Who Changed My Config?

  • by Rohana Gunawardena, SAP Practice Director, Exium Inc.
  • July 15, 2003
The author explains how to use the table logging functionality to answer the question, Who changed my config? Table logging is a functionality that enables recording of all insertions, deletions, and changes in configuration tables. He says it has proven invaluable in preventing configuration errors from impacting the production systems at his projects.

Have you suddenly come across a mysterious change in configuration that no one on your team knows about? As project teams grow larger, responsibilities are transferred to regional subsidiaries, and offshore resources are used, this type of problem can occur frequently. The change can be for legitimate reasons because many tables, such as T001 company code master and T001W plant master, are shared by several modules. Or it could be an error that needs to be corrected.

Table logging is a functionality that enables recording of all insertions, deletions, and changes in configuration tables.1 It has proven invaluable in preventing configuration errors from affecting the production systems at my projects. I will explain how you can use the table logging functionality in SAP to answer the question, "Who changed my config?" I’ll show you how to turn on table logging for a configuration table. Then you’ll see how it works through the example of a change to the contents of table T003. I’ll display the changes via transaction codes SM30/SM31 and SCU3/OY18.

Table logging tracks the user ID, date, time, and values changed in configuration tables. Even those who are familiar with table logging are often unable to answer questions such as why table Txxxx does not have table logging, or how they can turn on table logging. All the technical and functional details of table logging are not pulled together in one place in SAP documentation.

Rohana Gunawardena

Rohana Gunawardena heads the SAP practice division at Exium Inc. Exium is a leading business and technology consulting firm that enables companies to achieve their strategic business goals. Exium specializes in delivering superior IT solutions using ERP systems, with a special focus on SAP products. Rohana has been working with SAP since 1992. During his career he has assisted multiple clients on detailed system correction projects, such as correcting inventory balances, controlling area reorganizations, retrospectively activating group currency, and optimizing inter-company accounting transactions. He has spoken at many SAP conferences and has published more than 20 articles in Financials Expert, SCM Expert, and SAPtips on various aspects of SAP. His presentations have focused on Financials module selection, the order-to-cash process, global rollouts, business segment reporting, cross-module integration, and the financial impact of SCM transactions. Rohana is widely acknowledged as a leading SAP expert. Rohana is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. Previously Rohana has worked with the consulting practices of Accenture, Deloitte, and PwC.

Rohana will be presenting at the upcoming SAPinsider Financials 2018 conference October 16-18 in Prague. For information on the event, click here.

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