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You are familiar with Software Update Manager (SUM), and with it’s version 1.0. As Product Manager for SUM, I want to draw your attention to the fact that we have made SUM 2.0 available in September, as part of Software Logistics Toolset 1.0 SP stack 21. What does that mean for you?

SUM 2.0 available as of September 11th 2017

SUM 1.0 will still be around, so both SUM 1.0 and 2.0 will be offered in parallel. But each scenario is covered by only one of the SUM versions – the other SUM version will refuse to work on that scenario (“Hey buddy, you are on the wrong side of tools – ask my bro’ for this“). But as Maintenance Planner will anyhow provide to download the adequate version for your scenario, you shouldn’t experience this.

Which SUM for which scenario?

Easy decision matrix:

  • SUM 2.0 is for ABAP single stacks, targeting systems based on BASIS 7.50 and higher
    (exception: SUM 2.0 is used for ZDO even if target is BASIS 7.40 or lower)
  • SUM 1.0 is always used if the source system is either a dual-stack system, or a Java stack
  • SUM 1.0 is used for ABAP stack if target is based on BASIS 7.40 or lower

The consequences:

  • all System Conversions (transition SAP ERP to SAP S/4HANA) will be done by SUM 2.0.
  • SUM 2.0 targets BASIS 7.50 and higher, which in turn requires that
    • the source system is already Unicode, and
    • the source is based on BASIS 7.00 or higher

Note that the coding of SUM 2.0 is not greenfield – it is the proven coding of SUM 1.0, but with a slimming cure, as it does not handle all the scenarios that the previous SUM 1.0 was covering.

What’s in: Software Logistics Toolset 1.0 SPS 21?

Well, let’s turn to the numbers game: the SL Toolset is still 1.0, and SP stack 21 is available since September. SL Toolset 1.0 SPS 21 includes SUM 2.0 SP 0 and SUM 1.0 SP 21.

See blog https://blogs.sap.com/?p=545723 on SL Toolset 1.0 SPS 21.

Stay tuned for more news with SUM 2.0, as soon as the new kid on the block is available.

Short FAQ on SUM 2.0

[added on September 23th 2017]

Q: Is SUM 2.0 part of SUM 1.0?
A: No, the two versions are delivered separately in their own archives

Q: Where do I find SUM 2.0 for downloading?
A: The archive is available in the download area. The landing page of the Software Logistics Toolset lists the link (among links to guides), see: http://support.sap.com/sltoolset

Q: I have used SUM 1.0 SP 20 for a system conversion run towards SAP S/4HANA. Now conversion is only offered with SUM 2.0 – can’t I use SUM 1.0 any longer?
A: SUM 1.0 SP 21 can’t be used for a conversion scenario. If you have used SUM 1.0 SP 20 for a conversion until now, the recommendation is to switch to SUM 2.0 SP 00. You may continue to use SUM 1.0 SP 20 for a while, typically 3 months after the next SP is available. This phase is called “patch-on-request”: SUM 1.0 SP 20 is no longer available for download, but patches may be individually provided when required, based on an incident. Check the Maintenance Strategy of the SL Toolset which is attached to the respective SAP note, e.g. SAP Note 2475015 for SL Toolset 1.0 SPS 21.

Q: will SUM 2.0 cover the target 7.50 for java source systems in the future?
A: No, SUM 2.0 will remain as tool for pure ABAP based source systems.

Boris Rubarth
Product Manager SUM, SAP SE

 

 

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      1. Amit Lal

         

         

        Hi Boris,

        Thanks for your input. I believe maintenance planner is best judge what SUM version fits in for platform update.

        Surprisingly we have been reaching out to SAP OSS to get the fix for below known issue in SP20. Its taking little longer then usual, I am sure they will sooner. I spoke to Günther on this matter as well yesterday.

        Quick Question here – When SUM SP20 Patch10 is releasing by SAP?

         

        ———————< D019500 SEP/04/2017 >————————–
        Phase RUN_RDDIT006 fails with ABAP runtime error DDIC_TYPE_REF_ACCESS_ERROR
        During a run with patch level 09 of Software Update Manager 1.0 SP20, phase RUN_RDDIT006 may fail due to a runtime error DDIC_TYPE_REF_ACCESS_ERROR when a shadow table is being accessed. This error is corrected with patch level 10. If you encounter this runtime error before patch level 10 is available, contact the SAP support.

         

        Thank you,

        Amit Lal

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        1. Boris Rubarth Post author

          Hi Amit,

          as always, we do not announce or predict the availability of any SUM PL, sorry. It depends on various factors like e.g. regression test results.

          Regards, Boris

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  1. Srinivas Kakarla

     

    Boris,

     

    Will SUM 2.0 is going to offer a better table content comparison mechanism? In SUM 1.0 SP19 we tested this feature and it ran for close 120 hours.

     

    Srinivas

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  2. Jürgen Schäfer

    Hi Boris,

    are there already instructions available, how to apply SUM 2.0 SP02 into SUM 1.0 SP21 (which contains 2.0 SP00) ? Currently I only can guess that after extracting the SAR archive of SUM 1.0 SP21 i need to overwrite the SUM dir with the content of the archive for SUM 2.0 SP02.

    Thanks,

    Juergen

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    1. Boris Rubarth Post author

      Hi Jürgen,

      no overwrite required: you download either SUM 1.0 or SUM 2.0. It is not that one of them contains the other. Let me know if there is a part in my text (or any other) that may have created this impression.

      Thanks, Boris

       

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      1. Jürgen Schäfer
        September 22, 2017 at 3:24 pm

        Hi Boris,

        thanks a lot for your fast respnse.

        However, I downloaded SUM 2.0 SP02, extracted it and only found one subdir “abap” in it. No startup program, nothing else. Thats why I came to the conculsion that this could not be a useful standalone archive.

        Can you please check that ?

        Thanks

         

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        1. Boris Rubarth Post author

          Hi Jürgen,

          now I see the point – this did not change with SUM 2.0:

          • SUM archive is always the full SUM, no patches, although the archive is listed in the patch area
          • SUM does not have a start program: it is being started by the SAP Host Agent when you use the browser URL as specified in the guide

          Cheers, Boris

           

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  3. Amit Lal

    Hi Boris,

    We got severe error on SUM 2.0 SP0 PL1 while fixing the minor issue during downtime. Same issue occured in SUM 1.0 PL9, but we able to proceed smoothly on same phase with the same fix applied. Just created an incident with AGS, and waiting for the fix, downtime numbers are manipulated now due to SUM 2.0 issues.

    SAPup: /bas/749_REL/sapup/src/lmt_020_REL/src/upg/SAPup/SAPupCloneRUN.c:5114: detBucketSizes: Assertion `!((workTables)->ULDLH_FirstNode == (ul_dllistnode_t *)&((workTables)->ULDLH_Dummy) && (workTables)->ULDLH_LastNode == (ul_dllistnode_t *)&((workTables)->ULDLH_FirstNode))’ failed.

    *** FATAL: Got signal ‘SIGABRT’ (6)! Please contact the SAP support!
    *** FATAL: SAPup got signal in phase ‘EU_CLONE_MIG_DT_IMP’, stack trace written to dev_SAPup.
    EXEC> Process with PID 120326 terminated with status -6 at 20170922060622!

     

    Regards,

    Amit Lal

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    1. Boris Rubarth Post author

      Hi Amit,

      not sure why you post this here: the tool has an issue and tells you to contact SAP support, which you did – OK. Sorry that I am not able to contribute anything on that.

      Regards, Boris

       

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      1. Amit Lal

        Hi Boris,

        My bad, actually I should be sorry, it should marked as FYI only. Intention to share with other only.

        Thanks again for your great blogs, appreciate all your inputs and making this SUM tool far optimized and best interactive tool from all previous tool versions, I still remember R3up days, it was huge challenge doing technical upgrades.

        Regards,
        Amit

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  4. Yoav Ostrinsky

     

    Hello Boris.

    Reading this post I think this is a good time to propose a new and important feature for SUM.

    When using SUM, during the downtime phase (TABIM_UPG to be exact) you can see most of the downtime is importing the SAP_UI package and SPs.

    The SAP_UI is unique since it is made of a lot of MIME repository objects (SAPUI5 libraries ZIP, JS, HTML, CSS, etc..) which are reimported for every patch and SP.

    What I suggest is whenever you have multiple SAP_UI packages add a preprocessing phase to build a new package with the latest version of the MIME objects.

    Then, Import that package somewhere later in the queue. This way fewer objects will be imported and the downtime will decrease a lot (the more packages, the more time we save).

    Also, you can use the MP to add the latest patch for SAPUI5 (which are not a part of the SP imported) to the XML and import it in the XPRAS or TABIM_UPG phase of the upgrade.

    It will save a lot of time since it will shorten downtime dramatically and save the import of SAPUI5 patches which are required anyway after the upgrade.

    Many clients of ours will appreciate this change.

     

    Please take into consideration when designing the new SP of SUM 2.

    Yoav

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    1. Boris Rubarth Post author

      Hello Yoav,

      thank you for this proposal.
      Indeed this is already implemented in SUM: objects that appear several times in the queue are only imported once, and the import uses the latest version of this object.

      Regards, Boris

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  5. Gilberto Gangarossa

    Hi all, I’m performing an HCM ECC 60 upgrade from EHP6 to EHP8,  and I want to try the SUM 2.0.

    The process, only show mw the Phase: CHKTOOL/REQ_PRECHECK2_CHKTL, and at the end of this phase, the SUM process ends with a ” YOUR PROCEDURE IS COMPLETE  ” message, I don’t have any other option after that.

    In attachment you can see my screenshot.

    Thanks in advance.

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  6. ISLAM RASHAD

    Hi all, I’m performing an  ERP_PRO upgrade from EHP7 to EHP8,  and I want to try the SUM 2.0.

    During the upgrade I face the below please help.

    RFC login to system PRO ashost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp nr 00 gwhost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp gwservice sapgw00 failed with code 28 key : Unknown error in lower level library

    Regards,

    Islam Rashad

     

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    1. Boris Rubarth Post author

      Hi Islam,

      connectivity issue … I presume the system is available, and you have validated the DDIC user password, correct? I would try to find out more on the error in the log files, and create an incident, if required.

      Regards, Boris

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        1. Boris Rubarth Post author

          Hi Islam,

          hm, I was not of aware of that you are waiting for more input from my side.
          I asked you about general system availability, and provided the hint to create an incident.
          Sorry to say that I can’t provide more.

          Regards, Boris

           

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          1. ISLAM RASHAD

            Hi Boris,

             

            Sorry for not understanding you,I can access my system through SAP GUI on client 000 and client 900 with user name DDIC and password there is no problem ,but by using SUM I face an issue with ddic password in phase PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD during upgrade with Software Update Manager.

            Please See Log:

            #!————————————————————–
            #!—- MASKING file “/usr/sap/PRO/SUM/abap/log/PROFREAD.LOG”
            #!—- TIME: 20171010175314 PHASE: PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD
            #!————————————————————–

            1 ETQ201 Entering upgrade-phase “PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD” (“20171009162255″)
            2 ETQ214 Phase was executed 3 times before.
            2 ETQ367 Connect variables are set for standard instance access
            4 ETQ399 System-nr = ’00’, GwService = ‘sapgw00’ Client = ‘000’
            1 ETQ206 Executing pre-phase DB specific actions 0/1.
            1 ETQ200 Executing actual phase ‘PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD’.
            1 ETQ399 Phase arguments:
            2 ETQ399 Arg[0] = ”
            4 ETQ399 Starting dialog ‘Passwords’ at 20171009162255.
            1 ETQ359 RFC Login to: System=”PRO”, AsHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp” Nr=”00″, Client=”000″, GwHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp”, GwService=”sapgw00″
            2EETQ231 RFC Login failed
            4EETQ399 Dialogue validator ‘DDICValidator’ failed with ‘DDIC password does not work:
            4EETQ399 RFC login to system PRO ashost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp nr 00 gwhost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp gwservice sapgw00 failed with code 28 key : Unknown error in lower level library.
            4EETQ399 ‘.
            4 ETQ399 Repeat dialog since input validation failed.
            1 ETQ359 RFC Login to: System=”PRO”, AsHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp” Nr=”00″, Client=”000″, GwHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp”, GwService=”sapgw00″
            2EETQ231 RFC Login failed
            4EETQ399 Dialogue validator ‘DDICValidator’ failed with ‘DDIC password does not work:
            4EETQ399 RFC login to system PRO ashost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp nr 00 gwhost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp gwservice sapgw00 failed with code 28 key : Unknown error in lower level library.
            4EETQ399 ‘.
            4 ETQ399 Repeat dialog since input validation failed.
            1 ETQ359 RFC Login to: System=”PRO”, AsHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp” Nr=”00″, Client=”000″, GwHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp”, GwService=”sapgw00″
            2EETQ231 RFC Login failed
            4EETQ399 Dialogue validator ‘DDICValidator’ failed with ‘DDIC password does not work:
            4EETQ399 RFC login to system PRO ashost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp nr 00 gwhost MASAPPRO.almansour.grp gwservice sapgw00 failed with code 28 key : Unknown error in lower level library.
            4EETQ399 ‘.
            4 ETQ399 Repeat dialog since input validation failed.
            1 ETQ359 RFC Login to: System=”PRO”, AsHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp” Nr=”00″, Client=”000″, GwHost=”MASAPPRO.almansour.grp”, GwService=”sapgw00″
            2EETQ231 RFC Login failed
            1EETQ399 Last error code set is: Too many failed attempts
            1EETQ399 Error processing dialog ‘Passwords’
            1EETQ204 Upgrade phase “PROFREAD” aborted with severe errors (“20171010175035”)

            #!————————————————————–
            #!—- MASKING file “/usr/sap/PRO/SUM/abap/log/PROFREAD.LOG”
            #!—- TIME: 20171012113259 PHASE: PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD
            #!————————————————————–

            1 ETQ201 Entering upgrade-phase “PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD” (“20171010175313″)
            2 ETQ214 Phase was executed 4 times before.
            2 ETQ367 Connect variables are set for standard instance access
            4 ETQ399 System-nr = ’00’, GwService = ‘sapgw00’ Client = ‘000’
            1 ETQ206 Executing pre-phase DB specific actions 0/1.
            1 ETQ200 Executing actual phase ‘PREP_PRE_CHECK/PROFREAD’.
            1 ETQ399 Phase arguments:
            2 ETQ399 Arg[0] = ”
            4 ETQ399 Starting dialog ‘Passwords’ at 20171010175315.
            1EETQ399 Last error code set is: Error in network interface: NIECONN_BROKEN
            1EETQ399 Error processing dialog
            1EETQ399X’Passwords’
            1EETQ204 Upgrade phase “PROFREAD” aborted with severe errors (“20171011192936”)

            Best Regards,
            Islam Rashad

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  7. Ambarish Satarkar

    Hello Boris,

     

    Thank you for  giving information about new SUM 2.0. Was curious to know if there are any performance specific improvements for DMO to reduce downtime of systems with large data footprint?

    e.g. improvement in row count (*) tasks , application table data migration or upgrade finalization phase specifically for DMO.

     

    Thanks,
    Ambarish

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    1. Boris Rubarth Post author

      Hi Ambarish,

      no major improvements to mention concerning these points.

      For each new SP version, I publish a blog on the news with the SL Toolset, and this blog contains the major news for SUM as well. The blog for SL Toolset 1.0 SPS 21 is linked above, in the text.

      Regards, Boris

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