I was asked yesterday whether it was possible to use the SAS® Management Console BI Lineage plug-in to provide non-administrators with the ability to review BI Lineage scans (as previously run by administrators). The BI Lineage plug-in can be used to do impact analysis for BI content (reports, information maps etc.) in a similar way that SAS Data Integration Studio provides impact analysis for DI content (jobs, tables, etc).
I’d never needed to do this before, so I did a little research. It didn’t take long to find the Granting Users Permission to View Scan Results section of the Using the BI Lineage Plug-in page in the SAS® 9.4 Intelligence Platform: System Administration Guide, Second Edition. That page explains how to open up access to the BILineage custom repository so that normal non-administrative users can get access to the scans (which are otherwise only available to unrestricted users). The document doesn’t get into explaining how to provide normal users with access to the BI Lineage plug-in itself so in this blog post I’m going to outline the steps required, with screenshots, to show the entire process. The end result of this process will be a BI Lineage Users group. You can then add normal non-administrative users as members of this group to provide them with access to both the BI Lineage plug-in and the scans in the BILineage repository.
The first step is to create the BI Lineage Users group. Continue reading “Providing User Access to the SAS® BI Lineage Plug-in”