The Guided Procedures Runtime is the application provided by SAP within the Guided Procedures context area to execute the predefined set of steps and activities of a Guided Procedure instance in your SAP Solution Manager environment.
An instance of a guided procedure execution is the data set of the overall steps and activity results protocolled by the indication status to each activity of steps or sub-steps and corresponding result descriptions with at least time, date and executor (=user) data as log file entries to each activity run.
The execution of a guided procedure instance can be stopped at any time by closing the Guided Procedure Runtime window and can be continued by selecting the guided procedure again and choosing the already existing instance. If there are more than one already existing procedure instances the Guided Procedure Execution Logs application starts in a separate window and let you choose the instance you would like to continue to execute.
The status and the result of each guided procedure instance can also be reviewed with the Guided Procedures Executions Logs application.
The areas are:
The Guided Procedure Runtime user interface is divided into the following sections.
Guided Procedures Runtime application
In this section of a guided procedure instance you can:
Within the Guided Procedure Runtime application this section always displays helping descriptions to the active selected step of the procedure.
The help text can also be shown in a separate window by selecting the menu option ‘Open in a new window' of the icon ‘Option for menu tray' in the upper right corner of the Help Text section.
Help Text section
Hint: If you do not need the help text, you can hide it overall for all steps during your actual guided procedure instance run by clicking onto the ‘Collapse tray' icon in the upper right corner of the Help Text section.
To each step or sub-step of your guided procedure instance you see in this section all the activities assigned to the active selected step or sub-step.
An activity can be of the type ‘Mandatory' or ‘Optional'.
There can be automatic performed activities and manually to be performed activities. They are divided and grouped in the separate table views ‘Automatic Activities' and ‘Manual Activities'.
Automatic activities can be based on SAP defined or customer defined ABAP coding. SAP defined activities can be of the type Guided Procedure Plugins, which are delivered with SAP content ST-CONT200 and can be easily implemented and used for customer designed guided procedure in the Guided Procedure Authoring application. When in use, some specific plugins even showing in an own section before the activity section. For further details please review the Guided Procedure Plugins wiki page.
In the ‘Automatic Activities' table view area you have the following possibilities to work on the activities:
In the ‘Manual Activities' table view area you only have the button ‘Show all Logs' to display all logs of previous activity run.
In each activity table view the following columns do show you information to each activity:
To each activity execution at least one entry will be written in the Log file and will be shown in this section.
Log file entry section
You can set up individual Views of the log file entry table via the ‘Open Dialog Settings' icon in the upper right corner of the section.
The actual visible log entries can be exported into a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet with the ‘Export >'-button.
During an activity run the log file entry table might not be refreshed always. Clicking the Refresh-button will initiate a re-load of the actual and possible new entries of the log.
If you wish to Show not only the latest log file entries of the last activity run you can select the show mode ‘ALL', ‘Last 365 days', ‘Last 30 days', ‘Last 7 days', ‘Last 24 hours' or ‘Last Run'.
You have the possibility to a ‘Add Comment' (link is visible in the upper right corner of this section) to a selected log file entry. If you do so, the comment will be placed after the selected log file entry as a new log file entry and the comment icon in the Comment column of the activity in the activity section will be changed to make anyone aware that there is a comment to this activity in the log file.
With link ‘Archived Logs' (in the upper right corner of this section) you can review already archived logs or archive logs to reduce the database size.
In the ‘[Standard View]' of the Log File entry section every log entry can provide information in the following columns (Hint: Additional fields can be made visible via the ‘Open Dialog Settings' icon in the upper right corner of the section):