The use of transaction SPAM is explained in great detail in the course ADM100 - SAP Web AS Administration I. The screenshots remind you how to apply Support Packages. In the example in the screenshots, only the BASIS and ABA Support Packages are applied to the SAP ERP Central Component system. There are several other Support Package types.
Steps to Apply a Database Patch
- Download the latest database patch, http://service.sap.com/patches, to your server.
- Follow SAP note 530567 to install patches for SAP DB.
- Follow SAP note 544304 to install FixPaks for DB2 UDB; for DB2 on iSeries/zSeries, see notes.
- Follow SAP note 45876 to install patches for Informix.
- Follow SAP note 159268 to install Service Packs for Microsoft SQL Server.
- Follow SAP note 306408 to install Interims Patches for Oracle using OPatch.
Because different database releases might have different patch strategies, please check http://service.sap.com/instguides and go to Other Documentation → Database Upgrades.
There are different procedures to apply patches to the different databases supported by SAP systems. When applying patches, you will notice that databases from the
same vendor can differ significantly between releases. As a result, ensure that you are using the patch description that fits your database release. In addition, check the SAP notes in the figure before applying a database patch. The content of the notes might have been revised.
For DB2 on iSeries, go to http://www.4soi.de/IBM-Infoapars.php. ForDB2 on zSeries, follow the instructions on how to fix the operating system. SAP note 81737 lists the operating system fixes that should be applied in an SAP environment.
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