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Installing the VM Image

By JCurrie27

Installing the VM image is the simplest SAP HANA, express edition setup for compatible Windows, OS X, and Linux machines. This method installs a prepackaged express edition appliance running on a SUSE Linux VM guest.

You will learn

How to download the VM image of SAP HANA, express edition, install the image on your laptop, and get started.

> This tutorial is available as a video.


For troubleshooting information, see SAP HANA, express edition Troubleshooting.

The SAP HANA, express edition VM image is platform-independent; you can install it to a Windows, OS X, or Linux machine, provided your host machine meets the storage and memory prerequisites. Choose this installation method if you want the simplest setup.

Installing the OVA installs:
* A VM running SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) for SAP Applications 12 SP1.
* An SAP HANA, express edition instance on the VM, preconfigured and ready to start.

Machine Requirements

Check if your machine has the recommended hardware to successfully install and run the express edition VM image.

JRE 8 - The Download Manager requires JRE 8 or higher. If you are planning to install the SAP HANA, express edition Download Manager for Windows or Linux, you need the 64-bit JRE. If you are planning to install the platform-independent Download Manager, you can use either the 32- or 64-bit JRE.
RAM - 16 GB RAM recommended.
HDD - 120 GB recommended.
Cores - 2 cores (4 recommended).
Hardware Virtualization - (Intel processors only) For Intel processors, virtualization is a BIOS setting known as either Intel Virtualization Technology or Intel VT. Go to to determine if your processor is capable of supporting virtualization. If virtualization is turned off on your virtualization-capable machine, consult documentation from your machine vendor on how to enable virtualization technology (or Intel VT) in the BIOS.

Install a Hypervisor

Install a supported hypervisor on your machine if you don’t have one already. Hypervisors are software products used for creating and running virtual machines.
SAP HANA, express edition has been tested on these hypervisors:
* VMware Player 7.1
* VMware Workstation Pro 12.1
* VMware Fusion or VMware Fusion Pro 8.x
* Oracle VirtualBox

For the purposes of this tutorial, you will use the VMware Player.

Install VMware Player

VMware Player 7.1 is a hypervisor compatible with SAP HANA express edition. You can install any supported hypervisor, but examples in this tutorial use VMware Player 7.1.

  1. Download VMware Player from <> and run the installer.
  2. Ensure you’re downloading the correct version for your machine.
  3. Register when prompted and follow the setup instructions.

Download the OVA using the Download Manager

Register and then use the Download Manager to download a server-only OVA, or a server-plus-applications OVA. Applications include XS Advanced (XSA) and Web IDE.

  1. Go to the registration page at (Alternately, you can go to the SAP HANA, express edition launch page at and click the Register and download SAP HANA, express edition download manager link.) The registration page opens.

  2. Complete the registration form and click the Register button.

    Note: If you have an SAP login, click the Login icon at the top of the page to populate the registration form automatically.

    Registration Page

    The Registration Success page displays. (You will also receive an email indicating successful registration.)

  3. At the bottom of the Registration Success page, click the download manager that matches your system: Linux or Windows. If you have a Mac, or another type of machine, click ���other��� for a platform-independent download manager.

    Registration Success page
  4. Save the download manager installation file to your laptop and open it.

  5. If Windows prevents the download manager installation file from running, click More info on the warning message and select Run anyway.

    Windows warning
  6. In Download Manager, in the Image pull-down, select virtual machine.

    Download Manager
  7. Click Browse and select a directory where your downloads will be saved.

  8. Select one or more of the following packages:
    Server only - Downloads hxe.ova; a basic server-only package.
    Server + applications - Downloads hxexsa.ova; the server plus XSA and Web IDE.
    Text analysis files for additional languages - For languages other than English and German, files required for the HANA Text Analysis function. (The text analysis files for English and German are already included in the Server only and Server + applications packages.)

  9. Click the Download button.

Import the OVA into VMWare Player

Import the downloaded OVA file into your hypervisor to begin using SAP HANA, express edition.

  1. Start VMware Player 7.1 and select Open a Virtual Machine.

    VMWare Player
  2. Browse to the OVA file you downloaded and click Open. The Import Virtual Machine dialog box displays.

  3. Accept the defaults and click Import. The VM imports. The import process takes approximately 5 minutes.

  4. Power on your VM.

Next Steps

Updated 12/08/2016

Time to Complete

15 Min.



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