The Full Monty – Overview
Once upon a time …
For years I have struggled with the guided procedures, notes, and other “how to’s” when installing SAP Sneak Previews. For one reason or another, it has never been easy. The broad knowledge I needed was hard to find, and my patience, tested to the end. I have wasted, oops, learnt, from countless hours, and now going to put my efforts to the test. Drawing from others where possible.
This, my first blog ever, is going to to document my attempts, and needless to say, my frustrations in installing a SAP Netweaver environment. I will be using the Netweaver Sneak Preview (NSP),
Composite Environment (CE1) for the java stack, Portal, Business Objects Edge BI, Crystal Reports 2008, Excelsius, & anything else i can fit. I will try to stay with latest versions that may or may not have been tested, e.g. Windows 7 Pro & Java 6.
Update 29/7/10: I am no longer going to maintain the CE1/CE2 environment. Crystal Reports 2008 & the BObj Integration Kit to link SAP with Business Objects Edge both have new SP3 version which I shall be using.
Update 15/7/10: Today, I saw the latest offering of SAP’s NetWeaver Business Client (NWBC) 3.0, and I must say how sexy it looked. I actually believe this is where we will all be in three years time, if not earlier. From what I saw, the advantage is the seemless incorporation of various technologies. I could even code in it, I mean, this is nothing like what the original NWBC used to be like. To this end, I will re-vamp my “The Full Monty” intentions to include the NWBC, and drop the Enterprise Portal and corresponding Composite Environment attempts.
Update 23/8/10: Have added BObj Data Services to the list
I hope to achieve all this on a laptop, without the need of servers or networks. This way, the environment is totally portable and self contained. There will be some limitations. E.g. NSP does not have all the SAP Suite (of course), but it is still good for research.
To see how far I get, will be interesting…
After I received a comment, I’ve added this bit about virtualizing my efforts. It has been my intention to virtualize a number of stages. I hope to use VMware’s VCenter Converter to virtualize my physical machine. So I think I’ll give it a go, after the successful installation of the NSP. To see how I get along, visit my continuation blogs “The Full Monty …” which document my process, and hopefully, progress.
Lets begin with my environment
- Intel i5 M540 2.53 dual core proc
- 4GB Ram, 3GB usable
- 224GB hard drive, 202GB free space
- Windows 7 Pro
- Java 6, upd 20
I do not have any Firewall software, nor any Antivirus.
In the “Action Centre” of “Control Panel”, I have switched off all monitoring. e.g. Firewall, Windows Update, Virus Protection, Central User Account. Also the Java Update is off. I am trying to return the basic non-intelligent computer. I do not want any background programs running where possible. There are some hardware and security programs running, which i have left. It is good to keep an eye on what is loading each day, as programs have a habit of sneaking their way into running services, one that comes to mind is Adobe’s Acrobat.
Clean install of Windows, with Computer Name “pc”
I had also created a user “nspadm” in anticipation of the NSP install. I know the install will want to do this, so I simply created it, assigned it to the “adminsitrators” group and deleted the current user I was working under. This way, I only have to manage one user. So now I am working under the user “nspadm”. Note: you MUST have a user password for the NSP install to work. I believe it needs letters and numbers, so to be safe, make a good eight character password like “abcd1234”.
My hard disk is partitioned only as a C: drive. This will be easier if/when creating a virtual machine. Athough it is a 500gb disk, I do not have any other parition. Another reason, being, the NSP installation has a liking to installing the DB on an other partition if available.
I have downloaded “Spybot – Search & Destroy” to help me identify any other programs running in the background. Minimum install, with no automatic protection, e.g. Tea timer. I will perform everything manually. Once SpyBot is installed, go to “Advanced Mode”, and navigate to the “System Startup”. From there i can disable, quite safely, some more of the abundance of programs automatically running. I can re-boot, see if any problems occur. if problems do occur, return to this menu, and re-enable them.
Out of 27 entries i managed to remove 22. thats, 22 programs now not running. I did this semi-intelligently by looking at the “command line” column, and removing anything that was not pointing to the “Windows” directory, apart from my Synaptics mouse pad pointer driver. Of course you need to be careful doing this, but that is why I use this program. At the same time, I performed an optional “Immunization”.
I thought I would go one step further and remove any installed programs that I deem as unnecessary. This included items like Windows Live, Windows Messenger, Windows whatever … Now I believe I have a lean machine to start with
I am now ready for beginning the first of the tasks. So continue to the next blog…