If you have the same SAP systems configured on more than one path in ActiveControl (e.g. to separate BAU and project changes into different paths through the same SAP systems), it is possible to set up a Consolidated Import Queue (CIQ).
This gives a complete view of all transports waiting to be imported into that system and can be useful during cutovers and for system refreshes.
Even if a target is part of a CIQ, transports can still be imported using the individual Target Import Queues, as well as using the consolidated queue. A CIQ can be made up of any number of targets, all of which must point to the same physical system. Configuration can be used to show the CIQ within the respective paths or be shown as a separate entity in the path window of the GUI.
An example of when you may want to use a CIQ is if you configure ActiveControl to have two paths using the same systems, one for Production Support / BAU and one for Minor Projects. In ActiveControl the paths could look something like this:
|Production Support / BAU:||D01 -> T01 -> PRD -> TRN|
|Projects:||D01 -> T01 -> PRD -> TRN|
If you want to see all of the transports waiting to be imported into PRD, you could look at the Import Queues of each of the PRD Targets in each path, but you could also configure a CIQ that will show you the transports waiting to be imported into PRD in both paths.
- Note: It is important to remember that when importing using a CIQ, all import options are taken from the CIQ Target configuration and NOT the individual Targets that make up the CIQ. For example, if the individual Targets are set up to create backup / merge transports, but the CIQ Target is not configured to do so, when importing using the CIQ a backup / merge transport will not be created, whereas if you import transports using the individual Import Queues, then backup / merge transports would be created.
- To be able to see Consolidated Import Queues within the GUI, users must have the VIEWCONIMPORTQUEUE activity in the TE_USER authorisation object. This is delivered in the ActiveControl Basis and Admin roles, as detailed in the ActiveControl Roles Matrix.
Configuring a CIQ
To configure a Consolidate Import Queue, the following steps should be performed:
|1||Create a Target in ActiveControl for the SAP system that you wish to show a consolidated view for. This Target cannot have any control points configured. To act as a CIQ, this Target must have the configuration option set|
|2||Configure the Import Options for the CIQ target.|
|3||In each of the individual Targets that make up this CIQ, the configuration options below must be entered. I.e. you need to point each individual target for the SAP system to the relevant CIQ target.|
|4||If you want the CIQ to be displayed within the individual paths, select the consolidated queue visible check box. When looking at the path in the GUI, you will see the CIQ as a child object to the individual Import Queue.|
|5||If you want to display the CIQ as part of a path (i.e. separately and not visible within the individual paths), create a path as normal, but set the path status to “Cannot be assigned to new Transports, but visible within….”|
This will allow you to show this and any other CIQ’s as separate entities in the GUI Path/Target view but not allow Transport Forms to be created for them as these should still use the individual paths
Once a CIQ has been configured in ActiveControl, it will automatically show all transports waiting in the Import Queue of each related individual Target. In the screen shot above, the T01 CIQ has been configured to show all the transports in both the ‘BT QA Test’ T01 Target and the ‘BT Project Test’ T01 Target. It shows that there are 16 transports and 2 transports waiting in each of the respective Import Queues. Therefore the CIQ is showing 18 transports. The order in which ActiveControl imports the transports in a CIQ is dependent on the Import Options configuration of the CIQ Target.