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New Installation of S/4HANA 1909FPS0 – 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 1909 FPS0 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 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (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 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

Here is the for installation of 1909 FPS0

This blog includes installation of S/4HANA 1909 FPS0 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 1909 FPS0 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= USA. The BP Activation process runtime is 3 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 1909 (BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1909_USV6.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 1909 FPS0 is installed and SPAM checked as per previous blog Part 2 link above.

STEP2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1909 FPS0 is installed as per SAP Note 2804060 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 Feature Package Stack 00: Additional Release Information. Apply all the SAP Notes mentioned in the above Note 2804060.

In addition please review SAP Note 2776548 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 FP-Stack 00 (09/2019) SAP Best Practices Content activation note and Apply all the SAP Notes mentioned in the above Note 2804060.

also review note
SAP Note 2776611 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 collective note for content activation
and note  SAP Note 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client

STEP3: Using SFW5, Enterprise Business Functions are activated as per list in Admin Guide – Required Enterprise Business Functions
LOG_EAM_CI_8                   <=required due to dependency

STEP4: Register client in table /FTI/T_NOCLN000 (for merged client do not register client in this table) so that Client Copy is done with tables defined in whitelist table /FTI/TWHITEL01.

Please perform client copy using old tCode SCCL if you want best practices client as there are issues reported. If you require merge client then use SCCLN. as per alternative 1 of Admin Guide..

Then perform the client copy using profile  SAP_UCUSSAP_CUSTSAP_CUSV or SAP_UCSV as per the Admin Guide.

TIP: Use the new tCode SCCLN to perform Client copy which is 10 times faster and you can do it form Client 000 or any other client than the target client and don’t need user SAP*/pass to perform client copy. If you use the new Client copy procedure you have to define logical system for Client 000 like S4HCLNT000 also besides the logical system for client 100. Otherwise you will get error –  “Dedicated logical system is not defined”.

Please see the screenshot below:

Copied client to have no currency in tCode SCC4.

After Client copy is completed, for white listed client check using tCode SE16 that the table (1) T001, click on (2) Number of entries to check there are (3) zero entries as below. For Merged Client you should have records in this table.

STEP5: You may like to add Solution Builder to your Favorites in SAP this is the transaction you will use until the activation is complete. Also add transaction SECATT. You can remove them from favorites  after activation if not needed.

Review SAP Note 2776548 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 FP-Stack 00 (09/2019) SAP Best Practices Content activation note

Upload zip file from URLs in the above note to server.

Add transport request to buffer ERFK057442 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.

TIP: Please note the steps 8,9,10 have changed from previous releases

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_S4HANA1909_USV6.XML from below
After import is complete log will be displayedClick on icon Back

STEP9: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1909_USV6 to (2)  Z_MY_SOLUTION_US
Please click OK to exit.

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

STEP10: If only you need to remove scope items, double Click (or click on Change Icon) on Z_MY_SOLUTION_US to unselect the scope ite,ms from the list.

TIP: Most probably you may not need this scope item, please deselect it and you will save lot of time for performing post activation steps – 3F7 – Joint Venture Accounting

Please refer to the below links to know the prereqs for activation and post activation steps for scope item 3F7.
Required Enterprise Business Functions
Prerequisite settings for activation (search for scope item 3F7 to find the added entry)
Carrying out post-activation configuration (search for scope item 3F7 to find the added entry) 

STEP11: Enter tCode /n/SMB/SCOPE, Click button (1) New Entries, (2) Customer Solution and (3) select the Country and Solution as below:

Choose Save.

Select the Solution on the right, and click on Scope Item/Source Solution on left side as shown below. Click on button Update Customer Solution Structure.

Select Background Job.

Enter tCode SM37 and wait until all /SMB/* jobs are complete as below (partial list):

Go to Solution Builder /SMB/BBI to find that the solution Z_MY_SOLUTION_US last icon shows with mouseover – “Fully Uploaded Central Data Unchecked“.

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/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 1909 OP Admin guide.

STEP 14: 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. Please replace S4HCLNT100 with your <SID>CLNT<CLIENT> and S4HEWM100 with <SID>EWM<CLIENT>

TIP: The steps are rearranged for convenience so that you don’t have to go back and forth between IMG and tCode and IMG’s in same place are grouped together in one place and you can follow this order.

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.

REMINDER: If you are activating in merged client please perform the pre-requisite steps as provided in the note follow the activation guidance as per SAP Note 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client (steps shown in this color)

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.

TIP: In case you would like to migrate data to the new system then please uncheck “With Demo Data“. You can use blog – New Installation of S/4HANA 1909FPS0 – Part 5 – Direct Data Transfer using Migration Cockpit for rapid data migration using direct data transfer.

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.

FIRST STOP:  Number of SECATT log entries = 8

Building Block BR1 (XX)_OP
Activity Description Define Combination of Item Categories/Account Assignment Categories

Click on OK.

Log off user in all sessions log back in and then activate again. Click on OK and continue.

SECOND STOP: Number of SECATT log entries = 20

You will get Notification Dialog as shown below:

No steps to be done here, just click on on OK to continue.

THIRD STOP: Number of SECATT log entries = 25

Click OK to continue

Click OK to continue

FOURTH STOP: Number of SECATT log entries = 106

Click OK to continue

FIFTH STOP: Number of SECATT log entries = 113

Click Yes to continue

SIXTH STOP: Number of SECATT log entries = 177

Only if you have scope item 3F7 – Joint Venture  Accounting in scope

Click on Back button and activation will continue

LAST STOP: Number of SECATT log entries = 198

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.



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.


Please note that as of release 1909, configuration guides will be deprecated in the SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA package.


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
Delivery Manager (LOB Finance Content)


Mahesh Sardesai
Product Expert – S/4HANA

Brought to you by the SAP S/4HANA Regional Implementation Group

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      Author's profile photo Rashmi Singh
      Rashmi Singh

      Thanks a lot Mahesh and Team. I just finished activating best practices for US in a merged client.

      This blog was very helpful in whole process. But I see as part of pre steps, there are many more/ all steps in admin guide to be done as well, to get less issues. I did all steps from admin guide until  + did all the pre steps mentioned in this blog, especially the ecatt settigns change & defining profile parameters (abap/heap_area_dia = 6442450944   and sapgui/user_scripting = TRUE) and then started the activation.


      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Rashmi,

      Thanks for the feedback. The blog has the details as below. Let me know if there is more to be added.

      STEP 14: 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

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Marcus Stier
      Marcus Stier


      while activation of 1909 US Version of Best Practices in 1909 I have the error for /SMB99/PMA_O004_39E.


      I checked your blog for activation of 1809 and saw the solution with Customizing. I am not able to perform the Customizing in our system.


      Can I just skip Customizing and Change the entry?


      Author's profile photo Alexey Danilov
      Alexey Danilov

      The link on configuration guides in the article has moved. The updated help link about the deprecation of Configuration Guides in 1909 is here:

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Alexey,


      Thanks for the comment, I have updated the link.

      Author's profile photo Hanzhen Liao
      Hanzhen Liao

      Thank you for sharing Mahesh, nice blog.

      I’ve follow you document from Part 1 to Part 3, and while I do STEP8:Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI, I meet the error:

      Runtime Errors UNCAUGHT_EXCEPTION
      Program /SMB/CL_SYSTEM_INFO===========CP
      Application Component SV-CLD-FRM-INF

      The error analysis tells me the reason was “For non-multiple-use BAdIs, CALL BADI with initial BAdI reference is not permitted”,and the code line was :

      CALL BADI gi_badi_i_system_info->check_x4_is_active
          rv_x4_is_active = rv_x4_is_active.

      But I don’t know how to solve it.

      Please advise, Thanks!

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Martin,

      In STEP 2 review note 2776548 - SAP S/4HANA 1909 - SAP S/4HANA 1909 FP-Stack 00 (09/2019) SAP Best Practices Content activation note
      Apply all the notes mentioned in this note.

      Within Please apply Note
      2823473 - ABAP programming error due to missing class method

      This will solve the issue.

      Author's profile photo Hanzhen Liao
      Hanzhen Liao

      Thanks a lot, I'll try it!

      Author's profile photo Yoganand Vedagiri
      Yoganand Vedagiri

      Hello Mahesh,

      This is a very useful blog, is there any specific guidelines available from SAP if we have to create merged client. For example the admin guide mentions the report /FTI/JF24 and /FTI/JF01, but it will be helpful to have a procedure like above showing the approach to create a merged client as well. Please let me know your thoughts.




      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Yoganand,

      The reports are used according to project specific content needed. So it is not possible to generalize the content of the report.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Ademilson Stein
      Ademilson Stein

      Hi Mahesh

      I am activating the BP1909 with merged client and I getting the error  DBSQL_DUPLICATE_KEY_ERROR in ABAP program SAPLCRM_QSBT table CRMC_QPGT 

      Info, about scope solution :

      Scope Item ID: DE_41V_OP 

      BB ID: 44K(XX)

      Component: CRM-S4_CNT

      ObjIDx: 23

      Activity name : CRM_KATALOG_003

      Act. Type :IMG


      The Best Practices wants to add the following records:

      C CS-M कोड समूह मशीन
      C CS-M Кодтар тобы - машиналар
      C CS-S कोड समूह सेवा
      C CS-S Кодтар тобы қызметі
      C CS-S d Grupa šifara - usluga
      C CS-Z कोड समूह Z - विविध
      C CS-Z Z кодтар тобы - басқа
      C CS-Z L Grupa kodów Z - różne
      C CS-Z M 代碼群組 Z - 雜項
      C CS-Z N Codegroep Z - overige
      C CS-Z O Kodegruppe Z - diverse
      C CS-Z P Grupo de códigos Z - diversos
      C CS-Z Q Skupina kódov Z - rôzne
      C CS-Z R Группа кодов Z - разное
      C CS-Z S Grupo de códigos Z - Varios
      C CS-Z T Kod grubu Z - çeşitli
      C CS-Z U Koodiryhmä Z - sekalaiset
      C CS-Z V Kodgrupp 2 - diverse
      C CS-Z W Група кодове Z - разни
      C CS-Z X Z kodų grupė - įvairūs
      C CS-Z Y Kodu grupa Z - dažādi
      C CS-Z c Grup de codis Z: Diversos
      C CS-Z d Grupa šifara Z - razno


      I did not find any SAP note do correct this issue, could you help?




      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Ademison,

      This requires a ticket for detailed investigation, and I believe that was done.

      Author's profile photo Pablo Marichal
      Pablo Marichal

      Thanks for this amazing guide Mahesh. Just one thing, the link in the step 2 points to the note 2764769(1809) and not to the note 2804060 (1909).



      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Pablo,

      Thanks for pointing out. The underlying link has been changed to point to the correct note.

      Author's profile photo kapil kushwah
      kapil kushwah

      Hi Mahesh / Hanuma,

      Thanks for the phenomenal job. I just completed the content activation of Best Practices for INDIA. Last year I had done for the US on 1809 and got the nice support from Hanuma during activation.

      Great Work !! Thanks a Lot .




      Author's profile photo Marco Bortolon
      Marco Bortolon

      Hello, what about 1909 FPS01? I'm trying to follow your guide to implement BP(for Italy) but I get an error with the job /SMB/UPDATE_CUSTOMER_SOLUTION

      Cannot retrieve metadata for table V_ECPAO_TMPLST_O, it is not part of cust. obj.
      An exception was raised
      Missing maintenance dialog for customizing object VC_ECPAO_MAP_OM, type C.
      Missing maintenance dialog for customizing object VC_ECPAO_MAP_OM, type C.
      (I've got many errors like this)



      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Marci,

      A separate blog is being prepared for BP activation of 1909 FPS1. It will take a few days.

      I hope these errors are not from 1909 FPS0 activation on 1909 FPS1 system.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo AL-waleed Alsfwani
      AL-waleed Alsfwani

      Hi Mahesh,

      thanks a lot for this great links I have followed it step by step

      but I get this error and Couldn’t solve any hint or helpful link please

      ” Number ranges for grouping S100 and account group 0100 are different Message no. FLBP020 ”


      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Al Waleed,

      On a freshly activated system the issue should not occur. Hope you have followed the steps needed for merge client as per  SAP Note 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client 

      Please open oss message to investigate.

      If you need more info please refer SAP Note 2479912 – The number ranges for account group XXX and grouping XXX are different

      Author's profile photo Mustafa Demirelli
      Mustafa Demirelli

      Hello Everyone,

      I am getting the same error. Has a solution been found?

      " Number ranges for grouping S100 and account group 0100 are different"

      Author's profile photo Prot Nicolas
      Prot Nicolas

      Hello 🙂

      I had exactly the same issue on a fresh FPS01, and the note SAP Note 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client solve it.
      (there is an attached file with instructions to modify ranges)

      Like Mahesh said, it normally should not happen but there it is 😀

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Mustafa,

      As Prot Nicholas mentioned it looks like you are doing activation of merged client. Please refer the note 2839315 attached document for additional steps.



      Author's profile photo Mustafa Demirelli
      Mustafa Demirelli



      Thanks. it really worked.? ??

      Author's profile photo Renato Monteiro da Silva
      Renato Monteiro da Silva



      Thanks for your time writing down the steps, in my case I jsut went from a upgrade from 1709 > 1809 and finally 1909 and I need to activate some Blocks that didn't existed before, but when I make your steps and try to follow in the Implementation assistant it does say it is activated but not all nodes are green as for implemented and I can't go over that. Any  tricky stuff I need to run?

      Best regards,

      Author's profile photo Mahesh Sardesai
      Mahesh Sardesai
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Renato,

      Every customer will face different issues, you may face issue after issue. Activation of Best practices is not supported.


      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Gustavo Carrera Martinez
      Gustavo Carrera Martinez

      Hi Mahesh


      One Question.... what if I have S/41809 with BP Activation.. then updgrade the system to 1909.. do I need to implement 1909 BP activation as well?


      Thank you

      Author's profile photo Elumalai Thirumalai
      Elumalai Thirumalai

      Dear Mahesh / Hanuma,

      Thanks for such great blog, really helpful.

      Can we apply/activate S/4HANA Best Practices from Solution Manager 7.2 without using /n/SMB/BBI transaction code and can we push the Scope Items from Solution Manager to S/4HANA systems?    If yes, is there any blog please?

      (USA, SAP S/4HANA 2020 –




      Author's profile photo Hanumachastry Rupakula
      Hanumachastry Rupakula

      HI Elumalai,

      Please raise incidents on respective components for any questions not related to the blog, as we attempted to provide only the activation guidance here but this blog was not intended to be forum for answering all questions on SAP implementation.

      The solution manager can store the SAP Best Practices documentation (process flows and test scripts) but cannot be used for activating the SAP Best Practices. The SAP Best Practices  activation is done only in S/4HANA directly. They can refer to SAP Best Practices packages available for SAP Solution Manager 7.2 in the reference guide

      Thanks and regards,

      Hanuma Rupakula