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New Installation of S/4HANA 1709FPS2 – 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 FPS2 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

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1709 FPS2 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= USA. The BP Activation process runtime is 7 Hrs. 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 finalized 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 FPS2 is installed and SPAM checked as per previous blog Part 2

STEP2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1709 FPS2 is installed as per SAP Note 2621258 – SAP S/4HANA 1709 Feature Package Stack 02: Additional Release Information 

In addition please review note 2622532 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 02 (05/2018) 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 Note 2622532 – SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 02 (05/2018) content activation note

Download zip file from URL below to desktop and then upload to server.
Extract zip file, copy file K907721.QEX to directory /usr/sap/trans/cofiles and R907721.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 QEXK907721 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.ZIPClick 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: Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI -> Building Block Builder

Select (1) the solution, (2) Find 22T , (3) select US_22T_OP, select US_22R_OP and back to US_22T_OP so that 3rd window is refreshed, (4) Find BJZ (XX) (5) select BJZ (XX), Click on (6) Building Block Library (7) enter valie 2DI and click on (8) Find, (9) Select 2DI, (10) Click Display<–>Change , Drag and drop 2DI on BJZ (XX) so that it appears after BJZ (XX) and above 1YK

STEP11: 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.

STEP12: enter tCode SCC4 and ensure below values – Logical System – S4HCLNT100 (needed for EWM steps as per of Admin Guide AdminGuideS4HANAImpl_HELP_EN.pdf in link), Currency – blank, Client role – Test.

STEP 13(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 14: Please do all the steps needed for Pre-activation settings for EWM scope items as per Admin Guide as per the document S4HANA 1709 FPS2 Best Practices Content Activation USV4.pdf in the link pages 13-16 as below

STEP 15: 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.

STEP16: 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 17(OPTIONAL): Using file from FPS1 as timing is same S4HANA_1709FPS1_BPContentActivationTimeTracker.XLSX 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.

STEP21: 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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  • Hi, thanks for the detailed blog


    1. could you please elaborate about the language part .. If a customer is not sure which all languages they might want to use in the future .. how to go about this ?
    2. On the same lines, installing S4 with a lot of languages - how to speed this up ? is it better to install S4 together with all languages or leave the languages part to later?
    3. Also is the BPA meant only for Dev system? For Q and P systems, this is not expected to be done , correct?
    4. Can you please summarize what is the purpose of doing this? Would this help speed up the implementation by making predefined config of the D system?


    • Hi Chandra,

      Please find answers below:
      1)  Languages needed should be installed before activation. Adding further languages was not supported sometime ago but you should open message for official confirmation of current status.
      2) Each language was taking time in old days as you install. Please use this blog for guidance if the situation is same.
      3) Please refer STEP23. Move transports across landscape.
      4) I am not sure what is the ask here.

  • Hi Mahesh Sardesai,

    Thank you for your great post.

    In the AdminGuide, the index 3.4.4 refers to the post activation work.

    Is it true that we have to manually carry out all the configuration for EWM of the BP in the release 1709, similar to 1610?

    • Hi Tri,


      Yes you have to carry out manual steps as in 3.4.4.
      The EWM steps required to be completed are mentioned in this blog STEP14.

  • Hi Mahesh


    thank you for answering the questions i posted earlier. I have a one more BP related question

    SAP notes  2578648 - SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 - SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 01 (01/2018) content activation note
    2622532 - SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1709 - SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1709 FP stack 02 (05/2018) content activation note

    have comments like 'If you have OP1709 FPS0 or FPS1 Best Practices already activated in your system you do not need to activate FPS02'
    But followup with the line 'Please apply the following transport requests to your system directly after system setup, before you start setting up the best practices client'

    • What does this mean exactly? Do we import the transports but dont do any further 'activation' once FPS01 or FPS02 is installed and BP was already active on FPS00?
    • Does the above only apply for FPS updates? How to handle BP clients across version upgrades? Do we create a new BP client after a version update or we can manage with transports like above




      Hi Chandranath,

      After activation for a FPS00, even if you upgrade you may face issues with activation of FPS1 or FPS2 and it is not supported.

      BP Activation is only valid for New installation fresh client as per steps mentioned in the blog and without any IMG configurations being done manually.


      • Dear Mahesh


        So we are a bit confused now. So how should customers handle version/FP updates on systems which have a BP client setup ? Can you please clarify in more details here or even better in your blog or the BP Documentation ?




    • Hi Matheus,

      Sorry the transport is only valid for the specific version. It may give unexpected error when used for SPS03.
      Normally it is expected that customers will move to later release when starting with new implementation.

      • I would like to add that in the past customers have installed SPS03 and activated best practices content form FPS02 and have faced no issues in the activation.