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SAP S/4HANA 2022 Fully-Activated Appliance: Known Issues

This blog covers latest information and known issues for the SAP S/4HANA 2022 Fully-Activated Appliance, delivered via SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL).

The overview blog for the appliance can be found here.

The known issues for older appliance releases are here: 2021 / 2020 / 1909

If you would like to ask a support question, please do so in the SAP CAL Community.

 

Technical Topics

Initial system performance after instance creation or re-activate

When you create an instance or suspend / re-activate it, the system performance will be slower, especially within the Fiori Launchpad. Also, the first click on a Fiori tile will be significantly slower. This is due to initial caching in the system and will become faster if you continue working.

Other performance tuning tips are:

  • Choose the cloud provider location nearest to you (for good network latency)
  • Fiori rendering performance on the remote desktop is often slower than on your local laptop
  • The demo users contain a relatively large number of roles and Fiori tiles. You can copy these demo users in TCode SU01 and adapt accordingly e.g. remove roles, create your own roles / Fiori catalogs, or personalize the Fiori launchpad (see also the SAP Fiori Rapid Activation demo guide on the appliance demo page).

Note to SAP administrators: SGEN has been performed to pre-compile ABAP coding.

Remote desktop on Azure: no SAP Business Client installed

When you bring up an instance, the SAP NetWeaver Business Client might not be installed automatically on the remote desktop. To install it manually, please follow these steps:

  • On the remote desktop, download & install the Microsoft .NET framework 4.8 (from https://dotnet.microsoft.com/en-us/download/dotnet-framework/net48 > Download MS .NET 4.8 Runtime)
  • If asked about stopping background processes on the remote desktop, confirm to continue the installation (this will take a few minutes)
  • When the .NET installation has finished, reboot the remote desktop (using the regular restart feature of the remote desktop)
  • After the reboot has completed, log on to the remote desktop again and install the SAP Business Client by executing the file  Q:\flavor\S4HANA_Fully_Activated\NWBC770_18-80004841.exe
  • If you receive errors in the SAP Business Client when opening Web GUI applications, do the following:
    Search for Internet Options in the Windows search. In the dialog window, go to Security > Trusted Sites > Sites > Enter https://vhcals4hcs.dummy.nodomain > Add > Close.

Transport system (STMS) is not configured by default

Please check the SAP standard documentation how to configure the transport system in a new system.

Messages about faulty HANA plugins versions (vch_old, afl_old, …)

The appliance contains orphaned metadata for some HANA plugins (plugin names are vch_old / afl_old / sap_afl_sdk_apl / sap_afl_sdk_apl_old).

This won’t affect the use of the appliance but may cause some confusion in transactions such as ST04 or /n/SAPAPO/OM13 that display an error message for the plugin status.

To remove these messages, run the following command from the SQL console in HANA Studio for both the system and tenant DB:

TRUNCATE TABLE _sys_afl.plugin_errors

Hourly error messages in transaction /n/IWFND_ERROR_LOG

In tCode /n/IWFND/ERROR_LOG you will see hourly error messages (“No service found for namespace…”) for the users FIORIADMIN and BPINST. Those messages stem from a scheduled job and can be ignored (delete the entries if they distract you from the analysis of other errors).

Error in F4 value help when using your local SAP GUI installation

Symptom: You get a message “Internal error: Table Format, Cancel” when using the F4 value help in SAP GUI on your local PC.

Resolution: This happens if your local SAP Logon / GUI is outdated.
Please either upgrade to at least SAP GUI 7.60 PL11 (details in SAP Note 3098477 , the SAP GUI on the remote desktop of the 2022 appliances will work since it has a higher version).
Or if you want to keep your GUI version, use the setting proposed by Chetan Sharma here.

Fiori Spaces / Pages error: “An error occurred while loading this page”

Symptom:
When using Fiori Spaces/Pages, you get an error message
“An error occurred while loading this page. This might have happened due to one of the following reasons:
– The page or space has been removed or is no longer assigned to you.
– The URL might be corrupt. Among other things, this might be caused by a corrupt bookmark.”

Resolution:
The full explanation is in SAP Note 3031245.
Short version for the appliance: Go to transaction /n/IWFND/GW_CLIENT, copy the below 4 lines (one at a time) into the text field “Request URI” and choose “Metadata > Cleanup Cache” from the menu.

/sap/opu/odata/UI2/FDM_SPACE_REPOSITORY_CUST_SRV/?$format=xml
/sap/opu/odata/UI2/FDM_PAGE_REPOSITORY_CUST_SRV/?$format=xml
/sap/opu/odata/UI2/FDM_PAGE_RUNTIME_SRV/?$format=xml
/sap/opu/odata/UI2/FDM_TRANSPORT_SRV/?$format=xml

Issues with specific business scenarios

Issue with missing number ranges for the year 2023

Symptom:
In client 100, you might encounter an error message “In company code 1710, the number range <xx> is  missing for the year 2023” if you try to post/book certain document types (eg. billing documents) in 2023 periods.

Resolution:
Certain number ranges are not maintained for 2023, and you need to manually correct them:

  • Enter transaction OBA7 and double-Click on any of the document type entries
  • In the next screen, choose the “Number Range Information” button > Enter Company Code 1710 > Choose “Change Intervals”.
  • In the table, navigate to the “Number Range No.” that you got in the error message and delete all lines that have blank entries in the “From No.” and “To No.” column (usually from 2023 to 2032).
  • Save and confirm the hint about transports

We recommend to do this for all number ranges that have empty values (~ 20 number range IDs are affected). Entering new number ranges in the empty fields is not recommended since all affected number ranges have an “indefinite” duration assigned (via the line with the year 9999).

Data Migration Cockpit

The demo scenarios for the Data Migration Cockpit are not available with the initial release of the SAP S/4HANA 2022 Fully-Activated Appliance. They are planned to be delivered with a reduced scope with the SAP S/4HANA 2022 FPS01 Fully-Activated Appliance (Q2 2023).

Transportation Management

The demo scenario for transportation management is not longer offered in the SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance. You may configure this scenario in a customer-specific project approach.

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      Author's profile photo Franc Nguyen
      Franc Nguyen

      Hello - would there be any challenges to upgrade the SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated appliance to the higher FPS or latest release?

      Due to massive integration with Cloud Services / Solutions (DMC, Ariba, SAC, Etc.) and Add-On (GRC, SCM Optimizer, Etc); therefore we would considering to upgrade instead of install the newer version.

      Regards,

      FN

      Author's profile photo Joerg Wolf
      Joerg Wolf
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Franc,

      principally this is possible if you can build and download your maintenance planner stack.

      And during the upgrade you might need to adapt some parameters, etc. as usual with a brownfield system.

      Best, Joerg

      Author's profile photo Jan Lemmens
      Jan Lemmens

      Hi Joerg,

      i have a question regarding use cases of S/4HANA Appliances. Are there any limitations? For example, is it possible to test integration scenarios (connect external systems or SAP BTP Apps to the appliance)?

      Thx and best regards, Jan

      Author's profile photo Joerg Wolf
      Joerg Wolf
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Jan,

      integration in general is possible, and there are two demo guides on this this page to start with:

      "Extensibility for Key Users & Developers" contains BTP (very basic), "Analytics" contains SAC.

      Other integrations will need to be configured by you as needed.

      Best, Joerg