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The information on this page is valid for all SAP applications which agree with the General Support Statement for Virtual Environments (see SAP Note 1492000 ). For any questions regarding the content of this document please send an e-mail to


 SAP Notes Related to VMware and Specific Information



  • New vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 Skylake Best Practices got recently published and are available for Skylake customers running SAP HANA on VMware vSphere.
  • SAP HANA 1.0 and 2.0 Scale-UP and Scale-Out deployments are   now supported with vSphere 6.5 and 6.7 on Intel Skylake based server systems. Details SAP note 2393917.
  • VMware Tools Version 10.3.0 Recall and Workaround Recommendations ( 57796 ). VMware has been made aware of issues in some vSphere ESXi 6.5 configurations with the VMXNET3 network driver for Windows that was released with VMware Tools 10.3.0. As a result, VMware has recalled the VMware Tools 10.3.0 release. This release has been removed from the VMware Downloads page
  • Latest information on a new Intel speculative-execution vulnerability CVE-2018-3646  August 14th 2018
    Intel has posted details on a new class of CPU speculative-execution vulnerabilities known collectively as “L1 Terminal Fault” that can occur on current and past Intel processors. 
    “L1 Terminal Fault” is an Intel microprocessor vulnerability which impacts the hypervisors. It may allow a malicious VM running on a given CPU core to effectively infer contents of the hypervisor's or another VM's privileged information residing concurrently in the same core's L1 Data cache. Because current Intel processors share the physically-addressed L1 Data cache across both logical processors of a Hyperthreading (HT) enabled core, indiscriminate simultaneous scheduling of software threads on both logical processors creates the potential for further information leakage. CVE-2018-3646 has two currently known attack vectors which will be referred to here as "Sequential Context" and "Concurrent Context".
    • Sequential-context attack vector: a malicious VM can potentially infer recently accessed L1 data of a previous context (hypervisor thread or other VM thread) on either logical processor of a processor core.
    • Concurrent-context attack vector: a malicious VM can potentially infer recently accessed L1 data of a concurrently executing context (hypervisor thread or other VM thread) on the other logical processor of the hyperthreading-enabled processor core.

     VMware has developed a patch and mitigation strategy. You can find all the relevant information in VMware KB 55636.
     For the relevant security advisory information, check VMSA_2018_0021.


Support Information

For a collection of recent support issues with VMware vSphere, check Known Support Issues.

Supported SAP Applications

With the General Support Statement for Virtual Environments, SAP supports all applications and components - except BWA and SAP ITS 6.20 - on a proven stack of VMware vSphere, operating system and database. Check SAP Note 1492000 for prerequisites and conditions of support.

Supported Guest Operating Systems by SAP

The table below provides a short overview on supported guest operating systems. For prerequisites and configuration details for support, check SAP Note 1409608 on Windows and SAP Note 2369910 on Linux.

For a detailed list of supported guest operating systems by VMware vSphere, please read the Guest OS Compatibility Guide.

Guest OS*
VMware vSphere 5.x, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
Windows Server 2003, 2008 (R2), 2012 (R2), 2016supported

Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions
Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP HANA


SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for SAP Applications
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server


*For specific OS versions check out SAP Note 2235581 (SAP HANA), 1580509 (Windows Server Editions supported by SAP) and 2369910 (SAP Software on Linux)

SAP OS related WIKI Pages:

Supported Databases

The table below provides a short overview on supported databases. For detailed information on support of your database product, check the relevant SAP Notes listed below.

VMware vSphere 5.x, 6.0, 6.5, 6.7
IBM DB2supported cond. (*1)
MaxDB, livecachesupported (*2)
Microsoft SQL Serversupported
Oracle Databasesupported cond. (*3)
SAP ASEsupported (*4)
SAP IQsupported (*5)
SAP HANAsupported (*6)

(*1) only for specified DB, VMware and guest OS versions listed in SAP Note 1130801 and
(*2) see SAP Note 1142243
(*3) Restricted Oracle support, only for specified DB, VMware and guest OS versions listed in SAP Note 1173954. For details on Oracle Support and Licensing on VMware, see Video.
(*4) released as of SAP ASE version 15.7; see SAP Note 1706801
(*5) released as of SAP IQ version 15.4, see VMware document SAP Sybase IQ on VMware vSphere
(*6) For support information on SAP HANA and SAP HANA-related applications with VMware vSphere, see SAP Note  2652670 and the page SAP HANA on VMware vSphere.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of frequently asked questions for the operation on SAP applications with VMware vSphere, check Frequently Asked Questions: VMware vSphere.

Getting Started and VMware Documents regarding SAP Products



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