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Installing SAP BPC 7.0 FOR MICROSOFT on VM (60 GB) Disk Space- Test


We are on SAP BPC 5.0 Sp10 and we are planning to upgrade SAP BPC 7.0 Microsoft in next year. We have one VM server which has 60 GB Disk. We are wondering that can we install SAP BPC 7.0 on it.

As per SAP installation guide , it is clearly mentioned that we should have 200GB Space to install it. Installation guide talks about real time system since we are building up a test system for a small team which consists of only 6 people.

Any body have installed SAP BPC 7.0 Microsoft this way or Can any body verify it will installed and work successfully ?

Also share, what is the minimum disk space requirement to install SAP BPC 7.0 Microsoft.


Saquib Khan


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    Posted on Sep 14, 2009 at 04:20 PM


    Not sure where you are getting the 200 gig requirements, but on the Microsoft install guide, it states less than that. See section 3 of the install guide (check on your server requirements). I have attached the link for your convenience.

    As for minimum, I am not sure any qualified installer will quote you a number without going through all of the requirements.. Typically, they would assess the requirements and then come up with a "recommended" space amount and number of servers. This would factor into number of users, number of applications/appsets, data volume, page caching, planning or consolidations (or both), etc.

    After sitting through a few 7.0 Microsoft installations, I think 60 gigs VM should be more than sufficient to be installed for "testing" purpose. As stated above, some folks have been use single server 20 gig vm partition for their "sandbox". Keep in mind that the performance will be a little bit slower than install on actual server so any bench mark that you're trying to assess may be a little bit off. In addition, when upgrading from 5.1 to 7.0M make sure to add the property "ISBEGINNING" with value of 10 to the Time Dimension.

    As for deciding whether to go with NW or MS, I think the deciding factor would be data volume, and number dimensions that you would need to maintain on your appset, and desire to have integration with SAP components.


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    Posted on Sep 15, 2009 at 03:38 AM

    As long as the vm is being used for dev or testing, this should be fine. I have installed many vm single servers with 70GB or less for testing.

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    • A clean BPC 7M on SQL 2008 install should take about 14 GB, so after that it's a matter of how large your appsets are.

      Obviously you don't want to get close to a full disk.

      Also please keep in mind that the performance of a VM varies depending on many factors, so we do not recommend using a VM for performance evaluation. For functional evaluation, it should however be fine.

      What virtualization platform are you using? If you are using VMware ESX/ESXi, please do a search in SDN. I published a How-to Guide with some tips and advice on running BPC on VMware. Many concepts are also valid for other platforms.

      Best regards,

      Bruno Ranchy

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    Posted on Sep 14, 2009 at 01:10 AM

    This is an interesting question. I have VM's as files that consume around 20GB of space on local drives, but I don't know how that translates to installing the VM. The VM's we work with show 100GB of VM based drive space, but the final size of the VM used does not have 100GB of use. So, my guess is that it will work, but speed will be limited by the drive space and processors assigned for the 6 people.

    I will see if any technical resources have an opinion.

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  • Posted on Sep 14, 2009 at 07:49 AM


    60GB will be enough to install SAP BPC and for sure you will not have any problem because of disk space.

    But when you will start to utilize for development or production that VMWare with just 60GB then you can have problem with not enough space .

    So installation will succed but later on you can have problem with the space if you really would like to utilize that environment for development or other things.


    Sorin Radulescu

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      We are just planning to utilize VM for testing purpose only. We want our team to get hands on experience plus the idea about the product, so we can decide which way we want to proceed means SAP BPC Microsoft OR SAP BPC NW.

      Thanks for your responses guys!


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