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Compatibility between NW 7.01 bi-java and abap stack support package level

We have a situation that we need to apply NW 7.01 sp8 to EP/BI-JAVA system, but our BW system that uses the BI-JAVA system will need to stay on NW 7.01 sp7. We are trying to find out that with NW 7.01, does BI-JAVA support package version have to match BW ABAP support package version? Can we have BI-JAVA on NW 7.01 SP8 and BW-ABAP stack on NW 7.01 SP7? we seem to get conflict information from different sap notes: note 1391286 says 'The dependencies between the BI JAVA Support Package Stack and the BI ABAP Support Package Stack still applies. That is, if you implement a Java Support Package Stack, you must also import the corresponding ABAP Support Package Stack (and vice versa)'. but note 1163789 says 'SAP recommends to have the ABAP and Java parts of the server on the same Support Package Stack level. For BI, however, the tight dependency between ABAP and Java Support Package Stacks, which had to be updated in parallel,no longer exists. The BI-specific Patches can be applied compatibly to a different Support Package Stack.'. since note 1163789 is for bi-java patch for sp, not for sp itself, we are not sure whether it is referring to the patch for bi-java sp does not have to match abap sp patch level, or it is saying that bi-java sp level does not have to match abap sp level. Please advise.


Jane Zhou

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    Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 04:34 AM

    SAP Note 1506722 - "Generic Note for BI Java Patches and Support Packages" states

    The BI JAVA Patch can be used for the last three shipped Support Packages (SP N, SP N-1 and SP N-2).

    So you can be exceed the NW SPS level by only 1 or 2 higher.

    e.g. NW 7.01 SPS7 can work with a BI JAVA 7.01 SP7, SP8 and SP9 but not any higher.

    The note also contains this link "BI Java 7. 01 Patching Guide by Start Release " which provides a table of valid combinations.

    SAP still recommend that the NW ABAP and NW JAVA SPS are kept the same.

    Having said that we are operating our BI 7.01 Java system on SPS8 and using it with an NW ABAP 7.01 SPS7 backend without any issue. and we are about to take apply SPS9 due to the high priority correction on note 1510451.

    Edited by: Marcel Andrewartha on Dec 15, 2011 6:21 AM

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  • Posted on Sep 29, 2011 at 08:50 AM

    Hi Jane,

    It is recommended to apply the same support package level for ABAP and JAVA. For example when you apply Java SP17, it is suggested to apply ABAP SP17.

    But if the source is a just an ECC system ie. not XI or Portal or SLD then the SPSs are independent and there should be no compatability issues whatsoever with just upgrading the BI system. Interconnectivity is provided via PI_BASIS in abap which can exist with lower SP levels on the ECC side.

    Please refer to the below SAP notes

    432027 Strategy for using SAP Support Package


    Let me know if you need further information.



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