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While it had been a bit of a hack to Upgrade your HANA, express edition in version 1.0, Upgrading SAP HANA, express edition is now fully supported with version 2.0.

Although I had been perfectly happy with my optimized HANA 2.0, express edition installation on an Intel 6th generation NUC6i5SYK, I thought this was also an opportunity to upgrade to an Intel 7th generation NUC7i7BNH. This turned out to be a good idea, since the upgrade process is quite resource intensive and can take more than an hour:

But otherwise finishes successfully without any issues:

And of course, I am on HANA 2.0 SPS 01 now – There are a few alerts, but I can deal with those later 😉

By the way, BEFORE moving your ESXi 6.5 installation to any 7th generation NUC, it is important to update the network driver on your EXISTING 6th generation NUC:

# esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
# esxcli software vib install -v https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/net-e1000e/VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593.vib
# esxcli software vib remove -n ne1000

Now let’s explore What’s New with SAP HANA 2.0 SPS 01 – by the SAP HANA Academy.

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  1. Stephen Kringas

    Hi Frank,

    Do you notice much difference in performance between NUC6i5SYK (4 cores) vs NUC7i7BNH (2 cores)?

    Currently looking to purchase a NUC and tossing up between those two models.

    Thanks,

    Stephen

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    1. Frank Schuler Post author

      Hello Stephen,

      To be honest, I like the NUC6i5SYK better. It is completely silent, whereas the NUC7i7BNH needs its fan when under heavy load quite a bit. Also, a lot of the performance comes from the quick m.2 SSD, not the CPU. On the upside, the NUC7i7BNH rarely reaches 100% CPU load, whereas the NUC6i5SYK does this from time to time, e.g. during HANA 2.0 startup.

      Originally, I bougt the NUC6i5SYK because I did not like the NUC6i7KYK Skull Canyon form factor. Now, with the NUC7i7BNH, there is an Intel i7 NUC variant available with the lovely form factor of the original Intel NUCs, but unfortunately not with the same solidity of the case and the respective silence of the NUC6i5SYK.

      Finally, given the price difference, I would go for the NUC6i5SYK again. In my opinion, it would be better to invest the saved money in good RAM and a super fast SSD.

      Best regards

      Frank

       

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