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Connecting to third party databases using the portal JDBC connector

Today, with SAP NetWeaver 7.0 and Composition Environment for SAP NetWeaver 7.1, JDBC iViews and applications are supported using a generic 3rd party driver that is provided with both SAP NetWeaver Portal and SAP NetWeaver Visual Composer. The driver connects to all third-party databases supported by SAP (e.g. Microsoft SQL Server, Oracle, DB2).

Since the supported third-party database vendors provide JDBC drivers with the same or improved functionality, we (SAP) have decided to remove the generic driver from SAP NetWeaver 7.2 so that the customer can implement database connectivity directly using the, native drivers supplied by their database management system. All this means is that you download the appropriate driver, or drivers, from the website of your third-party database provider and configure it to work with your NetWeaver 7.2 installations. Detailed, step-by-step instructions are available here

We (SAP) will of course continue to support JDBC connectivity issues that you might encounter now or in the future.

Last but not least, ensure a smooth upgrade of the JDBC content from your current NetWeaver installation (e.g. NetWeaver 7.0) to NetWeaver 7.2, by testing your third-party database drivers as soon as possible with your current NetWeaver installations.

All the best!

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  • Hi Dafna

    Thanks for this info – it’s very useful to know what’s coming.

    Where can we find more information on NetWeaver 7.2? There seems to be very little info on the SAP site about it, so we can’t start looking into new features / technologies.

    As Partners, do we have access to any pre-release information / preview versions to evaluate?


  • That was informative.We will be having a similar requirement in coming months.Waiting for more information from you on this.