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An Instructor’s Guide to the SAP HANA Galaxy (…the answer is still 42)

This week I started my 6 weeks of teaching SAP HANA Technology classes and I thought it would be an nice to share my experience here on SCN,



I’m Hay Bouten, a SAP HANA Technology trainer at SAP Nederland B.V.

The schedule

  • Week 1: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL teaching WNLHD7 – Technology Delta HANA SPS7.
  • Week 2: Brussels, BE teaching WNLHD7 – Technology Delta HANA SPS7.
  • Week 3: Berlin, DE teaching HA200 – SAP HANA – Installation & Operations.
  • Week 4: London, UK teaching WNLHD7 – Technology Delta HANA SPS7.
  • Week 4: Walldorf, DE teaching WSPREP – SAP Exam Workshop SAP Certified Support Support Associate – SAP HANA.
  • Week 5: ‘s-Hertogenbosch, NL teaching HA200 – SAP HANA – Installation & Operations.
  • Week 6: Eindhoven, NL – teaching HA200 – SAP HANA – Installation & Operations as a Virtual Live Classroom (VLC) training.

Week 1:

The starting point of my SAP HANA journey is at our beautiful SAP NL office. Here I spend most of my working days …. yes I know it’s a tough job.

This first week I’m teaching the WNLHD7 – Technology Delta HANA SPS7 course. I created/developed this course myself after talking with my former students during the SAP TechEd 2013 in Amsterdam.

In this three day course the participants learn all the cool new technology that is delivered with SAP HANA SPS07. That means we have to do some lectures on these topics, but my prime focus is on hands-on. And with hands-on I mean hands-on. During the class the participants will perform the following tasks:

  • Install a SAP HANA SPS07 Single Host system.
  • Install a SAP HANA SPS07 Scale-Out system.
  • Patch the installed SAP HANA System to revision 72 using the HANA Life-cycle Manager (HLM) in a browser.
  • Update SAP HANA Studio using the Software Update Site technique.
  • Setup a SAP HANA System Replication between two servers and performing a take-over.

Lot’s of hands-on and still some time to do the theoretical lectures. On the last day the course is ended with the certification test C_HANATEC131. So for me that is a good test to see if the knowledge transfer was successful. The end result was very very rewarding nobody failed!!!

Here a picture of the happy few.



These guys did a great job, because they went through 350 pages of material, performed all the exercises and somehow found the time to study for the exam.

So now I’m preparing for my trip to Brussels. One thing I should not forget on my SAP HANA roadtrip is my towel!!

Happy HANA!!

Here are the links to week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5 and week 6.

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  • Hay, this was really great! But I have to say it was tough!!!

    Fortunately we had a great team (lots of very experienced guys and so lots of experience sharing), some great lab setups, and a great trainer.

    Definitely the extensive lab exercises deserve my highlight! And we had some bumps along the way that only extended the learning.

    You'll be drained out of your 6 weeks marathon! 🙂

  • Just arrived at the hotel in Brussels. The second week of my SAP HANA roadtrip has started. Watch out for the next blog in a few days!!

    Checked that all the SAP HANA systems are prepped and ready to rock and roll 🙂

  • Hey Hay 🙂 ,

    Good luck with the travels and training. I now know how it feels to do 6 weeks of entertraining. Luckily I didn't have to travel as much.

    Looking forward to the next installment!

    Cheers, Fred

    • The participants a just beginning to do a recovery of the SAP HANA systems. One groups said "Let's do a scale-out system recovery" and they succeeded 🙂

  • Hi Hay,

    I really enjoyed reading your first blog post and - lucky me - I am a later joiner, so I had the pleasure to read through the first three weeks of your travel "spreading the word of HANA" in a row.

    Many thanks for your blog!

    Cheers, Matthias

  • Hello Hay,

    the title of the blog made me come here (I wore a matching t-shirt yesterday, go figure! 😀 ) and the nice content made me read the other two of the series (and I'l be reading the rest, too).

    Really nice journey and information from the trainers point of view! I love to read blogs about experiences and this is a very good read. I hope, the rest of your training road is smooth.

    Since I'm a big fan of a lot of hands-on work in courses, I like your approach very much.

    Can I suggest one thing for this blog series though? Since this is the first blog, the start so to speak, you could link all the others in this one, so that we can jump from this blog to the others. You could just add them to your schedule list. 🙂