A Step-by-Step Guide to System Refresh on the Quality Assurance Server

  • by Muhammad Abdul Jamil, SAP BASIS Consultant, Orient Group of Companies
  • December 26, 2013
Use this simple procedure for your system refresh and you can get and test the latest scenarios, materials, views, and sales area data on a quality assurance server (QAS) instead of the production server. Aside from regulatory compliance, there are many benefits to carrying out regular SAP system refreshes. The main benefit of replicating live data into a QAS is that it provides an isolated environment away from the main business operations where developers and test teams can test in conditions as close to those in production as possible.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article will show you how to:

  • Make a copy of a production server as a quality assurance server
  • Test system enhancements and bug fixes in conditions as close as possible to those in production
Key Concept

In a typical SAP system, the production data set is periodically copied onto the quality assurance system to allow full testing of customization and development changes made to the live SAP system. This is because developers and functional users can’t check and test business scenarios on a live (production) system.

As an SAP functional expert or developer, you need to check and test scenarios that you can’t test on a live server in order to fulfill business requirements. You need a system in which you can perform full testing of customization changes. This is a step-by-step guide to making a system copy of SAP production in the SAP quality assurance server (QAS). The QAS provides an isolated environment away from the main business operations. The production server is the source system and the QAS is the target system.

Muhammad Abdul Jamil

Muhammad Abdul Jamil is an SAP Basis Administrator at the Orient Group of Companies. He has more than four years of SAP Basis experience. He has a degree in computer science and has worked in industries such as Beverages, Home Appliances, Food, and Chemicals. Previously, he worked at Siemens Pakistan Consulting and he completed four SAP projects (E2E) as a SAP technical (Basis) consultant at Siemens Pakistan Consulting.

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1/17/2014 1:21:55 PM

Appreciate the db steps of getting the data there, but you may want to at least mention there are a number of post-refresh steps that should be done, some getting done by SAP Software Provisioning tool, some manually. Just don't want folks to think the entire process is just the db steps above.

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