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BI@AZURE : Getting Started with SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1/BI4.2 on Microsoft Azure

SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1 SP5+ is being certified and supported for deployments on Microsoft Azure. Via this document we provide you with all the steps to deploy SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x on a Microsoft Azure hosted system.

Supported Cloud Offerings for SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1+

Current SAP BusinessObjects BI4.1+ is being certified and supported on the following Cloud Solutions:

  1. SAP HANA Enterprise Cloud (HEC)
  2. Amazon Web Services (AWS)
  3. Microsoft Azure
  4. IBM Softlayer
  5. Alibaba YSF Cloud


Microsoft Azure

Azure is currently available in various geographic locations:

  • US
    • North Central US (Illinois)
    • East US (2*) (Virginia)
    • Central US (Iowa)
    • South Central US (Texas)
    • West Central US
    • West US (2*) (California)
  • Canada
    • East (Quebec City)
    • Central (Toronto)
  • EU
    • North Europe (Ireland)
    • West Europe (Netherlands)
    • Germany Northeast (Magdeburg)
    • Germany Central (Frankfurt)
    • UK South (London)
    • UK West (Cardiff)
    • France Central (planned)
    • France South (planned)
  • Asia Pacific
    • Australia East (New South Wales)
    • Australia Southeast (Victoria)
    • China North (Beijing)
    • China East (Shanghai)
    • Japan East (Tokyo)
    • Japan West (Osaka)
    • West India (Mumbai)
    • Central India (Pune)
    • South India (Chennai)
    • East Asia (Hong Kong)
    • Southeast Asia (Singapore)
    • Korea Central (planned)
    • Korea South (planned)
  • South America
    • Brazil South (Sao Paulo State)

for the latest list of locations and recommendations of locations, please check Azure Regions

It is strongly recommended to select an Azure location near your (organizations) datacentre / data source(s) to reduce a potential performance impact due to network latency.


If you want to learn about SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2, you can also enrol yourselves for a TRAIL version of our solution via our SAP Cloud Appliance Library. Steps on how to enrol your free 30 Day Trial version of SAP BusinessObjects BI4.2 can be found here : <TO BE ADDED>



Before deploying SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x, please read the SAP Notes around SAP Applications on Microsoft Azure: 


To get familiar with Microsoft Azure it is strongly recommended to read the eBooks provided by Microsoft Virtual Academy and available for free via


Recommended eBooks available by Microsoft Virtual Academy around Azure:

  • Enterprise Cloud Strategy (Jan 2016)
  • Microsoft Azure Essentials: Fundamentals of Azure, Second Edition (Sept 2016)
  • Introducing Windows Azure for IT Professionals (Oct 2013)







STEP 1: Sizing

  • Sizing requirements
  • Sizing for Azure
  • Sizing Recourses


STEP 2 : Provisioning

  • Log into your Azure Account
  • Prepare
  • Launch and Configure Instance


STEP 3 : Connect and Roll-Out

  • Assign an Elastic IP Address
  • Connect to Instance


STEP 4: Deployment and configuration of SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x

  • Download SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x Installer
  • Run Installer
  • Configure SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x
  • Connect SAP BusinessObjects BI4.x Client Tools




For deploying SAP BusinessObjects BI 4.x against Amazon Web Services, please refer to :

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