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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

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 ?




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Hi Guillaume,

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.

Support Packages:

- are created on a quarterly basis (approximately)

- in addition to the error corrections, Support Packages also include new functions (change requests).

Patch levels:

- 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.

Best regards,


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