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The SAP S/4HANA 1709 fully-activated appliance in a few bullets and 60 seconds:

  • The appliance is a pre-packaged software bundle that contains an SAP S/4HANA 1709 system with pre-configured SAP Best Practices and demo scenarios. It is the successor of the SAP S/4HANA 1610 fully-activated appliance, however, it has been set up as a new installation.
  • It can be rapidly brought up as your personal instance with administrative rights either hosted (takes ~ 2 hours) or on your own on-premise hardware (takes ~ 2 days). Typical use cases are sandboxing, proof-of-concept, and scoping/fit-gap analysis.
  • You can create your personal instance using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library > Create Instance. This requires an account for SAP CAL (free sign-up) and a valid account at a supported hosting provider (video tutorials can be found here).
    The homepage of the SAP S/HANA 30-day trial also points  to the SAPS/4HANA 1709 fully-activated appliance, including a demo guide with proposed sample scenarios.
  • New since May 15th, 2018: SAP S/4HANA 1709 FPS01 is released as separate solution in SAP CAL (link to solution). New features include SAP S/4HANA for Customer Management 1.0, Production Planning / Detailed Scheduling, SAP Best Practices activated for 23 additional countries in the reference client 300, and various minor additions&fixes.

 

More details needed ? Read on…

 

Note: This blog (text, screenshots) mostly references the SAP S/4HANA 1709 (SP00) version of the fully-activated appliance. In the appendix, you will find links with information for the FPS01 version.

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 1709 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 1709 (incl. technical configuration e.g. for the Fiori launchpad), and prepared demo scenarios with sample master and transactional data.

[Fig 1]: SAP S/4HANA 1709 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 (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP) with the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) as bridge into the hosting providers.
    Setup time is ~ 2 hours, and the easiest way is to use the SAP S/4HANA 30-day trial.
  2. On dedicated on-premise hardware that has a supported Linux release installed (everything else will come with the appliance). Pure setup time is ~ 2 days.

Details for option 1 (hosted):
If you are already experienced with the SAP S/4HANA 1610 appliance/trial, you will find it easy to use the new appliance release since the ‘mechanics’ are the same as before:

  • Built-in 30-day test license for SAP S/4HANA and SAP CAL (free of charge for the supported trial scenarios during that time)
  • Hosting provider fees are charged to your hosting provider account (~ 3-4 $ USD per uptime hour, depending on provider and data center region).
  • Support via asking the SAP CAL community
  • Possibility to extend the 30-day trial phase by acquiring an SAP CAL subscription license  (requires a 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 trial page to get started. Registration in SAP CAL and one of the supported hosting providers (AWS, MS Azure, (GCP) takes ~15 minutes, start-up of your personal trial instance will take ~2 hours.

This video playlist for SAP CAL will also help to get into the topic.

[Fig 2]: SAP S/4HANA 17090 – 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. The installation of an appliance differs from a “regular” SAP installation, we therefore recommend to have this done by SAP Consulting or an experienced SAP partner, however, customers can also do it on their own and will receive support from SAP.

Ordering of the discs/download by a partner and deploying it on customer-site afterwards is not allowed.

The following SAP note contain more information on the ordering process (it is valid for customers and partners).



[Fig 3]: SAP S/4HANA 1709 Appliance – Consumption Methods

 

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

[Fig 4]: SAP S/4HANA 1709 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 1610 release.
It covers the below ‘walkthrough’ scenarios that are explained in detail in an extensive demo script on the SAP S/4HANA trial homepage.(the demo script will be available shortly there).

  • Order-to-cash
  • Revenue recognition
  • Financial closing
  • Plan-to-product (incl. EWM)
  • Migration Cockpit (for data migration into SAP S/4HANA)
  • Fiori Custom Fields
  • Custom Forms
  • BI platform reports
  • SAP Screen Personas
  • NEW with the FPS01 appliance: Customer Management (“CRM add-on”), Detailed Scheduling, Demand-driven replenishment

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.

 

[Fig 5 a&b]: SAP S/4HANA 1709 suggested demo walk-throughs

 

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 and output 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

The BI platform and the remote desktop 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 (note: FPS01 in addition contains the add-on for “SAP S/4HANA for Customer Management 1.0”)

More information & known issues

More information can be found in the link collection in the appendix below.

This blog summarizes the known issues and provides fixing hints where available. It will be continuously updated.

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, thus system tasks need to be done by the person who created the instance.

Best and enjoy the SAP S/4HANA 1709 appliance,

Joerg

 

Appendix: Link collection

 

Software appliance in general:

 

On-premise download / Blu-Ray shipment:

 

SAP CAL information

 

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  1. Renaud VAN DEN DAELE

    Awesome blog on an awesome topic !! Thanks much ! One small content/hint  if you allow, the pictures are difficult to read within the blog, but very clear once download to computer via “Save picture as”  (I tested on Fig 4 )

    Best regards

    Renaud

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

       

      Hello Renaud,

      thanks for the nice comment.

      Wrt. the images, in Chrome and Firefox you can open them in a new browser tab. In IE, this option seems to be greyed out – not sure if there’s a hidden feature to enable this.

      The overview presentation (link list at the end of the blog) contains these images as well.

      Best,

      Joerg

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  2. Former Member

    Thanks, Joerg,

    Great Blog.

    This is absolutely true Cloud Approach SAP has developed for 1709. Congratulations.

    I have activated the S/4 1709  using AWS Amazon – it took 65 minutes starting with S login to S/4 1709 – SAP GUI Login.  No Help Needed and very simple to activate. Performance is also great till now. I have a team of 25 consultants using the Trial instance and it is working fine. The system comes preconfigured with sample data. “Kind of Old days – IDEAS system reinvented on Cloud”

    Well done.

    Best,

    Amitabh

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  3. Deepu Sasidharan

    If we have S/4HANA licenses can we extend the trial by applying to the instances?  Or do we still need CAL licenses in addition to the S/4HANA, HANA and BIP licenses?

     

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

       

      Hello Deepu,

       

      1802 is a public cloud release of SAP S/4HANA and will never be available in the SAP CAL, since CAL is about on-premise software hosted in cloud providers (small but significant difference).

      Best,

      Joerg

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

      Hello Rakesh,

      yes, the DEMO21 system uses the S/4HANA fully-activated appliance.

      There might be minor differences (e.g. a different HANA revision or in some integration scenarios).

      The FA appliance can of course also be consumed via cloud providers where you quickly can bring up another instance if you need one.

      Best Joerg

       

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  4. Shirley Nakane

    Hello,

    Two questions:

    • Is S/4HANA 1805 fully activated appliance planned to be available for on-premise installation? If so when?
    • Is it possible to upgrade S/4HANA 1709 fully activated appliance on-premise to version 1805?

    Regards,

    Shirley

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

      Hello Shirley,

      1805 is a release of the S/4HANA public cloud.

      However, the appliance is based on on-premise releases, and provisions them in a cloud provider where you can create your own private instance.

      Hence, 1805 will not be available as SAP CAL appliance (neither net-new nor upgrade).

      The next on-premise release is planned for 1809, and we also intend to provide a fully-activated appliance for it.

      Best, Joerg

       

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      1. Marcel Rabe

        Hi Joerg,

         

        now that S/4HANA 1809 is released do you know when a fully-activated appliance will be ready in HEC with this release?

        Thanks

        Marcel

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        1. Joerg Wolf
          Post author

          Hello Marcel,

          the S/4HANA 1809 fully-activated appliance is scheduled for December in SAP CAL (= SAP Cloud Appliance Library).

          For a usage of such an appliance in SAP HEC (= SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud), please check with your SAP HEC represenatative for options.

          Best, Joerg

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  5. Tony Ciliberti

    Hi Joerg,

    My company, Reliability Dynamics, develops SAP Add-on solutions.  We would like to use the SAP S/4HANA 1709 AWS-hosted 30-day trial to import and test an Add-on for Plant Maintenance.  Can the 30-day trial be used for that purpose?   Also, is ABAP code development permissible?

    Thanks, Tony

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

       

      Hi Tony,

      apologies for the late response (vacation & business travel).

      You can install add-ons and also create ABAP code, however, you might need to install a maintenance / developer key in the sytem for it.

      For such longer-lasting PoC activities, the CAL subscription (beyond 30 days) or an on-premise installation on your own hardware (see blog above) might also be options.

      Best, Joerg

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  6. Apurba Saha

    Hi Jorg,
    Quite useful information. Our organization is moving from Oracle ERP to SAP S4 . As part of new application architecture we need to learn and master in:

    HCI –> Integration platform between Different SAP system (e.g successfactor, Ariba,S4) , How we can get a sandbox to get hands on HCI. In cal , we can see https://archive.sap.com/documents/docs/DOC-56411 we can use oData service. can you please guide us with a documentation how we can establish connection from Hana Development tool. I have access to Hana Cloud Cockpit and deployed a simple HTML5 application. I have access to HANA DB as well from google cloud platform.

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  7. Tony Ciliberti

    Hi Joerg,

    I am getting a system error in my S/4HANA 1709 FPS01 fully-activated appliance (30-day trial SAP CAL on-premise).  Is there any way to get SAP CSS to take a look?

    Thanks,

    Tony

     

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    1. Marian Harris

      Hi Tony, For 30-day free trial systems, CSS support would not be able to assist. Can you share more details on what triggered the syntax error? Were you executing a specific SAP transaction code, report, or Fiori app?

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      1. Tony Ciliberti

        Hi Marian,

        I was uninstalling an SAP Add-on, using transaction SAINT.  I solved the problem by terminating the instance in question and creating another instance.

        I just want to say I am _very_ impressed with SAP CAL.

        1\ It takes only one hour to set up a fully-functional SAP S/4HANA instance.

        2\ System response is very good (ten minutes to install/install an SAP Add-on).

        Thanks,

        Tony

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        1. Marian Harris

          Thanks for the feedback Tony. Whenever SAP CAL has a solution available for a SAP product that a customer or partner wants to get hands on with, it provides such a strong benefit so quickly. Our own team focuses on the S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance and we also have the option for downloading the image and installing on your own hardware, but nothing beats getting a system up and running in literally 45 min to 2 hours.

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  8. Rajnandini Ranbhare

    Hi,

    I want to study the user administration (various types of users, roles, groups, provisioning etc) and related API for SAP application. Will my requirement be satisfied with this instance?

    And can you please tell me on which linux flavor this application will be installed so that I can estimate the cost for my cloud provider?

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

       

      Hello Rajnandini,

      you have full access to user transactions (SU01, BP, …) if that satisfies your needs.

      The fitting Linux flavor is automatically selected by the Cloud provider when you create the instance via cal.sap.com (there you will also get a cost estimate, typically 3-4 USD per uptime hour, depending on provider and region). In the advanced mode of the instance creation, you can opt out of remote desktop and BI platform which will roughly save ~ 1USD in your hourly costs).

      Best, Joerg

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      1. Rajnandini Ranbhare

        Thank you Joerg. I have few more question as below

        1. Will the two applications, SAP GUI and SAP studio be installed on the vm created for Windows Remote Desktop, pre-configured to access SAP software and database?
        2. If yes, if we opt out of installation of Windows Remote Desktop, will these two applictions, SAP GUI and SAP studio, be not installed/available?
        3. As I want to study the user administration – all types of CRUD operations supported for user, group, role etc. Does this trial instance supports all such operations which are supported by the licenced SAP software?
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        1. Joerg Wolf
          Post author

          Hi Rajnandini,

          SAP GUI and HANA Studio (i.e. the Eclipse plugins for HANA and ABAP development if you mean this) are pre-installed on the remote desktop.

          If you opt out of it, you will need to install them on your laptop (and configure the connection into the S/4HANA appliance).

          Re. 3.: You have full access to transactions for administering users, roles, profiles, … so I would assume that you can do your tests.

          Best, Joerg

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          1. Rajnandini Ranbhare

            Hi Joerg,

            I have AWS VPC set up. And I would like to have above free trial instance installed within that VPC. How do I configure my AWS account within a VPC on SAP cloud appliance library or is the trial instance only works with public cloud?

            Regards,

            Rajnandini Ranbhare

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  9. Navdeep Singla

    Hi,

    We are facing an issue with DB rename while installing 1709 FPS1 appliance.

     

    After DB dvds extraction HDB is not starting with below errors.

     

    ************************************************************************************************************************************************

    Renaming System…

    SAP HANA Lifecycle Management – Database Rename  2.1.38

    Renaming instance…

    Stopping system…

    All server processes stopped on host ‘s4hanaserver’.

    Stopping sapstartsrv service…

    Removing sapservices entry…

    Updating system configuration files…

    Renaming instance…

    Creating sapservices entry…

    Starting service (sapstartsrv)…

    Starting instance HDB (HDB02) on host ‘s4hanaserver’…

    Starting 11 processes on host ‘s4hanaserver’:

    Starting on ‘s4hanaserver’: hdbcompileserver, hdbdaemon, hdbdiserver, hdbdocstore, hdbdpserver, hdbindexserver, hdbnameserver, hdbpreprocessor, hdbscriptserver, hdbwebdispatcher, hdbxsengine

    Starting on ‘s4hanaserver’: hdbdaemon

    Renaming SAP HANA instance failed!

    Renaming master failed!

    Renaming of SAP HANA Database System failed.

    Value ‘register_rename_system’ is invalid. Please use one of: add_host_roles, add_hosts, check_installation, configure_internal_network, configure_sld, extract_components, print_component_list, remove_host_roles, rename_system, uninstall, unregister_system, update_component_list, update_components, update_host

    Rename System failed

    Error occurred while executing SAP HANA Database System rename (hdbrename)

    Renaming SAP HANA instance failed!

    Renaming master failed!

    Cannot start instance HDB (HDB02) on host ‘s4hanaserver’

    Start instance 02 on host ‘s4hanaserver’ failed.

    FAIL: process hdbdaemon HDB Daemon not running

    Check the log file for SAP HANA Database error messages

    ***********************************************************************************************************************************************************

    Deamon_server trace file:-

     

    000001/RestoreGUID=00000000-0000-19720306-084436-2e00000000]

    [14586]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-21 15:52:23.008681 f NameServer       TREXNameServer.cpp(03865) : no master nameserver found -> stopping instance …

    [14586]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-21 15:52:23.008986 e Basis            TREXNameServer.cpp(03897) : Process exited due to an error via explicit exit call with exit

    code 1 , no crash dump will be written

    [14552]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-21 15:52:23.009221 f Service          TrexService.cpp(00605) : Delaying shutdown indefinitely as abort is in process.

    [15922]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-21 15:56:44.126791 f NameServer       TREXNameServer.cpp(03865) : no master nameserver found -> stopping instance …

    [15922]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-21 15:56:44.127059 e Basis            TREXNameServer.cpp(03897) : Process exited due to an error via explicit exit call with exit

    code 1 , no crash dump will be written

    [15893]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-21 15:56:44.127455 f Service          TrexService.cpp(00605) : Delaying shutdown indefinitely as abort is in process.

    [9866]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-22 12:50:56.691525 f NameServer       TREXNameServer.cpp(03865) : no master nameserver found -> stopping instance …

    [9866]{-1}[-1/-1] 2018-10-22 12:50:56.691803 e Basis            TREXNameServer.cpp(03897) : Process exited due to an error via explicit exit call with exit c

    ode 1 , no crash dump will be written

     

    ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************

     

    As per SAP Note 2080933 nameserver.ini has to be created.

     

    Upon checking it was found that landscape.id file is 0 KB size after extraction.

     

    s4hanaserver:HDB:hdbadm /hana/data/HDB/mnt00001/hdb00001 27> ls -ltr

    total 5898244

    -rwxrwxrwx 1 1004 sapsys          0 Jun 12  2017 __DO_NOT_TOUCH_FILES_IN_THIS_DIRECTORY__

    -rwxrwxrwx 1 1004 sapsys          0 May  3 12:33 landscape.id

    -rwxrwxrwx 1 1004 sapsys 6039797760 Oct 21 15:48 datavolume_0000.dat

     

    ***********************************************************************************************************************************************************

     

    can you please check and suggest how to resolve this issue.

     

    Regards,

    Navdeep

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    1. Joerg Wolf
      Post author

      Hi Philipp,

      the fully-activated appliance for S/4HANA 1809 is planned for CW50 or 51.

      A “plain vanilla” 1809 appliance (no business processes, no demo data) is planned for November, please check regularly on cal.sap.com.

      Best, Joerg

       

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