SAP ERP 6.0 EHP 5 Installation: Tips, Tricks, and Lessons Learned

  • by George Anderson, Senior Director & GPE, Microsoft Services
  • John Dobbins, SAP Basis Project Lead
  • August 10, 2012
Understand the basics of installing enhancement package 5 for SAP ERP 6.0 and learn important tips and tricks to smooth your upgrade.
Key Concept
The SAP Enhancement Package Installer (SAPehpi) tool enables users to install enhancement packages and other functional upgrades without going through an actual upgrade process.

In the midst of ongoing production support and new project implementations, your business has asked the SAP Basis team to install SAP ERP 6.0 enhancement package 5 (EHP 5). Upon further investigation, you learn that the business is actually most interested in evaluating the new functionality enabled by EHP 5.

As the company’s SAP system lead and senior technical resource, you’ve been tapped to oversee the installation. The technical steps are similar to performing an SAP version upgrade, but simpler. SAP enhancement packages are designed to introduce incremental functionality while helping to reduce the downtime traditionally associated with executing a full upgrade to a higher version of an SAP application. We outline how to begin the installation and include several tips and tricks intended to streamline the process. We also discuss a number of pitfalls to avoid.

Using the resources of your favorite SAP-certified public or private cloud provider, you quickly obtain the resources necessary to build a new SAP technical sandbox. This system serves as your business demo environment. Before you can install EHP 5, however, you first need to check several things in your SAP Solution Manager system.

Preparation

To install EHP 5, you need to path SAP Solution Manager to release level enhancement package 1, Stack 23. Next, make sure the sandbox definition outlined in transaction SMSY (System Landscape) and the System Landscape Directory (SLD) are up-to-date. These updates are critical for transaction MOPZ (the maintenance optimizer) to properly calculate the stack download queue and XML stack file. Once SAP Solution Manager is up-to-date, run transaction MOPZ to create a new maintenance transaction and choose the Enhancement

Package Installation option (Figure 1). Then download all the files, including stack.xml, and move these files to the SAP technical sandbox, where you pilot this EHP 5 process.


Figure 1
Select the option to install an enhancement package in transaction MOPZ

Next, click the Continue button and in the next screen (Figure 2) review the listings to ensure that the appropriate functionality is enabled (work with the appropriate business leads or liaisons to identify which applications to update or install). Click the Continue button.


Figure 2
Select the appropriate applications or functionality to enable

Afterward, review the update’s priority. In the Confirm Major Target block, review the systems that the upgrade affects and then click the Continue button (Figure 3).


Figure 3
Confirm the major target

Select the appropriate OS/DB-dependent files (based on the operating system and database of the sandbox’s computing platform) and click the Continue button (Figure 4).


Figure 4
Choose the correct OS version, kernel, and database

Finally, add all the files to the download basket and then download this collection of files to your technical sandbox server.

George Anderson

As a senior director and global program executive for an arm of Microsoft's consulting business, Dr. George Anderson leads teams of program and project managers, architects, and enterprise consulting professionals tasked with deploying various ERP solutions and other business applications. He’s co-authored several books including SAP Implementation Unleashed and the Teach Yourself SAP in 24 Hours series, serves as an adjunct professor teaching various project management and systems analysis courses, and holds a number of credentials including PMI PMP and several SAP and Microsoft certifications alongside a PhD in leadership/organizational change, an MBA with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and a bachelor’s degree in computer science.

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John Dobbins

John Dobbins is an independent senior SAP Basis architect, business consultant, and global project manager with 20 years of enterprise IT business experience. John supports multiple SAP customers and projects around the world, spanning new implementations, functional and technical upgrades, OS/DB platform migrations, and more. His passions for technology architecture and customer enablement intersect well with his customers’ needs to streamline business processes and create agile solutions.

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