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!

 

In addition to the RKT Delta Learning Map for SAP Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0, enterprise edition (already offered since last year), there is now a learning map available especially for the topic of post-copy automation, as offered by SAP Landscape Virtualization Management.

 

You can access the new learning map as follows:


The learning map covers the following topics:PCA_Learning_Map.jpg

  • Overview of post-copy automation
  • Implementing ABAP post-copy automation (including demos)
  • Using ABAP task manager and stand-alone task manager (including demos)
  • Available automation content (ABAP and Java basis content, content for SAP Business Suite, content for SAP Business Warehouse)
  • Best practices for using ABAP post-copy automation

 

Altogether, the learning map offers over 7 hours of material, giving you a jump start to the efficient usage of post-copy automation.

We have updated the demo videos to LVM 2.0 and created a set of new ones about customization of LVM.

You can find the youtube playlist here: SAP NetWeaver LVM - YouTube

 

Kind Regards

Michael

As of today, December 2, 2013, Support Package 03 of SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management is available.

You can download it from the SAP Service Marketplace under Support Packages and Patches.

 

SP03 provides a set of enhanced features.

 

On implementing SP03, you can:

 

  • take a snapshot of a system including all volumes in order to
    re-use a consistent state of the system for system provisioning operations,
  • configure multiple HTTP proxies and assign them to instances and hosts.
  • reassign instances to another system within the managed sysetm configuration.
  • use an example of how to pass parameters to the ABAP task manager launched through SAP Logon,
  • configure general custom properties to centralize configurable and secure properties,
  • configure custom properties
    • for pools or pool containers to centralize configurable and secure properties,
    • for hosts to centralize configurable and secure properties.
    • for systems to centralize configurable and secure properties
  • start custom hooks in parallel with other subsequent process steps, and
  • download a support information ZIP file and attach it to an OSS message you are creating.

Please also note the following minor enhancements and changes:

  • The procedures for scheduling mass operations and sequential operations have been refined.
  • The procedures for configuring a managed system as a SAP Solution Manager system
    and assigning that system to other managed systems have been refined.
  • SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0, Support Package 03
    is required to run JAVAPCA 2.0, Support Package 00.
  • The framework of the Standalone Task Manager for Lifecycle Management Automation 1.0
    is delivered as part of SL Toolset 1.0 SPS09.
  • The dual stack split and system rename functionality (formerly known as SAPinst)
    has been integrated into the software provisioning manager SWPM.


For further details on SP03, see SAP Note 1878159  - SP 03 for SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0            

For further details on the product, please see the topic SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management at a Glance.

For a detailed description of the product's functional scope, see http://help.sap.com/nwlvm.

Dieter Krieger

LVM overview updated

Posted by Dieter Krieger Nov 21, 2013

Note that the overview presentation on use cases, features and benefits of the product SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management has been updated. It now includes an overview of new features available with Release 2.0. For an overview of all available documents, see the table at the top of the document SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management.

The next Support Package, SP 03,  for SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management 2.0 (LVM 2.0) is planned to be shipped in early December.

It will provide quite a few enhancements, such as,

  • configuration of  multiple HTTP proxies,
  • reassignment of  instances to another system within the LVM configuration, and
  • configuration of custom properties for hosts and for systems to centralize configurable and secure properties,

among many others.

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