A00-250: SAS Certified Platform Administrator for SAS 9

Exam ID: A00-250

Exam Name: SAS Certified Platform Administrator for SAS 9

Successful candidates should be able to:

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  • Secure the SAS configuration on each server machine.
  • Check status and operate servers.
  • Monitor server activity and administer logging.
  • Establish formal, regularly scheduled backup processes.
  • Add users and manage their access.
  • Establish connectivity to data sources.
  • Set up and secure metadata folder structures.
  • Administer repositories and move metadata.

SAS A00-250 Exam Summary:

Exam Name SAS Certified Platform Administrator for SAS 9
Exam Code   A00-250
Exam Duration   110 minutes
Exam Questions   70 multiple-choice and short-answer questions
Passing Score   70%
Exam Price   $180 (USD) 
Books  Getting Started with the Platform for SAS Business Analytics
SAS Platform Administration: Fast Track
SAS Platform Administration: Metadata Administration
SAS Platform Administration: System Administration
Sample Questions   SAS Platform Administrator Certification Sample Question
Practice Exam   SAS Platform Administrator Certification Practice Exam

SAS A00-250 Exam Topics:

Objective   Details
Securing the SAS configuration

Secure a SAS platform configuration.
– Use operating system controls to protect the SAS configuration directory.

Update SAS Software
– Regularly manage and apply hot fixes.
– Apply SAS maintenance packs.
– Perform SAS license updates.

Monitoring the Status and Operation of SAS Metadata Servers

Manage metadata repositories.
– Use the Metadata Manager plug-in to create, register, delete or unregister a repository.
– Use the metadata folder structure to manage access to metadata.

Identify the properties and functionality of SAS servers.
– Identify startup order of SAS servers.
– Explain the functionality of the object spawner.
– Use the Server Manager plug-in to monitor SAS servers.
– Use Environment Manager to evaluate the resources available on the SAS servers.

Configure a SAS Metadata server cluster.
– Configure the initial metadata server to use the network location for backups and the service login account.
– Install and configure additional metadata server nodes.

Monitoring, Logging, and Troubleshooting SAS Servers

Monitor SAS servers.
– Monitor workspace servers and stored process servers.
– Use the SAS Environment Manager to view server resources.

Administer SAS server logging and modify logging configurations.
– Change logging levels and locate logs.
– Enable trace logging.
– Explain the difference between default logging and customized logging.
– Utilize dynamic logging.

Troubleshoot basic SAS server issues such as server availability.

Backing Up the SAS Environment Backup and restore the SAS environment.
– View backup and recovery history.
– Run an immediate (ad hoc) backup.
– Customize backups.
– View information about backup and recovery sources.
– View and modify the backup schedule.
– Perform full or partial recovery from one of the backups.
– Determine when to specify a central vault location.
– Explain the limitations of the Deployment Backup and Recovery tool.
– Use the SAS Backup Manager in Environment Manager to perform backups.
– Use the Roll forward option with metadata backups.
– Explain the role of the Deployment agent in the backup.
Administering Users

Manage connection profiles.

Manage roles.

Register users and groups in the metadata.
– Manage administrative access to the metadata.

Give users access to processing servers and data servers.

Determine when to store passwords in the metadata.

Manage internal SAS accounts.

Identify SAS server authentication mechanisms.

Administering Data Access

Register libraries and tables in the metadata.

Update table metadata.

Pre-assign a library.

Troubleshoot data access problems.

Use the metadata LIBNAME engine.

Managing Metadata

Identify how the metadata authorization layer interacts with other security layers.

Identify where, how, and to whom metadata permissions are assigned.

Determine the outcome of metadata authorization decisions.

Use metadata permissions to secure metadata.
– Use the metadata folder structure to manage access to metadata.

Create and use Access Control Templates.

Promote metadata and associated content.