Process Explorer: tools for the SAS admin on Windows


It was over two years ago that I shared the tip of using Process Explorer to look under the covers at which SAS processes were running on your Windows environment.

Process Explorer recently received a refresh, and it's worth downloading the new version. (Yes, it's free.)

If you want to know how influential this tool has been, take a look at the built-in Task Manager in Windows 7 or Windows 2008. The Task Manager now has many of the features that previously only an advanced tool like Process Explorer could offer. But in the meantime, Process Explorer (also funded by Microsoft) has advanced even further, so don't deny yourself the super-duper advanced view into your running processes.


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Chris Hemedinger

Director, SAS User Engagement

+Chris Hemedinger is the Director of SAS User Engagement, which includes our SAS Communities and SAS User Groups. Since 1993, Chris has worked for SAS as an author, a software developer, an R&D manager and a consultant. Inexplicably, Chris is still coasting on the limited fame he earned as an author of SAS For Dummies


  1. Chris Hemedinger

    hi Chris,

    Thank you for this useful code. Is there anything similar for Unix AIX environment that we can utilize?



    • Chris Hemedinger
      Chris Hemedinger on

      There are UNIX commands to do the same thing, and these of course can be wrapped in shell scripts (Bourne, Korn, or whatever). You want to look at the ps command. See this link for the AIX details.

      To get a list of processes and details:

      lnxlgn10> ps  -A -f -c
      UID        PID  PPID CLS PRI STIME TTY          TIME CMD
      sascmt   29975 29974 TS   24 Nov21 pts/40   00:00:00 -ksh
      root     31074  4313 TS   23 Nov20 ?        00:00:00 in.telnetd:
      root     31075 31074 TS   21 Nov20 ?        00:00:00 login -- scnqiz
      scnqiz   31159 31075 TS   23 Nov20 pts/5    00:00:00 -ksh
      root     31851  4313 TS   23 Nov21 ?        00:00:00 in.telnetd:
      root     31852 31851 TS   23 Nov21 ?        00:00:00 login -- sassmo
      root     32037  4313 TS   24 Nov22 ?        00:00:01 in.telnetd:
      root     32038 32037 TS   23 Nov22 ?        00:00:00 login -- cheung
      cheung   32040 32038 TS   24 Nov22 pts/34   00:00:00 -tcsh
      cheung   32057 32040 TS   23 Nov22 pts/34   00:00:00 /usr/bin/screen -r
      sassmo   32073 31852 TS   23 Nov21 pts/7    00:00:00 -ksh

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