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How To: Trigger Background Jobs with Background User


Most of the processing in SAP happens in term of background jobs. Some of these jobs are very critical and need to run within specified duration. In production support environment, many a times need arises to repair failure of these jobs. Sometimes our User ID lacks the authorization to run some of these jobs and hence results in missing SLAs or dependencies. The blog further will explain step by step solution how to trigger such jobs with background User ID which has most of the authorizations required. 

Step by Step Solution

Identifying Background Job

Using TCode SM37, with filter set to respective User ID and job type as scheduled/released; identify the correct job that needs to be scheduled with Background User ID.  

Goto Change Options

Select the appropriate job and then from menu options, select Job -> Change or use CTRL+F11. This will open up the job definition screen; here hit the ‘step’ button as shown.


Step List Overview

The Step button will lead to Step List Overview screen. Here, simply click on the job and hit the change button (CTRL+SHIFT+F7).


Changing User

In the next screen simply change the User from IDADMIN to ALEREMOTE and save the job.



This approach is a safe approach as though we can change the user ID of any job but the user ID with which we created the job remains unchanged. This can be helpful in tracking any misuse of this functionality. Also it can help in audit purposes.

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      Former Member
      I don't think this deserves to be called a blog! It's standard practice as known by most people who need to perform background processing in ABAP systems.
      Author's profile photo Matthew Billingham
      Matthew Billingham
      Oh look.  It's now marked as beginner.
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      Good effort ... but it seems you've just copied a tip from other site and posted it here. I'm not giving you the advice , but dont you think this is kind of just wasting time of yours and other readers and loading server....

      Well, the onus is on SAP to decide.. what to be allowed to be posted.

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      Hi appreciate you posted this blog even though many people follow it  but still there are many cases where people forget it and it is good to see your intiation to post blogs.
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      I appreciate and accept the point that this small tweak is known by most of the SAP consultant, but when i had first come across this i found it quite helpful in terms of saving time. So thought it would be quite helpful for others who might not be aware of this fact, so thought of sharing the same.

      I apolozise for missing on marking this blog as beginner initially but i have done that now.

      Thanks for the advise and suggestions!!