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

This blog will focus on Best Practices Activation. Other blogs in this series:

Please refer other blogs as follows:

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

For all the blogs the documents are available at MobileDocLink and VideoPlayList.
Here is the video for this blog:

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= US. The BP Activation process runtime is 7Hrs 15 min. Please refer Admin Guide. For activating languages EN & DE and Country= Germany, please refer New Installation of S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 – Part 3A – Best Practices Content Activation – DEV3
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. It is assumed tax system VERTEX connection is not available and shows how to fix those activation errors. The status of system before starting this procedure is clearly defined before starting.
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 learn, setup validation system on some projects quickly with just 2 languages.
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.
Please read SAP Note 2328518 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1610 collective note for content activation 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.

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, K905762.QE6 to directory /usr/sap/trans/cofiles and R905761.QE6, R905762.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 versionNote 2400710 shown has some documents attached as shown below. Download these documents for workarounds and review to use in case you face issues.
STEP7: Configure Vertex connection as per IMG below, if it’s not available the workaround steps are included.
The IMG path is SPRO -> SAP Reference IMG -> Financial Accounting (New) -> Financial Accounting Global Settings (New) -> Tax on Sales/Purchases -> Basic Settings -> External Tax Calculation -> Define Physical Destination (actually this is tCode SM59)
RFC Connection = VERTEX, Program ID = vertex, define gateway host and service
STEP8: Create users for content activation as per admin guide with details:

STEP9: 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.
STEP10:  Change SAP Profile parameters as below and restart SAP:
abap/heap_area_dia = 6442450944
sapgui/user_scripting = TRUE
STEP11: 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_USV3.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

Click on icon Back

STEP12: Import Installation Data. Choose Menu Solution -> Import -> Installation Data -> From reference content and Select solution INST_FILES_US_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

STEP13: Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI -> Building Block Builder

Point to Scope Item US_BH2_OP, Select Building Block BLK and click on Bulding Block Icon on right

In the FIND box enter Building block J06
Seelct the Block and drag it over block BLK as shown below. This will sequence the Building Block J06 below BLK.
Similarly Select Scope item BJ2, Bulding Block BLK and drag and drop Building Block BM3 over BLK to sequence it below block BLK.
The final Building block sequence should look as below for both scope items US_BH1_OP and US_BJ2_OP.
STEP14: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1611_USV3 to (2)  Z_MY_SOLUTION_US

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 favorite

STEP15: 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_IMG. You can run in simulation mode if needed and then in update mode.


STEP16: enter tCode SCC4 and ensure below values – Logical System – blank (activation will populate), Currency – blank, Client role – Test.

STEP 17(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 18: 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.

STEP19: 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 20 (OPTIONAL): 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 SECATTLogs 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 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.

STEP21: VERTEX Error 1
If vertex is not configured, you will get Activation Error as shown below

Building Block J57
Affected Activity /SMB99/CL_XTAX_RULES_RFC_O001
Activity Description Checking VERTEX integration providing JurCodes

You will get alert information “Activation stopped with an error”. Click on ContinueOpen a second session The IMG path is SPRO -> SAP Reference IMG -> Financial Accounting (New) -> Financial Accounting Global Settings (New) -> Tax on Sales/Purchases -> Basic Settings -> External Tax Calculation -> Activate External Updating

Remove checkmark and click on Save, Accept transport.

TIP: Please exit above screen to SPRO Menu to prevent table from being locked as this will give more activation errors.

Get back to other session with Implementation Assistant and click on button Change

STEP22: Vertex Error 2

Building Block J16
Affected Activity /SMB99/CL_XTAX_RULES_RFC_O001
Activity Description Checking VERTEX integration providing JurCodes

The IMG path is SPRO -> SAP Reference IMG -> Financial Accounting (New) -> Financial Accounting Global Settings (New) -> Tax on Sales/Purchases -> Basic Settings -> External Tax Calculation -> Define Connection with External Tax System
Delete the line below and click on delete icon to remove the line, confirm deletion, Click on and add to transport.

Save with transport and go back to Display IMG screen.
The IMG path is SPRO -> SAP Reference IMG -> Financial Accounting (New) -> Financial Accounting Global Settings (New) -> Tax on Sales/Purchases -> Basic Settings -> External Tax Calculation -> Activate External Tax Calculation
Delete record as shown below. You cannot remove the data in first column, remove from rest of the columns including checkmark.Save with transport and go back to Display IMG screen.
TIP: Please exit above screen to SPRO Menu to prevent table from being locked as this will give more activation errors.
STEP23: 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:
STEP24: Define Release Procedure for Purchase Orders

Building Block BR1(XX)
Affected Activity /SMB99/CL20N_PO_O001_J01
Activity Description Define Release Procedure for Purchase Orders – Set Criteria

No steps to be done here, just click on activate to continue as below:

STEP 25: Vertex Error 3

Building Block JA2
Affected Activity /SMB99/CL_XTAX_RULES_RFC_O001
Activity Description Checking VERTEX integration providing JurCodes

Nothing to do. Please click on Change, enter reason to continue.

STEP26:  Vertex Error 4

Building Block BGZ
Affected Activity /SMB50/ME31L_O001_H83
Activity Description Create scheduling agreement

Follow the steps as per SAP Note 2330455 – SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (on premise) (U.S.A) (V3). S4HANA Manual tax configuration amendments (without Vertex Integration).docx This doc is also attached to the mobile link.
If you do these steps correctly, you will not get next error in next step if not it will come up.

Building Block BGZ
Affected Activity /SMB50/ME01_O001_H84
Activity Description Create source list

STEP27: COMPLETION OF ACTIVATION In about 12 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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  • Hi Mahesh,

    Very good blog. It help me a lot in my current Project implementation.

    Right now We are implementing the "S/4 HANA 1610 FPS0" with "NW 7.51 (Initial Stack)"


    Question: Which enhacements get if Customer move (upgrade) to Component 7.51 SPS 1, Product 1610 SPS 01?


    Thanks in advance!



    • Hi Jonas,

      Sorry, I may not have understood your question but let me try.
      Please use maintenance planner for the upgrade and it show all the components shown for the upgrade based on your current stack

      • Mahesh
  • Hi Mahesh,

    Thank you for the very detailed blog.

    I am very curious about step 13. The first time I tried to perform the activation (in a completely new system), I got an activation error related to missing configuration for Plant Maintenance. Upon researching the error, I found this blog, and I had done everything but step 13. Since I had already started activation, and it requires changing the sequencing of building blocks, I had to restore the system, change the solution and activate again. The second time it was successful. But my question is, where (besides this) is step 13 documented? I cannot find it in any Notes and it is not in the Administration Guide. This is excellent information that solved the issue, but a blog is not "official" documentation. Nor is it explained in the blog why the building blocks must be changed. There is obviously an error in the delivered content (and this blog saved me from opening a Customer Message) so it seems there should be some supporting documentation for the issue. Please advise. Thank you.

    Best Regards,

    • Hi Matt,


      This blog was a temporary measure for vetrex issue but will be removed from the scripts so it wouldn't be necessary.

      • Mahesh
  • Hi Mahesh,

    Very interesting blog.

    Concerning step 4, however, it is critical to mention that three of the switches (FIN_FSCM_CLM, FIN_FSCM_BNK and FIN_LOC_SRF) have licensing impacts. Only activate them if you really need the according scope items and you have the necessary licenses (ref.



  • Hi, I see in your heading you have


    S/4HANA 1610FPS1  but further down you have 1611. I thought 1611 is S4HANA could.





    • Hi Juan,


      Yes although it shows as 1611 as long as you download the content for Onprem as mentioned in the note, please treat 1611 as 1610

  • Hi Mahesh

    We are performing Best Practices Content Activation for 1611 FPS01,at building block BE1 it stopped with error and we are unable to proceed further,could you please help us here




    • This is resolved by Hanuma ,  if anyone faces the error Please follow this

      The complete folder GR55_REPORTS in BE1 (XX) is redundant as the functionality for GR55 is removed now from S/4 HANA.

      Therefore please ignore the error on /SMB99/OKD3_COPY_O001_J01 and the next step /SMB99/GRW_JOB_GENERATE_O001.

  • Hi Mahesh,

    very useful blog! We were able to follow this steps easily, however I have a question  regarding the ongoing usage of the SAP Best Practices. We would like to benefit from the continuous innovation provided by the S/4 releases and its updated best practices. For example, there have been plenty of new and modified best practice between 1602 and 1610, and I presume this trend will continue in the upcoming releases.

    We would like to use a sandbox therefore for 2 major use cases:

    1. Exploring new best practices content, such as when 1709 best practices will be available
    2. Safe test / experimentation environment to validate new releases / new enhancements

    Does SAP have a guidance on the continuous usage of Best Practices in such as scenario? See below graphical representation of the problem case.


    • Once you activate Best Practices scope items and make config changes, there is no way to add further scope items from that point and also if you upgrade system.

      Activation of Best Practices has to be done only on newly installed On-Prem S/4HANA system. Please take this into account when planning.

  • Hi Mahesh,

    While BP content activation in 1610 FPS1. I am getting an error at J16(US)->Assign Jurisdiction Code->/SMB99/SM30_O501_101 (Plant Address Data).

    I am getting error in every step

    Please suggest if I have missed something

  • Hi Mahesh,

    Thanks for the doc, I have some questions:
    1. Once step 4 (create a new client is done) then all step from 5 to 14 will be performed into new client ? or all configuration BEST Practice should be run from 000 client ?