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October 2020 SAS 9.4® Upgrade in Place: System-Level Backup and Recovery Best Practice (PDF)
This document recommends a best practice for backing up your SAS deployment before performing an upgrade in place (UIP) and for recovering your environment in the event of a UIP failure.
May 2020 Modernizing Your SAS® UIs: Removing Dependencies on Adobe Flash (PDF)
Adobe Flash is end of life at the end of 2020. This has implications for a subset of SAS offerings that rely on Flex user interfaces. This document will help you to evaluate your SAS environment and provide you with next steps if you need to take action.
March 2019 Checklist of SAS® Viya® Administration Tasks (PDF)
This document contains two lists of tasks. There is a schedule for the second list. You, as an IT administrator or a SAS® administrator, should consider these lists for the SAS® Viya® environments that you maintain. Perform all tasks that are relevant to your environment to keep your SAS Viya deployment operating at its best over the long term.
November 2018 Understanding Containers and SAS® 9.4 Container Deployment (PDF)
This paper reviews containers at a high level, helping readers understand how containers evolved, how orchestration engines work with containers and the benefits and limitations of containers. With this background, the paper will then discuss key considerations when moving SAS® 9.4 to containers and review a sample architecture.
Updated March 2017 Managing SAS® Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server High-Availability Clusters on UNIX (PDF)
This technical paper describes how to configure a Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server to provide high-availability for the cluster by implementing a primary and a standby data server. This paper is only for Web Infrastructure Platform Data Servers on UNIX machines.
December 2016 Automating a SAS® 9.4 Installation without Using Provisioning Software: A Case Study Involving the Setup of Machines for SAS Regional Users Groups (PDF)
This paper shows you how to develop an automated installation for SAS® 9.4 without using provisioning software.
Updated March 2016 Configuring the SAS® Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server for High Availability on Windows (PDF)
This paper describes how to configure the SAS Middle Tier for high availability of the SharedServices database on Windows SharedServices, one of the databases installed on and managed by the SAS Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server.
July 2015 Checklist of SAS Platform Administration Tasks (PDF)
This paper covers tasks that an IT administrator or a SAS administrator should consider running for their SAS environments. Perform all tasks that are relevant to your environment to keep your SAS platform operating at its best over the long term.
March 2014 Provisioning Systems and Other Ways to Share the Wealth of SAS (PDF)
This paper outlines SAS deployment integration with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM). These concepts can also be applied to other provisioning systems that support the notion of creation and silent execution of software deployment packages.
July 2013 SAS® User ID and Password Usage Rules (PDF)
This high-level guide defines concepts of users, internal accounts and external accounts in relation to the SAS system. Two tables offer quick comparison of rules for user names, account IDs and passwords.
June 2013 Tips and Techniques for Deploying SAS® in an Application Virtualization Environment (PDF)
This paper explores some best practices, gotchas, and guidelines that will help you succeed when deploying and using SAS in an application virtualization environment.
March 2009 Maximizing the Performance of Your SAS Solution: Case Studies. (PDF)
This paper examines some of the advantages and benefits of deploying the platform for SAS Business Analytics in a centrally managed environment.
March 2009 SAS IT Intelligence for VMware Infrastructure: Resource Optimization and Cost Recovery (PDF)
This paper provides key insights that will allow IT organizations to effectively manage and optimize valuable virtual resources and to track and recover cost across both physical and virtual environments.
March 2009 The Platform for SAS Business Analytics as a Centrally Managed Service (PDF)
This paper provides key insights that will allow IT organizations to effectively manage and optimize valuable virtual resources and to track and recover cost across both physical and virtual environments.
March 2009 Using SAS 9.2 Metadata Security Reporting and Auditing Features (PDF)
This paper explains the new SAS 9.2 security auditing capabilities built into the SAS Metadata Server and examines how this information might be used. In addition to auditing, security reporting macros are provided. We examine how to use these macros to extract the security settings for metadata objects into data sets that can be used to produce reports.
March 2009 Virtualization: What does it mean for SAS? (PDF)
This paper discusses how hardware, presentation, and application virtualization impact running SAS software. It gives some examples of software products used to implement the virtualization solutions, but covers the virtualization topics in a general, product-neutral manner. The focus of the paper is primarily from a Microsoft Windows operating-systems perspective, but the concepts can be applied to other operating systems.
March 2009 z/OS SAS Deployment: This Isn't Your Father's Install Anymore! (PDF)
Starting with SAS 9.2, the overall deployment process is now uniform across all host architectures. The purpose of this document is to give you a basic understanding of the new deployment process with an emphasis on deployment to z/OS.
October 2008 Provisioning Systems and Other Ways to Share the Wealth of SAS Across a Network (PDF)
This paper outlines SAS deployment tools’ integration with popular third-party provisioning systems such as Microsoft System Management Server, IBM Tivoli Provisioning Manager, and HP OpenView. We also cover how our installation tools work in concert with these systems during initial deployment as well as maintenance, and why these systems are important to many of you.
September 2008 Achieving Better I/O Throughput Using SGIO in the Microsoft Windows Environment (PDF)
In the SAS System, SAS I/O. the most common input/output (I/O) processing, is performed on SAS files such as SAS data sets, SAS catalogs, and SAS index files. Most SAS I/O processing is sequential I/O, which means that the DATA step and SAS procedures read a data set from the beginning of the file to the end of the file.
August 2008 How to Maintain Happy SAS Users (PDF)
Ensuring your SAS applications have the proper computer resources is the best way to keep your SAS users happy. The goal of this paper is to help the administration staff who must support SAS better understand how SAS works and what they should do to support users.
April 2008 Best Practices in SAS®9 Security Configuration (PDF)
This paper presents several best practice configurations for systems that are based on Windows and systems that are based on other operating systems. These configurations maximize the use of single sign-on technology and minimize the necessity to store and pass system credentials.
March 2008 Deployment for SAS 9.2 and Beyond (PDF)
The paper will summarize advancements such as electronic software download, customized orders, silent installations, streamlined dialog boxes, deployment capture/replay, and SAS Software Depot management.
March 2008 Backup and Disaster Recovery: When Disaster Strikes, What Will You Do? What Will You Do? (PDF)
This paper covers often-overlooked subtleties in backing up the SAS Metadata Repository, the WebDAV repository, and the associated configuration files, as well as ensures synchronization of the pieces that are required to work together. This discussion will help administrators avoid the common pitfalls and ensure that their site is able to be up and running as soon as possible in the event of small or large disasters.
March 2008 Best Practices for SAS Business Intelligence Administrators: Using the Configuration Troubleshooter to Keep SAS Solutions and SAS BI Applications (PDF)
This paper how to use the Configuration Troubleshooter for maintenance and troubleshooting. Using case studies collected from SAS Technical Support, we will step through the process of problem discovery, investigation, and resolution using this tool.
March 2008 Improving Your SAS Investment from the Ground Up: SAS 9.2 Enhancements That Help You Leverage Your Operating Environment (PDF)
SAS 9.2 has introduced many enhancements that allow you to better leverage your specific operating environment, whether it be Windows, UNIX, OpenVMS, or z/OS. This presentation will focus on these new features, including the areas of I/O optimization, CPU exploitation, memory usage, output display, and new operating environments.
March 2008 SAS 9.2 Enhanced Logging Facilities (PDF)
SAS administrators and Enterprise IT administrators now have the power and flexibility to classify messages according to a well-defined namespace and dynamically enable diagnostic logging levels. SAS programmers can also exploit the enhanced logging features through the use of SAS 4GL language statements.
July 2007 Case Study in Synchronizing Identities in the SAS®9 Metadata Server with an Enterprise Security Provider (PDF)
This case study highlights the advantage of importing user and group information from an enterprise security provider, such as the Microsoft Active Directory. SAS provides macros that can be integrated with scheduling and other tools to synchronize SAS metadata repository identities with the enterprise Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) environment.
October 2006 Backing Up SAS Content In Your SAS®9 Enterprise Intelligence Platform (PDF)
This document focuses on considerations for developing a content backup strategy for the SAS®9 Enterprise Intelligence Platform — including content from SAS Data Integration Server, SAS Enterprise BI Server, and analytic products such as SAS Enterprise Miner. SAS typically generates operating system files, so standard backup tools can be used to create backups of most content. However, there are considerations that can make your backup process more effective. This paper is not intended to provide a complete backup discussion.
March 2004 SAS IT Resource Management Forecasting (PDF)
This paper describes how to set up SAS Enterprise Guide and use it to analyze and forecast data that resides in a SAS Performance Database (PDB). Information about the Time Series Forecasting System (TSFS) as another way to interactively analyze time series data is also described.