Explore the New Features of LMDB with Support Package 05

  • by Vivek Banerjee
  • March 15, 2013
Discover the new means to manage SAP system landscape information using the Landscape Management Database (LMDB) introduced as part of Solution Manager 7.1. The LMDB works in tandem with the System Landscape Directory and keeps the SAP system information updated. It enables further integration of the system landscape information with the other functionalities of Solution Manager.
Key Concept
The Landscape Management Database (LMDB) established as part of Solution Manager 7.1 is a single system of record that enables system administration and tightly integrates with other functionalities of Solution Manager. The setup effort for LMDB is performed as part of the initial Solution Manager setup. It provides the capability to migrate system information from the System Landscape Directory as well as transaction code SMSY for those systems that have been upgraded and are not a fresh install. SAP has released a number of improvements, including maintenance optimizer support, bug fixes, and job-running improvements, in its last four Support Packages, 05 through 08.

As of Solution Manager 7.1, the technical system editor lets you create and maintain landscape information in the Landscape Management Database (transaction LMDB). LMDB initially was meant to provide a better methodology to manage the system landscape information. However, there were continued tasks that led to the simultaneous use of both SMSY and LMDB to maintain consistent system landscape information. With Support Package 05, this information has been further updated, and further enhancements to LMDB allow maintenance of system landscape information.

The main business benefit of this approach in the long term over the eight support packages of Solution Manager 7.1 is that you have a single system of record to enable maintenance and administration of the entire SAP landscape. This enables streamlining of effort during planning phases for upgrades and also for establishing maintenance windows for different tiers of landscapes.

I’ll walk you through the key recent enhancements to the LMDB with an emphasis on Support Package 05 and typical use cases for using that information.

Vivek Banerjee

Vivek Banerjee works in the Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) practice for Enowa Consulting, and is a certified Solution Manager and SAP ALM tools specialist. He holds certifications in multiple areas of ALM such as HP ALM Suite, and has master's degrees in computer science and business management.

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