The Release Manager within SSP provides combined export and import features for the most commonly changed parts within SSP, knowing:
On the source system, containing the new versions that need to be moved to other environments, a release file is created. This release file is copied to the target system. After loading the release file, the target system will show how the release file will be processed. A few minor configurations can be set, which are stored in the import properties file that becomes part of the release file. The combination of the release content and import properties should be enough to import everything further down in the chain of SSP systems. There shouldn’t be additional manual work to be done. This is to avoid different imports in different environments.