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Be productive and confident in your SAS data security governance

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We love feedback and – like most people – we’re particularly encouraged by positive feedback.

So when we recently asked customers about the benefits of using Metacoda software, we were thrilled to hear these top responses:

  • Comprehensive metadata visibility, fast
  • Excellent partnership relationship with a trusted SAS partner
  • Improved security
  • Enhanced metadata security governance and user access management
  • 100% value for money

These sentiments were re-enforced at SAS Forum UK in June, when Iain Adamson from ScottishPower told the audience that Metacoda software can save him a few hours a day.

We welcome you to take a look at our new Enhanced Metadata Visibility flyer based on the above feedback, and let us know what you think.

Cheers,
Michelle


Imagine saving a few hours a day in your SAS admin work!

Click to watch the #SASForumUK 2019 Metacoda koala video…

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Metacoda Plug-ins Tip

What’s New in Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1

Metacoda Plug-ins 6.1 is now available and has several improvements including two new plug-ins that may be of interest to existing and potential Metacoda customers.

Metacoda External Identity Manager Plug-in

The main improvements in Metacoda Plug-ins version 6.1 include:

  • New Auth Domain Reviewer plug-in: a new plug-in for reviewing, documenting, and testing the use of Authentication Domains in SAS metadata.
  • New External Identity Manager plug-in: a new plug-in to assist with identity synchronization between SAS and Microsoft Active Directory (and other LDAP servers).
  • New Key Export feature in the Identity Sync plug-in: provides the ability to export a CSV file containing a variety of external identity keys (e.g. objectGUID, objectSid, sAMAccountName, distinguishedName) for all discovered external identities.
  • Numerous enhancements to the Identity Sync plug-in with report extracts, options.
  • New Metadata Security Testing Framework tests have been added:
    1. <RequireFoundationRepositoryACT/>: a new recommended practice test to verify the Foundation repository has a Repository ACT.
    2. <AllowNoDirectFoundationRepositoryACTUsage/>: a new recommended practice test to verify the Foundation Repository ACT has not been directly applied to any metadata objects (it is indirectly applied to all metadata objects at the top of their object inheritance paths).
    3. <AuthDomains/>: new implementation tests as exported by the new Auth Domain Reviewer plug-in.

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Supporting the SAS community to help keep your SAS platform secure

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SAS Admin Community and Metacoda Koalas

Metacoda has been meeting the needs of SAS platform administrators and users with our customer-driven productivity tools, since 2007. It’s been an enjoyable 11 years supporting the SAS community by:

  • sponsoring SAS events around the world
  • helping out in the SAS Users Group for Adminstrators (SUGA) community
  • assisting members in communities.sas.com
  • sharing knowledge and thought leadership through conference presentations, blog posts and webinars
  • connecting and making friends on social, and in person.

Take a look at our recent blog post “SAS Admin Community: Have you joined your tribe?”, and let us know your thoughts. What do you like about the SAS community and how do you connect with it? Read more

Metacoda Koalas with Blue Bear #metacodaInDenver

How Metacoda can help keep your SAS platform secure. See us at SASGF!

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SASGF 2018 Sponsor

Metacoda is excited to once again be a SAS Global Forum (SASGF) sponsor (our seventh consecutive year!) And with a conference theme of Inspire the Extraordinary, it’s guaranteed to be an exceptional time!

Last year Charyn Faenza from First National Bank, and I, presented SAS Metadata Security 301: Auditing your SAS Environment, where we described security as a journey rather than a destination. We showed how Metacoda software can help you regularly review environments, protect resources, comply with security auditing requirements, and quickly and easily answer the question ‘who has access to what?’.

So where are you in your SAS platform security journey? How do you make sure your data assets are protected to meet regulatory and business compliance? If you’re going to SASGF, make sure you visit the Metacoda stand in The Quad to learn how we can help you keep your SAS platform secure. While you’re there, make sure you grab one of our true blue Metacoda koalas.

Or, if you’re not going to SASGF, feel free to contact us any time – we’re always keen to help our fellow SAS users!

Cheers,
Michelle
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Launching Metacoda Plug-ins 6.0: Try it today!

Metacoda Plug-ins 6 Launch

Metacoda is excited to announce that the latest version of our Metacoda Plug-ins – version 6 – is ready to roll and even better than ever!

The new release has been a really positive experience, with highlights including:

  • The opportunity to include customer enhancement requests.
  • Additions that make it even quicker and easier to manage SAS metadata and security, especially when it comes to tracing permissions, synchronizing identities, and configuring roles and capabilities.
  • A really productive beta-testing phase (many thanks to everyone who helped!).

Snapshot of Metacoda Plug-ins 6.0

  • New Permissions Tracer Plug-in: A new plug-in that enables you to trace permissions and access controls for a combination of a metadata object and a metadata identity (user or group). This will help you to understand where effective permissions are Read more

Metacoda Custom Tasks Updated

Metacoda Custom Tasks in SAS Enterprise Guide and the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office

Today we released a minor update to Metacoda Custom Tasks. This update enables the custom tasks to be used with the latest 7.1 versions of SAS® Enterprise Guide® and SAS® Add-In for Microsoft Office (in addition to the 6.1 and 5.1 versions).

The custom tasks consist of a Metadata Table Finder and a Metadata Column Finder, which can be added to existing SAS® Enterprise Guide® and SAS® Add-In for Microsoft Office installations to help users locate the data (tables and columns) they need.

If you already have Metacoda login you can download the updated version (v1.0.5494.17230) from the Metacoda Customer Portal, otherwise fill out the registration form and we’ll create a login for you.

Metacoda Plug-ins V4.0 with Metadata Security Testing!

Paul Homes presenting at SASGF14

We’re excited to let our customers and other SAS users know that Metacoda Plug-ins version 4.0 is now available! We demonstrated an early version at SAS Global Forum 2014 in March, and Paul Homes presented a paper highlighting the new automated SAS metadata testing framework. (You can read about the paper on his PlatformAdmin.com blog.)

We continue to support SAS Software versions as outlined below.

Metacoda Plug-ins SAS 9.4 SAS 9.3 SAS 9.2 SAS 9.1.3 SP4
V4.0 R1
Metacoda Plug-ins V4.0 is available with SAS 9.4
Metacoda Plug-ins V3.0 is available with SAS 9.3
Metacoda Plug-ins V3.0 is available with SAS 9.2
V1.0 R4
Metacoda Plug-ins V1.0 is supported for use with SAS 9.1.3 SP4

The most notable changes in Metacoda Plug-ins version 4.0 include:

  • An optional SAS Metadata Security Testing Framework for the automated testing of metadata security implementations including:
    • The ability to export metadata security test specifications, as XML files, from an existing metadata server.
    • Test Runner: a new plug-in used to interactively run metadata security test specifications from XML files.
    • A batch interface for automated scheduled metadata security tests with HTML results and alert emails.
  • Public Types Explorer: a new and free plug-in that provides facilities for exploring SAS public type metadata such as the applicability of metadata permissions across the various metadata types. For more information see this PlatformAdmin.com blog post.
  • Batch HTML exports now supports email alerts for exceptions.
  • Enhancements to the exported HTML reports for all reviewers.

Our existing Metacoda customers will be provided new V4.0 licenses and can login to download the V4.0 R1 installation packages. This version continues to provide the free plug-ins: ACT Reviewer, Metadata Explorer and the Password Encoder.

If you’re not yet a Metacoda customer and would like to find out more about Metacoda Plug-ins, please contact us. You can also request an evaluation to register for an account to download Metacoda Plug-ins and get access to the free plug-ins.

We’re excited about this new release and how it can help an organization ensure their SAS metadata security implementation remains consistent to plan, maintaining access to business resources in a methodical, organized, partitioned, and protected manner.

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Metacoda Plug-ins 3.0 R4

We’ve just released an update to our Metacoda Plug-ins software (3.0 R4). Some of the changes in this new R4 release include:

    • A new Password Encoder utility that can be used to convert plain text passwords into SAS® pwencode format. This Password Encoder is a free-of-charge plug-in like the ACT Reviewer and Metacoda Explorer. Paul Homes recently wrote about the Password Encoder in a platformadmin.com blog post.

 

    • A new Metacoda Server Id Viewer utility. It can used to visit all of the SAS environments for which a commercial license for Metacoda Plug-ins is required. The server id list can then be sent to Metacoda to be used in the preparation of a license file.

 

  • Metacoda Plug-ins software is now digitally signed. This means the software can be verified as originating from Metacoda and will help some customers who have policies or security software which prevent the installation of unsigned software.

We encourage all existing users of Metacoda Plug-ins 3.0 to upgrade to R4. This latest release can be downloaded when you log in from our support page. After logging in, you can also view the release notes to get more details on these changes.

If you’d like to find out more about Metacoda Plug-ins please contact us. You can also register to download the free plug-ins and even get a one month evaluation license to try out the rest of the plug-ins with your own SAS metadata.

Metacoda Custom Tasks 1.0 Now Available

Metacoda Custom Tasks in SAS Enterprise Guide and the SAS Add-In for Microsoft Office

Metacoda Custom Tasks 1.0 are now available. They’re being offered free-of-charge to registered Metacoda software users. If you are a Metacoda customer or have previously evaluated our software you already have a login, otherwise fill out the registration form and we’ll create one for you.

There are 2 custom tasks: Metadata Table Finder and Metadata Column Finder. These custom tasks can be added to existing SAS® Enterprise Guide® and SAS® Add-In for Microsoft Office installations to help users locate the data (tables and columns) they need.

For more information refer to our Metacoda Custom Tasks product page.

Metacoda Plug-ins 3.0 R3

Today is a very exciting day! SAS Institute released SAS® 9.4, packed with lots of new features and improvements. You can find all the details in their What’s New in SAS 9.4 document. At Metacoda, we are particularly excited about the new SAS Environment Manager and SAS Web Application Server, together with enhancements to the SAS Metadata Server and Metadata-Bound Libraries.

Some of our customers have told us they plan to migrate to SAS 9.4 ASAP, and so with that in mind we have released an update to our Metacoda Plug-ins software (3.0 R3) which includes support for use with SAS 9.4, together with a number of other enhancements.

Metacoda Plug-ins 3.0 R3

Some of the changes in this new R3 release include: Read more