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How to update your sandbox HANA system to SPS 12

Since I have always been keeping a sandbox HANA system up-to-date with the latest Revision, I definitely wanted to upgrade it as soon as possible to the new stable SPS 12 as announced during SAPPHIRE NOW.

Please be aware, that there is no Revision as of Datacenter Service Point – DSP Revision (SAP production system verified SAP HANA Revision) for HANA SPS 12 yet, so this is only recommended to make yourself familiar with it in a sandbox environment!

There are many ways to check for HANA component updates, but I like the respective function of the HANA Studio:

Check for SAP HANA component updates.png

This check can take a while:

Scanning Software Download Center.png

But eventually the available component updates for download are displayed:

Select Available Component Updates.png

On next I can select where to store my downloads:

Download Selected Component.png

On finish the components are downloaded, which again could take a while:

Downloading components.png

Since it is always a good idea to work with the latest HOSTAGENT, I update this first, which is pretty straight forward (my HANA server runs on VMware, so your path to the downloaded archive and SAPCAR version might differ):

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Then I initiate the automatic HOSTAGENT upgrade with rm .upgrading. This can take a few minutes, depending on your configuration.

Next, I start the graphical HANA Life Cycle Manager from the mounted upgrade volume:


I confirm SAP HANA Database 1.0 SPS 12 Revision 120 as the target:

Select Software Component Locations.png

And choose to update my system:

Choose system to update.png

I choose the component to be updated:

Choose components.png

And provide the required passwords:

Specify authorization data.png

I check and confirm the update summary:


And the update completes without any issues:

Updating Software.png

With a final success message:

SAP HANA components updated.png

In my next blog, I will go into more details of HANA SPS 12, especially around more SAP HANA XS Advanced features, but for now, I hope that this has done the trick for you:

SAP HANA Cockpit.png

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      Author's profile photo Vladimir Pavlov
      Vladimir Pavlov
      Author's profile photo Frank Schuler
      Frank Schuler
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      Hello Vladimir,

      thank you for moving my blog into the correct SCN space. I had detected the error after releasing the blog, but I believe there is no way to change the category once a blog has been created?

      Very best regards, Frank