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Here is a visual guide to quickly test the connectivity between an SAP ECC system and the Ariba Network, when planning to use Direct Connectivity. I found this was an easy way to discover connectivity issues early on, when implementing the SAP Business .
Mediated Connectivity using SAP PI as the mediator and will be a part of a different post.


  1. Import the Ariba Network Server certificate - STRUST

    • Export the certificate from https://buyer.ariba.com using internet explorer (click on the lock icon, details tab, export. Save as Base-64, X509)

    • Import in tr. STRUST under node SSL System Client SSL Client (Anonymous)

  • And Click the save button

  1. Make sure the HTTPS service is active -> tr. SMICM

  • Click the Services button

  • Menu: Service -> Create

  • Fill in the HTTPS configuration


  1. Create the RFC connection - SM59


  1. Test the RFC Connection - SM59

    • Open the created connection in step 3

    • Click Connection Test

    • Expect the HTTP 200 response

  1. Troubleshooting

    • Restart the ICM -> tr. SMICM, Menu: Administration -> ICM -> Restart -> Yes

    • Check the network firewall rules

Please find the product documentation at: http://help.sap.com/bni