Ask the FI/CO Expert: How to Manage Customizing Activities Directly in Production Without Using Transports

  • by Nathan Genez, Consultant, Serio Consulting
  • June 15, 2003
In response to a reader's question, the author explains how to add a new G/L account to the financial statement version directly in the development system. Two confusing vocabulary words, "current settings" and "message control," have an impact on this everyday task.
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This month Nathan Genez takes a turn answering the Ask the Expert question. The question is from Sunil Narahari, an SAP consultant: 

In FI, we can create a G/L account in our production system whenever the business requirement arises. However, when it comes to adding the new G/L account to the financial statement version, we cannot make the change in production because of error message FE146: Client 100 has status ‘not modifiable’. This forces us to make the change in our development system and transport it to production. Is there an easy method to do this directly in our production system so that we don’t have to go to the trouble of transporting it? I have searched OSS for a possible solution, but could not find an easy option.

Hi Sunil,

Yes, this is possible and the steps are quite simple. The nice thing about your question is that it gives me an opportunity to talk about two confusing vocabulary words that have an impact on many everyday FI/CO tasks, including the need of people such as yourself to change the financial statement version on a moment’s notice.

When you receive the error message, Client 100 has status ‘not modifiable’ (Figure 1), you might easily assume that the cause is due to the client settings that disallow customizing in your production system. However, this client-level setting can be ignored for certain customizing activities based on “message control” and the “current settings” indicator.

Message control enables you to change the outcome of certain system messages. For instance, it is possible to change an individual message from a hard error to a more lenient warning. This can be very beneficial if your business process requires more flexibility than what the standard R/3 system allows.

Nathan Genez

Nathan Genez is an SAP FI/CO- and SAP BW-certified consultant who has worked with SAP ERP since 1996, with an emphasis on the capital accounting modules: PS, IM, and FI-AA. A former platinum consultant with SAP America, Inc., he has worked with SAP BW since release 1.2B. He is currently a managing partner at Serio Consulting in Houston, Texas.

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