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Install SAP HANA, express edition on Ubuntu on Google Cloud Platform (Core Database)


Install SAP HANA, express edition on Ubuntu on Google Cloud Platform (Core Database)

By Lucia Subatin

Install HANA Express on Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS on the Google Cloud Platform (server-only)


You will learn

This tutorial will show you how to create and configure a virtual Machine on the Google Cloud Platform with Ubuntu Linux 16.04 LTS. You will then perform the necessary configurations and execute an alternative installation script to create your SAP HANA, express edition instance.


SAP HANA, express edition (HXE) is officially supported on SLES. SAP Community members have been successful in running HXE on other Linux operating systems that are not formally supported by SAP, such as Red Hat, Ubuntu, openSUSE and Fedora. SAP is not committing to resolving any issues that may arise from running HXE on these platforms.

This installation uses a test toolchain for Ubuntu as an interim workaround for a known compatibility problem with an SSL library. This is not an official Personal Package Archive (PPA). The library is currently required for the installation of SAP HANA, express edition, version 2.0 SPS02. It will be removed after the installation is finished.

Step 1: Create your Google Cloud Platform Virtual Machine

From your dashboard on your Google Cloud Platform landing page, follow the instructions to create a project.

Once created, enter the Resources tile, to create an instance of a virtual machine:

Go to VM Instances - Create Instance

Pick a name for your VM instance and a the right zone for your location. The name you choose will also be the name of the host and the example used in this tutorial is ubuntu-1604-lts.

Here you can configure the resources you will allocate to your virtual machine. You can use the minimum requirements for the installation for now and adjust them later to your needs.

The minimum requirements for the SAP HANA, express edition, core database on Ubuntu are:
- 4 CPU cores
- 8 GB RAM
- 120 GB Disk (SSD)

GCP will only allow you to set the RAM to the maximum of 32GB as per the license if you set the CPU cores to 6. You can set it to the minimum requirements for now and update it later.

Click on Customize and set the values depending on your choice

Create instance with minimum requirements

Choose Ubuntu 16.04 LTS as the OS image under Boot disk, using the Change button:

OS Images

You will also need an external IP to access the machine. Create a new static IP by modifying the options in the Management, disks, networking, SSH keys section, in the Networking tab.

External IP

Assign a name to your IP:

External IP - assign a name

Click on Reserve.

You can see the estimated costs for the Virtual Machine on the top right corner. The costs vary depending on the requirements and the amount of hours in which the machine is up and running:

Review costs

Proceed to create the virtual machine.

Step 2: Download the installation files using download manager

You will use the download manager in console mode to download the installation binaries directly into your virtual machine on the Google Cloud Platform. Follow the steps to register and download the download manager for Linux from the SAP HANA; express edition, download site:

Register and download Linux version

Back on the Google Cloud console, click on the SSH button to open an SSH console logged in to your virtual machine:

SSH console

Once there, click on the console tools and then on Upload file:

Upload file

Choose the download manager file you have just downloaded and wait for the transfer to finish. It will be uploaded into the home directory for your current user, which is also the default directory when you first open an SSH console:

Upload file

You will also need to install the Java Runtime Environment. Go to the Downloads for the Java Runtime Environment . Accept the license agreement, right-click on the latest .tar.gz file and copy the URL.

download <code>tarfile</code>

Use the following commands to download and install the Java Runtime Environment, which is required by the Download Manager. Replace the link with the URL you copied and use the name of the downloaded file after the rpm command.

wget --no-check-certificate -c --header "Cookie: oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" <<paste the link here>>

chmod 777 -R <<downloaded file>>

tar -xvzf <<downloaded file>>

For example:

download tar file

Note: You can right click on the image and open it on a new tab to enlarge it

Update the java location with the following command:

sudo mkdir /usr/lib/jre
sudo mv <<extracted path>>  /usr/lib/jre
sudo update-alternatives --install "/usr/bin/java" "java" "/usr/lib/jre/<<replace with returned path>>/bin/java" 1

For example:

update alternatives

You can now execute the following commands to download the relevant packages for installation, grant permissions and extract them

chmod 777 HXEDownloadManager_linux.bin
./HXEDownloadManager_linux.bin -d /home/<<your_userid>> linuxx86_64 installer hxe.tgz
sudo chmod -R 777 hxe.tgz
sudo tar -xvzf hxe.tgz
Extract installer
OPTIONAL: Generate Key pairs to connect to your VM instance using local clients

This step is optional and needed if you want to use a client like PuTTY or Win SCP.

Once the instance has been created, if this is the first instance in your project and you have not done it before, you will need to generate key pairs to access the machine from SSH and SCP clients. From the VM instances menu, choose your newly-created virtual machine and connect using the gcloud command:

Connect choosing the Gcloud command console

This will open the shell with a default command to access your virtual machine.

Choose Yes

Remember: These sessions are ephemeral. Anything you change from this console will not be persisted into future sessions. In other words, if you create a directory from this command prompt, you will not see it in the server from other SSH clients unless you create it in your own /home directory.

You will need to enter passphrases for the public and private keys. These passphrases will allow you to access any instance you create within this project, so choose something you will remember.
Choose Yes

They key pairs are generated in your home directory, within a directory called .ssh. You can use command cd /home/your_home_directory and then ls to list the names of the files in there:

Go to your home directory

You can copy the file name and download it using the file menu on the top right corner of the gcloud console:

Open file menu

Hint: CTRL+C and CTRL+V work in this console!

And entering the full path:
Enter full path

You can use these files to access the machine from SSH or FTP clients, such as PuTTY or WinSCP.

The web SSH client is a good option for quick and background tasks, as it is intermittent. This is a known issue as explained in the following link:

For longer tasks such as file uploads or installations, use a client with a good handling of network micro-cuts.

Just in case, run the following command to make sure your gcloud console is updated:

gcloud components update

You can find the instructions to connect using PuTTY or WinSCP in this tutorial .

Step 3: Add the `ToolChain` repository

The default libstdc++6 library on Ubuntu does not support one of the libraries required by SAP HANA. You can use an experimental package from the Ubuntu ToolChain test builds.

Note: This is not an official PPA

Use the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-toolchain-r/test
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade libstdc++6
Install toolchain
Step 4: Create a softlink for bash

The installation script and some other scripts executed during the process need the following soft links:

sudo mv /bin/sh /bin/sh.orig
sudo ln -s /bin/bash /bin/sh
Step 5: OPTIONAL - Add more resources to your Virtual Machine

Optionally, in order to expedite the installation process, you can add more resources to your virtual machine. You will need to Stop your instance before you can proceed with edition.

Double your resources for the installation process by editing the Virtual Machine from the VM Instance in Google Cloud Platform:

Upgrade your VM

Save the settings and Start your instance again.

Step 6: Execute the installation script

IMPORTANT: As this process should not be interrupted, use a separate SSH client that handles connection intermittence if necessary, instead of the web client.

From the directory in which the installation files have been extracted, execute the installation script using the following command:

sudo ./

You can enter the default values by pressing enter or you can change them if you want. Bear in mind that most tutorials on development use instance number 90 and you will need to adjust the ports accordingly in the firewall setup if you choose another instance number.

Pay attention to the password rules (especially to the restrictions on special characters) described by the setup script.

Run setup script

You can continue with the next steps while the installation script finishes.

Step 7: Update the Firewall rules

Go to the VM Instance panel in your Google Cloud Platform console and open view gcloud command for your Ubuntu virtual machine:

Open Gcloud console

Keep the default command line and click on Run in Cloud Shell.
Gcloud OK

The following commands enable the necessary traffic into ports that are used by SAP HANA, express edition. Copy and paste them into the gcloud command prompt:

gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule1 --allow tcp:80XX
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule2 --allow tcp:43XX
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule3 --allow tcp:51002-51027
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule4 --allow tcp:80
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule5 --allow tcp:443
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule6 --allow tcp:1128-1129
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule7 --allow tcp:3XX13-3XX15
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule8 --allow tcp:3XX41-3XX98
gcloud compute firewall-rules create rule9 --allow tcp:5XX13-5XX14

Note: The above rules are for your reference. You can find the complete list of ports at the SAP HANA Administration Guide

You can confirm all the rules have been processed using command

gcloud compute firewall-rules list
Step 8: Check your installation

Once the installation is finished, you will see a success message:

Installation finished

You can now test the installation using the following command:

sudo su - hxeadm
./HDB info

You will see the database services started and the XS Advanced applications starting

Basic services

Congratulations! Your instance is now ready for use.

Note: If anything has not gone as expected, search for your error at the community Q&A or post a new question if you cannot find the solution there.

Step 9: OPTIONAL: Reset the resources for your Virtual Machine

If you added more resources before the installation, switch to the <sid>adm user. If your System ID is HXE, the user will be hxeadm. Stop the database using program HDB from the administrator´s home directory:

 su hxeadm
 ./HDB stop

Hint: You can start the database again with command ./HDB start and check if the services are running with ./HDB info. The database will start again automatically when you reboot the server.

Once the Database is stopped, stop the Virtual Machine too from Google Cloud platform’s console.

Edit the Virtual Machine to suit your installation. These are the minimal requirements and it is recommended that you monitor resources to adjust them as needed. The Google Cloud Platform will also hint you on resource utilization.

CPU: 4 cores
RAM: 16 GB RAM (24 Recommended)

Save your settings and start your database again.

Step 10: OPTIONAL: Map your hosts file

Instead of remembering your IP address, you can map your hosts file to sue the name of your host. You will need the external IP address assigned to your Virtual Machine.

External IP

You need administration permissions to do this.

  • For Windows Computers:
    Your user will need administration rights. Right-click on Notepad and choose Run as Administrator. If you are an administrator user, proceed to the next point.

run notepad as admin

Open the file or navigate with Windows explorer. You need to edit the file called hosts in the directory C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc

Hosts file

  • For Mac OS:
    Open a terminal (Finder -> Applications -> Terminal) and type sudo nano /etc/hosts

Hosts file

Add the IP address followed by the name of the host, in this example, ubuntu-1604-lts:

Hosts file

Save and close the editor.

Note: If Notepad asks you to create a new file you do not have enough permissions to save the file. Creating a new file will not alter the configuration as intended.

Updated 01/23/2018

Time to Complete

35 Min



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