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Search Help for Cost center

Hi All,

I have 2 questions

1) we dont have any default cost center maintained any where in the org-structure (PPOMA_BBP), howeverwhenever I go for shopping I can see a cost center along with GL account, ( I know GL acct is coming from "determine GL account for prod-cat" settings in IMG), but what about cost center where is it coming from ??

2) second, when we do search help for cost center's in shopping application, we are able to see all cost centers from the back end which I guess is good, but we can see even those cost centers which are blocked!!!, why is this happening ??,


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    Apr 04, 2008 at 06:28 PM


    For First::

    In general the CO Area (here: cost center) is derived from R/3 Backend Enterprise

    Structure and should be re-determined if another acc. objects is

    entered that belongs to a different CO Area. Please also check the

    settings in R/3 Backend IMG, path:

    ->Enterprise Structure ->Assignment ->Controlling

    ->Assign company code to controlling area

    The company code is assigned to the CO Area through the following


    ->Materials Management

    ->Assign purchasing organization to company code

    The CO Area is in general the organizational object in

    highest (CO) level. Assignments to other MM/CO objects are located

    in lower Enterprise hierarchy level. Hence, the CO Area does not

    change if a different CO object of a lower level (here: cost center)

    is assigned to a SRM document.

    For Second::

    The only possibility I see is to set the message to error message in

    the customizing in the backend. The message number is KI 170. When you

    look at the long text of this message in transaction SE91 in the

    backend, you will find the description where to look in the customizing.

    When you have set this message to ERROR, then no purchase order will be

    created in the backend. Instead the shopping basket gets the status

    'ERROR' and the administrator will recieve a work item in his inbox.

    Then he can check the backend and either post the purchase orders again

    after solving the problem, or he can delete the shopping baskets.

    Please check the note for more infos or the documentation.

    Setting the message KI 170 to error message will solve your problem.

    See note 333136. I would think that if you create

    a PO directly in the backend if you do not have the message configured

    as and error you will be able to create the PO.

    I hope this information helps.

    Kind regards,


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      Hi Rahul

      Were you able to restrict invalid (blocked)cost centers in the search. We are facing some what similar issue where in one cost center is mainatined in two dates (valid and invalid). We want to restrict the invalid ones.

      So there is a huge list of CCs with each CC having two windows against date (valid and invalid)