Markus Winter (Chief Product Owner for SAP LVM and SAP CAL) and Jens Rolke (Sr. Solution Manager for SAP LVM) will be at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, FL (May 17-19, 2016).

This is a great opportunity to talk about our both products, SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (SAP LVM) and SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL).

If you are interested to meet us, please get in touch with your SAP Account Executive, so s/he can schedule a meeting.


Thanks and I am looking forward to meeting you at SAPPHIRE NOW in Orlando, Florida.


Best regards,

Jens Rolke

*** Sr. Solution Manager for SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (SAP LVM) ***



with this blog I would like to share that I will attend the SAPinsider Basis & SAP Administration 2016, which takes place February 16 - 19 in Las Vegas, NV.

I am available for meetings during the event and will present the following session:


Please get in touch with me if you want to talk, so we can setup a meeting. Otherwise, I will welcome you to my session with Q&A at the end.


I am looking forward to this exciting event with great discussions!


Best regards,

Jens Rolke

SAP Solution Management / SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM)

  • Install SAP NetWeaver Application Server 7.3 or 7.4 for Java.
    • The recommended minimum SAP NetWeaver Support Package stacks are:
    • SAP NetWeaver Release 7.30 Support Package 08
    • SAP NetWeaver Release 7.31 Support Package 04
    • SAP NetWeaver Release 7.40 Support Package 04

  • Install LVM by SUM (Deploy below SCA files by SUM) & Restart SAP.

SCA File



This SCA file contains Crystal Reports for

Eclipse and is used by SAP Landscape Virtualization Management

to generate and display reports.


This SCA file contains all functional coding and

is the main component of SAP Landscape Virtualization Management.


The enterprise enablement and auditing SCA file

activates the enterprise functionality within SAP Landscape Virtualization Management


  • After the initial setup, you can access SAP Landscape Virtualization Management using the following URL:


With the help of Adapters for the OpenStack Platform, SAP LVM extends its reach into more cloud infrastructures.

What is available:


SAP LVM Virtualization Adapter for OpenStack Nova (Compute)

SAP LVM Storage Adapter for OpenStack Cinder (Block Storage)

SAP LVM Storage Adapter fro OpenStack Manila (File Storage)


The Adapters are using OpenStack Keystone for authentication.




The Adapters are released as open source through GitHub.


On this page you will find more information and are able to download the Adapters.

SAP LVM is a powerful automation tool that helps you simplify and automate the management

and operations of your SAP landscapes. The addition of Adapters for OpenStack will help customers

to manage and copy SAP Systems located in their local Data centers and in cloud infrastructures like


SAP IT continues to improve various desktop virtualization solutions, providing flexible and secured alternatives for SAP employees and partners to access the corporate network and applications. SAP development, due to its increasing need of computing resources and intellectual property protection, is one of the strongest use cases for adopting the desktop virtualization solutions.


SAP's Virtual Desktops at a Glance



Based on Citrix technologies, SAP IT implemented a high available, secure and flexible infrastructure, delivering both XenApp-based Shared Desktop (Terminal Services) and XenDesktop-based Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) services to a large variety of internal and external customers.


The Shared Desktop service, is a hosted desktop environment providing identical virtual workspace to all end users.

While providing the standard Shared Desktop to all SAP users with a basic set of corporate software such as, Office, SAPGUI and IE, SAP IT also provisions customized/Project desktop environments to dedicated groups of users on per request basis.

This Project Desktop option is particularly useful to a group of users who share the same set of non-standard software applications to undergo project development.


The Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) service, provides personal virtual machines (VM) which functions like a local PC with multiple OS image options available, such as, Windows 7, 8, 10 and Linux.

Unlike the Shared Desktop service, VDI provides local administrative right to end users for software installation and local configuration, which is very useful and essential to developers who need more autonomy in their personal virtual workspace to carry out development work.


Benefits of SAP Virtual Desktops for development purpose



Due to their work nature, developers have a much higher need of computing resources (CPU, memory and storage) than general users. In order to develop products for SAP customers from multiple OS platforms with various combinations of software environments, SAP developers have a strong need of multiple computing environments to carry out their development work.

Traditional ways to cope with these additional computing needs are either to upgrade their physical PCs, to acquire secondary or tertiary PCs or to use local-hosted VM software on local PCs.


The Virtual Desktops provided by SAP gives an ideal alternative for developers to meet their increasing computing needs with a number of advantages over the above-mentioned traditional ways.


Centrally hosted in various high availability and high performance server farms, SAP virtual desktops are available to developers on 24h x 7. Simplified and secured access to all virtual desktop services is achieved via a one-stop Access Portal regardless of user location (internal or external network) and device used (PC, Macintosh or mobile devices).


Processing and disk read/write operations in centrally hosted virtual desktops all happen within the backend server farms only, hence, there is no performance impact on developer's local PCs. Data remain in SAP datacenters whereby the intellectual property is well protected. Furthermore, it limits the impact to developers when a local PC hardware problem occurs.


VDI, in particular, is good for setup of a sandbox environment for developers to test their codes and build their projects. Developers can test their software work or release in VDI VMs that they don’t want to risk doing in their production PCs.


Going virtual is a good substitute of old, secondary and tertiary PCs, saving hardware costs, physical space and energy consumption. With the benefits of increased security, high availability and flexibility of access SAP virtual desktops can offer, developers are no longer bounded by any physical devices and location to do their work, thus their productivity is maximized.



i have updated the SAP LVM customization options document with information about how to control LVM from the outside.

The options include the ability to execute LVM control and configuration functions as well as using templates to automate

provisioning processes like system copy/clone/refresh/rename.

Go check it out on the link below. (The additions are at the end of the article)


SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) Overview of Customization Options


Kind regards

Michael Hesse

SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) and
NetApp Private Storage (NPS)


Webcast Replay

Webcast with Jens Rolke (Sr. Solution Manager for SAP LVM at SAP) and Bernd Herth (Senior Technical Marketing Engineer at NetApp), held on December 08 to show how easily one can leverage the cloud for SAP applications.

SAP has partnered with NetApp to provide a solution that provides disaster recovery and rapid cloning of landscapes into the cloud.


In this webcast replay, you will have the chance to:

  • Gain insights on how SAP and NetApp’s partnership is helping customers to realize business and technical benefits
  • Learn how you can simplify and automate your SAP landscapes
  • Hear how the approach provides enhanced data security, TCO reductions, flexibility, IO performance improvements in the cloud, Disaster Recovery into the cloud, and data migration efficiency


Best Regards,
SAP and NetApp

SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) Software 2.0 is reaching its end of maintenance period.

End of Maintenance (EOM) for SAP LVM is December 31st 2015

We highly encourage our customers to upgrade to the current LVM version LVM 2.1 (SP5).


FAQ regarding EOM of LVM 2.0


Q: What does it mean for me as a current LVM 2.0 customer ?


•       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



Q: What is your recommendation

A: Please upgrade to the latest LVM version 2.1 (SP5)


Q: What are my options to upgrade ?


In place upgrade: Use Software Update Manager  (SUM)  to upgrade your existing LVM 2.0 installation.

Check the minimum SAP NetWeaver version required to run LVM 2.1, currently

SAPNetWeaver 7.3 SupportPackage 03

Export your LVM 2.0 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 2.1 -> 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 2.1, currently

SAPNetWeaver 7.3 SupportPackage 03

Export your LVM 2.0 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 2.1 -> 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


Hi There,



It’s that time of the year again, where we love to share the latest news on our products, talk about the new innovations, share our product vision and most importantly connect face-to-face with our customers and partners to exchange ideas and learn from each other experiences – it’s TechEd time!!


So here we are, with an exhaustive list of expert sessions carefully designed to provide maximum topic coverage and choice to our attendees. 


Our two solutions, SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (SAP LVM) and SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) help our customers to simplify and automate the management and operations of their SAP landscapes (including SAP HANA and SAP S/4HANA systems) and deliver the fastest & easiest way to consume SAP on-premise applications in the cloud


Here’s a quick overview of SAP LVM and SAP CAL session schedule (including related sessions and SAP Mentor sessions) for SAP TechEd 2015, Las Vegas:

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Look forward to see you @SAP TechEd 2015, Las Vegas!!




SAP Product Management Team,

Virtualization and Cloud Management Solutions

With Oracle 12c SAP supports the new user concept 'Oracle Standard' featuring the seperate Oracle software owner 'oracle'. This concept is the very same as used by SAP installations on Oracle RAC, Oracle ASM and Oracle Engineered Systems. The classic user concept 'SAP Classic' with Oracle software owner and database administrator ‘ora<dbsid>’ is deprecated but still supported with Release 12.1 for SAP installations with an Oracle single instance database on file system (SI/FS).


In July we have announced to support Oracle 12c environments with SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) by Q3 of 2015. When leveraging the full power of SAP LVM and the SAP Host Agent to manage or provision Oracle 12.1 databases SAP recommends to use 'Oracle Standard' together with a separate user 'ora<dbsid>'.


SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) and the required tooling for SAP system management and provisioning are planned to support Oracle Database 12c by end of Q3, 2015.


[Update] Please find the blog post describing how to use SAP LVM managing and provisioning Oracle 12.1 databases here.

Keeping up with our commitment on delivering continuous improvements to our customers, we are happy to announce the availability of SAP LVM 2.1 Support Package 03. This update is packed with a variety of new features especially in the SAP HANA operations area as well as landscape management and extensibility areas.



SAP Note: 2027244



You can download the software from:

https://support.sap.com/swdc  >>  Support Packages and Patches  >>  A - Z Index  >>  L  >>  SAP LANDSCAPE VIRT MGT ENT or SAP LANDSCAPE VIRT MGT STD -> Support Package Stack Download


What's new with SAP LVM 2.1 SP03?



SAP HANA Management and Operations

+ Relocate for SAP HANA multi-node and replicated systems.

+ Provisioning for SAP HANA multi-node systems (clone/copy/rename/refresh). This functionality is available for standalone SAP HANA systems as well as ABAP on SAP HANA system.

+ Configuring the primary and secondary system for system replication operations.

+ Provisioning support for multiple virtual interfaces.

+ Configuring High Availability and Disaster Recovery settings for SAP HANA.

+ Performing a take-over and failback for SAP HANA systems.

. . . and many more



Landscape Management

+ Setting authorization permissions for operations and content as well as refined standard permissions.

+ Refined operations for custom hooks. Defining and executing system wide custom hooks.

+ Dynamic captions for custom hooks and custom operations.

+ Enhancements in installation/un-installation of Diagnostic Agents for SAP Solution Manager.

+ Enhancements in rolling kernel switch (RKS) procedure. You can now perform RKS centrally for all the kernels using LVM.

+ Detailed information about system provisioning template steps for system clone/rename/copy/refresh.

. . . and many more



For detailed information about the new features shipped with LVM 2.1 SP03, please check the official documentation on SAP Help Portal:


SAP Landscape Virtualization Management 2.1, Enterprise Edition – SAP Help Portal Page  >>  What's New - Release Notes  >>  Release Notes



In case you missed the announcement on general availability of LVM release 2.1, please check this blog:







Product Management Team

SAP Virtualization and Cloud Management

Vor einiger Zeit habe ich ein Webinar für DSAG Mitglieder gegeben. Das Thema war die Roadmap von SAP Landscape Virtualization Management.

Dieses Webinar wurde aufgezeichnet und ist für alle DSAG Mitglieder unter folgendem link abrufbar:


Video from AWS Summit in San Francisco, April 9, 2015:




We are happy to announce the Early Knowledge Transfer (EKT) Workshop on SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) release 2.1 for US, Europe and APJ designed with the goal to enable technology consultants and system administrators to successfully run their LVM implementation projects.


Early Knowledge Transfer (EKT) is an evolution of Ramp-Up Knowledge Transfer (RKT) workshops and marks the next level in providing knowledge as early as possible to SAP technology consultants and implementation partners who are responsible for implementing the product at the customer site.





Link to Course No. and Description:




To register for the workshop please use this registration link



The workshop will be held in English


Enrollment Request: (an S-User is required for SAP Customers and Partners)

To apply for an EKT workshop seat you must have an S-User ID for SAP Service Marketplace. If you don't have a SAP Service Marketplace user ID (S-User) or a password, please apply for one first: S-user request form


Important Note:

Since capacity is limited, an enrollment request must receive confirmation before it can be considered as a final booking!



If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.




Best Regards,


Product Management Team

SAP Virtualization and Cloud Management



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