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Solution Manager Upgrade and Migration


I have Solution manager 7.1 SP12 on Oracle and plan to Upgrade it to Solution Manage 7.2 on Sybase ASE 15.7

I am currently using Solution Documentation, Change Request Management ( ChaRM ), Automated Testing (SAP TAO, eCATT , CBTA and third - party test tool tests) and Business Process Monitoring ( BPMon ) in solution manager

What would be an ideal path for this

Build a New Solution Manager 7.2 on Sybase and re-configure all scenarios


Migrate Solution manager 7.1 to Sybase and then Upgrade to 7.2

Is there any process to migrate CHARM and Solution Documentation configuration from one Solman to another during Migration to Sybase


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    Oct 24, 2016 at 09:29 PM

    Hi Ian,

    Yes it has to be done if the host changes but many of the information will be updated by DAA/host/sld which reached your LMDB automatically.

    Thus, there are steps which needs to be done but yes efforts will vary as per your selected scenario as per actual customer situation.

    We have done so far XX+ system without any issues and its on-going successfully ....Solman 7.2 is brilliant and powerful version a great work by solman team.

    I know its an effort to upgrade but you will be happy to see the output once you reach there with all your data.

    hope this helps and all the best



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  • Oct 24, 2016 at 07:31 PM

    Hi Ian

    I would say it depends how deep you're using those scenario's. What is stated by others here is correct, there is no "SAP standard" way to migrate content from 7.1 to 7.2 besides performing the upgrade in combination with content activation (which migrates your data where the table structures have changed). So if you want to keep your data, like CHARM document data, you would have to upgrade.

    If you don't mind loosing that data and you want to rebuild your business process documentation (business process documentation is now called solution documentation and it works in a very different way, the scenario has been completely overhauled) you could still consider a new installation so in the end it depends on what you wish to achieve really and it also depends on the time span, the effort that can be put into it and so on.

    In case you go for the upgrade, my advice would be:

    1) Prepare your upgrade - get a project manager on it to be on the safe side because there is a lot of work to be done, will take some weeks before you get everything done on your development system

    You might need SAP support on this, it's all pretty new still (we had a need to get in touch with them after unknown SQL errors occured during the upgrade)

    2) Read all the guides and relevant information (super important, I've seen people bump into issues lately because they didn't go through everything properly) ~ don't forget to check for potential technical issues upgrading to Netweaver 7.4 (overlooked by some), one example can be that Oracle db's need SSFS connection (should be done up front, before the upgrade)

    Make sure you understand the new SolMan 7.2 symantecs to avoid you choose wrong options or take bad decisions in content activation so read through all relevant content, try to understand, if needed ask questions in the community. You could also boot up a "demo" system on Amazon AWS through SAP CAL to play around on so you know you "get it" before upgrading for example

    3) Read the small letters which for example state that TREX is needed for some functionality (search functionality in Fiori launchpad and search functionality in Business Process Modeling for example) ~ little information provided for non SAP HANA DB's about this from what I've seen, just a single line that references it

    Upgrade & master guide for SAP Solution Manager 7.2 (other relevant guides over there like security guide):

    SAP Components - SAP Solution Manager - Release 7.2 in left pane menu

    Relevant SAP notes (plenty, just naming a few important ones)

    2227300 - Further Upgrade Information for SAP Solution Manager 7.2

    2379352 - Problems in IE11 after Upgrading Solution Manager 7.2 to SP3

    2048519 - Profile parameters for SAP Solution Manager 7.2

    Content activation guide (will point to relevant SAP notes, to be implemented in SolMan 71 before upgrade and also good amount of SAP notes in SolMan 72 after the upgrade)

    There is a content activation guide that runs you through the steps. Managed system setup is to be performed (SOLMAN_SETUP initial, infrastructure & basic configuration first) before content activation according to the content activation guide.

    Best regards


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  • Oct 24, 2016 at 03:53 PM

    Hi Ian,

    SAP has provided a process called Content Activation which you can follow post your upgrade procedure.

    Therefore first you can do your technical upgrade including new h/w migration etc

    then you can run Content activation for charm ITSM etc as per case

    this is recommend way and I have seen it working very well now

    Infact we have also seen during one of our upgrade that you can upgrade ST-TST component as well which is ur CBTA but remember post upgrade you won't see this in 7.2 as it is discontinued. Therefore it will be automatically taken care during technical upgrade procedure for above but again for CBTA test scripts you need to run the content activation procedure.

    there is no option where you can build a new system on 7.2 and transfer anything from old solman 7.1 to this new system except custom made solution which I won't recommend.

    hope this clarifies and explain but get back to community if you need any more inputs



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    Oct 24, 2016 at 04:57 PM

    Hi Prabhakar;

    With the migration host names would change , do need to run Managed system configuration for all the connected satellite system before activating content , or content activation takes care of that.


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