Moving from SAP 2-Tier to 3-Tier configuration and performance seems worse

Lately we were involved in a case where a customer moved a SAP ERP system from a 2-Tier configuration to a 3-Tier configuration in virtualized environments. This was done because the customer virtualized the system and could not provide VMs large enough on the new host hardware to continue with a 2-Tier SAP setup. Hence… Read more

Where can I find documentation or information for ….?

Analyzing incoming SAP support messages around Azure, we realized that a lot of the messages were centered around asking for information and pointers to documentation. So we decided to take a first shot on listing some of the documentation and give some points to start. Question #1: What Azure Virtual Machines are certified for SAP… Read more

New Azure PowerShell cmdlets for Azure Enhanced Monitoring

As part of the announcement during the keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW to support SAP on Linux on Azure we released 5 Azure Quickstart Templates on github and 4 PowerShell cmdlets. For a description of the Azure Quickstart Templates, read the blog¬†Azure Quickstart Templates for SAP Azure PowerShell cmdlets SAP on Linux on Azure is only… Read more

Azure Quickstart Templates for SAP

As part of the announcement during the keynote at SAPPHIRE NOW to support SAP on Linux on Azure we released 5 Azure Quickstart Templates on github and 4 PowerShell cmdlets. For a description of the PowerShell cmdlets, read the blog New Azure PowerShell cmdlets for Azure Enhanced Monitoring Azure Quickstart Templates The quickstart templates can… Read more

Protecting SAP Systems Running on VMware with Azure Site Recovery

Introduction Azure Site Recovery delivers a powerful toolset to customers seeking to deploy or improve their Disaster Recovery solutions. The key differentiators between Azure Site Recovery (ASR) and competing technologies: Azure Site Recovery substantially lowers the cost of DR solutions. Virtual Machines are not charged for unless there is an actual DR event (such as… Read more

World Record SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmark for SAP cloud deployments released using Azure IaaS VMs

In this article we want to talk about four SAP 3-Tier benchmarks that SAP and Microsoft released today. As of October 5th 2015, the best of these benchmarks sets the World Record for the category of SAP Sales and Distribution Standard Application Benchmarks executed in the cloud deployment type. The benchmarks were conducted on Azure Virtual… 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