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New Installation of S/4HANA 2020 FPS0 – Part 3 – Best Practices Content Activation

Written by Mahesh Sardesai
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This blog is created with joint team work between Hanuma Rupakula and Mahesh Sardesai.

WARNING: This blog provides guidance for activating S/4HANA 2020 FPS2 Best Practices when a client is setup as Best Practice client. If you set up a merged client as per Alternative 2 – Setting up a merged client (all client 000 reference settings), follow the activation guidance as per Note 2839315 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 1909 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client. (steps shown in this color)

NOTE: for Best practices activation purpose, In case you are using SapGui version 7.50, you need to uncheck “Accept Belize theme”. Once the Best practices activation is completed, you can activate the SAP Fiori visual theme back. This is shown later under SAP SAPGUI settings.

Please find other blogs as follows at SAP S/4HANA SQUARE ONE


PART3 –  BP Activation
PART4 – Fiori ActivationPART5 – DATA MIGRATION
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S/4HANA 1809fps2  fps1  fps0fps2  fps1  fps0fps2  fps1  fps0fps2  fps1  fps0
S/4HANA 1709
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S/4HANA 1610
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S/4HANA 1511fps2  fps1
UPGRADE  t2 – MPt3 – SIC
t4 – CCMt5 – SUM
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t5 – CCMt6 – SUM 
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S/4HANA 1610 FPS0linklinklink
S/4HANA 1909 FPS1link
S/4HANA 1709 FPS1linklink
OUTPUT MANAGEMENTlink link linklinklink
S/4HANA Certification Exams through SAP Certification Hublink

Here is the Video for this blog for SAP S/4HANA 1909 FPS0 (Not 2020 FPS0 but process is similar):

This blog includes installation of SAPS/4HANA 2020 FPS0 and will focus on creating Sandbox type instance with co-deployed (embedded Fiori gateway).

The step by step procedure for Best Practices Content Activation on SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS0 has only two base languages EN & DE and Country= USA. The BP Activation process runtime is 4 Hrs. Please refer Admin Guide.

Adding further language translations later is not supported once the solution is activated, therefore, identify and install all the required languages you may need in future (if possible). You can check the following blog post for information on how to import a large number of languages efficiently.

Since 1709 release, the Solution builder automatically identifies your installed languages and imports only those translations required while importing the installation data.

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 The status of system before starting this procedure is clearly defined before starting.

Tax calculation for US sales and purchases:
The US solution for SAP S/4HANA 2020 (BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA2020_USV7.XML) is delivered with internal tax calculation. It includes sample Jurisdiction codes and sample rates so that you can execute the best practices test scripts out of the box. For productive purposes, you must replace the sample jurisdiction codes and rates with the your own user defined jurisdiction codes and actual tax rates. If you prefer to use an external tax provider, you must configure the required settings

STEP 1: SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS0 is installed and SPAM checked as per previous blog Part 2 link above.

STEP 2: All Notes should be applied after complete installation of SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS0 as perSAP Note 2912253 – SAP S/4HANA 2020 Feature Package Stack 00: Additional Release Information. Apply all the SAP Notes mentioned in the above Note.

In addition please review SAP Note 2914417 – SAP S/4HANA – SAP S/4HANA 2020 FP-Stack 00 (10/2020) content activation note and Apply all the SAP Notes mentioned in the above Note 2914417.

TIP on Note 291147 VCH AFL installation: In this note it is mentioned that you have to download and install VCH AFL. This is S/4HANA release specific 2020 as well as database specific HANA 2  rel 52. Use the link to select your release 2020 and then download VCH202000_2052_0-80005463.SAR. After you download install and follow SAP Note 1650957 – SAP HANA Database: Starting the Script Server. Excute SQL statement with SYSTEMDB@HDB – ALTER DATABASE HDB ADD ‘scriptserver’ and then on tenant db HDB – GRANT AFL__SYS_AFL_VCH_2020_EXECUTE to SAPHANADB

also review note SAP Note 2914416 SAP S/4HANA 2020 collective note for content activation
and note SAP Note 2962939 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 2020 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client

STEP 3: Using SFW5, Enterprise Business Functions are activated as per list in Admin Guide – Required Enterprise Business Functions

STEP 4: Register client in table /FTI/T_NOCLN000 (for merged client do not register client in this table) so that Client Copy is done with tables defined in whitelist table /FTI/TWHITEL01.

If you want to perform client copy using new tCode SCCLN you must apply SAP Note 2858680 – Client maintenance for on premise. (USED SCCL AS SCCLN HAD ERRORS IN CLIENT COPY)

Then perform the client copy using profile  SAP_UCUSSAP_CUSTSAP_CUSV or SAP_UCSV as per the Admin Guide.

TIP: Use the new tCode SCCLN to perform Client copy which is 10 times faster and you can do it form Client 000 or any other client than the target client and don’t need user SAP*/pass to perform client copy. If you use the new Client copy procedure you have to define logical system for Client 000 like S4HCLNT000 also besides the logical system for client 100. Otherwise you will get error –  “Dedicated logical system is not defined”.

Please see the screenshot below:

Copied client to have no currency in tCode SCC4.

After Client copy is completed, for white listed client check using tCode SE16 that the table (1) T001, click on (2) Number of entries to check there are (3) zero entries as below. For Merged Client you should have records in this table.

STEP 5:You may like to add Solution Builder to your Favorites in SAP Menu.as this is the transaction you will use until the activation is complete. Also add transaction SECATT. You can remove them from favorites  after activation if not needed.

Review SAP Note 2914417 – SAP S/4HANA 2020 FP-Stack 00 (10/2020) content activation note

Upload zip file from URLs in the above note to server.

Add transport request to buffer ERBK058038 and ERBK058670 with steps below tCode STMS, Import Overview,
After the transport is in buffer, select the  transport and import, In the Options tab checkmark Ignore Invalid component version

STEP 6: Create users for content activation as per admin guide with details:

STEP 7:  Change SAP Profile parameters as below and restart SAP:
abap/heap_area_dia = 6442450944
sapgui/user_scripting = TRUE
rdisp/scheduler/prio_high/max_runtime = 300m                    <== NEW


  1. Start transaction SU01.
  2. On the User Maintenance: Initial Screen, enter the activation user name and choose Change.
  3. On the Maintain Users screen, choose the Parameters tab, and enter the following parameter ID and parameter values:
  4. Choose SaveNote – Do not delete any other existing parameters.
  5. Log off and log back in before you start the SAP Best Practices activation.

STEP 8: 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_S4HANA2020_USV7.XML from below
After import is complete log will be displayed. Click on icon Back

STEP 9: Defining the scope of your solution. (1) Copy Solution BP_OP_ENTPR_S4HANA2020_USV7 to (2)  Z_MY_SOLUTION_US
Please click OK to exit.

Click on Favorite to make the solution Z_MY_SOLUTION_US as your favorite.

STEP 10:If only you need to remove scope items, double Click (or click on Change Icon) on Z_MY_SOLUTION_US to unselect the scope items from the list.

TIP: Most probably you may not need this scope item, please deselect it and you will save lot of time for performing post activation steps – 3F7 – Joint Venture Accounting

Please refer to the below links to know the prereqs for activation and post activation steps for scope item 3F7.
Required Enterprise Business Functions
Prerequisite settings for activation (search for scope item 3F7 to find the added entry)
Carrying out post-activation configuration (search for scope item 3F7 to find the added entry)

STEP 11: Enter tCode /n/SMB/SCOPE, Click button (1) New Entries, (2)Customer Solution and (3) select the Country and Solution as below:

Choose Save.

Select the Solution on the right, and click on Scope Item/Source Solution on left side as shown below. Click on button Update Customer Solution Structure.

Select Background Job.

Enter tCode SM37 and wait until all /SMB/* jobs are complete as below (partial list):

Go to Solution Builder /SMB/BBI to find that the solution Z_MY_SOLUTION_US last icon shows with mouseover – “Fully Uploaded Central Data Unchecked“.

STEP 12: enter tCode SCC4 and ensure below values –Logical System – S4HCLNT100 (needed for EWM steps as per of Admin Guide AdminGuideS4HANAImpl_HELP_EN.pdf in link), Currency – blank, Client role – Test.

STEP 13(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/CD_MAINT

In the All Central Data Entities section, use (1) search to find (2) DSC in the table and double-click it, Click (3) Change and change the (4) ID field.
When activating several SAP Best Practices country solutions please follow the procedure provided in 1909 OP Admin guide.

STEP 14: Please do all the steps needed for Pre-activation settings for EWM scope items as per Admin Guide as per the admin guide in the link pages 64-76 as below. Please replace S4HCLNT100 with your <SID>CLNT<CLIENT> and S4HEWM100 with <SID>EWM<CLIENT>

TIP:The steps are rearranged for convenience so that you don’t have to go back and forth between IMG and tCode and IMG’s in same place are grouped together in one place and you can follow this order.

STEP15: Depending on scope items you have selected, you may get less errors than shown in steps below. The timings are based on Cloud based Virtual Machine with  256GB RAM x 32 Cores. In the SECATT transaction there are certain number of log entries which are sown against each stop.

REMINDER: If you are activating in merged client please perform the pre-requisite steps as provided in the note follow the activation guidance as per SAP Note 2962939 – Implementation of SAP S/4HANA SAP Best Practices 2020 (on premise) – Activation in a merged client (steps shown in this color)

STEP16: Enter tCode /n/SMB/BBI and go to Solution Builder. Select the Solution and click on Implementation Assistant and Click on button Activate.

After 3 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.

TIP: In case you would like to migrate data to the new system then please uncheck “With Demo Data“. You can use blog – New Installation of S/4HANA 1909 FPS0 – Part 5 – Direct Data Transfer using Migration Cockpit for rapid data migration using direct data transfer.

If a message pops up “To activate the project, the client settings need to be changed to eCATT and CATT allowed” please choose Yes. This would come up if you didn’t follow the earlier step in SCC4.


This is a warning to confirm that you have configured the Group Currency. From this point forward it is not possible to change it. (1) Close the dialog and (2) Click on Confirm Manual Step to continue activation.


You will get Notification Dialog as shown below:

No steps to be done here, just click on on OK to continue.


Click OK to continue


Click OK to continue


Click Yes to continue


Click on OK and then Choose Activate Again from application toolbar.


STEP17: COMPLETION OF ACTIVATION At the end of activation you should get message “Solution Z_MY_SOLUTION_US is 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.



This step should be done in DEV to create a solution for manual rework activities to general xml file for manual rework activities. This is simply a list of steps to be performed in Q just like a word document.

Please follow procedure as described in Admin Guide section 3.5 Executing manual rework activities.
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 2838358)
    (not needed for merged client)

In The QAS system, move transports to QAS first n above sequence.


Please note that as of release 1909, configuration guides will be deprecated in the SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA package.



As per the error message in the activation.


Administration Guide for Implementation

This blog has been created with joint team work between Hanuma Rupakula and Mahesh Sardesai.

Hanuma Rupakula
Delivery Manager (LOB Finance Content)
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Mahesh Sardesai
Product Expert – SAP S4HANA Solutions

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