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SAP Landscape Virtualization Management FAQ

What is SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM)?

 

  • SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software is a management tool that enables the SAP basis administrator to automate SAP system operations including end-to-end SAP system copy/refresh operations
  • The software is shipped as an add-on to SAP NetWeaver 7.3 (Application Server Java) and is available in two additions: Standard Edition and Enterprise Edition.

 

I would like to take a look at the Product, are there any demos available ?

 

   

Is LVM a licensed product? If yes, how does the licensing model work?

  • Yes, SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software is a licensed product and the product is available in two editions: Standard edition and Enterprise edition.
  • Standard edition is available to all SAP customers with at least one active SAP application license and has no license cost associated with it. The customer will have to obtain a license for Standard Edition but, do not have to incur any additional cost..
  • Enterprise edition is available to all SAP customers as a separately licensed product. Please contact your SAP Account Executive or Sales Representative for further details.

 

Is the license model going to change with the next version of LVM ?

  • No, there are currently no plans to change the license model of LVM

 

What is the value proposition of  LVM and what are the business benefits ?

 

Value Proposition

With SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software (LVM), you can simplify and automate the management and  operations of your SAP systems running on traditional, virtual or cloud infrastructures.

Business Benefits

  • Greater operational continuity through centralized management, visibility and control of your entire SAP landscape using a single console.
  • Reduced time, effort and cost to manage and operate your SAP systems through automation of time-consuming basis administration tasks.
  • Increased operational agility through acceleration of application lifecycle management operations and fast response to workload fluctuations.

 

Does (LVM) replace SAP NetWeaver Adaptive Computing Controller (ACC)?

 

  • No, SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software (LVM) is a new product which is generally available for SAP customers since June 2012. The new product is positioned as a management tool for SAP basis administrators and inherits all the ACC capabilities in addition to offering more advanced automation capabilities such as, end-to-end automation for SAP system clone/copy/refresh operations, automatic capacity management for SAP systems, landscape reporting and landscape visualization etc.

 

  • All customers using ACC have the option to move to the Standard Edition of LVM without paying any license fee. The Standard Edition includes all the ACC capabilities and more. ACC 7.3 is the last release of that product and no new feature development is planned. Customers can continue to use ACC. However, we do recommend switching to LVM.

 

 

I am an existing ACC customer, how will I be supported in the future and how can I make the switch to LVM?

 

  • ACC customers can continue to use the product and will be supported as part of their ongoing SAP NetWeaver support. However, we strongly recommend switching to SAP Landscape Virtualization Management (LVM) as it has taken over and continue all use cases from ACC.
  • Switching from ACC to LVM is really simple and straightforward. All you have to do is export your existing ACC system configuration using export/import functionality in ACC and import it back into the LVM system using the same export/import feature available in LVM. As a best practice, SAP recommends installing  a fresh LVM system and migrating the configuration from ACC to the new LVM system as explained above.

 

When will the next version of LVM be released ?

  • LVM 2.0 is GA since Oct. 21, 2013
  • For upcoming releases, please refer to our Roadmap presentation.

 

Are there any prerequisites for using LVM ?

 

  • Yes, there are certain prerequisites for using LVM as it consists of several software components.
  • The LVM software itself is shipped as an add-on to SAP NetWeaver  (Application Server Java) and the minimum requirement is SAP NetWeaver 7.30 SP03 or higher (Application Server Java – “basic” usage type). Please check SAP Note 1527538 for further details.
  • Depending on the product edition that you are using (i.e. standard or enterprise edition) and the product functionality that you would like to use, there are certain additional components required.
  • The minimum dependency for managed systems is the SAP Host Agent, which must be running on each managed host (both SAP as well as non-SAP systems require SAP Host Agent for them to be managed via LVM).

        The SAP Host Agent FAQ can be found here: FAQ

        The SAP Host Agent Troubleshooting Guide: Troubleshooting guide

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For further information on virtualization, storage or other infrastructure dependencies, please check the collective SAP Note 1527538.

You can find an overview of current Partner integrations with LVM 1.0 here.

You can find an overview of current Partner integrations with LVM 2.0 here.

If your Infrastructure is not listed in the SAP Note 1527538, please contact virtualization@sap.com for help.

There is a best practices guide available for system provisioning here.

Are there any best practices recommendations for the Landscape setup?


There is a best practices guide available for system provisioning here.

 

Is there a Training available ?

 

Yes, SAP offers a Training for LVM. The course name is "TZLVM" and can be booked via the standard SAP Training Homepage.

Details can be found here: https://training.sap.com/shop/course/tzlvm-sap-netweaver-landscape-virtualization-management-20-classroom-099-de-/


How do i size my LVM installation/Is there a sizing Guide for LVM ?

 

We have released a sizing guide for LVM here.

You can find it at the Service Marketplace alias Sizing -> Sizing Guidelines -> SAP NetWeaver Landscape Virtualization Management

 

What key functionality does LVM standard edition offer?

 

  • Start/Stop/Relocate
  • Mass operations
  • Validations
  • Task planner
  • AS (un-)installation
  • Basic dashboards
  • Virtualization integration
  • Inter-system dependencies
  • Extensibility (custom operations/hooks/services)
  • Fine granular access control

 

What key functionality does LVM enterprise edition offer?

 

  • All features in LVM standard edition, plus the following:
  • Advanced Dashboards
  • Reporting
  • Performance monitoring
  • System clone / copy / refresh
  • Automatic capacity management
  • Landscape visualization

 

  For further details, please refer to slide 50 of the Roadmap presentation.

 

What is the relationship between SAP Solution Manager and LVM?  Are there any dependancies between these two products?

  • SAP Solution Manager addresses Application Lifecycle Management for SAP systems (ALM).  SAP Landscape Virtualization Management software enables running SAP systems on virtualized and cloud infrastructures and addresses infrastructure layer complexities.  In addition, SAP Landscape Virtualization Management provides additional capabilities such as a framework for automated system copy/refresh and automatic capacity management which deal with the complexities of both the infrastructure and the applications through a single tool.

 

 

Can I run LVM as an add-on to the SAP Solution Manager Java instance ?

 

  • No, this is not possible. LVM runs as an add-on on top of SAP NetWeaver 7.3 (Application Server Java) and the minimum requirement is SAP NetWeaver 7.30 SP03. Since, the latest release of SAP Solution Manager (i.e. SAP Solution Manager 7.1) runs on an earlier release stack of the Application Server Java Furthermore, even if this technical restriction is resolved in future, we would not recommend running LVM and SAP Solution Manager instances on the same host as part of best practices. Running both of these systems in the same host may cause performance degradation and moreover, in case of a system performance issue, it would become very difficult to diagnose and troubleshoot the root cause.

 

Does LVM integrate with SAP Test Data Migration Server (TDMS) ?

 

  • No, currently there is no standard integration available between LVM and TDMS. However, TDMS compliments the use case of LVM and could be used in parallel to LVM. TDMS offers data extraction of SAP business data and data scrambling which can be executed on SAP system copies that have been produced via LVM. Currently, we are evaluating various integration scenarios between LVM and TDMS and if something is available in future, we will update the product roadmap and communicate the same to our customers. We are looking into extending the SAP system copy workflow in LVM so that TDMS could be triggered as an optional step in one of the future releases of LVM.

 

Can I manage and  monitor non-SAP Systems with LVM? If yes, what functionality is provided by LVM for management of non-SAP systems?

 

  • Yes, LVM supports the management and monitoring of non-SAP systems and applications  and this capability of LVM is called “custom services”. Technically, any application that can be detected as a service running an operating-system can be detected and managed by LVM
  • LVM provides the following functionality for non-SAP systems (some examples of typical non-SAP systems would be  middleware systems like Tibco/Biztalk, non-SAP data warehousing solutions etc.):.
  • Performing basic monitoring and management of non-SAP systems such as, starting or stopping a system, collecting basic monitoring data such as CPU usage, memory usage, running state etc.).
  • Performing mass-operations on non-SAP systems such as, mass-start or  mass-stop).
  • Configure Inter-System Dependencies (ISD) between SAP and non-SAPsystems: 
    http://help.sap.com/saphelp_lvm10enterprise/helpdata/en/4e/43582d6bd11ecfe10000000a42189b/content.htm\\

 

Does LVM support management of SAP Sybase based systems?

 

  • Yes. It is possible to manage SAP Sybase ASE based  systems with LVM 1.0 SP5 onwards - including SAP System Copy operations. This requires the latest version of System rename. (system rename SP02 part of SAP SL Toolset)

 

Does LVM support management of SAP HANA based systems?

 

  • Yes. It is possible to perform the basic operations (start/stop/monitor) for SAP HANA systems with LVM 1.0 SP04 onwards.
  • System copy/provisioning is planned for the next release of LVM called 2.1

 

What are the steps that are automated by the Post Copy Automation functionality ?

 

System Refresh:

  • Initial Consistency Check
  • Check for BW system
  • ALE Configuration
  • ALE Customizing
  • Archiving
  • Batch Jobs Configuration
  • Batch Server Groups
  • CCMS Configuration
  • CCMS History
  • Customer defined Tables
  • DBACOCKPIT Configuration
  • Operating System Commands
  • Cross-Client File Names/Paths
  • Licenses
  • Logon Groups
  • Operation Modes
  • Printer Config / Spool Cleanup
  • System Profiles
  • RFC Connections
  • Inbound qRFC
  • tRFCqRFCConfig
  • SAPConnect
  • SLD Data Supplier Configuration
  • SCOT Configuration
  • SICF Configuration
  • SLD Access Data Configuration
  • Update Program Server Groups
  • STRUST Configuration
  • Last Transport Request Number
  • TMS QA Configuration
  • Users (all, selected clients, exclude)
  • Development Versions
  • Virus Scan Definitions
  • Web Service Configuration

 

Initial System Copy:

  • Cleanup of ABAP Basis Tables
  • Cleanup of Batch Jobs
  • Cleanup of DBA Cockpit Configuration
  • Cleanup of RFC In / Outbound Queue
  • Cleanup of SAPConnect
  • Cleanup of Spool Requests
  • Cleanup of TRUST Manager Config
  • Configuration of Standard Jobs
  • Scheduling in DBA Planning Calendar
  • Configuration of MSSQL
  • Configuration of Licenses
  • Configuration of Logon Groups
  • Configuration of System Profiles
  • Configuration of Operation Modes
  • Configuration of Secure Store
  • Configuration of Spool, TMS
  • Schedule of job RDDIMPDP

 

You can check out the details in your ABAP system by opening the Task List editor and browsing through the system copy / refresh lists, once your system is on the minimum SP level (see note).

 

For Java Systems: System Refresh:

  • RFC destinations
  • Security configuration (SSL key store, ticket key store)
  • User management handling

 

Initial System Copy:

  • RFC destinations
  • Security configuration (SSL key store, ticket key store)
  • TREX property setting
  • SLD configuration (SLD CIM client, SLD HTTP configuration)

 

SAP Notes:


Where can i find more information on the Post-Copy Automation for ABAP ?



 

My BDLS (logical system name conversion) takes forever, can you help me ?

 

  • Yes. Even though we use the SAP standard BDLS functionality we have optimized it in several ways.

As you probably are aware, the normal BDLS is a single task, which means everything is sequential.

With the LVM PCA task list, we enable parallel processing with up to 26 tasks, which already speeds up things

significantly. In addition it is possible to convert multiple logical system names in one run.

The second major point is, that the standard BDLS goes through every table, independently if a conversion is needed or not.

We address this with a a preparation task. This task runs before the copy and actual conversion, scans all

the tables and creates a list of the tables that actually need a conversion. This list is then read after the copy

and only those tables that really need a conversion are being  processed.

These features of the LVM ABAP Post-Copy Automation lead to significantly reduced runtimes.


Which stacks are supported by LVM for End-to-End automated system clone/copy/refresh (including System Rename and PCA) ?

 

 

End-to-End Clone

End-to-End Copy

End-to-End Refresh

ABAP Stack

Yes

Yes

Yes

Java Stack

Yes

Yes

Yes (workaround with manual steps available, see sectionJava System Refresh Workaround below)

Dual-Stack

Yes

No (see section Notes on Dual-Stack below)

No (see section Notes on Dual-Stack below)

NOTE: See SAP Note 1527538 for details on which SAP NetWeaver versions are supported.


Java System Refresh Workaround

User & passwords need to be manually exported and imported – for more information, see SAP Note 1807150


Notes on Dual-Stack

Mandatory dual-stack systems (such as SAP Process Integration or SAP Solution Manager) are not supported by system copy/refresh of SAP Landscape Virtualization Management today.

For optional dual-stack systems (such as SAP Business Warehouse systems with BI Java), see the following best practice to use SAP Landscape Virtualization Management for copying or refreshing them:

·        General recommendation: use the dual-stack split procedure to change the layout of your optional dual-stack systems to single stack

·        SAP communicated to discontinue optional dual-stack systems with higher releases than SAP NetWeaver 7.31 and SAP Business Suite 7i2011. As a result, by splitting your optional dual-stack systems, you are prepared for future updates/upgrades to releases that do no longer support optional dual-stack (such as to SAP NetWeaver 7.40). You profit from the benefits that single stack deployments offer, such as higher flexibility, availability and scalability. Customer feedback shows that the dual-stack split procedure is easy, fast and reliable. For more information, see the dual-stack page in SAP Community Network at: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-25162.

·        After the split, you can profit from all the benefits SAP Landscape Virtualization Management is offering in the area of system copy and system refresh, as outlined in SAP Note 1527538.

·        Reasonable alternative: un-install and re-install the Java stack of dual-stack SAP BW systems

·        If you are using the Java stack of a dual-stack SAP BW system for BI Java only, it might be a reasonable procedure to un-install the Java stack and perform a new installation of a stand-alone BI Java system from scratch. For more information, see the SAP BW landing page in SAP Community Network at: http://scn.sap.com/docs/DOC-785 .

·        After the un-installation, you can profit from all the benefits SAP Landscape Virtualization Management is offering in the area of system copy and system refresh, as outlined in SAP Note 1527538

·        Possible exception: stay with dual-stack systems

·        If you decide to keep the dual-stack layout for your optional dual-stack systems, you cannot profit from the benefits SAP Landscape Virtualization Management is offering in the area of system copy and system refresh as of today.

 

 

What about post-copy automation for AS Java systems?

 

For details, see the document FAQ - Java Post-Copy Automation.

 

Where can I get further information?

 

      (https://service.sap.com/sap/support/notes/1527538)

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