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The appliance in three bullets and 30 seconds:

  • The appliance contains an SAP S/4HANA 1610 system with pre-configured SAP Best Practices and demo scenarios (it is the successor of the SAP S/4HANA, on-premise edition 1511 appliance and trial).
  • It can be rapidly brought up as your personal instance with administrative rights either hosted (in 1-2 hours) or on-premise (in 1-2 days)
  • Typical use cases are sandboxing, proof-of-concept, scoping, etc., Fastest way to consume is via the SAP S/HANA 1610 30-day trial

New: Experience the SAP S/4HANA 1610 appliance&trial in a 4h hands-on session (ASUG members only, April 3rd in Palo Alto): Registration


More details needed ? Read on…

What is an appliance ?

A (software) appliance is a compressed system (think of it as a large .tar or .zip file) that can be rapidly extracted into a regular system instance by preserving everything that has been configured in the appliance during the build phase of it,
This makes it an ideal medium for pre-configured systems e.g. for sandboxing, proof-of-concept or scoping/fit-gap purposes.

In the SAP S/4HANA 1610 fully-activated appliance, you will find the SAP S/4HANA software (along with some other components, see further below), the fully-activated SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA 1610 (incl. technical configuration e.g. for the Fiori launchpad), and prepared demo scenarios with sample master and transactional data.


[Fig 1]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 Fully-Activated Appliance – Concept

How can the appliance be consumed ?

The appliance can be consumed in two ways

  1. In a hosted environment (using cloud provider infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or the SAP-internal Monsoon) with the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) as bridge into the hosting providers.
    Setup time is 1-2 hours, and the easiest way is to use the SAP S/4HANA 1610 30-day trial.
  2. On dedicated on-premise hardware that has a supported Linux release installed (everything else will come with the appliance).
    Setup time is 1-2 days.

Details for option 1 (hosted):
If you are already experienced with the SAP S/4HANA on-premise edition 1511 trial, you will find it easy to use the new appliance&trial release since the ‘mechanics’ are the same as before:

  • Built-in 30-day test & evaluation license for SAP S/4HANA and SAP CAL (free of charge for the supported trial scenarios during that time)
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) or MS Azure fees  (~ 4–5 USD per uptime hour) are charged to your account
  • Support via asking the SAP CAL community
  • Possibility to extend the 30-day trial phase by acquiring an SAP CAL subscription license (requires valid SAP S/4HANA license as well)

If you are new to trials in SAP Cloud Appliance Library, there’s a detailed ‘Quick Start Guide’ on the SAP S/4HANA 1610 trial page to get started. Registration in AWS/Azure and SAP CAL takes a few minutes, start-up of your personal trial instance will take 1-2 hours.

[Fig 2]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 – 30-day trial summary


Details for option 2 (on-premise installation):

You can receive the trial appliance for installation on your own on-premise hardware either via download or via shipment of 3 Blu-Ray discs (the appliance size is ~ 100 GB).

The shipment is free of charge, however, corresponding SAP licenses need to be in place. For SAP customers, an engagement with either SAP Consulting or an enabled SAP partner is required to receive and deploy the solution on customer premises. Ordering of the discs by a partner and deploying it on customer-site afterwards is not allowed.

The following SAP notes contain more information on the ordering process:

[Fig 3]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 Appliance – Consumption Methods

The following chart summarizes the deployment options and the needed license / cost drivers for each option.

[Fig 4]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 Appliance – License & Cost Drivers


What is the content & scope ?

The scope of the appliance centers on the SAP Best Practices content and has been extended compared to the 1511 release.
It now covers the below 9 ‘walkthrough’ scenarios that are explained in detail in an extensive demo script on the SAP S/4HANA 1610 trial homepage.

  • Order-to-cash
  • Cash daily operations
  • Procure-to-pay (incl. Extended Warehouse Mgmt. EWM)
  • Plan-to-product
  • EWM Outbound Processing
  • Investments
  • Fiori Custom Fields
  • BI Platform Reports
  • SAP Screen Personas

[Fig 5 a&b]: SAP S/4HANA 1610 demo walk-throughs

But of course you’re free to explore and adapt the system as needed (and covered by the terms&conditions of the trial) since you have full administrative rights and even access to the Linux operating system.


What is technically contained in the appliance ?

Technically, the trial consists of four virtual machines that are automatically bundled into one solution instance:

  1. SAP S/4HANA (the core ABAP backend incl. the SAP HANA database)
  2. SAP NW JAVA with Adobe Document Services (for forms, output management, and usage in Credit Management)
  3. An SAP BusinessObjects BI Platform for display of pre-configured BI reports
  4. MS Windows remote desktop for easy access of the trial system

3. & 4. are optional components in SAP CAL (you can opt out of the deployment in the advanced mode of the SAP CAL instance creation) and are also not shipped to customers for the on-premise installation.

[Fig. 6]: Software components of the appliance and virtual machines

More information & known issues

This presentation provides more information about the appliance. And the appendix below lists all assets that might be relevant in this context.

One important note at the end:
Once you have created an appliance instance (be it hosted or on-premise), it behaves like a regular on-premise system.
And this means that SAP cannot access or patch your appliance instance but you have to solve issues on your own.
This blog summarizes the known issues and provides fixing hints where available. It will be continuously updated. May the fix be with you…

Best and enjoy the SAP S/4HANA 1610 appliance,



Appendix: Link collection

Software appliance in general:

30-day trial:

On-premise download / Blu-Ray shipment:

SAP CAL information:

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  1. Joachim Rees

    Hi Joerg,

    very nice blog, thanks for the detailed Infos!

    Am I right to assume that that partners taking part in the January 2017-edition of “Demo21” will end up with exactly such a system?


  2. Joerg Wolf Post author

    Hi Joachim,

    yes, the appliance will also be used for DEMO21 (however, you won’t have a remote desktop and a BI platform in it since this is only available via the hosted SAP CAL deployment).


  3. joseph chavadiyil

    Hi Joerg
    AWS has a free tier for t2.micro instances and 750 hrs permonth  , is there a way to configure this appliance  to use say two t2.micro instances so that the free tier applies.

    I am actually looking for a ABAP backend (even a netweaver ABAP with no IDES will do , also on AS2/MAX DB ) hosted on CAL.SAP.COM.

    Best options ?

    1. Joerg Wolf Post author

      Hi Joseph.

      the S/4 1610 CAL solution will not run on t2.micro machines,

      And even the smallest available NW ABAP 7.50 solution on ASE (https://cal.sap.com/catalog#/solutions/fd5865fc-2001-418c-94f9-aef1b7b1c3ce) requires r3.large (2 cores, 15 GB RAM).

      Potential option could be to use MS Azure since they provide a monetary starter bonus that can be used on any machine size (as far as I know – never tried it).
      Minimum machine sizes there are H16m (for the ABAP/HANA part) and A6 (for the JAVA part that is required for Adobe Document Services scenarios).


      1. Pau Isern

        Interesting…. H16m 24x7x365 at 1,600€/month aprox… Is H16m the next Azure VM type supported to run SAP on HANA for large instances instead of S-types as per OSS note “2316233 – SAP HANA on Microsoft Azure (Large Instances)” but not yet available in Azure Pricing Calculator?

  4. Josep Condal

    Hi Joerg,

    Thank you for putting this in place.

    We are considering launching this appliance on AWS as a reference to help our team translate implementation-specific material from Spanish into French.

    Does this trial appliance have language support for both Spanish and French?

    Also, does SAP S/4HANA include the old SAPTerm transaction (STERM)?


    1. Joerg Wolf Post author

      Hi Josep,

      both French and Spanish are installed as system languages in the appliance.

      The transaction STERM is also included, however, it has not been configured/used during the development phase of the appliance.
      For translation projects, the SAP Translation Hub might also be an option to look into.


      1. Josep Condal

        Hi Joerg,

        Thank you for confirming that STERM is still there.

        Thank you also for the SAP Translation Hub pointer. In our case, I believe that the SAP implementation will be in Spanish (SAP Translation Hub seems to require English as a source language), but it can be a handy resource when the original SAP implementation happens to be in English.


  5. Lukasz Konieczny

    Hi guys,
    I have just received 3 blu-rays with S/4HANA 1610

    2 months ago I was able to deploy version 1511 and it is running fine.
    I was using “On-premise Provisioning for SAP Software Appliances” Installation Guide version 1.0 from 2016-01-28 and installation went ok.

    However now I can’t start this new version 1610. It crashes on step ./hdbreg
    Starting service (sapstartsrv)…
    Registering SAP HANA instance failed!
    Cannot start service (sapstartsrv)
    Waiting for sapstartsrv failed: timeout reached (120)

    Is there some other, more recent manual? I can’t find it anywhere…
    Where to seek help?

    1. Manfred Stein

      Hi Lukasz
      Looks like there really is a need to update the manual, somehow got lost over the very hectic pre-Christmas weeks.

      Can you give

      /hana/shared/HDB/hdblcm/hdblcm -b –action=register_rename_system –target_password <password> -U USER-ID [-H oldhanahost=newhanahost]–nostart

      a try and report your result here
      Greetings and sorry for the problems

  6. Lukasz Konieczny

    Hi Manfred
    In the meantime I have used old admins trick: I’ve deleted everything and started all over again.
    And it works!

    Now I have fully working on-premise S/4HANA 1610.


  7. Alan Nichols

    Hi Joerg,

    We are an SAP Partner and run our demo systems (including S/4HANA 1511) in AWS.  Do you know if we can convert the 30 day free trial through SAP CAL from demand based to 1 year reserve in AWS (after the trial period is over)?


    Alan Nichols



    1. Stanimir Eisner

      Hello Alan,

      Your question has two aspects.

      First of all if you want to keep a trial instance beyond the trial period you will need to bring your own SAP product licenses and to order the SAP CAL subscription package. To check the prerequisites, go to Solutions, select the S/4HANA trial and choose Unlock.

      Regarding converting an on demand AWS instance to a reserved instance, according to https://forums.aws.amazon.com/message.jspa?messageID=232310 it should be purely a billing issue. In any case my recommendation is to discuss this topic directly with AWS.

      Best regards,


  8. Wei Wu

    Hi Joerg,

    Thanks for putting  all solutions together. I am facing another issue.

    When I open Query Browser Fiori tile; open any view, like C_ACTUALCASHFLOWANALYTICS, then click “Open in Design Studio” button, it gave error “Could not instantiate data source “DS_1” for query “2CCACTCASHFLANLYTS””




    1. Joerg Wolf Post author

      Hi Wei,

      can you replace the port 44301 in the Fiori launchpad with 44300 (leave the rest as is) and try again ?

      Note that some browsers (e.g. Chrome) might give you a security blocker (NET::ERR_CERT_AUTHORITY_INVALID) on port 44300 but on Firefox / W10 it works for me. We need to investigate how to best get around this.


  9. Kyo Choi

    So this is still called IDES is it not?  Some SAP consultant says IDES, at least the name, has been changed. Is there official SAP announcement on IDES name change?

    1. Willie Lim

      Hi Kyo,

      No this is not IDES as the configured content is mainly based on the SAP Best Practices for SAP S/4HANA (on premise).   It also come with 30 days trial license on SAP CAL which allow accessibility to anyone who is interested to preview the features and functionalities of the Latest S/4 HANA releases.

      You can also order a Blue-ray disk to be sent to you, or download it for installation on your own hardware. The content in this system (1610 Fully Activated Trial System) is extensively documented both with demo scripts and configuration guides.


  10. Jacques Maeda


    What’s the Fiori version, please? If it is not Fiori 2.0, would you know when it will be released?

    Thanks. Best regards,

    Jacques Maeda

    1. Joerg Wolf Post author

      Hi Jacques,

      yes, the appliance contains Fiori 2.0 (that’s the ‘blue Fiori theme’ incl. overview pages, etc.).

      The technical UI5 release is 1.40.13 (since this one was out when the appliance was released in December 2016). Please keep in mind that this appliance is not continuously updated by SAP but you would need to update your instance to a newer UI5 release if you need this for any reason.



  11. Mareike Korn


    I have created my own instance from the S4 1610 golden solution- fully activated. How do I get FPS 01 applied and other OSS notes?


    Mareike Korn


  12. Evan Farrell

    Is there a managed list of upcoming future golden solutions being planned, for example a SAP S/4HANA 1610, Fully-Activated Appliance FPS 01 ?


    1. Joerg Wolf Post author


      Hi Mareike and Evan,

      there is no plan for an FPS01 update of the existing appliance at the current point in time but you can update your own instance to FPS01 manually.

      We’re currently looking into the plans for future appliance releases, and most probably the next appliance will come with the next major on-premise release of S/4HANA.

      Best, Joerg

  13. Nilesh Hatkar

    Hi Joerg,

    Great blog,

    I have a question also. We have set up a trail S4 HANA 1610 system on AmazonWS and trying to connect via SAP Data Service designer ( data store) which is also on AWS (Different host). However we get an error –

    “Please make sure the SAP server is running and the login information is correct (BODI-1111348)”.

    We have done the required entries in host files and able to connect S4 HANA from SAP GUI outside AWS also. Do we need to set up VPC or VPN in this scenario to connect S4HANA system ? OR any other missing config ?



    1. Joerg Wolf Post author

      Hi Nilesh,

      we didn’t test this explicitely but it might be a firewall/port issue.

      Can you connect if the DS Designer runs on a local laptop (i.e. not on AWS) ?

      Also, you would need to ensure that the communication ports that are used by DS Designer are opened for inbound traffic into the S/4HANA appliance. You can check the open ports in the instance details in the CAL console under virtual machines (e,g, SAP GUI uses 3200, not sure from the top of my head what is needed for DS Designer).




  14. Marshall Haegley

    Hi Joerg:

    Great blog and thanks for the overview of CAL.   This looks to be a great option for our customer who would like to do a POC on S/4 HANA combined with SAP S/4 HANA Treasury.  Unfortunately I don’t see that the S/4 HANA Treasury solutions are included at this time (S/4 HANA In house cash, S/4 HANA Treasury and Risk Mgt, etc.).  Who can I speak with (US preferably due to time differences) to address my questions on how S?4 HANA in the CAL can integrate with other non CAL software for use during this trial period?  Also, other questions on MS Azure compatibility.


    Marshall Haegley


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