To copy groups, you have the following options:
When copying groups, the R/3 System checks whether group nodes with the copy name exist in the system. If at least one exists, the R/3 System asks whether it should overwrite all existing group nodes or whether it should not carry out copying. The standard hierarchy is exempt from this overwriting function.
Copying groups is especially useful when you want to freeze the characteristics of a group with time-based dependencies for objects at a given time in order to make changes affecting the following fiscal year.
Example: Copying Groups
Length of Group Names
Release 4.0 offers the option of copying groups and attaching a suffix to the group name, thus making a 15 character name possible. The user interface includes the longer fields or allows scrolling. If you do not use suffixes, the group name remains at 10 characters.
You cannot attach suffixes to standard hierarchy names; these remain 10 characters long. In master data as well, hierarchy names remain 10 characters.
Inserting Nodes and Values
The structural display for group maintenance no longer includes dialog windows for inserting nodes and values. You can now insert your entries directly in the structure by choosing the corresponding function. Choosing "Possible entries" in the data entry fields is still allowed, but the icon no longer appears.
To copy master data groups in the same controlling area/chart of accounts with a suffix, choose "Group -> Copy" in the initial screen of the group maintenance function in question.
To copy reference objects, enter the reference in the initial screen forcreating the group.
New functions in the structural display include "Insert same level" and "Insert lower level" for group maintenance and "Insert value" for individual value maintenance.