I’ve been doing a few SAS® platform installations lately and I noticed in the documentation some neat enhancements in SAS 9.3 M2:
- The SAS Download Manager, in addition to downloading a SAS software depot for your order, also downloads specially selected hotfixes for the products in that depot.
- The SAS Deployment Wizard will then apply those downloaded hotfixes during installations from that depot (so you don’t have to manually apply them post-deployment).
- The SAS Deployment Wizard also provides the ability to refresh that depot by downloading additional, more recent, hotfixes. This can be useful if the installation/deployment is being done a little while after the depot was initially downloaded.
You can find a summary of these enhancements in the What’s New in Installation and Configuration for the SAS 9.3 Intelligence Platform section of the SAS® 9.3 Intelligence Platform: Installation and Configuration Guide.
Here’s an example of using the SAS Deployment Wizard to refresh a depot. First step is to select the “Manage this SAS Software Depot” action:
Next select the “Retrieve Hot Fixes” action:
If there are no additional & appropriate hotfixes available, that have not already been downloaded, you’ll see the following message:
Otherwise, it will start downloading any more recent hotfixes that are not already in the depot:
Once complete, it will indicate how many additional hotfixes were downloaded and how long it took:
I think this is a great enhancement as it means any essential hotfixes, present in the depot, will be automatically applied during (actually between) installation and deployment. I don’t have to manually review, download and apply those important hotfixes. As a bonus, since they get applied after installation and before deployment, the SAS web applications will be built with the hotfixes already applied (so they don’t have to be manually rebuilt – at least not for the initial deployment).
Something that did catch my eye whilst reading the documentation was that it doesn’t download all hotfixes, just a specially selected subset. Here’s the relevant quote from the SAS® Deployment Wizard and SAS® Deployment Manager 9.3: User’s Guide
The hot fixes that are included in your initial order are those that SAS feels can be safely applied with your installation. There may be more hot fixes that should only be applied after installation is complete, or after using the software for a while, you may want to determine what new hot fixes are available for your software.
SAS Technical Support has created an application, the SAS Hot Fix Analysis, Download and Deployment Tool to evaluate your software deployment and generate a report that includes information and links to hot fixes that are available for your software. The SAS Hot Fix Analysis, Download and Deployment Tool is available at http://ftp.sas.com/techsup/download/hotfix/HF2/SASHFADD.html.
So the HFADD tool is still useful for identifying and downloading post-deployment hotfixes, and perhaps any favourite hotfixes which are not in the special set the SAS Deployment Wizard can download into the depot. I can’t help wondering if perhaps one day the HFADD functionality might be rolled into the SAS Deployment Manager itself? That would be a neat enhancement I think. It’d also be nice to be able to interactively select extra hotfixes for the SAS Deployment Wizard to download into the depot.
You can find more information on these SAS 9.3 M2 enhancements in the SAS® Deployment Wizard and SAS® Deployment Manager 9.3: User’s Guide.