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Upgrade finished, but Shadow Instance still exists.

Dear all,

I upgraded a NW 7.11 PI to NW 7.5. The upgrade was successfull and I got the Success-Screen of SUM (os=LINUX, DB=Oracle 12):

But unfortunately the Shadow Instance is up and running (see instance 06 in the following screenshot), but why. Doesn't the SUM delete the Shadow instance after the upgrade?

Best regards

Willi Eimler

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    Jan 04, 2017 at 06:38 PM

    Hi Willi,

    I found this behavior while doing SPS update on Solution Manager using SUM version SP17 (I forgot PL).

    I just renamed the shadow instance folder and took a clean reboot of system and started original instance. After a day/two after all my validations I removed shadow instance directory.


    Harish Karra

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  • Jan 04, 2017 at 07:43 PM

    Hello Willi

    As there is no shadow schema at the DB level, I would stop all the instances running on the host. Move the shadow instance directory and the directory used for SUM to a new file system. Clean up the profile directory from old or unused profiles. Restart the Linux server. Start the Oracle and SAP instances.


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  • Jan 12, 2017 at 08:26 AM

    Hi all,

    I’m working for pharmaceutical industry and therefore I opened a message in order to get a statement of sap. Yesterday I got the answer (stop shadow instance and remove it) and I started my work.

    • 1.I stopped sap and database, but I was not able to stop shadow instance, therefore
    • 2.I rebooted the server.
    • 3.Moved the directory /usr/sap/<SID>/DVEBMGS06 away.
    • 4.Started sap

    Thanx for all answers!

    Best regards
    Willi Eimler

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  • Jan 03, 2017 at 10:17 PM

    Are you sure that it is a shadow instance? I can see there are two instances running. One with the instance number 02 and the other is with 06. Both the instances are using the profiles from the standard profile directory /usr/sap/SID/SYS/profile. The shadow instance profiles are present in the SUM upgrade directory. The instance with the number 06 has 2016 which makes me feel that it is running for sometime now. Probably some zombie processes. What was the instance number set for the shadow instance during the configuration phase? In anyway I would check if there is the shadow schema with its objects still present at the DB level.

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  • Jan 04, 2017 at 03:54 PM

    Hi Benjamin,

    great, you are looking at my problem. That are good news :)

    Yes it is the Shadow Instance in the log SAPupConsole.log I found:

    >> 2016/12/20 18:12:43START OF PHASE  PREP_INSTALL/INITSHD
    Using instance number '06' for ABAP shadow system.
    Generated random password for DBA shadow user.
    <<2016/12/20 18:12:44END OF PHASEPREP_INSTALL/INITSHD


    Backing up '/usr/sap/XXX/SYS/profile/DEFAULT.PFL' as '/usr/sap/XXX/SUM/abap/sapnames/DEFAULT.PFL.MOD_INSTNR.BCK'.Backing up '/usr/sap/XXX/SYS/profile/XXX_DVEBMGS02_xxxxxxxxx' as '/usr/sap/XXX/SUM/abap/sapnames/XXX_DVEBMGS02_xxxxxxxxx.MOD_INSTNR.BCK'.
    Replicating kernel to /usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06/exe... Copied '/usr/sap/XXX/SUM/abap/mem/REGEN.LST' to '/usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06/work/REPLIST'.

    So, it is the Shadow Instance. The Profile /usr/sap/XXX/SYS/profile/XXX_DVEBMGS06_xxxxxxxxx doesn't exists anymore, but the Directory structure /usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06 still exists.

    Cleaning up '/usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06/exe' ...
    Cleaning up replication source '/usr/sap/XXX/SYS/exe/uc/linuxx86_64' ...
    Moving Kernel from '/usr/sap/XXX/SUM/abap/exe' to '/usr/sap/XXX/SYS/exe/uc/linuxx86_64' ...
    Replicating kernel to /usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06/exe...
    Delete temporary instance '/usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06'. 
    WARNING: Deletion of temporary instance directory '/usr/sap/XXX/DVEBMGS06' was not successful.

    The upgrade throws only a Warning ????? Checking the logs in /usr/sap/XXX/SUM/abap/log I can't find a reason. The year 2017 starts not as good as I hoped:(

    Well now I know SAP doesn't think this situation is worth a error message, but what to do with the Shadow Instance now? Stopping it and remove the directories?

    Best regards

    Willi Eimler

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  • Jan 04, 2017 at 04:20 PM

    Hi Benjamin,

    I checked the Schema. The Shadowschame is vanished.

    SQL> select distinct owner from dba_tables;
    9 rows selected.

    Best regards

    Willi Eimler

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