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Upgrade to SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3

Upgrade to SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3

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Posted by Thomas Hensel in SAP NetWeaver Portal on Jul 25, 2011 3:35:24 PM
Finally it’s there – 
more intuitive and powerful than ever before! SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3 marks our brand new go-to release and serves as thebasis for further upcoming product enhancements. After an exciting ramp-up phase, SAP NetWeaver 7.3 has been made generally available onMay 30, 2011. If you plan to start a portal project soon, you should read this blog about the lessons learned from the ramp-up to get valuable tipsand tricks.What are the key takeaways from the ramp-up?
Very smooth ramp-up with active participants and relatively small number of reported issues
Quality and stability of this mature and enterprise-ready portal release have been rated pretty positive by participants
Upgrade projects and in particular the migration of custom applications require special attention and preparation
Business Packages are available for release “Business Suite 7” and “Business Suite 7 Innovations 2010”
Enterprise Workspaces on top of Portal 7.3 planned to be available with Enterprise Workspaces 1.1 SP1
Let’s have a look at the variou
s topics in detail:
1. SAP’s smoothest portal ramp
-up ever!
 During the six month evaluation period, the back office team supported more than 50 active customer projects with product information, how-toguides and recommendations. In addition partners started to evaluate the product and made their add-on solutions available on the new release.All in all it was a very successful and smooth ramp-up phase with a lot of positive customer feedback on product quality and stability. The firstcustomers went already live and use their portal productively; many further projects will follow with scheduled go-live date in second half of 2011. Do you plan to follow them?
2. Preparing your Portal 7.3 project
 There have been huge improvements in the java platform and its tools. With SAP NetWeaver 7.3 we consolidated the former products SAPNetWeaver and Composition Environment into one unified major release. As a consequence customer can enjoy the best of both worlds and getmore flexibility with new usage types. Please prepare carefully before you start with the project
especially customers coming from Portal 7.0.The new architecture and available business scenarios are documented in the Master Guide and the central SAP notes 1407532, 1407472, 1531306.
3. Checking the Platform Availability
 In order to take full advantage of modern server platforms SAP NetWeaver 7.3 runs on 64 bit platforms only. Details about supported operatingsystem / database combinations are maintained in the central Platform Availability Matrix(http://service.sap.com/PAM). Please note that some outdated operating system releases have been removed from the list (e.g. Win 2003). On the client side SAP is supports newer browser versionssuch as Internet Explorer 9, Firefox 4.0 and Safari 4. Check the Browser Support for SAP section on SDN for further details.
4. Planning your portal landscape
Various ramp-up customers took already the chance to consolidate their system landscape based on the latest release. SAP offers yourecommendations for designing your landscape,too. You can find the latestportal landscape recommendations for building corporate, application or BI portals on SDN. In addition the enhanced the Application Integrator (AI) tool supports administrators with an better integration of remotecontent (New iView > from Remote Source) from e.g. ABAP or Java systems. Thus various scenarios can now be implemented without the needfor setting up a dedicated Federated Portal Network. Please checContent Sharing Between SAP NetWeaver Portals(presentation,note 1551944) and the blogSAP NetWeaver Portal
5. Installing your portal system
 SAP supports you with software logistic tools for managing your landscape: installation via SAPInst, upgrade via SAPJup (JavaUpgrade) andmaintenance of your software components via SUM (Software Update Manager). You can find an overview about the various tools on SAPService Marketplace(http://service.sap.com/alm-tools andhttp://service.sap.com/SLToolset)and SDN Upgrade and Update Management. Before you start with the project you should prepare your Solution Manager. The use of EHP1 for SAP Solution Manager7.0 (SP 23 or higher) is now mandatory for running your upgrade. You should verify and correct the landscape data with Landscape Verification 1.0 SP1 or higher forSAP Solution Manager. For more information and demo see Landscape Verification @ ALM on SDN. The Maintenance Optimizer creates the stack.xml file and downloads the required files. We recommend that you directly apply the latest Support Package Stack to automatically get thelatest improvements based on ramp-up feedback.Customers have two options: installing a clean, new system or upgrading their existing system to SAP NetWeaver 7.3. Both approaches haveadvantages and disadvantages in terms of implementation comfort, resulting system footprint and efforts for potential manual adjustments andconfigurations.
New installation
: During the ramp-up customers used this option to quickly build up a new system and gain the benefits of a clean freshinstallation. This allowes you to install the system with the leanest possible footprint. In addition you can get rid of old legacy content such as testapplications or workarounds (that would be kept during an upgrade). This pure installation procedures are pretty straight forward. For detailscheck the Installation Guides. 
: If you are planning an upgrade of your current portal landscape (incl. portal content and migration of custom applications) you shouldbe aware of the dependencies to other components such as Development Environment or backend release when using Business Packages. SAPoffers an Java switch upgrade via SAPJup. During the upgrade procedure various migration controllers also automatically transform standardportal content into the new structure (e.g. Portal Applications, Documents, Web Page Composer, etc.) SAP strongly recommends carefullyreading the Java upgrade guide and relevant SAP notes (1528990, 1530174, 1403832, 1390477).
Note on Support Packages
: In general there is no minimal Support Pack Level required in the source system. It's NOT recommended forupdates/upgrades to implement the latest SP Stack in the source release without proper alignment of your upgrade schedule based on equivalentSupport Package level matrix. You find details onhttp://service.sap.com/sp-stacks and SAP Note 1528990.
: During the upgrade you will also be requested to point to the 7.3 versions of add-ons such as Business Packages and EnterpriseWorkspaces. (SAP note 1532805)
Manual content transport
: Due to restrictions in the export mechanism of SAP NetWeaver 7.0, you cannot simply export, transport andimportant certain properties or configurations into a fresh new system. Thus we recommend running a thorough upgrade assessment with yourconsulting partner in order to make a profound decision.
Application Migration
: You propably need to adjust your custom applications as described in section 9.
6. What’s new in the Java server?
 SAP offers now a unified, highly scalable Java application server based on Java EE5 resulting in improved server performance and scalability.Check the recent article from SAP Insider for details. The portal benefits from these improvements and the latest standards offered by the platform such as EJB 3.0, JSP 2.1, SAML 1.1/2.0, JSR 168/286. Customers started to consolidate their landscape as various SAP NetWeavercomponents are now finally available on joint 7.3 code line including CE and BPM scenarios
enabling real business process portals.One of the major improvements is the consolidation of various administration tools (such as Visual Administrator and various portal supporttools) into SAP NetWeaver Administrator.The new system overview dashboard is a great tool to monitor your portal and start investigations if  needed (also possible via search or favorites). You can find more details about improvements in the release notes for AS Java Server.For landscape-wide central administration you keep on using of course your SAP Solution Manager.Our UI technology Web Dynpro Java has also been significantly enhanced since SAP NetWeaver 7.0. Those of you who work with CompositionEnvironment might already benefit from various improvements, if not please check therelease notes for Web Dynpro Java to learn more about a
more convenient development environment, various new UI controls, Flash Island, Drag&Drop support and lot’s of cool features
7. Specific highlights from the new portal capabilities
 With the latest SAP NetWeaver 7.3 release SAP offers a reliable and mature portal portfolio with various innovations and functionalenhancements for end users, administrators and developers. Check out the latest portal overview and roadmappresentation for details:
Web Page Composer (WPC)
: WPC is now an integral part of the portal
no separate add-on component any longer. The functionalenhancements were perceived as major improvements for managing and mashing up portal pages. SAP offers various Web ContentManagement for creating custom forms layouts or adding third party editor. A migration tool supports customers running WPC 7.0 already (seeSAP note 1371703).
Enhanced administration environment
: the streamlined administration environment eases various tasks via intuitive wizards and tools
 especially the improved AppIntegrator for easy integration of Business Suite content. Please note that the double click is no longer working. Transport capabilities via CTS+ and supportability have also been improved a lot. Various configuration and troubleshooting tasks have been
incorporated directly into SAP NetWeaver Administrator. And KM also provides new reports for monitoring what’s going on and c
leaning upyour system.
Ajax Framework
with the new “SAP Signature Design” and offers lot of services for increasing
the people productivity via use of navigation, favorites, powerful (quick) search and tabsets (i.e. grouping of navigation entry points). The portaloffers a flexible configuration tool for major AFP settings. SAP does not recommend adjusting the out-of-the-box AFP beyond these
configuration options. For pixel-perfect UI customizations SAP recommends to leverage the powerful set of APIs. Check the collaborativeAFPWikior further details, examples and how-to guides.
Wikis and Forums
: Finally SAP provides predefined roles for the wikis to enable smart collaborative writing in teams. There is no additional license required. You just need to download the add-
on solution “Portal Add
on SAP NW 7.3” from Service Marketplace and install it on your 
portal server. The forums are also part of the release and offer some new features such as rating. For further details see release notes for portal and collaboration.
Enterprise Workspaces 1.1
: The latest version of our personal productivity and collaboration solution for portal users offers an easy content
consumption and “shopping cart” app
roach. Starting with SP1 of  Enterprise Workspaces 1.1 customers can run this add-on solution on top of  Portal 7.3.
Powerful Web Services and APIs
: The portal provides a set of APIs and Web Services(JavaDocs,Developer Guide)to extend the product with your own custom solutions and enable interoperability scenarios.  In addition we recommend to review the entire SAP NetWeaver 7.3 release notes as they contain further enhancements from related areas such as Application Server Java, Development Tools, Business Process Management, Search, etc.The latest Support Package Stack 03 delivers further improvements based on ramp-up feedback. Upcoming SPS are listed in the Support PackageSchedule. 
8. Running Business Packages for SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3
 SAP provides Business Packages for the backend releases
Business Suite 7
(e.g. ECC 6.0 EhP4, SRM 7.0, etc.) and
Business Suite 7Innovations 2010
(e.g. ECC 6.0 EhP5; SRM 7.0 EhP1, etc.) on SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3. Customers running an older SAP ERP release (e.g.ECC 6.0 EhP3 or below) may manually integrate their ABAP transactions via AppIntegrator or need to upgrade their backend to the supportedrelease level. Especially Java-based business packages had to be adjusted to the new runtime environment (Java EE5) of the portal server.If you are running an upgrade from SAP NetWeaver 7.0 Portal with installed Business Packages, the upgrade tool will ask you for the successorversions. In Solution Manager you can then choose the relevant Packages. As an alternative you may keep the Business Packages on the separatePortal 7.0 and integrate the remote content into the central Portal 7.3.Furter information is maintained in the following notes and source:
SAP Note 1468349 "SAP Business Suite 7 for SAP NetWeaver 7.3 hub systems"
SAP Note 1615463 "SAP Business Suite 7i 2010 für SAP NetWeaver 7.3 Hub-Systeme"
SAP Note 1532805 "Add-On Compatibility of SAP NetWeaver 7.3".
9. Migrating your custom applications
 Due to the new Java basis you probably need to adjust your custom applications. SAP Help contains a comprehensive documentation formigrating your Java, Portal and Web Dynpro applications.Read also the in-depth SDN article on"Migrating Web Dynpro Application Projects from SAP NetWeaver 7.0 to Higher Version" and the guideHow To Migrate Custom Portal Applications to SAP NetWeaver 7.3.  Please note that portal applications have a slightly different directory structure now. They include additional files and are packaged in WARformat, which are ZIP files with a .war extension. WAR (Web Application Archive) is the standard format for packaging web components forJava EE servers. The portal provides a migration tool for converting PARs into such WARs. In addition we streamlined the existing portal APIs, released few new services and cleaned up deprecated APIs. Thus we recommend to check thelatest available JavaDocs and notes for portal (note 1503649) or KM (note 1372388).
10. The most important notes and links you should know
 The following section contains the main links and notes you should learn by heart:
Product Availability Matrix (PAM): http://service.sap.com/pam -> Search for "SAP NetWeaver 7.3"
Developer Guide The following notes are available on http://service.sap.com/notes 
Installation and Upgrade
1407532 - Release Restrictions for SAP NetWeaver 7.3
1407472 - Release Restrictions for SAP NetWeaver 7.3 - Portal
1531306 - Central Note for NetWeaver 7.30 EP / EPC
1528990 - SP Equivalence for update/upgrade to SAP NW 7.30

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