

A sample project plan has also been uploaded to the Project Management area, also available as a tile in the Launchpad.

Note that a dummy SAP S/4HANA system has been defined in the Landscape Management Database. If you plan to connect a real SAP S/4HANA system, you can remove this dummy system and replace it with the real one.

Support for this 30-day free trial system will take place via the SAP CAL SCN community in the same manner as other free trials: .

The training materials for this scenario are now available on the SAP Solution Manager Early Knowledge Transfer site, located here: -> 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.

Thank you!

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      Author's profile photo Dinesh Ghanta
      Dinesh Ghanta


      Thanks a lot for the update. I have a CAL system created with the previous version and  have done some configuration for ChaRM. How can I install the support pack on that system?

      Thanks and Regards,

      Dinesh Ghanta

      Author's profile photo Evan Stoddard
      Evan Stoddard
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      Hi Dinesh:

      I think to do this you will need a real product license (instead of the temporary license for the free trial.) To enable SPAM/SAINT you need a maintenance certificate, and for this you need to purchase the monthly system subscription, and then replace the temp license with your real SAP Solution Manager license key (this is known as bring-your-own-license, or BYOL.) With a real license you can install a maintenance certificate and enable support packages to be applied.

      Also here:

      CAL operates in a BYOL model. Does that mean that you install the SAP license into the appliances?

      No, we don't do that. This is how it works. All solutions in the library come with a 30-day temporary license key code installed. This allows you to start working with the SAP product right away (you won't be able to start solutions where your company doesn't have a proper product license). During the first 30 days after initial startup you need to install the valid license key for the product yourself (e.g. via transaction /nslicense on ABAP systems). You can fetch SAP license keys from the SAP Service Marketplace.

      Author's profile photo Y.T. Ho
      Y.T. Ho

      Hi Evan,


      any clue when SP05 for content activation will be availble in the CAL?


      thanks and with kind regards,