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SAP Fiori for SAP S/4HANA – New Rapid Content Activation on S/4HANA 1809 & 1709 – Part 2 – Prerequisites & Foundation

Latest Updates December 2019: A number of improvements have been made to the Fiori Foundation checklist to optimize and simplify your Fiori foundation and launchpad. Please check the full list of improvements in the latest version of SAP Note 2712785 – Fiori Setup: Initial Setup for S/4 Fiori Applications

In Part 1 – Overview you learned the history and purpose of the new Rapid Content Activation task lists for Fiori in S/4HANA. In this blog you will understand the prerequisites and once-off foundation task list needed to get you started.

So you have heard about the new Rapid Content Activation for SAP Fiori in SAP S/4HANA and you want to try it out for yourself.  As usual, there are some prerequisites you will need to understand first.  Provided your system meets the prerequisite there are some once-off steps you will need to complete to:

  • Implement the Rapid Content Activation SAP Notes themselves
  • Execute the once-off Fiori Foundation Task List to set up your Fiori system

IMPORTANT: The Fiori Foundation Task List has been improved to further assist you in setting up your launchpad optimally for maximum usability and performance. Please refer to the full list of improvements in the latest version of SAP Note 2712785 – Fiori Setup: Initial Setup for S/4 Fiori Applications

How long will these preparatory steps take? Most of the consultants who have done this so far estimate this as a couple of hours work to complete. Naturally if you are doing this for the very first time, allow a little longer.

Once again here are the quick links to the blogs in this series to give you a complete understanding of the rapid content activation technique.

Part 1: Overview

  • Why these Rapid Activation task lists were created
  • What’s in the Rapid Activation task lists

Part 2: Pre-requisites and executing the Fiori Foundation task list (this blog)

  • Pre-requisites
  • How to execute the Fiori Foundation task list

Part 3: Scoping & Executing the Rapid Activation Task List for your business roles

  • Selecting your business roles
  • How to execute the Rapid Activation task list
  • Testing your business roles

Part 4: Customizing & transporting your activated business roles

  • How to customize the business roles you have activated by the task lists
  • Transporting activation and activation alternatives
  • Where to get help


The new task lists are supported for the following SAP S/4HANA releases :

  • SAP S/4HANA 1809 FPS00 or higher
  • SAP S/4HANA 1709 FPS01 or higher

Another requirement is that the Fiori Frontend Server should be used with the Embedded deployment option. Embedded deployment is the default recommendation for SAP S/4HANA as per the SAP official Fiori Deployment Options and System Landscape Recommendations

NOTE: The task list does not support the Central Hub deployment option, i.e. where there is a separate Fiori Frontend Server (FES) system for Fiori.

If you meet these prerequisites, you can implement the SAP Notes to deploy the Rapid Activation task lists. This is a once-off activity.  These are the main steps.  You will find these are further described in more detail in the composite note:

  • Confirm Task List SAP_GW_FIORI_ERP_ONE_CLNT_SETUP has already been executed
  • Activate Embedded Analytics and Enterprise Search
  • Fill Customer Tables in SU25
  • Implement all the prerequisite SAP Notes listed in the composite note in the correct order

Executing the Fiori Foundation task list

This first Task list performs the basic activation of the Fiori Launchpad and generates the generic roles for the Fiori Administrator and Fiori User. You will run this task list only once.

You start by entering the name of the Fiori foundation task list SAP_FIORI_FOUNDATION_S4 and pressing execute. You will see a list of steps and some configuration options.

Select the icon in the parameters column to configure: the transport request, and to nominate names for the foundation roles for the administrator and business users.

Transport request configuration:

Foundation role configuration:

After completing these configurations, you can start to run the task list either in dialog or background mode to complete the SAP Fiori Foundation configuration.

IMPORTANT: Check that all traffic lights are green before continuing to the second rapid content activation task list. In case of errors check carefully, whether all prerequisites are met, e.g. Embedded Analytics and Enterprise Search are properly activated.

After successfully running the first task list you should be able to run some first smoke tests, e.g. assign the administrator role (composite role Z_FIORI_FOUNDATION_ADMIN in the example above) to your user and launch the URL as described in the note.

The FLP should open and you should be able to launch the administrator apps directly from the homepage.

Check whether the App Finder works as expected and allows access to the SAP menu of the backend: Click on the ‘Persona’ icon (or photo) on the upper left corner to move the focus to the Me-Area. Open the App Finder…


…and check the SAP Menu. You should be able to navigate through the menu and launch a GUI transaction.

Having completed the once-off tasks you are now ready to start using the main rapid activation task list itself. Learn more in Part 3: Scoping & Executing the Rapid Activation Task List for your business roles

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  • Hi Jocelyn,

    Great Job!!! this post help me a lot. I have an issue when i execute the Fiori Foundation task List and check the App Finder, SAP Menu doesnt work. The following message show me

    I cant activate Easy_Menu_Access service, because dont show me.

      • Hi Mahesh,

        I implemented in two diferent systems, not embedded, however i implemented this note and read your blog. But, I have the error.


        • Hi Yessenia,

          Yes, as I suspected that is the issue.

          Jocelyn has clearly mentioned this blog and the rapid activation procedure —
          requirement is that the Fiori Frontend Server should be used with the Embedded deployment option

          So for the Central Hub there is no rapid activation, you have to follow the procedure as per the UI technology guide which is long and separate for the FrontEnd and Backend Server. Please find the link to the guide:  UI Technology Guide


        • HI Yessenia,

          Yes again Embedded deployment is a technical prerequisite. In hub mode you need to use the older tasks lists mentioned in the UI Technology Guide and in

          The main tasks lists that you use again and again for Fiori activation are SAP_BASIS_ACTIVATE_ICF_NODES and SAP_GATEWAY_ACTIVATE_ODATA_SERV

          However we do STRONGLY recommend 2 things in hub mode to minimize issues:

          • Follow a similar approach of activating business roles as a whole – i.e. select all apps of the business role and apply the full set of apps to the task lists
          • Read the Fiori rapid content activation note for your release anyway for pre/post activation steps – these can save you a lot of time in diagnosis and troubleshooting as most of the major stumbling points for specific roles

          Good luck!