BookmarkSubscribeRSS Feed
Calcite | Level 5

Hi all,

we need to collect VA actions in order to have the detail of every report open by a single user and we don't want to enable auditing.

Is it possible to recover these informations from some log, properly set? Thanks a lot


You want to audit without enabling auditing.. hmm..


What auditing do you NOT want to enable? Why not?


Do (or can) you enable extended monitoring? If so, you should be able to use the track who has accessed which reports.


Check out the Environment Manager's User Guide - if there's not an out-of-the-box report, you should be able to easily clone a report and customise it to your needs.



Amethyst | Level 16

Hello @giupa,


I agree with @AndrewHowell and I would like to know as well:


- why not enable auditing for VA?

- what actions would you like to audit, exactly


The fact is, if you want to capture the Audit from VA, you can do it manually as well ( I did it before VA Audit was out ), but it is really not worth. You will basically do the same as the enable VA Auditing, but spending way more time (exponentially), error prone, and still, you might miss some important information that you would get only by contacting some specific team member of the SAS Technical Support team.


And that, without speaking about all the maintenance costs of a custom application (logs, code to parse, reports, etc) you developed.


I think the trouble is not worth at all. To enable the VA Auditing is the way to go, unless a very specific reason behind.


Calcite | Level 5
thanks for your answers.

We don't want to enable auditing for VA cause we already have same
performance issue, and, if it's possible, we don't need to add overhead.

We would like to audit every reports viewed by a user in Visual Analytics
Amethyst | Level 16

Hi @giupa,


when VA Audit is enabled, it is true that it could degrade performance, if it is not maintained properly. But it should not create any performance overhead if maintained OK.


About your question: you could extend the logging information for the VisualAnalyticsReportViewer web application.


SAS 9.4 Logging:


Usage Note 55426: Locating the log files for the SAS® 9.4 middle tier :




You will need to restart this web application to make it take effect and see the new info in the log.

Calcite | Level 5
Hi JuanS_OCS .
thanks a lot.
We try to extend the logging information for
the VisualAnalyticsReportViewer including the informations we need.

"We don't want to enable auditing for VA cause we already have same performance issue, and, if it's possible, we don't need to add overhead."


So how do you intend to audit what you are doing in order to know what needs to change - including auditing again to verify improvement - without turning on auditing?


You have an issue - ok, accept that your issue affects performance, but also accept that in order to rectify the issue means (temporarily) turning on auditing to gather appropriate metrics to address the underlying root cause.

Opal | Level 21

If you have an existing performance issue investigate it and fix it - SAS Tech Support are very helpful with resolving these types of problems. I would regard this as more important than enabling auditing.


Once performance is good there should be little impact with enabling auditing and no reason to shortcut it. 



Registration is open! SAS is returning to Vegas for an AI and analytics experience like no other! Whether you're an executive, manager, end user or SAS partner, SAS Innovate is designed for everyone on your team. Register for just $495 by 12/31/2023.

If you are interested in speaking, there is still time to submit a session idea. More details are posted on the website. 

Register now!

Tips for filtering data sources in SAS Visual Analytics

See how to use one filter for multiple data sources by mapping your data from SAS’ Alexandria McCall.

Find more tutorials on the SAS Users YouTube channel.

Discussion stats
  • 7 replies
  • 4 in conversation