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Use transaction SFW5 to switch on business functions and all switches assigned to them.

  1. Log on to the development system with authorization SAP_ALL.
  2. Disable all batch jobs.
  3. Close the system for all other users.
  4. Start transaction SFW5.
  5. Optionally, choose an industry solution in the Business Function Setdropdown box.

    Only one business function set can be activated.

  6. Select the checkbox in the Planned State column of the business function you want to activate.
  7. Choose Activate Changes.

    The batch job for DDIC and BC set activation starts immediately. This job takes about 30-120 min. The background activities are comparable to installing an add-on manually.


    The exact time and date of the activation are displayed. Once the activation time and date are set, they can no longer be changed. If you run the activation in restart mode (for example, after an aborted activation), the activation date is not overwritten.

  8. Check if the job is ready (you can use transaction SM37 or Goto → Switch Framework Logs).
  9. Reschedule batch jobs in the development system and unlock users.

Transporting System Settings

To write to a transport request all settings that are displayed in transaction SFW5, choose System Settings → Transport. There is no need to select any rows because it is not possible to transport only part of the activated business functions.

You need to specify a transport request. In the transport request, there is an object with the name "A" and the explanatory text Status Tables Switch Framework Client-Independent. The data is imported into the target system in the form of dictionary objects and is then activated.

Adjusting Name Display

It is possible that sometimes you see only the short descriptions of the available business function sets without their technical name. In such case, proceed as follows: Choose  Customizing of Local Layout → Options → Expert → Show Keys in All Dropdown Lists, and then choose OK.

A list with the business functions available in the selected business function set appears.

Activating Additional Languages

To activate additional languages, select the business function and in the context menu, choose Activate Additional Languages.

See also:

Maintaining Information About Business Functions