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Introducing the new CRR Control Center to monitor Record & Replay in SUM 2.0

In this blog I describe the new CRR Control Center to monitor Record & Replay in SUM 2.0

Abstract: From SUM 2.0 SP04, a new UI5-based monitoring tool called CRR Control Center will be available. This blog describes how to use the new tool and also shows the new user interface.

Scenario

You’re running a system update using Software Update Manager 2.0 with the approach near-Zero Downtime Maintenance (nZDM) for ABAP [SAP Note 1678564]. For further information on the difference between SUM 1.0 and SUM 2.0, check the SAP Community blog post SUM in the family way.

nZDM works with the Record & Replay technique that uses the Change Recording and Replication (CRR) framework. This allows you to capture database changes in tables on the production instance during uptime. The Software Update Manager starts the recording of data changes automatically and transfers it to the shadow instance iteratively after the table structure adjustment. During the uptime you’d like to monitor and control the data transfer.

 

What’s new?

Until SUM 2.0 SP03, the Record & Replay was monitored by an ABAP-based monitoring transaction CRR_CONTROL. The transaction needed to be launched in the shadow system to check the replication rate of the CRR framework.

From SUM 2.0 SP04, the ABAP transaction CRR_CONTROL will be deprecated and no longer be supported. The successor is a new and fresh UI5-based monitoring tool called CRR Control Center which is part of the SUM Utilities Extended UI.

For SUM 1.0, the transaction CRR_CONTROL is still available.

 

How can the new CRR Control Center be accessed?

There’s two different ways to access the CRR Control Center:

Of course, you can access the tool via the dialog screen in phase MAIN_DTTRANS/DOWNCONF_DTTRANS. For this, just click on the hyperlink Change Recording & Replay Control Center as shown in the next screenshot. This will redirect you to the Current Replication Status view as shown below:

 

Alternatively, you can access the CRR Control Center at any time via the main screen of the user interface of Software Update Manager: open the More menu and choose Utilities:

 

From here, navigate to the Process Control Center and further to the CRR Control Center:

 

 

Navigating inside of the CRR Control Center

There’re the following main elements and features on the dialog:

 

# Name Description
1 Total CRR Status This view gives an overview of the replication status. The system provides a total CRR status, of both ABAP-based and the R3load-based replication. For nZDM, only the ABAP-based replication is used. R3load-based replication is used in a different downtime-optimization approach.
If the CRR status is 75% and higher, and the indicator Ready for Downtime: displays a YES, you can enter the downtime and continue with the update.
2 ABAP Replication Monitor The list shows all tables currently processed by the ABAP-based replication and gives additional information.
3 Number of Batch processes

This monitor displays the number of batch processes that are used for the replication in the shadow instance. You can set the number of batch processes by using the plus- or minus-button or by entering a number directly. Afterwards, you must accept the change to save the new number of processes.

Note: The number of batch processes is limited to the defined value for parameter ABAP PROCESSES (UPTIME) which was defined during roadmap step Configuration. The maximum number of processes which can be used for replication depends on the actual available batch processes during start of replication.

4 Filter buttons for Planned, Idle, Running and Failed It is possible to use predefined filters for Planned, Idle, Running, and Failed table entries.
5 Start replication button The replication process can be started by pressing this button.
6 Stop replication button The replication process can be stopped by pressing this button.
7 Open the log file Shows more information about the replication processing.

 

More details about the Total CRR Status

The main purpose of this figure is to show whether the system is ready to enter the downtime.

If the replication rate is lower than 75%, the system is not ready for downtime. Hence the status Ready for Downtime: displays NO.

Once the replication rate is higher than 75%, the indicator Ready for Downtime displays YES. Now, the system is ready to enter the downtime. However, it’s recommended to reach at least a replication rate of 90%.

If the replication rate is higher than 95% the key figure for the Total CRR Status changes from orange to green:

 

Explaining the Process Control Center – Background Process Monitor

The Software Update Manager starts background processes for the replication. They run in parallel beside the SAPup worker process. In general, all registered background processes should have the status running:

This view displays all registered background processes and its status (1).

In addition, you can start, stop, or kill such a background process from here (2).

 

Further information

 

Jens Fieger

Product Management SAP SE, Software Logistics

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