SAS Documentation is a wonderful resource. I have spent lots of time reading and searching through it, learning new things, refreshing existing knowledge, or trying to work out why something I am doing is not working. Very rarely you might encounter an error, as I did yesterday whilst reading about the changes in the recent SAS 9.4 M8 release. SAS have made it very easy to provide feedback when you encounter such things – up in the top right hand side of the page there’s a Feedback link, as highlight in the screenshot below:
Clicking on that link will open your email client and pre-populate a ready made email with the title of that page in the subject line and a link to the page in the body. All you need to do is provide your comments and hit send.
I was very impressed with the response to the feedback I provided yesterday. Reading my email this morning I already had replies and the documentation had already been updated too. How fast was that!
I found a handy tip from Rafi in the discussion Allocating SAS WORK Libraries Dynamically in SAS 9.2 in the LinkedIn group SAS Architects/Administrators/Implementation Specialist. It explains how to use a variation on the SAS system option WORK= to spread work libraries over a number of I/O paths using either random or available space methods. This can potentially help you improve I/O performance for work libraries en-masse, and/or get access to more available space, by spreading those work libraries over a number of different devices.
This usage of the WORK= SAS system option is documented in a number of places:
I noticed that several of the SAS® platform administration documents have been updated recently following the release of the 4.3 versions of SAS Enterprise Guide and the various mid-tier web apps (SAS Information Delivery Portal, SAS Web Report Studio, SAS BI Dashboard etc.). The updated documents include:
- SAS® 9.2 Intelligence Platform System Administration Guide, Second Edition
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/bisag/64088/PDF/default/bisag.pdf
HTML viewable at http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/bisag/64088/HTML/default/viewer.htm
- SAS® 9.2 Intelligence Platform Web Application Administration Guide, Fourth Edition
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/biwaag/63149/PDF/default/biwaag.pdf
HTML viewable at http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/biwaag/63149/HTML/default/viewer.htm
- Administering SAS® Enterprise Guide 4.3
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/enclient/62806/PDF/default/enclient.pdf
HTML viewable at http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/enclient/62806/HTML/default/titlepage.htm
Of particular interest is an extra chapter in the SAS 9.2 Intelligence Platform: Web Application Administration Guide, Fourth Edition about the new facilities for Promoting Portal Content (Chapter 24).