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SAP Connector Release Notes - Mule 4

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Anypoint Connector for SAP (SAP Connector) enables Mule runtime engine (Mule) support for SAP integration, as an SAP-certified Java connector that leverages the SAP Java Connector (JCo) libraries.

This connector is not supported for use with Flow Designer in Anypoint Design Center.

5.0.0

November 8, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.4 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component

SAP ECC 6.0

Supported SAP Business Suites Products

SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, and SAP SRM based on the NetWeaver Platform

Supported SAP Industrial Solutions

SAP Retail, SAP Banking

Features

This release contains the following new features and enhancements:

  • IDoc source filtering is added to enable users to filter the document type based on a regular expression. Any type of regular expression is supported.

  • The SAP X.509 certificate field is now required when the connection is Certificate.

  • The reconnection strategy on SAP (applies to operations only) is improved. With this enhancement, when a connection fails on the FunctionSource or DocumentSource, the JCo server automatically tries to reestablish a connection in the following way:

    • If a connection issue occurs, the JCo server retries immediately.

    • If the connection is not restored immediately, the JCo server waits for one second and retries.

    • If the connection is not restored after the second retry, the JCo server waits for two seconds and retries.

    • If the connection is still not restored, the JCo server retries at four seconds, and then again at eight seconds.

  • Message logging is added for when the connector is in debug mode.

  • The timeout parameter is removed because the JCo library does not support timeout functionality.

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed some memory leak issues

  • Fixed class loader leak issues

  • Adapted demos for the new operation

  • Updated documentation

  • Fixed the issue of the function source request-response pattern not working (SE-13280)

  • Made other general changes that increase the stability and improve the performance of the connector

Migration Information for SAP Connector 5.0

SAP Connector 5.0.0 provides some new features that provide a more efficient way to achieve the same results as in earlier versions. The new configuration also gives a better understanding of what configuration to use in the connector. These new features and enhancements may cause backward compatibility issues.

  • The Create operation is renamed Retrieve IDoc.

  • The execute BAPI functions over qRFC, tRFC, and sRFC operations are merged into Synchronous Remote Function Call (sRFC) and Asynchronous Remote Function Call (aRFC) operations.

  • Disable function template cache flag is renamed to Disable JCo internal cache, and applies to both functions and sources. The default value is false.

  • The sources now have -listener in their aliases instead of source. For example, the XML is changed from sap:document-source to sap:document-listener.

  • The SAP configuration has the following changes:

    • The SAP Inbound and SAP Outbound configurations are merged into the new SAP configuration.

    • The Message Server field is now in the General tab.

4.5.0

December 3, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component

SAP ECC 6.0

Supported SAP Business Suites Products

SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, SAP SRM based on the NetWeaver Platform

Supported SAP Industrial Solutions

SAP Retail, SAP Banking

Features

Added support for request-response pattern on all BAPIFunction parameters.

4.4.1

November 29, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component

SAP ECC 6.0

Supported SAP Business Suites Products

SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, SAP SRM based on the NetWeaver Platform

Supported SAP Industrial Solutions

SAP Retail, SAP Banking

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed SAP Connector metadata not being built for inner tables. (SE-14018)

  • Fixed SAP Connector not recognizing specific JCo error types as connection issues. (SE-14098)

4.4.0

November 25, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component

SAP ECC 6.0

Supported SAP Business Suites Products

SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, SAP SRM based on the NetWeaver Platform

Supported SAP Industrial Solutions

SAP Retail, SAP Banking

Features

This release contains the following new feature:

Implemented keys and output DataSense support for FunctionSource.

4.3.6

October 4, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component

SAP ECC 6.0

Supported SAP Business Suites Products

SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, SAP SRM based on the NetWeaver Platform

Supported SAP Industrial Solutions

SAP Retail, SAP Banking

Fixed Issue

SAP Connector’s FunctionSource request-response pattern didn’t support data of type Structure within an RFC response. (SE-13280)

4.3.5

September 20, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component

SAP ECC 6.0

Supported SAP Business Suites Products

SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, SAP SRM based on the NetWeaver Platform

Supported SAP Industrial Solutions

SAP Retail, SAP Banking

Fixed Issues

  • General connector improvements.

  • Refactoring to improve compliance with the Mule development best practices.

  • Deprecated the UNKNOWN error type that will be removed in the next major upcoming release.

4.3.4

August 23, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

Supported SAP ERP Central Component: SAP ECC 6.0.

Supported SAP Business Suites Products: SAP Solution Manager, SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP PLM, SAP SCM, SAP SRM based on Netweaver Platform.

Fixed Issues

  • Fixed missing configuration parameters in the source configuration. (SE-12658, SE-12484).

  • Fixed sRFC call that reported a successful response, but which had data missing on the SAP side. The timeout must be set to 0 (default value) to execute a function as a transaction. In this case, using a try scope. (SE-12681)

4.3.3

August 8, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

SAP ECC 6.0 and its subsequent enhancement packages.

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Features

Updated connector icons.

4.3.2

July 26, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

SAP ECC 6.0 and its subsequent enhancement packages.

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Features

Updated the dependency on the File connector to its latest version (1.2.4).

4.3.1

June 27, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

SAP ECC 6.0 and its subsequent enhancement packages.

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issue

Fixed UNICODE null character at the end of response XML (CONN-2455)

4.3.0

June 12, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issues

  • Retrieving 50K records using the SAP connector results in an OOME inconsistency at 1.5 GB heap memory. (CONN-1838)

  • Unable to define the RFC timeout setting in the SAP connector in Mule 4.(SE-12045)

4.2.1

May 31, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issues

  • SAP Connector - Wrong number format returned. Fixed by adding the new useSAPFormat parameter, which if set to true, returns the default values received from SAP. (SE-12022)

  • SAP Connector - Parsing error when the SAP response contains nested tables. (SE-11910)

  • Fixed SAP Connector vulnerability to an XML External Entity (XXE).

  • Fixed SAP Connector Encoding field with a hint description.

4.2.0

May 23, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Features

  • New SAP format for the date and time when working with BAPI functions over sRFC:

    A new parameter in the SAP outbound configuration has been added to the Global Element Properties > Advanced tab. The Use SAP date time format defaults to the false value. If true, the DATE and TIME fields are formatted as strings in the yyyy-MM-dd / HH:mm:ss format. If false, the DATE and TIME fields values are returned.

Fixed Issues

  • Added SAP date and time format (see Features for more information). (SE-11815)

  • The SAP connector did not accept special characters in an incoming BAPI function sRFC response. (SE-11651)

  • Configuring SNC in SAP connector was not working. Added message server configuration parameters:

    String JCO_MSHOST = "jco.client.mshost";
    String JCO_MSSERV = "jco.client.msserv";
    String JCO_R3NAME = "jco.client.r3name";
    String JCO_GROUP = "jco.client.group";
    String JCO_SAPROUTER = "jco.client.saprouter";

    These are reflections of JCo properties. (SE-10985)

4.1.6

May 10, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issues

  • SAP connector is not honoring the encoding set in the configuration. (SE-11690)

  • I_DOCNUM is not being returned. (SE-11630)

4.1.5

April 10, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issues

  • SAP Connector throws parsing XML error for a BAPI call (SE-11457)

  • Sap Connector caching JCOFunction templates. (SE-11417)

  • Solved the issue where empty tables would crash the metadata generation. (SE-10776)

4.1.4

April 4, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issue

SAP connector did not accept slash / in a BAPI function call. (SE-10952)

4.1.3

March 28, 2019

Compatibility

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issues

  • Customer facing SAP connector was not able to update SAP correctly when IDOCs were sent as a collection. (SE-11221)

  • SAP connector did not accept slash "/" on a BAPI function call. (SE-10952)

4.1.2

March 8, 2019

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issues

  • Out of memory when retrieving data from SAP due to XML serialization. Solved by changing XML serialization implementation.

  • Fixed empty metadata name issue that caused the metadata generation to fail. The empty entries were removed so only the valid ones end up in the XML.

  • Fixed source not sending the response back to SAP in case of export parameters. Solved by implementing handling for this scenario.

4.1.1 - Deprecated

October 23, 2018

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Fixed Issue

  • Duplicate IDoc elements were filtered. Now they are properly processed.

4.1.0 - Deprecated

July 25, 2018

Software Version

Mule

4.1.1 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Features

Minimum Mule version set to 4.1.1.

Fixed Issues

  • Trying to access row values in a table which does not have any rows yet was throwing an error. It doesn’t do that anymore now.

  • Connector can now be downloaded without having to add the releases repository in the settings.xml.

Known Issues

None

4.0.1 - Deprecated

July 17, 2018

Software Version

Mule

4.0.0 and later

Anypoint Studio

7.0 and later

Java

8

SAP Solution

ECC 6.0 and later

Supported Modules

SAP CRM, SAP ERP, SAP SRM, SAP SCM, and any other modules compatible with the NetWeaver platform.

Features

No new features added

Fixed Issue

Information was missing when Idocs are received in connector. The information is now properly transmitted.

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