Configuring storage for SAS--additional guidelines

My Performance Validation team in SAS R&D is constantly working with our partners to test how their storage arrays work with SAS.  In late 2014, we finalized several papers that discuss how a mixed analytics workload performs on several storage arrays.  While doing this testing, we also listed lessons-learned in […]

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SAS Environment Manager:  compatible groups save time

Many larger SAS deployments have multiple instances of similar SAS-related servers. For example, a distributed SAS Enterprise BI environment may have several machines running instances of the object spawner or the OLAP server. Similarly, all of your distributed SAS Visual Analytics deployments have worker nodes that are typically dedicated Linux […]

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SAS Grid Manager, shared-nothing storage and Hadoop: Part 1

When designing a SAS Grid Manager architecture, there is a requirement that has always been a critical component: a clustered file system. Over the years, vendors have released versions of these systems that are more robust and SAS has increased the minimum IO requirements, but the basic design has never changed—until now. […]

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When to use NFS with SAS

With the growing use of SAS on commodity hardware, many organizations are running lots of SAS servers on separate instances of operating system in a SAS infrastructure. This configuration is great for optimizing resources, but when these SAS servers have to share data, then SAS recommends the use of a clustered […]

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SAS Backup and Recovery Tool

In researching material for an upcoming project, I investigated the SAS Deployment Backup and Recovery Tool available in SAS 9.4. Here are some of my findings on identifying what directories are included in a Backup and Recovery session and how to add custom directories to a backup configuration. The SAS […]

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Exporting events from SAS Environment Manager

As SAS administrators, I know you are as excited as I am by the ability of SAS Environment Manager to monitor, in detail, the performance of their SAS environments. Now, we have a robust tool to monitor, measure and report on the performance of the various SAS components. An added […]

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Consolidating SAS desktop users to a central server

In trying to offer better support to SAS users, many customers’ IT departments are looking to consolidate all their SAS desktop users onto a centralized Windows, UNIX or Linux server. This option is a very practical strategy, but implementing it satisfactorily requires a lot of assessment on how the SAS […]

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SAS Environment Manager Data Mart—the heart of the Service Management Architecture

Several new capabilities and components are available in SAS Environment Manager 2.4, the web-based administration solution for a SAS environment. For me, the most important enhancement is probably the SAS Environment Manager Service Management Architecture Framework, which provides features and functions that enable SAS Environment Manager to fit into a […]

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Which SAS Migration Utility do I use?

During a migration to a new release of SAS software, the SAS Migration Utility is used to analyze and package your source software. There are two ways that you can get the SAS Migration Utility. It’s available by selecting SAS Migration Utility from the Downloads page on support.sas.com. The SAS Migration […]

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Renewing SAS solutions: a two-step process

Did you know that applying a new SAS license file for many SAS solutions is a two step process? Because many of SAS’ most of popular solutions (including SAS® Visual Analytics, SAS® Enterprise MinerTM and SAS® Customer Intelligence) depend on the middle-tier architecture for primary user access, information about licensed […]

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