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Overview

 

The Guided Procedure Brower browses the guided procedures delivered by SAP or created by the customer.

Here is a screenshot of the Guided Procedure Browser:

It consist of the following main parts:

  • Application Area
    • Groups guided procedures for a functional area
  • Search Attributes
    • Filters applied to the guided procedures
    • The filters are automatically set at start-up, using the scope
  • The list of Guided Procedures, with functions such as Search, Create, Edit...

If you clear the Search Attributes, the Guided Procedure Browser shows all guided procedures in the selected Application Area.

Depending on your authorizations, you can create, maintain, display or execute guided procedures. You can also view statistics and logs of past executions of these guided procedures, in the Guided Procedure Log.

Where to start?

From a work center (transaction SM_WORKCENTER)

    • In the Technical Administration tab and the Guided Procedure Management menu
    • Select a scope and start the Guided Procedure Browser
    • The application will start, with the selected scope
       
  • The Guided Procedure Browser is also accessible from the following work centers, which include it
    • Root Cause Analysis > Exception Management > Guided Procedures 
    • Business Process Operations > Data Consistency Management > Cross Database Comparison
  • Like any other work center, you can define your own POWL query to define a list of:
    • Technical Systems
    • Technical Scenarios
    • Databases
    • Hosts

From SAP GUI

    • Start the transaction GPA_ADMIN
    • The Guided Procedure Browser starts with the default ABAP SAP Solution Manager scope

Detailed Description

    • Scope
      • Clicking on the object link (technical system, host, database...) displays the object details in a pop-up

  

  • Content Delivery pane

The content delivery pane alerts customers when new content is available, and proposes importing it.

For more details about the content delivery framework & how to import the content, see this link .

  • Application Area:
    • Defines which application can use the guided procedures – as of SP12, the following application areas are defined:
      • Advanced Monitoring Configuration

      • BI Monitoring

      • Business Process Monitoring

      • Cross Database Comparison

      • Data Volume Management

      • End User Monitoring

      • Exception Management

      • Exception Management Configuration

      • Interface and Connection Monitoring

      • Job monitoring

      • PI monitoring

      • System Monitoring

      • Technical Administration

  • Instantiation mode

Some of the application areas use the instantiation mode, so you can start several instances of one guided procedure within the area; each new instance is a new execution. For example: Technical Administration, BI Monitoring...

Otherwise, the guided procedure can only be executed once at a time, so if you execute some activities, close and re-execute the GP, you will find the statuses and logs of the last execution. For example: Cross Database Comparison, Exception Management...

When you choose Execute, you will be able to start a new instance if multiple instances are allowed.

 

  • Expert Mode

Some functions are only offered in Expert mode, such as Export a guided procedure to XML.

You can switch between Standard/Expert mode with the link at the top right of the Guided Procedure Browser.

 

  • Search Attributes

 

  • The Search Attributes section is used to filter the guided procedure list.
  • Some of the search fields are provided by the Application Area.
  • Based on the Scope and the Application Area, the Search fields may be pre-filled.
  • "Reset" clears the search attributes fields, all guided procedures in the corresponding Scope and Application Area are displayed in the results

 

 

  • Guided Procedures


  • The last view displays all guided procedures which match the Search Criteria
  • The following actions are available:

 

Action

Description

Free Text Search AttributeSearch the guided procedures where one of the search attributes fields is the Free Text Search

Execute

 

Execute the guided procedure

Depending on whether the application area allows multiple instantiations, the functionality is:

Multi-Instance Application Area

The button will propose a list of choices:

    • New Instance: Starts a new instance of the guided procedure
    • Existing Instance (only if at least one instance exists): Starts an existing instance. 
      • If the guided procedure has only one instance, it is started
      • If the guided procedure has more than one instance, the Log application is started, with the list of available instances. Choose one and start it

Single-Instance Application Area

    • A button is shown to start the instance

Create

Starts the Guided Procedure Wizard pop-up, to create your guided procedure, and opens the Guided Procedure Maintenance tool in edit mode

Change

Starts the Guided Procedure Maintenance tool in edit mode for the selected guided procedure

Delete

Deletes the selected guided procedure (all versions)

Display

Starts the Guided Procedure Maintenance tool in display mode

Display Execution Logs

Starts the Guided Procedure Log application (hidden if the application area does not support multi-instantiation)

Export to XML

Export the Guided Procedure to an XML document (only available in expert mode)

 

        • Guided Procedure Wizard
          Guided procedures are created first in the Guided Procedure Browser (wizard), and then in Guided Procedure Maintenance
        • The wizard creates guided procedures in three steps:

     1.  Choose:

In this step, you define :    

  - The name of the guided procedure    

  - Description of the guided procedure    

  - The inital number of steps   

  - Package for documents: the package in which the documentation of steps/activities will be saved    

  - Guided Procedure for Production System     

  - Enforce Step Sequence: a step is only performed if the previous required steps have been performed

A guided procedure can be copied from another existing guided procedure (the stepes ,activities and search attributes are copied).  

  

     2.  Search Values 

The search attributes fields depends on the application area in which the guided procedure is created.

These attributes help to identify your guided procedure in later searches.

  

 

       3.  Review

A resume of the information entered in the two previous steps is displayed.

Choosing "Finish" will launch the Guided Procedure Maintenance .

  

   

 

  • Columns in Guided Procedure List:

By default, the Guided Procedure list display these properties of the guided procedure: Name, Version, Active & productive. 

 

Other properties can be dispalyed (Hidden by default). You can select which properties will be displayed, with the link "Settings" :

  

Possible properties:

Column Description
Name Name of the guided procedure
version

Display Last active version of the guided procedure, 

and the inactive version, if it exists (last active version +1)  

Active Status of the guided procedure (Active/Inactive)
 Productive Whether the guided procedure is relevant for production.
 ID The  ID of the guided procedure
 Description Description of the guided procedure
 Last Changed By/Last Changed On Display the last changed by/on
 Created By/Created On Display the created by/on
 Search Attributes Display the search attributes of the guided procedure
 Request/Task

Display the request/task in which the guided procedure will be transported

to  the production system .

 Support Package The support package of the guided procedure

  

 

 

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