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Beginning of last year, we started the SAP Portal and HANA Cloud Portal gamification campaign on SCN. The challenge included 2 tracks: (1) You should pick a movie from our YouTube playlists, create a blog review by explaining the value of the movie for your business or your present project  (2) You could record your own movie showcasing your implementation, a new portal design, or any other content that would deliver value to our ecosystem.

All in all we received 27 blogs contributions for the SAP Portal movie challenge and 31 contributions for the HANA Cloud Portal movie challenge. We thank all blog authors for taking part in this initiative.

In the last 3 weeks we asked you in several polls to vote for your favorite blog and to identify the best blogs for the SAP Enterprise Portal movie critic challenge and the HANA Cloud Portal movie critic challenge. Now the winners are identified and will be announced in this blog. They will receive special finalist and winner badges and additional SCN points. Please note that there are no finalist badges for the movie producers, all participants of the producer challenge will receive a winner badge.


SAP Enterprise Portal Movie Challenge 2014


The Movie Critic Finalist Badge goes to:


Yuvraj Singh author of the blog SAP Portal Portfolio


Jill Diesman author of the blog "Hack into things, control satellites?  This is exactly what we need for the office."


The Movie Critic Winner Badge goes to:


KANNAN NAIR author of the blog SAP Fiori and SAP NetWeaver Portal, mobile edition


The Movie Producer Winner Badge goes to:


Peter Warren author of the blog SAP NetWeaver Portal Movie Producer: Variable Speed Timer Control for Business Objects Dashboard


SAP HANA Cloud Portal Movie Challenge 2014


The Movie Critic Finalist Badge goes to:


Pradeep Baitha author of the blog SAP HANA Cloud Portal - Overview Video


Pravin S. author of the blog  Overview Video


The Movie Critic Winner Badge goes to:


Rupali Ray author of the blog HANA Cloud Portal - An Analysis


The Movie Producer Winner Badge goes to:


Amir Blich author of the blog Welcome To The 2014 Portal Movie Challenge


Robert Russell author of the blog SAP HANA Cloud Portal Movie Producer: It’s an SCN World

In this movie all winners of the challenge are presented:



Congratulations to all finalists and winners. Your badges and SCN points will be uploaded to SCN in the next time. Special thanks to Caroleigh Deneen for supporting the upload of the rewards.


Last not least, I would like to present here the contribution for the HANA Cloud Portal year-end challenge 2014. It was produced by the SAP team from Accenture, Latvia. As the Accenture team members in Latvia have no SCN users so far, we cannot assign them any SCN badges and points, we would like to award you via this blog also as winner of the HANA Cloud Portal movie challenge. Thanks for the big effort, you put into this production:


Sometimes by mistake you deploy some SDAs which are part of SCAs belonging to portal usage types(EP & EPC), but your netweaver java does not have usage types EP and EPC. Later on when you download stack.xml to upgrade your netweaver java to higher version, then stack.xml contains list of some SCAs because of unnecessary SDAs deployed on your system by mistake. When you start SUM tool, then upgrade fails with error message:


The following problem has occurred during step execution: com.sap.sdt.util.diag.DiagException: Error while executing Task with input file CopyParsLibsForMigration.xml and task COPY_PORTAL_LIBS.

Could not finish Copy operation with parameters fromFile: '/usr/sap/<SID>/SYS/global/pcd/pcdStartup.properties' toDir: '/usr/sap/<SID>/SUM/sdt/tmp/portalContent'. Check whether the current user has sufficient permission to execute this operation.

Cannot copy /usr/sap/<SID>/SYS/global/pcd/pcdStartup.properties to directory /usr/sap/<SID>/SUM/sdt/tmp/portalContent.

Input output exception has occurred: fileName: /usr/sap/<SID>/SYS/global/pcd/pcdStartup.properties.

java.io.FileNotFoundException: fileName: /usr/sap/<SID>/SYS/global/pcd/pcdStartup.properties

It happens due to a deployment of an SCAs which belongs to a usage type which does not exist on netweaver java. Here portal is not usage type of netweaver java system and SUM tool triggers pcd migration, but pcd does not exist in the system and it fails. So, in such scenarios if you are sure that portal(EP, EPC) is not usage type in your netweaver java, then please perform the steps:


Either undeploy the SDAs which were deployed by mistake and generate the stack.xml file again or you can skip portal migration in SUM as:


The value for portal migration could be found at SharedInputCatalog.xml under SUM/data direcotry.

On your system the property most probably looks like:


<Property value="true" setBy="ComponentHandlingService" key="IsPortalMigrationNeeded">

So changing the above property to "false" and restarting the SUM tool will skip pcd migration.

In this article, I'm going to review some of the abilities and limitations of the URL-iView when used in combination with the Portal.

This e-blog post is aimed at developers and users who have a basic understanding and knowledge of Portal navigation.




URL-iView is somewhat different from other iViews: its sole purpose is performing a redirect to the specified URL.
At first glance – an easy operation, but due to the way in which the portal handles navigation and iView integration, some problems may arise. I will explain the technical details and the solutions which are provided in order to overcome them.


A guide for creating URL-iViews is in SAP note 1936087 - How to create a URL iView on NW EP?.



Typical user scenarios:


  • The user wants to display external content or a part of another website inside their portal.
  • The user wants to open the external content in a pop-up window.



URL-iView behind the scenes:


Firstly, we need to understand how the portal embeds iViews inside itself. In general, URL-isolated iViews are rendered in an iframe,
which is located in the content area of the portal. This is done by a mechanism which sets the "src" attribute of the iframe element to be the direct launch URL of the required iView.

When requesting the URL-iView via the direct launch URL, the server response includes the "redirect" header with the "target-url" of that URL-iView as a value. That header instructs the browser to perform a redirection to the "target-url".


The crucial point is that the browser redirects only the iframe which contains the request for the URL-iView and not the whole window.



So, what could go wrong?


Since the URL-iView must be URL-isolated, its content is rendered in an IFrame. This approach may cause the following problems:


  • Many websites are designed to prevent the possibility of being rendered in other websites. This approach stems from both security and proprietary concerns. From a security perspective, the ability to present a website or a portion of it inside another website opens a gateway to all kinds of threats such as click-jacking.Since the standard way of embedding foreign URL content is through the iframe element, a website to be configured to prevent the display of its content in an iframe. Website developers can also use the "X-Frame-Options:DENY" response header to prevent attempts to load a page in an iframe from other websites.


  • Scripts of the target website may perform some actions based on the fact that they are defined in the topmost document. If this kind of script is running in an iframe it might break or be blocked by the browser security policy since it is in violation of the Same Origin restrictions.


For more information: SAP note 1636132 - JavaScript Errors When Calling a Custom or Third-Party Web Site in a Portal URL iVIew.



We have seen that rendering external content in an iframe might be problematic; therefore the only safe way (for most scenarios) to do it is by opening the desired "target-url" in a separate window.


The practical solution is to make the portal launch the direct launch URL of the URL-iView in a new window. In that way, the new window won't have any iframes. When getting the response from the server, it will instantly redirect itself to the "target-url" as if the target URL was typed by the user in the browser address bar.


There are two main methods you can use to navigate to a URL-iView (and to iViews in general).  To Prevent issues when running
the URL-iView, the configuration you'll need will vary slightly, according to the method you choose:


  1. Navigation by TLN, DTN, Bread crumbs, Related Links:


To achieve the portal equivalent of window.open method, set the "Launch in New Window" property of an iView to "Display in Separate Window" (Navigation Mode = 1).


By doing so (and after applying all the relevant SAP notes), you configure the portal to launch the URL-iView in a new window whose target is the direct launch URL of the requested URL-iView.


The current SAP notes which explain how to troubleshoot this feature are:

1721745 - Navigation to URL iview in navigation mode 1 causes errors

2050956 - URL-iView fails when it is opened from "related links".

2061547 - URL-iView opened incorrectly from second level TLN
           2055539 - Breadcrumb links do not open in a new window


    2.  Navigation using the Portal Navigation API:


    1. If you have links to URL-iViews which use a Navigation API such as EPCM.doNavigate and you want to launch a URL-iView as described in this section, then do the following:
      • Set the value of the "mode" parameter to 1.
      • Set the "target" parameter as the direct-launch-URL of the requested iView.


               For example, the following call is specified:

               EPCM.doNavigate([direct-launch-URL], 1);

                   The direct-launch-URL can be constructed from the iView PCD location:


Let's say that the PCD location of your iView is "pcd:portal_content/some_role/myURLiView".

First, you replace each ":" with "!3a" and each "/" with "!2f". Now you get:


pcd!3aportal_content!2f some_role!2f myURLiView


You add the prefix:



So that the final result is the direct-launch-URL:




By setting mode=1, you configure the portal to open a new window, and by setting the target to the direct launch URL, you ensure that the new window redirects properly as needed.


          b. Navigation using the Navigation Tag Library:


If you are using the Navigation Tag Library to create links via JSP, then bear in mind the following:

When creating a link using the navNodeAnchor tag, set the navigationMethod to "byURL" and not "byEPCM", and, of
course, set the navigationMode to 1. This will ensure that the direct launch URL of the URL-iView will be used in the navigation to the new window.

So the code should look like this:

                    <nav:navNode navTarget="ROLES://portal_content/some_role/myURLiView">

                     <nav:navNodeAnchor navigationMethod="byURL" navigationMode="1"/>


In this blog, I will explain how to set the iView (application) language in the portal, and how the language (locale) is determined by the portal mechanism.

The blog is based on the official SAP documentation: Lookup of Resource Bundle.

The iView language (locale) is determined in the following order (sorted by priority):

    1. Forced Request Language


             A parameter that can be configured in the iView properties. The locale is configured from a

             provided list of locales.

             This parameter forces the iView to be displayed in the selected locale.

             This parameter affects only the locale of the iView itself.

A user can also modify the Forced Request Language parameter, provided they have the right permissions, by using the portal iView  personalization.  If the user has made changes to this parameter and has launched the iView, the iView locale will be determined by the user's  configuration of the Forced Request Language parameter and not by the value of the parameter in the iView properties.

For more information, see:


     SAP NW 7.0x Personalizing iViews


     SAP NW 7.1 and up - Personalizing iViews



The following block is relevant only for AI (Application Integration) iViews:

In the event that the required locale is not on the Java Runtime Environment-supported list of locales, to add additional locales, see Start iViews with  a Dynamically Computed Language.

A known issue is that an iView is displayed in the wrong locale just for a specific user. For this issue, the following SAPnote may help:

1590901 - Enterprise Portal - Unexpected Behaviour Affecting One User Only


     2. Portal mandatory locale

The locale is determined by the following portal runtime configuration properties:

      • request.mandatorylanguage
      • request.mandatorycountry


These properties do not exist by default!

They should be added and configured in the Portal Runtime Properties.

These settings affect the whole portal framework locale.

To configure the Portal Runtime properties:


     SAP NW 7.0x -   Setting Mandatory Language For Portal

     (this should be done for all server nodes of the cluster)


     SAP NW 7.1 and up - Configuring the Portal Runtime Properties

     (this should be done for all server nodes of the cluster)


      3. User locale

This locale is defined in the profile of the current user. The user locale can be modified from the Identity Management application.

This setting affects the whole portal framework locale.

       To access Identity Management:


            SAP NW 7.0x Identity Management

     SAP NW 7.1 and up - Identity Management

When in the Identity Management application, search and select the desired user,

Then, under the General Information Tab, modify the "Language" property to the desired locale according to the list of available languages.

General Information language - user locale.png


A user can also modify the portal language ,if they have the right permissions, using the portal personalization.

For more information see Personalizing Your Portal.


If the desired locale is not available from the locale selection list, the following SAPnote will help with configuring additional locales that are supported by the Java Runtime Environment:

1013521 - Configuration of supported languages within the portal


    4. Request locale

The request locale is defined by the browser language settings.

This setting affects the whole portal framework locale.

For example, in IE:

             Navigate to Tools --> Internet options --> General --> Languages

Select "Add…" and specify the desired locale.

IE set language example - Reqeust locale.png


Since, in most cases, the browser does send a locale, the next two sections are considered to be a code fallback if the locale is not configured and sent from the browser:


   5. Portal default locale

The locale is determined by the following portal runtime configuration properties:

      • request.defaultlanguage
      • request.defaultcountry


These settings should be configured in the Portal Runtime Properties and affect the whole portal framework locale.

To configure the Portal Runtime properties:


SAP NW 7.0x

             Example for en_us locale that will display the portal content in English:

               1. Log on to the Portal Server

               2. Navigate to the following path in the SAP installation directory:



               3. Open the file 'prtDefault.properties'

               4. Modify the parameters to the desired locale:

        • request.defaultlanguage=en
        • request.defaultcountry=us


               5. Save the file and restart the server for changes to take effect.


SAP NW 7.1 and up - Configuring the Portal Runtime Properties


    6. System default locale

             This is the Java default locale defined by the system, either by the operating system or by

             the JVM. This setting affects the whole portal framework locale.



Beginning of last year, we started our first SAP Portal and HANA Cloud Portal gamification campaign on SCN. We asked the Portal community on SCN to play the role of a movie jury member, review existing product movies on our YouTube channel and blog about it. In addition we also offered you to play the role of a movie producer to produce your own SAP Portal or HANA Cloud Portal movie story and share your product expertise.


All in all we received 27 blogs contributions for the SAP Portal movie challenge and 31 contributions for the HANA Cloud Portal movie challenge. We thank all blog authors for taking part in this initiative. The two challenges were closed on December 31, 2014, and it is not possible to add further contributions.

Now it is voting time!

We are now asking you - the Portal community on SCN - to vote in two polls in order to pick the best blogs for the 2 challenges.


Help Use to Find the Winner of the SAP Enterprise Portal Movie Challenge


In the last 2 weeks we identified the 3 finalists for the SAP Enterprise Portal movie critic challenge.

Here are the 3 candidates going into the last voting round:


SAP Portfolio by Yuvraj Singh


SAP Fiori and SAP NetWeaver Portal, mobile edition by KANNAN NAIR


"Hack into things, control satellites?  This is exactly what we need for the office." by Jill Diesman



Please vote in this poll for your favorite blog:



Help us to Find the Winner of the SAP HANA Cloud Portal Movie Challenge


In the last 2 weeks we identified the 3 finalists for the SAP HANA Cloud Portal movie critic challenge.

Here are the 3 candidates going into the last voting round:


SAP HANA Cloud Portal - Overview Video by Pradeep Baitha


HANA Cloud Portal - An Analysis by Rupali Ray


Overview Video by pravin s.


Please vote in this poll for your favorite blog:



Note: You will be able to vote in the 2 polls until January 26, the polls will be closed on that day.


And a personal remark from my side: I have observed in the pre-voting round that some blog authors have a bigger network behind them with friends and colleagues voting for their blog. You can continue asking your network to vote for you, because this is a normal behavior - if it is not going over a level, which is not fair anymore against the other candidates. You should also aim to be awarded for the best blog in 2014, because there is a tendency for the blog to be liked by the whole community. Thanks for your understanding and let's the best blog win!

Have you ever encountered a “PcdInconsistentUpdateException”? Would you like to know why it is thrown? How can it be resolved? or even better - how can it be prevented?

This blog explains all about it, and also helps Enterprise Portal developers,who are already familiar with the Portal Content Directory concept and APIs, when implementing code.


Starting from NetWeaver Portal 7.1, some of the Portal content Directory (PCD) architecture was changed, with the addition of support for JTA transactions.

The granularity of the handled PCD objects within a transaction is a PCD Unit. For example changing 2 different Pages that reside within the same Role, are actually working on the same Role Unit.

How does the flow work?

While working with a transaction, each Unit that is being modified is held as a cached copy in the transaction.

Before committing the changes, there is a check that the Unit was not modified by anyone else during that time, and an updated version already exists in the DB.

This can happen either from another thread on the same server node or from another server node.

If there is a newer version in the DB, the following exception is thrown: “PcdInconsistentUpdateException”, preventing from inconsistencies in the DB, and the new change is not committed.


When implementing code, even if there is no explicit usage of transactions from application level, every change in the PCD is automatically wrapped with a transaction.

If you encounter such an exception in the default trace file, you can check what application is responsible for the exception by looking at the stack trace of the exception. If this application is provided by SAP, search for SAP notes, as a fix might be already available.

More information can be found in the following SAP Knowledge Base Article:

1752506 - PcdInconsistentUpdateException in the DefaultTrace - What it Means and How to Troubleshoot it

Despite the new architecture, there are still cases in which PCD inconsistencies occur in versions NW7.1 and above.

In order to detect and remove PCD inconsistencies in those versions, please refer to SAP note:

1473054 - Checking database consistency for the PCD for CE 7.1 & above

In older Enterprise Portal versions (such as NW7.0) where there was no prevention at the PCD layer, there is also a tool that can be used to clear those inconsistencies. It is documented in SAP note:

1086644 - Checking database consistency for the PCD

The notes described must be used only by Portal experts, as they describe actions that should be executed on the PCD tables. Those actions may corrupt the portal if performed in a wrong way.

Below you can find code snippets that demonstrate how to prevent the aforementioned issues.

There are two main mechanisms that should be used:

1. Locking - you should lock the object before you start changing it, in order to help protecting the current object from concurrent changes. The locking is done on a Unit object. When one application has acquired a lock, another application will fail to do so when trying to change the object at the same time; the same happens if the same application runs in parallel. If the application failed perform locking, it should handle it accordingly. (for example - if it has User Interface, then displaying a message to the screen might be a good option).

There are two types of Lock Handlers:

PCD layer (com.sapportals.portal.pcd.gl): ILockHandle ( <--  link to the javadoc documentation)

PCM layer (com.sap.portal.pcm.admin): ILockHandle ( <-- link to the javadoc documentation)

The ILockHandle that should be used in accordance with the operations performed - If you are using PCM or Semantics APIs in the administration environment, then the PCM lock handler should be used, whereas the PCD lock handler is usually used when objects do not exist in the PCD yet (descriptor objects that need to be bound to the PCD), or other PCD API usages (like enqueue lock usages for PCD changes).

2. Transaction - using the transaction mechanism, you can make sure that the change is committed only if all the modifications were done successfully. Using transaction mechanism also causes changes that are constructed from a few modifications to become atomic, meaning that if one of the modifications failed, all the previous modifications are not committed (i.e. rollback is performed). Hence it keeps the objects in the PCD in a consistent state.

The following transaction manager class should be used:

TxManager <-- Click on the link to read the full explanation about the transaction manager, and the different methods that it provides.

You will find the rest of the relevant APIs/classes in the same package com.sap.transaction.* .

* read about the correct usage, e.g. the differences between required() and requiresNew()






import java.util.Hashtable;


import javax.naming.Context;

import javax.naming.InitialContext;

import javax.naming.NamingException;


import com.sap.portal.directory.Constants;

import com.sap.portal.pcm.admin.IAdminBase;

import com.sap.portal.pcm.admin.ILockHandle;

import com.sap.portal.pcm.admin.PcmConstants;

import com.sap.portal.pcm.admin.ILockHandle.LockInfo;

import com.sap.security.api.IUser;

import com.sap.tc.logging.Location;

import com.sap.tc.logging.Severity;

import com.sap.transaction.TransactionTicket;

import com.sap.transaction.TxDemarcationException;

import com.sap.transaction.TxException;

import com.sap.transaction.TxManager;

import com.sap.transaction.TxRollbackException;

import com.sapportals.portal.pcd.gl.IPcdContext;

import com.sapportals.portal.prt.util.Guid;



public void performPcdOperation (IUser user, String pcdPath) throws NamingException {

Location location = Location.getLocation(<class name>.class);

IAdminBase adminBaseObj = null;

TransactionTicket txTicket = null;

ILockHandle lockHandle = null;

String lockId = null;

String userId = user.getUniqueID();


try {

     Hashtable<String, Object> env = new Hashtable<String, Object>();


     env.put(Context.SECURITY_PRINCIPAL, user);

     env.put(Constants.REQUESTED_ASPECT, PcmConstants.ASPECT_ADMINISTRATION);



     InitialContext initCtx = new InitialContext(env);

     adminBaseObj = (IAdminBase) initCtx.lookup(pcdPath);


    //In this example, generates unique lock ID using com.sapportals.portal.prt.util.Guid

     //It can also be an identifier such as session ID. Useful when wanting to distinguish between sessions

     //or to check whether it is the same lock - in case we want to use the already generated one

     //(if all is considered inside one flow)

     lockId = (new Guid()).toString();


     lockHandle = (ILockHandle)adminBaseObj.getImplementation(IAdminBase.LOCK_HANDLE);

     if (lockHandle == null) {

          location.errorT("lockHandle is not available!!! This is a problem!");




     LockInfo lockInfo = lockHandle.getLockInfo();


    //if NULL, then the object is not locked

     if (lockInfo == null) {


          boolean isLocked = lockHandle.setLock(userId, lockId, "Lock for binding remote objects to role");


          //returns true if the lock could be acquired or if the object was already locked for the same user and lockId;

          //false if the object cannot be locked, because it is already locked for a different user or lockId.

          if (isLocked) {

               txTicket = TxManager.required();


               // Perform the desired changes. For example:







     } else {

          location.errorT("lockHandle already locked!");




} catch (TxRollbackException e) {

     location.traceThrowableT(Severity.ERROR, "Transaction error during execution", e);

} catch (TxException e) {

     location.traceThrowableT(Severity.ERROR, "Transaction error during execution", e);

} catch (NamingException e) {

     try {


     } catch (TxException e1) {

          location.traceThrowableT(Severity.ERROR, "Transaction error during execution of setRollbackOnly()", e1);


     throw e;

} finally {

     if (txTicket != null) {

          try {


          } catch (TxDemarcationException e) {

               location.traceThrowableT(Severity.ERROR, "Transaction error during leaveLevel() execution", e);

          } catch (TxRollbackException e) {

               location.traceThrowableT(Severity.ERROR, "Transaction error during leaveLevel() execution", e);

          } catch (TxException e) {

               location.traceThrowableT(Severity.ERROR, "Transaction error during leaveLevel() execution", e);



     if (lockHandle != null) {

          lockHandle.releaseLock(userId, lockId);




} //End of method



Some things to bear in mind when implementing using the above APIs:

1. Avoid from performing transactions on operations that cause inconsistencies between the DB and the memory like clearing caches and PCD publishChanges (as they are still not committed….).

2. When changing personalized content / content in the UCD, instead of locking you should find why there is parallel writing, as the same user is not supposed to run in parallel - might be a bad application design (like putting all the personalized data inside one big unit).

3. Consider whether it is better to first lock or first start with the transaction (can change according to application logic or importance).

Etay Angrest

OBN Cache

Posted by Etay Angrest Dec 28, 2014


In SAP NetWeaver Portal NY versions (7.1 and above), an additional cache feature has been added, the Object-Based Navigation (OBN) cache.



Why do we need it?


When a user clicks an OBN link, the OBN service searches in every role the user is assigned to for OBN iView targets.

The search is done for each click on an OBN link. This can take a while and there is no reuse of the search results.




  1. Each role is searched only once
  2. Search results are stored and are reusable
  3. The response time of the navigation is faster



The cache needs to be manually cleared after:

  • Deploying content    
  • Modifying content (creating, changing, deleting)


Not clearing the cache after the content has been modified may lead to OBN issues such as:

  • OBN that is not resolved for all or some of the users
  • OBN editors that don’t show the operations that are tagged under the target iViews


For these reasons, OBN caching may not be desirable in a development or testing environment, because the content there is modified frequently. In general, it is not recommended to use the OBN cache in development or testing environments.

How to disable the OBN Cache

Since the OBN Cache is enabled by default, if you want to disable it, follow the steps below:

NW 7.1 – 7.2:

  1. In the portal, navigate to System Administration -> Navigation -> OBN Cache.
  2. Choose “Clear All" to clear the entire cache.
  3. Choose "Disable Cache" to disable the OBN cache.


NW 7.3 and above

  1. In the portal, navigate to System Administration -> System Configuration -> Cache Management -> OBN Cache.
  2. Choose "Clear All" and "Clear Cluster Cache" to clear the entire cache.
  3. Choose "Disable Cluster Cache" to disable the OBN cache.


If you are using INotificationService portal service, then this blog is relevant for you.


The basics that describe how to use this portal service to transfer notifications in the portal to the different server nodes of a cluster are documented in the following blog: How to use the INotificationService API in SAP Portal 7.30


This blog extends the knowledge of the previous blog by describing the different types of data that can be used.

The data that is being transferred via the INotificationService is wrapped within a TopicDataContainer object. To the container you should add TopicData objects, recognized by their IDs:

TopicDataContainer container = new TopicDataContainer("TopicContainerName1");

container.addTopicData("Topic2Id", "Topic2Str");

This example adds new TopicData with value "Topic2Str", and with ID "Topic2Id" to the TopicDataContainer "TopicContainerName1".

This example uses the default TopicType – TopicDataContainer.STRING.

This type can be used as long as the string does not contain special characters, such as ‘\n’ and ‘\r’. If your data contains such characters, you will get NULL TopicData on the receiver side (in the handleTopic() method) .

So what should be used when transferring special characters, or other data types?

Well, there are few other supported data types:


In order to use the first two, you should create special TopicData objects respectively:

(clicking on the links redirects to the formal SAP documentation):

StreamData - used to build Topic message data containing a stream of bytes.

FileData - used to exchange File and Directory (uses ZipOutputStream).


Usage examples:

// Type TopicDataContainer.STREAM

ByteArrayInputStream bais = new ByteArrayInputStream("This is my text.\n it contains special characters\r.".getBytes());

StreamData streamData = new StreamData(bais);

container.addTopicData("TopicStreamDataID", streamData);

// Type TopicDataContainer.FILE

FileData fileData = new FileData(directoryPath);

container.addTopicData("TopicFileDataID", fileData);


// Type TopicDataContainer.INT

container.addTopicData("TopicIntID", new TopicData(TopicDataContainer.INT, "13"));


In general you should always consider whether the data is really necessary to be transferred, as using the STRING type or INT type are considered to be faster, and performance is an important aspect during portal runtime .

Let’s take few minutes to look back at 2014 and try to predict the big areas that we will talk about in 2015.


In my area, no doubt that 2014 was the Fiori year. Starting with the very long debate about the Fiori pricing, all the way to the major announcement at SAPPHIRE 2014 that Fiori is now included in the customers' license.


A key Fiori offering (which is also very close to my daily work) is the new multi-channel applicative entry point – SAP Fiori launchpad. From the initial launch of the Fiori launchpad on the ABAP FES, via the renewal of the SAP Enterprise Portal with a new personalizable and responsive framework page following the Fiori design – Fiori launchpad running on the SAP Portal, all the way to releasing the Fiori launchpad on HANA Cloud Platform.




The renewal of the SAP Portal is not completed without the consumption of Fiori apps in the portal. Just before the year ended (Yey!), we have released the list of supported stand-alone Fiori apps (SAP Note: 2103156), expect this list to grow in the future... Not to forget some architectural aspects of running Portal-Fiori in an external facing scenario as part of this portal renewal:




Same goes for the cloud deployment option, Fiori launchpad on HANA Cloud platform is not completed without releasing also Fiori apps running on HCP, but for this we need some more patience… (for now you can use SAP Web IDE to develop your own Fiori-like apps and consume them via the launchpad).


For me, 2014 will not be complete without two additional topics: SAP Web IDE and HANA Cloud Portal.


Starting with the renaming of Web IDE from River RDE to Web IDE, all the way to having Web IDE as THE tool to extend and develop new Fiori-like apps running on-premise and on the cloud (HCP).


Finally, this year we also had a great momentum for the HANA Cloud Portal – new customers going live, delivering new features faster-and-faster, and the new Fiori user experience as part of the Cloud Portal offering. This is actually a great connection to 2015…


Let’s welcome 2015 with only two pictures (hint, hint...):




Looking forward for an exciting 2015 and hope to meet many of you at SAPPHIRE, TechEd, Design Councils, InsideTracks and workshops across counties and continents.


Wishing you all happy holidays and a great 2015!


Welcome to the last edition of this year's SAP Portal newsblog. We have the following topics for you:

  • ASUG Call for Presentations
  • New Enterprise Portal and Cloud Portal roadmap
  • SAP Fiori Product Demos
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SPS 09 Features
  • SAP Fiori Framework Page
  • Capriza and Fiori Launchpad Content Integration
  • SAP Portal Support Blog Update
  • SAP Portal and HANA Cloud Portal Movie Challenge Finale
  • Last not Least: Happy Holidays


ASUG Call for Presentations is now open

The call for presentations for the ASUG Annual Conference 2015 is now open! There is a dedicated track in the submission system to submit the SAP Portal related abstracts. If you would like to submit an abstract, please do so not later than January 5. More information in Aviad's blog.


New SAP Enterprise Portal and HANA Cloud Portal Roadmap

We are pleased to share the updated SAP Portal roadmap 12/2014 edition with you. The document is reflecting latest news which were also introduced and announced at SAP TechEd && d-code this year.

SAP Fiori Launchpad End User Experience and Content Creation

You missed SAP TechEd in Las Vegas or Berlin and are interesting in more deep-dive information about SAP Fiori launchpad? We converted some of our SAP TechEd hands-on exercises and demos from our sessions into two product videos.


Fiori launchpad end user experience:


Fiori launchpad content creation:


More information, see the blog Experience the SAP Fiori launchpad In Action - ABAP, Portal & Cloud.


Features of SAP Portal in SAP NetWeaver 7.4 SPS 09

There are two new Portal features in SPS 9 of NetWeaver 7.4 (or SPS 14 of 7.31). One new feature solves an old problem with Internet Explorer. So far, the Ajax Framework (AFP) page did not render properly in standards mode, but only in quirks mode. Now you can navigate through your portal without having to open new windows, and enjoy all benefits of SAPUI5 applications, integrated in your Portal. AFP in standards mode is supported in IE starting from IE9. More details on the availability of AFP in standards mode in the blog by Matan Mizrahi.

The second feature refers to the URL alias for Fiori launchpad running in the Portal. Before SPS 09, you had to create a URL alias with URL Alias Manager in System Configuration and then create a new display rule to assign the Fiori desktop to the new URL alias. For a new installation, there is now a pre-configured alias portal/fiori, that is already assigned to the Fiori desktop in the master rule collection. More details on the SPS 09 features: see the blog by Sibylle Brehm.


SAP Fiori Framework Page in Mobile Device Scenarios

The  new Fiori framework page is the recommended framework page for consuming the SAP Portal on mobile devices in a launcher/launchpad scenario. With NetWeaver 7.4 SPS 07, there is a new Fiori framework page available to enable portal users to launch Fiori applications from a Fiori launchpad-like UI. Read this blog by Sibylle Brehm sharing some insights and experience on the changes between the classical Mobile Portal and Fiori launchpad on EP. Read also Aviad Rivlin's blog on the new Fiori framework page.



Capriza and Fiori Launchpad Integration

Capriza is a SAP partner company and developed a new technology which allows the converting of existing UIs / web screens for mobile scenarios using a cloud service. Watch this interview from SAP TechEd & d-code and meet Oren Ariel, CTO and co-founder of Capriza, speaking about how the Fiori launchpad can be enriched by integrating Capriza apps (which can also contain non-SAP content).


SAP Portal Support Blog

A new scenario was added to the SAP Portal support blog: This time a scenario is presented which demonstrates the importance of navigating in the Portal by using the navigation APIs and not the direct URL to the Portal content.


Movie Challenge Ends December 31, 2014

We started our SAP Portal and HANA Cloud Portal movie challenge beginning of this year. Until now we have received around 60 blog contributions for the two challenges. You can still contribute until December 31, 2014.

What are the next steps: At the beginning of next year the whole SCN Portal and Cloud Portal community will be able to vote in a poll in order to pick the best movie critic and movie producer blogs. The authors of the best blogs will receive additional finalist and winner badges and more points. Stay tuned to participate in the voting.


Happy Holiday

And that was the last SCN news blog for 2014.

What remains to say is to wish you a happy Chistmas, Hanukka or whatever you celebrate in the next weeks and a joyful new year. Participate in our interactive holiday video and find out, if you are nice or naughty:




It’s that time of the year that we all go on vacation, but wait… before you go on vacation, the call for presentations for the ASUG Annual Conference 2015 is now open! This is a great opportunity to share your experience, learnings and best practices with your colleagues.


The call for presentations in now open for submissions. If you would like to submit an abstract, please do so not later than January 5. For any question, please contact Speakers@asug.com


There is a dedicated track in the submission system to submit the SAP Portal related abstracts:




I always find Tammy Powlas tips very helpful, so here are two great blogs written by Tammy Powlas that will help you submitting your abstracts:



Hope to meet you in person in Orlando on May 5-7, 2015.



Wei Deng

SAP Enterprise Portal 

Posted by Wei Deng Dec 12, 2014

SAP Enterprise Portal

Dear all, this is post is the humble opinions of SAP Enterprise Portal from a pure dummy's point of view. I don't come from a tech or engineering background but have the luck to get in touch with the introduction of SAP Enterprise Portal Technologies this fall through courses and feel that SAP Enterprise Portal is such a powerful tool for businesses and act as efficient and useful business solutions.


For me, SAP Enterprise Portal mainly acts of a via point, connecting information, resources, and different parts and functions of the enterprise. It unifies all these parts and enables the sharing of information and resources among the enterprise. Everyone could have an entry access to this one big sharing pool and information and knowledge, with different level of authorization to make sure enterprise could have the flexibility of managing the employees and assigning different roles to different counterparts. The powerful aspect is its ability to realize the fact for a big corporation with offices and employees everywhere, to connect with each other, cooperate with each other, share information and make decisions and assign different job functions. This could solve the problems for many enterprises and provide efficient business solutions, when they are challenged with the needs to unify large amount of resources and information, connect different functions of the company and enables everyone to be assigned with specific tasks and work efficiently with different level of capacity.


I didn’t get any coding of the SAP but do learn about basic functions and operations of SAP and find it quite useful and efficient. I’m interested in exploring more about the SAP’s acting as business solutions comparing to other alternatives, the one with different systems and the ones with the same. I hope to learn more about the different functionalities and efficiency of such applications. Another aspect is how efficient SAP Enterprise Portal could work for small businesses and how easy it is to implement in small businesses to utilize its efficiency without causing much trouble with employee’s adaptations. Small business solutions might be different from big enterprises but still need to employ business solutions to increase the work efficiency among different groups and departments.

Working in the SAP NetWeaver Java and Enterprise Portal areas, it seems to me the differentiation between the Portal offers in the context of the SAP HANA Cloud Framework is not made clear enough for customers.


The SAP Enterprise Portal from version 7.4 is the on-premise solution offer which supports the usage of SAP HANA as database. It can be run with other databases but it is going in the direction of being tightly integrated with SAP Cloud solutions.


More details are available in following SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.4 document: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-49289


Advantages of this solution are developed in Yaviv blog, I invite you to read all the details in his very helpful white paper:

• Full control over deployment (hardware / OS platform)
• Full flexibility for customization and extensions
• Individualized sizing


The SAP HANA Cloud Portal is the on-demand solution offer which is running in the SAP HANA Cloud Framework as the name indicates.


Advantages are:
• Lean, flexible Portal Paas (Platform as service)
• Fast time to value with regular updates
• Easy integration with on premise
• Lower TCO via scalable public cloud (Total cost of ownership)
• Standards based, open platform


Then, there is this question of integration of the SAP HANA Cloud Portal on demand with the on premise Portal solution. The FAQ from the SAP HANA Cloud Portal community network page gives some hints about how it can be achieved:


Is SAP HANA Cloud Portal a successor of SAP NetWeaver Portal 7.3x?
No, it is not a successor of Portal on-premise. The Cloud Portal can be an extension to Portal scenarios and can be integrated with your on-premise applications.


Will it be possible to migrate content from the classic SAP NetWeaver Portal to SAP HANA Cloud Portal?
Migration will not be possible since the two products are not directly related. However, cloud portal is designed to reuse content from SAP NetWeaver Portal.


If I run on-premise SAP solutions, how do I integrate with SAP HANA Cloud Portal?
The solution enables a secure and reliable integration with the customer's on-premise network for leveraging existing on-premise investments.

The Cloud Portal enables various methods of consuming On-Premise content:
(1) Consume EP 7.0/7.3 iViews and ABAP web application, assuming client has direct access to the web application.

(2) Consume data services based on SAP Cloud Connector (SCC).


The HANA Cloud Portal supports consumption of data services based on Rest APIs or Gateway services (OData). The best practice would be to build a UI5-based application that connects to an on premise backend system (such as a NetWeaver Portal) to fetch the business data.


Following links show different means available to connect applications to the Cloud Portal:

• Communicating with External Services -https://help.hana.ondemand.com/cloud_portal/frameset.htm?b971dd334fe24edc960b358d6cb45400.html

• Communicating with Non-Cloud Portal Applications Using the Connectivity Service - https://help.hana.ondemand.com/cloud_portal/frameset.htm?729dda66cb064915bba4b45f1bc638b5.html

• Application-to-Application SSO with SAP HANA Cloud Portal -https://help.hana.ondemand.com/cloud_portal/frameset.htm?629c6839a94c4250a46500326e9c419a.html

• Using SAP Gateway and the SAP Cloud Connector to Connect to SAP Back-End Systems - https://help.hana.ondemand.com/cloud_portal/frameset.htm?4bc9131fc5954f26a2d4fe98fd8e1267.html

• The SAP Gateway carries out RFC services within the SAP world, which are based on TCP/IP. These services enable SAP Systems and external programs to communicate with one another - http://scn.sap.com/community/gateway



SAP HANA Cloud Portal community network page: http://scn.sap.com/community/hana-cloud-portal

According to the Release note from SAP , 7.3 SPS10 got the  new UI Theme Designer is available to use


To Enable the feature , it has to be done at the NWA admin page.


Here is the steps to enable the feature.


Login to NWA


Navigate to Configuration -> Infrastructure -> Application Module


search for com.sap.portal.themes.lafservice


Change the Parameter "Determine what will be the theme runtime provider" Value to "LESS


Save and Restart the System


Under Content Administration --> Portal Display : New UI Theme Designer will appear





Notes and Known Limitations



Note 1890375 - Known Issues of UI Theme Designer for SAP NetWeaver Portal.

Note 1927550 - Update UI Theme Designer to version 1.1.4 in the portal.

Note 1895989 - UI5 iView stylesheet rendering issues.

Note 1959708 - Supporting integration of UI Theme designer and UI5 application in the portal.

New UI Desginger.png



This Blog is the 3rd case I publish in the context of my support blog – a continuance blog in which I publish Portal support
cases which customer may encounter.


This interesting case demonstrates the importance of navigating in the Portal by using the navigation APIs and not the direct URL to the Portal content.


The customer in this story had an issue with a page that was being triggered from an application (UWL application) and was expected to open in a new headerless page. Instead, it opened in a full L-Shape Portal framework page.

In mobile, on the other hand, when running the same application, it’s working as expected – the new page opened in headerless window when opening a new task. Bear in mind that the mobile application uses a different framework page (mobile framework page).


Why does this happen?

Here are a few more details:

The customer has a custom launcher page with a button that launches the mobile UWL application using a URL such as this*:


(*I anonymized the URL. But you get the idea.)

Can you see what is wrong with this URL?


As I cannot use screen shots from the customer’s system – I simulated this type of scenario on a local computer.

Let’s assume that the page shown below is the launcher.

Both the links are targeting the same iView. The first (“Good Navigation”) does it correctly, and the second (“Bad Navigation”) does it incorrectly.



     Figure 1: The simulated launchpad


In the customer’s system it would open the UWL navigation. In my simulation it opens a very basic iView which contains a link to another iView in a new window (as if the UWL is opening a task in a new window).

Look at the result from the “Bad Navigation” below.


Do you see what’s wrong here?

Hint 1: Look at the screen shot below which shows the navigation result.

Hint 2: It is running on a desktop framework page.



     Figure 2: "Bad Navigation"


So the problem here is that the portal framework has disappeared – note that there is no TLN or DTN – only the application has been triggered.


The link on this page that opened is navigating to another iView in new headerless window.

But surprise! The new iView has opened in a full Portal framework page as shown below:


     Figure 3: "Bad Navigation" result - the content is presented in Portal default framework

Now wait! It gets even more complicated: when running that same URL from the mobile framework page – the page opens correctly in a headerless framework page.


So what is going on here?


As I already mentioned above – the problem is related to the navigation URL. The customer has customized his or her launchpad to navigate directly to the content, instead of navigating to it via the navigation APIs.

So the correct way to navigate to the UWL application in that case would be:

http://myportal:50000/irj/portal?NavigationTarget=ROLES:// aportal_content/Folder1/Folder2/MyWorksets/MyRole/UWL_MOBILE& username_field=auser&password_field=apasswork&login_submit=on&login_do_redirect=1&ganame=MY_TASKS


You can see that the navigation is done by using the NavigationTarget parameter followed by the target content.

So when clicking the “Good Navigation” and navigating correctly by navigating in the Portal – the iView (simulation of the UWL application) opens inside the Portal frame – with the TLN and DTN (and all the other iViews of the frame of course):



     Figure 4: "Good Navigation"


And then opening a new headerless window (in the UWL it is New Task) the Portal understands “headerless window” and opens the new page as expected in a new headerless window.



     Figure 5: "Good Navigation" result - the content is displayed in headerless window as expected

When you navigate directly to the content, not all the JavaScript framework pages  are loaded and subscribed.  So when a new navigation from that content is performed – there is no JavaScript to process it and understand “open me in a headerless page”. The Portal performs this navigation in the default framework page of the Portal – which for desktop is the framework with the L-Shape (TLN and DTN).

Now why does this work correctly in mobile?

In mobile, the default framework is headerless – so the fallback of the Portal when it doesn’t have the JavaScript to “translate” the opening mode – is to open the page in the headerless window. Luckily, in the mobile case it seems to operate correctly, but it is based on an incorrect navigation just like in the desktop framework case.



So to summarize the conclusions from this case:  when you want to navigate in the Portal DON’T navigate to the content directly and DO use the NavigationTarget parameter.



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