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This is a blog for New Installation scenario of S/4HANA 1610 FPS2 previous blogs for best practices content activation.

Please refer other blogs as follows:

TOPIC                                                         release-> 1709 1610 1610 1610 1511 1511
                                                                       stack-> FPS0 FPS2 FPS1 FPS0 FPS2 FPS1
Part 1 - Maintenance Planner  link link link
Part 2 - Installation  link link link
Part 3 - Best Practices Content Activation - USA  link link link link link link
Part 3A - Best Practices Content Activation - Germany  link link link link
Part 1 - Maintenance Planner link
Part 2 - Pre-checks link
Part 3 - Custom Code Migration WorkList link

The documents mentioned are available at MobileDocLink

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on S/4HANA 1610FPS2 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= Germany The BP Activation process runtime is 6Hrs50Min. Please refer Admin Guide.
A new Solution Builder profile has been created with ALL scope items but in case you have finalized scope items you can select only the needed scope items. Depending on how many selected scope items, activation procedure will need less time.
TIP: If you have removed some scope items, in the rare situation that the removed scope item should have populated a table, you may get some error due to this scenario. In this situation please open OSS message.
You need a stable network connection to SAPGUI frontend so it is advisable to use Windows Terminal Server with latest SAPGUI installed.
This document will be useful to quickly setup system on some projects where, even though scope includes more languages, validation of functionality can be done with just the English/German language.
STEP1: S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 is installed and SPAM checked as per list below.

STEP2: All Notes are applied after complete installation of S/4HANA 1610 FPS1 is installed as per SAP Note 2346431 - SAP S/4HANA 1610: Release Information Note.
Please apply the below 3 notes which are needed for content activation in this order. These notes have very elaborate manual steps. Please refer attached doc at link "S4HANA1610FP2 Notes for Best Practices activation.docx".
2361093 - Enabling a country-dependent tax account maintenance and tax account determination
2397146 - Country-Specific tax account maintenance – preparation
2469831 - Country-specific tax account maintenance and transport granularity

Please read SAP Note 2436557 - SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1610 - SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1610 FP stack 02 (05/2017) c...

STEP3: Languages installed are EN and DE as per this screenshot. Enter tCode SMLT

STEP4: Using SFW5, Enterprise Business Functions are activated as per list
STEP5: Client Copy has been completed with tables defines in whitelist table /FTI/TWHITEL01 by registering client in table /FTI/T_NOCLN000 and using copy profile SAP_UCUSSAP_CUSTSAP_CUSV or SAP_UCSV as per the Admin Guide. Copied client to have no currency in tCode SCC4. You can also activate Best practices by doing a full client copy from 000.

STEP6: Review SAP note 2436557 - SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1610 - SAP S/4HANA ON-PREMISE 1610 FP stack 02 (05/2017) c...
Download zip file from URL below (or available at mobile link) to your desktop and then upload to server https://service.sap.com/~sapdownload/012002523100006753622017E/S4HoP1610FP02SolDtaF170508.zip
Extract zip file, copy file K906576.QE6 to directory /usr/sap/trans/cofiles and R906576.QE6 to directory /usr/sap/trans/data and change file permissions to 755 with with user sidadm e.g. chmod 755 s4hadm:sapsys
Add transport request to buffer QE6K906576 with steps below tCode STMS, Import Overview,

After the transport is in buffer, select the  transport and import, In the Options tab checkmark  override check of component version
Note 2400710
shown has some documents attached as shown below. Download these documents for workarounds and review to use in case you face issues.
STEP7: Create users for content activation as per admin guide with details:

STEP8: In case you are using SapGui version 7.50, you need to deactivate the SAP Fiori visual theme on the Blue Crystal Theme visual design option or select any other theme in the SAP GUI options. Currently MM01 ECATT fails with the default theme (will be fixed shortly). Once the Best practices activation is completed, you can activate the SAP Fiori visual theme back.

STEP9:  Change SAP Profile parameters as below and restart SAP:
abap/heap_area_dia = 6442450944
sapgui/user_scripting = TRUE
STEP10: Import solutions from SAP Best Practices content. Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI. Choose menu Solution -> Import -> Solution (XML) -> From reference content

Select Solution Builder Content ID BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1611_USV3.XML from below
(please note the changed on date may be later than 8 May based on new transport QE6K906576)

After import is complete log will be displayed. Check logs and Click on icon Back
STEP11: Import Installation Data. Choose Menu Solution -> Import -> Installation Data -> From reference content and Select solution INST_FILES_DE_BP_S4BL_S4HANA1611_OP.ZIP

Click on column “Changed On” 2 times to change sort order and select second line as below
(please note the changed on date may be later than 8 May based on new transport QE6K906576)

You should get message below at the end of import

STEP12: First please also go through note 2309549 - Identify completely installed languages for the report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG for Implications of reducing languages as below:
TIP: “The report deletes SAP Best Practice Content for all released languages that are not successfully installed in the system. After having deleted SAP Best Practice content for such languages with this report, you won't be able to add languages-dependent SAP Best Practice content again. Therefore make a conscious decision to run the report, understanding the implication that for languages not installed in the system, but released for the solution, all language dependent content of IMG activities would be deleted. Adding further languages later is currently not supported

Please apply SAP note 2551213 - OP: /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMG program not working

Enter tCode SE38, run report /SMB/REMOVE_NOTINST_LANG_IMGYou can run in simulation mode if needed and then in update mode.


STEP13: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA1611_DEV3 to (2)  Z_MY_SOLUTION_DE Please (3) copy with installation data and (4) Exit
Define scope of your solution if needed by clicking on Change icon.Click OK. Click on Favorite to make this solution as your favorite

STEP14: enter tCode SCC4 and ensure below values - Logical System - blank (activation will populate), Currency - blank, Client role - Test.

STEP 15 (OPTIONAL): Best Practices content activation for any solution will populate the client currency as USD by default. In case you want to have a different client currency, you should change the currency before activation starts.You should not change client currency once the first solution in the client is activated. The procedure is as follows:
Enter tCode /N/SMB/BBI -> Building Block Builder, Menu Installation Data -> Central Data

select DSC - /SMB99/STD_CURR_DSC_J01 Click on Maintain and change field I_MWAER to EUR

STEP 16: Review List of Activation Errors as below. Depending on scope items you have selected, you may get less errors. This is the summary of errors described later The list is provided as a quick search. The timings are based on Cloud based Virtual Machine with 256GB RAM x 32 Cores.

STEP17: Enter tCode /n/SMB/BBI and go to Solution Builder. Select the Solution and click on Implementation Assistant and Click on button Activate.

After 2 minutes you will be prompted with screen below.
You can select Skip this screen if you don’t want this screen from popping up everytime.If a message pops up “To activate the project, the client settings need to be changed to eCATT and CATT allowed” this would come up if you didn’t follow the step 14 for SCC4, please choose Yes.
STEP 18 (OPTIONAL): TIP: How Much time is left to finish the activation ?
As the Best Practices content is activated, the scripts are running for few hours. Throughout the process you cannot access Implementation Assistant and even if you open it in another screen there is no way to tell how far you are in activation process. To see this information on how much time is left we will make use of spreadsheet, please download from link – “S4HANA_1610FPS2_BPContentActivationRemainingTime.XLSX”.

Please follow these simple steps. Enter tCode SECATT, Logs icon. Starter – Blank, enter Start Date, Max No of Hits – blank

The logs shown from SECATT will match the records shown in spreadsheet. Select the tab that applies USV3 or DEV3 and delete the other one.

Column A – There are 445 records for full activation of USV3 (427 for DEV3). In case this is the first activation then log numbers will start from 1 on row 446 and Column A numbers will match. Activation starts with first log entry is with Title = /SMB99/SU3_O009_B32. But in case this is second or third client activation, replace the number in cell A446 (shaded green) with starting number of this activation for TITLE=/SMB99/SU3_O009_B32 in SECATT log.

Column C – shows Duration of each activity and Column D shows the time remaining including time for current activity.

Column F – Cell F446 enter the time that you started the activation. The column F will be revised to show time that each activity will occur. This is good if you didn’t lose time with system waiting and also system processes at same speed as reference system. To get better estimate of times – refresh the SECATT log, find the current activity number and Title. From the logs you can find start time of current activity. Enter the start time of the current activity in cell F446 (shaded green) in time format  HH:MM (16:36). Spreadsheet column F will be revised. The advantage of this is you can find the time that next stop will be reached based on rows shaded in red.

Optional – What if the activity currently running is has long duration and is in progress ? Yes the duration of activities over 10 min are shown in blue. The No of test cases are indicated together with Title in brackets (). From the number of test cases completed so far you can calculate the remaining time for this activity.

STEP19: Activate Operating Concern

Building Block J52
Affected Activity /SMB15/KEA0_O042_J17
Activity Description Activate Operating Concern

No steps to be done here, just click on activate to continue as below:
STEP20: COMPLETION OF ACTIVATION In about 20 minutes at the end of activation you should get message “Solution ZEXP_BP_OP_ENTPR_S4H activated”. CONGRATULATIONS !!!!

Please revert the parameter for abap/heap_area_dia and adjust SAPGUI scripting as well as remove SAP_ALL authorization from functional users if granted separately.

You can help us improve the time estimate. Please send the downloaded log file to mahesh.sardesai@sap.com This file contains the only  the information about activation objects and timing. Steps are as below. Please state S4H release, Which languages like DE, EN and Which country like USA, Gremany, etc.
tCode SECATT, click on icon - Logs, change to activation user and dates as needed, Max No of Hits = blank. Export to local file, In the Clipboard, paste into notepad txt file and send the text file.

Please follow procedure as described in Admin Guide section 3.5 Executing manual rework activities. Also detailed steps in the guide in link.
Access tCode /n/SMB/BBI, select the solution you activated and set it to favorite. In the menu bar choose Solution -> Procedure -> Start a procedure. In the Execute a Solution Processing Procedure dialog box choose procedure Manual Rework Required and choose OK.
Recommendation is not to do Content Activation of best practices in QAS and PROD. You have to move the transports as below in graphic.

  1. SAP Best Practices client is set-up with specific client copy profile

  2. SAP Best Practices customizing after initial activation

  3. Manual extension of business configuration using IMG

  4. Additional client 000 customizing for customer adaptation (Note 2272406)

Special thanks to Hanuma Rupakala – Package Build Lead – USA for being available at short notice and for direction and support on various issues related to Best Practices content activation.

Mahesh Sardesai
Product Expert - S4HANA Regional Implementation Group