In this SAP HANA cloud tutorial, we will discuss “What is SAP BTP cockpit” and how to create a global account, subaccount, environment, spaces, and relation among these terms.
Introduction to SAP BTP Cockpit
The ability to configure and manage apps, services, and subaccounts is made possible by a web-based administration interface called SAP BTP Cockpit.
- Use the cockpit to manipulate the resources, security, track app metrics, services, and perform the action on cloud applications according to requirements.
- In addition to displaying other significant data about the subaccount, the cockpit offers a summary of the applications accessible in the various technologies that SAP BTP supports.
The SAP BTP cockpit serves as the main portal for accessing the cloud platform, from which you can handle all of your account’s related activities and applications.
How to open or log on to SAP BTP Cockpit
The home page is what you see when you first access SAP BTP. On the main page, you may access the cloud cockpit and log in, or if you’re a new user, you can register.
Or using the appropriate URL ( https://account.hana.ondemand.com/cockpit ), access the cockpit. The URL varies per location, the physical location of where the data, applications, or services connected to the account are located differs from the login URL.
To log in, enter the valid Email or ID or Login Name and password.
After logging in, an SAP BTP cockpit home opens as shown below picture.
What is a Global account in the SAP BTP cockpit?
The term “global account” refers to your account on the BTP Platform. You will be able to manage sub-accounts, spaces, and instances as the administrator and have complete control over your global account.
Global accounts are available from SAP BTP in two types, trial accounts (completely free) and enterprise accounts. Both paid and free plans are available within an enterprise account.
- Individuals who want to test out SAP BTP for free, like students, can sign up for a free trial account. It is a separate account and subaccount with pre-assigned service entitlements that are only valid for a certain number of days.
- You have three options for using an enterprise account, buying a customer account, enrolling in the partner program to buy a partner account, or self-registering for an enterprise account to test out free tier service plans.
How to use the global account and create a subaccount in SAP
For example, we will use the trial account to open or use the global account and create the subaccount.
On the home page of SAP BTP cockpit, click on Trial Home button below the label Home-Global Accounts as shown in the below picture.
After clicking on Trial Home, A SAP BTP trial page opens as shown in the below picture.
Click on Go To Your Trial Account as shown in the above picture. This takes you to the page where you will have the access to the Trial global account and account explorer, look at the below picture.
Before creating a subaccount, we need to know “What is a subaccount?”, The global account is made up primarily of subaccounts or subaccounts are a smaller section of the Global account.
- For example, a Global account represents your entire company and subaccounts might, depending on your internal organizational structure, represent either your geographical areas or particular departments.
Click the Create button to the right of the cockpit to create a subaccount, and click on Subaccount as shown in the below picture.
After selecting “Subaccount”, A Create Subaccount dialog box appears to fill in the details for the new subaccount. Fill in the details as shown in the below picture.
- Firstly, Enter the desired subaccount name and after that, it automatically generates a subdomain based on the display name or you can enter your subdomain name.
- Secondly, select the region based on your interest or location near to you.
- Thirdly, click on create button at the bottom right of the dialog box to create the subaccount.
Wait for a while, and you will see the newly created subaccount named “usa_subaccount” as shown in the below picture.
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How to enable the environment for a subaccount in SAP
After creating your subaccount, move to activate the environment you want to use, but first, we need to know “What is environment and why to enable it”.
- Environments are what make up SAP BTP’s platform-as-a-service (PaaS) offering a subaccount level, which allows the creation and management of business applications.
- The environment has the particular technologies, runtimes, and tools required to create applications. The availability of many environments enables the development process more flexible.
You can enable or activate an environment for subaccount consumption in two different ways, through SAP BTP cockpit Overview pages, and from Service Market Place.
Enabling environment through SAP BTP cockpit Overview pages
First, select or click on the subaccount for which you want to enable the environment.
- Choose Overview from the navigation bar.
- Select a consumption environment by clicking on enable Cloud Foundry
Enabling environment through Service Marketplace Page
Environments are available in the SAP BTP cockpit’s Service Marketplace along with other services.
- Choose Services, then Service Marketplace from the navigation bar
- Select Environments from the All Types dropdown menu
Next, Choose the environment tile that you want to activate for subaccount consumption.
Then click on Create button in the top right corner of the tile.
When enabling the environment from Overview Page or from the Service Marketplace, both ways, a dialog box is launched for configuring your environment instance as shown in the below picture.
Fill in the information as shown in the above picture like, selecting a plan, assigning a name to the instance, and Org name. Then click on the Create button to enable the environment
After this, an environment appears under the subaccount, thus the environment is enabled for the subaccount.
The system automatically creates a Cloud Foundry org for you when the Cloud Foundry environment is enabled in one of your subaccounts.
Inside the Cloud Foundry, spaces can be created, these spaces enable you to further segments your account model and use functions and services. So “what are org and spaces”.
- A development account is called an org and can be owned or used by a single person or a group of collaborators. All collaborators have user accounts with roles like Org Auditor, Org Billing Manger, and Or Manager that they can use to access an org.
- Org members collaborate on the same apps, custom domains, and services.
- Users can access a shared place for app creation, deployment, and maintenance through a space. There may be more than one space in an org. Each service, route, and app has a defined scope.
How to Create a Space Inside Environment in SAP
After creating an environment, click on the Create button at the right side of the environment section, and specify the space name and its roles as shown in the below picture.
After this, you will see the space in the Space section of the current environment.
Relation among global account, subaccount, environment, and spaces in SAP
The global account can have multiple subaccounts, each of which is unique to a single location or region.
Every subaccount is independent of one other. Each subaccount has a region assigned to it, which is the actual place where services, data, or applications are hosted.
Within the environment, we can create multiple spaces that can run different kinds of instances separately.
In this SAP HANA Cloud tutorial, we have learned about “What is SAP BTP cockpit” with how to use it, also covered what is global account, subaccount, environment, and spaces. At last, we discussed the relationship between these terms.
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I am Chris Waldron, working as a Senior SAP HANA Consultant at Halliburton, Houston, Texas, United States. I have been working in SAP for more than 15 years, especially in SAP IT consulting and business consulting. I worked in various industries in Sales & Distribution, Customer Relationship Management, banking, Risk Management, etc. And I am an SAP Certified Development Specialist – ABAP for SAP HANA 2.0 and SAP HANA Modeling Certified consultant. Read more