This documentation describes the main processes in the SAP Support Portal.
Customer numbers are assigned by SAP for companies (legal entities). An additional customer number is required, for example, if the site of a new installation differs from the address for your existing customer number. Contact your account manager to request an additional customer number.
The address details or name belonging to a customer number can only be changed by the contracts department responsible or relevant account manager and must match the official/legal status of the company. The address details for a customer number can be viewed in the Installation Data application.
If a customer number is to be deleted/discontinued because, for example, the subsidiary was closed, contact your SAP contracts department or your account manager. A customer number can only be discontinued if it is not assigned any installations, open contracts, open orders, or open invoices. S-users that were created under the customer number cannot be reassigned to another customer number and are inactive once the customer number is deleted. To prepare for deleting/discontinuing the customer number, you can delete the installations and systems in the Systems & Installations area. If a customer number is only to be removed from the corporate group function, refer to Removing Customer Numbers from the Corporate Group Function.
For value contract customers, SAP provides a corporate group function that allows multiple customer numbers of a corporate group to be grouped together. From a technical perspective, additional customer numbers for the corporate group are assigned to an existing parent company customer number.
This enables S-users with the relevant authorization to access all activated customer numbers and installations of the corporate group and execute all functions in the SAP Support Portal (for example, report incidents, request license keys, and perform central S-user management). An exception to this is the Software Download Center, in which you can access only the software that is licensed under your S-user ID's customer number.
The super administrator for the corporate group, who is named by the customer, is granted unrestricted access and can grant authorization to other S-users.
Note that the corporate group function is only intended for companies with multiple associated customer numbers; in other words, only parent companies and subsidiaries with a value contract. In contrast, the corporate group function is not intended for use by partners and their end customers (see KBA 2632518).
Note that the value contract number of all new customer numbers added by means of the corporate group function must be identical. If this is not the case, the account manager must be contacted so that they can approve activation in writing in the incident.
When the corporate group function is activated, the super administrator of the new corporate group receives the maximum authorization from SAP and can therefore access all installations of all customer numbers activated for this group. (This also applies to all installations that are added under an activated customer number following activation of the corporate group function.)
The super administrator of the corporate group is responsible for S-users and the administration of their rights. We recommend that you name at least one additional super administrator, so you always have one available (if someone is on holiday, for example). See also Determining Super Administrators.
Additional customer numbers can also be assigned later to a parent company customer number. For this purpose, the super administrator responsible reports an incident using component XX-SER-SAPSMP-COE.
If a customer number is to be removed from the corporate group function, for example, because the participation was sold but the company still exists, proceed as follows:
To request your very first installation, use the installation request form (PDF) which can be downloaded from the Installation Data page. Additional installations can be requested by means of self-service.
A new installation is needed, for example, when another SAP product is purchased that does not belong to the same product group as the products you have previously purchased. For example, if you have previously only used SAP ERP, another installation is required if you purchase SAP CRM. There are no limits to the number of production systems you can have under one installation. If you have any questions about the installation request or you need a test installation, contact your contracts department.
You can change the name of an installation on the Installation Management page. Select the customer number and choose the required installation number. Here, you can carry out the necessary changes.
To make further changes to the installation, for example, to the technical data (hardware, operating system, database), software recipient, or delivery address, contact your SAP contracts department directly.
It is not possible to reassign installations to another customer number. A new installation must be created under a different customer number, and the one that is no longer required should be deleted. To do this, contact your SAP contracts department.
An installation can only be deleted if all systems under this installation have been deleted (see Deleting Systems). Beforehand, all systems that you wish to keep should be moved to a different installation or the newly created one (see Assigning a System to a Different Installation). Both actions can be carried out as a self-service on the Installation Management page.
The S-user authorizations must be adapted by the (super) administrator so that the previously authorized S-users can still access the installation.
Installations can be deleted through the Installation Management application.
Before you can delete an installation, the following clean-up steps need to be executed in the correct order to avoid any data inconsistencies:
These clean-up activities must be executed before the appropriate installation is deleted. Otherwise, it will no longer be possible to process or confirm open incidents, to delete or reassign systems, or to update the authorization profiles of the affected users with the accurate values.
Once an installation has been deleted from the contract, the installation number is no longer displayed in the Installation Management application. If you delete an installation by mistake, this deletion can be reversed by your contracts department.
You can create a new system using the License Key application.
When a license key is requested, a new system is created that is visible in the support applications (for example, in the SAP Incident Wizard). For solutions that do not require license keys, systems can also be created without a license key.
SAP can also help to reassign systems under a different installation number if required. To do this, report an incident using the component XX-SER-SAPSMP-SYS.
Important: When reassigning systems under a different installation, note the following:
You can delete systems using the System Data application.
Important: When deleting systems, note the following:
You can delete SAP license keys using the License Key application. Call up the system in edit mode. Here, individual keys can be deleted from a system as long as other keys exist. If there is only one license key entry left within a system, it cannot be deleted and the delete icon is no longer displayed (see SAP Note 94998).
A maintenance certificate is required to import support packages. This applies to all SAP products. The maintenance certificate enables the software logistics tools to identify the exact scope of the maintenance agreement and prevents support packages from being downloaded by mistake and being distributed to the wrong systems. You can view and manually extend your maintenance certificates in the License Key application.
With SAP Solution Manager, maintenance certificates for all systems can be extended in an automated process.
In the SAP Software Download Center, you can access all SAP software that is licensed under the customer number of your S-user ID. Which software products an S-user can view depends on the software contract and the customer number the S-user was created under (not on the user's authorizations). Therefore, a software product can only be viewed under a customer number (for all S-users of the customer), if a valid contract was booked under the customer number.
The global download authorization 'Download software' only defines if an S-user is allowed to download software that has been licensed by the S-user's customer number. If the S-user does not have this authorization, he can view — but not download — the software. When software is accessed in the SAP Software Download Center, there are two different scenarios:
1. Customers with one customer number
In this scenario, licenses are always purchased using the customer number. In the SAP Software Download Center, you can access with your S-user ID all the SAP software that is licensed under your customer number.
2. Customers with a license agreement that contains multiple customer numbers (corporate group)
For corporate groups, licenses are usually purchased through a master agreement on the parent company's customer number. In the SAP Software Download Center you only have access to the software included in your master agreement with an S-user, if one of the following applies:
This applies regardless of whether the customer number of your S-user is linked to the parent company's customer number via the corporate functions or not. For more information, please consult your account manager or your contracts department.
For corporate groups, in addition to the global master agreement, individual local license agreements (e.g., test and demo contracts) may exist under a customer number different than the parent company's customer number, if only those S-users belonging to the customer number are to be allowed to download and use the software locally. In this case, only those S-users created for this customer can view — and with the relevant authorization — download the software. S-users created under the parent company's customer number (or another customer number) do not have access to the software included in the individual local license agreement, unless their parent company's customer number (or other customer numbers) include a technical installation that points to the licenses of the individual agreement.
If you are unable to view the products you are looking for in the SAP Software Download Center, despite your S-user having authorization to do so, the contractually agreed-upon license scope should be checked. Please check with your internal contracts or super administrator, under which customer number the software was licensed, and if the correct S-user was selected for the download.
An additional central tool for downloading SAP software is the Maintenance Planner in SAP Solution Manager.
As the customer, you give your account manager the name of a contact person in your company to act as the software recipient. The account manager forwards the information to the relevant SAP contracts department. Together with the contract, the contracts department sends a software download notification ("Download Letter") to the customer, containing the software recipient's S-user access data for the SAP Support Portal and SAP ONE Support Launchpad. The S-user is automatically allocated with the authorization 'Download Software'
By signing the contract and download letter, the customer confirms receipt of the access data and the electronic delivery of the software via the SAP Software Download Center. Once the contract has been posted and the licensed products released, they are visible in the SAP Software Download Center and can be downloaded with the authorized S-user created under the customer number of the contract. The download letter is issued when the contract is created, and it is delivered with the pre-signed contract, or, in the case of first purchases, it already forms part of the contract. For subsequent purchases relating to an existing contract for products that have already been licensed, a new download letter does not have to be issued.
If the download letter is not signed and returned with the contract (not part of the contract), the software is delivered on a data medium. In this case, contact the relevant contracts department and communicate the delivery address of the software recipient.
If you are supported by an SAP partner, this partner will order the software for you and provide SAP with the name of a contact person who is to receive the software. In this case, the contact person also receives a download letter containing S-user access data and the relevant authorizations for downloading software and must confirm receipt of this access data.
For a complete overview about the user, authorization and administrator concept at SAP please refer to support.sap.com/user-admin-concept.
For customers with an SAP on-premise product, a super administrator has all authorizations in the SAP Support Portal at the highest possible level, usually for all installations under the customer number or for the corporate group. Besides the installation-specific authorizations (such as Report an Incident), a super administrator receives all non-installation-specific (global) authorizations (such as Display all Incidents).
For customers who have licensed an SAP cloud product, cloud administrators receive all authorizations that are required to fulfill SAP cloud-related tasks.
Both super and cloud administrators can request additional S-user IDs. They can assign any of their authorizations to other users or delete such rights. The existing administrator concept is extremely flexible and allows customers to model different requirements and hierarchies. For instance, administrators can also create other administrators, such as "local" administrators, who are responsible for administration in certain areas or regions (see Managing Users).
Note that a cloud administrator's authorizations are usually specific to certain cloud installations. As a result, they can only assign authorizations that are related to these installations.
The first S-user of a customer number is automatically created as a super administrator (or cloud administrator for cloud-only customers) by SAP. When an installation is created by SAP, the SAP contracts department must enter the corresponding software recipient named on the customer's installation request form. This person receives a corresponding contact person role (software recipient) and is automatically informed of their S-user ID and password through a password letter. If this is the first installation for this customer number, it is generally also the first S-user for the customer who receives super (or cloud) administrator rights.
When first grouping together customer numbers using the corporate group function, you must nominate a super administrator, who receives maximum authorization from SAP and therefore gets access to all installations for the activated customer numbers. You request that authorization be assigned to the super administrator at the same time as requesting activation of the respective customer numbers from SAP by reporting an incident under component XX-SER-SAPSMP-COE (SAP Note 981170). For more information, see Adding Customer Numbers to a Parent Company Customer Number.
Your company's user administrators can manage your S-user IDs and their authorizations to a large extent themselves. They can request any number of S-user IDs and assign them the required authorizations. For new customers, SAP only creates initial S-user IDs for SAP software recipients of the customer (see Determining Administrators). Note that for security reasons SAP is not allowed to create additional S-user IDs for customers or assign authorizations to such S-users.
For more information, please refer to the documents About the User, Authorization and Administrator Concept and User Management Online Help.
To create new S-users for your company, the administrator enters the User Management page.
The fastest way for administrators to create a new S-user is to first request the S-user and then set up the authorizations.
Using the User Management application, administrators can change contact data as well as authorizations for the following S-users:
Authorization management deals with authorizations that are required to support customer installations. For this reason, most authorizations contain not only the S-user's right to perform a specific task (for example, report an incident), but also the level at which the user can exercise this right (for example, for a specific installation).
Administrators can grant the following authorizations:
Administrators can grant authorizations for the following values:
The easiest way to maintain authorizations is to use the 'Copy Authorization Profile' function to copy the authorizations of one S-user to another. In accordance with the authorization concept, only those authorizations that are assigned to the administrator are assigned.
If you want to assign several S-users the same authorizations at the same time, you can also use authorization packages or the mass change function for authorizations.
S-users cannot be reassigned from one customer number to another. Instead, the old S-user must be deleted and created again under the new customer number. This results in the user history being lost, that is, the individual overviews (including reported incidents, requested license keys, SSCR keys, and inbox entries), personalized settings, such as single sign-on, and important SAP Notes, must be reconfigured using the new S-user ID.
The super administrator or user administrator can delete users through the User Management application. They are then listed in the Deleted Users section of this application for twelve months and cannot be reactivated (see KBA 1811859).
S-users with special roles or functions (such as software recipient or technical contact person for the installation) cannot be deleted. This is only possible once SAP has transferred the role to somebody else. To do this, report an incident using component XX-SER-SAPSMP-USR and nominate a contact person who is to assume the role of the S-user to be deleted. It is, of course, also possible to request changes to contact person roles without deleting an S-user.
When an S-user is deleted, related objects are not affected:
Note: For your own security, regularly delete inactive S-user IDs and S-user IDs of people who have left the company so that you can avoid unauthorized access and keep your user data up to date.