Housekeeping in SAP Focused Run

Housekeeping in SAP Focused Run is needed for 3 reasons:

  1. Keep performance high
  2. Reduce data footprint on the database
  3. Stay within the licensed volume (see more on licenses of SAP Focused Run in this blog)

Questions that will be answered in this blog are:

  • Which housekeeping settings can I make in SAP Focused Run?

Housekeeping for alert and event management

For alert and event management housekeeping program AEM_HOUSEKEEPING should be running in batch:

Housekeeping for system analysis and root cause analysis

For system analysis housekeeping schedule program SRAF_LOG_HOUSEKEEPING and WEA_AGG_STORE_PARTITIONING. For root cause analysis schedule program RCA_HOUSEKEEPING.

Detailed settings for RCA housekeeping are done in table RCA_HKCONFIG. You can maintain this table with SM30:

Housekeeping for application integration monitoring

For application integration monitoring housekeeping schedule program /IMA/HOUSEKEEPING for older releases and /IMA/HOUSEKEEPING_NEW for FRUN 3.0 FP01 onwards.

In the tile for integration monitoring you maintain the detailed settings and retention periods:

Press the change button to alter the data retention periods towards your need:

Housekeeping for EWA data

For EWA data housekeeping schedule program FRUN_DELETE_SERVICE_DATA:

Important year: default 1 year of EWA data is kept. If you need more, increase the days kept. If you want to clean up more, you can reduce the days.

Housekeeping for health monitoring

For health monitoring housekeeping, schedule program OCM_HOUSEKEEPING.

Housekeeping for statistical records

For housekeeping of statistical records, schedule program AI_STATRAGG_HOUSEKEEPING:

Housekeeping for work mode management

For housekeeping of work mode management, schedule program WMM_HOUSEKEEPING:

Housekeeping for security and configuration validation

In the Configuration and configuration analytics Administration tile, choose the configuration icon:

Here you can set the retention period.

Invalid entries in MAI_UDM_PATHS

If table MAI_UDM_PATHS is getting large, follow the instructions from OSS note 3030652 – Cleanup invalid entries from database table mai_udm_paths to clean up.

ABAP Short Dumps Trend Analysis in SAP Focused Run

We can use SAP Focused Run OCC Dashboards to build a ABAP Dump Trend Analysis dashboard.

Using OCC Dashboard we can use the data provider for System Monitoring to pull the data of Short Dumps per day metric in to a trend chart.

For accessing the OCC Dashboards app click on the OCC Dashboards App in the Advanced Analytics & Intelligence section of the Focused Run launchpad.

In the OCC Dashboard app you can create a new dashboard page by clicking on Add Custom Page in the navigation panel.

By default your new page will be named as custom_page, you can rename your page by clicking on Rename in the settings section and then providing a new name.

In the View Management section of the settings area you can modify the grid layout. By default you have 2 columns in 1 row. In this example we will change to 1 X 1 to keep just the ABAP Dump Trend Analysis dashboard. (Note: we can add a dashboard to each grid in the layout).

Now for adding the dashboard to the pane we just created, we click on the settings button for that pane.

Then in settings area, under View Personalization –> Render we select the graph type. In this case we want to perform a trend chart so we select Line Chart.

Now we need to create a query for the chart that would provide the data for our graph. For this in the Query section we click on the + sign to add a query.

Now in the Query Section, for the newly added row you provide a name under Legend and then click on the change button to start editing the query.

In the Query Editor screen select the data provider System Monitoring.

Now we navigate to the Scope Selection tab to select the managed systems for which the dashboard should display data. In this example we selected System Type as Application Server ABAP and IT Admin role as Production to select all ABAP production systems.

Now in the Default tab , under Extended SID select any ABAP system and then under Metrics tab select the metric Number of Short Dumps (Today). Click on Apply button to activate the selection.

Now you can see the ABAP Dumps trend lines for the selected scope of managed systems in the graph.

Note: By default a graph for System Monitoring data provider will select Auto resolution of data which will show the data for today with hourly frequency.

You can change the resolution in the Time Range Section in the Settings area. For example here we set Period for last 30 days as “l30d” and Granularity for every day or daily as “d”.

Note: OCC Dashboard graphs will always average out the data as per the granularity set for the graph w.r.t actual collection frequency of the selected metric. For instance if the metric Number of Short dumps (Today) has a hourly frequency and we show the daily data in the graph, then the value shown in the graph will be average of all hourly data collected by the metric for that day, which will of course be different from the actual final daily count. Hence to ensure data shown on graph is accurate, ensure that the Number of Short Dumps (Today) metric has a daily frequency. Then the granularity of the graph and the metric data collection frequency being exactly same, both will have the exact same and accurate data.

To know more abut OCC Dashboards and all possibilities with it you can refer to SAP Documentation here.

Security and configuration validation to check if HTTP port is active

Security & configuration validation can be used to check if on any ABAP stack the HTTP port is activated. Depending on your security concept this might be forbidden. Checking across all systems is a cumbersome job. Here the security and configuration check function of SAP Focused Run can help.

Setting up security and configuration validation rule to check if HTTP port is active

Go to the security and configuration validation policy tile:

Create a new policy with the following syntax:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<targetsystem xmlns:xsi="" desc="Checks whether only HTTPS is active in SMICM" id="SMICM_HTTPSONLY" multisql="Yes" version="0000" xsi:schemaLocation="csa_policy.xsd">
  <configstore name="ABAP_INSTANCE_PAHI">
    <checkitem desc="item description" id="">
      <compliant>NAME like 'icm/server_port_%' and NOT (VALUE like '%HTTP,%' ) </compliant>
      <noncompliant>NAME like 'icm/server_port_%' and VALUE like '%HTTP,%' </noncompliant>

Basically the rule says: no http found is ok and any http found is not ok.

Running the check

Run the check will give you all systems in red where HTTP is active and green if only HTTPs is active, or nothing is active:

Monitoring Specific ABAP Dumps in System Monitoring of ABAP System

In System Monitoring of ABAP systems in Focused Run, with the standard monitoring template, we can monitor the frequency of ABAP dumps.

For monitoring if there are dumps of a specific type we have to create a custom metric. In this blog we explain how.

For creating a custom metric in the monitoring template, open the Template Maintenance App in the Advanced System Management area of Focused Run Launch-pad.

Note: You can’t add a custom metric to a SAP delivered standard template. For that you will have to copy the standard template to your own custom template.

Open your custom ABAP instance level template in edit mode.

Switch to expert mode for template maintenance.

Click on Create –> Metric to create a custom metric.

Provide a Name, a Technical Name and metric type in the Overview tab as shown below.

In the Data collection tab enter details as shown below. Here for the parameter Error_ID you can provide the ID of the specific ABAP dump that you want to monitor.

Navigate to Threshold tab to specify the Threshold type and Threshold. For instance in this example we have specify the threshold to rate the metric as reed if there is 1 or more of the specific dump.

Now you can click on Next and then Finish button to save the metric.

Next you need to create a custom alert to generate a specific alert for this specific dump.

In the expert mode maintenance go to the Create button and then from the drop down select Alert.

Enter the details as shown below and click on Next button.

Then in the Assignments tab you will see the custom metric you just created. Select the check box for this metric and click on Finish to save the alert.

Now your custom metric is ready together with alerting active.

To activate this template update on all managed systems navigate to Managed Objects tab for the template and click on Apply and Activate button.

Now you can see custom metric under instance level in system monitoring.