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Export raster data to a SAS data set

To export raster data from an ArcMap layer to a SAS data set:

  1. Right-click the raster that you want to export.

  2. Select Export to a SAS data set from the pop-up menu.

  3. Choose to export All bands or only a selected band. If the raster only contains a single band, then the name of the band is shown.

  4. Specify the SAS server that you want to export the raster data to.
    Note: The list of available servers is generated from the SAS OLE database connections that are defined in ArcCatalog. The default SAS server is the first one in the list. If you select a different SAS server, then it becomes the default server for subsequent exports. If a connection fails, then the next one in the list is tried until a connection is successful.
    If, the list of available servers is empty (because no SAS OLE database connection has been defined in ArcCatalog), then the SAS Bridge for ESRI attempts to use a local installation of SAS (which it names Local SAS.
    However, if a local installation of SAS is not available, then you must use ArcCatalog to add an OLE database connection.

  5. Specify the path and filename for the data set that you want to create. (If you are exporting to a local SAS server, you can browse to the output location by clicking the File Open button. )
    By default, the data is written to the SASUSER path with the filename Export_Output.sas7bdat. You can direct the output to any directory to which you have write access, and you can change the name from Export_Output to any valid SAS data set name. On subsequent exports, the name defaults to the last name that you entered.
    Note: When raster data is exported, an additional SAS data set is created contains metadata about the raster data. The additional file has the suffix _meta
    Note: If the data set already exists, and if you choose Replace or Append, then that same action is performed on an existing metadata file. If you choose Append and a metadata file does not exist, then the export will fail. You can choose Replace instead to create a metadata file.

  6. Click OK.