Build a New System Shell Quickly




System Builder
part of the Data Sync Manager Suite


Whether it's a new sandbox or training system you're after, or whether you're looking to realign the non-production repositories with production, building that new system usually implies lots of time and effort, not to mention extra disk space and careful transport management. Meet System Builder: our solution is to build a new non-production system, with a repository exactly the same as that of production, but without the production client.

A clean new system shellA clean new system shell

System Builder, part of our Data Sync Manager product suite, provides a standard, extendable solution for making a complete copy of all repository objects and client-independent data in production. The extract can be created quickly and has a small footprint.

Use this export to create a new non-production system 'shell', with client 000 (contains the basic client-dependent customization supplied by SAP for new clients), client 066 (used by SAP for support) and optionally client 001 (customization copy of client 000). The SAP Software Provisioner Manager (SWPM) installs the new system from the export The new shell will be in sync with production and is the perfect target system for a Client Sync . You can then use Object Sync to add only the specific data relevant to your purpose (such as training or testing). The result is a system with the same repository, a smaller footprint and up-to-date data.

System Builder benefits

  • Create a new SAP system shell using a fraction of the disk space of a complete copy.
  • Export the complete repository of your system in minimal time, using parallel processing and table-splitting techniques to improve performance, if necessary.
  • Include Client 000 and 066 and optionally Client 001 – this means that the system shell is ready for use.
  • The repository objects and client-independent configuration of the new system are in sync with production.
  • Add up-to-date data with Client Sync or Object Sync.
  • You can test or train on the program versions used in Production.

Frequently Asked Questions

I usually do a fully system copy and then delete the client when we need a new system. How can system builder improve this process?

For some customers this is a valid alternative to System Builder, but once the system is above 500GB the deletion can take a long time. Also, the disk space has to be paid for in the first place and cannot be returned until the deletion is complete. The process of renaming the database afterwards is also not trivial. With System Builder you copy less data, so it is quicker and more secure, and uses minimal disk space. It is a simple process – you will never look back

I need to create an empty copy of my Production system in a short amount of time, can you help?
Yes! That is exactly why you need System Builder. With System Builder you can quickly create a system shell without your Production data – no need to do a full installation. You don't need to spend hours loading all the support packs and transports and risk missing something
How much disk space do I need to create a new system shell with System Builder?
You need a similar amount of space to what you would need for a standard vanilla SAP installation of just the repository and client-independent data. With System Builder you don't copy the client-dependent data, so the new system shell is much smaller than the original system.
When using System Builder, do we need downtime on source (PRD) system?
No, you don't need any downtime, since only client-independent data will be copied.

DSM for IS-U

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DSM For Oil & Gas

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DSM for Public Sector

EPI-USE Labs works with a great number of public sector organizations, and has specific capability to handle test data management needs for organizations in this sector. Object Sync seamlessly manages multiple employment contracts, and Grants Management and Funds Management have dedicated objects for copying test data on demand for those complex testing situations.

DSM for Bank Analyser

Organizations leveraging the Bank Analyzer solution from SAP can now carry out lean system refreshes with Client Sync on the Bank Analyzer system whenever the backend system is being refreshed. The post-processing in Client Sync automates around two days of manual effort normally required after a system copy for Bank Analyzer test systems.

DSM for Insurance

DSM contains specific objects and functionality for the Insurance industry, including the ability to copy FSCD data on-demand for a specific Business Partner or Contract Account. ICM and Claims Management data is also covered.

DSM for Retail

For over ten years, DSM has catered for the demanding needs of the Retail sector for test data on demand and lean testing client provisioning. Complex document flows are supported out of the box, with the ability to extend for non-standard configuration. Challenging data to recreate for testing can easily be replicated, including site data, article hierarchies, listings and assortment modules.