I saw this SAS usage note today “Usage Note 36547: A host name that includes an underscore or other unreserved characters causes problems for SAS BI Web applications” at http://support.sas.com/kb/36/547.html. I don’t remember ever using an underscore in a host name before, but I will certainly avoid it from now on.
As I mentioned in a previous post, I will be doing a presentation at SAS Forum Australia & New Zealand 2010 titled Best Practices with SAS® 9 Metadata Security. The abstract for this presentation is as follows:
SAS® 9 metadata security is becoming increasingly more important as SAS® 9 platform installations continue to grow and evolve. With more content, larger user communities and a wider variety of application interfaces, time-poor SAS platform administrators are looking for better ways to manage security with their organisations valuable metadata and data resources.
Knowledge and use of current SAS® 9 metadata security best practices can be a key differentiator between stressed platform administrators and well organised administrators. One group might spend their time applying ad-hoc quick fixes and tracking down authorisation conflicts, whereas the other group will plan ahead to reduce day-to-day overheads and minimise the impact of change.
This paper will provide an outline of some of the key SAS® 9 metadata security best practices together with information on where to go to find out more.
Of course this is a large topic for the time available, and so the presentation will provide an overview with a few examples. My plan is that this blog will act as a companion to the presentation. I will post articles here that provide further information with links to online materials that should be useful to other platform administrators wanting to find out more about the topic.