A Guided Tour of the SAP NetWeaver Application Server Upgrade Tools

  • by Bert Vanstechelman
  • Dirk Matthys, Senior ABAP Developer, Bekaert Group
  • Mark Mergaerts, Principal Technology Consultant, SAP Belgium
  • November 15, 2007
When dealing with a complex process such as an SAP upgrade — especially when things go awry — knowledge is power. Being comfortable with the available upgrade programs and user interfaces will greatly improve your effectiveness; you will do the right thing at the right moment, and you will be able to correctly identify and solve problems if and when they arise. This article introduces you to the current generation of SAP upgrade tools. You will learn how they work, where to find them, how to install them and get them going, and how to use their management and monitoring features in any upgrade scenario.

Bert Vanstechelman

Bert Vanstechelman has more than 15 years of experience in SAP Basis consulting, running all kinds of SAP versions in combination with all possible databases and operating systems supported by SAP. He specializes in SAP release upgrades and Unicode conversions. Bert is the author of the following SAP PRESS books: SAP NetWeaver Application Server Upgrade Guide, The OS/DB Migration Project Guide, and mySAP ERP Upgrade Project Guide.

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Dirk Matthys

After seven years of R/2, Dirk Matthys started with R/3 back in 1997. Dirk is a Senior ABAP developer working for one of the biggest Belgian Metal Transformation companies. In the past few years, his main activities have diverted to the twilight zone between the SAP technical and application world. He is responsible for the coordination of SAP Basis application change projects, such as upgrades, migrations, mergers, splits, and the installation of support packages.

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Mark Mergaerts

Mark Mergaerts is Principal Technology Consultant at SAP Belgium and has more than 12 years experience with SAP Basis. His consulting activities, mainly with large SAP accounts, concentrate on the key areas of system administration, database management, upgrades and installations, performance and workload analysis, and OS/DB and Unicode migrations. He also teaches advanced database administration, upgrade, and SAP performance classes to an international audience.

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