File Server with SOFS and S2D as an Alternative to Cluster Shared Disk for Clustering of an SAP (A)SCS Instance in Azure is Generally Available

We are excited to announce general availability of clustering of an SAP (A)SCS instance on Windows Server Failover Cluster (WSFC) with file server, e.g. Scale Out File Server (SOFS) and Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) in Azure cloud. This is an alternative option for clustering of an SAP (A)SCS instance, to the existing option with cluster… Read more

SAP on SQL: General Update for Customers & Partners June 2016

Introduction SAP and Microsoft are continuously adding new features and functionalities to the SAP on SQL Server platform. The key objective of the SAP on Windows SQL port is to deliver the best performance and availability at the lowest TCO. This blog includes updates, fixes, enhancements and best practice recommendations collated over recent months. 1…. Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 is Generally Available for NetWeaver Applications April 2014

Summary Windows Server 2012 R2 adds new features for Virtualization, Performance and Security and is now Generally Available for most SAP NetWeaver applications. 1.        Important SAP Notes for Windows Server 2012 R2 Please review the following SAP Notes before deploying SAP on Windows Server 2012 R2 1922495 – GetVersionEx function on Windows Server 2012 R2… Read more

Multi Site Clusters for SAP on SQL Systems: Recommendations & FAQ

Multi Site Clusters for SAP on SQL Systems: Recommendations & FAQ  SQL Server 2012 incorporated a new HA/DR feature called AlwaysOn.  This technology in combination with powerful new server hardware, Hyper-V virtualization, SSD disks and improvements in WAN links allow SAP customers to create highly resilient HA/DR solutions geographically distributed 100-300km apart without any data… Read more

9. Microsoft Private Cloud Solution for SAP: Landscape Design

Microsoft Private Cloud for SAP is built on fixed Virtual Machine and physical server “building blocks”  These configurations have been tested in lab environments and piloted at customer sites.  This document details how to consolidate an entire SAP landscape onto the four different Virtual Machine sizes and how to calculate how many physical servers are… Read more

6. Microsoft Private Cloud Solution for SAP: Configuration of Cluster Shared Volumes, VHDX, Disks & LUNs

Microsoft Private Cloud for SAP requires specific configuration of Cluster Shared Volumes, Virtual Hard Disks and LUNs.  These configurations have been tested in lab environments and piloted at customer sites.  This document details the recommended configurations and naming conventions.  It is strongly recommended to follow this guidance.  The file 6. Microsoft Private Cloud Solution for… Read more

1. Microsoft Private Cloud Solution for SAP: Hardware, Network & SAN

Microsoft Private Cloud for SAP requires specific Hardware, Software, Network and Storage configurations.  These configurations have been tested in lab environments and piloted at customer sites.  This document details the CPU, RAM, Network and other configurations recommended to achieve consistent stable performance.  The file 1. Microsoft Private Cloud Solution for SAP: Hardware, Network & SAN.docx… Read more

How to Deploy SAP on Microsoft Private Cloud with Hyper-V 3.0

Windows Server 2012 includes powerful virtualization technologies that enable customers to improve flexibility, reduce H/W costs and improve performance. With this blog we are releasing to customers and partners detailed documentation on how to deploy and configure Windows Hyper-V as a consolidation tool for SAP.   1.        SAP on Windows Hyper-V Private Cloud Documentation Structure… Read more

Microsoft and SAP NetWeaver – step by step up to the cloud – Part IV : simple offline copy of a central system

Intro in the first three blogs of the series the following topics were discussed : 1. SCOM integration :     http://blogs.msdn.com/b/saponsqlserver/archive/2012/02/03/microsoft-and-sap-netweaver-step-by-step-up-to-the-cloud-part-i.aspx 2. automated installation of a dialog instance :     http://blogs.msdn.com/b/saponsqlserver/archive/2012/03/19/microsoft-and-sap-netweaver-step-by-step-up-to-the-cloud-part-ii.aspx 3. automated guest-OS Windows patching :     http://blogs.msdn.com/b/saponsqlserver/archive/2012/05/15/microsoft-and-sap-netweaver-step-by-step-up-to-the-cloud-part-iii.aspx   In part IV I want to talk about SAP system copy. This is another complex topic…. Read more

How to enable SAP "enhanced monitoring" via Powershell

Update Sep 27 2012 bug fix in PS script. An issue showed up using the script on a Windows 2012 server. The script failed to remove an entry from the two local user groups due to case sensitivity regarding the VM name.   Status Quo    I published a blog beginning of the year which describes… Read more