Around 25% of ActiveControl customers use Transport of Copies as part of their testing processes. These customers leave the original SAP Transport as unreleased, and move a Transport of Copies (TOC) containing the changes into the Test system to perform testing, and only release the original SAP Transport (and delete the TOCs) when testing is successfully completed. The key benefit of doing this is that it results in less transports moving through to subsequent SAP systems, because any issues found during testing can be fixed against the original unreleased SAP Transport (and then retested via another TOC)
ActiveControl has offered automation around such a Transport of Copies process for many years. This was enhanced significantly as part of ActiveControl 8.40 release (via new /BTI/TE_VAUTOCON configuration table) to provide more flexibility around the capability. This said, there was always a gap in the solution whereby any custom field values on the Transport Form of the original SAP Transport were not copied across to the Transport Form of the TOC, and some customers reported that this could impact their workflow process, and also have audit considerations later.
On the back of customer feedback, ActiveControl 9.00 introduces a new configuration option that allows TOC Transport Forms to inherit the custom field values on the Transport Form of the original Transport Form.
Figure: New configuration opton to copy Custom Fields as part of TOC creation process
1. Enable COPY_CUSTFS option within the existing /BTI/TE_TOCONFIG configuration table in the Domain Controller.
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