I have recently joined the subscription program and want to install Netweaver. From my old company I could purchase a couple of Dell Power Edge Servers 2650 with 6GB RAM, Dual Core etc - so plenty of hardware. As next step I want to install a linux OS to be able to to install SAP trial version and/or the Netweaver software from the subscription program.
In the compatibility section I have read that I need either SUSE or RedHat linux enterprise edition. But these enterprise editions cost money when purchasing it. Is there also a free linux edition that I could use? If not, which enterprise linux would be the cheapest that I could use?
Thanks and best regards
you can download a copy of the installation DVD of SUSE Enterprise Server 10SP2 for free from the Novell's Web Site. You won't have support nor will you be able to get software updates but it will allow you to get a first feeling about Netweaver on Linux.
Another option is to use [Centos |www.centos.org] that is a clone of Redhat Enterprise Server. You will have to cheat a little bit to be able to install SAP on it (you have to make your Centos appear like it is a true Redhat) but it works without a hitch.
Of course, do not run any production instances on such setups as you will get into trouble with SAP support in case you open up a problem message related to these platforms