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New Installation of S/4HANA 1709FPS1 – 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 FPS1 and will focus on creating Sandbox type instance with co-deployed (embedded) gateway.

Please find other blogs as follows at S/4HANA SQUARE ONE


NEW INSTALLATION     PART1 – MP PART2 –  Installation
PART3 –  BP Activation
PART4 – Fiori Activation PART5 – DATA MIGRATION
S/4HANA 2020 fps1 fps0 fps1 fps0 fps1 fps0 fps1 fps0 fps0
S/4HANA 1909 fps2 fps1  fps0  fps2 fps1  fps0 fps2 fps1  fps0 fps2 fps1  fps0 fps0
S/4HANA 1809 fps2  fps1  fps0 fps2  fps1  fps0 fps2  fps1  fps0 fps2  fps1  fps0
S/4HANA 1709
fps2  fps1  fps0 fps2  fps1  fps0 fps2  fps1  fps0
UPGRADE   t2 – MP t3 – SIC
t4 – CCM t5 – SUM
S/4HANA 1809+ link link link link
t5 – CCM t6 – SUM 
S/4HANA 1909+ rc2
link link link prepare
S/4HANA 1809
rc2 link link link EHP7/hdb
S/4HANA 1909+ link custom link standard link
S/4HANA Certification Exams through SAP Certification Hub link

Here is the video of best practices activation of previous version S/4HANA 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 FPS1 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= USA. The BP Activation process runtime is 6Hrs. Please refer Admin Guide.

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 FPS1 is installed and SPAM checked as per list below.

STEP2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1709 FPS1 is installed as per SAP Note 2591578 – SAP S/4HANA 1709 Feature Package Stack 01: Additional Release Information 

In addition please apply note 2601596 – Change in scope item sequence after copying the reference solution
and manual steps in note 2563025 Views /SCWM/VPSLETPMTY and /SCWM/VPSWSPMTY: Key fields not together (manual corrections)

Please refer the graphics below for the changes

In addition, please apply note 2615258 – Best Practice F4 help for Target Language for Activate Solution

Also please read 2578648 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 01 (01/2018) 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 2578648 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 01 (01/2018) content activation note

Download zip file from URL below (or available at mobile link) to desktop and then upload to server.

Extract zip file, copy file K906349.QEX and K904943.QEX to directory /usr/sap/trans/cofiles and R906349.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 QEXK906349 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 FPS1 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_1709FPS1_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 – S/4HANA

Brought to you by the SAP S/4HANA Regional Implementation Group

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      Author's profile photo David Cassel
      David Cassel

      Hey there, I'd like to say first off thank you for writing this informative guide. I have used the 1610 instructions in the past to activate the BP on our new SAP Server. However I've found a massive error in your work here, and that is the  K906354.QEX file isnt contained within the ZIP file you have for download, instead its an alternative called  K906349.QEX. Using your instructions, I was left with about 40 errors saying that cofiles were missing when I got to step 9 (implementing the installation instructions).

      I went back and instead tried a different tactic...this time going toward your shared SAP folder where the actual transports were downloadable. Unfortunately, I was still unable to download K906354.QEX from there, as it says the download is missing.


      Thanks again for the guide, and if you (or anyone else) has access to this file, please send me an email at or respond here.


      Author's profile photo Deepak Rade
      Deepak Rade

      Hi Hanuma / Mahesh,

      Thanks for the useful blog. Blog is very helpful.

      I have one question about moving transports to Q environments.

      - Is there any sequence to be followed (Workbench first and then Customizing)


      Thanks & Regards

      Deepak Rade

      Author's profile photo Martin Simois
      Martin Simois

      Hi Manesh, thanks a lot for your Blogs explaining Best Practices Implementation.

      I have a couple questions regarding Fiori.

      On your blog there is no mention Fiori was activated before activation but in the implementation Guide is a prerequisite.

      Is possible to run activation before executing all steps required for Fiori?

      Is there a similiar blog like your but focused on Best Practices for Fiori, on how to easily deploy and and activate them


      Author's profile photo Jesse Leal
      Jesse Leal

      Hi Mahesh,

      Very detailed and useful guide. Thanks a lot!

      Just one comment: URL in step # 5 doesn't work. We went ahead and searched for the snote manually in SAP support launched, found it and successfully got in it

      The second issue (which has been unresolved) is that, once inside the snote, we can't get to provided URL's for the transport requests ( & )

      They don't seem to be working. Or does it has something to do with authorizations? If so, which authorizations do we need?

      Your advise will be highly appreciated

      Best regards,

      Jesse Leal

      Author's profile photo Ashwin Katkar
      Ashwin Katkar

      Hi Mahesh,

      Thanks for such a nice blog.

      I have followed all given steps and prepared the 1709 FP01 system. But there is some weird issue i am facing. After installing the 1709 FP00 which is base pack S4Hana system was working fine and smooth. But after upgrading it to FP1 using SUM system performance degraded exponentially and every first transaction takes 5-7 minutes to load.

      Do you know the reason for this issue?

      Thanks in advance.