Hi,

 

This year we are back again at SAP TechEd && d-code, Las Vegas 2014 to share the latest news on our products and educate you about the new innovations and our product vision #SAPLVM and #SAPCAL

 

Most importantly, we are excited to collaborate and engage with you face-to-face to learn from your experiences and get your constructive feedback on how we could best align our product strategy and vision to address your business needs.

 

We are part of the IT and Cloud Management (ITM) track at TechEd. Most companies run hybrid IT landscapes with solutions deployed on premise, in the public cloud, and in the private cloud today and ITM track demonstrates how SAP helps you to operate, manage, extend, and adapt landscapes without disrupting the business.

 

Quick overview on Virtualization and Cloud Management (VCM) session schedule at TechEd, Las Vegas 2014:

 

Capture.PNG

Picture1.png

(click on the image to enlarge)

Picture2.png

(click on the image to enlarge)

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to see you @SAPTechEd Las Vegas!!

http://www.sapteched.com/2014/usa/home.htm

 

 

 

Cheers!

Hi all,

 

In this blog, I want to give a short overview of the recommended steps to perform in case you are facing issues with the execution of ABAP Post-Copy Automation – hopefully, this will help you to solve minor issues directly and will also ensure a fast message processing in case you would have to raise an incident.

 

  1. Make sure you performed the automated configuration as described in the respective documentation, such as:
  2. You check relevant SAP Notes, such as:
    • 1614266 – System Copy: Post-Copy Automation (PCA) / LVM
    • 1709155 – System Provisioning with SAP Landscape Virtualization Management
    • 1707321 – BW System Copy: Post Copy Automation (BW-PCA)
      02_SAPNote.png
  3. You check available Frequently Asked Questions, such as:
  4. You check the ABAP PCA troubleshooting page in SAP Community Network for documented issues and best practices.
    04_TS.png
  5. You check the Post-Copy Automation page in SAP Community Network for further information or documents.
    06_SCN.png
  6. Only if the steps above did not help (or in case you are facing an urgent issue), you raise an incident for ABAP Post-Copy Automation by using the SAP Incident Wizard:

SAP Landscape Virtualization Management is a powerful management tool that lets you simplify and optimize the provisioning, deployment, and management of SAP Systems through the use of virtualization technology. Like previous releases, the 2.1 release will be available in two editions, standard edition and enterprise edition.

Enterprise edition provides advanced features such as system copy/refresh automation.
Standard edition comprises a subset of the functional scope of enterprise edition and does not include the system provisioning functionality.

Ramp-up is planned to start on October 13, 2014 and to finish by mid-November. Customers participating in the Ramp-Up will receive extended Back Office support until the end of 2014. The ramp-up process will be a very lean one.

 

 

The new release includes template-based customized provisioning, and advanced landscape management functions, among other new and enhanced features.

Capture.PNG

For information on the upcoming Ramp-Up, see Ramp-Up SAP Landscape Virtualization Management 2.1 on the SAP Service Marketplace (login required).

If you would like to apply for participation as a new customer, please talk to your SAP account executive.

Partners are requested to use the partner nomination form availabe at SAPPartnerEdge.

SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software 2.0 SP 06 contains bug fixes only.

 

For details, see SAP Note 1983694.

 

You can download the software from the SAP Support Portal as follows:

 

https://service.sap.com/swdc

     -> Support Packages and Patches
          -> A–Z Index

               -> L
                    ->  SAP LANDSCAPE VIRT MGT ENT

                         -> SAP LANDSCAPE VIRT MGT ENT 2.0 

                              -> Comprised Software Component Versions

                                       -> VCM LVM 2.0

IBM SoftLayer was verified to run SAP applications, June 2014, joining other Public cloud IaaS providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure (Although interestingly they do not appear on the SAP note 1380654, even though the note has been updated in July 2014). This blog details some of the basics of the SoftLayer architecture and how to deploy an instance for installing SAP – as I am using a free account, the initial server does not have enough resources for a full ERP system but it will be enough to demonstrate the key architectural features.

 

SoftLayer is an IaaS provider much like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure, you pay for what you provision and use – although the differences in the granularity and services at first glance seem to make it tricky to do an Golden Delicious apple to Golden Delicious apple comparison, instead it may be more like a Golden Delicious apple to Granny Smith apple comparison.

I signed up for the month free trial here - http://www.softlayer.com/info/free-cloud, this provides you with a small server, too small for much useful in SAP terms. Once you have signed up and the server has been provisioned for you, this is different to other providers where you sign up and then you have to log in and create the server- I suspect it has something to do with the fact I have signed up for the month free trial.

The console (shown below) looks pretty clean and functional once you log in, it appears to be focussed on support and high level monitoring of instances and cost. Other consoles I have worked with prefer to provide a clearer view of the account assets and their status.

SoftLayer_Console.png

I can clearly see that my instance is running and I have no open tickets with SoftLayer. Now that the account is set up, the next stage is to understand the architecture of SoftLayer.

SoftLayer_options.png

At first glance it has all the normal options for an IaaS provider

  • Server choice - lots of options here as shown in the screenshot below of the order process
  • OS choice - Windows or RedHat are the only SAP Supported options here
  • Networking configuration - Vast array of networking options, although critical point over other providers is that once a public IP has been assigned to an instance it is only returned to the pool once the instance has been terminated.
  • Storage configuration - several options available
  • Security and Firewall options

 

Although the number of options available does seem to outstrip other providers, especially self-service providers. This begs the question if everything is automated or if certain items require human intervention – especially when looking at bare metal instance provisioning. I know this can be automated using tools like Razor (PuppetLabs) or BareMetal from OpenStack, but some of the options available pose that question for me.

 

Lets have a quick look at how to order a new instance and see how quick and easy it is to perform.

From the console screen, you can select Devices from the Order box

SoftLayer_Order_Button.png

 

This leads to a screen with a myriad of options which looks very impressive and provides excellent choice and flexibility at scaling costs.

 

SoftLayer_new_instance.png

 

 

 

 

The screen above allows you to select what you want to order, for this I selected the hourly Public Cloud Instances, which took me to the screen below.

SoftLayer_Start_Order.png

 

As you can see SoftLayer have opted for a single form rather than multiple screens of options, this allows for a view of the whole server which makes life easier in case you make a mistake or forget what you need to enter.

SoftLayer_Order_Filled.png

The form above shows an example of the system I selected for a standard Vanilla NW 7.4 system on RedHat Linux. I found the ability to select the number of CPUs and amount of RAM very refreshing as most providers do not have a good CPU to RAM ratio for SAP applications and you often end up very CPU heavy compared to your RAM.

SoftLayer_CPU.png

SoftLayer_RAM.png

 

 

The other item I have noticed is that there is always a cost calculator on each screen, which shows me how much my instance is estimated to cost. This is in direct contrast to other vendors who have calculators at the start of the process or just provide a lump sum bill for all provisioned infrastructure. This level of transparency is good, although I do not know if there are any 3rd party tools to provide good cost analysis of how SoftLayer’s customers are spending their money. I know Azure and Amazon have 3rd Party services which can do this – for example here - http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240174396/Free-tool-that-tracks-costs-of-AWS-Azure-and-Rackspace-public-clouds-launched

 

Once you have completed your configuration of the infrastructure, there are details like any OS scripts that need executing, definition of SSH keys and Hostname/Domain names to be confirmed as shown below.

SoftLayer_Additional_Order_info.png

After I had completed the order process my instance was created for me and I could log into it successfully.

 

Overall I am impressed with the SoftLayer processes in my first experience with them, they have sought to strike their own path in terms of the tools and options available.

Many people have asked us in the past, what are your recommendations

and best practices when it comes to system setup for LVM ?

We have collected these recommendation into a guide that can be found

here

 

Here are some of the topics covered in the guide:


Landscape Preparation

SAP Host Agent

Databases

Users and Groups

Virtual Hostnames

Flexible License Mechanism

System Provisioning Processes

Troubleshooting Information


Please let us know your feedback.

 

Michael


As officially announced in the SAP NetWeaver Branding Simplification blog, the product name has been changed to SAP Landscape Virtualization Management.  This name change does not affect the road map and release plan of the product in any way.

SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software 2.0 SP 05 contains bug fixes only. For details, see SAP Note 1945683.

 

You can download the software from the SAP Support Portal as follows:

 

https://service.sap.com/swdc

     -> Support Packages and Patches
          -> A–Z Index

               -> L
                    ->  SAP LANDSCAPE VIRT MGT ENT

                         -> SAP LANDSCAPE VIRT MGT ENT 2.0 

                              -> Comprised Software Component Versions

                                       -> VCM LVM 2.0

SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) Software 1.0 has reached its end of maintenance period.

We highly encourage our customers to upgrade to the current LVM version LVM 2.0 (SP4).

 

FAQ regarding EOM of LVM 1.0

 

Q: What does it mean for me as a current LVM 1.0 customer ?

A:

•       SAP no longer provides new Support Packages

•       SAP no longer provides legal changes

•       Limited technology updates: No guaranteed new SAP Kernels or SAP Kernel patches

        (e.g. to support new OS/DB versions); one-step upgrade to latest release may not be available

•       Customer-specific problem resolution: Maintenance covers resolution of problems only in case

         of known solutions or workarounds. Resolutions for problems not yet know to SAP are typically

         charged based on time and material. Problem resolution for third-party products (such as OS/DB)

         that are not maintained by the vendor anymore may not be possible.

•       SAP Enterprise Support service level agreements are not delivered for releases in customer-specific

        maintenance.

 

Q: What is your recommendation

A: Please upgrade to the latest LVM version 2.0 (SP4)

 

Q: What are my options to upgrade ?

A:

In place upgrade: Use Software Update Manager  (SUM)  to upgrade your existing LVM 1.0 installation.

Check the minimum SAP NetWeaver version required to run LVM 2.0 currently

SAPNetWeaver 7.3 SupportPackage 03

Export your LVM 1.0 configuration -> LVM GUI: Setup / Export,Import,Reset /Export -> select all -> save file

Make sure to enter a password to encrypt the export, only then all the passwords will be exported too.

Use SUM to install LVM 2.0 -> https://help.sap.com/nwlvm#section2 Installation guide

If needed (in most cases the configuration will be preserved during the upgrade) import your LVM configuration

Import your configuration. LVM GUI: Setup / Export,Import,Reset /Import -> select file

 

New install:

Check the minimum SAP NetWeaver version required to run LVM 2.0 currently

SAPNetWeaver 7.3 SupportPackage 03

Export your LVM 1.0 configuration -> LVM GUI: Setup / Export,Import,Reset /Export -> select all -> save file

Make sure to enter a password to encrypt the export, only then all the passwords will be exported too.

Use SUM to install LVM 2.0 -> https://help.sap.com/nwlvm#section2 Installation guide

Import your configuration. LVM GUI: Setup / Export,Import,Reset /Import -> select file

 

It is possible to have two independent LVM instances pointing to the same SAP systems for availability purposes


Q: Where can i find information on the lifecycle of LVM versions ?

A: This information is provided in the official roadmap slides: Roadmap


Multiple classroom trainings on SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) release 2.0 have been scheduled in the course of 2014 at various locations worldwide.

 

These trainings are intended to

  • explain LVM concepts and architecture, and the installation and configuration of LVM,
  • provide hands-on experience with managing and provisioning SAP systems, and
  • explain LVM extensibility options beyond out-of-box functionality and troubleshooting with root-cause analysis.

 

The target audience is

  • Technology consultants,
  • System architects, and
  • System administrators

 

Note that this training is offered as "Early Product Training". The focus of this training is to provide early access to important information; this training does not use SAP standard training systems or SAP standard course materials.

 

 

For further details, see the SAP Training Catalog.

Also note that there is a new curriculum for cloud-related trainings.

To accompany and support the SAP Cloud strategy, we created a plan to develop a new SAP Education curriculum. This curriculum will cover SAP Cloud Management and Virtualization for SAP solutions.

 

Enabling On Premise Solutions for Cloud will open up new opportunities for IT professionals. SAP Education Curriculum for Virtualization & Cloud Management is an initial answer to enable these IT professionals and get them prepared to support the customers move from On Premise to On Demand.

 

This curriculum is comprised of three courses:

  • TZCLD1 - Cloud Management and Virtualization for SAP Solutions (Overview course)
    • Explain the basics of cloud, the differences between virtualization and cloud. Describe the available different cloud models. Identify the type of technologies it is based on.
    • Target Audience: Technology consultant, Solution Architect, System Architect,  System Administrator, Enterprise Architect, Project Manager, Team Lead
    • Duration: 1 day

 

  • TZCLD2 -  Cloud Design and Architecture for SAP solutions (coming end of March 2014)
    • Explain Virtualization basics and the cloud configuration. Explain the enterprise architecture cloud strategy and the SAP Cloud Computing Road-map. Show the cloud standards.Explain the cloud security and the threat and vulnerability analysis. Describe the cloud governance challenges. Show the big data motivation and the cloud.Describe the integration scenarios.
    • Target Audience: Technology consultant,  Solution Architect, System Architect, Enterprise Architect, Project Manager, Team Lead
    • Duration: 2 days

 

  • TZLVM – SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0 (LVM) – Implementation
    • Explain LVM concepts and architecture, install and configure LVM.  Describe how to use and maintain LVM. Explain the LVM extensibility. Show how to troubleshoot LVM.
    • Target Audience: Technology consultant,  System Architect,  System Administrator
    • Duration: 5 days

 

This curriculum will continue to evolve to cover additional Cloud topics. These courses will be part of the new SAP Learning Hub FAQ offering (planned for end of June 2014).

 

I'll keep you tuned...

This document provides guidance for setting up an adaptive-enabled landscape with managed systems on Windows. You are guided through a scenario that allows you to manually test the ability to relocate your system. You should execute this scenario before you start to manage an adaptive enabled SAP system using SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management. The Guide provides a set of governance rules for an adaptive Windows landscape.

Note that the updated Guide is attached to SAP Note 1783702.

SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management software 2.0 SP 04 is available as of March 3, 2014.


In the enterprise edition, new and enhanced features are available in the field of system provisioning, SAP HANA database management, and SAP Solution Manager integration.


For details, see the documentation.

 

For most current updates, see  SAP Note 1945543.

 

You can download the software from the SAP Service Marketplace.

Go to Support Packages and Patches, then choose

-> A-Z Index -> N

-> SAP NW LANDSC VIRT MGT ENT

  -> SAP NW LANDSC VIRT MGT ENT 2.0

   -> Support Package Stack Download

  

 


SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management software 1.0 SP 08 is available as of February 18, 2014.

 

LVM 1.0 SP 08 contains bug fixes only. For details, see SAP Note 1875577.

 

You can download the software from the SAP Service Marketplace.

Go to Support Packages and Patches, then choose

-> A-Z Index -> N

-> SAP NW LANDSC VIRT MGT ENT

  -> SAP NW LANDSC VIRT MGT ENT 1.0

   -> Support Package Stack Download

To accompany and support the SAP Cloud strategy, SAP Education has developed a new curriculum covering SAP Cloud Management and Virtualization for SAP solutions. The new training and course content are intended to enable IT professionals and help them to become prepared to support their customers to move from on-premise to on-demand.

 

Read this blog post by SAP Education's Haythem OUESLATI entitled A New Cloud Management & Virtualization Education Curriculum for full details on the new courses and their target audiences. In his post, Haythem also refers to SAP Learning Hub, the new cloud-based offering from SAP Education which lets people learn anytime, anywhere in a new environment based on SuccessFactors Learning and using SAP Jam.

 

Among the learning content provided free of charge in SAP Learning Hub, discovery edition are video overviews such as this one below.

 

Happy learning!

 

Actions

Filter Blog

By author:
By date:
By tag: