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2271061 - Unable to Uncheck Externally-Managed Location on a Activated Site


You are unble to uncheck the checkbox Externally-Managed Location on a 3PL site as you get the below error message

Once activated, de-selecting externally-managed location is not possible


 It is not possible to change the externally-managed location indicator. Documents related to inbound logistics, outbound logistics, and purchasing still exists for this location.
Change externally-managed indicator not possible; location not empty

Reproducing the Issue

  1. Go to Supply Chain Design Master Data work center.
  2. Choose Locations view.
  3. Select and edit you site XYZ.
  4. Uncheck the checkbox Externally-Managed Location.

You will receive the above mentieond error message.


Once an Externally Managed Site is activated, it cannot be converted to a internally managed site at a later point of time. At the time of activation an inventory image(snapshot) of the site is created in backend which is used as reference in all production and logistics processes.

Hence changing to external managed to internal managed will cause a lot of inconsistencies in the backend.


The system behaves as designed. We recommend you to create a new site as per your requirement and if required you can Obsolete the existing externally managed site.


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