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Trial version of BW 7.3 powered by Hana & BO 4.0 on Amazon EC2 – It’s easy and you will be ready to go in 30 to 45 minutes

04.Dec.2013 I received my invoice from Amazon: (Please note this can vary a lot depending on your usage, country, etc.)

This is the bill for 2 hours of usage: (currency USD)

I was looking for a trial version of SAP Lumira to play around in my iPad, I found this page:

Here’s a list of a lot of products SAP offers as free or time trials.

Well I found the Lumira free version here, but also I found:

SAP NetWeaver Business Warehouse, powered by HANA

The temptation was big, I’ve used 7.3 but never on top of Hana, I’ve seen post and documents, but I wanted to feel it.

So why not ? Immediately after signing up, you will be prompted for your Amazon EC2 account

NOTE: You (yes!, you and from your own wallet) will have to pay for AMAZON EC2 hosting, basically EC2 is a service for renting virtual machines. So you will need to rent virtual machines to run your BW on top of HANA. Amazon invoicing model it’s pretty complex, but the bottom line is: While your virtual machine is turned on (running) you are spending money. I used my BW 7.3 on top of HANA for 2 hours, and was loading data and playing around the whole time.

So far im my AMAZON EC2 account I don’t see any charges, but they will come, I will update this blog when I receive the charges.

Now I will just add some images and links from my experience and ask you to comment about yours.


The longest waiting time is 10 to 20 minutes when your amazon virtual machines are being created / activated:


And after some time (I was refreshing the web page every now and then) you see that’s done:


Then you can click the connect button and a RDP file will download with this name: “Instance of SAP NetWeaver BW 7.3 on SAP HANA SP06 with SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.0 SP07.rdp”

That’s the great part, your remote desktop connection client will open and you will be connected to your virtual machine server.

(Default passwords here)

On your remote desktop all your tools will be there installed and ready to use.

This is an actual screen shot:


Then just double click your SAP GUI and voilá you are logged into your own BW 7.3 powered by HANA:


Now just have fun, experiment and remember:If you logout and leave your  server running you will be spending money, so please follow the instruction for shutting down your instance whenever you are not using it.

Also share your experiences running BW 7.3 HANA  Trial on AMAZON!

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      Former Member

      Hello Miguel,

      Thanks for sharing. I've been trying to use my BW on HANA for days now, but I'm unable to start the BW instance using the supplied passwords. I'm using the Linux user and password:  bdhadm / Admin1234 but having some isssues  ( see Issues starting BW on HANA instances ). Am I using the wrong password perhaps?  Thanks

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      Former Member

      Hello Miguel,

      Thanks for sharing this info. I was thinking of register for a trial version of BW on HANA.

      But I am not too sure about the elastic settings on AWS.

      Can you give a brief idea on this pls



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      Former Member

      OMG this trial is costing us a lot due to ignorance about AWS.

      Research completely before using. Amazon Web Services(AWS) was charging $10+ per hour. Within 24 hours for different items of service I received a bill for $407.10.

      AWS support was very helpful and helped in every possible way to remove charges and provided links to research in their forums.

      I'd advise not to go and install free trial on HANA unless you made sure these offering is on free tier and free of any service fee.