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SAP NetWeaver CE 7.2 Trial Version is available

The SAP NetWeaver CE 7.2 Trial Version can be downloaded from the SDN download area. It can be used for instance to try the examples from TechEd 2009.


Highlights of the new features are

a) SAP NetWeaver BPM (Business Process Management):

  • Business user oriented process modeling
  • Support of Visual Composer UIs and offline SAP Interactive Forms by Adobe
  • Process reporting for composite business processes via rapid dashboard development (Visual Composer)  and SAP NetWeaver BW integration
  • Embedded Sub-Processes
  • Intermediate Message Events (allows process execution in asynchronous scenarios)

b) SAP NetWeaver BRM (Business Rules Management):

  • Business user oriented Web-interface
  • Graphical modeling of complex rules
  • Support for flow rules
  • Integration with Microsoft Excel
  • New rule testing and verification capabilities

c) Composite Developer Productivity

  • Composite Designer
  • Service Simplification and Mocking
  • Web Dynpro support for UI snippets for faster UI development
  • Visual Composer: Integration with SAP NetWeaver BPM, new model debugging capabilities, Context-sensitive help …
  • Enhanced Java EE Development Tools (i.e. Composite Designer Integration, JPA modeler, WTP 3.0, …)


More information about CE 7.2 can be found here:


The download is splitted into two parts:

1. Run-time: Java server with the CE stack i.e. BPM, BRM, CAF, VC, Web Dynpro …

2. Design-time: SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio

To install the Trial Version please download the two parts (direct link to download), unzip them, double click start.htm and follow the instructions. The installation will take between 30 and 60 minutes depending on your system.

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    • The ABAP 7.02 is on a slightly different release cycle than the Java/CE side of NetWeaver.  It will start ramp up as part of the next enhancement package set for the Business Suite 7 in June.  
  • Hi Axel,

    Is SAP going to release a 'Developer Edition' version?

    Also, can you please clarify if the expiration is after 30 or 90 days?

    The first line of the license agreement says:

    However, under "GRANT OF LICENSE", it says:


    • Hi Renato,

      it will expire after 90 days. I'm wondering where you found the quoted passage?

      It is not planned (yet) to release a 'Developer Edition'.

      Kind Regards,

      • Hi Axel,

        The release of this software to the community is a great accomplishment. Thank you 🙂

        That said, two issues:

        1. In the download are it is classified under the wrong section (Main Releases instead of Composition Environment)

        2. No Developer License planned? This seems to defeat the purpose of offering the new developer license. Hopefully this can be rectified quickly so that the developer community for whom a trial version license is not appropriate can stay stay up to date!


      • Thanks, Axel.

        After clicking on the "Click here for download" link, we get to a page with the license in a text box and radio buttons to select a file for download.

        I copied the quoted text from that text box with the license agreement. I just re-checked the text and, if you scroll down, you will see the paragraph I was referring to.


      • I am a bit disappointed of the realisation of the 'Developer Edition' license.

        Instead of simply removing the restrictions from all the trial versions available (why not keeping it that simple?) there are only some products covered by it and you still have to reinstall the whole stuff after 90 days.

        In real life we are not installing a trial version and work day and night on it for 90 days. It happens often that you work with it for some days (or for a presentation at a customer's site), then do other things for weeks or months and then work with it again. Therefore it is really annoying when the license period is over althoug you only worked for a few hours with the system.

  • Hello Axel,

    I have a question about the delivery of NW CE 7.2.
    Is the NW CE 7.2 still in rampup and do you perhaps know when it'll be officially released?

    Kind regards,

  • Hello Axel,

    I have had this trial version installed.  I am playing with the BPM and VC features with the NWDS 7.2 kit you provided.  So far it works fine except the connection to ABAP backend.  I have added a PI 7.1.1 system in the R/3 destination configuration in the NWDS Preferences.  When I tried to search for Bapi/RFC using this destination in VC it's giving below error.  I am pretty sure there is no problem with the network connection and the authentication data.  Do you know if this is a limitation with the trial version or some other confirguration I missed?  Thanks.

    !ENTRY 4 0 2010-02-25 13:07:20.725
    !MESSAGE SAPCFConnectorInteraction.init
    java.lang.NoClassDefFoundError: Could not initialize class
         at com.sapportals.connectors.SAPCFConnector.connection.SAPCFConnectorManagedConnection.initializeJCOMembers(
         at com.sapportals.connectors.SAPCFConnector.connection.SAPCFConnectorManagedConnection.init(
    !ENTRY 4 4 2010-02-25 13:07:20.725
    !MESSAGE Failed: A nested exception occurred. Could not initialize physical connection.
    !STACK 0
    com.sapportals.connector.connection.ConnectionFailedException: Connection Failed: A nested exception occurred. Could not initialize physical connection.
         at com.sapportals.connectors.SAPCFConnector.SAPConnectorException.getNewConnectionFailedLocalizedException(
         at com.sapportals.connectors.SAPCFConnector.connection.SAPCFConnectorManagedConnectionFactory.createManagedConnection(

  • After accepting license agreement and clicking download is throwing a error. please rectify the problem. Does CE7.2 trail version NWDI is also included.
  • Like everyone else I know at different companies, inside and outside firewalls, I'm getting the following error:
    "Unfortunately we have trouble completing your download request. Please contact for further support."
    SAP is ignoring this. I've sent several e-mails as the message says but just get a canned reply.
    Please help.
  • Hello Axel,

    i'm stuck in the installation step 21 of 29 with error
    ERROR      2010-03-16 12:49:38.968 [sixxcstepexecute.cpp:988]
    FCO-00011  The step createService with step key |NW_Java_OneHost|ind|ind|ind|ind|0|0|NW_Onehost_System|ind|ind|ind|ind|1|0|NW_CI_Instance|ind|ind|ind|ind|12|0|NW_Instance|ind|ind|ind|ind|1|0|createService was executed with status ERROR ( Last error reported by the step :'D:/usr/sap/CE1/SYS/exe/uc/NTI386/sapstartsrv.exe' returned with '-1'.).

    Seems like i have trouble with the windows user and the service that should be started.

    I tried the hints from the Trouble shooting guide to start the service manually, but didn't succeed.

    I searched the sdn but didn't find approriate solution.

    Do you have any hints?

    Installation on Windows XP-Professional SP3 german



      • Hello André,

        I'm sad, but I got no answer and no solution from

        I hoped especially for any information from Axel for he posted the blog and seemed to be an expert
        in CE, but I got no reply.

        Did you find anything useful in the forum.

        Please notify me if you get the issue solved.



          • Hi Stefan,
            at the end I used an english version of Win XP. The installation was successful. It seems 7.2 is not running on german OS any more (see inst guide) although it was working with 7.1 and 7.0.
            Regards André
  • I couldnt download this from SDN... as mentioned by many of the users I am getting the same error while trying to download...

    I have downloaded the same from SMP... but I could not find a link for NWDS 7.2... Could you pls help me out with the same.. .

    Nirmal Sivakumar G
    SAP India Consulting

  • Hi All,
    When I start the Evaluation installation appears the message:
    "Before you start the installation, make sure that you have identified the required capabilities as described in the Master Guide."

    Where can i get the Master Guide?
    Thanks, CD

  • Hi.

    The installation was successfull. But after the installation the server stays at the state "some processes running".
    SAP Management console displays only one error " OS collector is not running".

    Has anyone experienced this problem?

    • Me too, same problem. NWDS does not start, log:

      "!ENTRY 4 0 2010-05-07 15:48:37.453
      !MESSAGE Internal Error
         Plug-In Name: Web Dynpro Explorer
         Internal Error  :
         Class      :
         Method     : createPartControl
         Message    : getting ContextMenuActions from WD extenders caused an error: null
         Exception  : java.lang.NullPointerException: null
            [Error:  Thread[main,6,main]]

      !STACK 0
      !ENTRY 4 0 2010-05-07 15:48:37.453
      !MESSAGE getting ContextMenuActions from WD extenders caused an error: null      [Error:  Thread[main,6,main]]

      !ENTRY org.eclipse.osgi 4 0 2010-05-07 15:48:43.328
      !MESSAGE Application error
      !STACK 1
           at java.lang.AbstractStringBuilder.append("

  • I downloaded the trial versions, updated it, but there is no SAP perspective visible, like Rules Composer, WebDynpro etc.
    How can they be added? Does the trial version need special authorization?
    • Hi Michael,

      Which OS are you using? If windows 7, try adding XP
      to the end of SapNetweaverDeveloperStudio.ini file... Hope it will help you...

  • The download page mentioned that the required OS version to install the server is Microsoft 32bit OS though the official version requires 64bit OS.

    Could you please clarify if the trial version truly needs 32bit OS? My customer failed to install this with the 32 bit OS.

    • I have tried to installed the trial version on 64bit version.  The installation completed successfully but could not start the instance.  It worked fine with the 32bit version.
  • Hi,

    I installed CE 7.2 trial version and starting to develop a process. As soon as I complete the Process creation wizard and click Finish, I get this error "No preloaded content. Refresh the development component configuration. In the context menu of the Process Composer development component choose 'Modelling Infrsatructure' then 'Refresh Development Configuration'.

  • I have installed CE7.2 trail version.

    the server is not starrting even after 1 hour.when we checdk jstart.exe its saying " some process still running".

    Any pointers to trouble shoot?

    Chandra Dasari

  • I have installed CE7,2 trail version.
    I want to  configure the central services registry, but , I can't start  SAP NetWeaver composition Environment. In my internet browser, I go to the adress http://Lssidparra:50200 (it is my instance number)  but my intenet browser can not find this adress.

    What can I do?