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Can someone explain the Hana Express SUSE registration requirement?

Mar 22, 2017 at 09:43 PM

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I've got Hana Express running on a virtualbox virtual machine. At some point I remember having to register it. Now when I go to https://scc.suse.com/dashboard I see a SUSE Linux subscription 60 day evaluation that's about to expire.

How does this Hana Express/SUSE Linux relationship work? Do I need a subscription to keep it running? Does it cost money? What happens if I don't renew it? Will I be unable to install any packages?

None of the setup instructions say anything about this so it's a confusing subject.

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Goldthwaite Joe Mar 27, 2017 at 01:53 PM
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I can't be the only person running into this. My 60 day evaluation expires tomorrow. Is there some kind of deal worked out between SAP and Suse to extend it or do you have to pay to keep it updated? I can't find anything on this through multiple web searches.

Even on Suse's web site I can't seem to figure out how to extend the evaluation. I can't find any support pricing either. Is this a case where if you need to ask you can't afford it?

EDIT: I found the price for a registration. It looks like it's $799 per year. That's pretty steep. I think SAP should have mentioned that in the Hana Express documentation.

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Chris Huston
Mar 29, 2017 at 05:38 PM
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@Goldwaite Joe - The OS will continue to run but without Linux support when the 60 day eval expires. Under this condition your VM and HANA express edition will continue to work as they do. The $799 registration fee will provide support for the OS from SUSE.

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Goldthwaite Joe Mar 29, 2017 at 10:23 PM
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Hi Chris,

Thanks for the answer. The OS will continue to run but it looks like I'm unable to install any additional packages or even apply any security updates. That's not ideal. For example, I never got the VirtualBox guest programs working. I can live without the security patches since I'm not connected to the outside world.

It would be nice if they mentioned in all the Hana Express installation documentation that after 60 days they'll be unable to install any security patches or other software from the SUSE repository unless they pony up a good chunk of money.

I'm surprised SAP didn't negotiate a developer license with SUSE. $799 is way out of my budget but I could probably handle $100 but not $799.

Anyway, thanks for letting me know.

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D. Floor May 03, 2017 at 02:36 PM
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