This blog discusses the relevant SAP Notes and release information. For the official release status of individual SAP applications can be found in the SAP
Product Availability Matrix
Windows 2016 includes many features deeply integrated into the Azure public cloud platform. SAP on Windows 2016 is
for on-premises deployments and on Azure cloud deployments
1. Windows 2016 Long Term Servicing Branch
Starting as of Windows Server 2016 the Server product offers two deployment models: Long Term Servicing Branch and Current Branch for Business.
SAP only supports Windows Server 2016 64bit LTSB with full GUI (Desktop Experience). More information about LTSB vs. CBB and the different versions can be found
Datacenter and Standard Edition are both supported for SAP applications. The differences between Standard Edition and Data Center Edition do not impact a SAP NetWeaver Application server. Both versions support 640 Logical processors and 24TB of RAM. The most significant technical difference between Datacenter and Standard Edition is the virtualization features and related capabilities in the network and storage area. Some information about licensing is
2. Required SAP Kernels
SAP Kernels 7.21_EXT, 7.22_EXT and 7.49 Kernels or higher are the only kernels supported on Windows 2016. It is recommended to run either 7.22_EXT or 7.49 as these are the latest generation kernels. 7.22_EXT is fully downward compatible to SAP_BASIS 7.00. This means any NetWeaver 7.00 to 7.31 application can run on the latest 7.22_EXT kernel. Customers are generally advised not to use old kernels such as 7.00, 7.01, 7.21, 7.40 or 7.42 as this impacts supportability of a system.
SAP Java based components that require the SAP JVM 4.1 are not supported on Windows 2016 at this time. The SAP JVM 4.1 is now end of life and will likely not be validated on Windows 2016. Java based systems must be 7.30 or higher to be supported on Windows 2016.
The screenshot below shows the SAP PAM selection screen and supported 7.2x based kernels that are supported on Windows 2016.
3. Supported Databases and SAP Standalone Engines
Windows 2016 supports:
SQL Server 2012, 2014, 2016 or later
DB2 11.1 or later
Sybase 16 SP2 or later
Hana 1.0 SP12 and Hana 2.0 SP00 Client Components
This allows SAP customers to leverage the security and high availability features built into Windows for Suite on Hana, BW on Hana and S4 Hana deployments.
As at March 2017 Windows 2016 Hyper-V scenarios are not supported. Due to changes in Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V SAP cannot support SAP applications on Hyper-V 2016. Therefore, support of Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V has been postponed until a suitable solution is provided by Microsoft.
Note 1409608 - Virtualization on Windows
will be updated when this process is complete
5. Benefits of Windows 2016
Azure Cloud Witness
– Cluster File Share Witness must be in a 3rd location with diverse network connections can now be on Azure cloud