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Background documentationSolution: Transfer of PD and PA Data for SAP ERP HCM (Expert)


This migration solution is applicable to the migration of HCM data from an SAP ERP HCM system to the receiver system.

With this migration solution, you can migrate the following types of data:

  • Master Data: You are required to provide the plan version and object types that you want to transfer. All objects related to the object type you specify are set for transfer.

    In addition, you are required to specify the PA and PD infotypes to enable the selection of all data related to these infotypes for transfer.

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    If you do not specify any infotypes, all tables under PA and PD Infotypes are selected for transfer.

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  • E-Recruiting Data: You can transfer infotypes related to e-recruiting objects.

  • PA Cluster Data: Specify relevant cluster tables to enable the selection of all data related to these clusters for data transfer.

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    If you do not specify any cluster tables, all cluster tables are selected for transfer.

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  • Country-Specific and International Data: You can migrate data for country-specific tables and international tables.

  • Customer-Created Tables: You can migrate data for your customer-created tables by creating a table grouping in the Configuration and Selection phase.


You can carry out data scrambling in the sender system after selecting HCM data and before transferring the data to the receiver system.

SAP TDMS copies the data selected for transfer to a data cluster and scrambles the cluster data before transfer.


This migration solution includes the following data migration phases:

Phase:Technical Settings

In this phase, you make specific technical settings as prerequisites for data transfer. The technical settings include project settings, subproject settings, mass transfer ID and the TDMS cluster.

Phase:Configuration and Selection

In this phase, you execute Customizing activities to specify the type of data you want to transfer. The Customizing activities enable the following settings:

  • Exclude objects from data transfer

  • Target ranges in the receiver system

  • Technical switches

  • Transfer groups for HCM tables

  • Portion size for selection and deletion

In addition, you specify criteria to identify objects for transfer, to start data selection, and to confirm your data selection.

Phase:Data Transfer

In this phase, SAP TDMS makes the final preparations for data transfer, deletes any existing data from clients in the receiver system, and starts the data transfer process.

After data transfer is complete, SAP TDMS carries out post-transfer processing and optionally refreshes the data selection clusters.

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You can transfer data using RFC connections or data files. If you choose to transfer data through data files, export the file to the transport directory or any other path, and execute the Data Import Through Files for SAP ERP HCM migration solution. Executing the migration solution imports the data files to the receiver system.

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