Monday, November 9, 2009

SAP Download Manager – how to get and install it



SAP Software packages are possible to be downloaded using tool Download Manager. SAP has changed the rules as of 2nd of April 2007. As of this data it is not possible to download its software directly via HTTP/FTP protocol from OSS. This is thick client tool running on MS Windows and some of UNIX/Linux operational systems. SAP claims that using Download Manager, the download process is more stable; download can be restarted in case of abortion; etc. Usage of SAP Download Manager applies to all SAP applications regardless of whether or not they are using the SAP Solution Manager.

Sometimes SAP OSS notes refer to this tool as Download Basket. Application itself is written in Java. Before you install it you need to prepare your computer to run Java applications via JAVA runtime environment. Following JAVA RE are supported: Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.4.x and up (e.g. SUN's Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.4), Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.2 or Sun's Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.3. SAP recommends to use Sun's Java 2 Runtime Environment version 1.4. Afterwards download tool via quick link /swdc SAP Software Distribution Center, Download.

After installation you have to enter your OSS credentials to enable the tool read you download basket with software packages that you market for download via browsing on OSS.

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