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This blog gives an overview of Customizing synchonization process and how to achieve it using SAP Solution manager.

Condition:

We have several systems in our landscape(SAP R/3,MDM,APO).To ensure smooth flow of data and correct exchange of data without inconsistency ,we must do synchronization for common settings.

Solution :

There are two tools available for Cutomizing Distribution and Customizing Scout within solution manager.These tools are free of charge.

Pre-requisites needed are given below:-

http://help.sap.com/saphelp_nw04/helpdata/en/3c/ec4f3e065de946e10000000a114084/frameset.htm

 

Customizing Scout

This tool compares the common settings  between various systems and provide s a list of difference present between these two.It uses a synchronization object which has in more detail the actual objects.

Also,It complements Customizing Distribution.

Customizing Distribution

Customizing Distribution transfers customizing from one system to another (“Initial distribution”), or updates customizing in different systems at the same time, whenever customizing is changed in a reference system (“Delta distribution”).

Even we can automate the distribution process.

 

In short we can stat that;

Customizing Scout compares customizing settings among various systems.

Where as

Customizing Distribution synchronizes customizing in a source and various target systems.

 Customizing Scout

Using this tool we consider two systems and declare one synchronization object which comprises of a structure used for comparison.

 

Now when we execute the above we get a report like this as shown below:

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Here we have compared two systems like R/3 and ECC 5.0 using a time syn object.We discuss in detail what are synchronization objects later.

 Customizing Distribution

We can perform the following functions on customizing settings in a development landscape with the Customizing Distribution tool of sap solution manager:

·        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.

 Or we first recognize the common settings and when these changes have to done in other system it is done using sap solution manager.

The following screen appears for log selection.

On this screen we enter the project name which we have been created for our landscape in solution manager and get the log for whatever changes have been done to the target systems.

Next blogs will be elaborating more about these tools.

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  1. Former Member
    Hello Prakhar,

    Could you help with the following:
    1) Can this be used to synchronize data between 2 R/3 systems ?
    2) What kind of Customizing, can/needs to be synchronized normally ?
    Could you please provide detailed examples ?
    3) How to collect/define customizing & synchronization objects ?
    4) For automatic distribution, do the source & target systems need to be in same system landscape (or) defining them in same solution manager landscape (SMSY) is sufficient ?

    Thanks
    Chaitu

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    1. Actually the proces is like first of all you have to connect the other systems like R/3 MDM ECC etc with solman server.
      Secondly create a synchronization object and later use to customize scout tool to observe the difference.
      finally you can distribute the settings via custoimzing distribution tool.

      I will cover the same in coming blogs.

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  2. Former Member
    Hello Prakhar,

    thank you for your web-blog. I have one additional question:
    Is there a list of supported objects for initial distribution available?

    For example: I tried to make an initial distribution for object V_T005_BAS. It fails with the following Log: “Object V_T005_BAS is not yet supported by the initial distribution”.

    So it would be nice to have a list with the supported objects.

    Thanks very much for your answer in advance.

    Greetings
    Raphael Zimmer

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  3. Former Member
    Hello Prakhar,

    thank you for your web-blog. I have one additional question:
    Is there a list of supported objects for initial distribution available?

    For example: I tried to make an initial distribution for object V_T005_BAS. It fails with the following Log: “Object V_T005_BAS is not yet supported by the initial distribution”.

    So it would be nice to have a list with the supported objects.

    Thanks very much for your answer in advance.

    Greetings
    Raphael Zimmer

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    1. Former Member
      Hello Prakhar,

      i had a closer look into the source code. It seems that only Synchobjects can be used for initial distribution. Do you have an idea, why it is like this?

      Greetings
      Raphael

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