I know very well that there are lots of documentation, forum threads, FAQ and also very well prepared cheat sheet about installing NW2004s that you can find in SDN and on the web as well but I also wanted to share my fresh and interesting NW2004S IDES installation experience with SDNers.In this blog,I will tell you installation steps of NW2004S IDES and share the problems encountered during installation with solutions and the approach that I followed. In addition to these I will point out what is needed exactly for successful installation of NW2004S IDES.
Lets start with laptop / desktop that you have. I have installed NW2004S IDES on my laptop which has 2gb ram ,intel centrino 1.7 and used my 250 gb external usb disk .Depending on installation componenets NW2004S requires around 130gb min.You can install AS ABAP and AS JAVA also in addition to these you can install BI JAVA and Enterprise Portal and its core components.
My laptop has just 80 gb so that’s why I decided to go with my 250gb external usb disk and if you are going to make an installation to your external USB disk like me, before starting installation be sure that your external usb disk NTFS formatted otherwise you will not be able to start installation.
After being sure that your hardware and software meet with requirements then it is time to find NW2004S IDES version. You can find NW2004S IDES in the service market place but you need to have super admin user to be able to download or another option is that you can order NW2004S IDES dvd set free of charge. I strongly suggest you to ordering DVD set otherwise you need to download lots of huge files and extract them which takes a long time and you may miss to download some of the parts which will be needed during installation like me.
When you are in service market place please click here and search for IDES then in the coming page you will see download link ( It is called IDES SEM-BW 6.0/7.00) .First of all, you need to download 8 big files ( each of them around 1gb zipped file) then depending on you requirement do not forget to download JAVA components also you will need to download UC kernel, database and master installation program. After all, get ready for installation. Before going installation check the swap file size which should be around 8 gb. so if you are on w2k3 like me,please click here how to do. The last things you should download before installation j2sdk and jce.I had problems with J2SE v 1.4.2_17 instead I switched J2SE v 1.4.2_09 and had no problems. After downloading jce(Java Cryptography Extension) do not unzip that file otherwise installation master will not recognize jce file.
SAP delivers NW2004S IDES with different databases such as SAPDb , Oracle ,MSSQL but I used SAPDb for my installation which is my favorite and strongly suggest you to go with it. Maxdb is simple and easy to use comparing to the others.
After you have all components to start installation of NW2004S IDES, you can start installation with clicking sapinst.exe under SAP installation master. After clicking that sapinst.exe installation master is taking you screens where you set and configure parameters for installations and ending with summary of your choices. After all, installation master is starting to copy file into your disk but in the first steps you will be asked for solution manager key which is mandatory to continue to the installation otherwise you can not go ahead.If you have a solution manager installed then entering your system parameters you defined in previous steps of the instllation, you will get solution manager key that you can use in the installation.If you do not have a solution manager in this case you can raise an oss note providing your system paramaters (How To get the Solution Manager Key – Note 811923)to get that key also make a search in SDN where you can find many threads about solution manager key.
Installation is taking serious time especially when you try to install it on laptop or generally speaking 32 bit systems. SAP recommends installing nw2004s to 64 bit systems. My installation (AS ABAP,AS AS JAVA,BI JAVA, Enterprise Portal ) took around non-stop 55 hours (consists of 50 steps) and this is all should be because of my hardware configuration and I was not able to complete successfully to install NW2004S at my first attempt due to problems that I encountered installation. Before achieving successful installation, I had lots of error and terminated installation and started from scratch. You have to be patient.
As mentioned above,I had some problems during installation and as I saw that the most problematic step was Import ABAP.In this step all db tables,objects,programs ..etc. are created.If you have a problem in this phase there is an OSS note (Note 455195 – R3load: Use of TSK files) which provides a solution for that problem. After completing import ABAP step successfully , rest did not seem so problematic to me. In the ABAP report step you may have a problem but with retrying two times or more you can overcome that problem. You will be asked to enter DDIC password and if the password you entered does not work then you can try to login to the system with client 000 using idadmin /ides and there you can change ddic users’ password which you can use in the installation.
Briefly, installation is taking serious time and you may have various problems during the installation. Do not forget to check the logs under usr/sap folder whenever you have an error, there you can find details regarding to the problems and just be patient to complete installation.
For much more take a look at SDN and SAP on Windows seems good to read.
You can also take a look at the installation demo provided by SAP.
Hope this has been informative for you.