SAP NetWeaver Newbie

Performance Assistant Notes and KBAs Search - PANKS

PANKS is a tool that searches for SAP Notes and KBAs from the performance assistant based on the ABAP error code and context.

search notes and kbs from performance assistance

When you click on Search for SAP-Notes / KBAs icon, the system searches for SAP Notes and KBAs based on the following passed information:
  • Transaction (except SE38, SA38, and SE80)
  • Program(s)
  • Message class and message number

PANKS - Performance Assistant Note and KBAS Search

Check SAP note  2020356 for pre-requisites, restrictions and dependencies.

This tool is different from Automated Note Search Tool (ANST).

Three solutions from SAP Analytics portfolio

OpenSAP has announced some new courses on SAP BusinessObjects Cloud and SAP Digital Boardroom powered by SAP BusinessObjects Cloud.

SAP Analytics - BusinessObjects

While I am yet to learn about SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise, prospects of learning these new solutions created some confusion. So I took it upon myself to find out what these products are all about.

SAP has been branding its products on analytics around BusinessObjects. BO has been a known brand name in analytics, so why rename and spoil that brand. Naturally BO is the name to go after.

The on-premise solutions for analytics are delivered as SAP BusinessObjects Enterprise. This product is available in three variants: Premium, Professional and Standard; in the decreasing order of functionalities delivered.

Given the push for software-as-a-service or on-cloud products, SAP has introduced a cloud variant of BOE. They call it SAP BusinessObjects Cloud. They originally called it  SAP Cloud for Analytics, but stuck to the naming theme of the brand BO.

SAP Digital Boardroom (powered by SAP BusinessObjects Cloud) extends SAP BusinessObjects Cloud with support for live-meetings and collabaration aspects. This is meant for use by executive management team and board of directors of a company.

I suppose the openSAP courses will shed more light on these new products and hopefully I can leverage the basic knowledge from BOE to understand what they are.

Reorganising database reduces IO load by a huge factor

Today I learned that an IO bottleneck in Oracle can be reduced significantly if the database is reorganized.

Reorganizing the DB reduces IO by a huge factor

We had a problem with a badly designed database file layout.

SAP application, Oracle data files and the redo logs were all configured to be stored on a single disk.

A higher than normal load on SAP system caused the entire system to crawl. Quickly checking a few transactions, which included ST06, showed that the response time of disks was very high, more than 500 ms.

Before planning to redistribute the data files and redo logs away to a new disk, someone wanted to try a DB reorganization. When you reorganize the database, the fragmentation of data is reduced. So a read requires fewer blocks to be read and thus reduces the load on the disk.

After the DB was reorged, problem was gone!

Microsoft Windows and SQL Server Versions

Unless you are good with remembering numbers, you can't just look at the version number information of MS Windows or MS SQL Server and tell what the release, SP levels etc are.

To quickly establish a correlation, you can use these two resources:

Operating System Version (Windows)
Microsoft SQL Server Version List

For a quick reference, I have copied the latest information here:

Operating systemVersion number
Windows 1010.0*
Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview10.0*
Windows 8.16.3*
Windows Server 2012 R26.3*
Windows 86.2
Windows Server 20126.2
Windows 76.1
Windows Server 2008 R26.1
Windows Server 20086
Windows Vista6
Windows Server 2003 R25.2
Windows Server 20035.2
Windows XP 64-Bit Edition5.2
Windows XP5.1
Windows 20005

* For applications that have been manifested for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10. Applications not manifested for Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 will return the Windows 8 OS version value (6.2).

↓ SQL Server 2016
     codename ?
↓ SQL Server 2014
     codename Hekaton SQL14
or 12.1.4100.1
↓ SQL Server 2012
     codename Denali
or 11.1.3000.0
or 11.2.5058.0
or 11.3.6020.0
↓ SQL Server 2008 R2
     codename Kilimanjaro
or 10.51.2500.0
or 10.52.4000.0
or 10.53.6000.34
↓ SQL Server 2008
     codename Katmai
or 10.1.2531.0
or 10.2.4000.0
or 10.3.5500.0
or 10.4.6000.29
↓ SQL Server 2005
     codename Yukon
↓ SQL Server 2000
     codename Shiloh
↓ SQL Server 7.0
     codename Sphinx

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