SASŪ Enterprise BI Server and SASŪ BI Server
SAS Enterprise BI Server and SAS BI Server are software offerings that each comprise a suite of products. These offerings serve as a platform for many SAS solutions, such as SAS Financial Intelligence. The following products are commonly used with these and other similar SAS software offerings:
- Base SASŪ
- SASŪ Add-In for Microsoft Office
- SASŪ BI Dashboard*
- SASŪ BI Portlets*
- SASŪ Environment Manager
- SASŪ Information Delivery Portal*
- SASŪ Information Map Studio
- SASŪ Integration Technologies
- SASŪ Management Console, including Plug-ins for SAS BI Lineage and SAS Esri Map Manager*
- SASŪ Metadata Server
- SASŪ OLAP Cube Studio and SASŪ OLAP Server*
- SASŪ OLAP Viewer for Java (SAS 9.2 and 9.1.3 only)
- SASŪ Web Application Server
- SASŪ Web Infrastructure Platform services, applications, and Data Server
- SASŪ Web Parts for Microsoft SharePoint
- SASŪ Web Report Studio
- SASŪ Web Server
- SASŪ Workflow Studio
- SASŪ Intelligence Platform Documentation Library for installing, configuring, migrating, and administering these and other SAS software offerings
*These products are available only in the SAS Enterprise BI Server offering.
What's New for SAS Enterprise BI Server 4.4
A new version of SAS Enterprise BI Server, SAS EBI 4.4, became available in July 2013 along with the release of SAS 9.4. The following new features are included in this release:
New Administrative Interface: SAS Environment Manager
SAS Environment Manager is a new monitoring and management system for SAS deployments. Features include automatic resource discovery, monitoring of remote systems, personal and role-based dashboards, alerting, and visualization. The application provides web-based management, operation, and proactive monitoring of servers on both the middle tier and the SAS server tier. SAS Environment Manager incorporates some of the Hyperic technology from VMware in order to offer enterprise-class operational features.
In the first maintenance release for SAS 9.4, SAS Environment Manager includes the ability to manage folders and to view and change authorization settings in SAS metadata. In the second maintenance release for SAS 9.4, SAS Environment Manager includes the ability to create and update access control templates (ACTs).
The middle-tier software includes SAS Web Server for use as an HTTP server and SAS Web Application Server, so that a third-party web application server is no longer needed. SAS Web Application Server is a lightweight server that provides enterprise-class features for running SAS web applications. The SAS deployment tools can configure these servers automatically. The tools simplify the configuration of vertical and horizontal clustering as well as HTTP load balancing.
SAS Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server replaces the SAS Framework Data Server that was used in SAS 9.3. The data server provides a transactional store for SAS middle-tier software. The server is based on PostgreSQL 9.1.9, and can be installed and configured automatically with the SAS Deployment Wizard. By default, the SAS Content Server is also enhanced to use the SAS Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server for storage.
Metadata Server Clustering
The new metadata server clustering feature provides redundancy and high availability of the metadata server, which is a core component of the SAS infrastructure. Clustering ensures that the server will continue to operate if a server host machine fails. Effective with the second maintenance release for SAS 9.4, metadata server clustering is supported on z/OS. In previous SAS 9.4 releases, it is supported only on UNIX and Windows.
Deployment Backup and Recovery Tool
The new Deployment Backup and Recovery tool provides an integrated method for backing up and recovering SAS content across multiple tiers and machines.
In SAS 9.4, users can view some SAS Web Report Studio relational reports on mobile devices with SAS Mobile BI.
- You can now use either SAS Management Console or the AUTHLIB procedure to bind SAS data to metadata. All access from SAS to metadata-bound data is subject to metadata-layer permissions.
- The first maintenance release for SAS 9.4 enables you to require encryption for the tables in a metadata-bound library. In addition, a metadata-bound library's AES encryption key can be stored in metadata so that the user does not have to provide the encryption key to access the data set.
- The first maintenance release for SAS 9.4 provides the ability to put a SAS server in a locked-down state, ensuring that the process can access only designated resources in the host operating environment.
- New batch tools are provided for metadata management tasks such as listing selected objects, deleting selected objects, creating new folders, and managing metadata access. Batch tools are also provided for administrative tasks such as backing up the metadata server, creating and deleting metadata repositories, and updating metadata profiles.
- The first maintenance release for SAS 9.4 includes new batch tools for relationship reporting. You can use these tools to identify relationships among the content objects in the SAS Folder tree.
- The second maintenance release for SAS 9.4 includes a new batch command that you can use to run the metadata analyze and repair tools that are available in SAS Management Console.
- In February 2014, SAS 9.4 Web Applications: Tuning for Performance and Scalability was added to the SAS Intelligence Platform documentation library. This guide explains the steps to tune the SAS 9.4 middle-tier environment for optimization. It includes the tuning methodology and tuning parameters for SAS web applications, SAS Web Application Server, SAS Web Server, Java Virtual Machine, and the supported operating system environments.
- Effective with the second maintenance release for SAS 9.4, the SAS Intelligence Platform: Data Administration Guide includes instructions for connecting to a SAS Data in HDFS library, to a SAS LASR Analytic Server, to a Teradata database, and to an ODBC or OLEDB database using Microsoft Windows NT authentication.
- Effective with the second maintenance release for SAS 9.4, Single-Machine Deployment of SAS 9.4 Enterprise BI Server: A Step-by-Step Approach was added to the SAS Intelligence Platform documentation library. This guide describes the process for installing and initially configuring the SAS 9.4 Enterprise Business Intelligence Server on a single machine on Microsoft Windows.
Visit our general SAS Enterprise BI Server product information page on www.sas.com for more information.
Free Online Documentation
- Most recent release for SAS Enterprise BI Server and SAS BI Server
- Base SAS
- SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office
- SAS BI Dashboard*
- SAS BI Portlets*
- SAS Environment Manager
- SAS Information Delivery Portal*
- SAS Information Map Studio
- SAS Integration Technologies
- SAS Management Console, including Plug-ins for SAS BI Lineage and SAS Esri Map Manager*
- SAS Metadata Server
- SAS OLAP Cube Studio and SAS OLAP Server*
- SAS OLAP Viewer for Java (SAS 9.2 and 9.1.3 only)
- SAS OLAP Viewer for .NET (SAS 9.1.3 only)
- SAS Web Parts for Microsoft SharePoint
- SAS Web Report Studio
- SAS Web Application Server [HTML]
- SAS Web Infrastructure Platform services, applications, and Data Server [HTML]
- SAS Web Server [HTML]
- SAS Workflow Studio
- SAS Intelligence Platform Documentation Library for installing, configuring, migrating, and administering these and other SAS software offerings.
*These products are available only in the SAS Enterprise BI Server offering.
- All online documentation for supported releases of SAS Enterprise BI Server and SAS BI Server [HTML]
- SAS Enterprise BI Server titles in online bookstore [HTML]
- SAS BI Server titles in online bookstore [HTML]
- Building Business Intelligence Using SAS: Content Development Examples [Purchase book]
- Business Intelligence Competency Centers: A Team Approach to Maximizing Competitive Advantage [Purchase book]
- SAS Graphics for Java: Examples Using SAS AppDev Studio and the Output Delivery System [Purchase book]
- SAS Server Pages: Generating Dynamic Content [Purchase ebook]
2013 SAS Global Forum Conference Papers
- Do I Need a Migration Guide or an Upgrade Coach?
- Enhance Your High Availability Story by Clustering Your SASŪ Metadata Server in SAS 9.4
- Grand Designs: Why It Pays to Think About Technical Architecture Design Before You Act
- How Mobile Changes the BI Experience
- Linking Strategy Data to BI Applications
- Monitoring 101: New Features in SAS 9.4 for Monitoring Your SASŪ Intelligence Platform
SAS Publishing Representatives are available in the U.S. from 8-5 ET to answer your documentation questions. Contact us at 1-800-727-3228 or e-mail.
- Learning path for Platform Administration
- Learning path for Business Intelligence
- Courses addressing the platform for SAS Business Analytics
Curriculum consultants are available in the U.S. from 9-5 EST. Contact us at 1-800-333-7660 or e-mail.
International customers, please contact your country office.
Online Support ResourcesThis page contains online support resources that are specific to this product. Visit the Support page to access various self-help and assisted-help resources or submit a problem through the SAS Technical Support form.
- How to determine which plan file was used during a configuration of SAS software for the Windows operating system
- Updating a SASŪ Metadata Server environment to use Java 7 in the z/OS environment
- Using Java 7 with SAS 9.3 Enterprise BI Server requires an upgrade of the web application server where SAS web applications are deployed
- Installing SAS 9.3 Enterprise BI Server in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 environment requires an increase in the maximum number of processes
- You can ignore the Web application server's version number that appears on the "Specify Software Location" page in the SAS Deployment Wizard
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