Most SAP Consultants agree that SAP maintenance can be extremely time-consuming. From upgrading the SAP Kernel, performing Database patching and OS patching, this all requires a great deal of manual effort (and time!).

Not only are you manually performing these tasks, but you have to stop SAP systems, perform necessary upgrades, restart the system, and then validate the system. It is especially challenging when working with large scale setups that require minimal downtime. And on top of all of this, larger systems require multiple consultants to be available at odd hours so that maintenance can be performed without interruption.

So, how can you automate SAP maintenance?

At KochaSoft, we have built a process to automate regular maintenance activities. This process uses SUSE Manager Scheduling and inhouse built shell scripts to automate these tasks.

SUSE Manager is a tool that manages Linux systems across a varied range of hardware architectures. We use SUSE Manager primarily for the central deployment of OS patches in a controlled manner across a large number of Linux servers. Another advantage of using this tool is that after patching, SUSE Manager remotely performs the necessary reboot of the Linux servers.

We extended the Action Chain functionality of SUSE Manager to schedule pre and post tasks required for SAP applications and the actual maintenance itself. Our in-house developed shell scripts with built-in validation can automate pre or post tasks, as well as regular maintenance activities such as kernel patching.

With the help of SUSE Action Chain and our in-house scripts, the entire process can be scheduled for automatic maintenance. Now, what once was a stressful and manual process to upgrade or maintain SAP systems can now be completed in a much shorter amount of time.

With reduced effort and manual work, the advantages are clear. Thanks to automation, the display, and analysis of all related SAP logs are stored in a single location.

We hope you find this article useful and if you would like to learn more about our Automated SAP Maintenance, feel free to get in touch with one of our SAP experts today!