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With user administration, you first create a user master record for each user, with which the users can log on to the SAP system. Using the user master record, assign one or more roles to the users, to define the activities that are contained in the user menu and which authorizations the user has.

User master records are client-specific. You therefore need to maintain separate user master records for each client in the SAP system. To simplify cross-client user administration, you can use Central User Administration. Maintaining centrally-administered users is slightly different from user administration without CUA (see User Administration with Active Central User Administration).

You cannot transport user master records. Instead, you can copy them using a client copy, or use Central User Administration and use it to distribute the user master records from the central system to the child systems (see User Administration with Active Central User Administration).

The user administration tool (transaction SU01) and related transactions (such as mass maintenance with transaction SU10) are described in the sections that follow.