Network Graphic


You can use the network graphic to show any existing dependencies between archiving objects. It shows business process flows and contexts that can influence the archiving sequence. In particular, at the start of an archiving object, you can use the network graphic to obtain a good overview of related documents.

As with a map, the network graphic is only for orientation purposes. It is not intended to show all the available document types and dependencies that exist in the system. For this reason, the network graphic cannot be used as a programming model for business processes.


In an archiving session, you must take into account any dependencies between archiving objects that require a specific archiving sequence. In general, you cannot archive data for an archiving object that has preceding objects until these preceding objects have been archived.

You can use the network graphic to determine whether the archiving object that you want to use has preceding objects. If so, the preceding objects should be implemented before the current archiving object. The nodes in the network graphic represent the archiving objects. A node displays the following information:

  • Archiving object name
  • Application component name
  • Short description
  • Date of last archiving

The date is displayed in three "traffic light" colors.

– Green
Archiving and deletion successful

– Yellow
Successfully archived, but not yet deleted, or Archiving still running, or Delete in progress or Delete cancelled

– Red
Not yet archived, or Archiving cancelled

The network graphic is a standard tool for creating and displaying network plans and hierarchies. For more information on the use of this too, see SAP-Network Graphic.


You can use the network graphic to call Archive Management (transaction SARA) at the same time as the required object name:

  1. Double-click the archiving object for which you want to perform to carry out an action (such as write or delete).

    You access Archive Administration. The name of the archiving object is copied automatically.

  2. You can now select the action that you want to carry out and schedule the relevant background job.

See also:

Calling the Network Graphic

Archive Administration