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Networking your SAP Virtual Server to the outside world

What can I say?  this one has been on my wish list for a VERY long time, and thanks to a new friend of mine, Brent Brunner, I can finally see my BSP’s/web applications somewhere beyond my local machine.  It is so cool, for first time I know that my Rapier BSP doesn’t work on the Safari browser (not great, but now I can address it).  So for anyone out there, here are the basic steps to accomplish this:

On the Virtual Machine
1.  be sure the network is setup as a bridged adapter.
2.  for that adapter, you need to set the network to be a static IP address.  It doesn’t really matter what address you pick, but you don’t want it changing.  So go into your network adapter and specifically enter the IP address/gateway/etc…  If not sure of all these values, use the CMD prompt and the command:  ipconfig -all  This will give you all the network numbers you need.
3.  find out what port SAP is expecting for <HTTP Port>.  You can use transaction SMICM.  by default, the value is 8000.

On your router settings:  (I’m not going into much detail here since very router is different).
1.  find your primary machine.  You need to set this as a static IP address.  It should match the IP address you chose on the virtual machine.  On my AT&T Uverse box, I went to LAN–>IP Address Allocation.  I found my actual computer, and set it to the IP address from step 2 above.
2.  you need to define some exception ports.  Is should be the same port you found in transaction SMICM.  For this I went to Firewall–>applications and I clicked add a new application.  Then I filled in TCP/IP and the ports I wanted to exempt.  Then I selected my main system, and attached the applications.

Find your public IP address
1.  You can use the website:  this is now the IP address that the outside world can use to connect to your system.

On your hosting site (for me it was hostgator).
1.  create a subdomain = to your virtual system name.
2.  Create a DNS entry for your subdomain.domain = your public IP Address
3.  Wait 12 – 24 hours for the changes to propogate through the web.  (this was the part I hated, because I didn’t know if it was working).

Accessing your stuff.
now any BSP’s or anything like that, you’ll need to first give the server, so it will be the subdomain.domain:<HTTP port>/sap/bc/…

I hope I’m not forgetting any steps.  I don’t pretend to be an expert about this, but I’ve spent the last 24 hours learning from Brent and trying to make it all work.  Now as of tonight, it’s all working.  Very exciting to a geek like me.  Here’s my disclaimer.  I’m fairly sure my network is still secure, but like anything, when you open doors, someone could get in.  Make sure your anti-virus software is up to date, and keep on the lookout for anything strange.  Who knows?  I might have to turn it off at some point and pay the $$$ for a VPN to do the same stuff, or other such fancy networking stuff.

Thanks for reading…

And a special thanks to Jeremy Meier…  without your connection, i’d still be stuck with a local machine 🙂

Eclipse – Editing your SAP Themes

Well, today has been a big relearning experience for me. When I originally designed Rapier, I played around with Eclipse. With is a piece of software that has partnered with SAP that allows you to edit your SAP theme for a BSP or WebDynpro application. If you’re not familiar with a SAP theme, it’s basically all of the colors, fonts, and styles for your web page.
Well, the last time I used Eclipse, it was a almost 2 years ago. So today I had to go through and relearn how to install and use it. IN fact, I’m still playing with it as we speak. What I wanted to talk about today is the basic process for editing your SAP theme and testing it.
Step one is get it installed. You’ll need to download a few things to make this all work properly:
SAP Install Files
This link will give you the SAP specific files you need to edit themes.
This link gives you the how to of installation and how to get started.  This guide is good, but most of the Eclipse is trial and error.  As far as Rapier is concerned, this is the only time consuming part of the whole installation process.  You have infinite colors and a LOT of areas that can be customized.

Finally, once you have something to play with, go back into SAP and execute the program:


Then just enter in the path of where you want to upload the theme,
is the default area SAP keeps it’s themes .  Select upload, and all the files will be pulled in.

Finally, point your application to the new theme and give it a try.  If you are using Rapier, just go to /ZPSE/CONFIG transaction and enter in your new theme.

So, get ready to do a lot of trial and error, but before you know it, your website will look awesome.

Thanks for reading,