FAQ: Basic Questions

PBS archive add-onsĀ® are add-on solutions that can be used immediately for SAP data archiving. They are tailored to corresponding SAP modules and ensure that you can access all of your data quickly and seamlessly - in both archives and databases simultaneously - even after archiving.

You need to have successfully completed your SAP data archiving. Free capacity in the file system of your operating system is also required. The software is installed in the SAP program library using SAP standard tools. The only difference from the SAP standard is a PBS-specific namespace, /PBS/, that must be created first.

Most PBS software products are mainly used in SAP ERP or R/3. The PBS archive add ons are tailored to the corresponding SAP modules. PBS provides an expanding range of products for SAP NetWeaver BI, SAP Industry Solutions, and SAP Retail.

The development of new PBS solutions is pragmatic and focused on our customers' requirements. We now support most SAP archiving objects. You can access an overview under 'Availability by Archiving Objects'. To optimize your SAP data archiving, we recommend advance implementation of PBS Database Analyzer PLUS to determine the growth rate of your data volume and which modules are particularly affected.

PBS software can be used on any platform suitable for running SAP software.

No. Like SAP archives, the data generated by PBS software is stored in the file system of the operating system. Only about ten bytes per document are stored in the database tables set up during the installation of PBS software in an SAP system.

Many PBS archive add ons are already available for SAP R/3 3.1I and later. New modules will be developed first for the current SAP release and then ported to earlier SAP releases, if required. You can access an overview under 'Availability of the PBS archive add ons'.

German, English, and French are currently supported. For all other languages, we provide a PBS tool with which you can automatically generate translations in the language desired for up to 95 percent of the software.

Since the transactions involved are highly analogous to those in SAP standard software, end users do not need special training. For SAP R/3 4.0 and later, the SAP transaction name is preceded by the namespace /PBS/ (for example, /PBS/FB03 instead of FB03).

No. The authorization checks are the same as in the corresponding SAP transactions.

The user profile of administrators and users has to be added for indexing and display of archived data. In addition to the general authorization for the transaction namespace "/PBS/", the authorizations S_ARCHIVE and S_DATASET with the activity 01 (Create) have to be added to the profile of administrators. End users need the authorization objects S_ARCHIVE activity 3 for "Display", and S_DATASET with activity 33 for "Read".