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Start SAP HANA, express edition Server

Once you've downloaded the server + applications 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 have a running and configured SYSTEMDB database, and a running and configured tenant database. You’ll be ready to test your installation, test XSA, and install optional components.

JCurrie27John CurrieJuly 30, 2020
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April 13, 2018


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

  • Step 1

    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.

  • Step 2

    If you are using a VMWare product, and if the IP address still doesn’t show after one minute, you may have a VMWare bridge networking problem. If your system has several network adapters, VMWare can sometimes assign the incorrect adapter to the network connection designed for bridge networking – VMNet0. This prevents the IP address from displaying. Use the procedure in this step to troubleshoot bridge networking for VMNet0. If the IP address displays normally, skip to step 3.

    1. Download and install VMWare Workstation Pro 15. A free 30-day evaluation edition is available. Restart your host machine.

    2. Open the Virtual Network Editor (vmnetcfg.exe) application from the Windows Start menu, or from C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware Workstation.

    3. Click the Change Settings button. Bridged connections show.

    4. Check that VMNet0 shows at the top of the list. Under VMNet Information, select Bridged. From the Bridged to list, select the correct network adapter.

    5. Click Apply and OK to save your corrected bridge networking values.
    6. Exit Virtual Network Editor.
    7. Exit your virtual machine.
    8. Restart your host machine.
    9. Restart SAP HANA, express edition and go back to step 1.
  • Step 3

    At the hxehost login prompt, enter hxeadm.

    For Password, enter the temporary password HXEHana1.

    Is VMWare not recognizing your keyboard inputs? Press CTRL+G to redirect keyboard and mouse input to your VM.


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


    When entering a password, the cursor doesn’t move, and placeholder characters don’t show. Don’t worry – your password is being entered even though it may look like nothing is happening.

  • Step 4

    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 5

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

  • Step 6

    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 4, or a new password. If you are entering a new password, see the password rules in step 4.

    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 7

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

  • Step 8

    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 9

    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 10

    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.

    If the success message does not display, does this line appear in your system output?

    Fail to retrieve certificate.

    If you see this message, you might have a problem with VMWare bridge networking configuration. See step 2.

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