Key Prerequisites for the Solution Documentation Assistant

  • by D. Russell Sloan, Director of SAP Solutions, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • October 12, 2016
System connections, authorizations, and a detailed description of the Solution Landscape are key to taking advantage of the Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA). Learn how to confirm that the solution landscape is properly described in the Landscape Management Database (LMDB), that communications between Solution Manager and managed systems are properly set up, and that the key authorizations are in place for both the Solution Manager and the managed systems.
Learning Objectives

Reading this article, you will learn:

  • What must be in place for the Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA) to work
  • How to set up or correct the configurations of Remote Function Calls (RFCs), data in the Landscape Management Database (LMDB), and the authorizations required by Solution Manager and the managed systems.


The Solution Documentation Assistant (SDA) performs intelligent interrogations of your SAP solution landscape to create structured and standardized technical and process-related documentation in Solution Manager. In order for the SDA to perform its investigations, it must be able to communicate with the managed systems. The key to this communication is the proper setup of the Landscape Management Database (LMDB) in Solution Manager.

While the SOLMAN_SETUP guided procedure takes care of many aspects of populating the LMDB, some areas of the communications layer are often problematic. The two main areas where I’ve run into trouble in the LMDB at the connections layer are:

  • Remote Function Calls (RFCs)
  • Authorizations on both Solution Manager and the managed systems

D. Russell Sloan

D. Russell Sloan, director of SAP solutions at Cognizant Technology Solutions, is a specialist in project and program governance. He focuses on the use of SAP Solution Manager for global rollout projects and has been implementing SAP software since 1996. Russell has degrees in accounting and information systems and has been a team and project leader for SAP projects for more than 14 years. He has been developing and deploying software systems for more than 30 years.

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