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BPC 7.0MS SP6 on VMWare

Anyone using BPC 7M in a virtualized environment? I understand SAP does not recommend virtualized servers for production use but tryng to figure out if anyone has had any success with this approach in production.

Also, is there any documentation related to implementing a high availability solution for BPC? We are looking into the various options for our business continuity needs.

Thanks in advance for your insight!

Hitesh

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    Former Member
    Jun 24, 2010 at 08:20 PM

    Hitesh, I have done a BPC 7 MS SP4 install on VMware and it works perfect.

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    • Former Member Hitesh Patel

      Hi Hitesh,

      that definitely is an interesting mechanism, probably worth exploring a bit more. So it's more a DR approach than a HA. Well, a DR with quick turn around.

      I don't think that SAP specificaly supports it, but on the other hand it does not really have much to do with the SAP software itself...

      Keep in mind that you would also need a mechanism to keep a mirror of the file share (that should be easy).

      Bruno

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    Former Member
    Jun 25, 2010 at 02:44 PM

    Hi Hitesh

    SAP does not support running BPC in a virtualized environment for production use.

    While it does work, as related by other responses to your post, some of the reasons why it is not supported is because it adds a lot of variables.

    What I mean is that the management of the virtualisation system can make it great, or can make it terrible. For example, it ia always tempting to try to utilise hardware as fully as possible, but unfortunately, most virtualization products let you overcommit the system. Like sharing CPU cores or RAM between VMs. If a core is allocated to more than one VM, then its availability will be split between those VMs. But the OS in the VM will not be aware of that fact. So you could end up with a big VM, with really bad performance.

    On Dev or QA environments, of course it's not that critical.

    You can look at this How-to Guide for more information:

    http://www.sdn.sap.com/irj/scn/go/portal/prtroot/docs/library/uuid/40d22444-97d5-2b10-1785-fbde2e32c5a8

    So in the end, it's your call. But do you really want a production environment that will not be supported?

    Best regards,

    Bruno Ranchy

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    Former Member
    Jun 25, 2010 at 08:19 PM

    Hi Hitesh,

    Please go through SAP Note 1098847 - Virtual Machine Support for BPC.

    Hope it helps.

    Regards,

    Raghu.

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    • Former Member Hitesh Patel

      Hi Hitesh,

      see the SAP note that Raghu mentionned above. Paragraph 2 explains in details the SAP support policy in regard to BPC 7.5 on virtualized environment.

      best regards

      Bruno

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    Former Member
    Jul 14, 2010 at 01:38 AM

    Hitesh-

    We have implemented BPC 7.0-NW SP07 (almost Sp08) on Windows 2003 and VM. SAP doesn't recommend it and there is no official documentation but here are few things you should consider:-

    1. Don't keep many applications running on same .net server.

    2. Advise to keep box RAM more than 32 GB

    3. Keep to the latest OSS notes

    Good luck.

    Cheers!

    Sanjeev Jatain

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