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Installation of SAP Data Services Designer – A Great Challenge


in this blog I would the errors with the relative solution that occurred during the installation of  SAP Data Services Designer 4.2 on my workstation.

1) This was the first error message after the first logon to SAP Data Services Designer:


That I solved, specifying in etc/hosts file the name of CMS server.

Check that if you can communicate with CMS server using telnet

2) Error message:


To solve this error it was necessary, to:

– install Oracle Client version 64 bit, the same of SAP Data Services Designer ( Very important )

– insert the path of BIN folder of the Oracle Client installation in the env. variable PATH

3) Error Message:


To solve this error, it was necessary instead to :

– copy the file “tnsnames.ora” from SAP Data Services server and move on these folder: /admin/network of oracle client installation



To solve this one, it was necessary to uninstall my current release of SAP Data Services Designer , 4.2 SP4, to install the version valid for the data services repository : 4.2 SP1.

It was very difficult to complete the installation of this BO client tool and I hope that in the future won’t be necessary to install an client to use SAP BO Data Services.

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      Former Member


      Well considering you are installing a client to access an existing environment, you should have gathered those basic informations in advance 😉 .

      1) you can access the CMS by ip address instead of CMS name, in that case you don't need to change your hosts file.

      2) this is just because the repository your are trying to access are on a Oracle db server

      3) this is how Oracle client works, you need to provide connection information in your tnsnames.ora in order to access the db

      4) it's always a good idea to check repo and server version in advance in order to choose the proper client version to install. Sometimes patches or service packs installation can include a repository structure update too, so if your client is one sp or patch forward you wont be able to access it.

      Author's profile photo Dirk Venken
      Dirk Venken

      The future is here!

      Don't install the DS client tools on all client pc's. Why don't you configure a Windows Terminal Server and install the software there? For once and forever. Saves you the installation hassle.

      Use a Remore Desktop Connection to connect to the WTS. And off you go. In most cases, it's much better for performance, too.

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      Former Member

      Hi Dirk,

      We are trying to install the Data Services Designer on a Terminal Server and  we are seeing the below issues. The “Critical” components needed for the installer are fine. However, there are “optional” components that might affect the usability of this tool. Can you tell which one of these or if ALL are required for the end-user to use this tool successfully?

      Author's profile photo Milind Chavan
      Milind Chavan

      Hi Dirk,


      We are trying to install DS Client on a virtual machine. We have done all the entries ie. in hosts file and in TNS file. But still data services designer is not opening. After we enter the credentials for logging in, it loads for some time (say 5 -10 mins) then automatically gets closed.


      Please suggest what could be the issue and how can it be resolved.

      Author's profile photo Dirk Venken
      Dirk Venken

      Only the ones indicated as Critical are required for DS Designer.