Reconfigure the SAS Environment Manager Agent to Point to a Different Host

SASIn the configuration phase of a SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence (EBI) Platform deployment, the Deployment Wizard prompts the installer for the host name of the Environment Manager Server. This value is used by the Environment Manager Agent as the recipient of all of the data that it collects. The Environment Manager Server resides on the middle (web) tier of a SAS deployment.  In multi-tier environments, the metadata, compute, and web tiers all have Environment Manager Agents deployed to them.

It is possible to provide an incorrect host name to the Deployment Wizard, and if that happens, you will quickly notice that no resources are available in the Environment Manager. In this case, the Environment Manager Agent configuration needs to be updated to reflect the correct location of the Environment Manager Server. The configuration file that specifies this information is located at

<config>/Lev1/Web/SASEnvironmentManager/agent-5.8.0-EE/conf/agent.properties

in a SAS 9.4M4 UNIX deployment. In the agent.properties file there is a property called agent.setup.camIP that is used to define the SAS Environment Manager Server to the agent.  The agent.setup.camIP should equal the middle tier’s hostname and can be changed manually. After the agent.setup.camIP value is updated with the correct host name, save the edits and restart the agent and resources should begin appearing in the Environment Manager in five minutes or so. This technique would also be used if the host name of the middle tier is changed.

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Tool Tips Do Not Display in SAS Web Report Studio

A developer came to me wondering what was changed on our SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence Server platform because reports he created in Web ReportStudio 4.4 were no longer displaying tool tips when he hovered over data points in graphs. I hadn’t made any changes to the environment, so I opened Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 and verified that tool tips were were not displaying onmouseover. After a quick Google search, I ran across SAS Usage Note 58613, which stated: “In SAS Web Report Studio, graphs might not display tooltips, or they might display tooltips for some segments but not others. This problem can occur if your browser zoom level is not exactly 100%.” I went back to Internet Explorer, clicked the View Menu, and chose Zoom. I noticed that my zoom level was 95%, so I adjusted it back to 100%. My graphs magically displayed tool tips again!mouseover in WRS

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Free up Space and Remove Activity Files on a Garmin Fitness USB Mass Storage Device

from the Garmin Support Site:

Current Garmin fitness mass storage products like the Edge, Forerunner, and vivoactive series, store your activities in the accessible file structure of the device. This provides a better user experience when using the device with a computer. There may be instances in which additional space is needed on the device. For example, the device memory may fill to the point a software update cannot be sent to during sync interactions with Connect Mobile, Garmin Express, or WiFi. In these circumstances, it becomes necessary to make additional space on the device.

If attempting to permanently delete activities from the device, you may need to delete the associated FIT file. Before deleting from the device, verify all activities have successfully uploaded to Garmin Connect.

To delete* Activity (FIT) files from your mass storage device, please follow the steps listed below:

PC:

  1. Plug device into computer
  2. Click Window’s Start Button
  3. Click (My) Computer
  4. Double-click Garmin device drive
  5. Double-click Garmin folder
  6. Double-click Activities folder
  7. Select file(s) you wish to delete
  8. Press Delete on keyboard
  9. Confirm that selected file(s) you wish to be deleted
  10. Complete steps 2 and 3 again
  11. Right-click on Garmin device drive
  12. Select Eject
  13. Unplug device from computer

Mac:

  1. Plug device into computer
  2. Navigate to Desktop
  3. Double-click Garmin device drive
  4. Click Garmin folder
  5. Click Activities folder
  6. Select file(s) you wish to delete
  7. Drag file(s) you wish to delete to trash
  8. Click on Trash
  9. Click Finder
  10. Click Empty Trash
  11. Confirm you wish to permanently delete these items
  12. Eject the Garmin device drive
  13. Unplug device from computer

Your mass storage device will no longer display the data you have deleted.

If you are using a vivoactive HR and receiving an error when trying to sync or update the device, please delete the O_FILE.ERR file as it may be taking up the majority of space.

* Note: Use CAUTION when deleting. Do NOT delete unknown files outside of the Activities folder; deleting wrong files from your mass storage device can cause adverse performance issues.

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Garmin Edge 1000 Software Updated to Version 13.00

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin released Version 13.00 of its Edge 1000 bike computer software on May 3, 2017. Seven fixes or improvements were included in the upgrade. For me, the Bluetooth fix and improved grade responsiveness and accuracy are particularly welcome updates.

Changes made from version 12.20 to 13.00:

  • Added support for Varia UT lights, including a new light control page
  • Indoor cycling Activity Profiles now turn bike lights off by default
  • Improved the heading data field to show cardinal directions instead of degrees when paired to Varia Vision
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Bluetooth disconnects
  • Made improvements to Grade responsiveness and accuracy
  • Fixed an issue with routing that was incorrectly preventing some roads from being routed on and changed default avoidance of Major Highways to Off
  • Improved automatic zooming logic on the map.

Use Garmin Express to install the new version.

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Redirect Web Traffic from HTTP to HTTPS after Reconfiguring the SAS Middle Tier for TLS

We had a new project which required the manual configuration of the SAS middle tier to utilize TLS (Transport Layer Security , a successor protocol to SSL). These environments were SAS Enterprise Business Intelligence Server 9.4M4 deployments. With each new maintenance release, SAS has simplified the automatic and manual configuration of encryption services. SAS Documentation suggests using the Deployment Wizard to automatically configure HTTPS and TLS during the configuration phase of a new deployment or upgrade. Unfortunately we already had fully-deployed 9.4M4 environments, so we had to do the configuration manually. This reconfiguration isn’t a complex process, but there are many configuration files to edit and a lot of clicks in SAS Management Console to achieve the desired result. After learning some shortcuts performing the change in our development environment, I was able to reconfigure the production environment in about an hour. SAS has documented this process in the SAS Intelligence Platform: Middle-Tier Administration Guide.

One other step was required for us after the HTTPS reconfiguration was complete. Our reporting environment was accessed using a link on the company intranet. We worked with the webmaster to update the URL and port in the intranet page, but we still had thousands of end users who had the old URL saved as a favorite in Internet Explorer. Instead of asking users to update their favorites, we chose to automatically redirect redirect web traffic from HTTP to HTTPS .

The solution couldn’t have been easier to implement. All we had to do was edit the SAS Web Server httpd.conf configuration file. My deployment is on AIX, so the file was located on the middle tier server at
SAS-configuration-directory/Lev1/Web/WebServer/conf/httpd.conf. I added to following lines to the file:

# Forward HTTP Requests to HTTPS
 RewriteEngine On
 RewriteCond %{HTTPS} !=on
 RewriteRule ^/?(.*) https://%{SERVER_NAME}:8343/$1 [R,L]

and I also edited the following line:

Listen Localhost:7980

and changed it to

Listen server-IP-address:7980

Be sure mod_rewrite is getting loaded, meaning the following line is not commented out: 

LoadModule rewrite_module "SAS-home-directory/SASWebServer/9.4/httpd-2.2/modules/mod_rewrite.so"

I restarted the web server, and the web traffic was redirected as expected.

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Garmin Edge 1000 Software Updated to Version 12.20

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin released Version 12.20 of its Edge 1000 bike computer software on April 11, 2017, shortly after releasing version 12.10. The release included a single fix.

Changes made from version 12.10 to 12.20:

  • Fixed an issue that could keep Garmin Express map downloads from working

Use Garmin Express to install the new version.

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Garmin Edge 1000 Software Updated to Version 12.10

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin released Version 12.10 of its Edge 1000 bike computer software on March 29, 2017, shortly after releasing version 12.00. The release included a single fix.

Changes made from version 12.00 to 12.10:

  • Fixed minor issues related to Connect IQ

Use Garmin Express to install the new version.

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Garmin Edge 1000 Software Updated to Version 12.00

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin released Version 12.00 of its Edge 1000 bike computer software on March 20, 2017. The release included a few fixes and a number of new features.

Changes made from version 11.20 to 12.00:

  • New Feature! Added support for Shimano Di2 Synchronized Shift. Graphical Gear data fields will now blink, an alert tone will be played, and a message banner will be displayed to indicate a chain ring shift is upcoming. Synchronized Shift mode can be changed and the alert tones can be disabled through the Shimano Di2 sensor settings
  • Added improvements for ANT+ bike lights. Added new Light Beam Activated and network Light Mode settings to ANT+ Bike Lights sensor settings. You can now configure your lights to turn On with a Timer Start by using the new Light Beam Activated setting and there is also a new Trail Light Mode
  • Added support for Connect IQ version 2.2.3
  • Fixed power zone settings not being retained
  • Fixed shutdowns during navigation
  • Fixed route calculation on special maps.

Use Garmin Express to install the new version.

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Garmin Edge 1000 Software Updated to Version 11.20

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin released Version 11.20 of its Edge 1000 bike computer software on December 15, 2016. The release included a few fixes and a number of new features.

Changes made from version 10.00 to 11.20:

  • Improvements to Workout Data Screen
  • Fixed a bug to properly set target power when using the indoor trainer
  • New feature! Connect IQ 2.2 Support: Connect IQ Apps, Widgets and Data Fields can now communicate with ANT+ Power Meters and Bike Lights that are already connected to your Edge and can also now take advantage of ANT Burst mode. In addition, Apps and Widgets can take advantage of downloadable content and the new Intents system to create new and innovative experiences
  • New feature! Time in Zone data fields for Heart Rate and Power
  • Fixed an issue with the Turn Guidance Popup where the Map was not centering on the turn

Use Garmin Express to install the new version.

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Garmin Edge 1000 Software Updated to Version 10.00

Garmin Edge 1000

Garmin released Version 10.00 of its Edge 1000 bike computer software on October 13, 2016. The release included no fixes, but it did add four new features.

Changes made from version 9.20 to 10.00:

  • New feature! Added support for LiveTrack Auto Start
  • New feature! Added support for GroupTrack
  • Added Distance and Time Ahead/Behind as configurable data fields
  • Added Bike Lights options to Shimano Di2 remote controls. Now you can control ANT+ Bike Lights remotely with your Shimano Di2 Dura Ace shifters!

Use Garmin Express to install the new version.

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