Skip to Content
Product Information

SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance: Create your SAP S/4HANA system in a fraction of the usual setup time


  • The SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance allows customers, partners, and SAP employees to get a first-hand experience of the difference that S/4HANA can bring to an organization.
  • It is a pre-packaged system template that contains an SAP S/4HANA system with pre-configured SAP Best Practices and demo scenarios.
  • It can be rapidly brought up as your personal instance with administrative rights either hosted in the cloud (takes ~ 1-2 hours) or on your own on-premise hardware (takes ~ 2-3 days).
  • Typical use cases are sandboxing, proof-of-concept, scoping, or fit-gap analysis.
  • For the cloud deployment you need a valid account at a supported hosting provider, currently those are AWS, Azure and GCP. The hosting costs will be charged to your account (typically 3-4 USD per system uptime hour)
  • Once you have such an account, the easiest way to start is the SAP S/4HANA trial (SAP licenses are waived for 30 days; only the cloud provider hosting fees apply). An extensive demo guide walks you through sample scenarios with pre-defined users and data sets.

Update (April 22nd,  2021):
The SAP S/4HANA 2020 FPS01 Fully-Activated Appliance is available:
Direct link to SAP CAL / Demo Guides / Known Issues

General concepts

What is an appliance ?

An appliance is a compressed system image that can be rapidly extracted into a regular system instance by preserving everything that has been configured in the appliance during the development 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 fully-activated appliances, 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 (incl. technical configuration e.g. for the Fiori launchpad), and prepared demo scenarios with sample master and transactional data.

The delivery infrastructure for appliances is the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL,, and if you browse this site you will see many more appliances besides the SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated appliances.

[Fig 1]: The concept of the SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance

How to use an appliance

An appliance can be consumed in two ways:

  1. Within 1-2 hours in a hosted environment, using a cloud provider infrastructure such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform (GCP).
  2. Within typically ~ 2-3 days on your own on-premise hardware that has a supported Linux release installed (everything else will come with the appliance).
Details for option 1 (hosted):As prerequisite, you need to obtain an account at one of the supported cloud providers, and can afterwards bring up your system using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL, registration in SAP CAL and one of the supported hosting providers takes ~15 minutes. The start-up of your personal trial instance (no shared system !) will take ~1-2 hours.An easy entrance into SAP CAL is the SAP S/4HANA 30-day trial with the following characteristics:

  • Built-in 30-day test license for SAP S/4HANA and SAP CAL (i.e. no fees to be paid to SAP)
  • 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 the SAP Cloud Appliance Library, there’s a detailed ‘Quick Start Guide’ on the SAP S/4HANA trial page to get started. This video playlist for SAP CAL will also help to get into the topic.

Details for option 2 (on-premise installation):

If you prefer to install the appliance on your own hardware, you can also receive it via download or Blu-Ray disks.

The shipment is free of charge, however, corresponding SAP licenses need to be in place (trial licenses are sufficient for delivery). 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 by a partner on behalf of a customer and deploying it on the customer hardware afterwards is not allowed.

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

[Fig 2]: SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance – Consumption Methods

SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance

What is the content & scope ?

The scope of the appliance centers around the SAP Best Practices content for SAP S/4HANA and is enhanced by further scenarios, also depending on the exact release version of the appliance.

The below walk-through scenarios (taken from the 2020 SP00 release) have been described in detail (see here) but of course you’re free to explore and adapt the system as needed since you have full administrative rights and even access to the Linux operating system.

  • Overview Pages
  • Sell from stock / outbound delivery processing
  • Accounting & Financial Close
  • Lease-in accounting
  • Investments
  • Universal Allocation
  • Bank account management
  • Overdue receivables
  • Group Reporting
  • Plan-to-produce & Demand-driven replenishment
  • Predictive Material & Resource Planning
  • Warehouse Inbound From Supplier
  • Service
  • Transportation Management
  • Portolio & Project Management
  • SAP Master Data Governance
  • Human Capital Management
  • Analytics (Smart Business, BI, SAC)
  • Predictive Analytics
  • Data migration into SAP S/4HANA
  • SAP Fiori Rapid Activation
  • Fiori Situation Handling
  • Extensibility
  • Custom Print Forms
  • SAP Screen Personas


[Fig. 3] Pre-configured walkthrough scenarios in the appliance (2020 SP00)

What is technically contained in the appliance ?

The appliance 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
  4. MS Windows remote desktop for easy access to the solution

The BI platform and the remote desktop are optional components in SAP CAL (you can opt in/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. 4] Technical components of the SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance

More information & known issues

These blogs (2020 / 1909 / 1809) summarize the known issues and provide fixing hints where available. They 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 any system tasks (be it basis or functional) need to be done by you.

Best and have fun with the SAP S/4HANA Fully-Activated Appliance,


Appendix: Link collection

You must be Logged on to comment or reply to a post.
  • Hi Joerg

    Thanks for the detailed blog on this , I have a question on the content/demo data is it equvivalent to the standard IDES shipments which we get from SAP service market place ?

    • Hi Keith,

      we don't offer AWS GovCloud.

      Is "regular" AWS an option for you ?

      Or alternatively, you could install the appliance on your own premises hardware (it's a bit more effort than in the cloud, though).

      Best, Joerg

    • Hi Saravana,

      We don't have IBP add-on on the trial system, but  PPDS & GATP of APO  are included in the this S/4HANA trial system.

      HANA has the capability of crunching complex algorithms as APO does using live cache and probably that is the rationale for providing APO features like PPDS (Production planning & detailed scheduling) and GATP (Global ATP) as a part of simple logistics running on HANA. Multi-level explosion (MATP) , Location & material substitution, advanced BOP are some of the key features of GATP.



  • The blog is really useful. Thanks a lot.

    I am a MDG application / functional Consultant. I have few questions.

    1. Who does the Model Company content download to a S4 HANA system on HEC ? Is it the BASIS team or HEC Team ?
    2. If the existing S4 HANA on HEC is of version 1809 and a new model company content is available for 1809 FPS01, can the new model company content be downloaded ?
    3. Can we keep adding / downloading new CAL contents to an already available S4 HANA instance on HEC ?


    Arun prabhu S

    • Hello Arun,

      please check SAP-internally with the HEC team in your region.

      There are ways to both deploy Model Companies (to speed up the actual  implementation) as well as the fully-activated appliance (for sandboxing, scoping, PoC, ...).

      Best, Joerg

  • Thanks for the blog, very usefull and clear explanation.

    Is the "SAP S/4HANA 1809, Fully-Activated Appliance" available in Spanish? Or only English is supported? 

    Some customers in Latin America are not confortable working in English, and we might have a restriction to use CAL as a quick start up of the Explore Phase.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Hello Mirta,

      the Spanish language pack is installed i.e. you will see Fiori & SAP GUI in Spanish.

      The pre-configured demo scenarios (with sample transactional data in client 100) follow the US localization, but for most cases this won't be a huge derivation from other countries.

      If you need more information, please contact me SAP-internally.

      Best, Joerg

  • Hello, thanks for sharing this information. We have some customer enhancements that are critical to some of the processes to present to our customers. Can we implement those enhancements in this appliance? Its basically some ABAP enhancements.

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    • Hello Luis,

      you have full administrative access to all areas of the appliance (it's your own system), so that should be possible.

      You might need to install a maintenance certificate, a developer key, ... but this depends on what exactly you want to do and on your contract status with SAP (partner / customer, contract type...).

      Best, Joerg




  • Joerg,

    Apologies if I’ve missed it but is this appliance the S/4HANA Cloud Single Tenant Edition (STE) or S/4HANA On Prem?

    • Hi John,

      this is the on-premise release of S/4HANA (the 1809 FPS01 fully-activated appliance was just released, see announcement in red at the top of this blog).

      Best, Joerg

  • Dear Joerg,


    this is really good stuff – thank you for sharing!


    I have one question: after a licence contract for S4H has been signed is there any fee to be paid to get the right to take baseline from the Model Company to the development system (like from CAL)? I am asking because can see there is a price on the service market place.


    I am SAP Project Manager so far it was something not in my focus and talking with many people I can see some projects goes awry and astray exactly in the point of Execute phase with a lack of competence and/or formal alignment to get really in practice the Model Company / Best Practices to development system. (like from CAL or just by import from browser down to SolMan and S4H). If this fails at this stage, then they start with manual clicking and are consequently in big problems!


    What would you advise? Is there also a kind of note – advice – instruction saying what to do on the formal side to get it smoothly sorted out?


    Look forward to hearing from you soon!





    • Hi Waldemar,

      the fully-activated appliance is intended as sandbox since it contains settings and features that customers don‘t want/need to have in a DEV system. So it won‘t make sense to copy the customizing as a whole.

      If SAP Best Practices are a good fit in a Project, I‘d rather activate them with Solution Builder (for the countries needed) and do manual changes afterwards.

      This comes “for free“ I.e. there is no separate fee.

      The Model Companies have done this  approach for many industries/LoBs, hence there is a fee if you want to benefit from this knowledge.

      Best Joerg

      • Thank you Joerg,


        I see, and exactly it ("The Model Companies have done this  approach for many industries/LoBs, hence there is a fee if you want to benefit from this knowledge.") may cause some troubles.


        Even if the fees are not big comparing the entire value. if they (teams) discover in Prepare  phase they would use some pieces of Model which comes for a surcharge it is too late to make it fast (to take into the baseline for Explore) due to internal time consuming supply procedures.


        So I think sales should be aware, suggest to leave in the contract a kind of buffer just in case teams found such a need 🙂





  • Hi Joerg

    really well detailed blog on this 1809 S4H appliance.

    We have gone with the CAL option on TRIAL, and subscribed for extension via SAP Store order.

    Unfortunately, we never got feedback with Licenses to update dbms or S4H. The CAL Appliance doesn't show up in as Installations under our customer number.

    Therefore, we can't really open an incident, and hasn't replied to our recent email yet, increasing the thrill on license expiration on 26.05.2019, while we have a substantial work done on the appliance and several use cases to present early June 2019.

    What was wrong in our way to extend the license thru SAP Store via the extension link ?

    If you have any insight we would really appreciate and thank you so much in advance.





  • Hi Luc,

    the SAP Store only provides the CAL subscription license, but not the S/4 and HANA license keys.

    You would need to get those keys via the regular license page on the support portal.

    Do you have an AE / partner manager that you could ask if you encounter problems on that page ?

    Best Joerg

  • Yes, I understand Joerg. We are working on that now.


    Still, facing x-csrf-token validation error when invoking POST even in SAP Gateway Client, where it is not supposed to require the fetch first …


    /sap/opu/odata/sap/ZBLCK_FIAP_SRV_01/PostHdrSet equals

    In strustsso2 transaction
    > SSL Server Standard PSE
    > missing root CA certificate in this PSE.


    With Advanced Rest Client, https://vhcals4hci.dummy.nodomain:44300/sap/opu/odata/sap/ZBLCK_FIAP_SRV_01/$metadata

    returns also x-csrf-token validation failed...

    How do we proceed with that ? Any suggestion is welcome on how to import it there…

    The SAP Gateway client also supports you when performing WRITE opera-
    tions. Here the cross-site request forgery (XSRF) token that is needed for
    such operations is acquired automatically. (This is opposed to the approach
    of using a third-party REST client. In that case, you first have to perform a
    separate GET request to fetch a XSRF token for any subsequent Update , Cre-
    ate , or Delete operation.)

    • You have to use a valid certificate or as a workaround I found that you can set the parameter


      back to the kernel default value 0 using transaction RZ11.

      This setting will be set back everytime you reboot your server though.




  • Hi  Andre,

    that worked for me (login/ticket_only_by_https = 0),

    but the other workaround didn't, setting the SICF Gui Configuration ~CHECK_CSRF_TOKEN = 0.

    I guess the disadvantage of the Gateway Embedded Deployment is some security features and limitations.

    Thanks again for your help,




  • Hi Joerg


    Do the activated scenarios focus on a particular country localization or all country localizations have been pre-configured?

    For example - if we were to test & demo the VAT scenarios for MENA / UAE?

    Is this available?

    Is the sample company code for UAE available?

    Are we allowed to customize?


    Your help will be appreciated.




    • Hi Nitin,

      the pre-defined demo scripts (i.e. with transactional and master data in client 100) follow the US localization.

      The best practices for UAE have been activated in clients 300&400, so you can configure your scenarios there.

      Or you add the UAE configuration to client 100 if this is an option.

      You have full admin & config Access to the  whole system.

      Best Joerg

  • Hi Jörg,

    we will currently start installing FSP02 onPremise and formerly had a lot of issues after changing SID while applying post process.

    I figured out internally that a lot of dependencies like GW services -> alias still take care on delivered SID. I think the posttask for this does not take care on all dependencies.

    So right now we do not want to change the SID to avoid running into such issues (like error ALIAS HAA not found for service, etc.).

    It this a valid approach from your point of view?

    Regards Holger


    • Hi Holger,

      you mean the aliases in /IWFND/MAINT_SERVICE ?

      I need to check with my colleagues on the post-installation tasks, might take a bit due to vacation time.

      Meanwhile, you can also try to post this question e.g. in the Fiori / UI forums (if it’s only about Gateway aliases).

      Best, Joerg


      • Hi Holger and Joerg,

        To keep the same SID ‘S4H’ is a great idea and I strongly recommend that.

        We used SID ‘S4H’ for many other configurations like the Logical system ‘S4HCLNT100’, Business System ‘S4H_100’, Enterprise Search Connectors ‘S4H100’,  ABAP connections in SM59, and Gateway Aliases setting.  Unless you absolutely have to, changing and testing them could be time consuming and costly.

        In case if you still decided to change the SID, here are a list of tasks you should look into:

        1. BD54 – logical system definition
        2. SCC4 – assign Logical system to clients
        3. BDLS - convert logical system in Application System
        4. SM59 – adapt the RFC destinations
        5. /n/IWFND/ROUTING – Adjust System Aliases
        6. STC01 – task id :SAP_ESH_ADJUST_AFTER_COPY  - Adjust ESH connectors
        7. STMS – adjust Transport System to the new name
        8. STRUST – create new PSE certificates
        9. SM37 - Adapt all background jobs
        10. SM28 - Run an installation check: Administration System administration Installation Check
        11. SM51 - Perform server check
        12. RZ10 - Adapt the instances and profiles if needed




    • Hi Kim,

      please check the Getting Started guide (linked from your instance page) for available users in the various components. Using one of those you should be able to unlock your user.

      Best Joerg

  • hi Joerg

    can i install S4 HANA FSP02 on Premise below hardware for trial system

    OS SUSE 12 SUSE 12 SUSE 12
    CPU threads 8 4 2
    RAM 128 64 32
    Disc 1500 GB 1500 GB 1500 GB
    Rack Server HP Gen 8 HP Gen 8 HP Gen 8


  • Hi everyone!,

    Does this system have the following solutions and components?:


    SAP DSD Mobile for Android (MOBDSDEI 800)

    SAP PM Work Manager


    If don't, can we perform the installation activities of the necessary components on top of this landscape?




    • Hi Carlos,

      no, it doesn't.

      You have full administrative rights to the system, so generally speaking you might try to install it (you might need maintenance certificate, though, and of course check vor version dependencies, etc.).

      Best, Joerg

  • Hi Joerg,

    Understand that the trial is only for 30 days. I like to ask if there is a possibility of extending the trial beyond 30 days? My customer has operated their SAP environment more than 20 years and have customized it heavily. They are asking for exceptional support to have longer trial.


  • Hello Joerg,

    we would like to get S/4HANA 1909 in the CAL which is flagged as a TRIAL. But we also would need to test some processes where we need a developer key.

    Is it possible somehow to get a developer key in combination with S/4HANA?

    Many thanks in advance!

    BR. Denis.


    • Hello Deepu,

      yes, this is in the works as well, will take a few more days.

      FYI: If you are employed at an SAP partner, DEMO21 for S/4HANA 1909 just kicked off (the appliance is used for this program as well).

      Best, Joerg

  • Dear Joerg,

    Good day

    Thanks for the blog.

    as for the following note in your blog :

    • Possibility to extend the 30-day trial phase by acquiring an SAP CAL subscription license (requires a valid SAP S/4HANA license as well).

    please note that I am a SAP new Client with my license already with me, what to do in order to extend the cal please?


    kindly help



  • Hi Wilfredo,

    if the appliance is created in a standard cloud provider setup (i.e. Internet), you won't need SAPRouter to connect via SAP GUI. Just click the Connect button in the CAL console and choose the SAP GUI option.



    • Hi Joerg, thanks for the answer,

      but the question is more focused on the following: We need a consultants team able to access simultaneously via SAP GUI, how could they do it? Without using the remote desktop option

      Best Regards


      • Check out the Quick Start Guide in the "Appendix: Link Collection" above. On slide 25 - 30, you'll see Connection option 2, which is the direct connection. This includes the steps so they can connect via both FLP and by SAP GUI.  If they only need SAP GUI connection, that's very easy - slide 30.

  • Hi Joerg,

    Thanks for this excellent blog. I currently have installed SAP S/4 HANA 1909 FPS01 Fully Activated Appliance on premise and would like to try the latest one SAP S/4 HANA 1909 FPS02 Fully Activated Appliance on premise.

    As per the SAP Note:2041140, I have to create a ticket under the component XX-SER-SWFL-SHIP to get the required media.

    The ticket requires me to mention the Material Number for SAP S/4 HANA 1909 FPS02. As per the note: 2041140, the material numbers should have been mentioned in the note attachment (Available_Software_Appliances_2020_04.pdf), but I don’t find it in Available_Software_Appliances_2020_04.pdf. Do you know where I could get the material numbers required for SAP S/4 HANA 1909 FPS02?

    Best Regards,

    • Hi AK,

      the on-premise installation shipment of SAP Note 2041140 is in process (this takes some additional steps), should be available in the next days.

      Best, Joerg

      • Hi Joerg,

        We also installed SAP S/4 HANA 1909 FPS01 Fully Activated Appliance on premise and would like to explore FPS02. However we would prefer not to restart the process with a new appliance download. Do you foresee any issues with us following the standard upgrade process from FPS01 to FPS02 on our existing appliance build ( Are there any demo scenarios that we will be missing by following the upgrade path?



        • Hi Ihsan,

          you can upgrade the appliance on a project-base (i.e. there's no dedicated support for it since the appliance is considerered to be your own on-prem based system).

          The main effort will be the technical upgrade of the stack (register your system and check if you're set to go in MP).

          You might experience smaller issues here & there for the demo scenarios and might need to adjust configuration or apply a note but there's no "master list" for this.

          Best, Joerg

  • Hi Joerg,


    I would like to know if option 1 also allows us to add aditional configuration.

    Mainly we like the idea of having a preconfigured system to do demos, but also we would like to add aditional configuration to that system so it can also behave as a Sandbox system.

    I we select option 1 (Hosted) solution, can we also do aditional configuration?


    Kind regards,


    • Hi Alex,

      yes, this is possible there as well (you "own" the system in your cloud provider/hyperscaler account and have full admin/configuration access to it).

      The on-prem option (#2 above) is superior if you e.g. want to connect other inhouse systems (that run on your internal corporate network only) to the S/4HANA system, or there are concerns in your company/industry with data privacy/security ... when using a hyperscaler even with a sandbox only.

      Best, Joerg

  • Hi,

    The appliance has the profile parameter "abap/force_local_update_task" set to 1.

    Do you know why all the update tasks are forced to local update?


    Thank you for all these rapid appliances and demo guides!

    Best Regards,


  • Hi

    Thanks for the detailed Blog. Can you please let us know, whether the Industry specific solutions Like IS -OIL is availble in this Fully activated version.

    Also please let us know, how to get this for a newly licensed S/4 HANA customer, who is yet deploy thier systems?



    Sudhakar P Venkatesan

    • Hi Sudhakar,

      IS-OIL and other industry scenarios are not specifically configured in the appliance, however, e.g. the IS-OIL addon (version 804 in the S/4 1909 releases) are installed if this helps for manually configuring your scenarios.



  • Hi Joerg,


    I activated my 30 day free-trial of SAP S/4 HANA Cloud. It is running on my AWS instance.

    I am trying to integrate SAP S/4 HANA with a 3rd party app using the ODATA APIs given in SAP BUSINESS HUB.
    However before i do that, i need to set up a communication user. And to have access to the Maintain communication user app, I need to initially have access to Identity & Access management app on Fiori.

    For the trial instance which users credentials can I use to log in onto Fiori Launchpad that has all Global Administrator access and have access to IAM. I would want to then grant access to other users already created in the trial instance.


    Can you please help me here as the success of this trial relies heavily on integration with SAP S/4 HANA.



      • You can try the user BPINST, note that this user has many roles assigned, so the FLP will load slowly. Better is to log into the back end and create your own user with the correct authorizations and roles assigned that you are looking for.

        Please refer to the Demo Guides, quick guide or getting started guide to get more details on the available users.

        • Hi Marian,


          Thank you so much for you reply.

          I did try the user BPINST & I did not see Identity & Access Managment App with BPINST user. That was my guess as well but it did not work.


          Can you quickly explain how to log into the backend & create an user by myself? That would be really helpful.

          At this point I am quite clear of what the next steps are in order to create a communication user but I am not able to find the right user which has the correct permissions to do this with.

          Is there a guide or an article I can refer on creating the users by logging into the backend?




          • Hi Sagar,

            the Identity Mgmt. apps that you are apparently looking for exist only in the SAP S/4HANA Cloud product.

            You seem to have created an instance of the SAP S/4HANA on-premise product via SAP CAL.

            For creating / administering users, you can access the backend via SAP GUI - either with a local SAP GUI installation or with the SAP GUI on the included remote desktop (click Connect in the CAL console of your instance and choose the SAP GUI option).

            The Getting Started Guide has more information.

            For future questions, please use the SAP CAL community and open up a new thread since this is easier to support and search for.

            Best, Joerg

          • Hi Joerg,


            I really appreciate your feedback and linking me back to the "Getting Started Guide". I have posted my question on SAP CAL Community as well which is here

            My goal is to integrate my SAP S/4 HANA Instance which has been created via CAL & running on AWS. I am trying to integrate this instance over Odata API with a third party service.
            In-order to write back to the API, i need to create a communication user.
            Would you know how I can have access to the app in Fiori that lets me create this user from the launchpad?

            Or even that app is not available in SAP S/4HANA via CAL?
            I can create a role as you rightly explained using SAP GUI, but in order to create a communication user, can that be also done via SAP GUI.


            Any help would be highly appreciated.



  • Hi,
    we have installed via SAP CAL an istance of SAP S/4HANA 1909 FPS02 (also licensed) and now we need to download/install some OSS notes, but when we try to do this via transaction SNOTE we receive a dump related to error: XML_FORMAT_ERROR
    I've found oss note 2836005 which is related to this error message and seems that the error is due to missing password in RFC destinations created in transaction SM59 for SAP Digital notes management.

    Checking further informations on SAP Digital OSS notes managment, it seems that some implementation is missing on S/4HANA 1909 FPS02 deployed via SAP CAL.


    Best Regards


    • Hi Molina,

      in essence, it's the Best Practices for 2020 ( for all localizations. There are a few scope items with an either/or choice but that's the exception.

      Best, Joerg

  • Hi Joerg,

    thanks first of all for the content that you publish here to help us using the appliance. We have everything installed not but are not sure about the purpose of each client.

    I see that 100 does already have transaction data. 400 is 'empty' but has lots of different warehouses on top (but is missing 0001 template).

    100 vs. 400:


    200 has neither master data, nor any config/customizing.


    • Is there any difference (especially in master data & customizing) between 100 and 400 apart from the fact that 400 does not have any transaction data?
    • If the answer is no, may I assume that 400 is the most appropriate way to make a client copy in order to create new 'clean' clients for internal testing/training?
    • Do all those additional warehouses in client 400 have the same master data and configurations?
    • What is the purpose of client 200


    Thanks a lot in advance and sorry if those questions have been raised somewhere already and I was not able to find it!


    • Hi Hendrik,

      an overview of the clients can be found in chapter 1.4 in the Getting Started guide of the appliance (see link in the CAL console).

      And please see Setting Up a New Best Practices Client - Client Setup Alternatives - SAP Help Portal for some background on the different client copy alternatives.

      400 was created as "Best Practice" client, that's why the client-000 customizing & master data is not entirely in 400 (eg. the 0001 warehouse). The different warehouse IDs above are for the country localizations, see Best Practice master&organizational data overview on

      So, in that respect a copy from 400 would be clean but you might be missing some client-000 customizing where no Best Practices exist.
      100 was created as a merged client (ie. full 000 copy) but went through several upgrades since, so that would be rather a brownfield.

      200 can be used to try out your own BP activation.

      Best, Joerg

  • Hi Joerg Wolf, Currently we have SAP S/4HANA 1909 Fully-Activated Appliance installed in our on-premise environment. Can we upgrade the same fully-activated appliance to 2020 version?

    • Hi Naveen,

      during an upgrade attempt, you will almost certainly hit roadblocks e.g. with assembling the upgrade stack under your S-user ID, SPAM/SPAU resolution, etc. , and there is no dedicated upgrade support for the appliance (it will be treated like a customer-owned brownfield system).

      I would therefore rather recommend to create a new instance of the 2020 fully-activated appliance (SP 00 is here, FPS01 still in the works) and tranport / copy the needed objects from your existing 1909 instance into it.

      Best, Joerg

  • Hi Joerg Wolf ,

    A big thanks for a really detailed and preciously informative blog post. I am  new to the SAP domain. This is what i have been looking for very long time and my search ended here. We are a team of 10 students from India and want a  personal sap system for practice, i understand that this fully activated appliance offers 30 day trial free of cost but hosting costs seems to be high, at least > 150$ monthly. So Could you please tell me weather multiple logon is possible for this appliance? Means we want to share costs and same SAP System. Is that Possible? Can you please suggest budget friendly method for us?

    Thank you


    • Hi Adithya,

      in general, the usage of the appliance is determined by your relationship / contract with SAP.

      Within the first 30 days, you can anyway do whatever you like with the system, including creating additional users. After 30 days, you will need to have at least a longer lasting trial license for S/4HANA, plus the subscription for the SAP CAL.

      The hosting fees will apply throughout the usage.

      For a university / student context, it might also be worth to check with the University Alliance team of SAP, some intro is here:

      Best, Joerg

      • Joerg Wolf Thanks for a quick and informative reply. So I understand that I can host this S4 appliance on cloud and can later add users (My friends), so that all my friends can have access to the same system for practice. (Please correct me if I am wrong).

        Thank You so Much for your time and information.