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Author's profile photo Claudia Baur

SAP Support of Windows Server 2016 in Virtual and Cloud Environments

SAP now supports Windows Server 2016 as a guest operating system in specified virtual and cloud environments.

To check if you are allowed to operate your SAP application on Windows Server 2016, make sure that the following prerequisites are given:

  • SAP supports your application and database version with Windows Server 2016.
    Check the SAP product availability matrix (PAM) for relevant entries.
  • Your configuration meets the prerequisites listed in SAP Note 2384179.
    This note contains further information on applications, databases, and support prerequisites of Windows Server 2016.
  • You use a virtualization solution supported with Windows Server 2016.
    SAP currently supports its applications on Windows Server 2016 guest OS with VMware vSphere and Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 R2.
    Due to technical limitations of the current version of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V, SAP cannot support its applications in this version. Therefore, support of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V has been postponed until a suitable solution is provided by Microsoft.
    Check SAP Note 1409608 for detailed virtualization solution versions and prerequisites.
  • You use the SAP Host Agent version required in SAP Note 1409604 with the required configuration of the SAP Enhanced Monitoring.
  • If you run your SAP application in a public cloud environment, make sure that SAP supports Windows Server 2016 with your application in the public cloud offering.
    Check SAP Note 1380654 for supported SAP applications and database versions.

For the Frequently Asked Questions on Windows Server 2016, see also FAQ Windows Server 2016.


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      Author's profile photo Becky Sparks
      Becky Sparks

      Hi Claudia,


      My company is planning to implement S/4Hana and our infrastructure today runs in Hyper-V.

      As I was reading I noticed that SAP HANA is not compatible with Hyper-V, only VMWare.

      Do you know if Hyper-V is going to be "certified" to run HANA in the near future? Thanks,

      Author's profile photo Claudia Baur
      Claudia Baur
      Blog Post Author

      hi Becky,

      I m not aware of current plans to support S/4 HANA on Hyper-V. S/4 HANA on Hyper-V would require both, the certification of HANA on Hyper-V as well as support of NetWeaver Linux guest OS on Hyper-V. Both support statements are currently not in place.

      Thanks and best, Claudia

      Author's profile photo VICTOR EDWIN ORTA LOPEZ

      Hi Claudia,

      In my company, we are planning to implement SAP Data Services 4.2 SP 9 in a virtualized bare-metal environment with Red Hat Virtualization 4.0 and Windows server 2016 as a guest operating system.

      I would like to know if this is feasible?



      Author's profile photo Claudia Baur
      Claudia Baur
      Blog Post Author


      hi Victor,

      unfortunately not, as SAP applications on Windows guests are not supported with Red Hat virtualization and it is also not on our roadmap.

      For the list of supported virtual environments, see SAP Note 1492000 or for Windows guests see SAP Note 1409608 .

      Best regards, Claudia

      Author's profile photo VICTOR EDWIN ORTA LOPEZ

      Thanks, Your guidance was very helpful

      Best regards, Edwin


      Author's profile photo Mohammed ali khan patan
      Mohammed ali khan patan

      Hi Claudia,

      We are planning to upgrade the operating system : From Windows server 2012 to Windows server 2016 or 2019.

      Does it will affect on our SAP BODS 4.2.8 version?

      Which operating system will be best, wither 2016 or 2019?


      Thanks and Regards,
      Mohammed Ali



      Author's profile photo Frank Hildenbrand
      Frank Hildenbrand

      Hi Mohammed,


      thanks for your question. I am taking it over from Claudia.

      According to the Product Availability Matrix (PAM) the SAP BODS 4.2 is released for Windows Server 2019 as well as Windows Server 2016 (search in PAM for "Data Services" or follow this link). However, I am not sure which patch levels are meant here. I would assume the latest one. From the virtualization aspect it doesn't matter (finally) if you use Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2019 as guest OS.
      The other perspective is the product view, i.e. what are the recommendations from Data Services product group. That I cannot tell but you can check the related release notes (depending on the patch level of BODS 4.2.8) either in SAP Notes (for patch 5: SAP Note 2585451 - Release Notes for SAP Data Services 4.2 Support Pack 8 Patch 5 (Version or in SAP Help ( or you could look for information in the Business Objects Community for help.

      Best Regards,