SAP authorizations

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ITKnowledge Exchange member "PinkyV" asked:
If authorization object s_tcode has a particular transaction code, then does that mean the user can only start this particular transaction, or can he execute it to the fullest? For example, if s_tcode has VA01, can a user create and do everything possible with this transaction code, or does it depend on other objects?

If a particular transaction code depends on other objects, how is it possible to check if a user has full authorization for that transaction code? Does a user have to compare available objects and their values with the required objects and their values from the tables USOBX and USOBT? Is there any other method to check if a user can fully execute (not only start) the transaction?


The s_tcode object controls whether or not you can start the transaction. What you can do within any given transaction is typically controlled by other authorization objects.

To follow your example, having VA01 in an s_tcode authorization means you can start VA01. There are separate authorization objects that control which sales areas and document types you can use. It is perfectly possible to have access to VA01 via an s_tcode authorization, but be unable to actually post anything.

To see what other objects are relevant for a given transaction, use SU24.


You have to check the Authorizations Object ! If you create a new role, add the tcode VA01, then check the authorization object (s_tcode in an authorization object that contains all the tcode of the specific role) automatically add by the system. If you give all the authorizations in these authorizations objects, it will run correctly.


You have to assign the Start Code under s_tcode, but you have to maintain the internal authorization objects also. You can find other authorization objects required for a transaction with the help of SU22 or SU24 transaction.





This was first published in March 2005

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