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Implementing SAP R/3 Using Microsoft Cluster Server

by: David Watts, Cary, North Carolina Mauro Gatti Ralf Schmidt-Dannert Matthew Cali Edward Charles David Dariouch Olivier de Lampugnani

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Publisher: PRENTICE HALL,20000601

Category: SAP Level: B/I/A

ISBN: 0130198471
ISBN13: 9780130198471

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Preface

Many of today's corporations run their businesses on the SAP R/3 application suite. High availability of these applications to the user community is essential. Downtime means lost sales, profits and worse. The combination of SAP R/3 and Microsoft Cluster Server is an important element in providing the required access to key business applications.


  This book will help you plan and install SAP R/3 4.5B in a Microsoft Cluster Server environment running Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. Installation procedures complement the existing SAP documentation and cover the integration of the three major database management systems: Oracle, DB2 and SQL Server.


  The first three chapters introduce high availability and clustering and how these concepts apply to SAP R/3 environments. Chapter 4 describes planning needed before implementing a clustered SAP R/3 configuration. Discussions include certification of hardware and software components, server sizing, disk layout, and network configurations. SAP R/3 and Windows 2000 are also discussed. The installation part of the book is a step-by-step set of instructions to lead the reader through the process of installing SAP R/3, Microsoft Cluster Server and the particular database you choose to install, Oracle, DB2 or SQL Server. How to configure an SAP backbone network is also described. The remaining two chapters describe how to tune your SAP R/3 configuration, how to verify your installation is working correctly and where to look if you have problems.


  This book should be especially helpful to people who are involved with planning or installing SAP R/3 in a Microsoft Cluster Server environment. Such people will often be technical planners and IT managers in user organizations who need to understand the requirements of such an installation, IT professionals or consultants who need to install SAP R/3 in an MSCS environment, and experienced SAP R/3 professionals who need to understand the ramifications of clustering on SAP R/3 and how to implement such a solution.


  The team that wrote this redbook

This redbook was produced by a team of specialists from around the world working at the International Technical Support Organization, Raleigh Center.


  David Watts is an Advisory Specialist for Netfinity Servers at IBM's ITSO Center in Raleigh. He manages residencies and produces redbooks on hardware and software topics related to IBM Netfinity Servers. He has authored over a dozen publications; his most recent include Netfinity Performance Tuning with Windows NT 4.0, Implementing Netfinity Disk Subsystems and Netfinity Server Management. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Queensland (Australia) and has worked for IBM for over 10 years. He is an IBM Professional Server Specialist. He can be contacted via e-mail at dwwatts@us.ibm.com.


  Mauro Gatti is an Advisory IT Specialist in IBM's Netfinity Presales Technical Support in Italy. He is a Microsoft Certified System Engineer. He is responsible for supporting the main SAP installations on Netfinity servers in Italy. He is part of the IBM SAP Technical Focus Group and the BI Focus Group in EMEA. Before joining IBM a year ago, Mauro was a trainer and consultant for Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, IBM and other companies. Mauro holds a degree in Physics and a PhD in Theoretical Physics.


  Ralf Schmidt-Dannert is a Senior IT consultant working in IBM's Advanced Technical Support ERP organization. He has seven years of experience in different UNIX flavors as a system programmer and kernel driver developer. The last four years he worked on Windows NT-based ERP solutions with DB2 UDB at IBM Germany, at SAP Walldorf and at IBM US. He was responsible for the port of SAP R/3 with DB2 from AIX to Windows NT and for the technical design of SAP R/3 with DB2 in a Microsoft Cluster Server environment. His areas of expertise include SAP R/3, MSCS, performance analysis in Windows NT and SAP Ready-To-Run R/3 with DB2 UDB. He holds a degree in Computer Science.


  Matthew Cali is the Technical Alliance Manager for SAP in the Netfinity Partners in Development organization within IBM. He has 12 years of experience in IBM including eight years with the T.J. Watson Research Laboratory as a development engineer involved in semiconductor and microelectronics design, prototyping and process formulation. He was also the IBM Global Services project manager for the IBM fixed assets SAP implementation used throughout the company. He currently holds five patents, four of which are associated with mainframe electronic circuit repair and the other is with a prototype of the IBM TrackPoint strain gauge design. He has a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Manhattan College, New York.


  Edward Charles is a Senior IT Specialist in IBM Global Services, Network Integration in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has over 10 years of experience designing enterprise networks. He holds a BA in Management Information Systems and an MBA. He is a certified SAP R/3 consultant on UNIX/Oracle Release 4.x. Edward is also a certified Cisco Network Associate, CNE and MCP. For the past five years he has been consulting and teaching networking for IBM.


  Olivier De Lampugnani is an IT Specialist working for IBM Global Services in the Service Delivery EMEA West group, located in La Gaude, France, where he is responsible for Windows NT administration outsourcing. He has worked for IBM for four years. His areas of expertise include all Microsoft Windows NT products and Netfinity hardware. Olivier is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.


  David Dariouch is a Systems Engineer in IBM France, where his is an Advisory IT specialist supporting Netfinity technologies and network operating systems implementation on the Netfinity Presales Technical Support team. His area of expertise includes Windows NT-based ERP solutions, Netfinity hardware and software engineering. He is part of the IBM SAP Technical Focus Group in EMEA. David holds an Engineering Degree in Computer Science from the Ecole Speciale de Mecanique et d'Electricite school of engineering in Paris.


  This Prentice Hall publication is based on two IBM Redbooks, Implementing SAP R/3 4.5B Using Microsoft Cluster Server on IBM Netfinity Servers, SG24-5170-01 and High Availability for SAP R/3 on IBM Netfinity Servers, SG24-5170-00. Thanks to the additional authors of these books.


          Back Cover Copy


  The complete, expert guide to running SAP R/3 on Microsoft Cluster Server.


  For companies running IBM Netfinity Servers and Windows NT Server/Windows 2000

Describes how to implement a fault-tolerant SAP R/3 configuration

Covers integration of the three major databases: Oracle, IBM DB2 UDB, and Microsoft SQL Server

Discusses certification, hardware sizing, disk layout, network configuration, and performance tuning

Includes information on Windows 2000

Provides step-by-step installation instructions including worksheets to complete

Step-by-step coverage of installing SAP R/3, Microsoft Cluster Server, and Oracle, DB2 UDB, or Microsoft SQL Server

Complete hardware coverage: hardware certification, server sizing, disk layout, network configuration, and more

Verification and troubleshooting: practical advice and hands-on techniques

For thousands of companies, one application is more business critical than any other: SAP R/3. In this book, a team of IBM's top support professionals shows exactly how to maximize the availability and performance of SAP R/3 systems running on Microsoft Cluster Server on IBM's powerful Netfinity servers.


  You'll find thorough coverage of the entire system lifecycle: planning, implementation, tuning, and maintenance. The book contains an invaluable step-by-step walkthrough of installation and configuration on Netfinity servers, including specific techniques for integrating three leading databases: Oracle, DB2 UDB, and SQL Server.


  The book presents detailed hardware coverage, including server sizing, disk layout, backbone network configuration, and more. IBM's experts offer detailed, never-before-published techniques for verifying an installation-as well as tips for troubleshooting and problem resolution. If you're involved in planning or installing SAP R/3 and Microsoft Cluster Server on IBM Netfinity servers, you'll find this book an invaluable resource.


  Sharing Technical Expertise from Around the World

This book and other IBM Redbooks are products of IBM's International Technical Support Organization, where worldwide specialists work alongside you to harness IBM technologies. IBM Redbooks make the answers to your most pressing technical questions easily and immediately accessible.


  For more information: www.redbooks.ibm.com


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  PTR Overview


  For thousands of companies, one application is more business critical than any other: SAP R/3. High availability is absolutely crucial to business success. Now, a team of IBM's top support professionals shows exactly how to maximize the availability and performance of SAP R/3 and Microsoft Cluster Server running on IBM's powerful Netfinity servers.KEY TOPICS:This book delivers comprehensive coverage of SAP R/3/Microsoft Cluster Server planning, implementation, and maintenance. It contains an invaluable step-by-step walkthrough of installation and configuration, with coverage of integrating three leading databases: Oracle, DB2, and SQL Server 7. Readers will find detailed hardware coverage, including server sizing, disk layout, network configuration, and more. The book includes detailed, never-before-published techniques for verifying an installation -- and tips for troubleshooting and resolving any problems.MARKET:For anyone involved in planning or installing SAP R/3 and Microsoft Cluster Server on IBM Netfinity servers -- especially SAP consultants new to MCS, or MCS experts new to SAP R/3.