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Aug 07, 2013 at 02:49 PM

Start vs Instance profile


Regarding the blog "What's new in SAP NetWeaver 7.3" point 8 - Start Profile Merged:
As of SAP NetWeaver 7.3, Start Profile has been removed as separate file.
In earlier versions of NetWeaver there were 1 Default profile per SAP system, 1 Start profile per Instance and 1 Instance profile per instance.
Now the Start profile contents are merged with Instance profile. With help of new Instance profile SAP processes are started and at the same time instance specific parameters are read.
This removed total number of profile files. 1 Default profile per SAP System, 1 instance profile per instance.

I'm new at this company and our BW system is on NW 7.31. On the central instance (aka primary app server) there is a start profile and an instance profile. However all the app servers have just an instance profile.

The system was upgraded from 7.00 to 7.02 in the past and then again later from 7.02 to 7.31. When/how should the start profile have been replaced if it really should be as the blog says. In an upgrade, say from 7.02 to 7.31, how does the profile get merged? Are there manual post processing steps or does the Software Update Manager SUM do it automatically and remove the start profile from the directory? Does startsap get changed to point to the instance instead of the start profile too?

Well, thanks everybody, appreciate any advice?

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