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The SAP Content Server is a stand-alone component in which a large quantity of electronic documents of any format and with any content can be stored. The SAP applications concerned must support the use of the SAP Content Server. The documents can be saved either in one or more MaxDB instances or in the file system. The SAP Content Server is available for Windows 2000 & 2003 Server as well as for several UNIX variants.

Technical System Landscape

Any number of content servers can be installed in different locations. As well as content servers, cache servers can also be used for distributed data retention to enable quick access to document contents if, for example, you want to display a document in a Web browser. To do this, the cache server creates and stores working copies of documents from the content server. For further information see Knowledge Provider and Caching.

For information on how the server works see Architecture of the Content Server and Architecture of the Cache Server.


Below is a list of all the tools relevant for the administration of the SAP Content Server:


The SAP Content Server must be installed. You can find information on how to install the SAP Content Server for Windows in the SAP Service Marketplace under the quick link   /contentserver   Media Library   Literature  . For UNIX information, see SAP Note 664385 on SAP Service Marketplace.

For information about availability on various platforms see the SAP Service Marketplace under the quick link /PAM.


The SAP Content Server is not an alternative to optical storage systems and other storage media for long-term document archiving.

Tasks on Demand

The table below lists the most important administration tasks.


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Start and stop server

Information about starting and stopping the server under Windows and Unix can be found in Starting and Stopping the Content Server Correctly.

Manage repositories

Display Details of Repositories

Display Repository Settings

Create New Cotent Repositories

Make security settings

Secure Operation of the Content Server:

This contains information about secure URLs, encrypted data transfer, security against data loss, and protection against unauthorized access to administration functions. The corresponding information for the cache server can be found under: Secure Operation of the Cache Server

Save logs

If necessary, you should perform a Log Backup of the database log entries.

By setting the Log Mode you can decide whether the log entries are backed up in simple or mirrored mode.

Optimize performance of cache server use

Multi-Layer Caching and Content Server Aliases

Multi-Layer caching and content server aliases compliment each other. The main aim of multi-layer caching is to minimize access times. Also, URLs received via a content server alias can be handled in such a way that controlled content server accesses from the extranet can be allowed via a firewall.


The following errors occasionally crop up:

Error While Accessing Documents

Multiple Entries for Object SCMS in Application Log

Content Server is Rejecting Large Files

Problem: SAP Content Server Comes to a Standstill

Periodic Tasks

The following tasks must be done periodically:


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Create database backup

Backing Up a Database

The backup strategy depends on the size of the content server database and on the volume of changes per day and week.

Monitor content server and cache server

Content Server and Cache Server Monitoring

The server is monitored automatically in the CCMS Alert Monitor. All repositories defined in Customizing are monitored, along with their associated Content Servers. All the cache servers defined in Customizing for cache servers (SCMSCA) and all the Web servers are monitored as well.

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