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Version 9 of the SAS System provides a Business Intelligence Platform where metadata is essential to managing the platform and its clients. This is a brief overview of what comprises this metadata along how it is served and managed.


Metadata is structured data which describe the location and structure of enterprise data. Examples of this data include:

  • configurations of various SAS servers (e.g. Stored Process Server, Workspace Server)
  • configurations of various SAS client products (e.g. SAS Information Delivery Portal)
  • user identities, groups, and roles
  • pointers to SAS-accessible data
  • attributes of columns in SAS tables

Storage And Serving

In SAS 9, metadata is stored in a repository based upon types defined in the SAS Metadata Model. One or more repositories are served by the SAS Metadata Server. Every installation of SAS BI or EBI will have a SAS Metadata Server.

Metadata is managed by using SAS Management Console. Administrators may have varying levels of access to metadata and this product will enforce security restrictions.

Types Of Metadata

Metadata types generally can be divided into whether or not the metadata is associated with a tree. Metadata that is associated with a tree can be viewed and managed using the "Folders" tab of SAS Management Console. Non-tree metadata is viewed and managed on the "Plugins" tab of SAS Management Console.

The Plugins tab is where you will manage servers, users, SAS libraries, etc., via specialized plugins. The Folders tab gives you access to one or more trees containing a variety of public content such as tables, SAS Information Maps, cubes, SAS Stored Processes and shared prompts.

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