All transports managed by Transport Expresso need to be assigned to a TE Transport Form. A transport can only be allocated to one TE Transport Form.
When a transport is assigned to a TE Transport Form, it is logged within Transport Expresso to then be progressed the approvals workflow / transport path.
In the case of ABAP SAP systems, the Transport Form can be triggered within the SAPGUI at two points in the process:
1. when an object is first added to a transport
2. when the transport is released.
Most TE customers prefer to do the former, to ensure that all developements are logged and visible within Transport Expresso as soon as development/configuration commences.
In the case of Java systems, the Transport Form should be created within the TE Windows GUI.
Transport Form can be populated in the TE Windows GUI at any point for a transport (both ABAP and Java) that does not already have an associated Transport Form.
NOTE: Best practice is not to release the SAP transport from within SAP. Once it has been allocated a TE Transport Form, the transport can be released using Transport Expresso. If it is released before having a TE Transport Form, the transport will not show up in the list of All Locations / Transports w/o form.