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Q – the easy Installer for SAP IQ

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Q – the easy Installer for SAP IQ


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Beginning with 2019, the request for the Installation of SAP (Sybase) IQ grow for several reasons, everyone can understand also followed by the message – SAP Commitment to On-Premise SAP IQ Customers (May 2020)

Beside that, other bullet points came into the consideration:

Since 2013 the SAP First Guidance – SAP NLS Solution with SAP IQ 16.x became the “Almanack” and Blue Print for SAP IQ Database Implementations, despite for SAP or native usage.

Overview – SAP NLS Solution for BW(4) – Overview 2021

Note 2780668 – SAP First Guidance – BW NLS Implementation with SAP IQ
Note 3017355 – SAP IQ 16.1 SP04 PLx – correct SAPIQDB.cfg settings
Note 3094594 – Enable SAP IQ for DBACOCKPIT
Note 3085053 – Landscape Considerations for NLS and ILM
Note 3119008 – Configure SAP IQ and HANA for SDA/ODBC
Note 3196447 – troubleshooting an existing SAP IQ 16.x Implementation for NLS/DTO and ILM

Imagine now, there is a simple routine based on the SAPHostAgent to install SAP (Sybase) IQ 16.x with three input values:

  • <SID> (What, also IQ get’s a SAP <SID>?)
  • Instance Number (what’s about port 2638?)
  • Size of DB in GB (including all sizing considerations)

even more, to solve all mysteries around the usage there is the following source available:

Blog – demystifying NLS/ILM error messages …


enable HTTPS Port 1129 for the SAP Host Agent

either you call the SAPHostAgent via HTTP Port 1128 or HTTPS Port 1129
SAP HelpConfiguring SSL for SAP Host Agent on UNIX

or run the following command (same setup as for the SL Container Bridge)

check that NO secondary sapadm user is logged on to the server via ADS!

server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe # ./saphostexec -install
# optional TLS 1.2 since PL57 for 7.22
server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe # ./saphostexec -setup tls12
# check the correct settings for /tmp
server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe # mount | grep "/tmp"
/dev/mapper/vg_sys_r1-tmp on /tmp type ext4 (rw,nodev,noexec,noatime,data=ordered)
server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe #
# check the correct execution of the SAPHostAgent webmethods (*.conf)
server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe # saphostctrl -host <hostname> -function ExecuteOperation -name versioninfo
Webmethod returned successfully
Operation ID: 5CF3FCDCB65C1EDD9281CCF3DEC085A5
Info: Retrieve version info: Linux
Info: saphostcontrol: exitcode=0
Info: saphostcontrol: 'Retrieve version info' successfully executed
server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe #


add/check the following parameter to the file host_profile and restart the SAPHostAgent

server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe # vi host_profile
service/admin_users = sapadm <sid>adm
service/disable_capability = ExecuteOperation/PermissionPolicy
saphostagent/ssl_setup = true
ssl/server_pse = /usr/sap/hostctrl/exe/sec/SAPSSLS.pse
server:/usr/sap/hostctrl/exe # ./saphostexec -restart


now it is possible to call the SAPHostAgent on HTTPS Port 1129

#create the url on host via:
echo https://$(hostname -f):1129/NLSSetup/prepare


If you still have trouble with the execution see the  – SAP Host Agent Troubleshooting Guide


the Answer: Q – the easy Installer for SAP IQ

Q introduces to James …

the following picture shows the Setup of – Q – which is actually the same Installation Procedure as the SAP Datahub SL Container Bridge Architecture


Q – overall process of functionality

Version v0.75(s) uses “standard” values for IQ Block and Page Size

Q – enter the three values

SAP IQ Hardware Sizing Guide – The Complete Memory Picture

Please Note: the latest Version for IQ 16.1 is SP04 PL14 (end of Support)
IQ 16.1 SP05 PL08 (the latest Version)
for SAP NLS and ILM scenarios, also update the IQ Network Client to the latest Version.

Note 3233538 – SAP IQ 16.1 SP04 PL14 (Build 17091) Release Notes Information
Note 3233571 – SAP IQNC 16.1 SP04 PL14 (Build 17091) Release Notes Information

Note 3315581 – SAP IQ 16.1 SP05 PL08 (Build 12790) Release Notes Information
Note 3315550 – SAP IQNC 16.1 SP05 PL08 (Build 12790) Release Notes Information

In case the /tmp Directory is mounted as read-only then follow the steps in the Note
Note 2104632 – ./setup.bin raises warning /tmp does not have enough disk space! – SAP IQ
Note 3218186 – Error: Create new (IQ) database from utility database fails

# in case for a manual IQ binary Installation or upgrade
server:/ebf29137 # export IATEMPDIR=/sapmnt/tmp
server:/ebf29137 # export DISPLAY= 10.123.456.789:0.0
server:/ebf29137 # ./setup.bin
Preparing to install
Extracting the JRE from the installer archive...
Unpacking the JRE...
Extracting the installation resources from the installer archive...
Configuring the installer for this system's environment...
Launching installer...


The SAPHostAgent uses a routine called “sapinstancebuilder” which creates a complete file system structure equally to an existing SAP Systems like SAP HANA or SAP BW/ERP/etc.


You can always watch the progress of the IQ Installation in the URL of the Browser



/usr/sap/watch -d du -sh <SID>/*
/sapmnt/watch -d du -sh <SID>/*

or alternatively in the SAPHostAgent working directory

/usr/sap/hostctrl/work # tail -f nls.execution.status



create DSN (.odbc.ini) with iqdsn

Once the IQ Database Installation is finished, you can use the I-SQL Windows Client to connect to the Database and Check the status with the sp procedures.

SAP IQ allows you with the sql tool iqdsn to create a DSN entry directly in the file .odbc.ini located in the home directory of the SAP IQ Administrator.

Note 2285881 – How to Enable ODBC Connection Tracing in SAP IQ


sq1adm@hostname:/usr/sap/SQ1/data/db> iqdsn -y -w iq_utility -c "UID=DBA;PWD=Sybase4me;
iqdsn -y -w hostname_SQ1_11 -c "UID=DBA;PWD=Sybase4me;DatabaseName=SAPIQDB;
Configuration "hostname_SQ1_11" written to file /usr/sap/SQ1/home/.odbc.ini
sq1adm@hostname:/usr/sap/SQ1/data/db> dbping -d -c dsn=hostname_SQ1_11
Connected to SQL Anywhere server
Ping database successful.
sq1adm@hostname:/usr/sap/SQ1/data/db> iqdsn -l -b
SAP IQ Data Source Utility Version
SAP IQ User Data Sources:


dbisql -c "uid=SAPSQ1USR;pwd=Sybase4me;DSN=hostname_SQ1_11;logfile=connect_SQ1.txt" -nogui
sp_iqdbspaceobjectinfo USER0001;


sq1adm@hostname:/usr/sap/SQ1/data/db> dbvalid -c "uid=DBA;pwd=Sybase4me;DSN=hostname_SQ1_11"
SQL Anywhere Validation Utility Version
WARNING: database being validated was not started read-only
VALIDATE TABLE "rs_systabgroup"."rs_lastcommit"
VALIDATE TABLE "rs_systabgroup"."rs_threads"
No errors reported


If for any reason it is not possible to connect to the IQ Database with the Windows Client, you can also directly call the Interface with the tool dbisql (also with the usage of the DSN above)

Blog – Increasing the SAP-NLS Performance


prepare the SSL/TLS IQ Setup

if you want to enable an encrypted SAP IQ Database with SSL/TLS support, it is suitable to include the following software components to the IQ installation environment

if you want to install a newer version of openssl to the existing OS Version do as follows:

### Unix / Linux / macOS - download from
/opt/openssl/> tar -xvf openssl-3.0.4.tar.gz
/opt/openssl/openssl-3.0.4> ./Configure 
/opt/openssl/openssl-3.0.4> make
/opt/openssl/openssl-3.0.4> make install
/opt/openssl/openssl-3.0.4> ldconfig -v
/opt/openssl/openssl-3.0.4> openssl version -v
OpenSSL 3.0.4 21 Jun 2022 (Library: OpenSSL 3.0.4 21 Jun 2022)


prepare the SSL scenario

Note 3093731 – How to set up TLS (Transport Layer Security) in SAP IQ16.X — SAP IQ
Note 2117279 – SAP IQ: How to generate CSR for third party trusted CA (VeriSign)

Q – the easy SAP IQ Database Installer is creating this now automatically.

createcert -x -ca 1 -co rsaroot.crt -ko rsaroot.key -kp changeit -io dummy -scn "IQ Certification Authority" -so "IQ, Inc." -sou "IQ Signing Department" -sl "Walldorf" -sst "ON" -sc "CA" -3des -v 10 -u 6,7 -b 2048 -m "101"
createcert -ca 0 -co dummy1 -ko dummy2 -kp changeit -io -c rsaroot.crt -ck rsaroot.key -cp changeit -scn "hostname.fqdn" -so "IQ Inc." -sou "IQ Accounts" -sl "Walldorf" -sst "ON" -sc "CA" -3des -v 10 -u 1,3 -b 2048 -m "102"
sq1adm@hostname:/usr/sap/SQ1/data/db> dir
-rwxrwxr-x 1 sq1adm sapsys    1436 Jul 26 13:47 rsaroot.crt
-rwxrwxr-x 1 sq1adm sapsys    4729 Jul 26 13:47
-rwxrwxr-x 1 sq1adm sapsys    1874 Jul 26 13:47 rsaroot.key

or use the TutorialSet Up Transport Layer Security (TLS) in SAP IQ

SSL logon with I-SQL to IQ

SSL encrypted remote source IQ – HANA


connect to a SSL/TLS encrypted SAP IQ Database via dbisql has to be enhanced:

dbisql -c "uid=DBA;pwd=Sybase4me;eng=hostname_<SID_<nr>;LINKS=TCPIP;
skip_certificate_name_check=on)" -nogui


the SAP IQ Remote Source had to be enhanced as well (Extra Adapter Properties):



the DBCO String is also enhanced for the SSL/TLS usage:

SYBASE_SERVER=hostname.fqdn SYBASE_PORT=3<nr>38 SYBASE_IQ_ENGINE=hostname_<SID>_<nr> 
SYBASE_DBNAME=SAPIQDB SYBASE_SSL=1 skip_certificate_name_check=yes 


the new DBACOCKPIT for IQ

As Flash is not longer available from Adobe since end of 2020, the SAP IQ COCKPIT cannot be used anymore as of now. If your Company is not Blocking Flash System Wide, simply use the Waterfox Browser to continue.

You can use the improved and extended IQ Monitoring with Transaction DBACOCKPIT.

Blog – enable SAP IQ for DBACOCKPIT

Note 3223681 – New features for DBACOCKPIT on SAP IQ (cumulative Release)
contains the TCI for SAP_BASIS releases 750 SP11-SP25 and 753 SP00-SP09
for SAP Basis 7.56 (BW/4 2021) the new DBACOCKPIT for IQ is part of the SAP Basis 7.56 SP03

tx. DBACOCKPIT – create/trigger IQ events

tx. DBACOCKPIT – check the IQ license


tx. DBACOCKPIT – check the IQ config file


the SAP BW(/4) nearline storage configuration

Blog – SAP-NLS Solution for SAP BW based on SAP IQ. For the SAP-NLS Implementation finally, you have to call some transactions in the SAP BW(/4) backend:


  • DBCO => depending on the scenario additional work for SDA is necessary
  • RSDANLCON => create the NLS storage target
  • DBACOCKPIT => reuse the DBCO connection to monitor the Database within BW(/4)
  • RSOADSODTO => cold store usage with BW/4


the SAP S/4 ILM Store configuration

Blog – SAP ILM based on SAP IQ Database
For the SAP ILM Implementation finally, you have to call some transactions in the SAP S/4 backend:

  • SICF => configure Web Services
  • ILMSTOREADM => ILM Store Administration
  • WEBGUI => for Web Dynpro only Functions, like SFW5 or AS_AFB
  • SARA => Archive Administration
  • SARI => Archive Information System

The needed files can be found in the Document – SAP First Guidance – Q – the easy SAP IQ Database Installer – please contact


Roland Kramer, SAP Platform Architect for Intelligent Data & Analytics, SAP SE


“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”




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      Author's profile photo Muhammad Shafiq
      Muhammad Shafiq

      Hi Roland Kramer,

      Thanks for sharing valuable knowledge and expertise with community. We have just  start  to Implement SAP NLS BW 7.4 with Sybase IQ 16.1 install on Windows Server 2016.After installation and configuration  with your Guide line for NLS.We have create DBCO connection with sybase IQ but connection not successfully showing error (ERROR Database connection SAPIQDB: ADBC error ‘Internal error 16 has occurred).We have implement relevant SAP Note but unfortunately can’t find any solution.

      Kindly give guideline regarding this.


      Muhammad Shafiq


      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer
      Blog Post Author


      If not already figured out the root case: there are no Windows based IQ Client drivers for Unix Based SAP BW Application Servers available.

      Please try to find a suitable OS-DB combination ...

      Best regards Roland

      Author's profile photo Raymond Lackey
      Raymond Lackey

      Thank you for sharing, one question however, with the demise of Flash, Cockpit and SCC management in a browser is now done is it not?

      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Raymond

      No, it is not. you can still use the Transaction DBACOCKPIT to include the Monitoring Web based instead of Flash.

      As an Alternative, you can use Ruffle -  to emulate the Flash Content from the Cockpit, but it is not jet working properly ...

      Best Regards Roland

      Author's profile photo Ravikanth Lingamaneni
      Ravikanth Lingamaneni

      Try Waterfox browser and IQ cockpit works in it

      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer
      Blog Post Author

      hello Ravikanth Lingamaneni

      thanks for the Tipp. I'm using Firefox 78.9.0esr with Adobe Flash Player at this time.
      unfortunately, when the Company blocks Flash Systemwide, also this Browser will not help.

      but much easier as the workaround with Firefox and the Non Supported Adobe Flash Player.

      Thanks and Best Regards Roland

      Author's profile photo Alexander Hach
      Alexander Hach

      Is this setup still up to date? Where can I find the nlssetup file?

      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer
      Blog Post Author

      just write me an email ...

      Author's profile photo Carol James
      Carol James

      I am trying to install SAP Iq and I am getting a memory error. I have 16 GB HPE 726719-B21. Can I install it in my system?

      Author's profile photo Roland Kramer
      Roland Kramer
      Blog Post Author

      Hello Carol James

      Good Luck with that, Q is made for SLES/RHES and has not tested with any particular RAM modules.

      Please Check the "memory error" with the Note 3017355 – SAP IQ 16.1 SP04 PLx – correct SAPIQDB.cfg settings

      Best Regards Roland