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SAP Business Suite 4 HANA (S/4HANA), ECC, R/3 ERP - Import


Bridge Requirements

This bridge:
  • requires the tool to be installed to access its SDK.

Bridge Specifications

Vendor SAP
Tool Name Business Suite 4 HANA (S/4HANA), ECC, R/3 ERP
Tool Version ECC 6.0 / NetWeaver 7.x
Tool Web Site
Supported Methodology [Business Application] Data Store (Physical Data Model, Logical Data Model) via JCO API
Data Profiling
Incremental Harvesting
Multi-Model Harvesting
Remote Repository Browsing for Model Selection

Tool: SAP / Business Suite 4 HANA (S/4HANA), ECC, R/3 ERP version ECC 6.0 / NetWeaver 7.x via JCO API
Metadata: [Business Application] Data Store (Physical Data Model, Logical Data Model)
Component: SapR3 version 11.2.0

This import bridge imports metadata from the SAP ECC ABAP dictionary.

This import bridge relies on the SAP Java Connector (JCo) API libraries to connect and retrieve metadata. Therefore, the JCo libraries must be available on the machine executing this import bridge.

The API communicates with the SAP server over the network, and the following server ports may be used:
* Dispatcher port: 32NN used by SAP GUI for Windows and Java
* Gateway port: 33NN used for CPIC and RFC communications
* SNC secured Gateway port: 48NN used for CPIC and RFC encrypted communications
(where NN is your SAP Instance number from 00 to 99).
Make sure that your firewall settings allow communications on these ports.

Before using this import bridge, you must configure the SAP ECC server by deploying an ABAP RFC function module.
You need an ABAP developer account to create the RFC FunctionModule on the SAP server.
This module responds to queries from this import bridge, to retrieve the necessary metadata.
Supplemental documentation is available explaining how to deploy the RFC function module on the server at:

The user account requires sufficient permissions to connect to the SAP server and execute the following RFC function modules:
* STFC_CONNECTION (check connectivity)
* RFC_SYSTEM_INFO (check system information)
* OCS_GET_INSTALLED_COMPS (check software versions)
* Z_MITI_DOWNLOAD (main metadata import)
The SAP Java Connector (JCo) libraries may call additional RFC function modules (RFC_PING, RFC_METADATA_GET, ...).
Please consult support note 460089 for details:

Q: SAP server can be slow, is it possible to work offline?
A Retrieving metadata from the SAP server may take a few hours depending on the volume of metadata, workload of the SAP server, and speed of network between the SAP server and the local machine.
- use the Miscellaneous parameter option -backup to save the downloaded metadata as text files in a local directory.
- use the Miscellaneous parameter option -restore to read the metadata from previously downloaded text files, to speed up this import bridge execution, avoiding the delay of downloading from the server again.

Refer to the current general known limitations at or bundled in Documentation/ReadMe/MIMBKnownLimitations.html

This bridge does not support incremental harvesting, SAP ABAP Dictionary does not have obvious internal borders or large units of change. The ABAP Dictionary is organized as a vertical tree of components with horizontal relationship links. The bridge allows you to import all or some branches of the hierarchy at a time.
It is recommended to divide up the import into separate models, because oftentimes only the user knows how to divide the dictionary vertically without breaking horizontal relationships.

Provide a troubleshooting package with:
- the debug log (can be set in the UI or in conf/ with MIR_LOG_LEVEL=6)
- the metadata backup if available (can be set in the Miscellaneous parameter with -backup option, although this common option is not implemented on all bridges for technical reasons).

Bridge Parameters

Parameter Name Description Type Values Default Scope
Application server Enter here the name or IP address of the SAP Application Server Host to connect to. STRING     Mandatory
Router string Enter here the SAP router string to use for a system protected by a firewall. STRING      
System number Enter here the SAP system number (instance ID of the ABAP instance). This is a two digit integer between 00 and 99. NUMERIC     Mandatory
Client Enter here the SAP system client ID. The client is identified with three digit numeric number from 000 to 999. NUMERIC     Mandatory
User name Enter here your logon user name, it must be a valid user name on the SAP system. STRING     Mandatory
Password Enter here your logon user password. PASSWORD     Mandatory
Default language Specify the language you would like to use. ENUMERATED
Chinese (Simplified)
Chinese (Traditional)
JCo library path This import bridge reads metadata from SAP using the Java Connector (JCo) 3.0 API.
Specify in this parameter the directory path where the JCo libraries are located.
This directory should contain for example on Microsoft Windows:
- sapjco3.jar
- sapjco3.dll

Different versions of the JCo libraries are available from SAP, for various operating systems and processor architectures. Make sure that you are using the correct JCo distribution for your environment.
For example, if you use a 32-bit Java JVM on a 32 bits Windows platform, you should use the 32-bit JCo libraries for Intel x86 processor.

For download, licensing and other information, please refer to
DIRECTORY     Mandatory
Content Allows to reduce import scope to a set of objects smaller than the whole server content.
You may specify a semicolon separated list of object identifiers, in the format TYPE_ID.
Supported object type codes are BFMR (Application Component) and DEVC (Package).
Application Component identifiers can be obtained in SAP UI using transaction code HIER.
Miscellaneous INTRODUCTION
Specify miscellaneous options starting with a dash and optionally followed by parameters, e.g.
-connection.cast MyDatabase1="MICROSOFT SQL SERVER"
Some options can be used multiple times if applicable, e.g.
-connection.rename NewConnection1=OldConnection1 -connection.rename NewConnection2=OldConnection2;
As the list of options can become a long string, it is possible to load it from a file which must be located in ${MODEL_BRIDGE_HOME}\data\MIMB\parameters and have the extension .txt. In such case, all options must be defined within that file as the only value of this parameter, e.g.

-java.memory <Java Memory's maximum size> (previously -m)

1G by default on 64bits JRE or as set in conf/, e.g.
-java.memory 8G
-java.memory 8000M

-java.parameters <Java Runtime Environment command line options> (previously -j)

This option must be the last one in the Miscellaneous parameter as all the text after -java.parameters is passed "as is" to the JRE, e.g.
-java.parameters -Dname=value -Xms1G
The following option must be set when a proxy is used to access internet (this is critical to access and exceptionally a few other tool sites) in order to download the necessary third-party software libraries.
Note: The majority of proxies are concerned with encrypting (HTTPS) the outside (of the company) traffic and trust the inside traffic that can access proxy over HTTP. In this case, an HTTPS request reaches the proxy over HTTP where the proxy HTTPS-encrypts it.
-java.parameters -java.parameters -Dhttp.proxyHost= -Dhttp.proxyPort=3128 -Dhttp.proxyUser=user -Dhttp.proxyPassword=pass


Override the model name, e.g. "My Model Name"

-prescript <script name>

This option allows running a script before the bridge execution.
The script must be located in the bin directory (or as specified with M_SCRIPT_PATH in conf/, and have .bat or .sh extension.
The script path must not include any parent directory symbol (..).
The script should return exit code 0 to indicate success, or another value to indicate failure.
For example:
-prescript "script.bat arg1 arg2"

-postscript <script name>

This option allows running a script after successful execution of the bridge.
The script must be located in the bin directory (or as specified with M_SCRIPT_PATH in conf/, and have .bat or .sh extension.
The script path must not include any parent directory symbol (..).
The script should return exit code 0 to indicate success, or another value to indicate failure.
For example:
-postscript "script.bat arg1 arg2"


Clears the cache before the import, and therefore will run a full import without incremental harvesting.

If the model was not changed and the -cache.clear parameter is not used (incremental harvesting), then a new version will not be created.
If the model was not changed and the -cache.clear parameter is set (full source import instead of incremental), then a new version will be created.

-backup <directory>

This option allows to save the bridge input metadata for further troubleshooting. The provided <directory> must be empty.

The primary use of this option is for data store import bridges, in particular JDBC based database import bridges.

Note that this option is not operational on some bridges including:
- File based import bridges (as such input files can be used instead)
- DI/BI repository import bridges (as the tool's repository native backup can be used instead)
- Some API based import bridges (e.g. COM based) for technical reasons.

Data Connections are produced by the import bridges typically from ETL/DI and BI tools to refer to the source and target data stores they use. These data connections are then used by metadata management tools to connect them (metadata stitching) to their actual data stores (e.g. databases, file system, etc.) in order to produce the full end to end data flow lineage and impact analysis. The name of each data connection is unique by import model. The data connection names used within DI/BI design tools are used when possible, otherwise connection names are generated to be short but meaningful such as the database / schema name, the file system path, or Uniform Resource Identifier (URI). The following option allows to manipulate connections. These options replaces the legacy options -c, -cd, and -cs.

-connection.cast ConnectionName=ConnectionType

Casts a generic database connection (e.g. ODBC/JDBC) to a precise database type (e.g. ORACLE) for SQL Parsing, e.g.
-connection.cast "My Database"="MICROSOFT SQL SERVER".
The list of supported data store connection types includes:

-connection.rename OldConnection=NewConnection

Renames an existing connection to a new name, e.g.
-connection.rename OldConnectionName=NewConnectionName
Multiple existing database connections can be renamed and merged into one new database connection, e.g.
-connection.rename MySchema1=MyDatabase -connection.rename MySchema2=MyDatabase

-connection.split oldConnection.Schema1=newConnection

Splits a database connection into one or multiple database connections.
A single database connection can be split into one connection per schema, e.g.
-connection.split MyDatabase
All database connections can be split into one connection per schema, e.g.
-connection.split *
A database connection can be explicitly split creating a new database connection by appending a schema name to a database, e.g.
-connection.split MyDatabase.schema1=MySchema1 SourcePath=DestinationPath

Maps a source path to destination path. This is useful for file system connections when different paths points to the same object (directory or file).
On Hadoop, a process can write into a CSV file specified with the HDFS full path, but another process reads from a Hive table implemented (external) by the same file specified using a relative path with default file name and extension, e.g. /user1/folder=hdfs://host:8020/users/user1/folder/file.csv
On Linux, a given directory (or file) like /data can be referred to by multiple symbolic links like /users/john and /users/paul, e.g. /data=/users/John /data=/users/paul
On Windows, a given directory like C:\data can be referred to by multiple network drives like M: and N:, e.g. C:\data=M:\ C:\data=N:\

-connection.casesensitive ConnectionName

Overrides the default case insensitive matching rules for the object identifiers inside the specified connection, provided the detected type of the data store by itself supports this configuration (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server, MySql etc.), e.g.
-connection.casesensitive "My Database"

-connection.level AggregationLevel

Specifies the aggregation level for the external connections, e.g.-connection.level catalog
The list of the supported values:
schema (default)

-jco.file <file path>

Specify path to file with additional connection details such as the SNC connection details.
This import bridge appends parameters specified in this import bridge configuration to the file before passing it to the Java Connector (JCo).
Such JCo file is a plain text file, and contains for example:
jco.client.snc_partnername=p:CN=POT, OU=SAP
jco.client.snc_myname=p:CN=JCO3, O=SAP, C=DE
For more details configuring SNC, please consult SAP support, for example:

-function <function module name>

Changes the SAP ABAP function module name used by this import bridge from its default value of "Z_MITI_DOWNLOAD" e.g.


Do not import (skip) iDocs


Do not import (skip) Function Groups and Function Modules


Do not import (skip) Programs


Import table functions


Bridge Mapping

Meta Integration Repository (MIR)
(based on the OMG CWM standard)
"SAP Business Suite 4 HANA (S/4HANA), ECC, R/3 ERP"
SAP ERP Central Component (SAP ERP Central Component)
Mapping Comments
Attribute Message, Table Field  
Description Short Description  
Name Name  
Optional Optional  
Position Position  
Class Table, IDoctype  
Description Description, Short Description  
Name Name  
DataAttribute Data Field  
Name Name  
DataSet Structure  
Name Name  
DatabaseSchema Schema  
Description Description  
Name Name  
NativeId Native Id  
NativeType Native Type  
DerivedType Data Element, Domain  
Description Short Description  
Length Length  
LowerBound Lower Limit  
Name Name  
NativeDataType Data Type  
Scale Decimal Places  
UpperBound Upper Limit  
DesignPackage Program, Transaction, Application Component, Function Group, Class, Package  
Description Description, Short Description  
Name Name  
NativeId Id  
PhysicalName Software Component  
ForeignKey Foreign Key  
Name Name  
Index Index  
Description Short Text  
Name Name  
Unique Unique  
IndexMember Index Member  
SortOrder Sort Order  
SQLViewAttribute View Field  
Description Short Description  
Name Name  
Position Position  
SQLViewEntity View  
Description Short Description  
Name Name  
ViewStatement View Statement  
StoreModel Instance  
Name Name  
StoreType Store Type  
SystemType System Type  
StoredProcedure Function Module  
Description Description  
Name Name  
TypeValue Domain Value  
Description Short Description  
Name Name  
Position Position  
Value Value  

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