When working with SAS® 9 metadata security, I often want to create an Access Control Template (ACT) which is very similar to an existing ACT. It may be that it will have a similar definition or permission pattern. It will usually have the same access controls applied to it for its own protection. It might occasionally be applied to protect the same set of objects as the original ACT.
Duplicating or copying SAS metadata security objects, such as ACTs, users, groups, and roles, has been a common request from Metacoda customers too. For this reason we added duplication support in Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1 R3. In the ACT, User, Group, and Role Reviewer plug-ins you will find a new Duplicate… action in the the context menu seen when right-mouse clicking over an object. A pop-up dialog then gives you some options to control what is duplicated.
The ability to duplicate objects via this facility is limited to SAS administrators via membership of one the standard SAS metadata server roles (i.e. “Metadata Server: Unrestricted“, “Metadata Server: User Administration“, or “Metadata Server: Operation“). Of course you also need permission to view the object you are duplicating. Continue reading “Duplicating or Copying SAS Access Control Templates”