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SLES 11 SP3 Life Cycle Announcement

Hello guys,

the HANA One AMI (91.1) is still SLES 11 SP3. The support for SP3 ended on January 31 2016. I recently received an email from AWS regarding this issue (see below). We need to upgrade to 11 SP4 or 12 SP1.

Although I did this for my other instances on aws on my own (11 SP3 to 11 SP4 is really easy, little more complicated to go to 12 SP1) I'm not sure how to proceed with HANA One:

Do we need to do this upgrade on our own? Will there be a new AMI to migrate to?

I'm not sure if the upgrade will break any functionality (like the HANA One Portal) since I've had a lot of issues some time ago when I tried to apply updates via "zypper up".

Would be nice to have some instructions how to proceed on this issue.

Thanks,

Fabian

PS: Here is the mail I got from AWS:

Dear AWS customer,

Based on our records we believe you are currently running or have launched in the past twelve months an instance of a SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) AMI that SUSE has marked for deprecation as part of SUSE’s standard image lifecycle.  The SLES AMI(s) we believe you have used that are marked for deprecation are:

ami-1fc74b68

ami-0ab97d62

ami-728ace1a

SUSE is deprecating these AMIs either because they are older versions of SLES that are now out of the SUSE support life cycle, or because they use an older update infrastructure that SUSE is retiring.  SUSE has indicated it is necessary for you to migrate to a newer SLES version per the instructions below so that you will continue to receive software updates from SUSE as part of their standard support cycle.

As part of SUSE’s deprecation process, AWS will take these SLES AMI(s) out of the Amazon EC2 AMI catalog on May 18, 2016.  You will not be able to launch any further instances from the AMI after that date. Although running instances will not be interrupted at that time, they will not be able to restart from a reboot or stop/start.  To avoid interruption of service, you must migrate/update your running instances by following the instructions below.

In connection with the SUSE deprecation, AWS took steps to minimize new usage of the deprecated AMIs by removing them from the search function of the console and API/CLI on May 28, 2015.  However, with the AMI ID you will still be able to launch new instances via the API or CLI from the AMIs until the deprecation date of May 18, 2016.

Should you require assistance identifying and updating your instances, please contact AWS Support.

Full details from SUSE can be found in the AWS section of the following SUSE post: 

SUSE Image Life Cycle for Public Cloud Deployments

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    Mar 16, 2016 at 08:58 AM

    Issue seems to be solved since there is a new AMI:

    Greetings from AWS Marketplace,

    Thank you for subscribing to SAP Hana One.  We are messaging to provide you an update on the latest AMI available for HANA One. We have recently released an updated version of HANA One 60GiB to address two aspects:

    1. The previous version of OS SLES 11 SP3 is not supported anymore. We have released new AMI with SLES 11 SP4.
    2. The latest version of HANA One AMI has updated license for HANA and comes with HANA SPS 11 (110)

    As a current subscriber, you can continue to use the previous version  of Instances; however, starting a new instance using previous AMI will have expired HANA License. To avoid this, SAP highly recommends that you use latest AMI to create new instances.

    Please contact SAP directly if you have any questions at: http://scn.sap.com/community/hana-in-memory/hana-one-support .

    Thank you again for using AWS Marketplace.

    Sincerely,

    The AWS Marketplace Team

    Still it would be nice to get some information about the migration path (see also here: http://scn.sap.com/thread/3878521). Question is if we can just make a backup and restore it in the new AMI? Other options (like export of Catalog and Delivery Units) would leave out the user accounts. In this case we do not only need to re-create all users and assign all authorizations manually, we would also need to reset their passwords...

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      I would think that data backup and restore to new AMI should work. It may be even better that way as now you dont need to touch your existing instance.

      Thx

      HANA One Team