Virtualization

Using toy virtual machines with SAP Cloud Connectors on a standard laptop

Summary: The main idea is to see how the SAP Cloud Connector High-Availability scenario can be run; in fact most of this ramble is about how to provision Linux VMs on a laptop ,with various cogs n wheels configured, so as to get the whole “cloud application process” working (and smoke-testable). I was watching the openSAP Cloud Connector HA demo video (course cp1-2, Q3/2017, week 4 somewhere), and then started …

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Support Update on SAP NetWeaver Support in IaaS Environments

In the last weeks, we announced two additional cloud offerings which are supported for SAP NetWeaver based applications. SAP NetWeaver on IBM Bluemix Infrastructure (IBM Cloud) Update: IBM Bluemix is now called IBM cloud. For details, see https://www.ibm.com/blogs/bluemix/2017/10/bluemix-is-now-ibm-cloud. Today, we announced the support of SAP NetWeaver applications with the Windows guest Operating System on the IBM Bluemix Infrastructure. Additionally, SAP supports Microsoft SQL Server 2014 and higher as a database. Now, …

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SAP IoT Experience In Virtual Reality (VR)

Virtual Reality is going to be useful for a lot of use cases, not just gaming. We explore the ways the technology will be used for training, marketing, product design and much more. SAP enterprise application possibilities in AR and VR have potential to grow in areas like manufacturing industries, medical field, etc. VR typically immerses the user in a virtual world via a headset that largely isolates you from …

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SAP NetWeaver Applications Supported with Google Cloud Platform

Be aware of a new announcement published during SAPphire! Besides the already supported IaaS offerings for SAP NetWeaver which are based on Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services and IBM Bluemix, you now can operate your SAP NetWeaver based applications on the Google Cloud Platform. The following guest operating system versions are supported for SAP NetWeaver on Google Cloud Platform: Windows Server 2012 R2 and 2016 SLES 11 SP4 and higher RHEL 6 …

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Microsoft @ SAPPHIRENOW: Running SAP on Azure

In less than a month Microsoft will present at SAPPHIRE. There will be plenty of fantastic topics to look out for, but I just want to focus on a seemingly small thing: running SAP on Azure. For those of you who have read my previous blogs (before recently joining Microsoft I was working at SAP for more than 10 years) you know that I am a huge fan of integrating SAP …

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VMware Incompatibility Issues may Lead to Performance Degradation on Windows – Update 2017/05/19

If you use Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2 or 2016 guests on VMware vSphere, you may experience high network latency due to an incompatibility issue between the VMware Tools and Windows RSS. For details, see the VMware blog: The Windows Receive Side Scaling (RSS) feature is not functional on virtual machines running VMware Tools versions 9.10.0 up to 10.1.5. Any Windows Virtual Machine running these versions of the VMware Tools will experience increase in rate of “Received …

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SAP Support of Windows Server 2016 in Virtual and Cloud Environments

SAP now supports Windows Server 2016 as a guest operating system in specified virtual and cloud environments. To check if you are allowed to operate your SAP application on Windows Server 2016, make sure that the following prerequisites are given: SAP supports your application and database version with Windows Server 2016. Check the SAP product availability matrix (PAM) for relevant entries. Your configuration meets the prerequisites listed in SAP Note 2384179. …

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How SAP IT Client Virtualization Helps to Enable External Workforce and SAP Employees

In the era of the mobile workforce, employees are no longer working at fixed locations, they have flexible work schedules and utilize a variety of devices. Flexibility is one key benefit that both employees and companies are hoping for from IT services in order to increase their productivity. At SAP, thousands of internal and external workers in organizations like Sales, Pre-Sales and Consulting are accessing the company resources from non-SAP …

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VMware FT 6.0 may lead to increased network latency

If you use FT 6.0 (with more than one vCPU) and you experience high latency and low throughput, you should check your ESXi 6.0 patch level.  This is a known problem which is addressed in the VMware ESXi 6.0, Patch ESXi600-201608401-BG. “When Fault Tolerance is enabled, the FT protocol might encounter a race condition that results in large increases in guest VM network latency and decrease in the VM network bandwidth.” And …

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VMware ESXi 5.5 p08 or ESXi 5.5 p09: Consumption of VMware Extended Guest Statistics may lead to virtual machine hanging issues

When running SAP Host Agent greater/equal to 7.21 PL5, leveraging the latest ESXi Extended Guest Statistics on ESXi 5.5 p08 or p09 host, you may experience the virtual machine becomes hung irregularly either with Linux or Windows. You can check upfront with esxtop performance monitoring utility if you may have the issue. Please observe if the memory usage statistics of the virtual machine world (OVHD) are steadily increasing in one minute …

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