Public Types Explorer

Did you know that the SAS metadata server also provides metadata about metadata? Metadata about well known SAS metadata object types (public types) is available in the Foundation metadata repository and includes information about the applicability of the various metadata permissions. To help SAS platform administrators get a better understanding of which permissions apply to which object types, we’ve added a new Public Types Explorer plug-in to our Metacoda Plug-ins product that makes it easy to explore this metadata. The new Public Types Explorer plug-in will be available in our next major release (V4) and will join the ACT Reviewer, Metadata Explorer, and Password Encoder plug-ins as a freely available plug-in.

Here’s a sample screenshot where you can see a selection of metadata object types and the permissions that apply to them:

Metacoda Plug-ins Public Types Explorer

The permission columns are sortable so you can group object types by the applicability of that permission. This helps to answer questions like “Which types of metadata object does the Select permission apply to?“. As you can see in the screenshot above that’s the “Secured data folder“, “Secured library” and “Secured table” metadata object types.

Of course it may also trigger other questions like “Why/when does this permission apply to this object type?” (I know I’ve had a few of those questions myself). For more information about the applicability of metadata permission, I’d suggest reading the SAS 9.4 Intelligence Platform: Security Administration Guide, Second Edition, starting with the section on Permissions by Object Type. If you can’t find the answer in the documentation then perhaps try asking a question of SAS Technical Support or in SAS Communities.

If you’re interested in this Public Types Explorer, keep an eye on the Metacoda blog where we post information about new releases.

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SAS Global Forum 2014 for Platform Administrators

SAS Global Forum 2014 is just around the corner and I’m getting really excited about it. There is so much content for SAS platform administrators this year. I had been thinking of posting a list of admin related papers I was keen to see, but then I saw that Greg Nelson from ThotWave wrote a SAS Users Groups blog post, “SAS Administration-palooza!”, which has a much more comprehensive list than I had. I’d encourage you to have a look through Greg’s list for some great suggestions to add to your schedule. I certainly picked up a few I had missed. If you can’t go to the conference itself then it’s also a great reading list for when the papers become available online.

If you’re a SAS platform administrator, or thinking of becoming one, I’d also suggest you sign up for Greg’s pre-conference tutorial on the Sunday morning “The Role of the SAS® Administrator: A Day in the Life of a Modern SAS Enterprise

If you arrive on Saturday then you might also want to head along to the TweetUp too.

I hope to see you at #SASGF14. I’ll either be at those admin papers, walking around the demo hall checking out all the new cool SAS software, or at the Metacoda stand talking to people about our products. If you see me please say “Hello”.

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