Release Notes for Platform Process Manager 3.1


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What's New in Process Manager Version 3.1

Process Manager Version 3.1 has the following enhancements:

z/OS mainframe

You can now dispatch jobs to a mainframe and monitor their progress using FTP (file transfer protocol) technology on Microsoft® Windows® or UNIX.

Localized input

Additional support for localized input in many job and flow fields such as job name.

Flow completion enhancement

There is now a third option available when specifying flow completion attributes. You can now choose to either wait until the flow finishes before changing the state or change the state immediately and keep running the flow. The last option allows you to immediately trigger the next work item if there is one that is dependent on this flow or subflow.

Multi-server

If you have multiple Process Manager Servers running, you can now switch your server in Calendar Editor, Flow Editor, and Flow Manager.

Upgrade

Platform Process Manager 3.1 now runs on Platform LSF version 6.2.

LDAP support

You can use an existing user name and password set up in LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) to log in to Process Manager. This feature is not supported on Windows® platforms. See Administering Platform Process Manager for more information.

Enhanced jhist

The command jhist is now a client (not server) command and can retrieve history information remotely.

Improved cache

The cache recovery of the Process Manager Server has been improved. Caching is now a snapshot process so that the cache file is updated every time a snapshot service is invoked. This significantly decreases the amount of time the Process Manager Server takes to start up (except for the first time). Also, only one cache file is created instead of many.

Trigger events

For events that have already been triggered, the Triggering Events tab of the Flow Attribute dialog shows a date and time stamp.

Environment variables

Jobs can now be submitted with environment variables that are used when the job runs.

Guest account

You can now log in with a guest account to view flows and attributes. As a guest, you have view only capabilities. Log on as "guest" (case-sensitive). There is no password.

ARM4

Process Manager now supports ARM instrumentation capability.

Job working directory

You can now specify the working directory for the job at job submission. For Windows hosts, you should specify an absolute path rather than a relative path.

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Known Issues

Process Manager Version 3.1 has the following known issues:


Note: If Read & Execute permissions are not set before the LSF 6.2 installation, an error message "Cannot grant 'users' group read+execute permission for file C:\\Windows\system32\cmd.exe on host <hostname>. Error=0. You may retry or click continue and do that manually after the install." is displayed. User can ignore this message and continue with the installation.

Effect of daylight savings time on flows

There are some known issues when running flows scheduled during and around the change to and from daylight savings time.

When... Flow runs... Expected behavior
A flow is scheduled to run between 2 a.m and 3 a.m. on the day daylight savings time begins (the second Sunday in March)
Never
This hour is the hour that is removed to start daylight savings time in North America. No flows run. Any subflows that are scheduled to start after this flow runs also will not run.
The client and server hosts have their time changed at different times:
  • Client before job submission, server after
  • Server before job submission, client after
At the time defined by the client.
The server receives the time from the client at the time of job submission and does any calculations in time difference between server and client at that time.
This applies on when JS_TIME_ZONE is set to client (the default). Server time is applied if JS_TIME_ZONE is changed to server.
You schedule the flow before the time change to run after the time change
At the time you scheduled (the correct time)
There is no impact. The flow is scheduled to run at 3 a.m. and it runs at 3 a.m., even after the time change.

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Learning About Process Manager Version 3.1

World Wide Web and FTP

The latest information about all other supported releases of Process Manager is available on the Platform Web site at www.platform.com.

If you have problems accessing the Platform Web site or the Platform FTP site, send email to support@platform.com.

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Getting Technical Support

Should you encounter problems or have questions regarding the use of Process Manager and scheduling jobs from SAS Management Console, please contact SAS directly. You can use one of the following methods to contact the SAS Technical Support staff.

  1. Online problem/question submission:

    http://support.sas.com/techsup/contact/track_intro.html

    Choose SAS Management Console as the 'Product' value.

  2. E-mail problem/question submission via EMITS facility:

    http://support.sas.com/techsup/contact/emits.html

    Choose SAS Management Console as the 'Product' value.

  3. Telephone Support Information for North America:

    http://support.sas.com/techsup/contact/telephone_support.html

  4. If you are not based in North America, use the links in the following URL for information on how to contact other SAS Technical Support offices around the world:

    http://support.sas.com/techsup/contact/index.html

While any SAS software user may contact Technical Support, priority is given to designated SAS support personnel at your site. (Note, you can use web-based forms to find out who the SAS support personnel are at your site or re-designate SAS support personnel at your site using links from this URL:

http://support.sas.com/techsup/contact/index.html

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