SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications 12 SP1

Release Notes

SLES for SAP Applications combines SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and its High Availability Extension with additional software specifically meant to simplify running and managing SAP applications. This document provides an overview of high-level general features, capabilities, and limitations of SLES for SAP Applications 12 SP1 and important product updates.

Manuals can be found in the docu directory of the installation media for SLES for SAP Applications . Any documentation (if installed) can be found in the /usr/share/doc/ directory of the installed system.

Publication Date: 2017-11-30, Version: 12.1.20171129

1 SLES for SAP Applications

1.1 What's New?

1.1.1 Extended sapconf Architecture

The architecture of sapconf has been adjusted to use tuned. This allows much more flexibility (users can now setup custom profiles) as well as providing several tuning profiles for selection.

1.1.2 SLES for SAP Application Images in Kiwi

The SUSE Kiwi tool now allows creating SLES for SAP Applications images. Such images can be used in private cloud deployments, for example.

1.1.3 Extensions to sapconf

The sapconf package has been extended to support a range of SAP products. Which products are currently supported is documented in the respective man page.

1.1.4 Identity Cleanup

SLES for SAP Applications 12 SP1 now ships with a script which removes all kind of identity information from the systems it is executed on. After the execution, such a system (for example, a VM) can be used as a Golden Image in virtualized environments. It is also possible to execute the script on bare metal installations, for example when those are shipped to other parties.

1.1.5 Support of NW-VSI 2.0 in ClamSAP

The ClamSAP package now supports the NW-VSI 2.0 interface from SAP.

1.1.6 SAP Tuning Options

Until the previous release of SLES for SAP Applications, the necessary SAP tuning options for operating system value were set through the SAP Installation Wizard. Without executing the Wizard, it was not possible to set these values.

With SLES for SAP Applications 12 SP1, these settings are now also available through the sapconf package which can be executed separately.

1.2 Support Statement for SLES for SAP Applications

Support requires an appropriate subscription from SUSE; for more information, see:

General Support Statement

The following definitions apply:

  • L1: Installation and problem determination - technical support designed to provide compatibility information, installation and configuration assistance, usage support, on-going maintenance and basic troubleshooting. Level 1 Support is not intended to correct product defect errors.

  • L2: Reproduction of problem isolation - technical support designed to duplicate customer problems, isolate problem areas and potential issues, and provide resolution for problems not resolved by Level 1 Support.

  • L3: Code Debugging and problem resolution - technical support designed to resolve complex problems by engaging engineering in patch provision, resolution of product defects which have been identified by Level 2 Support.

SUSE will only support the usage of original (unchanged or not recompiled) packages.

1.2.1 SAPHanaSR Is Now L3-Supported

The package SAPHanaSR which provides the SAP HANA resource agents for SLE HA is now fully L3-supported.

1.2.2 SAP HANA Firewall Is Now L3-Supported

The package HANA-Firewall which provides firewall rules for SAP HANA is now fully L3-supported.

1.2.3 ClusterTools2 Is Now L3-Supported

The package ClusterTools2, providing a suite of tools to check the configuration sanity of a SLE HA cluster configuration (among other things), is now fully L3-supported.

2 Features and Versions

This section includes an overview of some of the major features provided by SLES for SAP Applications.

3 Installation and Upgrade

3.1 Installation

3.1.1 Third-Party Repositories Can Now Be Added from the SAP Installation Wizard

The SAP Installation Wizard now includes a step that gives users an opportunity to add third-party repositories before proceeding with the SAP installation.

3.1.2 Tuning Settings in SAP Installation Wizard

The SAP Installation Wizard now has an additional dialog for setting tuning profile (coming from sapconf). Based on the type of installation master the customer being installed, the dialog first makes a profile recommendation which is set as the default. You can then choose a different tuning profile. A description of the profile is displayed beside its name.

3.1.3 Installation on Systems with Multiple DVD Drives Is Now Possible

It is now possible to install the product if more than one DVD drive is available (for example, in virtualized environments).

3.1.4 Installation Wizard now works on AWS

The Installation Wizard is now fully functional when being used on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud.

3.1.5 Modified Boot Menu Options

The installation options from the boot menu on the iso image have been moved to the YaST installation process. Within YaST, you can now select between:

  • "Standard SLES Installation"

  • "SLES for SAP Applications Installation"

  • "SLES for SAP Applications Installation + Execution of SAP Installation Wizard"

4 How to Obtain Source Code

This SUSE product includes materials licensed to SUSE under the GNU General Public License (GPL). The GPL requires SUSE to provide the source code that corresponds to the GPL-licensed material. The source code is available for download at Also, for up to three years after distribution of the SUSE product, upon request, SUSE will mail a copy of the source code. Requests should be sent by e-mail to or as otherwise instructed at SUSE may charge a reasonable fee to recover distribution costs.

5 More Information and Feedback

  • Read the READMEs on the media.

  • Get detailed changelog information about a particular package from the RPM:

    rpm --changelog -qp <FILENAME>.rpm

    <FILENAME>. is the name of the RPM.

  • Check the ChangeLog file in the top level of the first medium for a chronological log of all changes made to the updated packages.

  • Find more information in the docu directory of first medium of the SLES for SAP Applications media. This directory includes a PDF version of the SLES for SAP Applications Guide.

  • contains additional or updated documentation for SLES for SAP Applications.

  • Visit for the latest product news from SUSE and for additional information on the source code of SUSE Linux Enterprise products.

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Thanks for using SLES for SAP Applications in your business.

The SLES for SAP Applications Team.

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