miniSAP Installation – Part 2

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Configuring Linux for the SAP Installation

Now that we have Linux Mint installed (in Part 1), we’ll do some configuration to it.

One thing we need to do is to allow access to our Shared Folder. Remember that? Well, if you simply click on the sf_SharedFolder icon that is on your Linux’s desktop, you’ll see an error.Configuring Linux for the SAP installation

Bummer!!!. But it can be solved.

Go to the Menu bar, where it says Devices and click on Insert Guest Additions CD image

Now you have the following on your desktop. Click it:

Double click on autorun.sh.

Configuring Linux for SAP Installation

Run:

Linux Config

Authenticate yourself with the password that you’ve created when installing Linux:

/bin/sh

The next message may not show up for you. It is showing up for me because I have another installation running.

If it does show up, just write yes and press ENTER.

When you see this message, just press ENTER again:

And restart the Linux instance by going to Menu, and choosing Quit and Restart.

After Linux has rebooted, click on Menu, write term and press ENTER or, how I prefer it, press CTRL+ALT+T to call the terminal.

The terminal will open:

Once there, write the following.

where <USERNAME> is the username that you’ve entered in your Linux installation. In my case, I’ve used sapyard.

It will ask you for your password and you should see a screen similar to the previous image. Not identical, though… because I mistyped my password the first time. Damn beer!!! 😛

Also Read: 7 Issues faced by ABAPers in SAPUI5

Next, we reboot. We can reboot by going to Menu, Quit, etc… but since we’re in the terminal, let’s do it our way… the Geek way (using the terminal, yeah)!

And after the reboot, we can finally see the content of our Shared Folder.

OK, I admit that seeing an empty folder was a bit anti-climatic. We’ll populate it on our next section. 🙂

But before we move on, we just need to install a couple of things on Linux, to prepare for the SAP installation.

Open the terminal (hope by now you know how to open the terminal) and write the following.

(this will check all the Linux packages on the Linux servers and see which need updating)

mini SAP Installation

(this will download upgrades for those packages that need upgrading, to make sure they are on their newest versions – press ENTER whenever you are prompted – have another sip of beer, it may take a while).

While you wait: Check SAP ABAP on HANA Tutorials

(this will install the C shell which is used by the SAP system to process some commands)

(this is used by the SAP system to create unique table keys)

(according to the Debian package description, it “enables userspace to use Linux Kernel asynchronous I/O system calls, important for the performance of databases and other advanced applications“, so I’m guessing it’s a big deal that we need to install this, but I don’t really know exactly what it does).

And we’re done!… for now.

Let’s head to Part 3, to install SAP on our brand new Linux system.


The other parts of this article can be accessed on the following links:

Part 1 – Linux Mint Installation

Part 2 – Configuring Linux for the SAP installation

Part 3 – Install SAP on Linux System

Part 4 – Installing and configuring SAPGUI

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About the Author

Sérgio Serra
Sérgio Serra
Sérgio is an SAP Certified Consultant who was pursuing a Computer Sciences Engineering Degree at the reputed Instituto Superior Técnico, Portugal. He currently works at RTL Group, Luxembourg. He has more than 11 years of IT experience and loves to take walks with his dog and, only occasionally, his wife. Find more about him on LinkedIn.

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