In the past, configuring a new autoload library for SAS Visual Analytics was a manual process involving steps to create very specific folder structures and to copy and edit scripts and SAS programs. No more! Updates to the SAS Deployment Manager have added a new task that creates and configures new autoload libraries automatically, which should help SAS administrators add autoload libraries to their system while reducing the possibility of making a careless mistake.
For those unfamiliar with autoload, I am talking about a directory into which a user can drop a spreadsheet, delimited file, or SAS Data Set and have that file automatically loaded for use in a SAS Visual Analytics environment.
So let’s see how this works. For a distributed environment, we need to make sure we start the SAS Deployment Manager on the compute tier machine. Looking through the tasks, you should see “Configure Autoload Directory for SAS Visual Analytics.”
After connecting to the SAS Metadata Server with administrative credentials, you will be prompted with a SAS LASR Artifact selection. The first two selections enable you to define entirely new autoload locations serviced by brand-new LASR servers while the last selection enables you to add an autoload library to an existing LASR server. I am going to work under the assumption that I am creating a brand new Non-Distributed LASR server that will surface my brand new autoload library so I will select the first option.
In subsequent dialogs I can provide the parameters that define a new LASR server, a new LASR library, and an autoload location where users will deposit data to be loaded.
The SAS Deployment Manager will enter configuration processing, after which we should see confirmation that our autoload configuration was successful.
The summary document generated by the SAS Deployment Manager indicates that we have created a new SAS LASR server and SAS LASR Library, a new drop-zone with the requisite folder structure, and a new set of scripts with which to manage the autoload library.
All that is left for the SAS administrator to do is to execute schedule.bat for the new autoload library to initiate the job that will check the autoload drop-zone for new data. By default that will occur every 15 minutes, but administrators can edit schedule.bat before executing it to adjust that setting.
SAS Visual Analytics autoload configuration made easy was published on SAS Users.