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Admin Services

Several web services have been defined to provide additional functionality outside of the user interface. These somewhat-hidden services must be called directly, using a web browser.

In a future version, these features will be made available from an Admin screen (so, no need to manually modify URLs).

The URL is made up of several components:

  • SERVERURL -> the domain (and port) on which your SAS server resides
  • EXECUTOR -> Either SASStoredProcess for SAS 9, else SASJobExecution for Viya
  • APPLOC -> The root folder location in which the Data Controller backend services were deployed
  • SERVICE -> The actual Data Controller service being described. May include additional parameters.

To illustrate the above, consider the following URL:

This is broken down into:

  • $EXECUTOR = SASJobExecution
  • $APPLOC = /Public/app/dc
  • $SERVICE = services/admin/exportdb&flavour=PGSQL

The below sections will only describe the $SERVICE component - you may construct this into a URL as follows:


Export Config

This service will provide a zip file containing the current database configuration. This is useful for migrating to a different data controller database instance.


  • services/admin/exportconfig

Export Database

Exports the data controller control library in DB specific DDL. The following URL parameters may be added:

  • &flavour= (only PGSQL supported at this time)
  • &schema= (optional, if target schema is needed)


  • services/admin/exportdb&flavour=PGSQL&schema=DC
  • services/admin/exportdb&flavour=PGSQL

Refresh Data Catalog

In any SAS estate, it's unlikely the size & shape of data will remain static. By running a regular Catalog Scan, you can track changes such as:

  • Library Properties (size, schema, path, number of tables)
  • Table Properties (size, number of columns, primary keys)
  • Variable Properties (presence in a primary key, constraints, position in the dataset)

The data is stored with SCD2 so you can actually track changes to your model over time! Curious when that new column appeared? Just check the history in MPE_DATACATALOG_TABS.

To run the refresh process, just trigger the stored process, eg below:

  • services/admin/refreshcatalog
  • services/admin/refreshcatalog&libref=MYLIB

The optional &libref= parameter allows you to run the process for a single library. Just provide the libref.

When doing a full scan, the following LIBREFS are ignored:

  • 'TEMP'
  • `WORK'

Additional LIBREFs can be excluded by adding them to the DCXXXX.MPE_CONFIG table (where var_scope='DC_CATALOG' and var_name='DC_IGNORELIBS'). Use a pipe (|) symbol to seperate them. This can be useful where there are connection issues for a particular library.

Be aware that the scan process can take a long time if you have a lot of tables!

Output tables (all SCD2):

Update Licence Key

Whenever navigating Data Controller, there is always a hash (#) in the URL. To access the licence key screen, remove all content to the RIGHT of the hash and add the following string: /licensing/update.

If you are using https protocol, you will have 2 keys (licence key / activation key). In http mode, there is just one key (licence key) for both boxes.