SAP: Digitally Signed SAP Note Support

As per SAP Blog, Jan 2020 onward download & upload process of SAP note from SNOTE transaction will stop until unless SNOTE is enabled in ABAP systems to with Digitally signed SAP Notes.

This is the secure method to download the SAP notes & all SAP note will get download only as SAR files.

Below are the SAP note which is helpful for Configuring the same.

Enable Note Assistant (SNOTE) for downloading and uploading digitally signed SAP Notes,
please implement SAP Notes 2408073, 2546220 and 2508268.

2576306 – Transport-Based Correction Instruction (TCI), it contains the SAP Notes 2408073, 2546220 and 2508268. If the SNOTE in your ABAP system is already enabled for TCI, It is recommended to implement only TCI SAP Note 2576306 instead of applying the above individual SAP Notes.

You can download the instructions from Support Portal with Subject – SAP Note Transport-Based Correction Instructions.

SAP: What is SAPCPE & Usage of SAPCPE

SAPCPE is an program which exists in your Kernel folder. it helps to copy kernel binaries from one location to another exe location.

Whenever we run the “STARTSAP” command, SAPCPE copy or verify the kernel binaries from “CDEXE” location to Instance/exe. it depends whether how much instances you have including ASCS/SCS, ERS & Gateway.

When we perform Kernel Upgrade activity we update the kernel patch level on “CDEXE” location & rest other location are having the old version of kernel. if we want to update the kernel patch level in Instance EXE before starting the system then we can perform the same via SAPCPE manually.

For doing this, we need to find the respective instance profile & run the below command.

Example –

sapcpe pf=/usr/sap//SYS/profile/Instance_Profile

Once you trigger the above command it copies the required binaries from CDEXE location to respective profile instance directory/exe & update the kernel.

How it Works Internally

There are some LST files exists in the kernel directory(CDEXE) where it read the LST file to copy the same. we have separate LST file for Instance, ERS, ASCS/SCS & Gateways. These LST files are mentioned in the respective profiles.

For Example –

sapcpe pf=/usr/sap//SYS/profile/Instance_Profile

When you run the above command SAPCPE read the Instance_Profile & find out the LST file mentioned in profile & based on this LST file, it transfer the respective binaries only from CDEXE to Instance Directory/exe.

The same procedure also happen when you trigger the STARTSAP.

I hope this clarifies the SAPCPE usage.