A Step-by-Step Guide to Downloading and Installing SAS Studio
SAS Studio is a great tool for learning and practicing SAS.
Installing this software might be very difficult for those who aren't familiar with setting up a virtual machine.
In this article, we will show you step-by-step on how to download and install SAS Studio. You will also learn some of the more common problems that occur when installing a virtual machine and how you can fix them.
Let's get started!
Do you have a 64-bit machine?
The main requirement to run SAS Studio is to have a 64-bit machine.
How to check if your machine is 32-bit or 64-bit?
If you don't have a 64-bit machine, don't worry. You can still run the software on Amazon Web Services for a very small fee.
Step 1: Download the Required Software
Before you install SAS Studio, there are two pieces of software you need to download:
Both can be downloaded from this link.
Once you click the blue button (see above), a window will pop up. Click the "Download now" button on the left if you have a 64-bit machine. This will lead to the download page for SAS Studio and virtual machine.
If you don't have a 64-bit machine, click the "Launch now" button on the right to run SAS Studio on Amazon Web Services.
Step 2: Check the System Requirements for your Operating System
SAS Studio can be run on 3 different operating systems: Windows, Mac OS X or Linux.
Choose your operating system:
For Windows, the requirements are:
For Mac OS X, the requirements are:
For Linux, the requirements are:
Step 3: Watch Quick Start Video
You will find two quick-start guides on the SAS Studio download-page. The quick-start video is about 6 minutes long and it shows you all the steps in installing the software.
Watch the video and get a good idea on how the software is installed.
Step 4: Download the Virtual Machine
SAS Studio runs on a virtual machine. There are two virtual machines that you can download:
You can download the Oracle VirtualBox from the download link below:
From the download page, you can download the VirtualBox for either Windows, Mac or Linux:
If you prefer to use the VMware workstation, you can find the download link by scrolling down the download page:
Similar to the Oracle VirtualBox, you can download the associated software for Windows or Linux:
Step 5: Download the SAS® University Edition vApp
Scrolling down the page, you will also find the download link to the SAS® University Edition vApp:
On the next page, you will have to either sign in or create a new profile. If you don't have a profile yet, create a new one.
Once you have signed in, you will see the SAS University Edition License Agreement. Read the agreement, check the Terms and Conditions box, and click the Continue button.
You'll then see the download link for the SAS® University Edition vApp! Click the download button to get the software.
This is a fairly large file that takes about 20-40 minutes to download.
Step 6: Take a Coffee Break while Downloading the File
You're more than half way there. Take a break. There is nothing you can do until the download is complete.
Step 7: Install Oracle VirtualBox
Now, open the Oracle VirtualBox you have downloaded:
Double click on the VirtualBox app.
Click Next again.
Click Next one more time.
Once the installation is complete, click the Finish button and start Oracle VM VirtualBox:
Step 8: Import SAS® University Edition vApp on Oracle VirtualBox
Now, go to the top left corner of your Virtualbox. Click "File" and "Import Appliance":
Click the "Folder" icon on the right hand side to open a file:
Select the SAS® University Edition vApp you have downloaded:
Done! You have imported SAS Studio onto your virtual machine.
Step 9: Create and Enable a Shared Folder
Before we launch the SAS Studio, you must first create and enable a shared folder on your computer.
A shared folder is a folder where your SAS Studio can access your external files.
Now, create a folder on your PC (say, C drive) and name the folder as "SASUniversityEdition":
Important: You must name the folder EXACTLY as SASUniversityEdition.
Now, create another folder called "myfolders" in the SASUniversityEdition folder:
Again, the folder has to be named exactly as "myfolders" (e.g. not "myfolder" or "folder").
Now, let's go back to the virtual machine. Click (once) on SAS University Edition vApp to select the app:
Then go to Machine --> Setting:
Click Shared Folder at the bottom left corner, then go to the "Add new shared folder" icon at the top right corner:
Select "Other" under Folder Path.
Select the "SASUniversityEdition/myfolders" folder as the shared folder:
Check "Auto-mount" and UNCHECK "Read-only" checkbox:
Click "OK" and you are ready to launch SAS Studio!
Step 10: Launch SAS Studio
Now, double click on the SAS University Edition app:
SAS University Edition will start running and you will see the loading screen below:
After the virtual machine is loaded, you will see the virtual machine window below:
You must keep this window open when using the SAS Studio.
Now, the window shows you a link:
Open this link on your browser:
Click "Start SAS Studio":
SAS Studio is started!