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author's profile photo Frank Schuler

Back to the Future with SolMan

About 3 years ago, I implemented SolMan 7.1. For this, I had to install SPS04, which was proclaimed more or less unusable, and therefore I had to upgrade it right away to SPS11 to make it work, i.e. to even run the SOLMAN_ADMIN transaction successfully.

Now, I seem to be in a similar situation again. With the End of Mainstream Maintenance: 31.12.2017 for SolMan 7.1, I am installing SolMan 7.2 to be prepared. I tried upgrading my 7.1 installation and splitting the instances as well, but that is another story.

The SolMan 7.2 installer is for SR1 which going by some recommendations might potentially not be the best vintage and therefore needs upgrading to SPS05 before even trying to run the SOLMAN_ADMIN transaction successfully. However this time, I need to upgrade both the ABAP and Java instances individually and make Maintenance Planner convince that I know what I am doing.

I understand why this is needed for customers theat use SolMan heavily with all its features. However, In my mind, I could imagine a lightweight Solution Manager that just connects my SAP systems to Maintenance Planner and further services like the upcoming S/4HANA Readiness Check.

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  • Jun 01, 2017 at 04:20 AM

    Good topic

    question for you...

    Do you need EWA?

    • Jun 01, 2017 at 06:22 AM

      Hello Yogesh,

      Might you imply that there could be a lighter weight SAP Solution Manager deployment option if I did not need EarlyWatch Alerts? In this case I might trade the one for the other ;)

      Best regards


      • Jun 01, 2017 at 02:30 PM

        I think you don't need solution manager at all

        SAP note mention below will solve your question..

        2287046 - How to Generate the System Info XML for Maintenance Planner upload


  • Jun 01, 2017 at 03:04 PM

    Why is this in Coffee Corner and not in a Solution Management tag Question?

    • Jun 01, 2017 at 03:30 PM

      Hello Michael,

      Don't you think the idea of a light weight Solution Manager alternative to just support services like the Maintenance Planner or S/4HANA Readiness Assessment is worth a discussion? I raised this topic because I am interested in the opinions or ideas of other SCN members concerning my respective experience. It was not meant to be a question but really a Coffee Corner discussion.

      Best regards


      • Jun 01, 2017 at 03:47 PM

        Hi Frank,

        I have a hard time understanding why it would be a CC Discussion when it does not include the folks most likely to benefit from a lightweight Solution Manager alternative. I mean mostly CC is people discussing non-technical subjects like the problems with the community or what memes are interesting and applicable here.

        Since you can't use tags with a Discussion, those folks won't have the opportunity to see it. You can word it as a question requesting feedback on your proposal and garner the responses that you are looking for. A "What do you think about this?" kind of question. CC is pretty wide open, but I just don't think this is the best location for that discussion.

        Cheers, Mike

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