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SAP application support for RHEL patched by Novell

If a customer were to run RHEL for their SAP application environment and it was managed and patched by Novell is this still a supported environment?

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    Posted on Sep 02, 2009 at 04:12 PM

    I'd say as long as this is patched with official patches from Red Hat, this should be indistinguishable to SAP. Question is if this is possible, not sure if RH patches carry a signature?

    Best regards

    Manfred

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    • Hi Mike

      Note 997990 explicitly refers to Oracle's unbreakable Linux. As I am not the author of the note, I cannot simply make the transfer work and claim that the note applies to the scenario described by you. Note 784391 also has some sections that seem to apply, at least partially. What makes it tricky is that, when writing these notes; we never had a situation in mind where one of our certified Linux vendors would offer support for the other vendor's certified distrbution. Look's like we have some homework to do and eliminate the ambiguities which have emerged because of this situation unforeseen by us.

      What would concern me most as a customer around all of this is that it opens up a lot of questions whther it does (or does not?) invalidate SAP certification. As being Sox compliant etc. is of utmost importance to all of our customers, certification is a very sensitive topic requiring full clarification. Although I am involved a lot in certification activities around SAP on Linux, I don't feel in a postion to call such a version of RHEL patched by Novell either "SAP certified" or "Not certified by SAP". All I can tell is that our customer usually insist on using fully certified components inside of their SAP landscapes, at least when it comes to production envirnments.

      Manfred

  • Posted on Sep 01, 2009 at 04:47 PM

    So you say that Novell patches your Redhat boxes? How so?

    Markus

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