Friday, 20 May 2016

Support Package & Stack Updates

What is a Support Package?

  • When an end user of SAP finds a bug in the SAP product, he reports the same to SAP support. SAP programmers inspect the bug and develop a correction for the bug. This correction is known as SNOTE (SAP Note).
  • With time, multiple end users, report bugs for which SAP releases SNOTE. SAP collects all these corrections in one place and this collection is called SUPPORT PACKAGE. This support package also includes enhancements to earlier versions of SAP.
  • In simple words collection of SAP NOTES is called as SUPPORT PACKAGE.
  • Support Packages are implemented in SAP system using Transaction SPAM (Support Package Manager)

What is Support Package Stack (SPS)?


The Support Package Stack is a list of ABAP and Java Support Packages for all software components (SC) included in SAP NetWeaver. It is used to bring each Software Component of SAP NetWeaver to a defined Support Pack (SP) level.

Support Package Stack , commonly known as STACK bundles all required components or individual patches that are already tested together and recommended applying as SPS instead of individual patch (until and unless you face some problem which requires certain components to be patched).

Go to http://service.sap.com/sp-stacks/, select your NW version to check the current SPS level and other details.
 

What are Support Pack Stack version numbers ?


Support Package Stacks have a release number, and a Stack number, Example, SAP NetWeaver '04 Support Package Stack 11.

Each software component has a separate sequence of Support Packages. The following list contains the technical names of a number of components and the notation for their Support Packages:
  • COP (Component Package):
  • SAP_APPL (SAP APPL Support Package): SAPKH<rel><no>
  • SAP_BASIS (Basis Support Package): SAPKB<rel><no>
  • SAP_ABA (Application Basis SP): SAPKA<rel><no>
  • SAP_HR (SAP HR Support Package): SAPKE<rel><no>
  • SAP_SCM (SCM Support Package): SAPKY<rel><no>
  • SAP_BW (BW Support Package): SAPKW<rel><no>
  • SAP_CRM (CRM Support Package): SAPKU<rel><no>

 Pre-requisites for Support Package implementation:

  • Support packages should be always applied in client 000.
  • The user to be used for the support package implementation must have authorizations equivalent to DDIC or SAP*
  • Call the transaction SPAM and see if any previous Support Package import is incomplete. You can proceed ahead unless the previous support package import is successful.
  • Ensure that there is enough space in the transport directory. The transport directory is located at /usr/sap/trans

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