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2739897 - Error "An exception in Job Definition (SAP_MD_DRFOUT) was raised. Variant is missing for multi-instance job definition"


  • Error 'Variant is missing for multi-instance job definition' appears when trying to save a Communication Arrangement 
  • Unable to maintain communication arrangement
  • The communication test of the outbound service has failed



  • Communication Systems and Arrangement
  • SAP S/4HANA Cloud

Reproducing the Issue

    1. Open App "Communication Arrangement"

    2. Select a  Scenario ID , for example SAP_COM_0009

    3. Press Edit Button

    4. Activate Outbound Replicate Product from S/4 System to Client .


       5. Under "Job Execution Details" maintain a value in the field "Run Every" , for example 05

       6. Select a Frequency in the drop down menu ( Day(s) , Hour(s) , Minute(s) )


     7.Under Additional Properties , maintain values for Replication Model , Replication Mode and System Filter

     8.For the field "Output Mode" , Select Entry ( D ) - Direct Output


    10.Error appears.


Works as Designed.


The job should be scheduled only with Pooled mode(P)

If you want to create a job using P mode. Enter the date and time details only in this case

If you choose direct mode(D), it doesnt make sense to create a job as the replication will happen instantly.

Date and time details for the job should not be populated.


"SOAP Web service" , replicate "Business Partner" "S/4 System" "external system" , SAP_COM_0114 , APS_COM_CA2_SRV, sap_com_0008 , KBA , BC-SRV-APS-COM , Maintain Communication System and Arrangement , LO-MD-MM , Material Master , CA-GTF-EI , Foundation Master Data Services (SAP_COM_0114) , Problem


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