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Setup your trial SAP HANA MDC instance


Learn how to setup a SAP HANA MDC instance to be used with the SAP Predictive services


You will learn

  • How to setup a SAP HANA MDC (Multi-Database Container) instance on the SAP Cloud Platform. This instance will be used to store the datasets to be used with the predictive services.
Step 1: Access your SAP Cloud Platform account

Log into the SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit with your free trial account on Europe (Rot) - Trial and access “Your Personal Developer Account”.

SAP Cloud Platform Cockpit

Click on the SAP Cloud Platform developer Account link as highlighted on the below screenshot. By default, it ends with trial in fact is your account display name and can be changed using the pen icon)

Your Personal Developer Account
Step 2: Create your HANA MDC instance

On the left side bar, you can navigate in SAP HANA / SAP ASE > Databases & Schemas.

Databases & Schemas

Click on New.

Complete the form following details information:

Field Name Value
Database ID mdc
Database System HANA MDC (< trial >)
System User Password Welcome18Welcome18

Note: Password policy was changed recently and now requires a 15 characters password that includes a digit.

New Database System

You can choose other values for theses properties. As reference them across several tutorials, you should remember the System User Password as your HANA System Account Password.

Click on Save

Step 3: Wait for the creation to finish

It will take about 5 to 10 minutes for the creation process to complete. So, now is a good time to get a coffee refill!

Database Events

You can refresh the page by hitting F5.

Once you see the Database started successfully event appears in the list, you can proceed with the next step.

Step 4: Restart the database

Now that we have our HANA MDC instance, we will simply restart it to clear some cache and free up some resources.

Click on Stop.

Once the database is stopped, Click on Start.

Trial Database Overview


If you don’t see your HANA MDC stopping right away in the Events log, it is probably because the initial backup is still pending.

The initial backup may take up to an hour to execute, and your HANA MDC will not restart until it is completed.

Therefore you can proceed with the next steps. However, at some point, the backup will complete, and your instance will be shutdown, therefore you will need to start it.


Step 5: Finalize your HANA MDC instance setup

Now, you will need to connect to the SAP HANA Cockpit at least once using the HANA System User in order to finalize the system account setup and add all the necessary roles.

Click on SAP HANA Cockpit.

Trial Database Overview

You will be prompted to login.

Enter SYSTEM as user name and the HANA System Account password that was provided during the instance creation as password (Welcome18Welcome18).

Click on Log On.

SAP HANA Cockpit Login

You will receive an information message stating that your HANA System Account is not authorized to access the SAP HANA Cockpit, but next you will be granted the necessary roles.

Click on OK.


Then click on Continue


You are in the SAP HANA Cockpit.

SAP HANA Cockpit

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