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New Installation of S/4HANA 1610FPS1 – Best Practices Content Activation – Germany

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TOPIC                                                         release-> 1709 1610 1610 1610 1511 1511
                                                                       stack-> FPS0 FPS2 FPS1 FPS0 FPS2 FPS1
Part 1 – Maintenance Planner  link link link
Part 2 – Installation  link link link
Part 3 – Best Practices Content Activation – USA  link link link link link link
Part 3A – Best Practices Content Activation – Germany  link link link link
Part 1 – Maintenance Planner link
Part 2 – Pre-checks link
Part 3 – Custom Code Migration WorkList link

The documents mentioned are available at MobileDocLink

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1610FPS1 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= Germany The BP Activation process runtime is 8Hrs. Please refer Admin Guide.
A new Solution Builder profile has been created with ALL scope items but in case you have finalized scope items you can select only the needed scope items. Depending on how many selected scope items, activation procedure will need less time.
TIP: If you have removed some scope items, in the rare situation that the removed scope item should have populated a table, you may get some error due to this scenario. In this situation please open OSS message.
You need a stable network connection to SAPGUI frontend so it is advisable to use Windows Terminal Server with latest SAPGUI installed.
This document will be useful to quickly setup system on some projects where, even though scope includes more languages, validation of functionality can be done with just the English/German language.
STEP1: S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 is installed and SPAM checked as per list below.

STEP2: All notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 is installed as per SAP Note 2346431 – SAP S/4HANA 1610: Release Information Note. TIP: Please go through the note for any updates.
Please read SAP Note 2328546 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1610 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1610 FPS 00 (10/2016) content activation note. Download documents attached to this note and review.
And also please read
SAP Note 2400710 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1610 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1610 FP stack 01 (02/2017) content activation note. Download documents attached to this note and review.
STEP3: Languages installed are EN and DE as per this screenshot. Enter tCode SMLT

STEP4: Using SFW5, Enterprise Business Functions are activated as per list
STEP5: Client Copy has been completed with tables defines in whitelist table /FTI/TWHITEL01 by registering client in table /FTI/T_NOCLN000 and using copy profile SAP_UCUSSAP_CUSTSAP_CUSV or SAP_UCSV as per the Admin Guide. Copied client to have no currency in tCode SCC4. You can also activate Best practices by doing a full client copy from 000.

STEP6: Review SAP note 2400710 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1610 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1610 FP stack 01 (02/2017) content activation note
Download zip file from URL below (or available at mobile link) to your desktop and then upload to server
At OS level, extract zip file above, copy files K905761.QE6, K906480.QE6 to directory /usr/sap/trans/cofiles and R905761.QE6, R906480.QE6 to directory /usr/sap/trans/data and change file permissions to 755 with with user sidadm and add transport to buffer using option below

After the transport is in buffer, select the  transport and import, In the Options tab checkmark  override check of component version
Note 2400710
shown has some documents attached as shown below. Download these documents for workarounds and review to use in case you face issues.
STEP7: Create users for content activation as per admin guide with details:

STEP8: In case you are using SapGui version 7.50, you need to deactivate the SAP Fiori visual theme on the Blue Crystal Theme visual design option or select any other theme in the SAP GUI options. Currently MM01 ECATT fails with the default theme (will be fixed shortly). Once the Best practices activation is completed, you can activate the SAP Fiori visual theme back.

STEP9:  Change SAP Profile parameters as below and restart SAP:
abap/heap_area_dia = 6442450944
sapgui/user_scripting = TRUE
STEP10: Import solutions from SAP Best Practices content. Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI. Choose menu Solution -> Import -> Solution (XML) -> From reference content

Select Solution Builder Content ID BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1611_DEV3.XML from below.
(please note the changed on date may be later than 21 Feb based on new transport QE6K906480)

After import is complete log will be displayed. Check logs and Click on icon Back
STEP11: Import Installation Data. Choose Menu Solution -> Import -> Installation Data -> From reference content and Select solution INST_FILES_DE_BP_S4BL_S4HANA1611_OP.ZIP

Click on column “Changed On” 2 times to change sort order and select second line as below(please note the changed on date may be later than 21 Feb based on new transport QE6K906480)

You should get message below at the end of import

STEP12: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1611_DEV3 to (2)  Z_MY_SOLUTION_DE Please (3) copy with installation data and (4) Exit
Define scope of your solution if needed by clicking on Change icon.Click OK. Click on Favorite to make this solution as your favoriteSTEP13: First please also go through note 2309549 – Identify completely installed languages for the report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG for Implications of reducing languages as below:
TIP: “The report deletes SAP Best Practice Content for all released languages that are not successfully installed in the system. After having deleted SAP Best Practice content for such languages with this report, you won’t be able to add languages-dependent SAP Best Practice content again. Therefore make a conscious decision to run the report, understanding the implication that for languages not installed in the system, but released for the solution, all language dependent content of IMG activities would be deleted. Adding further languages later is currently not supported
Enter tCode SE38, run report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMGYou can run in simulation mode if needed and then in update mode.TIP: DELETION WILL TAKE 6 MINUTESSTEP14: enter tCode SCC4 and ensure below values – Logical System – blank (activation will populate), Currency – blank, Client role – Test.

STEP 15 (OPTIONAL): Best Practices content activation for any solution will populate the client currency as USD by default. In case you want to have a different client currency, you should change the currency before activation starts.You should not change client currency once the first solution in the client is activated. The procedure is as follows:
Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI -> Building Block Builder, Menu Installation Data -> Central Data

select DSC – /SMB99/STD_CURR_DSC_J01 Click on Maintain and change field I_MWAER to EUR

STEP 16: Review List of Activation Errors as below. Depending on scope items you have selected, you may get less errors. This is the summary of errors described later The list is provided as a quick search. The timings are based on Cloud based Virtual Machine with 256GB RAM x 32 Cores.

STEP17: Enter tCode /n/SMB/BBI and go to Solution Builder. Select the Solution and click on Implementation Assistant and Click on button Activate.

After 2 minutes you will be prompted with screen below.
You can select Skip this screen if you don’t want this screen from popping up everytime.If a message pops up “To activate the project, the client settings need to be changed to eCATT and CATT allowed” this would come up if you didn’t follow the step 14 for SCC4, please choose Yes.
STEP 18 (OPTIONAL): TIP: How Much time is left to finish the activation ?
As the Best Practices content is activated, the scripts are running for few hours. Throughout the process you cannot access Implementation Assistant and even if you open it in another screen there is no way to tell how far you are in activation process. To see this information on how much time is left we will make use of spreadsheet, please download from link – “S4HANA_1610FPS1_BPContentActivationRemainingTime.XLSX”.

Please follow these simple steps. Enter tCode SECATT, Logs icon. Starter – Blank, enter Start Date, Max No of Hits – blank

The logs shown from SECATT will match the records shown in spreadsheet. Select the tab that applies USV3 or DEV3 and delete the other one.

Column A – There are 445 records for full activation of USV3 (427 for DEV3). In case this is the first activation then log numbers will start from 1 on row 446 and Column A numbers will match. Activation starts with first log entry is with Title = /SMB99/SU3_O009_B32. But in case this is second or third client activation, replace the number in cell A446 (shaded green) with starting number of this activation for TITLE=/SMB99/SU3_O009_B32 in SECATT log.

Column C – shows Duration of each activity and Column D shows the time remaining including time for current activity.

Column F – Cell F446 enter the time that you started the activation. The column F will be revised to show time that each activity will occur. This is good if you didn’t lose time with system waiting and also system processes at same speed as reference system. To get better estimate of times – refresh the SECATT log, find the current activity number and Title. From the logs you can find start time of current activity. Enter the start time of the current activity in cell F446 (shaded green) in time format  HH:MM (16:36). Spreadsheet column F will be revised. The advantage of this is you can find the time that next stop will be reached based on rows shaded in red.

Optional – What if the activity currently running is has long duration and is in progress ? Yes the duration of activities over 10 min are shown in blue. The No of test cases are indicated together with Title in brackets (). From the number of test cases completed so far you can calculate the remaining time for this activity.

STEP19: Activate Operating Concern

Building Block J52
Affected Activity /SMB15/KEA0_O042_J17
Activity Description Activate Operating Concern

No steps to be done here, just click on activate to continue as below:
STEP20: COMPLETION OF ACTIVATION In about 20 minutes at the end of activation you should get message “Solution ZEXP_BP_OP_ENTPR_S4H activated”. CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

Please revert the parameter for abap/heap_area_dia and adjust SAPGUI scripting as well as remove SAP_ALL authorization from functional users if granted separately.
Please follow procedure as described in Admin Guide section 3.5 Executing manual rework activities. Also detailed steps in the guide in link.
Access tCode /n/SMB/BBI, select the solution you activated and set it to favorite. In the menu bar choose Solution -> Procedure -> Start a procedure. In the Execute a Solution Processing Procedure dialog box choose procedure Manual Rework Required and choose OK.
Recommendation is not to do Content Activation of best practices in QAS and PROD. You have to move the transports as below in graphic.

  1. SAP Best Practices client is set-up with specific client copy profile
  2. SAP Best Practices customizing after initial activation
  3. Manual extension of business configuration using IMG
  4. Additional client 000 customizing for customer adaptation (Note 2272406)

Special thanks to Hanuma Rupakala – Package Build Lead – USA for being available at short notice and for direction and support on various issues related to Best Practices content activation.

Mahesh Sardesai
Product Expert – S4HANA Regional Implementation Group

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      Author's profile photo Yogesh Ruwali
      Yogesh Ruwali

      Hi Mahesh,

      excellent collection of the many steps spread across of steps otherwise spread across many documents and notes. Thank you. I have completed the steps for the scope items which were suggested to me by the project team, seems they want the scope to be much bigger. Is there a way to activate more scope items in the same solution. If not, can you suggest how should i proceed, delete the scope and create new with everything activated or start altogether with a new system/client.




      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Yogesh,

      Once a solution is activated you cannot delete the scope. Also you can activate more scope items in the same solution if no other configuration has been done that would likely impact the activation.

      It is good to start altogether with a new client within same system with afresh copy from client zero or with a new system/client.

      Author's profile photo Yogesh Ruwali
      Yogesh Ruwali


      Thank you, since we had not touched any config, I was able to activate more scope items in the same solution.

      Author's profile photo Shubham Rai
      Shubham Rai

      Hello Mahesh,

      We are performing best practices content activation for UK on S/4HANA 1610 FP01 system.

      We have encounter an error on activation regarding languages: “Language ZH is not installed in

      the system. Cannot activate”. We have installed only EN and DE on system. The report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG tells me that “No language specific data needs to be removed from IMG Activity data files” and it shows only German and English.

      Please  help us in resolving the error.




      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Shubham,

      You need to do the steps as mentioned in STEP 13 -  note 2309549 – Identify completely installed languages for the report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG

      Author's profile photo Petrica Avdei-Mina
      Petrica Avdei-Mina


      First of all, thank you for your posts regarding s4hana 1610 on premise.

      I am trying to install also a s4hana 1610 fps1 system and I have a few question regarding your scenario of installation.

      I saw that you did not mention anything about SAP Fiori configuration (or I did not see it), which is in the admin guide as a mandatory step before best practice activation. Do you have a guide related to this matter? Do we have to install a separate system for this...what is the procedure by following your installation scenario?

      Thank you in advance!

      Best regards,

      Peter A.

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      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
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      Hi Patricia,


      Fiori Configuration is the next step which you can do as per the Admin Guide.

      Author's profile photo Thomas Kunert
      Thomas Kunert

      Hello Mahesh,


      I have the same error regarding your post from June 7, 2017 at 1:12 am.

      I tried to activate the German Version with your description here, but got the error  “Language ZH is not installed in the system. Cannot activate” !

      Your answer "You need to do the steps as mentioned in STEP 13 –  note 2309549 – Identify completely installed languages for the report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG" did not help. because Step 13 was done be me !?

      Have you further hints / ideas ?


      best regards




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      Thomas Kunert

      Author's profile photo Thomas Kunert
      Thomas Kunert

      Hello all,

      this is the sap Support answer and it works:-) !!


      Dear Thomas,
      I was able to logon and check the solution. I am not able to conclusion on the root cause of the issue.
      Therefore, I deleted the existing Z solution, ran the remove not installed languages program on the reference solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1611_DEV3. Then copied the solution to with installation data to again same Z solution.
      Now if you start activation, you should not get any error. The activation will start from the last error, but now it should pass it.


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      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      The root cause couldn’t be determined for the "Language ZH is not installed" issue . If anyone else has same issue let us know.

      Author's profile photo Giulia Felappi
      Giulia Felappi

      Hello everyone,

      I also encoutered the “Language ZH is not installed in the system. Cannot activate” error.

      The solution proposed by Thomas worked for me: deleted my Z solution (solution only), ran the language removal report on the reference solution and then copied the reference solution to same Z solution name.

      I launched activation again and it started from the last interruption, it passed the error correctly.

      Thank you very much!