all Technical posts

How to create your own Mini SAP Part 1: Preparing the environment

The last couple of month’s I've been playing around with SAP on my local development machine and I've received a couple of requests/questions of people that also would like to have their own SAP instance to try out some scenarios.
Based on these requests I have written a series of blog posts that covers the entire installation and setup of a local development SAP instance.

The series contains following parts:

Please do note that this setup is a setup that is created for a development/playground environment, this guide is not intended to give best practices or a production ready setup.
If you require any assistance or if you might have questions, don’t hesitate to put them in the comment section of this blog or give me a ping through twitter or email.

In this first part I will walk you through the entire installation procedure of the Mini SAP.

Download the Software

To start this guide, download the necessary software from the SAP website specified below and download the following packages:

  • SAP Netweaver ABAP Trial 7.02 SP11 Win 64 bit Version
  • SAP Netweaver AS ABAP SAP GUI for Windows 7.30

Download SAP Software
(Note: you will have to register yourself to the SAP Developer Network, you will require this logon later to extend your 3 months trial)

P1 01Minisap


I’m not going to run through all the system requirements as you can find them in the installation package you will download for the SAP website.
Nevertheless some requirements that you need to know before creating a blank VM to do this installation are:

Your operating system must be Windows Server 2008 or a Windows 7 64 bit Professional.

  • Your hostname must not exceed 13 characters.
  • Have around 75GB of free HD space.
  • Download and install JRE with minimum version 1.4.2. Do not install a JRE with version higher than 1.6 because that is not supported. You will be able to start the installer, but the ABAP import step will fail.

Installing the Application Server

In this section I will provide a step by step buide and walk you through the installation of the SAP Application Server.
First step is to start the installation by navigating to SAP_NetWeaver_702e_Installation_MasterIM_WINDOWS_X86_64 and start the sapinst.exe.

P1 02Minisap

The option we will install is the MaxDB – Central System. Select this option and choose next to continue.

P1 03Minisap

In the next window accept the license and click next. After that the installer will ask to provide the JRE Directory, provide the necessary directory and click next to continue with the installation.

P1 04Minisap

Choose the Master Password in the next window. This password will be used for all the accounts that SAP will use, so choose wisely!

P1 05Minisap

Your system will now be checked against a set of prerequisites, some prerequisites might fail as shown below, but you can continue the installation by clicking next.
In the screenshot below you can see what pre-requisites failed in my case.

P1 06Minisap

P1 07Minisap

In the summary window click next to continue and start the installation.

P1 08Minisap

The SAP MaxDB system will now be installed and you can follow the progress as shown below.
Go ahead and take a coffee while the SAP system is installing as this can some time.
For your reference, on my local VM it took around 19 hours, on the Azure VM (A4) that I used to prepare this blogpost it took around 2 hours.

P1 09Minisap

If all goes well you should see following Message Box popping up. Congratulations you are now the official owner of your own SAP system.

P1 10Minisap

Installing the SAP GUI

Start the SAP GUI installer that is provided in the downloaded package from the SAP website.
The installer is a simple next-next-finish wizard, so I won’t go into details here.
If you require any assistance during this step, please put your questions in the comment section or give me a ping on twitter or via mail.
P1 11Minisap

Validating the Install

Open the SAP Management Console and verify that your Message Server and Dispatcher are running.

P1 12Minisap

Right-click the main Node and choose Logon. In the SAP Logon Authentication screen provide SAP* as user and fill in the SAP Master Password.
The SAP Interface should pop up.

P1 13Minisap

You are now ready to start configuration of your SAP system, more details will be provided in the next part of this blogpost series.

Stay tuned!

Glenn Colpaert

Subscribe to our RSS feed

Hi there,
how can we help?

Got a project in mind?

Connect with us

Let's talk

Let's talk

Thanks, we'll be in touch soon!

Call us

Thanks, we've sent the link to your inbox

Invalid email address


Your download should start shortly!

Stay in Touch - Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Keep up to date with industry trends, events and the latest customer stories

Invalid email address


Great you’re on the list!