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Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 10 April 2014
FunctionType of ChangeDescription
Security, Identity and Access ManagementNew
You can manage your custom SAML 2.0 identity providers with productive HANA XS instances. For more information, see Configuring SAML 2.0 Authentication.
SAP HANA Web-based Development WorkbenchEnhancement
You can use the SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench also on the trial landscape. For more information, see Developing with SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench.
Console Client, SAP HANA ServicesEnhancement

You can restart SAP HANA services on productive SAP HANA instances from the console client. For more information, see restart-hana.

Console Client, DeployEnhancement
You can start an application process from the console client in disabled mode so that it is not available for new connections. For more information, see start.
SAP HANA XS, MonitoringEnhancement

You can register availability checks for multiple SAP HANA XS applications running on a productive SAP HANA instance from the console client. For more information, see Configuring an Availability Check to Monitor Your SAP HANA XS Application.

Cockpit, Destinations EditorEnhancement
The Destinations editor has been re-designed for easier navigation and extended with new features, such as cloning existing destinations and deleting configured certificates. For more information, see Configuring Destinations from the Cockpit.
SAPUI5
Enhancement
New version 1.18.10 of SAPUI5 runtime and documentation has been released. For more information, see the release notes.

 

 

 

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 27 March 2014
FunctionType of ChangeDescription
Document ServiceNew
The Document Service features console client commands for managing document repositories.  For more information see Console Client Commands -> Document Service section.
SAP HANA Predictive Analytic LibraryNew

You can evaluate and work with SAP HANA Predictive Analytic Library (PAL) functions on SAP HANA Cloud Platform Trial landscape. For more information, see Using Predictive Analysis Library.

SecurityNew
A set of new commands in the console client allows the account administrator to modify the keystore of productive SAP HANA XS systems to upload, delete and list certificates. For more information, see upload-hanaxs-certificates, list-hanaxs-certificates and delete-hanaxs-certificates.
Console Client, DeployEnhancement

You can configure a custom downtime application to be used in case of unplanned downtime. For more information, see Handling Unplanned Downtime.

CockpitEnhancement
You can disable (and enable) Java application processes from the cockpit. Disabled Java application processes don't accept new session requests. For more information, see Starting and Stopping Applications.
CockpitEnhancement

You can put Java applications in and out of maintenance mode from the cockpit.  Java applications in maintenance mode redirect requests to a chosen target application until you put them again into normal operation. For more information, see Putting Applications into Maintenance Mode.

Connectivity Service, SecurityEnhancement
The list of certificate authorities that SAP HANA Cloud Platform trusts by default is now available. For more information, see Trusted Certificate Authorities.
SAPUI5Enhancement
New version 1.18.9 of SAPUI5 runtime and documentation has been released. For more information, see the release notes.
SAP HANA Cloud ConnectorDeprecation

SAP HANA Cloud Connector 1.x has reached end-of-life. It is no longer accessible on tools.hana.ondemand.com and its documentation has been removed as well. Use SAP HANA Cloud Connector 2.x as the major version that will be extended and maintained in the future.

MonitoringBugfix
An issue with custom monitoring metrics not reported correctly in case you have registered many custom metrics is fixed.
SAP HANA Cloud Platform Tools for Connecting to SAP HANA Systems
Bugfix
The following issues are fixed:
  • Unclear error message appeared if password for connecting to a SAP HANA system was wrong
  • The "Add Cloud System..." action was missing from the menu when the selection was on a system that is logged off.

 

 

 

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 13 March 2014
FunctionType of ChangeDescription
LicensingNew
SAP HANA Cloud Platform has enlarged its scope and now encompasses SAP HANA Infrastructure Services, SAP HANA DB Services and SAP HANA Application Services. The new package offering comes with a new pricing model. For more information, see SAP HANA Marketplace and the blogpost The full package.
Password Storage APINew

An API for storing, updating and deleting passwords is now available to applications. For more information, see Storing Passwords.

Console Client, Java ApplicationsNew
A new command hot-update (beta) enables you to redeploy and update the binaries of an application faster than the normal deploy and restart. The update happens directly on the already running application process. For more information, see hot-update.
SAP Development Tools for Eclipse (Download Site)New

SAP HANA Tools Revision 72 are now delivered via the download site (https://tools.hana.ondemand.com/#hanatools). For more information, see

Setting Up the Tools.

MultitenancyEnhancement
The existing tenant API has been extended by a new execute() method to run background threads on behalf of a given tenant.
Cockpit, LogsEnhancement

The log viewer now opens in a new window, shows the log volume over time and supports you in finding time ranges of high activity. For more information, see Log Viewers.

You can now configure loggers also via the Recent Logging panel in the Java Application Dashboard. For more information, see Using Logs in the Cockpit.

Cockpit, MonitoringEnhancement
You can now register availability checks for your Java applications also from the cockpit and check the application availability status from the Java Application Dashboard. For more information, see Configuring Availability Checks from the Cockpit.
SAP Development Tools for Eclipse (Download Site)Enhancement
The download site now uses geolocation-based load balancing for SAP Development Tools for Eclipse (tools.hana.ondemand.com). When installing tools, you are routed to the nearest data center. The response time and the download times are significantly improved for users in the US region.
Eclipse ToolsEnhancement
SAPUI5Enhancement
New version 1.18.8 of SAPUI5 runtime and documentation has been released. For more information, see the release notes.
HTTPSDeprecation

SSL 3.0 is no longer supported as a communication protocol.

In case you have connection problems, make sure your HTTP client (e.g. browser) supports TLS 1.0, TLS 1.1, or TLS 1.2.

Eclipse Tools, SDKDeprecation

Deployment with SAP HANA Cloud Platform Tools with version older than 1.17.0 or SDK with version older than 1.16.0 is no longer supported.

Eclipse Tools
Bugfix
The following issues are now fixed in Eclipse tools:
  • "Landscape host" in the preference page is renamed to "Server's host name" to match the New Server wizard
  • Trailing white spaces are now ignored in the Cloud Server wizard
  • Starting a local server in an external directory which exists in the workspace is now possible
  • Stopping a local server from the Debug view is now possible
  • The Users editor does not throw an exception when you open it right after a server is created.

 

 

 

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 27 February 2014
FunctionType of ChangeDescription
Java ApplicationsNew
SAP HANA Cloud Platform now supports JSR 356 Java API for WebSocket in productive state.
For more information, see Java EE 6 Web Profile.
CockpitEnhancement
The cockpit now has integrated help. You can click the Help link next to a panel title in a cockpit page to access the contextual help for the respective panel and further links to the documentation.
CockpitEnhancement

A new dashboard serves as an entry page of the cockpit. The dashboard provides an overview of and access to the SAP HANA XS and Java applications available in the account and shows other key information about the account.

Cockpit, SAP HANA XSEnhancement
The use of packages in developer accounts on the trial landscape is simplified: a developer account can have only one  SAP HANA package, and you can create that package easily with one button click.

For more information, see Creating SAP HANA Packages.

Cockpit, LogsEnhancement
  • A new log viewer in the cockpit allows you to view trace and HTTP access logs directly in the browser and to sort and filter the log entries.
  • You can still download log files – for each file you can choose whether to open in the viewer or download to your machine.
  • Log files are also grouped by type.

For more information, see Using Logs in the Cockpit.

Cockpit, Logs, MonitoringEnhancement
The cockpit has now completely adopted the process ID as an identifier of application processes in logs and monitoring charts.
SDKEnhancement
  • The console client commands for the local server inside the SDK (install-local, start-local, and stop-local) now have port parameters that help avoid port collisions, thus enabling you to set up parallel builds and test procedures. These parameters are now visible by default in the console help. 
  • The install-local command now also supports setting non-proxy hosts for a local server (installed from the SDK for development purposes).
  • A new command deploy-local that allows you to deploy WAR files on a local server instance is now available.
TenancyEnhancement
Application logs now include tenant names in each log entry, which allows you to filter and explore relevant logs for a particular tenant.
For more information, see Viewing the Default Trace.
Cockpit, OAuthEnhancement
The UI for registering OAuth clients is now available for cross-account subscribed applications.

For more information, see Configuring OAuth Authorizations.

SAP UI5Enhancement
New version 1.18.6 of UI Development Toolkit has been released.
CockpitDeprecation
The cockpit no longer supports Internet Explorer 8. For more information about supported browsers, see Product Prerequisites and Restrictions.
SDK, DestinationsBugfix
The following bugfixes are provided for SDK 2.x:
  • You are now properly requested to enter your password for the console client commands (before there was an error with HTTP code: 401)
  • Тhe --application parameter in console client commands for managing connectivity destinations for subscribed applications now works with the format --application <provider_account>:<provider_application>. For more information, see Configuring Destinations from the Console Client.
Connectivity Service
Bugfix
The JCo runtime for SAP HANA Cloud Platform is upgraded and includes the following bugfixes:
  • When only modifying jco.client.cloud_connector_version, a JCoDestination was not recognized to be changed so that the old cached instance was still used.
  • Depending on the defined DDIC (Data Dictionary) types and structures and on the defined RFM (Remote Function Module) interfaces at SAP AS ABAP system side, a java.lang.StackOverflowError could have been thrown when a JCoRepository instance was storing the queried RFC meta data into its internal MetaDataStorage instance.
  • A java.lang.NullPointerException was thrown when saving a JCoRepository instance, which contained a remote function module template with an empty import parameter list.
  • The meta data information that specifies whether a parameter is optional or not was lost after loading a JCoRepository instance from a Java I/O character stream. Calling method JCoListMetaData.isOptional(<name|index>) on any parameter meta data that was loaded by a JCoRepository always returned false in this case.
  • A java.lang.NullPointerException was always thrown when trying to log on to a non-Unicode ABAP system using one of the new logon languages that are available in Unicode SAP systems only. Now an appropriate JCoException with error group RFC_ERROR_LOGON_FAILURE will be thrown in this case.

 

 

 

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 13 February 2014
FunctionType of ChangeDescription
Console Client, DeployEnhancement
You can now use the following two new commands:
  • rolling-update - to run an update of an application without downtime in one run. Prerequisite is that the new version is compatible with the old one.
  • enable - to switch a previously disabled application process(es) to started state in the load balancer.

For more information, see rolling-update and enable.

CockpitEnhancement
In the cockpit, you can now clearly differentiate infrastructure from application error states for Java applications which makes it easier for you to detect and fix application issues.

The status icons are improved, in particular the OK status icon which was sometimes confused with an action.

Cloud Environment VariablesEnhancement

There is now a new cloud environment variable HC_PROCESS_ID that contains the process id of the current application process.

For more information, see Using Cloud Environment Variables.

SDKEnhancement
The SDK samples will now demonstrate and make use of the SAP HANA Cloud Platform API which is now also published to Maven Central for easier consumption in Maven-based development projects.
SAP UI5Enhancement
New version 1.18.5 of UI Development Toolkit has been released.

For more information, see the release notes.

Feedback ServiceEnhancement
You can now provide feedback for the feedback service and its UIs.

For more information, see Getting Feedback for Applications.

Cockpit, DestinationsEnhancement
The Destinations editor in the cockpit is extended to support the new authentication type PrincipalPropagation. This new authentication type works for on-premise destinations (proxyType=OnPremise) and requires Cloud Connector version 2 (CloudConnectorVersion=2).
SAP HANA Cloud Connector
Enhancement
SAP HANA Cloud Connector 2.2 has been released with the following features:
  • Support of multiple accounts within a single installation. Account administration allows you to add/delete connections to several accounts. For more information, see Managing Accounts.
  • Redesigned UI experience, similar to the cockpit
  • Support for Principal Propagation has been added. By configuring trusted SAML IdPs, the identity, which is  logged on to the cloud, will also be logged on in the on-premise systems, if the prerequisites are fulfilled. For more information, see Setting Up Trust.
  • Audit logs can be checked for integrity so that it can be verified that no one has modified them. For more information, see Audit Logging in the Cloud Connector.
  • Payload traces for the communication traffic can be activated for problem analysis. For more information, see Troubleshooting.

 

 

 

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 30 January 2014
FunctionType of ChangeDescription
Cockpit, HANA XSEnhancement
Users of productive HANA XS systems are now able to create their SAP HANA database users within the cockpit.
For more information, see Creating Your Database User.
CockpitEnhancement
You can now see the runtime type, for example Java Web or Java EE 6 Web Profile, together with the runtime version.
CockpitEnhancement
You can now see the process ID for Java application processes in the UI. The process ID for processes that are still running is also shown with each log file, so that you can match a certain log file to a running process. 
CockpitEnhancement
In the process list of the application dashboard, you can now see the aggregated status of processes including run state, runtime version and metrics. This makes spotting problems with individual processes much easier.

For more information, see Checking the Application Status.

Cockpit, MonitoringEnhancement
The following usability improvements are now available:
  • You can navigate to the metrics details from the Status Summary in the Process Dashboard
  • Current metrics are now shown in compact view in the Monitoring tab
  • You can now select a custom period when viewing history of metrics for whole applications.

For more information, see Viewing Monitoring Metrics.

SDK, Connectivity ServiceEnhancement
The existing SDK sample application “connectivity-outbound-internet” is renamed to "connectivity" and is also extended to cover an example for on-demand to on-premise connectivity. The tutorials below are adopted accordingly to describe both connectivity scenarios, fitting to the extended sample application:

Using Internet Services in Cloud Applications

Using On-Premise Back-End Services in Cloud Applications

SAP UI5Enhancement
New version 1.16.9 of UI Development Toolkit has been released.
DocumentationEnhancement
SAP HANA Cloud Platform now uses geolocation-based load balancing for SAP HANA Cloud Platform documentation (help.hana.ondemand.com). When opening the documentation, users are routed to the nearest data center. The response time for opening and browsing the documentation is significantly improved for users in the US region.
Connectivity Service: Destination ConfigurationIncompatibility
To support SAP HANA Cloud Platform service JNDI resource lookups in EJBs with the release of neo-sdk-javaee6-wp-2.25.7, an incompatible behavior had to be introduced concerning the time destinations need to be configured. For more information, see Incompatibility announcement for neo-sdk-javaee6-wp-2.25.7 affecting destination configuration time.
Eclipse ToolsBugfix
The following issues are now fixed:
  • A user could not start a cloud server in debug mode if the Server Adapter was attached to an existing running application.
  • The profiling session name was incorrectly generated.
  • Servers used to hang if running with an older SAP JVM.
  • Applications created with migrated runtime and running on a cloud server, were deployed with wrong runtime version
  • Migration failed imperceptibly if SDK had been deleted.
  • Accessibility fixes in the Connectivity and Users editors in the Eclipse IDE.
Java EE 6 Web Profile
Bugfix
SAP HANA Cloud Platform services can be injected as JNDI resources in EJBs.

 

 

 

Release Notes for SAP HANA Cloud Platform - 16 January 2014

 

FunctionType of ChangeDescription
Cockpit, MonitoringEnhancement
You can now choose a custom time period when viewing history of metrics for a single process.
You can also compare the metrics history of different processes within an application.
For more information, see Viewing Monitoring Metrics.
ID Service, Authorization ManagementEnhancement
You can now directly assign users to groups.
Cloud ConnectorEnhancement
Version 1.3.2 improves the security of SCC traffic tracing by introducing a 4-eyes principle for the activation of HTTP and RFC protocol traces: activating a trace level that dumps traffic data requires the approval of two separate users.
SAP UI5Enhancement
New version 1.16.7 of UI Development Toolkit has been released.
Console ClientEnhancement
The disabled status for applications processes, as well as maintenance status for applications are now shown in the console client.
Console Client, DeployDeprecation
The parameter --severity for setting log severity during deploy has been deprecated.
Eclipse ToolsBugfix
An issue with applications deployed on a newly created cloud server (via Run → Run on Server) sporadically not being published on the server has been fixed.
Console Client, DeployBugfix
The deploy command now shows improved output in case you are trying to select a non-existing runtime version.
Console Client
Bugfix
It is no longer possible to start maintenance for an application that is used as a maintenance page.

For more information about older release notes, see:

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