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miniSAP discontinued? How to get alternative trial versions of SAP BW/ABAP?

Hello all,

occasionally I have used in the past miniSAP trial version with temp renewable license.

Yesterday I wanted to launch miniSAP after a long time and I had to renew the license-key. So I went as usual to the SAP license page to renew the key, however I noticed that miniSAP is not supported anymore.

So I tried to download the new edition of SAP software from this site:

https://www.sap.com/developer/trials-downloads.html

There are a lot of stuff, I’m not sure which one is the replacement for miniSAP.

1.SAP BW 7.4 SP2 on SAP MaxDB 7.9 (90 day trial edition)

2.SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.51 SP02

3.SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.50 SP02 and SAP Business Warehouse 7.50 on SAP ASE 16.0

4.SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.50 SP01 and SAP BW on SAP HANA

5.SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP 7.40 Developer & Trial Editions

6.ABAP Development Tools for SAP Netweaver

I tried to get the 1st one but it requires a cloud computing platform (Google, Microsoft, Amazon) which I don’t have. Actually I would like to install it on my local machine rather than having it on the cloud, if possible.

Then I tried the 2nd one, so I got to the following page:

https://tools.hana.ondemand.com/#abap

Now when I try to download 7.51 SP02 from “SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP Developer Edition” section, it opens the following page in SAP Store which is out of date:

https://store.sap.com/sap/cpa/ui/resources/store/html/SolutionDetails.html?pid=0000014493&catID=&pcntry=DE&sap-language=EN&_cp_id=id-1477346420741-0

On this page is the new url for download:

https://www.sap.com/developer/trials-downloads/additional-downloads.html?tag=finder-technical:software-download-center/solution/abap

When I open the link “SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP Developer Edition SP02 7.51” on this page, it opens a page with download links for “SAP ABAP AS 7.51 SP02” part 1 to part 10.

Finally when I try to download the 1st part, the license agreement dialog pops up and after accepting the license and submitting I get the message:

"Unfortunately, a technical error occurred when processing your request. Please try again."

So now my questions:

1.Which of the options 1 to 6 should I choose?

2.Is there a trial edition for SAP ERP with the three main modules (Financial Accounting, HCM, Logistics) + BI/BW + ABAP?

3.How can I get rid of the message described above and download the trial version?

4.What is the difference between Developer and Trial Editions?

I hope you can help me out with my questions.

Thanks in advance

Greetings

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4 Answers

  • Sep 13, 2018 at 03:06 PM

    Why not cloud? It's easy, and if you take care also not too expensive. 8GB is a little on the tight side for an SAP system

    The way I see it, I could spend £1000+ on a decent machine, or I can have an SAP instance that:

    a) I can set up with 10 minutes effort (+2 hours wait time)
    b) is properly specced,
    c) I can access from anywhere,
    d) if something goes wrong, it takes a few minutes to delete it and create a new one

    I used to have my own linux-based setup, but it took hours to maintain and keep up to date. Cloud instance is sooooo much simpler. You're billed for runtime, the ASE version costs around €0.50-ish per hour to run, so just start it when you need it, and shut down when you're done it's not that expensive. I use mine a lot, sometimes for a full workday and it still stays under $50/month most months. If you potter around on it a couple of evenings a week I recon you should come in at €20-30. Plus Azure gives you $100 credit when you sign up so you have nothing to lose by giving it a go.

    The developer license lets you run the machine indefinitely as long as you keep renewing it each month. There are also some licensing differences - you're not allowed to develop a commercial application on the trial version, but I believe you can on the dev license.

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    • The cloud version includes a windows instance, you can load software onto that. RFC is also no issue - I connected a NetWeaver 7.51 developer instance with another Netweaver 7.52 in order to set up a realistic Gateway / OData scenario. Worked like a charm.

  • Sep 17, 2018 at 06:16 AM

    Hi Otto,

    1. Which of the options 1 to 6 should I choose?

    2.Is there a trial edition for SAP ERP with the three main modules (Financial Accounting, HCM, Logistics) + BI/BW + ABAP?

    3.How can I get rid of the message described above and download the trial version?

    4.What is the difference between Developer and Trial Editions?

    1. The newest version of AS ABAP download, 752, is here:AS ABAP 7.52 .

    All the info you need here: Download info

    2. No. Trials/ dev editions etc are for learning the language and tools.

    3. See 1. Don’t try to download more than t files at once

    4. will respond later.

    Best wishes,

    Julie

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  • Sep 13, 2018 at 01:27 PM

    Hi Otto,

    I use SAP Cloud Application Library when I need to trial system

    Regards, Uladzislau

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    • Hello Uladzislau,

      many thanks for your advice. I'll have a look on the cloud libraries and come back if I have question.

      I'm wondering if there is also a way to have the SAP ERP (Finance, HCM and Logistics) on my local machine, since I use them occasionally and the one year trial period expires very fast. Or is there a way to renew the free cloud license for free once it is expired after one year, for instance as an student license etc.?

      My third question is by now solved: I had to delete the cookies in my Firefox browser and wait an hour or so. Now downloading works.

      My 1st and 4th questions are still open.

      Kind regards, Otto

  • Sep 13, 2018 at 02:09 PM

    Well, the procedure you follow is the right one.

    You are supposed to download "SAP NetWeaver AS ABAP Developer Edition SP02 7.51", but if you're getting "...technical errors..." then I guess one of two:

    1. You need to try again... (and again...), maybe it was a temporary failure.
    2. You are out of luck. I mean it is on SAP to make the installer available and perhaps for any reason it isn't, but I don't believe that is the case.

    This approach is not that easy nowdays because the installer came with an outdated license for the ASE database but there are well documented workarounds to overcome that.

    If you have a good computer (>8 Gb Ram) you can try the docker approach also documented on SDN. It has all the procedures automated.

    Regarding a "SAP ERP with the three main modules (Financial Accounting, HCM, Logistics) + BI/BW + ABAP", well if you find one, let us know!... so far I haven't seen anything like that for running on a local machine.
    You surely have no alternatives other than the cloud options that are "free" but as you said you need to have a cloud provider ($$$). And just for running BW/ABAP.

    Regarding the difference between developer and trial, I think that the trial expires in some time and you can't do anything about it. With the developer it expires too but you can extend it (miniSAP, etc). Maybe other can elaborate better here.

    J.

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