MaxDB and virtualization
I would like to know if the community releases of MaxDB can run in a VMware Windows guest.
I had access to SAP Note 1142243 that mention that this is the case as of version 7.6.04.07.
I don't quite understand the hierarchy of MaxDB releases, but I read somewhere that the third number is more like a feature number than a release order.
So what about 7.6.3.x and 7.6.5.x ?
Lars Breddemann replied
basically you may run also a 7.6.3.x MaxDB in a VM host.
I did that e.g. with Parallels on Mac OS X as host with Windows XP and Fedora 8 as guest os and had no issues.
Anyhow, the official supported versions have to be 7.6.4.x or higher - so 7.6.5.x from the SDN Download will be perfectly supported with VM scenarios.
Concerning the version string, this is the explanation from note "820824 - FAQ: MaxDB / SAP liveCache technology"
4. How can I interpret the MaxDB version string?
Importance for Version 7.5 or lower, for example kernel version 7.5:
7.5.0 BUILD 026-123-094-430
Major Number: 7
Minor Number: 5
Correction Level: 0
Build Number: 026
Support Information: 123-094-430
The interpretation of the MaxDB/liveCache version string changes with MaxDB Version 7.6.
Importance for Version 7.6 or higher, for example kernel version 7.6:
7.6.01 BUILD 020-123-115-206
Major Number: 7
Minor Number: 6
Support Package: 01.
Patch Level:020 (Build Number)
Support Information: 123-115-206
As of Version 7.6, a model was introduced with Support Packages and patch levels.
- are created on a quarterly basis (approximately)
- in addition to the error corrections, Support Packages also include new functions (change requests).
- are created more often than Support Packages and according to requirements (error situation),
- only high priority errors are corrected,
- corrections for delivered versions always result in a new patch level number.