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Author's profile photo Surjit Singh

HowTo – Migrate SAP MDM 5.5 repositories to SAP MDM 7.1

As most of us know that SAP MDM 5.5 has already gone out of extended maintenance but we can still find customers who are running on this older version or are planning to upgrade & migrate to latest available release.

Here below, with an example of migration of SAP MDM 5.5 to SAP MDM 7.1, I will try to consolidate the associated technical How-To process from BASIS standpoint.

As with SAP MDM 7.1, underlying architecture of SAP MDM instance is totally changed, for example, on windows environment, now you will not see MDM installation under C:\ProgramFiles~\ SAP MDM 5.5\, instead all the new installations follow the standard SAP architecture i.e. /usr/sap/<sid>/., thus, in place upgrade of existing MDM 5.5 is no longer possible, instead the process would be:

  1. Install fresh SAP MDM 7.1 with latest support pack stack
  2. Install required MDM frontend clients of same version
  3. Complete the basic post-installation configurations like DBMS settings & SLD connection
  4. Stop/Unmount & Archive repositories of SAP MDM 5.5
  5. Copy the archived repositories to SAP MDM 7.1 archive directory
  6. Unarchive repositories in SAP MDM 7.1
  7. Update the repositories
  8. Verify & Repair the updated repositories
  9. Start the repository using “update indices” option for the first time
  10. Check the connection & accessibility of repository in SAP MDM 7.1

See an underlying example of migration of SAP MDM 5.5 to SAP MDM 7.1 delicately installed and used for SRM-MDM Catalog only:

Target SAP MDM 7.1 can be installed using MDM Installation Master. Installer follow the similar path as it does for normal SAP Application server installation & asks for multiple inputs like <sid>, DBMS name, path to software media etc.

Once the target skeleton build is complete and all post installation activities like installation of front-end components, SLD registration, DBMS connect settings are done,

next step is to copy backup of archived repositories of old MDM to new MDM Archive directory location.

Correct directory location can be found from parameter ‘Archive Dir’ in MDS profile.

After this, Next step is to Unarchive Repository using MDM console.

Unarchived repository starts appearing in console with Outdated status. So, in next step Update of repository is performed.

Once update is successful, next step is to Verify & Repair the repository. An automatic repair is performed by the MDM server which ends up giving a complete log of actions performed.

Verification & Repair gives a total count of errors corrected & you can manually choose to display a complete log of same.

The fatal errors which cannot be repaired automatically, must be repaired manually. Check the repair log to get exact details of errors.

After Update & Repair, first start of MDM repository should always be done using Update Indices option.

Using Update Indices option takes some time to start the repository. Once it is started successfully, connectivity can be tested using client tools & system can be handed over to function team for further testing.

I hope this will enable some of you to migrate successfully or at least make a draft plan of how to do it. There is always a scope of improvement, please feel free to share your experience or known errors you faced during the process.

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      Author's profile photo Markus Ganser
      Markus Ganser

      Please use "SAP NetWeaver Master Data Management" tag as primary tag.

      Author's profile photo Surjit Singh
      Surjit Singh
      Blog Post Author

      Corrected. Thanks.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Thanks for the blog post Surjit..

      Will SAP MDM 7.1 accept blank password??

      New user now can be prompted to change his pwd for first time log in. Remember pwd functionality (Saving password) removed.

      Failure attempts to log in may lock user's account. You can change your password through any clients (not necessary through console only)

      Regards - Mansi Rao

      Author's profile photo Gabor Molnar
      Gabor Molnar

      Hi Mansi Rao,


      The minimum password length allowed is specified in the "Minimal Password Length" mds.ini parameter (default is 5 characters).  If you set it to 0, MDM will allow empty passwords.


      For further info have a look at the MDM Console Guide -> Table 88. User Properties