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SAP Operating Systems
Operating system is a software that lets applications and other software to communicate with computer hardware. Consider operating system as a layer on top of hardware. All other software runs on top of the operating system.
Microsoft Windows Server, Red Hat Linux, Suse Linux, HP-UX Unix, AIX, Solaris, OS400, z/OS.
Operating System for SAP
Following factors should be considered when deciding which Operating System to use with SAP.
Starting 2007, SAP software is only supported on 64-bit operating systems. 64-bit hardware is more prevalent. The demand for 32-bit hardware and therefore 32-bit operating system is reducing with time. For SAP systems, only 64-bit hardware should be considered unless you have good reasons to support older versions of SAP or some other related software that only runs on 32-bit environment.
When making a decision on which Operating System to use with your SAP system, you should keep in mind following features:
It may or may not be compatible with your IT department's vision to invest in new toolsets. In that case you also have to make sure that your existing monitoring applications, virus scanning software and backup solutions would work with this operating system.
SAP OS Directory Structure
On UNIX and Linux OS, SAP is installed on the directory:
On windows the folder x:\usr\sap is shared as SAPMNT.