Update 16Apr2015: The Effective Permissions Explorers discussed in this blog post were first made available in Metacoda Plug-ins V3.0 and further enhanced in Metacoda Plug-ins V4.0. Details of additional improvements coming in the next release, including export to HTML and CSV, are discussed in this more recent blog post: Getting Ready for SASGF15
Update 08Aug2012: The Effective Permissions Explorers discussed in this blog post are now available for testing. More information is available in this Metacoda blog post: Metacoda Plug-ins V3.0 BETA2 (with free Metadata Explorer & ACT Reviewer!)
This post is a sneak peek at a couple of effective permissions explorers that we are putting into the next version of our Metacoda Security Plug-ins. We’ll also be demoing these at the SAS Global Forum 2012 in Orlando next week, so if you’re attending please pop by and visit us.
One of the most common requests we had been hearing at Metacoda was about providing extra information for effective permissions with SAS® metadata security. Effective permissions will tell you exactly what permissions are granted or denied for a particular user on a particular object, taking into account all of the factors such as Access Control Templates (ACTs), Access Controls Entries (ACEs or explicit permissions), object inheritance paths and identity hierarchies. Effective permissions give you this information without you having to understand all of the rules that SAS software follows to work them out. Of course, I still think an understanding of the rules is essential knowledge for SAS platform administrators to help with planning and impact awareness but that’s another story. Attending the SAS Platform Administration: Fast Track course from SAS Institute is a great way to learn these rules.
Why Another Effective Permissions Tool?
Effective permissions can already be seen in SAS Management Console 9.2 & 9.3 through the Explore Authorizations tab (accessible to administrators via the Advanced button on any objects Authorization tab). This is a great feature and I can’t recommend it enough to people who are troubleshooting metadata permissions on a single object. What we were hearing was Continue reading “Sneak Peek at our new Effective Permissions Explorers”