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How to work with SAP installed on external HDD?

Hi All,

I've installed SAP 4.7C on my desktop. Now i want to connect my Desktop HDD to my Laptop. After connecting as external HDD can I use SAP software installed on external HDD.

If possible, pls provide the steps to solve the issue.

Thanks to All.

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  • Posted on Nov 08, 2008 at 05:56 PM

    Hi Mohnish,

    if you - as I assume - use Windows, then the answer is: no, that's not possible.

    The installation creates certain registry entries and services and a whole lot other stuff that is not stored in the installation directory but in the local registry, the local system folder, the local standard software folder and the like.

    SAP R/3 is obviously not a mobile application but a server based system.

    If you really want to "take your installation with you", why don't you simply use a virtual machine (e.g. via VM Ware)?

    regards,

    Lars

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    • Former Member Lars Breddemann

      Hi Lars,

      I am trying to install VMWare ESXi on my laptop which has a 120GB HDD + 500GB USB HDD. I have the following queries:

      1. When I start the installation it says - "VMWare has detected that your disk contains data and is partitioned....you will lose configuration data and VMs." ---> Does this mean my HDD will be formatted or my existing data will be deleted?

      2. Is there a hypervisor that supports USB HDDs?

      Thanks in advance

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    Posted on Nov 09, 2008 at 12:59 PM

    Hi Mohnish,

    If you like to run SAP using that HDD on your laptop than you have to boot your laptop with that HDD. than you can use SAP.

    Consult with you IT guys to boot your laptop with that HDD.

    Thanks,

    Bhanu Pratap Singh

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    Posted on Dec 18, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Hi Mohnish,

    How much base local harddisk size do you have on your notebook.

    If you have 120GB base hard disk on your notebook then you can keep sap software on local hard disk and database on USB Hard Disk.

    Regards,

    Nikunj Thaker

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      Hi Nikunj,

      I intend to install SAP on my virtual server on my USB HDD in entirety so that I can "carry my installation" with me and "plug and play" to any windows desktop and access my virtual server using a suitable VMWare software.

      In case I inst the SAP without VMWare, it will create registry entries on my laptop and it will no longer be "portable" 😔

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