Q: Is it possible to transfer existing Solution Documentation content from SAP Solution Manager 7.1 into a fresh installation of SAP Solution Manager 7.2?
A: This scenario is currently not fully supported by SAP and has some major limitations. Nevertheless, it is technically possible using SAP CAL. You can find more details in the SAP Solution Manager Media Center.
Please note that the only officially recommended procedure is an upgrade of an existing SAP Solution Manager system, if you need to preserve your existing solution documentation.
Q: How to select which projects and solutions should be activated?
A: An important step during the content activation is the selection of projects and solutions which will be activated. Some important decisions have to be made (which projects to take, which to leave behind) - but what is the best way to efficiently handle these decisions?
A simple selection strategy is to analyze all existing projects and solutions (also taking the information from the overview report into account) and to assign each and every one one of them to one of the following three categories:
- NEEDED: This project or solution is required for activation
- NOT NEEDED: This project is not required for activation and will be left behind
- UNCLEAR: It is unclear if the project or solution will still be needed after activation
For the first two categories, the procedure is straightforward. All NEEDED projects will be selected for activation and should be moved to a separate "Activation" branch which should be created as a child branch of the production branch. All NOT NEEDED projects and solution will not be selected for activation.
For UNLCEAR projects and solutions, SAP recommends to select them for activation. During the activation procedure, a separate branch should be created (as a child branch of the "Activation" branch) and all UNCLEAR projects and solutions should be moved into this separate branch. This will keep the content of these projects and solutions available for further use, but at the same time will keep the new solution documentation clean by separating the projects and solutions from the more important content.
Q: What happens to KW documents?
A: All documents which are attached to a structure element will be activated, including their version history. Documents NOT attached to a structure element (orphans) will not be activated and will not be accessible any more after activation. You can use the report SOLMAN_UNUSED_DOCUMENTS to find unassigned KW documents.
Q: What happens to shortcuts used in solution documentation?
A: During the content activation preparation (transaction PREPARE_ACTIVATION) you can decide how to handle shortcuts. If you decide to resolve external shortcuts, the content which the shortcut points to will be activated, even if the project of that "shortcutted" content is not set in scope for content activation.
Internal shortcuts (within the same project) will be fully resolved as different occurances referring to the same original.
Q: What happens to direct document URLs?
A: URLs to documents remain unchanged.
Q: What about authorizations?
A: We need to differentiate between authorizations for the content activation procedure and authorizations for the new Solution Documentation environment. The needed authorizations for the content activation procedure are described in the content activation guide. The new authorization concept for Solution Documentation in SAP Solution Manager 7.2 is described in the Security Guide.
Q: Which version of ST-PI is needed?
A: SAP always recommends to have the latest version of ST-PI on your managed systems. For the content activation, it is strongly recommended to have at least ST-PI 2008_1_7xx SP12 or ST-PI 740 SP02 installed in your systems. It is not critical if lower versions of ST-PI are installed on the systems - the content activation will still work. The only restriction is that the automated generation of the libraries in the new Process Management capability of SAP Solution Manager will not work properly.
Q: I forgot to activate a project after completing content activation. What can be done?
A: See SAP note 2698302 for more details.