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Kernel Upgrade for ECC 6

Hi all,

I want to upgrade the kernel patch level for ECC 6.

I download all files in

<b>path</b>: Entry by application group -> Additional Components -> SAP Kernel ->SAP Kernel 32 bit Unicode -> SAP KERNEL 7.00 32-BIT UNICODE -> Windows Server on IA32 32bit -> Database independent

Then, I extract all, stop SAP server and copy all these files to \SYS\exe\uc\ and restart server. But, on SAPMMC the dispatcher remains yellow "<b>Dispatcher - Running but Dialog Queue info unavailable</b>".

The old kernel patch level is 75, and I extract the file SAPEXE_102-20000972.SAR (patch level 102), but when checking system status, I found that the kernel patch level is not updated.

Do you know this problem ? Do I miss some steps ?

Thank you very much,



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    Posted on Aug 09, 2007 at 06:23 AM


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    • Former Member Eric Brunelle

      MMC connects to the underlying sapstartsrv.exe windows service. Beside starting up and shutting down the processes listed in the start profile, this service will also connect to shared memory segments to find out the status of work processes and the dispatcher.

      When starting the system it will normaly first execute sapcpe.exe to replicate new executables from the central replication directory (DIR_CT_RUN) to the instance executable directory (DIR_EXECUTABLE).

      If you provide a new kernel version to DIR_CT_RUN, it will copy and start a new disp+work.exe and sapstartsrv.exe to the local directory WHILE the old sapstartsrv.exe service executable is still running.

      if the new disp+work.exe contains changes to shared memory structures (compared to the old one) the old sapstartsrv.exe will not be able to read them. <i>Dispatcher - Running but Dialog Queue info unavailable</i> is one result of it, unavailable work process information another one.

      sapstartsrv.exe will detect that there is a new version of it's executable by comparing sapstartsrv.exe against (which have the same timestamp in DIR_CT_RUN) and will restart the service with the new executable after 5 minutes which will normaly. This automatically fixes the problem and is documented in windows application log (eventviewer).