Hi, all you new and budding SAS administrators.
I thought I would share a few things I have picked up over the years that you may what to add to your tool bag.
Firstly, make yourself a daily checklist. This will vary depending on your site but here are some basic things to check. Add or subtract things depending on your managers expectations and your users demands.
- Check the memory utilisation. Also, you want to look at the last few hours so you can see if it is just a spike or not.
- Check the CPU usage. Similar to the memory you want to look for a trend as SAS likes to use lots of CPU. A good rule of thumb is less than 60% used is ok.
- Check all of your disk drives, local and SAN. There are many caveats here but a good rule of thumb is to have over 20 percent of free space available on each drive.
- Check that all of your SAS processes are running, don’t forget LSF if you are using it.
- Lastly check that your workspace servers are running. A simple validation test via the management console should do.
Some other things you may want to check.
- The number of user sessions
- SAS User disk utilisation
- SAS Work disk utilisation
- AD synchronisation
- The members of your SAS administrators group
- SAS specific solutions such as Visual Analytics
Shane’s BIG Tip: Whatever you include in your daily checklist, automate it, create a report and email it to yourself if you can.
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