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Metacoda Plug-ins Tip: Locate a Metadata Object By Id

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. This tip was prompted by a question from a Metacoda customer who, having seen a SAS® metadata object id in a log file (e.g. A53GCFFH.AP00001D), wanted to quickly identify what SAS metadata object that id referred to. As a Metacoda Plug-ins user they have access to the Metacoda Metadata Explorer plug-in which supports simple...

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Duplicating or Copying SAS Access Control Templates

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. 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 … Continue...

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Reviewing SSL/TLS Certificate Chain for Active Directory Server

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. Sometimes when I am setting up, or helping someone setup, identity synchronisation between the SAS® platform and Microsoft Active Directory (AD), I run into SSL/TLS certificate validation issues. I am usually using Metacoda Identity Sync, but it can also happen when doing a sync with custom Base SAS code. Often the...

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Metacoda Plug-ins Tip: Compare Metadata Objects

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. One of the new additions in the recently released Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1 R2 is a Compare Metadata Objects feature. This is a something that several customers have requested, particularly for the comparison of SAS metadata security objects like ACTs, Users, Groups, and Roles. One of the most common requests was to be able to...

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Metacoda Auth Domain Reviewer Libraries Tab

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. Last year I posted some information about a new Metacoda Auth Domain Reviewer plug-in that was planned for Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1. That Auth Domain Reviewer is now available with the recent Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1 R1 release and you may notice that it looks a little different to the screenshots I posted back then … it …...

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Metacoda Plug-ins Batch Interface Setup Utility

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. This is a short post to let those readers who run or schedule Metacoda Plug-ins in batch know that, with the recent Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1 R1 release, we have published a GitHub repository to help with setup of the Metacoda Plug-ins Batch Interface. You can find this new repository, together with setup instructions, at...

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Metacoda Plug-ins Tip: User’s Group Content Admin Permissions (Identity Permissions Explorer)

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. This tip was prompted by a SAS Communities question which I hear from time to time, essentially “How do I find out which groups a SAS user is a Portal Group Content Administrator for?” It can be answered using the Metacoda Identity Permissions Explorer but involves a few steps so I will outline them here. … Continue...

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Java Look & Feel with SAS Management Console on Linux

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. As someone who specialises in SAS® metadata security, I spend a lot of time using the Authorization tab in SAS Management Console. I also use Linux a great deal. When I run SAS Management Console on Linux, I’ve noticed that the check box background colours on the Authorization tab don’t render correctly (for me at …...

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Following SAS GEL Security Rules with Metacoda Security Tests

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. If you’re responsible for managing SAS® platform security, and you haven’t seen them yet, then I’d definitely recommend reading Five papers on Recommended SAS 9.4 Security Model Design (part 1 & part 2) as published by David Stern, Principal Technical Architect from the SAS Global Enablement and Learning (GEL)...

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Finding Private User Folders for Deleted SAS Platform Users

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. “How do I find all the private user folders for SAS users that have been deleted so I know which folders can be removed?” I was asked this question recently and thought that I should be able to build up a single line XMLSELECT style SAS® metadata query to answer it. I could then paste … Continue reading “Finding...

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SAS Platform Audit History: Options and Versions

This post was kindly contributed by platformadmin.com - go there to comment and to read the full post. Lately I have been looking at audit histories with the SAS® platform. This is to answer the “Who viewed/changed what and when?” type of question. The core support for this is provided by the SAS Logging Facility. Customizing logging for the many and varied SAS platform components across a distributed environment,...