I noticed a couple of recent SAS usage notes relating to the new portal content promotion capability in SAS 9.2:
- SAS Problem Note 42231: The script used to promote SAS® Information Delivery Portal content removes the Portal Application Tree when an incorrect name is passed to the script
- SAS Usage Note 41692: Scripts for promoting SAS® Information Delivery Portal content
SAS Problem Note 42231 discusses a potential problem whereby incorrect letter casing in the specification of a template name could result in the removal of the entire Portal Application Tree. Of course, if you always follow the practice of doing a SAS metadata backup before any metadata promotions it wont be an issue as you will have a backup to restore from. It sounds like there is a hotfix planned.
The problem note also alerted me to SAS Usage Note 41692 which provides a link to download the portal promotion scripts for use with versions prior to 4.3. A quick look through the documentation shows the scripts can be used to go from a source environment of SAS 9.1.3 (or later) to a target environment of SAS 9.2 (or later) – no 9.1.3 to 9.1.3. I’m not entirely sure, but it also sounds like the downloadable scripts might also be of use to Portal 4.3 users who want to avoid the potential problem mentioned in 42231.
I’d be keen to hear of anyone’s experiences with the portal promotion tools if they want to share.