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March 2012  |  subscribe  |  unsubscribe

Dear Readers,

Customers often ask "Which hot fixes should I install to update my SAS deployment?" Since there could be hundreds of hot fixes available for a given release, the answer to this question may not be simple. To help you with this task, SAS has created a tool called SASHFADD (SAS Hot Fix Analysis, Download and Deployment Tool). SASHFADD will analyze the DeploymentRegistry.txt file for a SAS install, and assist with downloading the appropriate hot fixes. SASHFADD is an application you can run that will:

  • Create a customized hot fix report listing hot fixes available for any SAS 9.2 or SAS 9.3 deployment.
  • Generate scripts for the installation of SAS 9.2 hot fixes.
  • Generate directory structures to help organize the installation of SAS 9.3 hot fixes with the SAS Deployment Manager.

The SASHFADD Version 2.0 is available for download. See the SASHFADD Usage Guide for more information.

Waynette Tubbs
Editor, SAS Tech Report
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