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SAS Global Certification program

Platform Administrator

SAS Certified Platform Administrator 9 Credential

For those who have the skills and knowledge necessary for the administration of the platform for SAS Business Analytics

Successful candidates should be able to
  • secure the SAS configuration on each server machine
  • check status and operate servers
  • monitor server activity and administer logging
  • establish formal, regularly scheduled backup processes
  • add users and manage their access
  • establish connectivity to data sources
  • set up and secure metadata folder structures
  • administer repositories and move metadata.

Required Exam

Candidates who earn this credential will have earned a passing score on the SAS Platform Administration for SAS 9 exam. This exam is based on the functionality available in SAS 9.4 Maintenance 1 and is administered by SAS and Pearson VUE.
  • 60-65 multiple-choice questions (must achieve score of 70% correct to pass)
  • 105 minutes to complete exam
  • Use exam ID A00-250; required when registering with Pearson VUE.

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Exam topics include:

Securing the SAS configuration
  • Secure a SAS platform configuration.
    • Use operating system controls to protect the SAS configuration directory.
Checking the Status and Operation of SAS Servers
  • Manage metadata repositories.
    • Use the Metadata Manager plug-in to create, register, delete or unregister a repository.
    • Use the metadata folder structure to manage access to metadata.
  • Identify the properties and functionality of SAS servers.
    • Identify startup order of SAS servers.
    • Explain the functionality of the object spawner.
    • Use the Server Manager plug-in to monitor SAS servers.
  • Configure a SAS Metadata server cluster.
    • Configure the initial metadata server to use the network location for backups and the service login account.
    • Install and configure additional metadata server nodes.
Monitoring, Logging, and Troubleshooting SAS Servers
  • Monitor SAS servers.
    • Workspace servers and stored process servers
  • Administer SAS server logging and modify logging configurations.
  • Troubleshoot basic SAS server issues.
Backing Up the SAS Environment
  • Back up the SAS environment.
    • View backup and recovery history.
    • Run an immediate (ad hoc) backup.
    • Customize backups.
    • View information about backup and recovery sources.
    • View and modify the backup schedule.
    • Perform full or partial recovery from one of the backups.
    • Determine when to specify a central vault location.
    • Explain the limitations of the Deployment Backup and Recovery tool.
  • Restore the SAS environment.
Administering Users
  • Manage connection profiles.
  • Manage roles.
  • Register users and groups in the metadata.
  • Give users access to processing servers and data servers.
  • Determine when to store passwords in the metadata.
Administering Data Access
  • Register libraries and tables in the metadata.
  • Update table metadata.
  • Pre-assign a library.
  • Troubleshoot data access problems.
  • Use the metadata LIBNAME engine.
Managing Metadata
  • Identify how the metadata authorization layer interacts with other security layers.
  • Identify where, how, and to whom metadata permissions are assigned.
  • Determine the outcome of metadata authorization decisions.
  • Use metadata permissions to secure metadata.
  • Create and use Access Control Templates.
  • Promote metadata and associated content.