SAP Basis – What not to do when you run SAP

The benefit of working for different SAP clients has give me a keen insight on how best to run SAP and what you should not be doing. Believe it or not, I've come across each of these conditions at companies that should have known better.

Don't do any of these:

1. Mix databases, hardware or operating systems
It is hard to believe but I've run into clients who have different hardware, databases, and operating systems all within the same system landscape! This makes is really hard to complete system copies and almost impossible to gauge upgrades.

SAP Basis Metadata - Documentation Generated For Each Client

When I start with each client, I like to collect as much 'meta' information as possible. To make my job easier and to leave each client with a solid deliverable, I collect each of the following items:

One of the biggest questions with an upgrade is to see if it can be completed over a cutover weekend. Are there enough resources available to complete the task within the needed time frame? Is there a way to tell beforehand or will additional resources need to be brought in?

SAP Basis Cheat Sheet

General Handy Items for SAP Basis Administration

Note that these are in no particular order

FM for the download basket in Solman:

SAP Support CIC Number
800 677 7271

Windows network commands:
netsh interface ip set address "Ethernet" static 1
netsh interface ip set dns "Ethernet" static
netsh interface ip add dns "Ethernet" 2

RSBDCOS0 (shh! use to run OS commands)