Have you ever wanted to restart a single SAS® web application without having to wait for the entire stack of SAS Web Application Servers to restart? Well, SAS Environment Manager provides the ability to do this, and I think that’s fantastic. I needed to restart the SAS Logon Manager several times the other day, and by using SAS Environment Manager I was able to save at least an hour of my time in repeatedly restarting the individual app rather than the entire app server. This post shows the steps involved in restarting a single web app with SAS Environment Manager. I’m saving these steps because each time I’ve needed to do it, it has taken me a while to find the right place (because there’s so much to see in SAS Environment Manager!).
In my case, I needed to allow a Metacoda web application to use SAS Logon Manager and this required a change to metadata and a restart of the SAS Logon Manager web app (as described in SAS Problem Note 56451: The error “The Application is not authorized to use SAS Logon Manager” occurs …).
I used the SAS Management Console Configuration Manager plug-in to add the ServiceUrl.Allowed advanced parameter to SAS Application Infrastructure. The next step was to restart SAS Logon Manager to pick up the change. After logging into SAS Environment Manager, I knew that the SAS Logon Manager web app was in the SAS Web App Server instance named SASServer1_1, so I searched for that by typing in sasserver1_1 and selecting Servers from the drop down:
That returned a single sas94m3 tc Runtime SASServer1_1 instance which I clicked on: Continue reading “Restarting SAS Web Apps with SAS Environment Manager”
When I first saw the Configuration Manager plug-in in SAS Management Console 9.3 I wondered where everything had gone! As you can see in the image below the list only contained four items!
I was expecting to see a nice long list of items like there is in this screenshot from SAS 9.2 …
Surely something was wrong? I have to confess when I saw this the first thing I did was to go looking through my SAS 9.3 install logs looking for errors. I couldn’t find any … ??? Puzzled, I went back to the SAS 9.3 Configuration Manager plug-in to take a look at what was there. As it turned out I was a bit keen to go looking for errors because when I expanded the 3rd item, SAS Application Infrastructure, hey presto there were all the missing items I had been looking for. Not missing, just rearranged.
Mystery solved, feeling a bit red-faced though. I’m always telling people to check the logs but maybe sometimes its worth clicking around a bit first ;)
I noticed the user interface for the SAS® Deployment Manager 9.3 has changed slightly.
Here is a screenshot from my “old” SAS 9.2 M3 installation:
… and here’s the screenshot from my new SAS 9.3 installation:
I’m guessing that the new hierarchical folder structure is going to allow for more tools to added.
Interestingly there’s a new Apply Hot Fixes item at the bottom of the list of tools. This new tool is also mentioned in the SAS 9.3 hotfixes area under Important Changes to Hot Fixes. Initially I wondered if this was going to replace the SAS92HFADD tool, but then I saw there’s a SAS 9.3 Hot Fix Analysis, Download and Deployment Tool (SAS93HFADD) that’s currently marked as Under Development. I really liked SAS92HFADD (I did a couple of posts about my experiences with it here and here), so I’ll be interested to see SAS93HFADD when it’s available.
The documentation for the updated SAS Deployment Manager is in the SAS Deployment Wizard and SAS Deployment Manager 9.3: User’s Guide which is available from a link at the bottom of the SAS 9.3 Install Center Documentation page. This is one of those documents that I don’t refer to often enough to always remember where to find it. I hope it makes it onto the very useful, all-in-one page SAS 9.3 Documentation by Title.
These are some of my favourite papers from SAS Global Forum 2011. As a platform administrator and metadata fan I am obviously biased to a specific subset of papers. I’m sure there were many other great papers at the conference, but these are the ones that I liked the most based on my own interests. :)
- Best Practice Implementation of SAS® Metadata Security at Customer Sites in Denmark
Cecily Hoffritz & Johannes Jørgensen
SAS Global Forum 2011 Paper 376-2011
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings11/376-2011.pdf
- Single Sign-On Configuration and Troubleshooting for SAS® 9.2 Enterprise BI Web Applications
Stuart J Rogers & Heesun Park
SAS Global Forum 2011 Paper 365-2011
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings11/365-2011.pdf
- Using SAS® on UNIX with Multiple Active Directories as Authentication Providers
SAS Global Forum 2011 Paper 369-2011
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings11/369-2011.pdf
- Understanding the Anatomy of a SAS® Deployment: What’s in My Server Soup?
Mark Schneider, Donna Bennett, & Connie Robison
SAS Global Forum 2011 Paper 363-2011
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings11/363-2011.pdf
- Configuration and Tuning Guidelines for SAS®9 in Microsoft Windows Server 2008
SAS Global Forum 2011 Paper 370-2011
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings11/370-2011.pdf
- Considerations for Implementing a Highly Available or Disaster Recovery Environment
Diane Hatcher & Jochen Kirsten
SAS Global Forum 2011 Paper 358-2011
- PDF available from http://support.sas.com/resources/papers/proceedings11/358-2011.pdf
I’ll definitely be recommending these papers in my SAS platform admin consulting and training work, and have done so a number of times already. They offer a great supplement to the standard SAS documentation and provide lots of additional background info for some of the common types of platform admin related questions I hear like:
- “How can I find out more about SAS architecture, what all the components are, and how they fit together?”
- “What’s involved in setting up single sign-on for SAS installations?”
- “What do we need to know about optimizing the performance of SAS software?”
- “How do we secure our SAS content, what are the recommendations, and what should we watch out for?”
- “What happens if we get a hardware failure on our SAS Metadata Server? What things do we need to consider in disaster recovery planning?”
I’ve also added these papers to my reading list so I can find them easily when I need to point someone at them.
Thanks to all the authors for taking the time to prepare, present and publish them to share with the SAS community.
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).