This blog explains how you could continue using your trial instance in SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) beyond the trial period. So if you are at the end of your trial and you consider to continue your evaluation or to extend it to a PoC or a customer demo please read the following information that would help you not to get stuck upon the trial expiration.
The Two Prerequisites
Let’s start with the legal perspective. Before you created your trial instance you accepted the Free Trial License Agreement. As this agreement is limited in both time and scope, the first prerequisite is to bring your own licenses for the SAP products that were installed in the corresponding SAP CAL solution.
Having the SAP product licenses you also have the choice to install and configure a new system landscape by yourself or to keep leveraging SAP CAL. The prerequisite for the latter is to order the SAP CAL subscription. For more information about the support entitlements and the mechanics of how this works, see the article.
To check the two prerequisites, navigate to SAP CAL, go to Solutions, select the corresponding solution and then choose Unlock. Please make sure that you login with the S-user that would bring the licenses and order the subscription. Note that both checks will always fail for a P-user.
Don’t worry if you have created the trial instance with another user. Once you unlock the solution, you can request from the SAP CAL Team to reassign the instance to your S-user via a formal support request.
The SAP Product Licenses
If you do not own the SAP product licenses, the best follow-up would be to involve your SAP sales representative. If you are not an SAP customer yet but you consider to order the licenses, visit sap.com to find the contact information for your country.
If you participate in the SAP PartnerEdge program, you may request the SAP product licenses on the SAP PartnerEdge Portal. For more information about this program visit www.sap.com/partner/become.html.
The SAP CAL Subscription
You can purchase the SAP Cloud Appliance Library subscription on the SAP Store or directly from your SAP sales representative. Please note that a discounted package is available for partners.
If you decide to order on SAP Store you can find the direct links to the SAP CAL offers in Subscription Packages or in the Unlock Solution pop-up. Note that the SAP Store option is not available in all countries.
Go to Licensing to read the Terms and Conditions for the SAP CAL subscription.
If you have not ordered on SAP Store yet, then most probably you will miss the SAP Store Buyer role.
An SAP Store Buyer is a person who has been nominated and verified to buy on behalf of a company. To become an SAP Store Buyer, submit the form in SAP Store or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that the verification procedure may take days so my recommendation is to request the role early enough not to get stuck upon trial expiration.