August 28, 2013

If you followed the steps outlined in my last post, you should now have an SAP Installation Server configured. With that out of the way, you can now create your own custom SAPGUI package to deploy to users in your environment.

By creating your own custom SAPGUI packages, you will be able to include ONLY the features that are relevant to your SAP environment. Doing this can significantly reduce the size of the SAPGUI installation file, along with the time it takes to install the application. If you were to pair a "slimmed-down" SAPGUI installer with something like a logon script, you could deploy the latest version of SAPGUI across your network in a much shorter time span.

In order to create a custom package, you will first need to open up the SAP Installation Server Administration application. If you have forgotten where this is located, you can navigate to the shared directory used during the installation and then to Setup -> NwSapSetupAdmin.exe. I would recommend creating a shortcut to the application for future use.

After launching the administration tool, click on New Package from the top menu.

Click New Package in order to launch the package creation process.

From the initial splash screen, click Next to begin.

You should now see a list of available features which you can add to your package.

Available features to be added to your custom package.

For my example, I have selected only the features that would make up a somewhat "bare-bones" SAPGUI install.

This selection should provide only the basic features necessary for end users.

On the following screen, you will be required to provide a name for your package.
Your package name should reflect the configuration you have provided.

Now you will need to provide a command line name for your package. This is what will be used during the installation of the package.
For easiest installation in a Windows environment, it is recommended to refrain from adding spaces to your command line name.

You should now be finished with your custom package! You can now deploy the package using the Silent Installation Command Line parameters provided under the package's properties, or insert some VBScript into it for even more customization.
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