Field Definitions: CM Batch Process Form

The following is a list of field descriptions for the CM Batch Process form. Many of the descriptions include links to other topics that provide additional information about or related to the topic.


Enter the batch process month. This field defaults the current month.

Note: If you are processing an SM Batch and you accessed this form via SM Batches, this field automatically defaults the batch month based on the batch you selected.


Enter a valid batch number. Press F4 to look up the available batches if needed.

Note: If you are processing an SM batch and you accessed this form via SMBatches, this field will automatically default the batch number based on the batch you selected.

Once you have specified the batch, the screen displays information specific to this batch. Make sure this is the correct batch before proceeding.

  • Created By - Display only; the name of user who created this batch.

  • Created - Display only; the date and time this batch was created.

  • Source - Display only; identifies the program in which the batch was created.

  • Status - Display only; identifies the current status of the batch.
    • Open - Batch is read for validation.
    • Validated - Batch successfully validated; ready to post.
    • Errors - Errors found. Must be corrected and batch revalidated before posting.
    • Updated - Batch was successfully posted.


Press this to validate. You must validate the batch before it can be updated. During the validation process, each record in the batch is checked and any errors found are noted. If there are errors, the Error List option will become available on the form and you can preview or print a list of them. You must correct all errors and revalidate the batch before it can be posted.

Note: It is recommended that you print the audit reports before you post the batch, as they are not available once you process the batch.

When you have finished printing/reviewing the audit lists, the batch is ready for posting. Selecting another batch or closing the current one before the program is run resets the status of the batch and requires it to be revalidated before posting.


A batch whose posting process was interrupted for some reason cannot be revalidated. The audit and distribution lists can be reprinted, showing the remaining entries to update. Select Post and these entries will be updated.

Clear Batch

If you need to clear the batch (for example, after discovering the entries were posted to the wrong fiscal period), you can do so using the File > Clear Batch option, as long as you have not yet posted the batch. Since the data is not updated on-line, you can clear it without affecting any modules, as though the data was never entered. If the batch includes transaction that were previously posted, they are only cleared from the batch; they are not deleted.

Note: The Clear Batch option is disabled if the batch’s status is Posting in Progress. This is done to prevent partially updated batches from being deleted should the update process be interrupted (i.e. power outage, system failure, etc.). When a batch update is interrupted, only a portion of the intended updates may occur. If the batch is subsequently cleared, there is no way to determine what was updated.

Audit Reports

Audit reports are generated when the batch is validated and identify the information that will be updated when the batch is posted. The availability of each audit report is determined by the batch source (i.e., the posting form) and the information posted to entries in the batch. It is recommended that you print the audit lists prior to posting the batch since they will not be available once you have processed the batch. The following lists are available for printing:

  • Batch List — Prints the CM Outstanding Entry Audit List or CM Transfers Audit Lists, depending on the batch source (i.e., the posting form). Shows related information for each entry in the batch, with totals by account and batch.

  • GL Account Distribution — Prints the CM GL Outstanding Entries Distribution List or CM GL Transfer Distribution Lists, depending on the batch source. Shows distribution information from the batch by GL account.

  • Error List—Lists the sequence number and the error message for any entries where errors were found in the validation process. Errors must be corrected before the batch can be posted.

Note: Users who have access to batch processing forms do not automatically have access to the related audit reports. It is recommended that if they will be processing batches, you give them access to the related audit reports using VA Report Security. If users do not have access, they will receive an error message when trying to preview/print those reports to which they do not have access. In addition, if using the ‘Attach Batch Report to HQ Batch Control’ feature (assigned in CM Company Parameters), restricted access to one or more audit reports will prevent the user from posting the batch.

Preview/Print Lists

Preview – Click this button to view the selected list(s).

Print – Click this button to print the selected list(s). You can also print the lists via the Preview screen.

Posting Date

This field initially defaults to the current date. Accept the default date or enter the date to which all transactions in this batch are to be posted.

Click Post to initiate the update/posting process. The system will process each batch entry and make all the necessary transaction updates.

After all entries are successfully updated, they are cleared and the batch is closed.