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New Installation of S/4HANA 1909 FPS2 – 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 FPS2 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 Video for this blog for 1909 FPS0 (Not FPS2 but process is similar):

This blog includes installation of S/4HANA 1909 FPS2 and will focus on creating Sandbox type instance with co-deployed (embedded Fiori gateway).

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1909 FPS1 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

STEP 1: S/4HANA 1909 FPS2 is installed and SPAM checked as per previous blog Part 2 link above.

STEP 2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1909 FPS2 is installed as per SAP Note 2896748 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 Feature Package Stack 02: Additional Release Information. Apply all the SAP Notes mentioned in the above Note.

In addition please review SAP Note 2917623 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 FP-Stack 02 (05/2020) SAP Best Practices Content activation note and Apply all the SAP Notes mentioned in the above Note.

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

STEP 3: 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

STEP 4: 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.

If you want to perform client copy using new tCode SCCLN you must apply SAP Note 2858680 – Client maintenance for on premise. (USED SCCL AS SCCLN HAD ERRORS IN CLIENT COPY)

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.

STEP 5: 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 2917623 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 – SAP S/4HANA 1909 FP-Stack 02 (05/2020) SAP Best Practices Content activation note

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

Add transport request to buffer ERFK136566 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

STEP 6: Create users for content activation as per admin guide with details:

STEP 7:  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

STEP 8: 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 displayed. Click on icon Back

STEP 9: 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.

STEP 10: 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) 

STEP 11: 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“.

STEP 12: 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)

PRE-ACTIVATION STEPS: (this step is not required for 1909 FPS3) Below steps is required to avoid detected activation issue in Building Block 2W9 in the current release.   Enter tCode /n/SMB/BBI -> Building Block Builder
(1) Change, (2) select Z_MY_SOLUTION_US, (3) All Building Blocks, (4) Find (5) 2W9, (6) Select /SMB99/MM01_ALL_VIEWS_O015_J01, (7) Solution Specific, (8) Installation Data, (9) Maintain Variant, (10) OK

(1) Scroll towards the end and locate column (2) I_STPRS (columns are in alphabetical order), (3) Change values as shown (please note , comma should be maintained as shown)

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 2838358)
    (not needed for merged client)

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 Nadia Boulanger
      Nadia Boulanger

      Thank you Mahesh !

      Do you think that one day with a new version of S4/HANA, you'll be able to execute the best practices without "Stop" ?

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

      Hi Nadia,

      Yes, That is the plan for the future.

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      Author's profile photo Robinson Alesxander Hincapie Cano
      Robinson Alesxander Hincapie Cano

      Hi Mahesh.

      This guide is amazing, it's too useful for us.

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

      Author's profile photo Archana Vijay
      Archana Vijay

      Hi Mahesh,


      Do we need to create the new client before activating the Business functions or after activating the business functions we need to create the client.?

      This is not mentioned clearly in the document as well as the guide?

      Could you please clarify ?


      Archana Vijay

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

      Hi Archana,

      In the blog the Business Functions are activated in client 000 in STEP 3. The client copy is STEP4.

      You can activate business functions before creating client copy.

      Hope that clarifies. Let me know if you have any questions.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Daniel Masaladzic
      Daniel Masaladzic

      Hello Mahesh,

      I couldnt find any information on that: Why not creating the merged client using copy profile SAP_ALL?

      Any why can I use any of the profiles from the guide (SAP_UCUS, SAP_CUST, SAP_CUSV, or SAP_UCSV) and do not have to use a specific one?

      Regards + Thanks


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

      Hi Daniel,

      For White-listed clients these client copy profiles (SAP_UCUS, SAP_CUST, SAP_CUSV, or SAP_UCSV) have to be used. The logic for the copy is available only with these profiles.

      For merged client you can use SAP_ALL besides these. If you use any other client copy profile you may run into issues and may not be supported.

      - Mahesh

      Author's profile photo Dirk Vandenbroucke
      Dirk Vandenbroucke

      Hi Mahesh,

      Thanks for these well documented procedures which are very useful.

      If we have configured the Best practices on a first client 100 in a fresh installed system, and want a second testing client 200, should we perform a SAP_ALL client copy from 100 to 200, or also create an empty client 200 and perform the Best Practices starting at Step 4?

      Best regards and Thanks

      Dirk Vandenbroucke

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

      Hi Dirk,


      You can performs a SAP_ALL client copy from 100 to 200 and then you don't have to do Best Practices activation again in client 200.

      Hope that clarifies.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Claude Toukam
      Claude Toukam

      Hello Mahesh,


      Thank you again for the great blog. I’ve followed all the steps and have encountered some errors.

      During the activation of some scope items I get the message “SMB99_xxxx_TXT files is not uploaded or its content was deleted by finetuning”.

      Is it a known error or have I missed something? Is there a way to upload the missing files?

      I would be very grateful for your feedback.

      Author's profile photo tejeswararao sistu
      tejeswararao sistu

      Hi Mahesh,

      Thank you for the well published blog. As I'm going to perform this for the first time, what could be the approximate timelines to complete the whole activity? It can be High Level approximate hours/days to complete the whole activity.

      How much does it normally take to perform all the tasks mentioned above.

      Anyone who performed this can suggest or assist in this regard.

      Kindly let me know.

      Quick response much appreciated. Thanks so much!

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

      Hi Tejeswarao,
      It depends on CPU and the amount of memory.

      Each of the steps take their own time and total time based on 256GB RAM and HANA certified hardware should be done within 12 hours system working continuously on a constant watch at least every 10 mins and assuming no unexpected issues for client copy, EWM steps, Activation, etc.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Philippe CAMPELS
      Philippe CAMPELS

      Hello Manesh,

      Thanks for this guide.

      In a DEMO21 system where

      • BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1909_DEV6
      • BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1909_USV6

      are already activated, I successfully activated BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1909_FRV6 which created company code 1210, plant 1210, etc.


      Now I would like to reactivate it but with different organizational entity codes, e.g. with company code, plant, etc. “OPT1”.

      I couldn't find the way to change such codes. In transaction /SMB/CD_MAINT, I cannot change the company code (grayed out) of the countries that have already been activated (company code 1210 in this example).

      How can I do this ? Thanks !



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

      Hi Philippe,

      The company codes are standard, changing company code is not allowed and scripts will not work if  company codes are changed.


      Author's profile photo Philippe CAMPELS
      Philippe CAMPELS

      Hello Mahesh,


      Thanks for your answer.

      So this means it's impossible to activate 2 Companies of the same country ?



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

      Hi Philippe,

      You cannot activate 2 companies. Use entity copy from IMG after activation is completed.
      Please note the blog is limited top standard activation. Please create ticket with component SV-CLD-ACT.
      - Mahesh

      Author's profile photo LAWRENCE REDDY

      Hi Mahesh,

      Greetings of the Day!

      Thanks for the very helpful blog. I am following your Blogs default throughout my activation and successfully completed most of the activations.

      I have a query now about Step 5. Do we need to perform this step as 1909 has preinstalled  BP content and I have already downloaded and ready for activation? What is the importance of this TR ERFK136566 to add in the STMS?

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

      Hi Lawrence,

      It is required to import the transport as it contains the BP content as below for selection. Thi sis the correct one for S/4HANA 1909 FPS2 release and each release has their corresponding transport mentioned in the respective blog.

      Author's profile photo Hema kumar Pujala
      Hema kumar Pujala

      Hi Mahesh,


      We are getting consistency errors while activating BC sets for multiple scope items, As part of this we have activated 1809 BC sets later version upgrade was performed 1909 , Now if we activate scope items  for 1909 content it is ending with this errors .


      Criterion NOT_UPGRADE_RELEVANT has to be defined as prerequisite for criterion SCOPE_EXTENSION_RELEVANT

      Criterion NOT_UPGRADE_RELEVANT has to be defined as prerequisite for criterion ADD_NEW_COUNTRY


      any resolution for this .

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

      Hi Hema,

      These errors may be related to activation of Business function. Please create OSS ticket under component SV-CLD-ACT so that somebody can check the system.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo Hema kumar Pujala
      Hema kumar Pujala

      Hi Mahesh,


      Thanks , just raised it with SAP now, I have one doubt if we activate a bc set in version 1809 and later upgraded to 1909 and new content of 1909 . if we try to activate the scope new  items which are  activated in 1809  .  will it give this issues. due to version compatibility .




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

      Hi Hema,

      After you upgrade S/4HANA from any release 1709 1809 1909 etc to later release, you have to do a fresh client copy form client 000 and then activate all the BP content fresh.

      Activation of remaining scope items on earlier release in a upgraded client is not supported.

      • Mahesh
      Author's profile photo BASIS IBM
      Author's profile photo BASIS IBM


      Is the best practice  overwrite treasury reconfiguration setting for 1909 fresh installation

      All the TRM pre-configured settings are gone, although it used to exist before best practice  installation



      Author's profile photo Abdulaziz Alshugaihy
      Abdulaziz Alshugaihy


      I am trying to activate S/4HANA 2021 (FPS00) best practices for Saudi Arabia country, I am getting error like below

      "Number Ranges for grouping S100 and account group 0100 are different" for object V_TBD001.

      Also I am seeing error like "Number ranges for grouping BP01 and account group CUST are different" in logs.

      Could you please help me with resolution.





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

      Hi Abdulaziz,

      Please create a ticket so somebody can take a look at the system.

      Normally this type of issues arise when you are activaing merged client and some prestems have to be performed. Please follow note below depending on the release

      SAP Note 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client

      • Mahesh