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Simplifying the SAP System Refresh with SID-Refresh

Posted by Linh Nguyen on Jan 26, 2020 11:19:34 AM

IT-Conductor Simplify the System Refresh

Background

A System Refresh, is similar to a System Copy, is simply copying one SAP System to another when the target SAP System already exists.  The system refresh should copy production to quality assurance system for testing with fresh data.  SAP recommends this process to be performed every 3 months.

"System refresh of the quality system from production system is a requirement prior to a SAP component upgrade, or for any major developments. It allows actual testing on real-life/production data - the ultimate testing environment!"

SAP recommendation

Example: Copying the source SAP system to a target QAS SAP System. SAP has tools to backup your source system, database clone or with R3load for ABAP and Jload for JAVA.

If the system does not exist and you need to build a new system on the same operating system and database as the source system, this is a homogeneous system copy.

If the operating system and/or database of the target system is different than the source system, it is known as a migration, or heterogeneous system copy.

For further background in SID-Refresh please visit our past articles:

Pain Points

System Refresh can be costly, time-consuming, labor-intensive, and error prone

Traditionally, a system refresh has been complex, and takes away from the time of skilled resources.  The most common method is to take snapshots of the technology and recreate a new environment

  • BDLS takes a long time to convert logical system names.
  • Target systems will have the entire dataset, which includes the transaction history kept in the system
  • There are many projects running and customers struggle to find the right timeframe to complete it.
  • A Typical SAP System refresh requires an SAP Netweaver/Basis Administrator, Project Manager, Storage Administrator, Database Administrator, and OS system Programmer.
  • Installing, maintaining database libraries, cloning database, and performing the SAP system refresh of the database can take days to weeks.
  • If a refresh in the middle of a project gets disrupted, the refresh may not be performed at all.
  • Each environment needs to be created, and the new SAP system should be installed and customized before the migration.
  • Must follow Best practices for naming and address conventions.
  • System administrator must manually configure the network, database connection, and application server instances
  • Configuring a database is complex, and each instance may have as much as 80000 tables.
  • There are many steps involved and human work is error prone. Mistakes can happen at any time in the multi-stage process.
  • Smooth and flawless operations of systems is the key to keeping business processes on track. This requires a combined effort of all database admins, programmers, and SAP SMEs.
  • As the complexity of computing environments increase, SAP solution experts are challenged to deliver cost effective and timely results.

Automation with SID-RefreshTM to the Rescue

Automating the system refresh raises productivity and quality, increases efficiency, and reduces costs AND error!

Free up the time from repetitive and boring tasks so SMEs can perform higher level work.

The IT-Conductor SID-Refresh tool simplifies the SAP system refresh process and streamlines numerous administrative tasks into one, automated, end-to-end workflow. Standardizes and speeds up the time to complete the refresh from days to hours, reducing the risk of human error.

SAP Basis teams can spend less time waiting for long running tasks to be completed, and can spend more time doing productive work that is useful to your business.

Reduces the complexity involved in creating, managing, and copying SAP database environments.

The solution can be used to configure and fully automate the standard tasks required to deploy an SAP database server environment.  Custom orchestration can be tied to end-to-end system copy steps before and after the Post-Copy Automation (PCA) tasks

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Resources

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Testimonials

"With SID-Refresh we save a lot of time, exporting customizing settings before a SAP System database refresh, and even more, when restoring them, after the copy: the tool rebuilds the selected customizing settings in a safe way and prevents possible mistakes coming from manual changes."

-- Dino Dose, Team Manager @ BGP Technology

"We used SID-Refresh several times. It amazes with simplicity and minimum time spent on starting up the system during copying. The most pleasant that the program is adapted for Linux systems )))))) "

-- Yuliia Bazyliuk, Head Engineer @ The National Bank of Ukraine

"I'm an independent Basis Consultant who used SID-Refresh on a BW System Refresh for a client.  I'm fascinated how well it works.  It is truly a high quality solution that deserves to be known around the world!"

-- Eduardo Andrés Lallo, Sap Basis Administrator – Sap HANA Certified Technology Consultant

 
Linh Nguyen

Written by Linh Nguyen

Linh was born in democratic Vietnam, escaped from the communist after the war as a boat-people refugee to Malaysia, subsequently immigrated to Australia where he attended high-school and completed dual-degrees in Computer Science & Computer Engineering in just 5 years. He started SAP career in Melbourne, then came to the US in the mid-1990s as a SAP technical consultant. He built a software and consulting company in Silicon Valley in 1996 named OZSoft and has been an entrepreneur with a passion to automate IT processes. In 2014, he started IT-Conductor, Inc. as CEO and co-founder along with David Stavisski, with the goal to help IT organizations to Stop Guessing and Start Managing by automating IT operations using a cloud-based platform IT-Conductor.

Topics: SAP Basis Automation, SAP LVM, SID-Refresh, S/4HANA, SAP LaMa

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