Stern Center for Research Computing

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How to Install SAS 9.3 64-bit for Windows

Stern Faculty can purchase SAS licenses from the NYU Computer Store. Stern PhD students who need a SAS license should send email to

The SAS 9.3 installation files are on the Stern AD network Z: drive in Z:\installs\SCRC\SAS 9.3. The installation files may also be purchased from the NYU Computer Store.

Here are the installation steps to follow, once you have a current SAS license:

  1. Make sure the computer has enough hard drive space. The set of features recommended in these instructions will require more than 3 GB on disk.
  2. On a few machines there may be a long pause near the beginning (up to 10 or 15 minutes) that gives the impression the installation has hung. This is known, and if it occurs, just wait. A typical installation from DVDs requires about 45 minutes total.
  3. Run setup.exe on Disc 1. Go with defaults and common sense, unless specified otherwise below. Be sure to select “Install SAS software“, rather than “Create or Add to a SAS Software Depot”. A 64-bit computer will have the option to install 64-bit SAS or 32-bit SAS. We recommend installing 64-bit.
  4. When you get to a SAS Deployment Wizard window called Select Products to Install, uncheck everything except SAS Foundation. Then proceed.
  5. Select 64-bit Native Mode rather than 32-bit Compatibility Mode, unless you have some reason to install SAS 32-bit on a 64-bit machine. If that is the case, select 32-bit Compatibility Mode.
  6. When you get to a SAS Deployment Wizard called Select SAS Foundation Products, use the list below as a guide. This list is based on David Frederick’s experience with SAS users at Stern. It is a starting point only, and should be modified to conform to your research needs. (Most users follow this list).
  7. List of SAS 9.3 features to install (recommended features are marked with a bullet):

                • Base SAS
                  Credit Scoring for SAS Enterprise Miner
                  DATA Step to DS2 Translator
                  SAS Accelerator Publishing Agent for Aster nCluster
                • SAS Accelerator Publishing Agent for DB2
                  SAS Accelerator Publishing Agent for Greenplum
                  SAS Accelerator Publishing Agent for Netezza
                  SAS Accelerator Publishing Agent for Teradata
                • SAS Enterprise Miner
                • SAS Integration Technologies
                  SAS Scalable Performance Data Client
                  SAS Text Analytics Common Components
                  SAS Text Analytics for Spanish
                  SAS Text Miner
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface Products Samples
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Aster nCluster
                • SAS/ACCESS Interface to DB2
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Greenplum
                • SAS/ACCESS Interface to MySQL
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Netezza
                • SAS/ACCESS Interface to ODBC
                • SAS/ACCESS Interface to OLE DB
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Oracle
                • SAS/ACCESS Interface to PC Files
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Sybase
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Sybase IQ
                  SAS/ACCESS Interface to Teradata
                • SAS/ASSIST
                • SAS/CONNECT
                • SAS/EIS
                • SAS/ETS
                • SAS/GRAPH
                • SAS/IML
                • SAS/OR
                • SAS/SHARE
                • SAS/STAT
                  SAS/SECURE SSL

  1. When you come to a SAS Deployment Wizard window called Specify SAS Installation Data File, point to the current license file (aka “SID” file, or “renewal” file. (The new file comes as a .txt file).
  2. When you get to the SAS Deployment Wizard window called Select a Java Runtime Environment, choose Use the recommended Java Runtime Environment.
  3. Continue on with defaults and common sense. When you get to the SAS Deployment Wizard window that lists all the components that will be installed, go ahead and click Start.
  4. Notice that one of the features is called SAS Deployment Manager. For some reason, this feature does not always install correctly. Fortunately, this makes no difference for the user. It will take awhile for the wizard to determine that it has not installed correctly. If a “Copy Failure” box comes up, click on Cancel. In the ensuing Install Failure box, click on Yes to All.
  5. The remainder of the installation will take some time, and you must either stay around or check back periodically to switch discs as prompted.
  6. After the installation is finished, open up SAS (and then close it again) to make sure it works.