SAP's support backbone is the central infrastructure located at SAP to provide technical support to our customers. The support backbone consists of several different systems for different purposes - for example, it provides the SAP Support Portal infrastructure, the Maintenance Planner, SAP EarlyWatch Alert Reports, and many more.
SAP's support backbone has been updated. After a transition period of 1.5 years to allow a safe transition for customers, the legacy infrastructure has been shut down on January 8, 2020. Customers who have not yet down so need to switch to the new infrastructure to establish continuous connectivity.
This impacts every ABAP-based SAP system which is connected to the support backbone.
Action required before July 31, 2020!
Support of RFC-based connectivity which was kept alive for a few essential functions (EWA, Note Download etc.) as a lifeline for customers running late in their switch to SAP's updated Support Backbone, will be phased out starting July 2020. In particular, the classic RFC destination SAPOSS will go completely offline.
Regarding Note Download, if your system is on release 700 to 731, you have time till Nov 30, 2020 to switch to HTTPS communication. You can either upgrade or use the Download Service option. Also refer to SAP Note 2923799.
If you still have systems connecting to SAP Support backbone using RFC channels, you must now migrate to SAP's new HTTPS-based Support Backbone infrastructure by following the instructions provided in our Support Backbone Guide and Checklists without further delay.
Are you facing issues in your system landscape which are related to the backbone update? Open an incident for component XX-SER-BB-UPD!
The guide (HTML or PDF) describes all necessary activities related to the backbone update. The checklists focus on what needs to be done for specific SAP Solution Manager support packages. If you are planning to update to SP08 or higher in the near future, the respective support backbone update checklists are part of the update process so that no extra action is required.
New document: How to validate connectivity for SAP Note Assistant, Download Service and for sending EarlyWatch Alerts (PDF)
Learn about important updates that are required for SAP Solution Manager, SAP Note Assistant and other SAP systems.
You need to switch the communication of SAP Solution Manager and Focused Run to the new infrastructure to ensure connectivity.
Please note that SAP always recommends to update to the latest available support package stack.
On the info page linked below, you will find detailed information about the impacted scenarios in SAP Solution Manager and the required steps to ensure the connectivity of SAP Solution Manager and Focused Run.
*SPS08 or higher required for partners
SAP Note Assistant (transaction SNOTE) needs to be enabled to handle digitally signed downloads. To achieve this, SAP Note Assistant needs to be updated in every system where it is used.
Remark: The download of SAP Notes with SNOTE is no longer possible if SNOTE is not updated to handle digitally signed SAP Notes.
To find out more about the required activities, please see the page linked below.
All ABAP-based SAP systems which have direct connectivity to SAP (i.e. sending EWA reports directly to SAP) need to be updated with the latest ST-PI AddOn. You can find the required ST-PI and ST-A/PI versions in the FAQ.
Systems which do not have direct connectivity to SAP (because, for example, EWA reports are sent through SAP Solution Manager) do not need to update ST-PI and ST-A/PI. Nevertheless, SAP generally recommends to keep ST-PI and ST-A/PI updated in the managed systems.
For the new connections, a dedicated user needs to be in place. Connections using generic users do not work anymore after January 8, 2020. For this purpose, customers need to ensure that all connections use a technical communication user in all systems which have connectivity to SAP (this includes all systems directly sending EWA data to SAP and all systems where SAP Note Assistant is being used on).
A technical communication user is an isolated user used for connectivity purposes only. No logon at any SAP portals is possible with this user. The password of a technical communication user does not expire. Technical communication users can be requested via this app.
You can find more information about technical communication users in the FAQ.