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New Installation of S/4HANA 1709FPS0 – Part 3 – Best Practices Content Activation

This blog is created with joint team work between Hanuma Rupakala and Mahesh Sardesai.

WARNING: for Best practices activation purpose, 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. This is shown later under SAPGUI settings.

This blog includes installation of S/4HANA 1709 FPS0 and will focus on creating Sandbox type instance with co-deployed (embedded) gateway.

Please find other blogs as follows:


NEW INSTALLATION        PART 1 – MP   PART 2 –  Installation
PART 3 –  BP Activation
S/4HANA 1809 FPS1 link link link
S/4HANA 1809 FPS0 link link link
S/4HANA 1709 FPS2   link link link -US   link -DE
S/4HANA 1709 FPS1 link link link -US   link -DE
S/4HANA 1709 FPS0 link link link -US   link -DE
S/4HANA 1610 FPS2 link link link -US   link -DE
S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 link -US   link -DE
S/4HANA 1610 FPS0 link link link -US   link -DE
S/4HANA 1511 link FPS2/link FPS1
S/4HANA UPGRADE   t2 – MP t3 – SIC
t4 – CCM t5 – SUM
S/4HANA 1809 FPS0 link link link link
t5 – CCM t6 – SUM 
S/4HANA 1809 FPS0 link link link link EHP7/hdb
S/4HANA 1610 FPS0 link link link
S/4HANA 1709 FPS1 link link
OUTPUT MANAGEMENT link  link  link link

Here is the video of best practices activation of previous version S4HANA 1610 FPS0 for reference:For all installation blogs the videos are available at VideoPlayList.

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1709 FPS0 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= USA. The BP Activation process runtime is 6Hrs. Please refer Admin Guide. For activating languages EN & DE and Country= Germany, please refer New Installation of S/4HANA 1709 FPS0 – Part 3A – Best Practices Content Activation – DEV4

Adding further language translations later is not supported once the solution is activated, therefore, identify and install all the required languages you may need in future (if possible). You can check the following blog post for information on how to import a large number of languages efficiently.

In the 1709 release, the Solution builder automatically identifies your installed languages and imports only those translations required while importing the installation data.

A new Solution Builder profile has been created with ALL scope items but in case you have finalised scope items you can select only the needed scope items. Depending on how many selected scope items, activation procedure will need less time The status of system before starting this procedure is clearly defined before starting.

Tax calculation for US sales and purchases:
The US solution for 1709 (BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1709_USV4.XML) is delivered with internal tax calculation. It includes sample Jurisdiction codes and sample rates so that you can execute the best practices test scripts out of the box. For productive purposes, you must replace the sample jurisdiction codes and rates with the your own user defined jurisdiction codes and actual tax rates. If you prefer to use an external tax provider, you must configure the required settings

STEP1: S/4HANA 1709 FPS0 is installed and SPAM checked as per list below.

STEP2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1709 FPS0 is installed as per SAP Note 2526924 – SAP S/4HANA 1709 Feature Package Stack 00: Additional Release Information

In addition please apply the 3 notes below:
SAP Note 2487841 – Deactivation of automatic transport connection in S4
SAP Note 2534580 – CO-PA characteristics not filled in Accounting Document or short dump during generation of CO-PA environment This note has manual steps. After applying the note using SNOTE you do not have to do the manual steps. The best practices operating concern will be generated during the activation process.
SAP Note 2517189 – Unexpected information for MRP type D1 with reorder point Value

SAP Note 2551850 – ECATT is trying to read from local file

Also please read SAP Note 2446197 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 00 (09/2017) content activation note

STEP3: Using SFW5, Enterprise Business Functions are activated as per list
STEP4: 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.

STEP5: Review SAP Note 2446197 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 00 (09/2017) content activation note
Download zip file from URL below (or available at mobile link) to desktop and then upload to server. and
Extract zip file, copy file K904742.QEX and K904943.QEX to directory /usr/sap/trans/cofiles and R904742.QEX and R904943.QEX to directory /usr/sap/trans/data and change file permissions to 755 with with user sidadm e.g. chmod 755 s4aadm:sapsys

Add transport requests to buffer QEXK904742 and QEXK904943 with steps below tCode STMS, Import Overview,
After the transport is in buffer, select the  transport and import, In the Options tab checkmark Ignore Invalid component version
STEP6: Create users for content activation as per admin guide with details:

STEP7:  Change SAP Profile parameters as below and restart SAP:
abap/heap_area_dia = 6442450944
sapgui/user_scripting = TRUE

SAPGUI SETTINGS: 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.

STEP8: 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_S4HANA1709_USV4.XML from below

After import is complete log will be displayedClick on icon Back

STEP9: Import Installation Data. Choose Menu Solution -> Import -> Installation Data -> From reference content and Select solution INST_FILES_US_BP_S4BL_S4HANA1709_OP.ZIP

Click on column “Changed On” 2 times to change sort order and select second line as below

You should get message below at the end of import

STEP10: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1709_USV4 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

TIP: As of release 1709, SAP Best Practices Solution Builder automatically identifies your installed languages and imports only the relevant translations required during the import of installation data.

STEP11: enter tCode SCC4 and ensure below values – Logical System – S4HCLNT100 (needed for EWM steps as per of Admin Guide as per doc in link), Currency – blank, Client role – Test.

STEP 12(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 13: Please do all the steps needed for Pre-activation settings for EWM scope items as per Admin Guide as per the document S4HANA 1709 FPS0 Best Practices Content Activation USV4.pdf in the link pages 13-16 as below

STEP 14: 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.

STEP15: 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 16(OPTIONAL): Using file S4HANA_1709FPS0_BPContentActivationTimeTracker.XSLX provided in link, you can track
(a) the time of activation completion as well as
(b) time at which next error will occur

The steps are:
1. Enter Start time in green cell on last row E711 for USA, E702 for Germany
2. Track the time in Column E against Activity Step in Column A
3. If time in col E is different from current form current time update it in format HH:MM:SS


Building Block 2BA (US)
Affected Activity SIMG_CFMENUORFBOB40
Activity Description Define Tax Accounts

You will get Activation Error as shown below:

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


Building Block BR1 (XX)_OP
Affected Activity /SMB99/CL20N_PO_O001_J01
Activity Description Define Release Procedure for Purchase Order

You will get Activation Error as shown below:

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


Building Block 2D8 (XX)
Affected Activity /SMB99/SM30_PPH_BF_PRFL_V_O001
Activity Description Create Buffer Profile

You will get Activation Error as shown below:

No steps to be done here,, Click on Change Button and confirm the step with text below.

STEP20: COMPLETION OF ACTIVATION 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.

You can help us improve the time estimate. Please send the downloaded log file to This file contains the only  the information about activation objects and timing. Steps are as below. Please state S4H release, Which languages like DE, EN and Which country like USA, Gremany, etc.
tCode SECATT, click on icon – Logs, change to activation user and dates as needed, Max No of Hits = blank. Export to local file, In the Clipboard, paste into notepad txt file and send the text file.

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)

This blog has been created with joint team work between Hanuma Rupakala and Mahesh Sardesai.

Hanuma Rupakala
Package Build Lead – USA


Mahesh Sardesai
Product Expert – S4HANA

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  • Hi Mahesh,
    thank you so mush for your best practice blogs. I'm going to install Italian Best Practices on S/4HANA 1709 FPS0.

    I have some questions and observations for you:

    • business funcion LOG_EAM_SIMPLICITY_7 is not listed for activation in the admin guide. But it IS listed in the BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1709_04_Requirements_EN_XX.docx document linked in note 2405723 - SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (on premise) (U.S.A.) (V4).
      Were you aware of it? Should it be activated?
    • The admin guide refers to note 1972819 - Setup Integrated Business Planning for Finance saying:

      "Before you start the activation of the related SAP Best Practices scope, check the latest versions of this SAP Note and execute all steps as documented in this note."

      In the note steps there are some business funcions to be activated. However, the admin guide says to NOT activate additional Enterprise Extensions or Business Functions before content activation.
      I'm quite confused about this. Did you skip this note?

    • Report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG is still required according to the admin guide. Can you please share how did you find out the new Solution Builder behavour?

    Best Regards

  • Hi Mahesh,

    This is very helpful, have you done any other countries other than US? is the timeline same for each best practice install?

    if I have 4 countries I should be looking at 4x8hr/country ie 32hrs?




    • Hi Ahmed,

      There is a checkmark "With Demo Data" in step 15 just after you click on Activate for first time in Implementation Assistant. Sorry for late reply.


    Thanks Mahesh 🙂

    I have been following your BP activation blogs since 1610 FPS01.

    But I am not really sure why this is not recommended to follow the same procedures in QAS/PRD. Manual rework activities can be error-prone and it creates additional local TRs, as least from our experiences.



  • Hello Mahesh,


    we are currently activating S/4HANA 1709 Best Practices for China and facing the following error:

    Scope Item BM7 (CN) error description below:

    Field Field Content
    @3V@ --- Key - Key Fields -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Procedure No. 0000000209
    Object Number 00000001
    Script No. 0000000079
    MSG Index 0001
    CSS Messages --- CSS Messages ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    TWB Status
    CSS Message 0000
    Run Data --- Run Data -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Starter BPINST
    Status @5C\QError in test script or variant@
    Start Date 20171205
    Start time 134710
    Error Path --- Error Path -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Type of Caller
    Call Hierarchy in Test Tool SCM: Create Material Master, all views => CN_TG10_L_1310_1A
    Test Plan
    Structure ID
    TWB Node ID
    Test Config. /SMB99/MM01_ALL_VIEWS_O015_J01
    Config. Text SCM: Create Material Master, all views
    Variant CN_TG10_L_1310_1A
    Variant Text
    Top Level Testscript /SMB99/MM01_ALL_VIEWS_I015_J01
    Version TC Script 00000001
    Top Script Text SCM: Create Material Master, all views
    Command --- Command --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Test Script /SMB99/MM0X_PSTAT_I032_J01
    Version 00000001
    REF Script Text Determine PSTAT_MM01 and PSTAT_MM02 from I_PSTAT
    Command CHEVAR
    SUT Data --- SUT Data -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    System CN6
    Client 100
    User Name BPINST
    General Errors --- General Errors -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Origin ECATT
    Message Type T100
    Type E
    Error Code 0506
    Condition Code
    Start Date 20171205
    Start time 134712
    Message Text Condition not fulfilled
    T100 Error --- T100 Error -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Message ID ECATT
    No. / Key 506
    Exceptions --- Exceptions -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Exc Text ID
    Except. Class
    Issuing Class
    Issuing Method
    ESF Error --- ESF Error ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    ESF Client Proxy
    BO Name
    BO Node Name
    BO Node ID
    ESF Service
    Msg Symptom
    Msg Lifetime
    Variable Part --- Variable Part --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Variable Parts ...

    Hello Mahesh,

    one update from our side: While there was no problem activating the configuration, the implementation assistant always stopped when creating sample master data. From reading the error log, I found out that SAP always tried to read a local file (even though have installed SNote SAP Note 2551850 – ECATT is trying to read from local file). We opened an incident and one of your colleague solved the problem running transaction SGEN again! We did run SGEN after installation, but we were surprised to do so even when activation stopped. Hope this helps other people as well.

    Best regards


  • Hi Mahesh,

    Thanks for the blog. Is is possible to implement 2 best practices for different country on same s/4hana system? because we are planning to implement one for S/4 Hana and another one for CAR system.

    Or We need to system SAP NW system along with CAR add-on to implement the best practices? Please confirm.

    Thanks in advance.



  • Hi Mahesh,

    We would like to activate the business functions for Retail and Fashion.

    Can you please let me know which business functions we should activate and in which sequence.

    Any help and guidance would be appreciated.




    Hi Mahesh,

    Could you please provide the link on step 21 again? Can't download the file now.

    We need to do step by step manually in QA after generate the manual rework solution from DEV to QA system, is it right?