BRF+ transport issues

BRF+ rules are nice for developers to use, but can give you some serious issues at transport level.

Questions that will be answered in this blog are:

  • Which tools and analysis programs are available in case I have issues with BRF+ transports?
  • How to recognize BRF+ transport issues?
  • Which relevant OSS notes to check in case of transport issues?

BRF+ transport issue detection

BRF+ rules can cause both issues at export (RC-8) and at import (RC-8 or content not updated while transport shows RC-0 or RC-4). Check the transport for BRF+ rules: they start with FDT.

Troubleshooting BRF+ with FDT_HELPERS

The main basis troubleshooting transaction is FDT_HELPERS.

FDT helpers start screen

It contains many tools that can assist in issue solving.

BRF+ transport issue support programs

BRF+ versioning and transport information is not displayed by default. You have to switch to expert mode first. See OSS note 2830979 – Versioning and transport information missing in the BRF+ workbench.

Support program FDT_TRANS can be used to put BRF+ rule into a transport:


For mass checking run program FDT_TRANS_MASS_CHECK:


Transport issue OSS notes

You can also check the following OSS notes:

Set up CTS project

This blog will explain on how to setup a CTS project.

Questions that will be answered are:

  • How to setup CTS project?
  • How to test if CTS project can be used in SE10 transports?

Set up of CTS project

Start transaction SPRO_ADMIN.

SPRO_ADMIN start screen

One TEST project is already created. We will now create new project TEST2. Hit the create button and give the project a technical name:

Create project in spro_admin

In the overview screen you now can give a long description name:

Create project screen

Goto the Transp.Requests tab to activate the CTS functions (save first is required):

Activate CTS functions

Alternative way of creating the project for CTS only is via SE38 program RSWBO_AUX_PROJECT.

Testing the project

To test if the project is created correctly goto SE10 and create a transport. The project should be visible now:

Project in SE10 project assignment

Transport check tool

SAP has delivered a new transport check tool. Goal of the check tool is to make sure your imports are done successful. The tool is designed to answer the following questions:

  • Do I import transports in the right sequence?
  • Do I have dependency on other transports, which are not yet imported?
  • Are there objects in the transport also used in other transports, which I should also import now, or when I do later make a downgrade?
  • How long will the import time take?

SAP transport check tool

The transport check tool is a program with name /SDF/CMO_TR_CHECK, or tcode /SDF/TRCHECK. It is delivered in updates of ST-PI component. You can run this program in the normal system or from SAP solution manager.

If you start you get the following initial screen:

Transport check tool overview screen

Here you see that you need 2 RFC’s: one to the source system where the current transports are and one to the target system where the imports will happen.

Tip: make 2 variants for this program. One is called quality import with RFC source is development and target is quality system. Second is called production import with source is quality and target is the productive system.

In the transport details you can enter 1 or more transport numbers you want to validate. Enter in the transport list the sequence of wanted import.

Important for multiple transports: sequence does matter! If you enter transports in sequence A1, A3, A2 this will give different result from A1, A2, A3.

Cross reference check

The cross reference check will take all the objects in the transport and will execute a where used list in the target system and will check their versions. If any strange thing is found in missing items, or potential version conflicts, you will be alerted. If check is ok the list of items will be empty.

Sequence check

The sequence check will check the sequence of your transports if they are in the right order. It will also check other transports as well for containing the same objects, which have not yet been imported to the target system. If any strange thing is found in missing items or potential version conflicts you will be alerted. If check is ok the list of items will be empty.

Import time in source system

This check will add up the import times of the transport in the source system. This will be a good indication for import time needed in the target system. Example: if import to quality system took 2 minutes, you can expect productive import to be about 2 minutes as well. If the import to quality took 2 hours, you might want to decide more carefully on the exact time of import to productive system.

History of transport check tool runs

If you use the option Save Results, the results of the analysis will be saved for future reference. These can be retrieved via the History button on the first screen of the transport analysis tool or via program /SDF/CMO_TR_CHECK_HISTORY.

More information

More information on the check can be found by hitting the I (information) button on the program itself. Features of the tool including the PDF explaining the setup of the Online Import Check feature can be found in OSS note 2474491 Transport check report.

Bug fixes

This tool is also subject to having bug fixes. The bug fixes can be needed centrally on the SAP solution manager system and on the SAP systems that are being checked for transport imports.

List of bug fix OSS notes: