Launching SMC on Mac OS over SSH with X11

As an avid developer of SAS Stored Process Web Applications, the Macbook Pro is my development machine of choice.  Since building a macro to programmatically create STPs, I’ve had few reasons to launch a VM to use client tools - but today I actually did need to use SAS Management Console (SMC).

Still - who says a client tool has to be run from a client?  It’s actually possible to launch SMC from your SAS Server, and here are the steps you need to make:

Macbook with Latest xQuartz

  1. Install xquartz:
  2. Log out and back in
  3. Open xquartz terminal and run: ssh -Y [email protected]
  4. Execute the following file: ./opt/sas/sas9/SASHome/SASManagementConsole/9.4/sasmc

The process is FAR easier (and SMC over x11 is much faster) since the latest release of xquartz. There is NO need to update the ssh_config file and change ForwardAgent or ForwardX11 settings.

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