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Start SAP HANA, express edition Server

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Start SAP HANA, express edition Server


Once you've downloaded the SAP HANA 2.0, express edition Virtual Machine package and set the keyboard and time zone, log in and change the default passwords to secure your system.

You will learn

You’ll learn how to start the server. At the end of this tutorial you’ll be ready to test your installation, and install optional components.

This tutorial is available as a video.

This is an on-premise installation tutorial. Other installation methods are available. See

Step 1: Note the VM IP address

The IP address of the VM is displayed on the login screen. Make a note of the IP address, since you’ll need it in future steps.


If the IP address and other information in this image does not show, wait few seconds and press Enter. If the IP address still doesn’t show, check and correct the network setting on your hypervisor then restart your VM.

Step 2: Log in

At the hxehost login prompt, enter hxeadm.

For Password, enter the temporary password HXEHana1.


When prompted for (current) UNIX password, enter the temporary password again: HXEHana1

Step 3: Enter new password

When prompted for New password, enter a strong password with at least 8 characters. If your password is not strong enough, the system logs you off and you must log in again.

SAP HANA, express edition requires a very strong password – even stronger than other editions of SAP HANA. Your password must comply with these rules:

  • At least 8 characters
  • At least 1 uppercase letter
  • At least 1 lowercase letter
  • At least 1 number
  • Can contain special characters, but not backtick, $ (dollar sign), \ (backslash), ' (single quote), or " (double quotes)
  • Cannot contain simplistic or systematic values, like strings in ascending or descending numerical or alphabetical order

Strong password example: E15342GcbaFd. Do not use this password example, since it is public and not secure. This example is for illustrative purposes only and must not be used on your system. Define your own strong password.

Step 4: Retype new password

When prompted to Retype new password, enter your strong password again.

Step 5: Enter new HANA database master password

When prompted for New HANA database master password, enter a strong password. Make a note of this password, since you’ll need it later. You can enter the same password you used in step 3, or a new password. If you are entering a new password, see the password rules in step 3.

Entering the HANA database master password changes the SYSTEM user password. If you are installing the server + applications virtual machine, it also changes the XSA_ADMIN and XSA_DEV user passwords.

Step 6: Confirm HANA database master password

When prompted to Confirm “HANA database master password”, enter the strong password again.

Step 7: Enter proxy settings

When prompted Do you need to use the proxy server to access the internet? enter Y or N.

  • Contact your IT administrator for your company’s proxy settings. If you are inside a corporate firewall, you might use a proxy for connecting to http and https servers.

  • If Y, enter your proxy host name, proxy port number, and (if desired) a comma-separated list of hosts that do not need a proxy. Proxy host name needs a fully qualified domain name.

  • Make sure the Non Proxy Host list includes localhost, hxehost, and hxehost.localdomain.
Step 8: Wait for XSA configuration

Decide whether you want to wait for XSA configuration to complete before starting the server. When prompted to Wait for XSA configuration to finish, enter Y if you want to wait.

Enter N if you want XSA to configure in the background after server configuration completes.

Step 9: Complete the installation.

When prompted to Proceed with configuration? enter Y.

Wait for the success message Congratulations! SAP HANA, express edition 2.0 is configured.

SAP HANA 2.0, express edition is now running.

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