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SAP HANA Hands on tests ( part 1 ) : HANA DB installation


This is a blog series about some hands on training I’m performing in-house on SAP HANA.

In this 1st part I’m just sharing some information about the installation of the HANA DB in a VMware 5.5 ESXi virtual machine.

As a starting point I followed the requirements found in the these 2 blog posts :

SAP HANA Installation in Oracle VirtualBox

How to install the HANA server software on a virtual machine

And also followed these SAP notes : ( this one gives a lot of information on different topics regarding SAP HANA )

My configuration is as follows :

“Hardware” : Using a VMware 5.5 esxi VM with

     – 64 Gb of RAM

     – 232Gb for disks ( 32Gb for the OS / 200Gb for the HANA filesystem ).

Note :

if you plan to use the HANA DB standalone, it appears, in my configuration that 28Gb of RAM is o.k .

24Gb appears to be the strict minimum.

As I also installed an ECC6 EHP7 server on the same box, I got into some lack of memory troubles and had to upgrade to 64Gb not to have any issue.

OS : Suse linux SLES 11 SP3.

HANA DB version :

Of course, this hardware setup is not certified by SAP and should not be used in production ( or whatsoever customer related anyway 🙂 … ) but will do the trick for “lab” testing purposes.

I won’t go into much details here about the installation process as the 2 blogs metionned above give really good details about it, even if they were performed on previous SAP HANA version.

The main steps are as follows :

1- build up your VM on your VMware ESXi infrastructure.

     Here is the set up I used :


disk 1 :


disk 2 :


2- Start it up and make it boot on the SLES 11 SP3 ISO in order to perform the OS installation.

Follow the SLES installation wizard.

3 – Configure your VM ( OS additionnal requirements / network / File systems )

For the FS layout i followed the one  showed in How to install the HANA server software on a virtual machine .

4 – Install the HANA database

The thing that differs here is that I could use the hdblcm tool.

I used the hana installation DVD : 51048744 .

I used the basic installation parameters as follows :


Note :

For some reasons, the sdbrun and scripts in the installation material extract were not “executable”.

I had to set the X right on these. Everything ran fine after that.

These are the components that can be installed :



Selected all the components but the hana studio. Depending on the deployment you wish to perform you can choose not to install everything.








Summary screen :


Installation follow up screen :


The end :


Then you have an HANA db ready for test usage !

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      Author's profile photo Greg Niecka
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      Author's profile photo Chi Iong Ma
      Chi Iong Ma

      I am trying to install a HANA at home. Which SUSE version did you use? Did you use the Suse linux Enterprise 11 SP3 for the Suse linux Enterprise 11 SP3 for SAP Applications? There is a huge price difference if you want to buy it on your own.



      Author's profile photo Greg Niecka
      Greg Niecka

      Hi John,

      for basic you can use SLES11SP3 but current is SP4.

      SLES11 for SAP Apps supports High Availability.

      For 60days you can use fully functional trial version for both versions.

      Migration between versions is not possible.



      Author's profile photo Steve Soumah
      Steve Soumah
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      Hi John,

      I used the Suse linux Enterprise 11 SP3 for SAP Applications at that time.

      Best regards,