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Regarding execution of brconnect to get statistic information

Hello experts!

I want to ask about the execution of brconnect in a SAP environment where we have

multiple instances on one AS ABAP server.

Is it not possible to execute brconnect command on multiple instances simultaneously?

Will it cause any problem for that?

At the moment, we schedule the "check and update optimizer statistics" from tr-cd: DB13.

But we want to schedule it from, external automatic job mgmt system.

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    Apr 17, 2018 at 02:35 AM

    Sure, you can, brconnect in fact is calling oracle sqlplus to get job done. It won't cause problem for multiple instances simultaneously, as we can achieve this via sqlplus.

    However some of brconnect action will generate a lock file for brconnect, which makes sure only one brconnect is running. This lock is brconnect level. But you can pass this by set specific oracle_home, oracle_sid, SAP_DATAHOME for the different database/instances. For the details, you can refer to SAP note ##320457 for setting enviroment variables for the dedicated instances/databases.

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    • You are welcome, yes, it is options in the command.
      Like update single statistics table, it will generate lock file of brconnect, thus there is no need to run the same statisticis update.

      Sorry, I don't have list that what actions/option will generate lock file. Anyway we are talking multiple databases, we can avoid thus disturb via different SAP_DATAHOME, this is where the lock file locates.

  • Jun 07, 2018 at 06:40 AM


    Sure you can use external Job Scheduler, but please note in that case it is rather strongly recommended to deschedule any Job in DB13 that would execute the same action.

    BR*Tools is able to recognize parallel execution, and in case the same executable (brconnect,brspace,brrestore,etc.) would be started at the same time, BR*Tools stoppes any further execution until the first gets finished. This is controlled by a lock mechanism internally by BR*Tools.

    If you have more SAP Instances (so not different SAP System with different SAPSID and so DBSID) on the same host, practically you would use the Central Instance to execute DB tasks.

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