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Replicate data using SLT

Data Mart Scenario (Part 2) - Replicate data from your SAP NetWeaver system to an SAP HANA database in SAP Cloud Platform.

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In this tutorial you will set up a data replication job using the SAP Landscape Transformation Replication Server (SLT). This replication job will replicate sales order data, product data and product ratings from your SAP backend system to the SAP HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account.

Step 1: Ensure SAP HANA database is running

In this step you will ensure that the SAP HANA database you created in the previous tutorial is started. In the trial environment the database is stopped every 12 hours.

  1. Log in to your SAP Cloud Platform Trial account.

  2. Navigate to Neo trial | SAP HANA / SAP ASE | Databases & Schemas and click on the hana database you created in the previous tutorial.

  3. If your database status is STOPPED, you need to click on the Start button.

  4. The startup procedure should take no more than 30 seconds. You need to refresh the browser manually in order to see the status change.

  5. Your database should now be in status STARTED.

Step 2: Ensure VM with SAP NetWeaver is running
  1. Start your virtual machine with the NetWeaver installation (created in the previous tutorial).

  2. Open a Konsole terminal window ( Application Menu | System | Konsole ).

  3. Execute the following three commands to start and check the installed SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP:

  4. Execute su -l npladm (will ask for SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP system password) to switch to NetWeaver Admin user, so that you act in this Konsole as this user and its permissions.

  5. Execute startsap ALL to start the ABAP server (if not already).

  6. Execute sapcontrol -nr 00 -function GetProcessList to check that the processes are running and are all GREEN

    Note: As startsap ALL can take some time, repeat the command execution a few times until all four processes (IGS Watchdog, Dispatcher, Gateway, ICM) are GREEN.

    The result should look as follows:

    name, description, dispstatus, textstatus, starttime, elapsedtime, pid
    igswd_mt, IGS Watchdog, GREEN, Running, 2017 ... , ... , ...
    disp+work, Dispatcher, GREEN, Running, 2017 ... , ... , ...
    gwrd, Gateway, GREEN, Running, 2017 ... , ... , ...
    icman, ICM, GREEN, Running, 2017 ... , ... , ...
    Start ABAP 1
Step 3: Ensure environment connected to SAP HANA DB
  1. Open your Eclipse IDE.

  2. Ensure that you have opened the SAP HANA Development perspective and the Systems view.

  3. In case you are not logged on yet, right-click on your HANA system and select Log on from the context menu. In the consecutive popup provide the password you specified for the ACME database user in the previous tutorial.

  4. Expand the Catalog folder. You can now see the existing schemas of your HANA database.


Result of Step 3: You have successfully connected your SAP HANA Development environment to the SAP HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account using the dedicated ACME database user. You are now able to inspect the contents of the database in Eclipse.

Step 4: Set up service channel in SAP Cloud Connector

In this step you will install the current version of SAP Cloud Connnector and set up a Service Channel. This service allows your SAP NetWeaver backend system to connect to the HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account.

  1. Install SAP Cloud Connector as described in this tutorial. You may chose to install this in your host operating system, or in the openSUSE Linux running in your VirtualBox VM.

  2. Connect the SAP Cloud COnnector to your SAP Cloud Platform trial account.

  3. Click on On-Premise to Cloud and the + (Add…) icon.

  4. Specify the Service Channel Type: HANA Database and press Next.

    Property Value
    HANA Instance Name hana
    Local Instance Number 01
    Enabled true
    • Click on Finish.
  5. You can see that a new Service Channel has been created and enabled. The service state icon should be green.


Result of Step 4: You have now installed SAP Cloud Connector and set up a Service Channel to your SAP Cloud Platform account, establishing the communication channel between your SAP NetWeaver backend system and the SAP HANA database in your SAP CP account.

Step 5: Set up SLT data replication

In this step you will set up a data replication job between your SAP NetWeaver backend system and the SAP HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account. You will do this using SLT by opening the SAP backend transaction LTRC.

  1. Open up Eclipse and switch to the ABAP perspective by selecting Window | Perspective | Open Perspective | Other | ABAP. (Alternatively, you might also use SAP Logon to perform these steps.)

  2. Double-click on your ABAP Project NPL_001_xxxxxx to connect to the SAP NetWeaver backend system running in your VirtualBox.

  3. In case you get asked, log on using the following credentials:

    Property Value
    Client 001
    User Developer
    Password Appl1ance
  4. Click on Run | Run ABAP Development Object… from the menu, or select the corresponding icon from the toolbar.

  5. Search for and select the transaction LTRC and click on OK.

  6. A new window called SAP LT Replication Server - Cockpit: Overview will open in Eclipse. This is the transaction that allows us to set up replication jobs in the SAP NetWeaver backend system.

  7. Click on the Create Configuration button.


    Hint: In Eclipse installations in MacOS, the button Create Configuration does not respond with the first click. The work-around for this bug is to click on some other button in the toolbar first, for example, the button i and then now click on the button Create Configuration. Now it opens a new wizard.

  8. In the wizard, enter the following data, and leave the remaining settings as default:

    • Specify General Data | General Data:
    • Configuration Name: SLT_REPLICATION (Please use this name, as we will refer to it later.)
    • Click Next
  9. Specify Source System | System Data:

    Property Value
    RFC Connection selected
    RFC Destination NPL
    Allow Multiple Usage selected
    • Click Next
  10. Specify Target System | System Data:

    Property Value
    DB Connection selected
    Database System HANA
    Administration User Name ACME
    Password <ACME user password> (You changed the initial password of the ACME user when you first logged on in the previous tutorial.)
    Host Name localhost
    Instance Number 01
    Logical Port Number 15
    • Click Next

    Please note that even though the target system is running remotely on SAP Cloud Platform, you may use the host localhost here, as you established a service channel in the SAP HANA Cloud Connector.

  11. Specify Transfer Settings | Job Options:

    Property Value
    Number of Data Transfer Jobs 4
    Number of Initial Load Jobs 4
    Number of Calculation Jobs 1
    • Click on Next.

    These settings specify how many jobs should be used to replicate the data. We strongly advise you to use the settings specified above, as your system might become unresponsive otherwise.

  12. Review all of the settings and click on Create.

  13. As a result you will now see that a new job SLT_REPLICATION has been created.

  14. Double-click on SLT_REPLICATION to see that already three administrative tables are specified for replication in the Table Overview tab.


Result of Step 5: You have now created an initial SLT replication job in your SAP NetWeaver backend system and are now replicating data to your SAP HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account.

Step 6: Verify initial data replication result

In this step you will verify that the data replication is working as it should. You will look at the SAP HANA database running in your SAP CP account to verify that the control tables that were created in the SLT_REPLICATIONscheme are being replicated.

  1. In Eclipse, switch to the SAP HANA Development perspective.

  2. In the Systems view on the left side, right-click on your HANA database and select refresh from the context menu, to retrieve the latest data from the HANA database running in your SAP CP trial account.

  3. Expand the node Catalog | SLT_REPLICATION | Tables.

  4. Please note that the new SLT_REPLICATION schema now exists on the database. It was created as a result of setting up the SLT_REPLICATIONschema in your backend system.

  5. You will now find a total list of nine tables, consisting of the three control tables in your SLT_REPLICATION scheme and some additional six tables starting with RS*.

Result of Step 6: You have verified that the data replication is working. The new SLT_REPLICATION schema now exists on your SAP HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account. It was created as a result of setting up the SLT_REPLICATIONschema in your SAP NetWeaver backend system.

Step 7: Add data tables to SLT replication job

In this step we are going to add the actual backend database tables containing sales order and product data to the SLT_REPLICATIONscheme and start the replication of these tables to the HANA database running on SAP CP.

  1. Go back to the LTRC transaction. (This is the window with the title LT Replication Server - Cockpit in your Eclipse IDE.)

  2. Click on Data Provisioning in the toolbar.

  3. Click on the icon for Multiple selection to the right of the text field.

  4. Enter the following table names to be replicated, and click on Execute:

    Database Table Name Table Contents
    SNWD_PD (Product ID, price, category)
    SNWD_SO (Ordered quantities)
    SNWD_SO_I (Ordered Items)
    SNWD_SO_SL (Ordered quantities)
    SNWD_TEXTS (Product names)
    SNWD_REV_HEAD (Average ratings)

    Note: Even though you can only see the SNWD_PD entry in the Table Name in Database field, the other entries are also selected in the background due to the multiple selection. You can see this, as the icon next to the text field is now green.

  5. Select the Start Replication radio button, and click on Execute to start the data replication.

  6. The tables selected for replication will be in status Scheduled first, then in status Replication (Initial Load) and finally in status Replication. You need to reload the screen, in order to track the status changes.


    Please note how the indicators and states in the Current Action and In Process columns change with each refresh.

  7. Switch to the tab Data Transfer Monitor to see which data transfers are still outstanding.

  8. Click on Refresh repeatedly to see the progress.

  9. Finally, as a result, in the Table Overview tab, all the tables should have the status Replication.


Result of Step 7: You have now added all data tables to the SLT_REPLICATION scheme and started the replication process. Please be aware that this is a very resource intensive process and might take some time if you are doing this course using the minimum system requirements.

Step 8: Verify successful data replication

In this step you are going to verify that the data replication is running successfully. Please note that the replication will run continuously, and not only do an initial load. You will open the transaction SE16 in the SAP NetWeaver backend system and you will compare the table contents to the same table in your SAP HANA database on SAP CP using the SAP HANA Development perspective in your Eclipse IDE.

  1. In the Systems view of the SAP HANA Development perspective, open your database in SAP CP and perform a refresh.

  2. Navigate to Catalog | SLT Replication | Tables

  3. You can see that the new tables have now been added to the tables of the SLT_TRANSFORMATION replication scheme.

  4. Perform a right click on the SNWD_PD table and select Open Content.

  5. As a result, you will see that the table in your HANA DB on SAP CP now contains 123 entries. If the number is less than that, wait, refresh and see if the number is increasing. This would mean that the initial data replication is still running.

  6. Now you want to verify that the same amount of entries exist in the source SNWD_PD table in your local backend system.

  7. In the ABAP perspective in Eclipse, select Run | Run ABAP Development Object.

  8. Search and open transaction SE16.

  9. Enter table name SNWD_PD, hit ENTER and then execute the transaction to open the database table.

  10. In the toolbar of the transaction click on Number of Entries. As a result, you can see that the source database table in your backend system also contains 123 entries.

Result of Step 8: You have verified that the business data is successfully being replicated to the SAP HANA database running in your SAP Cloud Platform account.

Step 9: Create VM snapshot

After you have successfully replicated the tables using SAP Landscape Transformation Server to the SAP HANA in the SAP Cloud Platform, please take a snapshot of this Virtual Machine state. You can revert to this snapshot, in case your system should get corrupted for any reason.

  1. In the running Oracle VM VirtualBox window menu: Choose Machine | Take Snapshot…

  2. In the opened window enter a name ABAP with SCC and SLT Replication and click on OK.

Result of Step 9: You have created a snapshot of your backend system status as a backup.

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