System Administration

CTS Overview

The Change and Transport System (CTS) process migrates objects from a source instance to a target instance of the DSP®. In order to CTS objects, the user must have access to the CTS menu in System Administration and the target and source instance must be defined.

A user can build a CTS Package that automatically contains all of the items required to successfully promote the entirety of a Wave (and all its dependents) to another environment using the CTS process. Refer to Create a CTS Package and Build Archive in Source Instance or more information.

The DSP® can also generate a baseline CTS configuration for custom WebApps. In this case, the DSP® uses a crawler to locate the object’s registrations, dependencies and relationships and adds the records to the appropriate CTS Configuration page. The user then sets the registrations and shippable items based on the autogenerated data. Refer to Set a Baseline CTS Configuration for a Custom WebApp for more information.

NOTE: The maximum archive size is 4MB by default. The 4MB setting can be changed in IIS.

Each WebApp has a pre-defined set of items that can be moved from a source instance to a target instance. Refer to the following table for a list of objects that can be moved between instances via the CTS process (as in, Shippable Items):


Object to Move Via CTS


CranPort Packages


File Operations, Interfaces, Logical Paths


Targets, Sources, Tables, Rules, Indexes


Automation Engine (Instruction Task Groups, Instruction Tasks, Tasks, Engine Actions, Instructions), System Types (Groups, Tables. Table Indexes), Schedules 


Waves, Process Areas, Objects, Targets, Sources, Target Lookup Tables, Rules (Simple, Complex and Conditions), Field Groups, Metric Groups, Execution Stages


Archives, Audits, Catalogs, Color, CTS Configs, Database Types, Data Sources, Dictionaries, Groups, Images, Languages, Layouts, Menus, Message Types, Pages, Page Columns, Page Events, Plugins, Queues, Roles, Searches, Security Definitions, Stop Lists, Styles, Translations, WebApps


Org Units, Roles, Teams, Templates


Categories, Business Processes, Scenarios, Roles, Tasks (to bring along the associated page), Org Units, Positions, Org Unit Groups, Workflow Defaults


Groups, Objects, Report Repositories, Reports, Filters


Categories, Templates, Processes, Process Template Connections


Value Mapping Check Tables, Wave Process Area Object, Target Mappings


Objects, Targets (Rules, Reports, Exports), Sources (Rules, Reports), Target Data Services (Rules, Reports)

NOTE: Notes specific to dspCompose™, dspMonitor™ and dspConduct™ are available.

NOTE: A package is the record and configuration created on CTS pages in the DSP®. An archive is built from a package and is the actual item moved via the CTS process.

To CTS an object:

  1. Set up the instances (for example, DEV and QA).
  2. Create package and build the archive on the source instance (for example, DEV).
  3. Export the archive to the target instance (for example, QA).
  4. Import the archive. The CTS process installs or updates the appropriate application objects from the archive.
  5. Validate the new objects to ensure all functionality is updated correctly.