Procedures for Managing Your System


To maintain a high level of availability for your SAP system, you must have formalized procedures in place covering the full range of operational issues. The more complex the system, the more important this becomes. Without such procedures, the management of your data center becomes very difficult to coordinate, resulting in more chance of errors and therefore reduced system availability.

It is not the aim of this documentation to advise you exactly how to define management procedures at your site, because this depends on the particular aspects of your setup.

Process Flow


       1.      You establish service level agreements between the departments responsible for the system so that the required availability is guaranteed.

       2.      You define procedures to follow in the event of failure, including escalation management, and make sure that key technical staff approve the plans and know how to implement them.

       3.      You test your procedures at regular intervals.

Pay special attention to complex procedures for managing failures, for example, with switchover software. If your system is growing rapidly, adapt test procedures that are sensitive to complexity and volume, for example, database recovery.

       4.      You consider setting up a dedicated test environment.

The test environment should match the live environment as closely as possible. In the test environment, you can simulate failures that you have identified as likely or that have critical effects on the system.

       5.      You document essential aspects of the system and establish procedures for updating the documentation. Be sure to also log failures and problems so that mistakes are not repeated.

       6.      You define adequate procedures for the following system areas:

Procedures for Managing Your System

System Area

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SAP NetWeaver Application Server

SAP NetWeaver Application Server: High Availability

SAP NetWeaver Application Server Java: High Availability

SAP NetWeaver Application Server ABAP: High Availability

Change management

System upgrade (SAP)

Upgrade (AS-ABAP)

System failure (SAP)

System Failure (SAP NetWeaver AS)

Switchover Software for High Availability

System Failure (AS Java)

Archiving (SAP)

Data Archiving (AS-ABAP)

Cluster administration

Cluster Technology

System monitoring and tuning


Computing Center Management System (CCMS)

SAP Solution Manager

Database administration (backup, upgrades, monitoring/tuning)

Database High Availability

SAPDBA: Informix

Database Manager: MaxDB

DB2CC Tools for DB2 UDB

SQL Server Enterprise Manager

Database failure

Switchover Software for High Availability

Replicated Database Servers

Replicated Databases

Disaster Recovery

Database - SAP connection failure

DB Reconnect (AS-ABAP)

Disaster recovery

Disaster Recovery


Network High Availability

Fault reporting with follow-up


Switchover Software for High Availability

System load assessment for mission-critical applications