Figure 1: System Refresh Process
As of May 1 2018, we have released an updated version 1.4.1 adding S/4HANA support to the list announced in February, 2018 (v1.4) where technical configurations included: ALL Netweaver ABAP instance TYPEs (BW, ERP, HR, CRM, SRM, SCM, GTS, WEM). It is offered as a subscription service included FREE in our monitoring, or for separate subscription. If interested, please Submit an Inquiry or visit the SID-Refresh Solution Page for further details on cost, and user guide.
"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
It's cool if you can perform SAP monitoring and SAP HANA monitoring without installing an army of agents, but that's not enough, we want to enhance SAP Basis Automation using Cross-platform automation capabilities. Whether you want to automate system copy post-processing with our SID-Refresh tool, or manage backups, it's easy once you are monitoring SAP with IT-Conductor. The IT operations automation possibilities for the Basis team are limitless once customers realize up to 90% saving in the time and cost over traditional SAP monitoring solutions.
In this article we'll demonstrate HANA backup integration as well as cleanup of old backups. These same principles and processes can be applied to other databases such as Oracle, SAP ASE, etc.
- Creating backup of HANA databases (single or multi-tenant) utilizing the ITC advanced feature ‘SQL Jobs’ presented in ‘Advanced SAP Monitoring Features by IT-Conductor’.
- Clean-up of catalog and files of older backups, using hdbsql and Linux’s crontab for scheduling. Note – future release of ITC will includes ssh feature which allows scheduling of task within ITC, instead of using crontab.
Figure 1: System Refresh Process
IT'S THE HOLIDAYS:
The holiday season is a great time to spend relaxing and enjoying life with friends and family, but many times we feel more stressed trying to get our list of things to do DONE before we head out. Just like that Out-of-Office email responder, it is something we as working professionals normally do before we take our break, and there are many other things I'd like to do before I check out of my office. Therefore, I would make a list and check it twice, since it would be nice to not be interrupted on my vacation for things that I consider naughty to not have done.
Have you seen this BBC article in September 2015 "Will a Robot take over your Job?"? The first thing I did when I read it was I immediately checked if SAP Basis was in the list, or at least IT Analyst / Architect. Phew! Luckily I think we're still pretty safe. But that doesn't mean we should stop finding ways to make our daily repetitive tasks more efficient, and if possible automate them. This is where IT Operations process automation can help. Yes SAP Basis and IT Operations folks can be just as cool applying DevOps to automate a lean enterprise IT. Not sure what DevOps is? I like this non-conforming take on DevOps by Stephen McKay "What (I think) Enterprise IT really needs to learn from the DevOps movement" especially his challenge at the end 'So go prove it - go make a difference in your IT department, and make IT a different experience in your Enterprise'.
Back to the meat of this publication, we're going in depth to reveal how IT-Conductor can help SAP Basis and IT Operations compose and schedule a process which automates a set of cross-platform activities involving administrative scripts, and jobs such as Basis housekeeping tasks, database scripts such as HANA Mini-Checks, and OS-level scripts.
The fundamental building blocks for this process automation are the various activities which we automated in previous article SAP Basis, Let's Automate IT (Topic 3: Automated Operations)