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SAP PI 7.1 & Windows 2008

So I’m at the office today installing a very large updated package of SAP’s Process Integration platform, and while SAP has officially announced support for Windows 2008, there’s a couple things that one should know before taking the plunge.

  • You want a good amount of memory, period – I can’t stress this enough.  Being that 2008 server is only 64bit, there’s no excuse for deploying a box with anything less than 6GB of RAM.
  • Disable IPv6 support –  This one is a little more self explanatory.  SAP does not yet support IPv6, and your install will choke when installing the instance basics.  Another thing to do is to remember to update your hosts file to reflect the IP address of the server instead of the localhost
  • Time – This install is probably one of the most time intensive SAP installs I’ve done to date, ensure that you have an adequate amount of time to troubleshoot anything that happens.
  • Password strength – If you’re installing any SAP environment into a Windows 2008 domain, please ensure that you remember that 2K8 has greater password requirements than 2K3 did.  So ensure you have a strong password (letters, numbers, and special chars).

As of now that’s what I’ve come across, you can go ahead and post any questions you may have and I’ll be happy to answer them.


  1. Is SAP 7.1 only available on Windows Server 2008 64 Bit?

    Being that 2008 server is only 64bit, there’s no excuse for deploying a box with anything less than 6GB of RAM.

    I know for a fact that there is a 32 bit version of Windows Server 2008, but some things are not available on 32 Bits such as Hyper-V. Also Exchange 2007 requires 64 Bits to be installed. But I didn’t know for that requirement with SAP 7.1
    I am looking into an upgrade for one of my clients to Server 2008 and he is a SAP user and was thinking about upgrading SAP at the same time..

  2. My apologies,
    You’re correct in the fact that 2008 does come in 32bit, but really the memory requirements of the server as well as any service that’s installed on the machine are extremely prohibitive running in a 32 bit environment.
    There really isn’t a good reason for installing the 32 bit server on a box capable of 64 bit, especially if you’re going with a Hyper-V install.

    As far as upgrading SAP and 2008, those really need to be tackled as two separate projects, simply due to the enormous scope of both upgrades.

    Good luck!

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