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Change and Transport System

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This blog post contains outdated information.

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If you specifically interested in information on the enhanced Change and Transport System (CTS+) you might directly access the corresponding sub-page:



Managing Transports in Heterogeneous Landscapes

The Change and Transport System (CTS) helps you to organize development projects in ABAP Workbench and in Customizing, and then transport the changes between the SAP systems in your system landscape. In addition to ABAP objects, you can also transport Java objects (J2EE, JEE) and SAP-specific (such as Web Dynpro Java or SAP Enterprise Portal) as well as other non-ABAP technologies (for details see ‘Implement CTS+ for Your Application’) in your landscape. You can find guides for configuring CTS+ for various applications on the CTS+ Resources page here on SCN.
On this page, you find the following information:

What’s New

SAP HANA Transport for ABAP for SAP HANA Deployment Infrastructure (HTA for HDI)
HTA for HDI enables you to develop content for ABAP for SAP HANA applications (both HDI and ABAP objects) and transport the content together using the Change and Transport System of AS ABAP. HTA for HDI is the successor of HTA (available for SAP HANA Repository) HTA for HDI is available starting with SAP NetWeaver 7.52 SP2.

Find more information:

SAP HANA Transport for ABAP
With SAP HANA Transport for ABAP (HTA), you can synchronize objects and packages from the SAP HANA repository to the SAP HANA Transport for ABAP repository (HTA repository) in the ABAP system and add them to a transport request. HTA can be used when development objects in ABAP and SAP HANA have closely linked content and need to be transported together.A presentation  provides details about HTA.

Commandline tool to attach non-ABAP content
A Java-based commandline tool is now available to attach non-ABAP content to an ABAP transport request. This is useful, for example, if you want to automate the attachment process, for example, for continuous integration scenarios. You can download the commandline tool at under Enhanced SAP Change and Transport System (CTS+).

Checks at attach time of non-ABAP objects
Starting with NW 7.40 SP17, a check at attach time of non-ABAP objects is available, for application types that provide sufficient details about the objects contained in the non-ABAP content which is handed over to CTS+. You can find more details on this check in SAP Note 2392088.

CTS+ for the SAP Cloud Platform
You can also use CTS+ for transporting content between different SAP Cloud Plattform accounts. A blog and several links on the CTS+ resources page provide more information.

Implement CTS+ for your Application
Starting with CTS Plug-In 2.0 SP14 (part of SL Toolset 1.0 SP12), you can implement the import part using http communication. By this, you do not need an AS Java for your CTS system, any more. An AS ABAP is sufficient. The guide ‘How To… Implement CTS+ for Your Application‘ has been updated accordingly.


Getting Started with CTS

The CTS with its new capabilities of transporting non-ABAP objects is shown in this video on transports of objects with CTS+ in an SAP NetWeaver Portal environment.
On the SAP Help Portal you can find a detailed documentation for CTS.

Here you can find a detailed documentation about transporting non-ABAP object by the help of CTS.

If you have questions on CTS+, take a look at the FAQs here on SCN.

Resources on  CTS+

If you would to learn like more about CTS+ in general or about the usage of CTS+ in a specific application or if you are looking for guides on how to implement CTS+ for your application, take a look at the Resources on CTS+ here on SCN.

Central CTS

You can use Change Request Management and Quality Gate Management (QGM) based on the cCTS infrastructure. This new option is available starting with SAP Solution Manager 7.1 SP10. Many nice new features are based on cCTS. One of these that you might like a lot is that you are now very flexible when having to (re-)assign transport requests and changes.
More information is available in the learning map for SAP Solution Manager 7.1 SP10 on the SAP Service Marketplace in the section Change Control Management (SMP Login required).
We have created How To Guides describing the configuration steps for the cCTS infrastructure in SAP Solution Manager 7.1 and SAP Solution Manager 7.2.
Because the CTS is very well adopted and has been for quite some time, this selection especially focuses on the enhancements that allow transporting non-ABAP objects with the CTS and are not as widely known. With Change & Transport System (CTS, usage type AS ABAP) and the Development Infrastructure (usage type DI based on AS JAVA) SAP NetWeaver provides a comprehensive set of functions to control transports in both ABAP and Java environments. Since SAp NetWeaver 7.0 SPS 12, the Change and Transport System (CTS, SAP NetWeaver usage type AS ABAP)can also be used to transport non-ABAP objects e.g. from the SAP NetWeaver usage types PI (Exchange Infrastructure), EP (Portal), etc.
When referring to these enhancements, we often use “CTS+” to highlight this fact.
Enhancement Package 1 for SAP NetWeaver 7.0 offers new options for CTS+. You can now for instance transport activities directly from within the SAP NetWeaver Developer Studio. In addition, it is now possible to work on the same transport request in teams. Take a look at this presentation get details on the new functionality.
This guide explains the architecture and main components of the enhanced Change and Transport System. You will find an overview of the relevant CTS+ components and configuration steps in general. In addition, you will find descriptions for system landscapes and examples on how to configure simple and complex system landscapes supporting different use cases.
This article describes how the enhanced CTS+ capabilities further simplifies system administration of an SAP system landscape.

CTS Community

Would you like to discuss issues and raise or answer questions? Go to the Discussions (Forum) of the Software Logistics Space.

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      Just wondering if how do we manage Non SAP Products in ChaRM? any help will be welcome

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      Harald Stevens

      Dear readers,

      please take note that this blog is not maintained anymore and some of the information (especially some links) is outdated.

      For the most current information please visit our SAP Support Portal page:

      If you specifically interested in information on the enhanced Change and Transport System (CTS+) you might directly access the corresponding sub-page:

      Kind regards,
      Karin Spiegel, Harald Stevens
      Product Managers