The Journey Ahead
I am pretty excited to have the opportunity to be involved with the new SDN subscriptions program. For a long-time developer, I believe it will provide a chance to really understand all the nuts and bolts of the different SAP solutions and what benefits they provide. Also, I have limited knowledge of security, basis, and system administration, so I plan to use this experience to really take my overall SAP skills and knowledge to the next level.
Since I am one of the early subscription members, I hope to use this weblog series to post on my learnings and experiences in order to help others who have or who are thinking of joining the program.
Ordering the Subscription
Oct. 11 – Ordering from the SDN site was pretty simple and straight forward. The only small issue I had to deal with was my existing SDN S-user ID. Currently, you must have a P-user to subscribe. It makes sense though because the subscription is licensed to the individual, whereas an S-user is associated with a customer ID. So I had to create a new account with a P-user in order to sign up, but Marc Ng from the SDN team helped me out by transferring all my old points, forum & blog posts, and wiki authorizations over to my new P-user.
After completing my order, I quickly received an email informing that it would be processed within 2-3 business days and my new subscription kit would be shipped within 14 days.
Oct. 12 – My subscription was processed in only one day. I received an email giving my new active subscription number and information that my subscription kit had been shipped. Cool, I can’t wait!
Getting the Goods
Oct. 16 – As I was in Munich for TechEd, my wife sent me an email telling me that my SAP software had arrived. Wow, only 4 business days and my software had already been shipped from Walldorf. Too bad I had to wait to get home before I could play with it.
Oct. 21 – I finally got home from Munich and was ready to unbox my shiny new object. Instead of trying to explain the contents, here are the photos with descriptions.
The shipping container sitting on the counter just itching to be opened
Two page list of contents – wow, that’s a lot of stuff!
The Subscription Kit – not quite Apple, but pretty impressive packaging
Cracking it open for the first time. I don’t look like any of these smart, business people on the front, but hopefully I will still survive in life.
The DVD’s inside just screaming to be unboxed and used. Be patient, my friends, your time will come
The whole kit unboxed in all it’s splendor and glory
The Welcome Package – it even came with a return shipping label, just in case. Nice!
My nifty new subscription ID card. It looks so good, I tried to use it to get into an exclusive night club this weekend…although quite impressed, the bouncer kicked me out. 🙁
The Netweaver Solution Overview Package – included overview documentation in 4 langugages. Instead of 7 pages, it was 42. C’mon guys, I don’t need these translated in Chinese, let’s stay a little green here and save some trees please.
The SAP Netweaver Master Guide – I think I am going to get to spend WAY more time with this book than I am looking forward to.
MDM packaged up all by it’s poor, lonely self
The meat and potatoes here – this is the big bundle with all the goodies
The Next Step – Getting the Hardware
Oct. 22 – After unwrapping the subscription kit and seeing all my new toys, I now came to the realization that I have nothing powerful enough to run my new system on. 🙁 Looking for the hardware requirements is not a straight forward process. The subscription page links back to the regular Netweaver planning & installation documentation. I am not going to lie, it’s a little intimidating looking at the lengthy manuals that I now need to go through to plan out which components I want to install and what hardware & OS I need to run it with. But as with most things that have big rewards, there is work involved in getting there. So in the next post in the series, I hope to go through my experience of reading through the NW Master Guide, deciding on what to install, and purchasing some new equipment. Stay tuned…
In the meantime, if you have any hardware & OS suggestions, please leave a comment. All are welcome!