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Virtualization on Windows SBS 2003

Dear all,

I have read SAP Support Note #674851 on "Virtualization on Windows" with greatest interest. However, some questions are left open and I would be grateful if someone could share his opinion or give additional advice.

The support note deals with "using an SAP system on windows on a virtualized server". In this note, SAP states that they only support VMware or Hyper-V. Furthermore, the note only mentions (very generally speaking) "SAP Systems".

After searching a lot, I found information, that SAP also supports XEN with SAP on Linux. Furthermore, virtualization with more solutions than VMware or Hyper-V (e. g. XEN) seem to be only applicable to the SAP ERP-solutions, namely "the big ones"...

For me, this all does not seem to fit together. XEN is also meant for virtualization of Windows and I simply cannot imagine, that SAP does support XEN with the larger SAP Solutions, but leaves midsized companies with the challenge to cope with a (imho. quite expensive and over-sized) virtualisation solution such as VMware ESX-Server or HyperV.

My questions are:

1) Does anyone have experience in virtualising a SBS 2003 Server together with the MSSQL Server running the database of SBO using, for example, XEN? Any experiences, advice, do's and dont's?

2) Does anyone have a statement of SAP regarding SBO and XEN virtualization on Windows?

Many thanks in advance for any fast reply!

Best regards

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    Posted on Nov 13, 2008 at 01:04 AM

    Hi there,

    Whats the purpose of your Virtualization ? I guess you meant for Terminal Services or Citrix? Terminal Services in Windows 2003 or Citrix will allow multiple users all at once to access to the server without any installation of software from you end. The speed and browsing is just the speed as what is in you desktop.

    Hope this help.


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      I have read the link it seems Virtualization is not suit for handling database and very critical in terms the security of the database. In deed the price is really high but its worthy and all are licensed.



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    Posted on Jul 30, 2010 at 09:38 AM

    Hi There,

    Have you ever found answers on your questions regarding XenServer?

    I would like to know what you have found out...

    I'm am currently asking myself the same questions as we are looking at upgrading our SBS2003 server to Windows 2008 R2 Server. Furthermore we want to upgrade our existing Citrix Presentation servers to Xenapp, and Virtualize all our servers (including SQL) with Citrix Xenserver.

    Some people say that I should not virtualize the SQL Server as it will affect the perfomance negatively. I feel left in the dark and unsure about Xenserver. Don't understand why it is not supported for Sap Business One.

    We want to upgrade our current Sap Business One 2007 up to V8.8 soon. Our user base is around 65, but might grow up to 80 in the next 3 years.

    Would greatly appreciate your comments.


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