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System Requirements
SAS® Financial Management 5.6

Overview

To keep pace with changes to third-party technologies, SAS has adopted a general policy of supporting one or more baseline major versions, subsequent minor updates, and subsequent major versions for each officially supported operating system. Only the supported baseline major versions are listed in this document. The full SAS Support policy governing third-party software can be found at https://support.sas.com/resources/thirdpartysupport/baseline_plus.html.

As part of this policy, SAS strongly encourages customers to install the latest operating-system service packs.

SAS Financial Management ships with SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting, which must be installed with SAS Financial Management; it cannot be installed at a later time.

Server-Tier Requirements

SAS Financial Management Server

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SAS Financial Management Server includes a standard SAS/ACCESS engine of choice and three SAS Metadata Bridges of choice (plus General Industry Standards, which is included automatically).

SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server (Non-distributed LASR)

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SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server (Non-distributed LASR) includes SAS LASR Analytic Server (Non-distributed LASR), and a standard SAS/ACCESS engine of choice.

SAS recommends installing SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Server on a separate machine.

SAS Metadata Server

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SAS makes the following recommendations for SAS Metadata Server deployments:

  • a 64-bit host system
  • a dedicated machine to simplify tuning, management, and diagnostics
  • multi-core server hardware because SAS Metadata Server is multi-threaded
  • four or more cores for production deployments

The disk I/O performance of any server-class system should be sufficient. Memory requirements are highly dependent on the product mix and usage, but 8 GB of RAM are sufficient for most large deployments. For many deployments, 4 GB of RAM are sufficient and should be considered a minimum, unless the specific deployment is tested and verified to require less memory.

SAS Data Servers

SAS Financial Management contains a SAS data server (SAS Financial Management Data Server), which requires additional configuration.

The size of the data server is medium.

Note: When you configure your software, the size of each data server must be considered.

Before you install, update, or add products and solutions that result in the deployment of one or more SAS data servers to the same machine, kernel parameter changes for shared memory and semaphores are required. For details about configuration of small, medium, and large data servers, see the section "Tuning the PostgreSQL Data Server" in the guide SAS 9.4 Web Applications: Tuning for Performance and Scalability, Second Edition. at http://support.sas.com/documentation/onlinedoc/intellplatform/tabs/admin94.html


Middle-Tier Requirements

SAS Financial Management Mid-Tiers

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SAS Visual Analytics Administration and Reporting Mid-Tier

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Web Application Servers

When you install your SAS solution software, SAS Deployment Manager installs and configures the required web application servers and web servers.

To install these servers, select one of the supported operating systems for the middle tier.

Note: These servers cannot be installed on the z/OS or 32-bit Windows platforms.


Client-Tier Requirements

SAS Financial Management Clients

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Note: SAS Financial Management Add-in for Microsoft Excel is a 32-bit Windows application. When it is run on top of an emulation of a Windows 32-bit operating system, it is supported on Microsoft Windows for x64.

SAS Visual Analytics Mobile Clients

The SAS Visual Analytics Apps are supported on iOS and Android devices, and on PCs and tablets running Microsoft Windows 10. You can download the apps for free from the Apple iTunes Store, Google Play, or the Microsoft Windows Store.

Additional Requirements for SAS Add-in for Microsoft Office

In this release, SAS Add-in for Microsoft Office requires the following software:

  • Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, or Microsoft Office 2016

Note: With SAS Financial Management 5.61 and later, Microsoft Office 2019 is also supported.

Web Browsers

SAS Financial Management 5.6 deploys SAS Common Components 9.0 for HTML, which has a separate set of supported web browsers. For a list of supported browsers and platforms associated with HTML5, refer to the system requirements for SAS Common Components 9.0 for HTML.

Hardware Requirements for SAS Financial Management Clients

For more accurate hardware sizing (including migrations from prior releases) we recommend that all new sites, as well as those changing the scope or functional use of this solution, make use of SAS's sizing expertise. Contact your SAS account representative to request an official hardware sizing. If you need assistance in determining your SAS account representative, send an email to contactcenter@sas.com.

Failure to establish the SAS environment with the minimum specifications outlined by the EEC, as well as provide adequate storage and I/O, may result in undesirable end-user experiences and may also inhibit the ability of SAS to address performance concerns.

Minimum:

    • Intel/AMD x86 and x64
    • Dual-core processor
    • 2 GB of available physical memory above what is normally used by the operating system and all other applications, such as email, Microsoft Office, and web browsers
    • Page file set to 1.5x physical memory as recommended by Microsoft and SAS

Recommended for Consistent Performance across All Clients:

    • Intel/AMD x86 and x64
    • Quad-core or higher processor
    • At least 4 GB of available physical memory above what is normally used by the operating system and all other applications, such as email, Microsoft Office, and web browsers
    • Page file set to 1.5x physical memory as recommended by Microsoft and SAS

Third-Party Software

SAS software may be provided with certain third-party software, including but not limited to open-source software, which is licensed under its applicable third-party software license agreement. For license information about third-party software distributed with SAS software, refer to http://support.sas.com/thirdpartylicenses.

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