As Mikhail Gorbachev said in East Berlin in 1989, dangers await only those who do not react to life. This is true of the IT business, too. Many companies are now gearing up to perform an SAP ERP upgrade before the end of the year. While many organizations upgraded their enterprise application software to the latest release long ago, extra brain power is called for in some urgent cases. When time is tight, how can you jump on the bandwagon without falling flat on your face?
The best approach is to embark on a step-by-step upgrade, for example, if your company is currently still using the somewhat outdated ERP software known as SAP R/3. The ingredients in a recipe for success include importing updates, selecting the right SQL collation, and switching from 32 bits to 64 bits. But you’ll also need a good dose of fine tuning, which many CIOs have already tried out on their test systems.
Once the work has been done, you’ll have a future-proof mixture. This is the approach we are taking in our current series of articles. Our screenshots will no doubt be familiar to experienced IT specialists and technophile SAP enthusiasts. But other employees need all the information they can gather and may benefit from learning a detail or two.
The above screenshot, for example, shows the approach of the ITU in Geneva, where a total of four different systems were involved in the upgrade from SAP R/3 4.7×200 to SAP ERP 6.0. There’s a development system, where the actual upgrade data is located, a production system, a test system, and a demo system. Later on in our series of article, we’ll come to the topic of enhancement packages, which enable your software to be brought up-to-date – see also the articles EHP: Keeping SAP Up-to-Date and Preview: EHP 5.
Let’s take a look at the parts of the series we published so far:
And here’s a quick overview of all the steps we describe in this installment, with direct links:
- Preparing the ECC 6.0 upgrade: SAP CDs
- Starting PREPARE
- SAPup key and SAP Solution Manager
- Add-ons and enhancement packages
Preparing the ECC 6.0 upgrade: SAP CDs
For readers who aren’t familiar with previous installments in the series, here’s a summary of what we did so far: First, the relevant SAP Support Packages and the new collation for SQL Server 2000 were imported. Then a 1:1 backup copy was made, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 x64 Edition was installed, the network settings were adjusted, and the paging file was configured. In the next step, we showed the installation of SAP R/3 4.7×200 on the new server, so that we were able to import the saved server files. Then the database server was upgraded from Microsoft SQL Server 2000 to Microsoft SQL Server 2005.
Now let’s take a look at the actual ECC 6.0 upgrade. We need to carefully check all the CDs and add-on CDs that were copied to the special upgrade folder. To start PREPARE, select the file prepare.bat in the folder CD_ECC60_UPGCD_51033520_UMN (see screenshot above). After PREPARE has been started, select the upgrade folder. In our case, it’s called DIR_PUT (see screenshot below).
Next, exit SAPup and restart it using the Upgrade Assistant. At this point, we would like to point out that you must always use the latest version of SAPup, which you can download from the SAP Support Portal.
The installation files are now unpacked to the folder you previously selected.
Checking the SAPup version and update using the SAP Support Portal
SAPup key and SAP Solution Manager
Add-ons and enhancement packages