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How to setup the SAP Vora developer edition in SAP CAL

By Vitaliy Rudnytskiy

Setup the SAP Vora 1.3 developer edition using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library

How-To Details

This How-to details the procedure to setup the SAP Vora 1.3 developer edition using the SAP Cloud Appliance Library.

SAP Vora, developer edition, is covered by the Developer License Agreement, which you will need to accept in order to be able to get access to it.

SAP Vora is a software working in the distributed environment, i.e. the one that usually consists of at least several computing nodes. But in case of the developer edition the SAP Vora software has been modified to allow you to practice with a single node instance.

Step 1: Check you have proper access to SAP CAL

Currently the instance of SAP Vora developer edition can be created only in Amazon Web Services. Make sure you have an account there.

The instance creation and management is done via SAP Cloud Appliance Library - the free service to manage your SAP solutions in the public cloud. Make sure you have an account there before proceeding with this tutorial. Your AWS account should be properly configured and connected to your account in CAL.

While SAP does not charge you for developer editions of products, Amazon will charge you for the usage of their infrastructure resources in the cloud, like computing, storage, network etc.

Step 2: Locate the solution and create your own instance

In the CAL cockpit select Solutions to list all solutions available for your account. Reduce the list to Free Solutions and type vora in the search box.

Open the details of the SAP Vora, 1.3, developer edition solution. CAL’s “solution” is the definition, and not yet the physical instance.

Locate SAP Vora developer edition solution in CAL

Review information about the solution, like descriptions, Terms and Conditions, template configuration etc.

Download and keep locally the Getting Started Guide. In this guide you will find important details, including software components and versions pre-installed, network configuration, default users and passwords etc. Review this document.

Click Create Instance.

Details overview of SAP Vora developer edition solution

On Create Instance screen choose the CAL account, where the instance to be created. In the example below the CAL account is Default and it is linked with the AWS account in Amazon Web Services.

- the instance name (here myvora13),
- the AWS region (here us-east-1, which is the only AWS region, where the instance can be created),
- the master password (make sure you remember it ;-).

Basic settings of the instance created

Click Advanced Mode and go through the wizard steps. On step 3 Virtual Machines change SAP VORA machine size to at least r3.xlarge to make sure there will be enough resources for all processes.

To get better storage performance you can change as well the Volume Type to Provisioned IOPS. It has a cost impact, so choose what is more important for you. Review the cost forecast related to the instance. This is the cost charged by the cloud provider, which is AWS in this example.

Resources settings

At the end of the wizard click Review to review your settings, and then click Create if everything is good. Read and accept Terms and Conditions if displayed.

It is important that you click Download and store a file with a private key. You will use it to connect to the instance’s host using ssh client of your choice, like PuTTY.

Download a file with the private key

The instance build will start. It should take about 45 minutes.

The creation of the SAP Vora developer edition instance is started
Step 3: Review details of the created instance

Once your instance of SAP Vora is fully activated you can see it among your CAL’s Instances with Active status.

The instance is Active in CAL

Note the IP address of your host. It is the one used to connect to the instance services using e.g. http(s) and ssh protocols. The IP address will change every time you suspend (stop) and activate (start) the instance. To avoid that you can select Public Static IP Address, but remember that AWS is charging for using it even when the instance is suspended.

By default Public Static IP Address is not selected. This and other settings can be modified by clicking on the Edit in CAL cockpit. Or could be set already at the stage of the instance creation by choosing Advanced Mode instead of the Basic Mode you used in CAL.

Details Access Points of the instance in CAL

Access Points define what host’s ports are open. They influence the configuration of AWS’s Security Group created for the instance. Changing instance’s access points in CAL cockpit will automatically change the configuration of the corresponding security group in AWS.

Schedule for the instance in CAL

Important thing is CAL’s Schedule configuration. Using it will help you to save costs. The initial default schedule is configured during the instance creation in the CAL’s Basic Mode. It can be edited.

Ideally you should remember to manually Suspend the instance every time you take a break in using the instance. This will stop the instance in AWS, so the cloud provider will not charge you for using resources when you do not work with SAP Vora.

Step 4: Optional: Check your instance in AWS

You can see this instance as well in your AWS account in N. Virginia region. That’s the same as us-east-1 used during the instance definition in CAL.

The instance is Active in AWS

As well you can see that CAL Access Points correspond to Security Group in AWS.

Security group in AWS

Next Steps

Updated 09/13/2017

Time to Complete

60 Min.




  • Systems used:
  • You need to have an account on Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  • You have understanding of cloud infrastructure
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