SAS Admin – Restricting options

by | Jun 30, 2016

SAS
If you’re a typical admin like myself you like to have a certain amount of control over your environment. Recently I started losing a little of that control so I asked SAS if I could have it back. After my first couple of searches, I got a hint from SAS Support that I might be able to regain control again. A few hours later, many, many searches and the reading of a couple of SAS administration documents I found the answer. Now to blog about it so I can find it a lot easier next time.
This page gives you all the details including what options you can’t restrict and the variances between operating systems.
http://support.sas.com/documentation/cdl/en/lesysoptsref/64892/HTML/default/viewer.htm#n1ag2fud7ue3aln1xiqqtev7ergg.htm#n1243vjtfty6pan1ramcaeho4jte
Now all you need to do to restrict some options is find your rstropts directory and create a file in there called rsasv9.cfg. This file is in the same format as a standard config file, the only difference being all options specified become restricted and unable to be changed.
Try looking here for your config file.
!SASROOT/misc/rstropts
/sasbin/SASHome/SASFoundation/9.4/misc/rstropts
I hope you also regain some control as I did.
Shane out.
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