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Apply SAP support packs in systems!

Written by Tony Smith  |  19. July 2011

Support packages available for SAP offer enhanced functionality, alterations to present data dictionary elements, bug fixes, changes to repository objects such as reports, transactions and programs etc. These support packs can be different types, such as, Basis support packs, ABAP, application support packs and HR support packs. To apply SAP support packs, take care of various pre-requisites, which are essential to be followed. SPDD and SPAU lists need to be checked before starting the application for support pack. Objects which are in the repair state are required to be liberated. It is suggested to apply modern versions for applications. Moreover, there should be sufficient space to hold these packs' applications in EPS in required directory. Inform all the functional and technical consultants that support package is ready to be installed. Now, to execute the SAP support packs, go to transaction 'Spam'. Load all the packages from the application server or presentation server. Display the support patches which need to be applied. Choose the right package. Upgrading will be started and it will go into various stages such as DDIC import, TP link to DB and DDIC activation. After that, the transactions SPAU and SPDD will start running and modify the required functionalities. Be at ease when SAP support packs have been rolled out! Installing a SAP support pack is always very challenging. It is important to determine which business processes are actually affected and what exactly needs to be tested? What resources are required for intervention and testing? These questions are not easy to be answered. So, a businessman, one should consider testing everything. Now, what do you mean by 'testing everything' - all components of the system or all processes? SAP operators say that the answer to this question can be obtained from the principal users. SAP team just installs all the packages on the SAP testing system and users actually find the problems, if any. What can be the cost-effective and smooth solution for this problem? The solution includes step-by-step preface of a quality assurance tool for installing various support packs and automating the process of test execution. Effective and comprehensive testing procedure for SAP Modifications done to SAP might have some implications in fields other than a particular module. These problems may remain unnoticed for longer periods, say months or even years. Incomplete testing procedures may result in urgent situation that may require quick resolution which can waste many hours of repair and reconciliation. Upfront testing could eliminate post-live discarded resources. For successful testing, catch the trouble at source by dual checking the alterations that were made to the intended results. Testing can be performed in various ways, depending upon the SAP upgrade and complexity. Choose the right way according to the situations that are prevailing in the company. Outline the test plans and determine how they can be tailored for other similar changes.

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