SAPgui

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SAP GUI for Windows version 6.40

SAPGUI is the GUI client in SAP R/3's 3-tier architecture of database, application server and client. It is software that runs on a Microsoft Windows, Apple Macintosh or Unix desktop, and allows a user to access SAP functionality in SAP applications such as SAP ERP and SAP Business Information Warehouse (now called SAP Business Intelligence). It is the platform used for remote access to the SAP central server in a company network.

Family[edit]

  • SAP GUI for the Windows environment
  • SAP GUI for the Java(TM) environment
  • SAP GUI for HTML / Internet Transaction Server (ITS)

Microsoft Windows releases[edit]

Release Release date Latest patch End of life Features
1.0 First "GUI" for SAP software; no graphical elements like checkboxes, radiobuttons and icons
1.1 Field length indicated by background colors; fast paths in menus
2.0 New GUI for Windows 3.1; System and Application Toolbar added; icons in System Toolbar
2.1 New graphical elements: checkboxes, radiobuttons, group boxes and push buttons on screen
3.0 Table control introduced; icons added to buttons
3.1 1996 Windows95-look with flat buttons; tabstrip control and ABAP List Viewer (ALV) introduced
4.0 Screens contain more information to reduce navigation
4.5 Active X elements introduced; ALV is now based on grid control
4.6D July 2000 GUI is re-designed; multiple-areas are introduced to reduce need for screen changes
6.10 July 2001
6.20 March 2002 31/12/2010
6.40 June 2004 31/12/2010 Unicode support extended; accessibility and usability improved
7.10 February 2007 12/04/2011 Support for Microsoft Vista and Office 2007; new "Tweak SAP GUI" tool; new ABAP front-end editor
7.20 April 2010 17 (final) 09/04/2013[1] Support for Windows XP; Windows 2003 Server; Windows Vista; Windows 2008 Server; Windows 7 and Office 2010; Built with Visual Studio 2008[2]
7.30 June 2012 9 15/07/2015 Usability enhancements; new customization features; built with Visual Studio 2010

Java releases – for other operating systems[edit]

Release Release date Latest patch End of life Features
7.20 December 2009 10 31/01/2013 Supported OS – openSUSE, Fedora Core, Mac OS X, Microsoft Windows, AIX, OS X Lion, Fedora, Ubuntu
7.30 December 2012 8

Single sign-on[edit]

SAPGUI on Microsoft Windows or Internet Explorer can also be used for single sign-on. There are several portal-based authentication applications for single sign-on. SAPGUI can have single sign-on with SAP Logon Ticket as well. Single sign-on also works in the Java GUI.[3]

Criticism of using SAPGUI for authentication to SAP server access[edit]

SAP is a distributed application, where client software (SAPGUI) installed on a user's workstation is used to access the central SAP server remotely over the company's network. Users need to authenticate themselves when accessing SAP. By default, however, SAP uses unencrypted communication (although almost all packets are compressed and look encrypted by first sight), which allows potential company-internal attackers to get access to usernames and passwords by listening on the network. This can expose the complete SAP system, if a person is able to get access to this information for a user with extended authorization in the SAP system. Information about this feature is publicly accessible on the Internet.

SAP Secure Network Communications[edit]

SAP offers an option to strongly protect communication between clients and servers, called Secure Network Communications (SNC).[4][5]

Screen editing with Personas[edit]

Until 2012 one needed to know the SAP programming language ABAP to adjust SAP GUI screens (so-called "DynPros"). Now this can also be achieved with "SAP Screen Personas". Personas is installed on one of the SAP NetWeaver ABAP 7.0x or 7.3x servers in the system landscape. Then it can be used on all SAP NetWeaver ABAP servers with a kernel of 7.21 or higher, including on NetWeaver ABAP 7.11 systems (on which Personas cannot be installed directly).

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