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If you use the SAP system as a server, HTTP requests are forwarded to an ICF service. This service uses a HTTP request handler to call the requested ABAP functions.

For most standard functions, SAP delivers appropriate services. However, you also have the option of developing your own request handlers and services for specific requirements.

In both cases, the services must be configured in such a way that are used correctly and securely.


The administrator can perform the following tasks:

  • Create Service

    If you have created your own request handler for a special function, you can create a new service, and integrate this request handler in the service.

  • Maintaining Logon Procedures

    For each service, you can define which logon procedure and logon data (user, password, client, language), if any, is used.

  • Defining Service Data

    You can define various functional parameters (such as authorizations or a session timeout) for each service.

  • Defining Security Requirements

    You can define which security standard applies to a service.

  • Setting Up Error Pages

    For each service, you can define response times that are sent to the client if errors occur.

  • Activating and Deactivating Services

    For each service, you can define whether or not it should be released (activated) for calls.

  • Creating Virtual Hosts

    If you want to create services of your own, you can create a virtual host so that you can arrange these services in your own service hierarchy.

  • Creating Aliases

    For services that can be called up using various characteristics (different URLs, user data), you can create aliases.

  • Transporting Services

    If new services are created, they can be transported to the test or live environment.

More Information

For information about assigning authorizations in the ICF environment, see: