Customizing Distribution


You often have to synchronize selected customizing settings in various systems within a system landscape. You can use the Customizing Distribution to synchronize selected customizing settings in a source system (e.g. ERP system) with the customizing settings in target systems (e.g. an SAP CRM system).

The system which is the reference for the Customizing Distribution is also referred to below as the source system. All other systems in your system landscape are referred to as target systems and are synchronized with the source system.


The Customizing Distribution synchronizes the customizing settings when implementing or updating a system landscape. Before you synchronize customizing settings, you can compare them, with another tool, the Customizing Scout.


You have made all necessary system settings for the Customizing Distribution.


Automatic distribution of customizing

With the Customizing Distribution, you can perform the following functions on customizing settings in a development landscape:

·        initial download from a source system into a target system (initial distribution)

·        timed distribution

·        distribute automatically after each transport release or customizing change (from SAP R/3 4.6C)

·        distribute manually.

The Customizing Distribution starts a process which transfers the customizing into the target systems. The Customizing Distribution writes all distributed customizing changes in transport requests, so that you can transport the customizing changes from the development systems into the quality assurance and production systems.

You can only select one distribution type per Solution Manager project and source client, i.e. you must decide whether you use timed Customizing Distribution, or distribute after transport release or after customizing changes. Only one distribution type per source client is also allowed for non-project-specific Customizing Distribution.

Predefined objects for Customizing Distribution

Certain customizing objects which must be synchronized in a development landscape are predefined in the system (synchronization objects). You can select synchronization objects and other customizing objects for the distribution, with the Synchronization Group Editor.

Display Customizing Distribution in the Implementation Guide

An icon in the component system Implementation Guide (IMG) indicates whether the customizing of an IMG activity was changed by the distribution. To display this icon in the IMG, the component systems must contain the software component SAP_BASIS with the following Support Packages:

Support packages required to display the icons in the IMG


Support package





6.30 and higher


Lock distribution-relevant customizing tables in the target systems

You can automatically lock the customizing tables or fields which are to be changed by the Customizing Distribution. You can make such a lock per key entry after the first change by Customizing Distribution.


You can display the Customizing Distribution logs after Customizing Distribution.