Deploy SAP IDES EHP7 SP3 for SAP ERP 6.0 on Azure

This article describes how to deploy an SAP IDES system running with SQL Server and the Windows operating system on Azure via the SAP Cloud Appliance Library (SAP CAL) 3.0. The screenshots show the step-by-step process. To deploy a different solution, follow the same steps.

To start with the SAP CAL, go to the SAP Cloud Appliance Library website. SAP also has a blog about the new SAP Cloud Appliance Library 3.0.

Note

As of May 29, 2017, you can use the Azure Resource Manager deployment model in addition to the less-preferred classic deployment model to deploy the SAP CAL. We recommend that you use the new Resource Manager deployment model and disregard the classic deployment model.

If you already created an SAP CAL account that uses the classic model, you need to create another SAP CAL account. This account needs to exclusively deploy into Azure by using the Resource Manager model.

After you sign in to the SAP CAL, the first page usually leads you to the Solutions page. The solutions offered on the SAP CAL are steadily increasing, so you might need to scroll quite a bit to find the solution you want. The highlighted Windows-based SAP IDES solution that is available exclusively on Azure demonstrates the deployment process:

SAP CAL Solutions

Create an account in the SAP CAL

  1. To sign in to the SAP CAL for the first time, use your SAP S-User or other user registered with SAP. Then define an SAP CAL account that is used by the SAP CAL to deploy appliances on Azure. In the account definition, you need to:

    a. Select the deployment model on Azure (Resource Manager or classic).

    b. Enter your Azure subscription. An SAP CAL account can be assigned to one subscription only. If you need more than one subscription, you need to create another SAP CAL account.

    c. Give the SAP CAL permission to deploy into your Azure subscription.

    Note

    The next steps show how to create an SAP CAL account for Resource Manager deployments. If you already have an SAP CAL account that is linked to the classic deployment model, you need to follow these steps to create a new SAP CAL account. The new SAP CAL account needs to deploy in the Resource Manager model.

  2. To create a new SAP CAL account, the Accounts page shows two choices for Azure:

    a. Microsoft Azure (classic) is the classic deployment model and is no longer preferred.

    b. Microsoft Azure is the new Resource Manager deployment model.

    SAP CAL Accounts

    To deploy in the Resource Manager model, select Microsoft Azure.

    SAP CAL Accounts

  3. Enter the Azure Subscription ID that can be found on the Azure portal.

    SAP CAL Subscription ID

  4. To authorize the SAP CAL to deploy into the Azure subscription you defined, click Authorize. The following page appears in the browser tab:

    Internet Explorer cloud services sign-in

  5. If more than one user is listed, choose the Microsoft account that is linked to be the coadministrator of the Azure subscription you selected. The following page appears in the browser tab:

    Internet Explorer cloud services confirmation

  6. Click Accept. If the authorization is successful, the SAP CAL account definition displays again. After a short time, a message confirms that the authorization process was successful.

  7. To assign the newly created SAP CAL account to your user, enter your User ID in the text box on the right and click Add.

    Account to user association

  8. To associate your account with the user that you use to sign in to the SAP CAL, click Review.

  9. To create the association between your user and the newly created SAP CAL account, click Create.

    User to account association

You successfully created an SAP CAL account that is able to:

  • Use the Resource Manager deployment model.
  • Deploy SAP systems into your Azure subscription.

Note

Before you can deploy the SAP IDES solution based on Windows and SQL Server, you might need to sign up for an SAP CAL subscription. Otherwise, the solution might show up as Locked on the overview page.

Deploy a solution

  1. After you set up an SAP CAL account, select The SAP IDES solution on Windows and SQL Server solution. Click Create Instance, and confirm the usage and terms conditions.

  2. On the Basic Mode: Create Instance page, you need to:

    a. Enter an instance Name.

    b. Select an Azure Region. You might need an SAP CAL subscription to get multiple Azure regions offered.

    c. Enter the master Password for the solution, as shown:

    SAP CAL Basic Mode: Create Instance

  3. Click Create. After some time, depending on the size and complexity of the solution (the SAP CAL provides an estimate), the status is shown as active and ready for use:

    SAP CAL Instances

  4. To find the resource group and all its objects that were created by the SAP CAL, go to the Azure portal. The virtual machine can be found starting with the same instance name that was given in the SAP CAL.

    Resource group objects

  5. On the SAP CAL portal, go to the deployed instances and click Connect. The following pop-up window appears:

    Connect to the Instance

  6. Before you can use one of the options to connect to the deployed systems, click Getting Started Guide. The documentation names the users for each of the connectivity methods. The passwords for those users are set to the master password you defined at the beginning of the deployment process. In the documentation, other more functional users are listed with their passwords, which you can use to sign in to the deployed system.

    SAP Welcome documentation

Within a few hours, a healthy SAP IDES system is deployed in Azure.

If you bought an SAP CAL subscription, SAP fully supports deployments through the SAP CAL on Azure. The support queue is BC-VCM-CAL.