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Update August 17, 2016


For the latest blog on this topic, see SAP Certified Technology Associate: C_HANATEC – by the SAP HANA Academy. C_HANATEC_11 replaces all the SAP HANA installation Technology Specialist exams. 


Update June 20, 2016

As you may have read on the blog by Haythem OUESLATI on SCN: SAP HANA Education – Course & Certification Program 2015, the E_HANAINS exam will be retired by the end of 2016.

The current recommendation is

  • for those new to the program, to take the C_HANATEC_11 exam
  • for anyone already C_HANATECxx (141, 142, 151) certified to
    • either upgrade it to version C_HANATEC_11
    • or, until the end of this year, pass any of the three E_HANAINSxx certifications (141, 142, 151)

For those interested in the C_HANATEC exam, I wrote a blog about it some time ago (September 14, 2014 for the 141 edition (SPS 07):

Update February 3, 2016

Just posted an update to this blog for E_HANAINS142 and E_HANAINS151:

SAP Certified Technology Specialist: SAP HANA Installation (Edition 2015) – by the SAP HANA Academy

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Introduction

SAP HANA SPS 06 introduced the tailored data center integration (TDI) delivery model as an alternative to the initial appliance model. TDI enables SAP customers to perform HANA installations by certified engineers on certified hardware (TDI FAQ).

In this blog, I will explain how you can become such a certified engineer by passing the SAP Certified Technology Specialist – SAP HANA Installation exam.

For the SAP HANA Academy, I have performed countless installations of SAP HANA as of SPS 02 (GA) and upgraded many revisions. However, I found that experience alone is not enough. You do need to do some studying. But with some effort, anyone can do it. The exam is quit reasonable: it is not a Herculean task. 😉

This blog is part of a series.

About the Certification

At the time of writing there are 2 editions of the SAP Certified Technology Specialist – SAP HANA Installation certification

Typically you would go for the most recent exam: 141, i.e. 1st edition 2014. There is not a lot of difference between both exams, the distinction concerns mainly the questions about the installer. With SPS 06, SAP HANA installations were performed with the unified installer – a grandiose name for a basic shell script – whereas with SPS 07, this script has been replaced with the SAP HANA Lifecycle Management tool hdblcm(gui), cf.Installation in SAP HANA SPS 07 – welcoming hdblcm(gui) to the family.

For the latest information, see the blog byTim Breitwieser on SCN: SAP HANA Education: Course & Certification Program 2014. The SPS 08 edition can be expected at the end of this year.

Prerequisite: SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP HANA (E_HANATEC131 or E_HANATEC141).

Topic Areas

There are 40 questions divided over 6 topic areas. When I did 131 and 141, most questions were about the installation and uninstall procedures (± 8). Below the list ordered by number of questions as I experienced it. The last two topics only had 3 questions each.

  • Installation and uninstall procedures: prepare installer configuration file, implement prerequisites; execute and troubleshoot the installation and un-installation processes, including the removal of SAP Host and SMD Agent.
  • Hardware and operating system verification: review network setup, storage design, prepare hardware and OS; identify relevant related SAP Notes.
  • System landscape planning; implementation approach and installation requirements, plans for landscape evolution; development, QA, and productive system setup, and disaster recovery strategies.
  • Post-installation: verify installation, initial system backup procedures; setup connection with SAP Solution Manager andapply encryption.
  • Scale out scenarios (multiple databases): scaling techniques and using lifecycle manager (LM) for scale out.
  • HANA studio: install studio on client computer.

Resources

As main resource training HA200 – SAP HANA – Installation & Operations is listed. This 5-day training covers not only installation but also administration tasks like backup and recovery, operations, etc. As mentioned, the prerequisite for the installation certification is the Technology Associate certification, which has the same training as resource, so it probably is a good investment of your time. However, it is not a requirement.

Additional resources mentioned as preparation for the exam:

The SAP Help Portal on http://help.sap.com/hana_platform only shows the latest documentation, SPS 08 at the time of writing. For SPS 06 and SPS 07, you need to go to the SAP Service Marketplace on http://service.sap.com/hana.

SAP note 1905389Additional Material for HA200 and HA200R. This note contains additional information and documents. Most of the SAP Notes mentioned are also listed in the Server Installation and Update Guide under Important SAP Notes.

SAP HANA Academy

To help you prepare for the exam, I have recorded some tutorial videos on SAP HANA installations. The playlist SAP HANA Installations SPS 07 discusses concepts and shows how to install the SAP HANA server, studio and client. Upgrading studio using an update site and upgrading the server using Lifecycle Management (LM) is also included to help you prepare for the exam.

Sample questions

On the certification page, a link to a PDF with sample questions is included. The questions are the same for both editions. Let’s get warmed up a bit and go through them; I marked the answers in bold and included a reference to the source with some tips and todos.

1. Which of the following Linux distributions is supported by SAP HANA?

a. CentOS

b. Fedora

c. SLES

d. Ubuntu

Source: This information can be found in the PAM and installation guides. Note that for SPS 08, Red Hat Enterprise Linux is also supported but not the open source Fedora equivalent. No support either for the popular Ubuntu and CentOS (popularised by Amazon Web Services cloud computing). The HANA client works fine on these distributions and you will find references on SCN but they are not supported. Always check the PAM.

To do: You need to be familiar with the product availability matrix for SAP HANA. What operating system is supported for the server and what operating systems for the client? Any prerequisites, like Java runtime?

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2. Who is responsible for the setup of the custom storage connector in a shared storage environment?

a. The storage vendor

b. The storage connector implementation partner

c. The server hardware vendor

d. The SAP storage team

Source: Mentioned in the FAQ for SAP HANA Tailored Data Center Integration.

To do: read the FAQ. Additional information about this topic can be found in note 1900823, which addresses the Storage Connector API. The note contains two additional documents: Storage Whitepaper and the Fiber Channel Storage Connector Admin Guide. Get familiar SAN, NAS, LUN, global.ini, Split Brain and  STONITH (“shoot the other node in the head”). What purpose does the storage connector serve?

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3. Which of the following file systems must exist before you start the installation of a stand-alone SAP HANA system? ( 2 correct answers)

a. Log volumes (example: /hana/log/<SID>)

b. SAP mount directory (example: /hana/shared)

c. Data volumes (example: /hana/data/<SID>)

d. Local SAP system instance (example: /usr/sap)

Source: Server Installation Guide. The other ones will be created if they don’t exist. Question is a bit awkwardly phrased as the directory must exist and not the “file system”.

To do: familiarise yourself with the recommended file system lay out. What is running locally, what centrally? Host Agent, SMD, LM? Where are backups stored? Why?

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4. You have to verify the hardware and operating systems for an SAP HANA system stand-alone installation. Which of the following SAP Notes should you consider?

a. Note 1577128 – Supported clients for SAP HANA 1.0

b. Note 1730999 – Configuration changes in HANA appliance

c. Note 1755396 – Released DT solutions for SAP HANA with disk replication

d. Note 1824819 – Optimal settings for SLES 11 SP2 and SLES 11 for SAP SP2

Source: Server Installation Guide, section 1.3 Important SAP Notes. Note a and b are listed in the guide.

Todo: You need to be familiar with SAP Notes, e.g. 1514967 SAP HANA: Central Note and 1848976 – SAP HANA Platform SPS 06 Release Note. I recommend to read the notes mentioned in the section Important SAP Notes in the SAP HANA Server Installation Guide.

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5. When you are installing a new SAP HANA system the installer aborts with an error message. Which of the following actions do you do first?  ( 2 correct answers)

a. Analyze the installation log file.

b. Restart the host and start the SAP HANA installation again.

c. Check the hardware against the Product Availability Matrix

d. Check the troubleshooting section in the SAP HANA Server Installation Guide.

Source: common sense and the troubleshooting section in the SAP HANA Server Installation Guide. You check the PAM before an installation, not after when things go wrong. Starting all over may work – or not – but is not the most professional approach.

Todo: read the troubleshooting section in the SAP HANA Server Installation Guide. What’s the name of the log file(s)? What do you do if you need to restart the installation from scratch?

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6. Why should you perform an initial data backup? ( 2 correct answers)

a. To enable log backups

b. To turn on overwrite mode for logs

c. To enable the backup editor

d. To turn off overwrite mode for logs

Source: Administration Guide. Tricky question. The installation guide mentions: We strongly recommend that you execute an initial system back up for later recovery of the initial system state. The WHY – recover initial state – is however not listed as a correct answer. The Administration Guide mentions:  Until an initial data backup or storage snapshot has been completed, the log mode OVERWRITE is active. In log mode OVERWRITE, no log backups are made.

Todo: Topics belongs to the post installation tasks. Make sure you are familiar with these tasks. How do you enable automatic start (parameter, flle)? How do you stop/start the HANA database? How can see what processes are up? What processes are there? How do enable persistence encryption? What gets encrypted?

If you are not familiar with backups for SAP HANA, watch the SAP HANA Academy playlist on this topic of Backup and Recovery.

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7. Which of the following actions does SAP recommend that you perform once the installation is finished? ( 2 correct answers)

a. Perform a reboot of the SAP HANA database.

b. Perform an initial data backup.

c. Activate the debug mode in the SAP HANA studio.

d. Check the Alerts tab in the SAP HANA studio.

Source: again tricky question. Performing an Initial backup is documented in the Installation guide as recommendation. There are quite some additional recommendations in that guide (you can do a search on this word) but none is mentioned here. There is no need to reboot HANA after install and you would use the debug mode in studio when you are developing, so only answer d is left as an option. As an administrator you would check the alerts tab in studio regularly and after installation is a good place to start doing this but this is not explicitly documented. Not the best question, in my view.

Todo: familiarise yourself with the SAP HANA studio Administration Console. What tabs are there? Where are they used for?

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8. Using the SAP HANA unified installer, which of the following roles can you assign to a new node?  ( 2 correct answers)

a. Standby

b. Worker

c. Slave

d. Master

Source: documented in the SAP HANA Update and Configuration Guide, section Adding Hosts to and Removing Hosts from an Existing SAP HANA System and the Administration Guide, Scaling SAP HANA.

Note that questions about the unified installer are for the E_HANAINS131 exam only.

Todo: read this guide and get familiar with HANA Lifecycle Manager. What are the three modes? What port for the browser? How to setup HANA studio for HLM? Where can you use the rename feature for?

Also read section Performing a Distributed System Installation in the Installation Guide. What are the advantages of a distributed system? What roles are there? What are the prerequisites? What purpose does the NTP service serve? What is unique in a landscape: SID? Instance number? When are multiple database on a single appliance supported (as of SPS 06)?

Introduction to High Availability for SAP HANA | SAP HANA.

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9. Which of the following are prerequisites for adding a new host to an SAP HANA SPS 06 distributed system? (2 correct answers)

a. User <SID>adm has the same password on all nodes.

b. The SMD agent is installed on all nodes.

c. User group sapsys has the same group ID (GID) on all hosts.

d. ‘hdbnsutil –reconfig –hostnameResolution=global’ has been executed

Source: same as for question 8, documented in the SAP HANA Update and Configuration Guide, section Adding Hosts to and Removing Hosts from an Existing SAP HANA System. The Solution Manager Diagnostic (SMD) Agent is an optional component in the landscape and only relevant when using SAP Solution Manager. The <SID>adm user can have a different password on each node. Inter-node communication is typically done with SSH and keys.

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10. You are preparing an SAP HANA installation. What are the requirements for the host name?  (3 correct answers)

a. Must start with a letter or an underscore.

b. The case must match the registered name in the DNS or /etc/hosts file.

c. Must be less than 8 characters

d. Must start with a letter.

e. Must be less than 13 characters

Source: Documented in the Server Installation Guide, section Installation Parameters with reference to Note 611361.

More Questions?

Unfortunately, but very reasonably, those that have passed the exam are not allowed to share the questions with anyone else, so I can’t share any particular question with you here. However, a close study of the mentioned resources should provide you with enough knowledge to successfully pass the exam.

For edition 2013 (SPS 06) – E_HANAINS131 best to study the SPS 06 version of the guides.

For edition 2014 (SPS 07) – E_HANAINS141 best to study the SPS 07 version of the guides.

SAP HANA Server Installation Guide

SPS 07 – 87 pages

1. Installation overview – make sure you understand what role the components play and what editions there are, where to download SAP HANA, and familiarise yourself with the important SAP notes.

2. – Before installing an SAP HANA system – understand concepts: host, system, instance. What needs to be unique? Differences and similarities single and distributed host, consult the PAM for SAP HANA on software requirements and validated hardware configurations. Familiarise yourself with the Hardware check tool and how to run it.

3. Installing a SAP HANA system – familiarise yourself with the different modes, the available parameters, how to pass them on the command line and how to implement a parameter file, order of precedence, installation account and tool location, prerequisites and procedure

4. Advanced installation – difference lifecycle management tool (hdblcm) and lifecycle manager (HLM), host types, storage options

5. Installation management – how to enable auto-start, persistence encryption procedure, uninstall SAP HANA. Expect questions about these topics.

6. Appendix – study troubleshooting and checking the log files.

SPS 06 – 32 pages

1. Installation overview – make sure you understand what role the components play and what editions there are, where to download SAP HANA, and familiarise yourself with the important SAP notes.

2. Running the SAP HANA unified installer – documents prerequisites like file system layout with recommendation about initial backups, installation parameters like storageConfigPath with the location where a global.ini file is defined; required and optional parameters for distributed systems; required and optional parameters for the configuration file, password requirements; distributed system installation prerequisites. Support status for MCOS, MCOD. Make sure you are familiar with all of these settings and concepts. Running the installer documents how to perform this task with new requirements about the working directory and execution account. Familiarise yourself with these requirements and with the syntax of install and uninstall; what gets installed and what remains after uninstall. Study troubleshooting.

3 – Post Installation – how to enable auto-start, persistence encryption procedure. Expect questions about these topics.

Essential knowledge and preparation tutorial video.

Installing SAP HANA using Lifecycle Manager (SPS 07)

SAP HANA Update and Configuration Guide

2 – Preparing SAP HANA Lifecycle Manager (HLM) documents the different modes, requirements and parameters like HTTP port for the URL.

3 – Managing the Lifecycle of SAP HANA documents how you can rename a system, configure SLT, how to setup a connection to the SLD, how to add or remove a SMD agent, and how to add or remove additional systems (notice again the same requirements as mentioned in the Installation Guide), and how to perform an automated update. Execute all of these tasks on a training system; look into how Solution Manager is setup.

4 – Managing SAP HANA Components and Application Content documents how to add AFL, LCA and SDA.

5 – Troubleshooting


Installing SAP HANA: Lifecycle Manager – Update SAP HANA (SPS 07)




SPS 06 What’s New : Lifecycle Management by Emil Simeonov



SAP HANA Administration Guide

10 Scaling SAP HANA documents scale up and out; study how to configure the network for multiple hosts, adding or removing hosts (10-2 – 10-4)

11 Managing Encryption of Data Volumes in the SAP HANA Database: understand the concepts.

13 Backing Up and Recovering the SAP HANA Database: understand concepts.

14 High Availability for SAP HANA: understand concepts, levels of disaster recovery support.

19 SAP Solution Manager for SAP HANA references document HANA Supportability and Monitoring read section 1 Remote Access.

SAP HANA Database – Studio Installation and Update Guide

Expect questions about supported platforms, prerequisites, update site configuration.

Additional Material

Configuring Server Autostart

Additional Resources

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  1. Tom Cenens

    Hi Denys

    Thanks for sharing with the community, really nice overview you provide here for people looking to do this certification.

    Best regards

    Tom

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  2. Jan Goedtke

    Hi,

    yes, this post covers everything.

    I think with taking the HA200 and the E_HANATEC* and studying the Instguide  and of course this post you are well prepared 😉

    Best regards

    Jan

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  3. jesus navarro

    Hi

    Denny,

    i have a question.. i want to know the difference between all the Hana Certifications,,and what is all about the new E_HANABW141 2014 edition?

    thanks in advance

    Jesus

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  4. Rebecca Bond

    I am studying for the E_HANAINS141 exam and am finding this material to be excellent for that purpose.  I have also found many points that are helping me with my day-to-day HANA installation tasks.

    Thanks for posting this.  This tutorial is extremely helpful.

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      1. Rebecca Bond

        Hi Denys

        I passed the E_HANAINS141 exam today!   The material you covered here was completely on target for exam preparation and a successful test outcome. 

        Thank you again for posting this.

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      1. SANTHI REKHA KAMINENI

        Hi Denys,

        I cleared E_HANAINS141 in March.

        With the step-by-step guidance to approach the exam success was certain.

        Also, it would be great if you could throw a broader reference at “system landscape planning” as this topic area seems to be challenging and tricky

        Thank you Denys

        SRK

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  5. Andy Silvey

    Hi Denys,

    I am planning to take the e_hanains141 in November.

    According to training.sap.com

    https://training.sap.com/shop/certification/e_hanains141-sap-certified-technology-specialist-edition-2014–sap-hana-installation-g/

    there are 40 questions, is this correct, normally SAP exams have 80 questions.

    If you could clarify, so that I am more aligned as to what to expect, and don’t go there expecting 40 questions in 90 minutes and then arrive and findout it is 80 questions in 90 minutes.

    Eg, HanaTec is 80 questions:

    https://training.sap.com/shop/certification/c_hanatec131-sap-certified-technology-associate-edition-2013—sap-hana-g/

    Thanks and best regards,

    Andy.

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi Andy,

      That’s correct. This exam has 40 questions, the duration is 90 minutes (not 180) and cut score is 68% (27 questions answered correctly). 

      Success!

      Denys

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  6. Rebecca Bond

    Perhaps someone can answer this question:

    According to the exam qualification for E_HANAINS141:  “Please take this exam only if you have already passed the C_HANATEC_1 or C_HANATEC131 or C_HANATEC141 as otherwise you will not receive a certificate from SAP, even if you have passed the exam!”

    I have passed C_HANATEC_1 previously and now that I have passed E_HANAINS141, I should be eligible for “SAP Certified Technology Specialist (Edition 2014) – SAP HANA Installation”

    However, I have noticed that the C_HANATEC_1 qualification is set to expire on 12/31/2014.   

    What, if anything, will the C_HANATEC__1 exam expiration do to my “SAP Certified Technology Specialist (Edition 2014) – SAP HANA Installation”’ designation?

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi Rebecca,

      The SAP Certified Technology Specialist (Edition 2014) – SAP HANA Installation does not expire at the same time.

      The HANATEC certification is required to qualify for the HANAINS certification but not coupled to the validity period of the HANATEC qualification.

      Regards,

      Denys

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      1. Tom Cenens

        Hi Denys

        SAP should really work on recertification part of these types of certifications that form a prerequisite to go out and do something at customer side (install HANA in other words in this context).

        I have both C_HANATEC and E_HANAINS and they will expire but there is nothing special in place that helps me to recertify, unfortunately, not a discount, not … nothing to sum it up which is not ok in my opinion.

        I hope I’m wrong but I haven’t seen anything so far.

        Best regards

        Tom

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        1. Susan Martin

          Hi Tom,

          as you know we are currently working on such a model for the SF certifications which will make recertification more flexible ( with remote proctoring at a Location of your choice) and affordable (with a subscription model). This is due to go live in Q1/2015 so we should be able to disclose more around this soon. We are very aware that this model may well add significant value to the HANA program as well and will be considering whether to extend once we have launched with SF.

          Thanks for the feedback

          Sue

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      2. Rebecca Bond

        Hi Denys

        Thanks for confirming that my new E_HANAINS141 certification will be valid past the expiration of my C_HANATEC_1 exam.

        I am paying for my exams out of my own pocket and wasn’t sure I could afford another between now and end of year.  As always…thanks for sharing this info!

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  7. Hemendra sharma

    Hi Denys !!

    Thanks for your brief explaining about the SAP Certified Technology Specialist.

    I have plans to give E_HANAINSXXX in December for latest SPS08 , but confused about  the version.i.e.Is E_HANAINS141 on version SPS07 and EHANAINS131 on version SPS08 ?

    According to SAP Training Site E_HANAINS131 (Edition 2013)  is on SPS08 and E_HANAINS141 (Edition 2014) is on SPS07 (under Topic Areas–> click on System Landscape planning ).

    https://training.sap.com/shop/certification/e_hanains131-sap-certified-technology-specialist-edition-2013—sap-hana-ins&hellip;

    Please sort out this fuss so that I can proceed further.

    Regards, Hemendra

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi Hemendra,

      Thanks for asking. I agree that this is confusing. I suspect this to be an error; I will ask my colleagues from Education to comment.

      14-1 is the first edition of the exam of 2014.

      13-1 is the first edition of the exam of 2013.

      I understand that 142 (2014 2nd edition) for the INS exam is coming: SAP HANA Education – Course & Certification Program 2014

      HANA revision are released twice a year, so there is a loose coupling between the HANA release and the exam edition, with some delay. SPS 09 will release this month, which means that the training and exams will be ready early next year, first edition 2015, i.e. 151.

      H2-14: SPS 09 => 151

      H1-14: SPS 08 => 142

      H2-13: SPS 07 => 141

      H1-13: SPS 06 => 132

      H2-12: SPS 05 => 131

      My recommendation would be to always take the highest number, which is the most recent.

      Denys

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  8. Tong Ning

    Hello Denys,

    I have a question about the certificate E_HANAINS131.

    From the topic area, I get that:

    QQ截图20141212161552.jpg

    So now I need to read HA200 (SPS08) not SPS06, right?

    Thanks & Best Regards,

    Tong Ning

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi,

      See above, exam edition 131 means first edition of 2013, in other words the exam was  created early 2013. The latest HANA SPS released (nov 2012) at that time was SPS 05. So exam 131 will test your knowledge on HANA SPS 05.

      The education shows current training, which is on SPS 08.

      I would recommend to take the latest edition of any exam, which for IMP is 142 if not mistaken. Best to contact SAP Education; see the website for your country/region.

      Best,

      Denys

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        1. Ravi Karri

          Hi Dharmendra,

          I am planning to write E_HANAINS141.

          Can u share ur experience which topics you feel more critical and need to concentrate more to clear the exam.

          Thanks

          Ravi

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          1. SANTHI REKHA KAMINENI

            Hi Ravi

            I am planning E_HANAINS141 in January.

            Can share your experience on areas like PAM and Data Provisioning. Please share your views on areas to focus on to get through the exam

            Regards,

            Santhi

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      1. Tong Ning

        Hi Denys,

        Thanks for your quick reply.

        From the description of E_HANAINS131, I know that it is refer to SPS06

        And also, I pass the C_HANATEC131 which is based on HANA SPS06.

        So can you give me a confirmation about that?

        Thanks & Best Regards,

        Tong Ning

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          1. Andy Silvey

            Hi Denys,

            apologies, I am still confused on this.

            I have C_HanaTec certification from 2013.

            I want to take the E_HanaIns exam before June this year.

            Am I eligable for the E_HanaIns exam, or is my C_Hana_Tec now out of date ?

            Kind regards,

            Andy.

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            1. Denys van Kempen Post author

              Hi Andy,

              You need to have the HANATEC certification (expired or not) to qualify for the HANAINS certification.


              HANAINS is not coupled to the validity period of the HANATEC qualification.

              Hope this helps,

              Denys

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      1. Umamaheshwar Muramshetty

        Denys

        I am planning to take E_HANAINS141 in few days. Have Few questions

        1. I am already certified C_HANATEC131, is that qualify me to take HANAINS141.

        2. Which SPS I need to prepare for the Exam.

        3. Is HA200 should be good to study the exam along with other documents mentioned in this blog.

        Ning Tong — Please share your experience

        Mahesh Shetty

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        1. Denys van Kempen Post author

          Thanks Mahesh,

          1. Yes.

          2. 14 1 = 1e edition 2014; SPS 07 was the current release at that time

          3. Exactly. The certification is linked to the HA training. Both are “products” of SAP Education.

          Success,

          Denys

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          1. Ernest Vincent

            Hi Denys,

            I am planning to appear for e_hanains142. Could you kindly tell me for the topic “System Landscape Planning” which unit we need to read from HA200 SPS08  and which guides to read as well.

            Rgds,

            Ernest

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  9. Gabriel Hernan Serrano Ventura

    Dear  Dennys:

    Yesterday I have pased the test succesfully. I  have followed your recommendations. The exam does not have any mystery, but I think there are some tricky questions.

    I have reviewed some of the contents of HA200 SP08 manual, because I  still remember the content (I have done the HANATEC 142 exam last April)

    Following your advices int this blog, I read all the installation guides several times, SAP Notes, Manufacturers Recommendations(Storage & virtualization).

    Another key to successfully pass the certification was to  put my hands on my own home-lab  (two OLDs HP ML 350 G6 with 72 GB Ram): Done several installations, updates and uninstallations (Single node  and distributed using virtual machines)

    I  test almost all the options that can be done in a SAP HANA Lifecycle including renaming the system. I also play with the failover, test  the data encryption , perform an update site . I have mainly follow the SAP guides  and your videos on the SAP HANA Academy have been an immense help.

    I was worried if the SAP Exam could contain specific information for  KPIS parameters or specific values of operating systems.

    The more important: I have studied and understood what I have done.

    Dennys, Thanks for evangelizing SAP HANA!

    I saw that is already  published the  HANATEC 151 certification.My intention is to do ASAP, but I think SAP education should consider have  “recertification” policy. It is not fair to pay again the total amount and the exams are not cheaper.

    Regards

    Gabriel

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Thanks Gabriel,

      Good to hear the post was useful to you.

      I will forward your comment about re-certifcation to the program manager.

      Thanks for your post,

      Best,

      Denys

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  10. Gerard Christopher

    Cleared the exam successfully. Denys ,Thanks for the post , it was very  useful.

    For people who are interested in taking this . Dennys post would be a good starting point along with the topic segregation details provided in the SAP training site.

    I read HA200 and  focussed on  Installs/HA/DR/Backups. I was a bit paranoid and almost read the entire book just to be safe. Important thing is to read the Server Install guide/ Admin Guide ( especially the HA,Scalability , Encryption part ) . understanding  HANA LCM is important so read the update and configuration guide . Read and ReRead these guides as much as possible.

    As someone pointed out earlier , I agree that some of the questions are tricky , so take your time in the exam and dont rush, you will get it right. I revisited the answers again before submitting just to make sure..

    And ofcourse elimination strategy is crucial in answering some of the questions. all the best !

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi Siddhesh,

      There are three levels of certification at SAP, Associate, Specialist (Subject Matter Expert or SME) and professional. For SAP HANA, today, the following certifications are available:

      Associate Level (C)

      • C_HANATEC# – DBA
      • C_HANAIMP# – DW modeling
      • C_HANASUP# – support


      SME Level (E)

      • E_HANAAW# – ABAP development
      • E_HANABW# – BW
      • E_HANAINS# – installation

      Professional Level (P)

      • P_HANAIMP# – DW modeling


      They are stacked, so P_HANAIMP requires C_HANAINS as a prerequisite.


      The same is true for the E exams:

      • E_HANAINS requires C_HANATEC
      • E_HANABW requires C_TBW#  or P_BIE#
      • E_HANAAW requires C_TAW# or P_ABAP#.

      # = year + version, e.g. 2015 H1 = 151


      E_HANAINS is expert level, so neither associate or professional. 

      Does this answer your question?


      For more information see the SAP Training and Certification Shop

      https://training.sap.com/shop/training-options/certification


      Regards,

      Denys

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  11. Mark von Wilmowsky

    Hi Denys,

    as it was already mentioned quite often, your blog is a great convenience for all who want to pass the HANATEC certification (including me, passed the exam 2 weeks ago).

    The next logical step would be to do HANAINS. In every HANA documentation is described, that this certificate is a requirement to install a system. I would like to know, how SAP verifies while installation if someone is certified or not. Is there an assignment to S-User or customer number?

    Thanks in advance!

    Regards,

    Mark

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Thanks Mark,

      Glad to hear that the blog was useful to you.

      Anyone can install the product, there is no input field in the installer for an S-user or customer number which is checked against certification records. Which is a good thing, in my view.

      However, it is a support requirement. For the Tailored Datacenter Integration (TDI) program SAP supports HANA on certified hardware and installed by a certified engineer. You can assume this will be verified at some stage.

      Hope this helps,

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  12. Osvaldo Manuel Dias Ferreira

    Hi Denys.

    After done C_HANASUP and C_HANATEC151, now I´m starting to study for E_HANAINS151.

    But I have a doubt about the version, and I want your clarification if you have any new info about it.

    E_HANAINS151 is for 1ºsemester 2015, since we are in 2016, will SAP release a new version? Should I apply for exam for version 151 or wait for a new version?

    This blog is very very good 🙂

    Regrads.

    Osvaldo Dias Ferreira

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  13. Rebecca Bond

    Hello again Denys

    As you know, I previously earned my credential by passing E_HANAINS141 (thanks to this Blog)  and C_HANATEC_1. 

    If I am correct E_HANAINS141 is expiring this year (?) and I am now trying to determine what I need to do to extend my certification.

    Do you happen to have any information on what exams might be necessary to extend my certification? 

    For example, would I need to retake a newer version of C_HANATEC_X and then a newer version of E_HANAINS_X ?  Just a newer version of E_HANAINS_X ?  Or, is there perhaps an upgrade exam now?

    Thanks as always for any help you can provide.

    Rebecca

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    1. Jens Gleichmann

      Hi Rebecca,

      seems to be not really clear, but here the facts:

      – The E_HANAINS_xxx will be replaced fully with C_HANATEC_xx (no extra install exam needed any more) => refering to Haythem OUESLATI information (“We are currently in the process to re-evaluate the E_HANAINS certification exam. The option is to discontinue this exam and replace it with the C_HANATEC. A certified Technology Consultant should be able to support the HANA installation process.”

      D_HANATEC_10 / C_HANATEC_10 as prerequisite of C_HANATEC_11

      certification expires after 18 months after release of the SPS which the exam is based on

      https://scn.sap.com/community/training-and-education/blog/2016/03/15/sap-hana-sps11-training-and-certification-program-2016

      Regards,

      Jens

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        1. Rebecca Bond

          Also, I do hold C_HANATEC_1.   Can I certify via the Delta exam (D_HANATEC_10) using C_HANATEC_1 as my basis for attaining the certification via the Delta path?

          Thanks

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          1. Jens Gleichmann

            In my opinion it should be possible to use the delta exam in your case, but there is no official statement.

            C_HANATEC_10 is valid for the next 3 SPS. This means SPS11/12/13. With SPS14 you have to renew it. This was the latest information which I have got from SAP education.

            #updated validity period

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  14. Narendra kumar Eskala

    Hi Denays,

    This content was very useful and you SAP HANA Academy video’s are very much help full. Great work.

    I have a question related to certification, I done my certification on 2014 for the title HANATEC141, could you please let me know which HANAINS certification I can take now?

    Also, I have been told that my certification is valid only for 2 years, does it mean that I need to take HANATEC before I take HANAINS certification after completing two years.

    Could you please help me getting answers for above questions.

    Thanks in advance.

    Regards

    Narendra

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    1. Denys van Kempen Post author

      Hi Narenda,

      With HANATEC141, you can take any of the three E_HANAINSxx certifications (141, 142, 151). 

      As the E_HANAINSxxx will be retired end of year (2016), you can also decide to upgrade your current HANATEC141 to C_HANATEC_11, that is from SAP HANA SPS 06 to SPS 11.

      In my view, in your situation, the second option makes more sense: you upgrade HANATEC and certify for installations – all in one exam. If you just go for the first option, you will, at some point, have to pass HANATEC again to stay current. More effort, more expense.

      Hope this helps,

      Denys

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  15. Narendra kumar Eskala

    Thanks Denys for your reply.

    I am planning to take C_HANATEC_11, but could’t see it available in UK.

    Any idea if this is released in UK or is there any older version available currently to take the exam before my HANATEC141 expires.

    Also please let me know if there is any validity for C_HANATEC_11 as well.

    Regards

    Narendra Eskala

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