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Author's profile photo Heiko Schultze

SAP support for Windows Server 2019

SAP has just released some of its products for Windows Server 2019. In my opinion, this new Windows Server version really has some cool new features.

You can clearly see the focus that Microsoft has defined this time. One of the main topics is the support and a simplified administration of hybrid or hyper-convergent system landscapes. This is especially taken into account by the extended Windows Admin Center which allows system administrators a browser-based administration of On-Prem, virtual, and clustered systems. The integration of Azure services, including Azure Active Directory, Azure Backup, or Azure Site Recovery, is another advantage. As for the SAP world, the tool e.g. provides an easy way to check, start, or stop SAP services.

As always, SAP releases Windows Server 2019 support in several steps or “waves”, since not all third-party vendors – especially regarding databases – already support this new Windows Server version from scratch. Therefore, the first step for interested customers is to check the SAP Product Availability Matrix (PAM, https://support.sap.com/pam) to see if their desired SAP product including the database is already supported for Windows Server 2019.

Another important must-read on specific information is the release information for Windows Server 2019, which should definitely be noted by customers (https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2751450). The same goes for our FAQs at https://wiki.scn.sap.com/wiki/display/ATopics/Frequently+Asked+Questions%3A+SAP+on+Windows+Servers.

Both SAP and Microsoft advise their mutual customers not to stay too long on outdated operating system versions. In addition to extended features and better security, current versions offer the advantage that you are back in the Standard Support of manufacturer maintenance (at Microsoft for Windows Server Long-Term Servicing Channel: 5 years Standard Support + 5 years Extended Maintenance Support). Customers can expect that this will lead to faster solutions in case of possible problems. Especially due to the upcoming de-support of Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2, which will run out of  Extended Maintenance in January 2020, a timely upgrade of such still existing systems to a more current operating system version is necessary and strongly recommended for SAP customers. In this regard, there is another important SAP-statement that can be found in the following note: https://launchpad.support.sap.com/#/notes/2749767.

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      Author's profile photo Rihan khan
      Rihan khan

      amazing post and thanks for publishing this news

      Author's profile photo Turgay Samdanli
      Turgay Samdanli

      Hi

      is Hana Client 2.7 supported on Windows Server 2019?

      Author's profile photo Heiko Schultze
      Heiko Schultze
      Blog Post Author

      Hi! You mean SAP HANA Client 2.0? Yes, this is supported by Windows Server 2019. But please make sure that the your desired S/4HANA release is supported for this OS release as well. Best place to have a look at is: https://support.sap.com/pam

      Cheers,
      Heiko

      Author's profile photo Nagavenkata Mittapalli
      Nagavenkata Mittapalli

      Hi Heiko,

      Thanks for the informative post.

      One of our customer is trying to use sapjco 2.1.8 (32-bit) with JRE 32 bit on Windows Server 2019 and they ran into "JCO.nativeInit(): Could not initialize dynamic link library sapjcorfc" (32-bit)

      Is SAP Jco 2.x supported on Windows Server 2019?

      Please let us know.

      Thanks,
      Ramana

      Author's profile photo Heiko Schultze
      Heiko Schultze
      Blog Post Author

      Hi Ramana,

      no, I don't think that this old version is supported. IMO, it is only supported for Windows Server versions which are already out of support (2000, 2003). You may check our Product Availability Matrix at: support.sap.com/pam.

       

      Best Regards,

      Heiko

      Author's profile photo Nagavenkata Mittapalli
      Nagavenkata Mittapalli

      Thanks Heiko for the info.

       

      Thanks

      Ramana