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Introduction to SAS Management Console Plug-Ins & User Interface - SAS BI

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SAS Management Console is the primary administrative user interface for administering SAS servers in the SAS Intelligence Platform. SAS Management Console includes a variety of plug-ins that are used to create and maintain various resources available in the SAS Intelligence Platform.

SAS Management Console Plug-Ins

SAS Management Console plug-ins are Java files that provide specific administrative functions by creating specific types of metadata definitions.
SAS Management Console includes a standard set of plug-ins. Additional plug-ins can be installed to access and manage other SAS or third-party applications.
SAS Management Console plug-ins are grouped into two main categories

  • Environment Management

Plug-ins for configuring SAS resources such as servers, metadata, libraries, and users.

  • Application Management

Plug-ins for configuring SAS applications.
When a plug-in is installed, it is added automatically to the appropriate category.

Some of the plug-ins provided by SAS Management Console includes:

SAS Management Console Plug-ins

Additional plug-ins include:

Server Manager Creates definitions for servers, including SAS application servers, database servers, and enterprise servers.
User Manager creates definitions for users and user groups.
License Manager allows you to view information about the SAS licenses installed on a machine, as well as details about the machine.
XMLMap Manager allows you to import and create XMLMaps, which are XML files that describe how the SAS XML LIBNAME engine should interpret XML markup.

Plug-In Information

Because each plug-in has its own functions, the SAS Management Console menu bar and toolbar change whenever you select a node within the navigation tree.
Different nodes within a single plug-in can activate different menu items and tools.
The Help for each plug-in is only available when the plug-in is active. For example, in order to view the Help for the Metadata Manager plug-in, you must first select the Metadata Manager plug-in or an object inside the plug-in in the navigation tree.

Working with the User Interface

SAS Management Console User Interface

The SAS Management Console user interface consists of six major parts:

  • Menu bar
  • Toolbar
  • Context bar
  • Navigation tree
  • Display area
  • Status line.


The menu bar provides six standard menus and one that is controlled by the selected plug-in:

File provides selections for opening objects, changing or closing the current metadata profile, and viewing properties for an object.
provides selections for copying, pasting, and deleting.
View provides selections for refreshing the information displayed in the application and for moving up a level in the navigation tree.
Actions provides selections that are valid only for the current plug-in. (If no plug-in is selected, the Actions menu is not present. The Actions menu items are different for each plug-in.)
Tools provides access to an experimental metadata utility.
CAUTION: Only experienced administrators should use this utility.
Metadata errors could occur if this utility is used incorrectly.
Roadmaps provides access to roadmaps, which are user assistance documents designed to guide you through SAS Management Console tasks.
Help provides options for selecting help for SAS Management Console or for the current plug- in. Help for a specific plug-in is only available when the plug-in is selected in the navigation tree

SAS Management console

The toolbar provides a set of five standard tools for

  • moving up one level in the navigation tree
  • opening the selected object
  • copying
  • pasting

In addition, plug-ins can also add tools to the toolbar. The tools that are specific to a plug-in are only available when the plug-in is selected in the navigation tree. The plug-in can also provide different tools depending on the object that is selected under the plug-in. Refer to the Help on each of the plug-ins for more information about plug-in tools.

Context Bar

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The context bar identifies the active repository, which is the metadata repository to which you are storing metadata definitions. You can select the repository that you want to access from the Repository drop-down list.

Navigation Tree

The navigation tree displays an organized list of all of the installed plug-ins and the objects that are associated with each plug-in. The plug-ins are organized into two main categories:

  • Environment Management contains plug-ins for defining metadata that applies to the overall
  • SAS environment (such as servers, libraries, and metadata repositories).
  • Application Management contains plug-ins for defining metadata that applies to specific applications.

Selecting a plug-in icon in the navigation tree activates the plug-in and displays information for that plug-in in the display area. To display the objects associated with the plug-in in the navigation tree, click the plus sign next to the plug-in icon to expand its contents (not all plug-ins are expandable).

Display Area

>>The display area is used to display detailed information about objects selected in the navigation tree. The information displayed depends not only on the object selected in the navigation tree, but also on the plug-in that is active. Some plug-ins (such as the User Manager) utilize the display area for entering metadata.
>>If you select an object (plug-in or other object) in the navigation tree that contains sub-folders, the display area lists the folders. If you select a folder in the navigation tree, the display area lists the objects that are contained in the folder.
>>If you select an object in the navigation tree that does not contain any sub-folders, the display area displays any metadata definitions that are associated with that object. For example, if you select a server definition in the navigation tree, the display area lists all of the connections that have been defined for the server.

status Line

The status line, at the bottom of the SAS Management Console window, displays the following information:

  • number of objects selected or the number of objects contained in the currently selected folder or plug-in
  • domain and user ID defined in the metadata profile used to log on to the active metadata server
  • machine and port number of the active metadata server.


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