Continuing from our earlier blog where I talked about the new HANA cloud image (hosted on AWS) that was available to test a few predictive analytics scenarios, I would now like to take a few minutes to discuss about how to make the basic set-up work easily. There are a few things you need to make sure are available before you set out to try and test the predictive scenarios in the 15 day free trial.

As you know the trial edition is available in the SAP Store. Users access the trial landscape from their laptop through a remote desktop connection. The system landscape is hosted by Amazon Web Services and accessible via the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL). You will need to create an Amazon Web Services account and a SAP CAL account if you do not yet have one. And then before starting the exercises given on the trial cloud image, you need to create your personal system landscape (instance) in the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL). Then you can activate and suspend the instance as you wish.

NOTE:

There is a hosting cost associated with using Amazon Web Services and it is approximately 2 U.S. dollars per hour, while the landscape is active plus approximately 4 U.S. dollars per week as static IP addresses are used. We estimate that you will need the system for 8 to 16 hours. Cost is calculated based on active time within the landscape. Please make sure you suspend the landscape after you have finished using it (e.g. between exercises), otherwise you continue to incur costs. Terminate your landscape after you are done with all exercises or with your trial evaluation.

We wish you fun with exploring the Trial! PLEASE PROCEED AND READ THE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW TO CONTINUE: 3 Simple Steps

1. Firstly create an AWS account, if you don’t have one.

  •      Option1: The following link is a good source of information to getting started with Amazon EC2 windows instances. Then use this link to setting up with amazon EC2.
  •      Option2: Also you can follow the steps given here as well to get going…

            Creating an Amazon Web Services Account and getting your security credentials (if not yet available)

            Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account by following the instructions.

            Go back to amazon home page http://aws.amazon.com Select “My account/ console” and “Security Credentials” in the drop down list.

            Continue to create your security credentials
            Go to Access Keys, click the button Create New Access Key. You will get asked to download your access key file with your security
credentials and secret access key. Store your keys locally.
         

          Alternative: If you want to allow other users to access resources in your
          account, use the Identity and Access Management (IAM) console to create
          credentials and assign permissions for each user. Please follow the instructions here.

   2.  Secondly create a SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) account (if not yet available)

        Go to http://scn.sap.com/welcome , click on Join us (at the top of the page) and create a SAP CAL user.

   3. Thirdly now create your instance in the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) (only applicable once)

       Go to SAP Store and click on Demo Now to access the system and create and instance.
       (We recommend to use Internet Explorer or Chrome. Experience shows there are issues with some other browsers like Firefox.)

       Accept the Terms and Conditions.

       Enter your Access Key and Secure Key(security credentials from Amazon Web Services) if needed or when asked!

       Choose a password for your instance e.g. “Welcome1” and this becomes the master password.

       Instance is created within approximately 30 minutes. A green icon appears next to the name of your instance when the instance is activated.

       Do not forget to suspend the instance after you have finished using it (e.g. between exercises), otherwise you continue to
       incur costs.

These are the 3 simple steps in getting you access the HANA Cloud image on AWS for Predictive Analytics in the SAP Store.

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