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SUSE, SAP and other partners have created best practice guides covering different aspects of setting up and configuring SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications together with your mission-critical software solutions.


SAP Business Suite is a sophisticated application platform for large enterprises and mid-size companies. Many critical business environments require the highest possible SAP application availability. SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, when running on modern x86-64 hardware platforms, satisfies this requirement. Together with a redundant layout of the technical infrastructure, single points of failure can be eliminated.

SAP NetWeaver is a common stack of middleware functionality used to support the SAP business applications. This guide describes a SAP NetWeaver installation on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP1 with the additional SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension. We will also describe possible failure scenarios and methods for avoiding them. The described concept has shown its maturity during several years of productive operations for customers of different size and branches. The described storage stack and SAP configuration can be used with or without a high availability cluster . It is possible to add high availability functionality to an already running system, if the installation complies with the described solution.

This guide describes in a step-by-step manner how to plan a SUSE Linux Enterprise platform for SAP Applications. You’ll learn to set up a Linux high availability infrastructure for SAP solutions and perform a basic SAP NetWeaver installation on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications.

In addition this guide will help you to install the following software components:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise for SAP Applications, which includes the High Availability Extension
  • MaxDB (DB2 and Oracle are also supported)
  • SAP NetWeaver 7.0 EHP1 (other versions are also supported)

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