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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: 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.

Step 8: Test XSC
  1. Edit the /etc/hosts file. See Edit the Hosts File.

  2. Check that the XSEngine is running. From your host OS (not the VM guest) open a browser and enter:

    http://<hxehost IP address>:8090

    You recorded the IP address earlier. A success page displays. This indicates that XSC is running:


    SAP plans to remove SAP HANA extended application services, classic model (XSC) and the corresponding SAP HANA Repository with the next major product version of SAP HANA.

    These components will be removed:

    • SAP HANA extended application services, classic model

    • SAP HANA Repository (XS classic)

    • SAP HANA Studio (Development, Modeling, and Administration perspectives)

    • SAP HANA Web-based Development Workbench (XS classic)

    SAP strongly advises you to plan the transition of existing content and applications from XSC to SAP HANA extended application services, advanced model (XS Advanced).

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