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Getting started with SAS Visual Analytics 7.1 Audit Reports for Administrators

by Community Manager on ‎01-15-2015 01:31 PM - edited on ‎10-05-2015 04:23 PM by Community Manager (16,793 Views)

With SAS Visual Analytics 7.1, you can activate capabilities to audit the SAS Visual Analytics environment – find out what reports and data were used, for example. The “SAS Visual Analytics Administrator View Usage Reports” you access an audit report. But if you combine the default SAS Visual Analytics audit data with the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart data, you can obtain even more info about the environment.

This article exp
lains how to activate the default SAS Visual Analytics audit capabilities and obtain the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart data. Future articles will detail how to create auditing reports.

 

Note: Click on the images to enlarge them.


What are the SAS Visual Analytics Reports for Administrators?

The SAS Visual Analytics Administrator application provides administrators with an environment to store audit data (EVDMLA) and reports (Usage reports). By default there is only one table and one predefined report available out-of-the-box. But custom data and reports can be created and managed from this area to provide administrators with information about their SAS Visual Analytics environment.

In the standard configuration, only administrators and unrestricted users can access the predefined report and its underlying data.

The Reports for Administrators are composed by:

  • Data that are collected by the middle-tier audit service.

Named: audit_visualanalytics.sas7bdat

    • For a description of this table content, please refer to the SAS Visual Analytics Administration Guide (access to those with license), Chapter 3 “Security”, Key Actions Auditing, Audit Content and Coverage (p44-48).
  • A drop zone to store the collected data.

Located in: [SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/AppData/SASVisualAnalytics/VisualAnalyticsAdministrator/AutoLoad/EVDMLA

  • A SAS LASR Analytic AutoLoad library against this drop zone.

Named: Environment Manager Data Mart LASR

  • A LASR Analytic server to load these audit data in memory.

The default SAS LASR Analytic server named: LASR Analytic Server – [SAS Visual Analytics Root Node]

  • A SAS Visual Analytics Report.

Named: Administrator overview
Located in the metadata folder:
/Products/SAS Visual Analytics Administrator/Reports/Usage

  • An interface to access the usage reports

SAS Visual Analytics Hub Administrator View Usage Reports.”
(“Administrator” or “Manage Environment”)


Enable the EVDMLA AutoLoad environment

  • Enable collection of key actions audit data. Set the va.AuditingEnabled suite-level configuration property to true, and restart the SAS Web Application
    1. Open the SAS Management Console and connect to your SAS Metadata server as an administrator
      1. Select the Plug-ins tab
      2. Select Application Management SAS Application Infrastructure Visual Analytics 7.1
      3. Right-Click on “Visual Analytics 7.1″ and choose Properties
      4. On the “Visual Analytics Properties” panel, Select the Advanced tab
      5. On the Advanced tab, edit the “va.AuditingEnabled” property and change its value to “true”
      6. Then Click the “OK” button to save your change

You should see something like:

EVDMLA AutoLoad Figure 1.jpg

          2.     Restart the SAS Web Application Server

      • On UNIX:
        1. Log on your SAS Middle-Tier server as the SAS Installation User
        2. Go to the SAS Configuration Level directory

     cd [SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn

     iii. Restart your SAS Web Application Server

     ./sas.servers.mid restart

      • On Windows:

                         i. Log on your SAS Middle-Tier server as a system administrator

                         ii. Access the Computer Management tool (Control Panel Administrative Tools), and select to Services and Applications Services

                         iii. Select the “SAS [Config-Levn] WebAppServer SASServer1_1″ service, right-click on it, and select “Restart”

  • Start AutoLoad for the administrative reporting library (Environment Manager Data Mart LASR).

          1.    Start AutoLoad for the administrative reporting library (EVDMLA)

                    Log on your SAS Visual Analytics Root node as the SAS Installation User

 

      1. Be sure that the account will manage the EVDMLA AutoLoad process has the appropriate access (Read/Write) on the directories listed below and their contents.


          Data:

     [SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/AppData/SASVisualAnalytics/VisualAnalyticsAdministrator/AutoLoad/EVDMLA(UNIX)
           or
          
[SAS-Configuration-Directory]\Levn\AppData\SASVisualAnalytics\VisualAnalyticsAdministrator\AutoLoad\EVDMLA(Windows)

          Scripts:

     [SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/Applications/SASVisualAnalytics/VisualAnalyticsAdministrator/EVDMLA(UNIX)
           or
          
[SAS-Configuration-Directory]\Levn\Applications\SASVisualAnalytics\VisualAnalyticsAdministrator\EVDMLA(Windows)

 

                    ii. Go to the EVDMLA AutoLoad scripts directory…

 

     [SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/Applications/SASVisualAnalytics/VisualAnalyticsAdministrator/EVDMLA(UNIX)
           or
          
[SAS-Configuration-Directory]\Levn\Applications\SASVisualAnalytics\VisualAnalyticsAdministrator\EVDMLA(Windows)

                   
                    iii. … and schedule the EVDMLA AutoLoad process    

 

     ./schedule.sh (UNIX)
           or
          
./schedule.bat (Windows)

                   

                    iv. Verify that the scheduled task is running

 

     On UNIX:crontab -l (list the scheduled jobs for the current user)
      On Windows: Access the Task Scheduler tool (Control Panel
Administrative Tools), and look at the task in the Task Scheduler Library.

 

          2.     Log on the SAS Visual Analytics Hub as an administrator, and access the Administrator application

 

          3.     Open LASR Manage Tables

You should see something like:

EVDMLA AutoLoad Figure 2.jpg

Notes:
In the standard configuration, the SAS Visual Analytics key actions audit data is less than 30 minutes old. Audit records are continuously generated, audit data is extracted every 15 minutes, and the extracted data is loaded every 15 minutes.
To obtain data in the audit_visualanalytics.sas7bdat table, you have to perform some tasks that generate audit records (e.g.: load a table in the administrator, create and save a report in the designer, or open a data source in the explorer).
After a maximum of 30 minutes, you will have the “EVDM.audit_visualanalytics” table loaded in memory, and the “Administrator overview” predefined report will contain data.


Out-of-the-box Reports For Administrators: “Administrator overview”

The predefined report provides insight into how your site uses SAS Visual Analytics.


OOTB Reports for Admins Fig. 1.jpg

What is the SAS Environment Manager Service Architecture Framework SAS Visual Analytics data feed?

Data from the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart can be easily loaded into SAS Visual Analytics. If the VA data feed option is enabled in SAS Environment Manager Service Architecture Framework, selected data tables from the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart are copied to a specified drop zone directory (EVDMLA). SAS Visual Analytics can then automatically load these tables from the drop zone into the application.

You can enable a nightly transfer of selected tables from the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart to the SAS Visual Analytics administrative reporting drop zone. If AutoLoad is enabled for associated LASR library, the copied tables are loaded to a SAS LASR Analytic Server.

There is no predefined report on the SAS Visual Analytics environment that use these data by default. Administrators will have to create their own custom report using these data.

The tables copied from the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart to the drop zone are suitable for analysis and reporting with SAS Visual Analytics. The specific set of tables and their structure might change over time and in future releases. By default, the following tables are copied:

 

 

From

Table

Data

ACM

ACM.FILEMOUNTS

metric data for the file mounts in your environment

ACM.HOSTPLATFORMS

metrics for the platform-level resource monitored by SAS Environment Manager that correspond to operating systems

ACM.HTTPCHECKS

metric data for the HTTP response-checking resources created by SAS Environment Manager Extended Monitoring

ACM.IOMSERVERS

metric data for the SAS IOM servers, such as SAS Stored Process Server and SAS Pooled Workspace Server

ACM.METADATASVRS

metric data for the SAS Metadata Servers

ACM.NETWORKINTERFACE

metric data for the network interfaces

ACM.TCSERVERMGRS

metric data for individual SAS web applications

ACM.WEBAPPSERVER

metric data for SAS Web Application Server instances

ACM.WIPDATADB

metric data for the databases within the Web Infrastructure Platform Data Server

KITS

KITS.EMI_INFO

metrics on the performance of SAS Environment Manager ETL processes


Enable SAS Visual Analytics data feed

1.     To initialize and enabling the Service Management Architecture, refer to the SAS Environment Manager 2.4 User Guide

 

2.     Enable the data feed for SAS Visual Analytics

 

    1. Log on to the machine on which SAS Environment Manager is installed as the SAS Installation User

     (Only one deployment of the SAS Environment Manager EMI framework by Level on multiple SASApp context deployment!)

 

ii. Go to the EMI framework directory

[SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/Web/SASEnvironmentManager/emi-framework/bin (UNIX)
or
[SAS-Configuration-Directory]\Levn\Web\SASEnvironmentManager\emi-framework\bin(Windows)

 

          iii. Enable the VA data feed

 

./emi_init.sh -vafeed ON (UNIX)
or
emi_init.bat -vafeed ON (Windows)

 

          iv. The SAS Environment Data Mart tables and required SAS formats will be copied to the EVDMLA drop zone

 

[SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/AppData/SASVisualAnalytics/VisualAnalyticsAdministrator/AutoLoad/EVDMLA(UNIX)
or
[SAS-Configuration-Directory]\Levn\AppData\SASVisualAnalytics\VisualAnalyticsAdministrator\AutoLoad\EVDMLA(Windows)

 

     This process is part of the ACM, APM and KITS ETL processes. These ETL Processes, when enabled, run nightly respectively at 12:00AM, 01:00AM, and 02:00AM.

 

          v. On the Advanced tab, edit the “va.AuditingEnabled” property and change its value to “true”

 

          vi. Then Click the “OK” button to save your change

 

3.     Manually feed the SAS Environment Data Mart data into the SAS Visual Analytics environment.

   If you do not want to wait until the next schedule of the ACM, APM, and KITS ETL processes, you can run them manually to copy the tables.

          i. Go to the EMI framework directory

 

[SAS-Configuration-Directory]/Levn/Web/SASEnvironmentManager/emi-framework/bin (UNIX)
or
[SAS-Configuration-Directory]\Levn\Web\SASEnvironmentManager\emi-framework\bin(Windows)

 

          ii. Execute the ETL processes

 

  • On UNIX:

./master_acm_etl(.sh|.bat)
./master_apm_etl(.sh|.bat)
./master_kits_etl(.sh|.bat)

  • On Windows:

master_acm_etl.bat
master_apm_etl.bat
master_kits_etl.bat

 

4.     Log on the SAS Visual Analytics Hub as an administrator, and access the Administrator application

 

5.     Open LASR Manage Tables

You should see something like:

Enable SAS VA data feed Fig. 1.jpg


Notes:
After a maximum of 15 minutes, you will have all SAS Environment Manager Data Mart tables loaded in memory.


Best practice: Manage the Reports for Administrator and EVDMLA data from a dedicated LASR Analytic Server

By default, the Reports for Administrators data and reports are managed from the default SAS LASR Analytic Server. A lot of other data, reports and explorations are likely managed using this LASR Analytic Server. It is a good practice to create a dedicated LASR Analytic Server to manage the Reports for Administrators data and report(s), especially if you plan to use the SAS Environment Manager Data Mart data feed. You’ll see that the volume of data will grow quickly, and you will probably want to manage the LASR Analytic Server differently than the default one (security, logging, memory limit…).

To use a dedicated LASR Analytic Server, you have to:

1.     Stop the EVDMLA AutoLoad process

2.     Log on the SAS Visual Analytics Hub as an administrator, and access the Administrator application

    • Open LASR Manage
    • Unload all EVDMLA tables from the default LASR Analytic Server

3.     Create a new LASR Analytic Server.

4.     Modify the Environment Manager Data Mart LASR library to use the new dedicated LASR analytic Server.

On the Environment Manager Data Mart LASR library definition, change the data server from the default LASR Analytic Server (Named: LASR Analytic Server – [SAS Visual Analytics Root Node]) to the new dedicated LASR Analytic Server (I.E.: LASR Server for Administrators)
You should see something like:

Best practice Fig. 1.jpg

 

Best practice Fig. 2.jpg

5.     Restart the EVDMLA AutoLoad process

6.     Log on the SAS Visual Analytics Hub as an administrator, and access the Administrator application

    • Open LASR Manage ➤ Tables

You should see something like:

Best practice Fig. 3.jpg


Notes:
After a maximum of 15 minutes, you will have all audit tables loaded in memory, in the new dedicated LASR Server for Administrator.


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Comments
by Trusted Advisor
on ‎01-15-2015 06:08 PM

Thanks and team for putting together this great getting started guide!

by Community Manager
on ‎01-16-2015 01:25 PM

My pleasure - we hope it is helpful! More to come on the topic...

by Occasional Contributor blom0344
on ‎01-23-2015 11:09 AM

I've executed the first part of the 'Getting Started' part of the the article and the good news is that it worked 'as designed' ..

The bad news is, in my case , is that I've only been able to get data from the audit RDBMS  just once

The windows task ran  as designed within 15 minutes with me being logged on the the remote desktop and using my own credentials (admin rights both for server and in metadata)

I basically changed 2 things:

1. Set the account for the task to the sas installer user

2. Set the frequency of the task to once a day for a specific time

The task runs as scheduled without errors, but no new data is generated, the originally generated  audit_visualanalytics.sas7bdat  file is not replaced or appended

This file does indeed store all kinds of audit related data from  8-1-2015 (audit enabled)  up till 21-1-2015 and the usage report shows a LOT of interesting stuff

Any ideas?


[update - 26 jan 2015]:

Today I changed the credentials back to my own (instead of  the sas installer identity) after realizing that  the installer account only has rights on the windows server and is not associated with the SAS metadata. .  According to the logging generated I finally get :

(A)  the readout from the RDBMS (PostgreSQL) EVM datamart   and

(B) a working autoload mechanism that does indeed append to the LASR table   'audit_visual analytics' .

The logs show that actually  2  files  audit_visualanalytics.sas7bdat are  generated.  The first one writes to  EVDMLA folder (identified  as DB.audit_visualanalytics) and a second one is created  in  EVDMLA\Append  folder.  The first one is incremently build, whereas  the second one only stores record to be appended to the LASR table in VA

Perhaps the Article is simply focussed on the  'getting started' bit , but it seems that a little more additional information may be in order.  Like which (type of ) credential to use to run the  system task  and the append mechanism itself

by Community Manager
on ‎01-28-2015 02:01 PM

Hi blom0344,


You are correct, the article focuses on generally how to get started. For more assistance on your particular situation, I'd recommend opening a track with Technical Support. For information on other ways to contact Tech Support, refer to: http://support.sas.com/techsup/contact/index.html


Best,

Anna

by Occasional Contributor blom0344
on ‎01-28-2015 02:55 PM

Hi Anna,

I actually have a working solution now , so opening a case with technical support does not  seem warranted. I would want a bit more detail / clarification

Example:

"  Log on your SAS Visual Analytics Root node as the SAS Installation User "

Root node seems to address a Unix setup, but how do you intend to run the task on  a windows box. The account running the task NEEDS to have the right metadata permissions, the windows installer account  does not.

I'm very glad you published the article though, cause without it i would still be searching all other documents trying to tie the various pieces together !

Cheers,

Ties Blom, Netherlands , Gelre Hospitals

by SAS Employee Mickey_SAS
on ‎01-30-2015 04:44 PM

Ties,

The VA 7.1 administration guide has some steps for this.  They start at the end of page 102, and go through page 103.  Note, this documentation is secured for VA customers, if you do not already have the credentials, check the Instructions.html file in your <config>\Lev1\Documents folder, I think it is typically included there.

http://support.sas.com/documentation/solutions/va/71/en/vaag.pdf

Let us know if that is more clear, and perhaps Anna can update this article to follow that format.

Thanks

Mickey

by Occasional Contributor blom0344
on ‎01-30-2015 04:57 PM

okay, I'll check this new input out ..

by Occasional Contributor franz
on ‎02-10-2015 07:52 AM

Hi, I followed the first part of the article to enable autoload and definition of the table AUDIT_VISUALANALYTICS, I could see the dataset in the "LASR Tables" tab, but it did not load.

I checked the autoload logs and I had the following errors:

ERROR: LASR Auto Load directory MISSING does not exist.

ERROR: LASR Auto Load directory MISSING/Logs does not exist.

ERROR: LASR Auto Load directory MISSING/Append does not exist.

ERROR: LASR Auto Load directory MISSING/Unload does not exist.

ERROR: LASR Auto Load directory validation failed.

ERROR: Ensure that connection to metadata server is configured properly

ERROR: and that the proper autoload folder structure exists.

The problem was generated because the macro "MetadataExtensionValue", defined in file "/sas/SASHome/SASVisualAnalyticsHighPerformanceConfiguration/7.1/Config/Deployment/Code/AutoLoad/include/MetadataExtensions.sas" tries to read the extended attributes of the LASR Library "Environment Manager Data Mart LASR" without the options metauser and metapass set. In particular it tries to read the value extended property "VA.AutoLoad.Location" whose value was returned as "MISSING", hence the "MISSING" string in the log.

To fix the problem I set

options metauser="lasradm"

        metapass="xxxxxx"

  ;

in the program "/sas/config/keinavo/Lev1/Applications/SASVisualAnalytics/VisualAnalyticsAdministrator/EVDMLA/AutoLoad.sas" and this fixed the problem, the dataset is now autoloaded and refreshed regularly. "lasradm" is a special user I use to start and stop LASR servers as well as loading/unloading tables. I had to give lasradm RM credentials to the library "/Shared Data/SAS Visual Analytics/Autoload/EVDMLA/Environment Manager Data Mart LASR" in metadata.

I am wondering if I am missing something obvious? Am I the only one who came across this?

Thanks, Kind Regards

by Occasional Contributor blom0344
on ‎02-10-2015 02:16 PM

I did not modify the autoload.sas file, just used credentials for the windows task with sufficient (?) rights within metadata.  SAS does not specify in any detail what sufficient rights ought to be, but in my case I use my own account (both local admin on the server and admin within metadata) If I use a local server admin account without metadata rights I get the same errors and missing values for directories.

My gut feeling would be that modifying the  .sas file should not be mandatory for a working solution..

by SAS Employee Mickey_SAS
on ‎02-12-2015 12:39 PM

Francesco,

Did you use the lasradm account to run the script file to schedule the autoload?  It sounds like it is likely the account you would have wanted to use.  You may have setup the cron job as a different user that doesn't have the right metadata permissions.

Take a look at step 2 on page 102 here:

http://support.sas.com/documentation/solutions/va/71/en/vaag.pdf

Thanks

Mickey

by Occasional Contributor franz
on ‎02-16-2015 04:07 AM

Mickey,

thanks for you reply, that was it. I added a new account to the Metadata which uses the crontab account and all is fine now, no need to modify the .sas programs. The struggle helped me to understand the inner workings autoload, at least, :smileyhappy:.

Kind Regards

by Trusted Advisor
on ‎06-09-2015 02:50 PM

A document was posted in the community that relates to that I thought would be good to have as a link in this discussion thread.

Kind Regards,

Michelle

by New Contributor AnyeloRoy
on ‎03-14-2016 11:38 AM

The requested action is not supported for this table, because this table is not associated with a library. Table Oracle source...

by Community Manager
on ‎03-14-2016 01:28 PM

 Hi AnyeloRoy,

 

Can you clarify your question? Are you working with an Oracle table?

 

Many thanks,

Anna

by New Contributor AnyeloRoy
on ‎03-14-2016 01:39 PM

Yes, I'm working with Oracle Table...

by Community Manager
on ‎03-14-2016 03:23 PM

Great, thanks for confirming. What problems or questions do you have about using Oracle tables with VA?

by New Contributor ROY30426
on ‎06-12-2016 09:53 PM

Hi Anna,

Is the configuration of Autoload Audit data on the va 7.3 the same?

Many Thanks!

 

Roy

 

by Community Manager
on ‎10-03-2016 03:50 PM

Hi ROY30426,

 

I checked with some SAS experts and here's input on your question:

 

The process for loading the data is pretty much the same in VA 7.3 (probably exactly the same ).  VA 7.3 has some new features for managing the ongoing size of the tables though.

 

I hope this helps!

Anna

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