Install ABAP Platform Developer Edition 1909 using VM and SUSE
This post is a guide to install “ABAP Platform Developer Edition 1909” from a VMWare virtual machine and using the LINUX SUSE distribution.
- 4 CPUs
- 16GB RAM
- 150GB Disk
- VMWare: https://www.vmware.com/es/products/workstation-player.html
- Docker Hub account: https://www.docker.com/
- SUSE image: https://www.suse.com/es-es/download/ in my case, https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/leap?locale=es
Preparing the virtual machine
We access the VMWare program and go to the option “Create a new virtual machine”
We select the Linux image that we have downloaded, in my case SUSE
Add name to the virtual machine (free choice)
150 GB of free disk is recommended for installation, so we can 160BG to give something to the operating system
In the next step, click on the “Customize Hardware” option to modify the specifications of the machine, these will be the parameters:
Finally we press “Finish” to start the installation.
Once the configuration is finished, the SUSE installation will start automatically, the first screen that will appear we will press “Installation”:
We accept the license and configure the keyboard language:
When pressing “Next” it will ask us if we want to additionally install YaST2, we will mark “yes”:
The next step is the configuration of online repositories, in this we will mark the following options and click on next:
When the next step appears we select the option: “Desktop with GNOME”
We are pressing “Next” until the following screen appears
Click on “Guided Setup”, and add these settings:
- In the first screen we do not select anything, only “Next”
- In “File System Type” we select “Ext4” and “Next”
After pressing Next we will return to the “Suggested partitions” screen and we will press Next, we configure the location:
Next step configure our user, we add our name, the user name that we want, and a password:
In the step “Installation Settings” we have to look at these options:
Click “Install” to start the installation, again we need some patience to finish the installation:
We are going to configure the IP to have a fixed reference. To do this, we go to network settings:
Click on options in the active connection:
We add the manual method in the IPv4 option, adding this data, or similar ones according to your local network configuration. This will allow us to always use the same IP. Make sure that this IP is not assigned to another device connected to your router
We are going to configure the localhost files, for this we execute the following commands:
sudo nano /etc/hostname
Where we add the name: vhcala4hci and press Ctrl + O to save and Ctrl + X to exit the editor.
And this second command:
sudo nano /etc/hosts
We will add the following entry:
With the IP that we have configured by default and press Ctrl + O to save and Ctrl + X to exit the editor.
To install Docker it is as easy as running the following commands:
sudo zypper install docker
And we can start the service with:
sudo systemctl start docker.service
If we also want Docker to start when starting the virtual machine, we can execute:
sudo systemctl enable docker.service
As you can see, we have everything ready to install our S4Hana developer edition
Downloading the Docker image
The first thing is to login to the docker server, this is because the image that we are going to use is not available in public mode, but we can only download it in private mode at € 0.0.
sudo docker login
We can proceed with the download with the command:
docker pull store/saplabs/abaptrial:1909
Once finished we will see the following message:
Before starting the container, we will add some extra configurations, executing:
sudo sysctl vm.max_map_count=2147483647 sudo sysctl fs.file-max=20000000 sudo sysctl fs.aio-max-nr=18446744073709551615
Once finished we execute the following command to start the container on the host vhcala4hci, we will also use the -p parameter to allow access to the indicated ports from outside the virtual machine:
sudo docker run --stop-timeout 3600 -i --name as4h -h vhcala4hci -p 3200:3200 -p 3300:3300 -p 8443:8443 -p 30213:30213 -p 50000:50000 -p 50001:50001 store/saplabs/abaptrial:1909 -agree-to-sap-license -skip-limits-check
We will see how the services are activated. Finally we will see this message indicating that we can now use our new SAP.
These are the data, remember that the IP will depend on the configuration made according to your IP:
And we can now access. The user to access is: DEVELOPER with password Ldtf5432
Thank you for the tutorial.
The technical prerequisites became high compared to the previous version of the developer platform.
Indeed, the beauty of the current HANA1909 image is the fact that you can install it directly on Windows with Docker Desktop and WSL2 or on Linux with the docker CLI and it will just work.
Hi Eric, VMaware is free?
Thank you for the aclaration
Thanks a lot for sharing this , it was really helpful for me . Actually earlier I had tried to install this in windows via WSL2 , However the WSL2 got corrupted due to some unknown reasons .
This installation on VM was much easier and cleaner way to install . However a few points from my end that i would like to add .
docker run --stop-timeout 3600 -i --name a4h -h vhcala4hci -p 3200:3200 -p 3300:3300 -p 8443:8443 -p 30213:30213 -p 30215:30215 -p 50000:50000 -p 50001:50001 store/saplabs/abaptrial:1909 -agree-to-sap-license -skip-limits-check
Thanks again for such a great blog , I hope this method gains more popularity than doing it directly on windows via WSL2
Thank you so much for your useful blog.
I´ve followed it and installed A4H succesfully (just one difference, I´ve installed using Vbox) .
I´m not able to install the license that I´ve downloaded from https://go.support.sap.com/minisap/sapui-debug=true#/minisap , to do it I´ve tried several alternatives (directly in tr. slicense , different procedures indicated in https://blogs.sap.com/2021/04/22/how-to-install-a-new-license-in-your-sap-abap-platform-developer edition/ etc. )
The problem is that whatever I do I always have the old license (the one included during the installation, that will expire in a few days)
Would it be possible that you include the precise procedure are you using to install the license?
Thank you in advance
I´ve found a solution
The problem is that each time I start (again) the server with the command docker start -ai a4h, the license is overwritten, recovering the old license, which came with the first installation package and which will expire soon.
The solution, in my case:
- remove the first installation container : docker rm -f a4h
- Reinstall from scratch adding the option : -no-asabap-license-update , I mean:
sudo docker run --stop-timeout 3600 -i --name a4h -h vhcala4hci -p 3200:3200 -p 3300:3300 -p 8443:8443 -p 30213:30213 -p 50000:50000 -p 50001:50001 store/saplabs/abaptrial:1909 -agree-to-sap-license -no-asabap-license-update -skip-limits-check
- Download a license from https://go.support.sap.com/minisap/#/minisap
- Logon to system, in my case with SAP* Ldtf5432
- Install the license from SLICENSE
Here the problem should be solved, next time the system restart with docker start -ai a4h will not try to reinstall a new license (the outdated one), for testing:
- stop system: docker stop --time 7200 a4h
- restart: docker start -ai a4h