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System copy : As Java : Non-unicode kernel Option not available

Dear All,

we are performing AS Java system copy to create a new system , same SID , same HOST and same Configuration except OS is upgraded.

Susle Linux OS - 11 SP3
As Java Nw 701

kernel version -

NW701 - Kernel 721_Ext - Non_unicode - 201 patch level

We have successfully completed export and now we are importing the same export in new server,now while performing taget installation we are not getting option to install NON UNICODE kernel , except it is only asking for UC Kernel 7.20/7.21.

Current version of system is non-unicode and we will like to keep it that way.

May I know is non-unicode system copy option is not available? is it removed ?

and if we want to install non-unicode then how we can perform that ?

Can we install target system using UC kernel and later just perform NON-unicode kernel upgrade, will this work?

Has anyone faced such concern?

Guidance will be appreciated.



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    Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 03:01 PM

    Hi James,

    As you have AS JAVA 701, please use installation master DVD to perform system copy. You may get option for de-selecting unicode check box.

    Refer screenshots in the thread


    Deepak Kori

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  • Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 02:27 PM

    If the OS was upgraded on the same server then why do you want to do a system copy ?

    After the OS upgrade just start the SAP system.


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    • Former Member Reagan Benjamin

      Thanks for update RB.

      We have tried this method as in we stop SAP and sync file systems and perform DB/Backup restore method. This method works but unfortunately I am not able to find any SAP relevant document to support this method for so called "java" systems.

      SAP only suggest to perform system copy for "java" hence we are trying via export import. Currently I am looking into options of using old master installation software.

      although, can i request you if you any SAP relevant note or kba or any other in which SAP support/suggest we can perform file system copy and db restore for "Java" systems then it will be just a thing which I need to go ahead with method you suggested.

      Thanks , kindly update.

      Warm Regards,

  • Posted on Jul 22, 2014 at 05:10 PM

    Hi James,

    Refer the KBA for your query"

    1571295 - Non-Unicode installation option is not available in sapinst


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    Posted on Jul 24, 2014 at 08:49 AM

    Hi James,

    Starting with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 SR3 SAP no longer allows the installation of new non-Unicode SAP systems.

    But for emergency cases they have released a pilot note #1603686 using which you can perform new Non-unicode installations.

    As this note is not for general use, please create OSS incident to BC-INS and get it available for you.

    Best Regards,


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