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The cockpit is dead, long live the cockpit! The DBA Cockpit has been a faithful friend for all database administrators for many years. And it is still the first place to check your database metrics, schedule your automated table maintenance and much more. DBA Cockpit best practice sessions at SAP TechEd have been very successful in the past years. This one from ASE Integration Center manager Roland Mallmann for example:

SAP started to introduce the successor – called ‘Technical Monitoring Cockpit’ – in 2016. You may have watched a webinar, read some release notes, or even attended the SAP TechEd hands-on session. Or you ignored it, because you were not sure if this will become relevant for you at all. That’s ok.

It’s 2018 now and it is time to get started. And – by the way – there is an easy and cool way to start with that new tool. I am talking about the SAP AS ABAP on SAP ASE Developer Edition (a.k.a. ASE Test Drive). No worries, you need no server rack to run it. I do it on my NUC (that tiny black box next to the keyboard) and it works well.

This is what you get with the developer edition:

  • SAP AS ABAP 7.5 SPS2
  • SAP GUI for the Java Environment 7.40 and SAP GUI for Windows 7.40
  • SAP ASE 16.0 SP02
  • Free SAP license

So, if you download it and run it on your NUC, your laptop, … it will create no costs. If you decide to use one of the Cloud versions, you have to pay the IaaS fees.

You know how to download and to install it, don’t you? If not, no worries, there is a step-by-step installation guide for newbies. Give it a try. You can do it!

… some days in the future …

Ok, your SAP ASE 16.0 database and your SAP system is running. But where do you find the Technical Monitoring Cockpit? You know the answer from your SAP basis administration training: There is a transaction for it! In our case the transaction is STMC_UI5.

 

The transaction ends with UI5 and so it is no surprise that the application starts with a Fiori style launchpad. This is the new Technical Monitoring Cockpit and now is a good time to start exploring. There is an excellent documentation available in the SAP Help Portal and you will find also embedded documentation in the tool. Guess which button you have to click for it?

 

 

 

 

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  1. Former Member

    Hi Mathias,

    I welcome everything that will give us as operators a better, quicker overview and insight into our systems.

    As much I would like to play with a NUC, I need more RAM which will give me more VMs…

    Two questions though about TMC:

    • what about MaxDB support?
    • how does TMC fit into or compares to features of the Solution Manager (Focused Insights)?

    Thank you

    Sven

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    1. Matthias Wild Post author

      Hello Sven,

       

      TMC is available for SAP HANA, SAP ASE, IBM DB2, IBM DB6, Oracle and Microsoft databases. There are no plans to develop TMC content for MaxDB.

      Here is a visualisation how TMC and Focused Run / Focused Insight fit into a tools strategy:

      Matthias

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      1. Ben Slade

        You said “Technical Monitoring Cockpit” is a successor to the old SAP DBA Cockpit, but your diagram shows Technical Monitoring Cockpit as a higher level tool.    Is Technical Monitoring Cockpit really replacing the old SAP DBA Cockpit?  Thanks in advance.

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  2. Ben Slade

    Is there a link to the video where it can be maximized to full screen?  I can’t see the GUI screen in the demo.  Thanks in advance.

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