Apply OSS Notes On My SAP R/3 System
A D V E R T I S E M E N T
How to apply OSS notes to my R/3 system?
In order to fix one of the problem in R/3 system, SAP will asked you to
download an OSS notes which is a ".car" file.
To work with a CAR File do the following at OS Level:
Get into OS as <sapsid>adm
Copy the .CAR file to a Temporary Directory.
Uncompress the file with SAPCAR
Copy the the data file generated in the data transport directory
( ej: = /usr/Sap/trans/data).
Copy the the cofile file generated in the cofiles transport directory
( = ej: /usr/Sap/trans/cofiles).
Run transaction STMS
Upload the support package with SPAM transaction and the support package will
show "New support packages".
Examples of CAR command :-
1) UNIX only:
Log on as user <sapsid>adm.
CAR -xvf tmp/<ARCHIVE_NAME>.CAR -V
2) Windows NT only:
Log on as user <SAPSID>ADM.
CAR -xvf TMP\<ARCHIVE_NAME>.CAR
This Will create two(2) FILES
After you run SPAM you MUST run STMS and check the transport queues
As per 315963 note you can direct made the changes in the program or you can
apply the support pack.
a) If you want to apply correction then first you need to register the object
in SAP, so that you will get the Access key and then you can make the changes.
b) If you want to import the support pack then you need to down load from SAP
market-place. and this is in CAR file. and then you need extract the same using
ex: CAR -xvf abc.car
you can directly apply the patch from SAPGUI, login to 000 client and then
you can load the patch from Presentation server.
Also check what is your current basis patch level?
For example if you want to apply patch 07 and you
are having 05 then you need to apply 06 and then apply 07.
Things to take note of:-
It would definitely be better to apply the latest spam/saint spam manager, tp,
R3trans and possibly a new kernel patch.
This is not a simple task to complete on the fly. By applying SAP support
packs, you may run into problems with SPDD and SPAU adjustments. Also include
the fact that the support packages may break one of your transactions. You may
want to test this in your sandbox environment, if you have one, before tackling
In most situation when you apply support packages, it can takes about 3 weeks
to fully test the support packages before you can apply them to the production
Do test your "golden" transactions to make sure that they are not broken. If
you are not familiar with SPDD and/or SPAU adjustments than do not attempt to
load support packages.
You may be better off just to modify the SAP object in question via OSS note.
What is mean by OSS how to work on that?
OSS are online sap support notes. These notes are available online for
solving critical problems in sap system.We may use the already existing notes or
may add our own quaries.
In order to apply any OSS note, you have to be authorized by your company
and be assigned an OSS ID and password.
For any SAP standard program modification, you are required to login to OSS
and request for a repair program Access key.
Access the SAP Support Portal:
- Keys and Requests
-- Request license key
--- Follow the Steps 1 to 5 of the License keys for SAP Business Suite
Follow this step to obtain the Program Access key:
Menu Path: System -> Services -> SAP Service (Transaction code OSS1)
Login in with your OSS ID and Password
Click the Registration button
Click Register Object
Double click R/3 Value Contract
Fill in the Object Registration for Installation:
PGMID/Object/Name: R3TR FUGR MIGO
SAP release: 46C
Finished, click the Register button
Select the Key number and use the Copy and Paste short key to copy the Access
You are now able to modify the SAP standard program.
Finished the modification, do remember to transport it to the production
system after all the necessary testing.
Upgrading SAP Kernel, Hotpatches and Database Startup
Kernel upgrade is an easy process.
Go to the SAP OSS Site :-
SAP R/3 4.6C
SAP KERNEL 4.6D
Download the kernel programs in a temporary folder.
Create a folder and copy the executables /exe/run/ then uncar the downloaded
files and replace the executables.
It is recommended to shutdown the R/3 database and all services including
Then restart your system.
A couple of important points to remember are :-.
a) Always make a copy of the files you're going to replace. For e.g. Create a
directory (oldkern) and copy all the old files
before replacing them (this helps when sometimes the new Kernel has
problems, and you can revert it)
b) You have to shutdown SAP and the Database using the OLD kernel file. Again
it is good practice to shutdown everything
Refer to this OSS note which is pretty useful :-
102461 - Installation of 4.0B/40B_COM kernel with
How do I find out the current patch level in SAP R/3 4.7
You can use either of these two methods:
1: Follow the path
System --> Status --> Component Information (The Magnifying glass button in
the SAP System Data section)
2: Use the Transaction code ---- spam
spam(Support package manager) --> package level
Steps to Start Your Database After Kernel Upgrade
Do these steps to start your database:
1. Open command prompt
2. Give command: SQLPLUS "/as sysdba"
If its giving message connected to idle instance then proceed:
3. Give command: startup open
If its giving error that database is already open, shut it down first. Then
first check what database process is up and running.
4. Try stopping the database: shutdown immediate.
5. Follow step 3 again after shut down the database.
6. Exit from SQLPLUS
7. Run command on command prompt: R3trans -d
Check the results whether its still giving error or if it completed with 000
return code, then try starting SAP.
Follow the above steps.