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Extended transport control

In releases prior to R/3 4.5 it was only possible to configure the transport route to go from system to system. As a result you might be used to manually adding transports released from DEV 0XX to Clients 0X1, 0X2 etc by having to e the Extra > Other Requests > Add > and enter Number of change requests if you need to add the client dependent change to other clients in the DEV box.

Since R/3 Release 4.5, a feature known as Extended Transport Control has been available.

Extended Transport Control is another way to set up the Transport Route so that the route is system and CLIENT specific.

In other words, when I release a change request in DEV Client 0XX it will not only automatically be added to the Import Queue for QAS but also 0X1, 0X2, of DEV.

To set this up requires the steps below:

Open the file TP_DOMAIN_DEV.PFL (located on your transport domain controller such as the DEV box. The file will be in usrsaptransbin)

Edit with notepad for each parameter on each system:

DEV/CTC = 0

Change to =1

Next you need to create Target Group before creating the transport route.

Create a Target Group:
Access the initial screen of the graphical or the hierarchical editor in change mode. STMS > Overview > Transport Routes (the default editor will appear, either Hierarchical or Graphical, to change the default editor : STMS > Extras > Settings > Transport Routes.

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You can also switch to one or the other from Goto > Graphical Editor.)

> Configuration > Display Change > (or change icon or F5)

Edit > Transport Target Groups > Create

In the dialog box, Create Target Group:
Enter a name for the target group /GR_QA/ (The name must begin and end with a forward slash /)

...and a description Targets for Consolidation route

Choose "Insert line"
Enter the required target system/client combinations
Use a separate line for each client.

Example:
Target System
Target Client
Client Name

DEV
0X1
Sandbox

DEV
0X2
Testing

QAS
0XX
Quality Assurance System

The idea is that we want to include the clients that will get an addition to their import queue when we release a change request from DEV.

Choose Transfer
Now you have to change the transport route to include the Target Group you created.
STMS > Overview > Transport Routes > F5 (change mode) Edit > Transport Routes > Delete
Now create a Transport Route with Extented Transport Control:

STMS > Overview > Transport Routes > F5 (change mode) Edit > Transport Routes > Create > Extended Transport Control icon at lower left of dialog box. > Consolidation route, enter integration system and transport layer. In Target system/client enter the SID of either an R/3 System and a client or an existing Target Group.

Each System must be specified by System and Client. The Target Group can be used for the consolidation system.

Distribute and activate the changes as usual by choosing Configuration > Distribute and activate

NOTE: After you set up Extended Transport Control there might be requests in an import queue that will show a red status in the CTL column. This is because these change requests need a client specified before they can be imported. These are old requests that were already in the queue.

From Import Queue Screen Mark the change request

Choose Request > Target Client > Set

Enter the Target Client ID and choose Enter.

To change a target client before starting an import:
Import Queue Screen > mark Change request > target client > change > enter target client id and choose enter.

This was first published in July 2003

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