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New Installation of S/4HANA 1809FPS1 – Part 3 – Best Practices Content Activation

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

WARNING: This blog provides guidance for activating S/4HANA 1809 FPS1 Best Practices when a client is setup as Best Practice client. If you set up a merged client as per Alternative 2 – Setting up a merged client (all client 000 reference settings), follow the activation guidance as per Note 2694270 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1809 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client. (steps shown in this color)

NOTE: for Best practices activation purpose, In case you are using SapGui version 7.50, you need to uncheck “Accept Belize theme”. Once the Best practices activation is completed, you can activate the SAP Fiori visual theme back. This is shown later under SAPGUI settings.

Please find other blogs as follows:


NEW INSTALLATION        PART1 – MP PART2 –  Installation
PART3 –  BP Activation
PART4 – Fiori Activation
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
S/4HANA 1610
fps2  fps0 fps2  fps0 fps2  fps1  fps0
S/4HANA 1511 fps2  fps1
S/4HANA UPGRADE   t2 – MP t3 – SIC
t4 – CCM t5 – SUM
S/4HANA 1809 link link link link
t5 – CCM t6 – SUM 
S/4HANA 1809 rc2  rc1 link link link EHP7/hdb
S/4HANA 1610 FPS0 link link link
S/4HANA 1709 FPS1 link link
OUTPUT MANAGEMENT link  link  link link

This blog includes installation of S/4HANA 1809 FPS1 and will focus on creating Sandbox type instance with co-deployed (embedded) gateway.

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1809 FPS1 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= USA. The BP Activation process runtime is 5 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.

Since 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 1809 (BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1809_USV5.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 1809 FPS1 is installed and SPAM checked as per previous blog Part 2 link above.

STEP2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1809 FPS1 is installed as per SAP Note 2725730 – SAP S/4HANA 1809 Feature Package Stack 01: Additional Release Information

Apply SAP Notes:
SAP Note 2726892 – Problems during content activation for view V_TCURN
SAP Note 2721612 – Correction for flexible bin

In addition please review SAP Note 2690500 – SAP S/4HANA, On-Premise-Edition 1809 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1809 FP-Stack 01 (01/2019) content activation note

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

STEP4: Client Copy with tables defines in whitelist table /FTI/TWHITEL01 by registering client in table /FTI/T_NOCLN000 (for merged client do not register client in this table) 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 2690500 – SAP S/4HANA, On-Premise-Edition 1809 – SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1809 FP-Stack 01 (01/2019) content activation note

Download zip file from URLs in the above note to desktop and then upload to server.

Add transport requests to buffer QKXK907065 and QKXK907066 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_S4HANA1809_USV5.XML from below
After import is complete log will be displayed

Click on icon Back

STEP9: Import Installation Data. Choose Menu Solution -> Import -> Installation Data -> From reference content and Select solution INST_FILES_US_BP_S4BL_S4HANA1809_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: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1809_USV5 to (2)  Z_MY_SOLUTION_US

Please (3) checkmark Copy Installation Data and (4) OK to exit
Define scope of your solution if needed by clicking on Change icon.

TIP: If you do not need these 3 scope items, deselect them and you will save lot of time for 
preactivation step 14 and activation errors.
31G - Chemical Compliance Approval for Purchased Material and Supplier
31H - Assess Marketability of a Product
31J - Chemical Compliance in Sales

Click OK. Click on Favorite to make the solution Z_MY_SOLUTION_US as your favorite

Enter tCode /n/SMB/SCOPE, Click button New Entries and add Country and Solution as below:

TIP: As of release 1809, 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 AdminGuideS4HANAImpl_HELP_EN.pdf 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/CD_MAINT

In the All Central Data Entities section, use (1) search to find (2) DSC in the table and double-click it, Click (3) Change and change the (4) ID field.
When activating several SAP Best Practices country solutions please follow the procedure provided in 1809 OP Admin guide.

STEP 13: Please do all the steps needed for Pre-activation settings for EWM scope items as per Admin Guide as per the admin guide in the link pages 53-63 as below

STEP14: Before you activate the scope items 31G, 31H, and 31J, carry out the following Customizing activities as per link. If you do not need these 3 scope items, deselect them and you will save lot of time for pre-activation steps and activation errors.(This step is not required for merged client)

TIP: When saving each setting you will get notification message that Select a key from the allowed namespace which is just a warning, press enter. Also these settings are already available in Client 000. So you can check in Client 000 if you have any doubt.

(IMG 1) Create the PURE_SUB and REAL_SUB specification types with 0I as internal number range and 0E as external number range of the ESN_SUBID number range object. In the Specification Category for Specification Type view, create for each type the entry SUBSTANCE in the Specific Categ. field.

After configuring Specification Type REAL_SUB exit to IMG for configuration of next item

(IMG 2) Create the ALL authorization group. Ensure that in the Specification Category view for the ALL authorization group,the SUBSTANCE specification category is assigned

After configuring Authorization Group ALL exit to IMG for configuration of next item

(IMG 3) Create the following types for the NAM identification category:

Create the entry PROD in the ID Type field with description Product Name

  • In the details, select the NamTyp LangDep
  • In the Specification Category view, create the entry SUBSTANCE in the Cat. field.

Create the entry SYN in the ID Type field with description Synonym.

  • In the details, select the NamTyp LangDep
  • In the Specification Category view, create the entry SUBSTANCE in the Cat. field.

Create the following types for the NUM identification category: (note that this is the next ID category)

Create the entry CAS in the ID Type field with description CAS Number.

  • In the details, enter EHPRC_CP_LB08_CASNO_CHECK in the ID ChkRtn field to assign this function module.
  • In the Specification Category view, create the entry SUBSTANCE in the Cat. field.

Create the entry SLSID in the ID Type field with description SAP Listed Substance Number.

  • In the Specification Category view, create the entry SUBSTANCE in the Cat. field.

After configuring ID Category NUM exit back to IMG for configuration of next item

(IMG 4) Create the following entries in the Value Assignment Type field and the Description of Value Assignment Type:

ESTMJ with description Material Assignment. In the details, enter D in the Value Assign Cat.

ESTRH with description Specification Header. In the details, enter D in the Value Assign Cat.

ESTRI with description Identifiers. In the details, enter D in the Value Assign CatIn the details, select the VA Copy ActiveNEW VA Active, and Change Active

After configuring Value Assignment Type ESTRI exit back to IMG for configuration of next item

(IMG 5) The ALL authorization group in the Auth Group field is added. The Prod. Marketability and Substance checkboxes are selected.

STEP15: Depending on scope items you have selected, you may get less errors than shown in steps below. The timings are based on Cloud based Virtual Machine with  256GB RAM x 32 Cores. In the SECATT transaction there are certain number of log entries which are sown against each stop.

NOTE: If you are activating in merged client please perform the pre-requisite steps as provided in the note.

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 3 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” please choose Yes. This would come up if you didn’t follow the earlier step in SCC4.


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

Number of SECATT log entries = 57. No steps to be done here, just click on activate to continue as below:


You will get notification dialog below:

Number of SECATT log entries = 111. No steps to be done here, just click on OK and continue


Building Block J48 (XX)
Affected Activity VV_T093BSN_PV02
Activity Description Activate Asset Accounting (New)

You will get Activation Error as shown below:

Number of SECATT log entries = 149. No steps to be done here, just click on activate to continue. Immediately afterwards, you will get notification dialog below. Click OK.


Number of SECATT log entries = 194. Click on Skip button to continue. You will have to click Skip 7 times.


You may get error below in 2 mins

Number of SECATT log entries = 206. Login to SAPGUI and restart activation.


Building Block BGV (US)
Affected Activity /SMB99/CA02_QMINSP_O001_J01
Activity Description Change Routing: maintain Flow variants for Inspection Point Completion

You will get Activation Error as shown below:Number of SECATT log entries = 265. Log off user in all sessions log back in and then activate again. Click on icon shown.


You will get Activation Error as shown below:
Number of SECATT log entries = 306. Log off user in all sessions log back in and then activate again.


You will get notification dialog below:

Number of SECATT log entries = 317. No steps to be done here, just click on OK and continue


Building Block XX_1XI_OP
Affected Activity MMPUR_VC_HUB_ACT
Activity Description Activate SAP S/4HANA Procurement Hub

Number of SECATT log entries = 384. No steps to be done here, Click on Yes and continue.


Building Block 39E (XX)
Affected Activity /SMB99/PMA_O004_39E
Activity Description Sample Master Data for Substances & Raw Materials Compliance

Number of SECATT log entries = 507. Go to IMG path: Product Compliance > Product Marketability and Chemical Compliance > Specify Responsible Units. Enter ALL in AuthGroup field and chose SAVE.

after performing the above, logoff and log back in to start the activate again

STEP17: COMPLETION OF ACTIVATION At the end of activation you should get message “Solution Z_MY_SOLUTION_US is 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, Germany, 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.



This step should be done in DEV to create a solution for manual rework activities to general xml file for manual rework activities. This is simply a list of steps to be performed in Q just like a word document.

Please follow procedure as described in Admin Guide section 3.5 Executing manual rework activities.
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)

In The QAS system, move transports to QAS first n above sequence.

In /SMB/BBI, import Solution xml file and carry out activities. Depending on scope the activities will be shown.

These manual activities may take some time, like shown below:


As per the error message in the activation.


Administration Guide for Implementation

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

Hanuma Rupakula
Package Build Lead – USA


Mahesh Sardesai
Product Expert – S4HANA

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  • Hello Mahesh,


    First of thanks for such useful blog regarding the activation….

    We are in process of implementing the 1809 S4HANA on premise for Indian demo i.e. Indian taxation system. As this is available in 1809 we decided to implement this one for GST.

    So for this best practice activation do we need to follow the same steps as we did for US in 1709 ? if not could you please share in link or doc which will help us for activation Indian scope selection. Thanks!!!!





  • Hello Maresh,

    thank you for your guide.

    I have a question: I activated my BP solution, but i want to change the currency.

    Can i delete my copied solution, recreate it as copy of BP, clean SCC4 currency parameter, execute  /N/SMB/CD_MAINT to change the currency and then activate the solution?

    Or i have to delete the whole BP client and I have to do everything again?

    Thank you very much.


    • Hi,

      Instead of cleaning up the copied solution, please redo the client copy to overwrite the client, this will give you a clean start.

      When you clean up the solution you may find that some entries still show up and there is an elaborate way to do it.

      – Mahesh

  • Hi Mahesh,

    It’s been a while since we talk last time…Nice document as always.


    If we went through above steps in our DEV system sandbox client, what’s your recommendation when we setup true development client in DEV system? client copy or run best practice activation in development client again?


    Xiaogang Pan

    • Hi Xiaogang,

      Nice to hear from you.

      Best Practices activation should only be done with a clean client freshly copied from client 000. So you have to do a client copy AND then do the best practices activation. Also it is recommended not to do any IMG configuration manually before starting Best Practices activation.

      Hope that clarifies.

      • Mahesh
  • Thank you so much fot the blog. It really helped me. However, my SD colleague said that VBAK, VBRK and MSEG are emty. Do I have to do anything else after the steps above?

    At the end i got a message that the solution was successfully activated, but something is missing I guess..


    Thank you in advance.