A step-by-step guide to upgrading from SAP R/3 to SAP ERP 6.0 (collage: grasundsterne)
Carrying out an ERP upgrade is complicated, unpredictable, and takes months. Such projects are often the cause of long faces in IT departments and – contrary to a commonly held perception – do involve risks in transferring data and switching between hardware. However, even a complex transition from SAP R/3 to the current SAP ERP 6.0 can go off without a hitch in your IT department.
Many new functions, a significantly improved process structure, and a reasonable price – the latest version of SAP ERP certainly isn’t short on qualities both large companies and smaller businesses in the up-and-coming midmarket can appreciate. For more, also check out “EHP: Keeping SAP Up to Date” and “Preview: EHP 5.”
Having attracted a number of attentive readers since its debut some days ago, this article series now turns its focus to the incremental progression of the software upgrade itself. Our aim is to allay any fears those interested might have about the transition and go through each of the primary steps in a practical setting. In case you missed them, here are the first two parts already published in this series:
The initial installment offers a rough overview of the complete software upgrade, and in the second we demonstrate how to install updates in an older SAP system and upgrade a SQL collation (database) – all while switching from a 32- to a 64-bit configuration.
In part three, we begin with the installation of SAP R/3 on a new server that will eventually become a productive system. We then import file backups from the previous SAP system before proceeding with the database upgrade from Microsoft SQL 2000 to 2005. The links directly below offer a quick run-through of these steps:
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