MOPZ/Maintenance Planner - Only unicode kernel options offered
In Maintenance Optimizer (Solman 7.1 sp10) (also in Maintenance Planner), I am planning maintenance for a Stack upgrade to our ECC systems.
The current systems are
ECC 6.0 Ehp7 Stack 7 using Non-Unicode Kernel 7.42 sp 200
The desired target is
ECC 6.0 Ehp7 Stack 9 using the current 7.42 or 7.5 Non-Unicode Kernel.
I understand that an upgrade to Ehp8 would incur a unicode migration. Management has determined that a unicode migration will be delayed to coincide with a upgrade to HANA starting in 2017. In the meantime, management desires to apply the minimum maintenance required to meet the prerequisite requirements for year-end HR support packs.
Not to my problem. When I use either MOPZ or Maintenance Planner to create a maintenance transaction, the only kernel options offered are unicode.
Is this in err, and is there anything I can do to influence the choices presented.
Also, are there implications to selecting no kernel file, and manually upgrading the kernel outside of the SUM process.