Synchronizing Application Customizing Data Between Systems

Use

In ALE Administration you can synchronize Customizing data of Customizing objects between systems.

Customizing objects are assigned to distribution groups and transported to the participating systems in transport requests. You have to define distribution groups in Customizing for ALE.

For more information about this topic, see Synchronizing Customizing Data Between Systems.

Prerequisites

You have created distribution groups and performed modeling in Customizing for ALE (SALE).

Model and Implement Business Processes
Configure Customizing Data Synchronization

Procedure

To synchronize Customizing data you have to execute the functions below in both the sending and the receiving systems: Choose the functions under Tools ® IDoc Interface/ALE ® Administration ® Services ® ALE Customizing Data ® ALE Requests.

In the sending system:

-          Display outbound ALE Requests (BDXM)

Under Display outbound requests you can display the status details of ALE transport requests for a specified time period for each distribution group and target system.

-          Generate ALE requests (BDXE)

Under Generate using the selection options and parameters you can generate ALE transport requests and IDocs that notify the receiving systems.

Note on field CTS dummy system

The CTS requires information on the target system, even though in this ALE case, this information is not used because ALE controls the distribution through the info-IDoc itself. Enter an "empty pseudo system" to which usually no transports are made.

Notes on the objects:

Customizing data is assigned to Customizing objects and types are assigned to Customizing objects. Depending on this type, problems could arise when transport requests are generated:     

Object Type

Notes

L Logical transport object

No problems

S Table (with text table)

No problems

T Single transaction object

Works with restrictions
(no standard type of request generation defined, no line selection)

V View

Usually no problems
but no line selection possible with objects that are not linked (e.g. SADR* tables).

The objects selected in the system from the Customizing requests which were included in the ALE request and recorded in the request documentation.

In the receiving system:

-          Display inbound ALE Requests (BDXN)

In Display inbound requests you can display the ALE requests and their import status for a specified time period for each distribution group and source system.

-          Import ALE requests (BDXD)

Under Import you can transport source requests for a specified time period for each distribution group.

-          Consolidate and forward ALE requests (BDXL)

Under Consolidate you can create a consolidation request from several ALE requests. The consolidation request is used to transport Customizing data imported by ALE requests into quality and production systems.                                            

You can only execute this function in Customizing Systems in which Customizing data has been imported by ALE transports.         

The function generates a standard Customizing request that has not been released. The user of the function is also the owner of the consolidation request.                                               

Result

The Customizing objects are identical in all individual systems in your ALE integrated system.