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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Some of the changes in this new R3 release include: Read more
We’ve just released an update to our Metacoda Plug-ins software (3.0 R2) which includes support for use with SAS® Software version 9.3 M2. One of the new features SAS Institute have added to SAS 9.3 M2 are metadata bound libraries and tables for enhanced data security. This include some new metadata model types (SecuredLibrary and SecuredTable) and so our 3.0 release has been updated in R2 to provide access to these new metadata types. We would encourage all existing users of Metacoda Plug-ins 3.0 to upgrade to R2. This latest release can be downloaded by logging in from our support page.
If you are interested in experiencing, in your own SAS® environment, the productivity savings Metacoda Plug-ins can provide in managing your SAS metadata security, feel free to request an evaluation.
Some of the most significant new features available in our Metacoda Plug-ins 3.0 release and continued with R2 include: Read more
Metacoda Plug-ins version 3.0 BETA2 is now available for testing. We’re keen to get feedback from people who are interested in trying it out. Version 3.0 of our Metacoda Plug-ins software can be used with SAS® software versions 9.3 and 9.2. Metacoda Plug-ins version 2.0 is our current production release for SAS software 9.3 and 9.2 and Metacoda Plug-ins version 1.0 is also available for those still using SAS software version 9.1.3.
SAS 9.1.3 SP4
The most notable changes in Metacoda Plug-ins version 3.0 include:
A new Identity Permissions Explorer providing a way to find an identity (user or group) and review their effective permissions on multiple objects (folders, libraries, tables, information maps etc.). For more details check out the YouTube screencast as demonstrated at SAS Global Forum 2012.
A new Object Permissions Explorer providing a way to browse or search for an object (folder, library, table, information map, report etc.) and then review it’s effective permissions across multiple identities. For more details check out the YouTube screencast as demonstrated at SAS Global Forum 2012.
Metadata Explorer – a new, free, utility from Metacoda. This was an internal tool we have been using at Metacoda for finding and exploring technical metadata. We find it really useful for metadata programming and administration and so we thought others might too. Please give it a go and let us know what you think. Keep an eye out for a blog post with more technical details on the Metadata Explorer at PlatformAdmin.com.
The existing ACT Reviewer is now being made available for free. We are doing this to encourage good metadata security practices through the use of ACTs. Of course, we also hope you like it enough to investigate our other Security Plug-ins. All of the other plug-ins are available for you to explore in limited evaluation mode (showing a subset of your metadata).
Our existing Metacoda customers and current evaluators are being sent new V3.0 licenses and can login to download the V3.0 BETA2 installation packages.
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 ACT Reviewer and Metadata Explorer. If you’d also like to try the other Limited Evaluation Mode features on your entire metadata then let us know and we can provide a 1 month evaluation license too.
We’re excited about this new release and we hope you are too.