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This blog provides highlights of the enhancements in Maintenance Planner.


Q2 2017 Release Highlights

Access Maintenance Planner From SAP One Support Launchpad
You can now access Maintenance Planner direct from SAP One Support Launchpad.

View Software Component Version
You can now view software component version details for selected Product Version - Support Pack Stack. For more information refer User Guide.

Uninstall ABAP Add-ons During System Update

Uninstall ABAP add-ons during system update. For more information, see How to Unistall ABAP Add-Ons During System Update.

Q1 2017 Release Highlights

Applying Java Patches Without System Updates
Maintenance Planner supports download of Java patches for individual components, without any system update/upgrade. For more information refer User Guide.

View Release Information Notes
You can now view and open release information Notes for Product Version - Support Pack Stack, from Maintenance Planner directly. Release information Notes are displayed for source as well target Product Versions - Support Pack Stack.

Check SAP Security Notes
While planning any changes in Maintenance Planner you can check and download list of relevant SAP Security Notes.

Integrated Utilities in Maintenance Planner
Maintenance Planner offers various utilities integrated into a single tool. We now offer a new feature to export list of all downloads.

Maintenance Planner in SAP Help Portal Access all information about Maintenance Planner through SAP Help Portal

Q4 2016 Release Highlights

Generation of Side Effects Report
Maintenance Planner supports generation of side-effects report, using this feature side-effects report can be generated in Maintenance Planner directly.
For more information refer link and Maintenance Planner User Guide.

Planning an SAP BW/4HANA System with Maintenance Planner
Maintenance Planner now supports planning of SAP BW/4HANA systems. Maintenance Planner allows you to plan installation of a new SAP BW/4HANA system or a conversion of an existing SAP NetWeaver system to SAP BW/4HANA system.

Generate STACK XML Copy
You can copy a stack XML generated for a particular system to another system to generate a stack XML for the same target.
For more information refer Maintenance Planner User Guide.

Q3 2016 Release Highlights

Add-Ons Not Supported during SAP S/4HANA Conversion
During SAP S/4HANA conversions from SAP ERP systems, there can be scenarios wherein some of the add-ons are not supported and the conversion planning process cannot continue. Maintenance Planner does the following prechecks:
• Checks for any add-ons that are not supported in the target system
• Checks if the add-ons that are not supported can be uninstalled.
o If the unsupported add-ons can be uninstalled, the system prompts the end user to continue with the conversion planning process. It also prompts the end user that these add-ons will be uninstalled by the Software Update Manager.
o If the unsupported add-ons cannot be uninstalled, the end user cannot continue with the conversion planning process.
o The add-on uninstallation is supported from SUM support package 17 onwards.
During the conversion planning prechecks, the Maintenance Planner provides a list of add-ons product versions that can be uninstalled and that cannot be uninstalled to the end user.

Q2 2016 Release Highlights

Up-to-Date Installation of Java Systems
Maintenance Planner offers simplified procedure for planning installation of Java systems.The new installation process aims at simplifying the installation process for a new system on a chosen target software level. Process is significantly simplified by eliminating the steps of system registration and a separate system update planning during installation.
With Maintenance Planner, you can now generate a consolidated stack configuration file which allows you to install and later update your system at the chosen SPS level. Maintenance Planner allows you to select target software level and push archives to the download basket in a single step. For more information refer blog.

Planning an SAP S/4HANA System with Maintenance Planner
Maintenance Planner now offers comprehensive procedure for planning SAP S/4HANA systems. The guided procedure provided in the Maintenance Planner allows you to plan an installation of a new SAP S/4HANA system or a conversion of an existing SAP ERP system to SAP S/4HANA system.
Planning including the pre-checks executed in Maintenance Planner are mandatory for conversion to SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511. Maintenance Planner checks for installed software components, activated business functions and add-ons. Maintenance Planner prevents the conversion in case incompatibility is detected e.g. unsupported add-ons are discovered. For more information refer Maintenance Planner User Guide.

Watch this space for more updates.