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Changing client numbers in a copied database

After a copy we now have same client number in this box as in production. The problem is that when we roll out this system to the user, there are going to be risks and problems were users don't realize they're working on production system and not QA system and cause prod problems. We can't afford a client copy in this new system. Is there an alternative to this?

We have recently added a server to our landscape by doing a db copy from production to this server. Now, since...

the copy brought everything over to this box, they're identical. We have made the necessary changes, but one thing understood is that the client number can't be changed. After this copy we now have same client number in this box as in production. The problem is that when we roll out this system to the user, there are going to be risks and problems were users don't realize they're working on production system and not QA system and cause prod problems. We can't afford a client copy in this new system. Is there an alternative to this?


Two things:
1. Why can't you create a new client in the new server and then carry out a local client copy? What is the limitation? Space on the database and/or disk?
2. If you cannot do a client copy then this is more a user training issue than anything else. Maybe user IDs should be handed only to specific users. You should point out that users can find out what server they're working on by looking at the status bar (the hostname appears at the bottom of the screen). Also, users could select System->Status. If your users are running SAPGUI 4.6D with the new visual design look (EnjoySAP) then they can set color schemes for each different server session. This is actually a handy feature. The only problem is that if the users' PCs are low end then you cannot afford to do this and fall back to the SAPGUI light look and feel.

SAPGUI 4.6D compilation 4 has been available for many months now. I recommend nothing lower than that. SAP has released SAPGUI 6.10 but we the customers are still waiting for our copy.


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