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


After a successful product ramp-up, we are pleased to announce the general availability (GA) of SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) release 2.1. Customers across the globe signed-up for the ramp-up and showed keen interest to implement and leverage the new product capabilities.


SAP LVM is a powerful tool that lets you simplify and automate the management and operations of your SAP systems and landscapes running on physical or virtual infrastructures. Some of the key value drivers for choosing LVM are:


  • Automation of time-consuming SAP landscape administration tasks such as SAP system copy, rename and refresh including automation of post-copy processing tasks for both ABAP and Java applications
  • Centralized landscape management and operations including landscape-wide visibility and control across infrastructure layers
  • Tailoring to your specific business needs by integrating your own procedures



What’s new with release 2.1

The new product release brings various enhancements and innovations in several key areas and further improves the overall usability. Click on the image below to get a quick overview on some of the major product capabilities delivered with release 2.1 followed by a short description.





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Provisioning SAP Systems

+ Provisioning SAP HANA systems: system clone, copy, rename and refresh for SAP HANA systems including automation of post-copy processing tasks

+ Synchronized clone of multiple systems: schedule an execution time for cloning multiple systems

+ Enhancements in post-copy automation (PCA): ability to open firewall automatically to remote systems during PCA BW execution and modify and handover of parameters to PCA

+ Template based execution and new template APIs: save system provisioning workflows as a template and trigger system provisioning activities using third-party orchestration tools


Landscape Management

+ Take-over procedure for SAP HANA system replication: a takeover makes a secondary SAP HANA system function as a primary

+ Rolling kernel switch: enable customers to switch the ABAP kernel without system downtime and with minimal operational effort

+ Target state for instances: allow users to define a target state (e.g. not running) for any instance and use target state as default selection during mass operations

+ Install PCA license: installation of PCA license can now be triggered centrally from SAP LVM



+ New custom operation types: two new custom operations (Confirm Action and Remote Function Call)

+ Validation constraints: allows definition of constraints for landscape validations (e.g. pool based configuration of validation)

+ New template APIs for partners: allows partners to integrate/trigger SAP system provisioning activities from outside of SAP LVM

+ Integration with SAP Solution Manager work-mode management: check Solution Manager work modes during SAP LVM operation execution and navigate from SAP LVM to Solution Manager IT calendar


Additional Enhancements

+ Enhancements in landscape visualization: Visualize system-storage connections as well as support for virtual volumes and virtual volume groups

+ Advance authorizations: visibility of Pools, Systems, Instances and Tabs based on user authorizations

+ Diagnostics agent Installation/configuration: install/un-install siagnostic agent on selected systems/hosts and configure the connection between diagnostic agent and SAP Solution Manager

+ Automatic update of external SAP Host Agent libraries: automated update of platform/storage libraries for SAPACOSPREP



Click for more details on LVM 2.1 "New" features




Please refer to these "important" links/notes before you begin your implementation project:

Summary of SAP Partner Integrations for LVM 2.1

Collective SAP Note: LVM 2.1

SAP Note: LVM 2.1 Support for SAP HANA

Official Product Documentation at SAP Help Portal




Best Regards,


Product Management Team

SAP Virtualization and Cloud Management





After a successful SAP TechEd && d-code conference in Las Vegas, we are looking forward to our next stop (i.e. SAP TechEd && d-code, Berlin). We delivered 22 hours of VCM sessions at Las Vegas with nearly 1200+ attendees joining our sessions to learn about the latest innovations in our product area, to get an overview on the product roadmap and to have an open discussion with us on their business needs and planned/on-going implementation projects.


We are excited to collaborate and engage with you at SAP TechEd && d-code, Berlin to learn from your experiences and get your constructive feedback on how could we best align our product strategy and vision to address your business needs. We offer a variety of sessions spread across 3 days to give you an opportunity to choose the right session that fits your expectations and you can plan your agenda accordingly (see below).


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 for TechEd, Berlin 2014:




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See you @SAPTechEd Berlin!!

Home | SAP TechEd &amp;&amp; d-code 2014 Berlin





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:




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Looking forward to see you @SAPTechEd Las Vegas!!






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)
  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.
  5. You check the Post-Copy Automation page in SAP Community Network for further information or documents.
  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.


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:



     -> 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.


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.


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



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







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.



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.


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.





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.


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 are some of the topics covered in the guide:

Landscape Preparation

SAP Host Agent


Users and Groups

Virtual Hostnames

Flexible License Mechanism

System Provisioning Processes

Troubleshooting Information

Please let us know your feedback.



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.


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