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Resolving A Case of An Expired SAS 8.2 Installation
By Patrick McLeod, Research and Statistical Support Services Consultant
UNT’s SAS 8.2 license passed another expiration date on Sunday, February 1st. Functionally, this means that if you were running SAS 8.2 on your computer as an individual installation and had been ignoring the pestering SAS system messages asking you to update your SETINIT file, SAS 8.2 will not open and will not function on your computer. Never fear! There is a simple procedure by which you can update your SAS 8.2 SETINIT file and be up and running in no time.
Before Expiration: PROC SETINIT
Before the grace period expires in SAS 8.2, you can update your SAS installation’s SETINIT file using the SAS procedure PROC SETINIT. To run PROC SETINIT, you obtain a copy of the most recent SAS SETINIT file (a file that updates the internal license object for SAS) from your Network Manager. If you are a Network Manager, you can obtain this file by contacting ACS Research and Statistical Support at x2140 or x4066. We will provide you with a username and password to access a page on the RSS website where you will find the current version of the SAS SETINIT file. You may then access this file at your convenience.
A step-by-step guide follows regarding how to update your SAS license using PROC SETINIT:
PROC SETINIT RELEASE='8.2';
Where you see strings of Xs in the above SETINIT program you will see a specific site number, expiration date, and password in a functioning SETINIT file. I have removed the specifics in the file about for purposes of publishing this example in this article.
After Expiration: Command Line SETINIT Renewal
After the grace period expires in SAS 8.2, SAS will no longer open when you attempt to access it either through shortcuts or from the Start menu. If your SAS installation has passed this date, you will no longer be able to update your SAS license using the PROC SETINIT procedure detailed above. The only option for the SAS user faced with this predicament is to update the SAS SETINIT from the command prompt.
Though it involves some non-SAS steps, this renewal need not be complicated. All that is needed is a command prompt in your Windows operating system and copy of the SAS SETINIT file, preferably on floppy disk. The procedure detailed below assumes that all necessary files are on a floppy disk and that your computer’s floppy disk drive is A:\.
This should successfully update your SAS installation if your grace period has expired.
If there are any problems with this procedure, please contact Research and Statistical Support at x2140 or x4066.
Please contact Research and Statistical Support for the Website address, username, and password in order to access the most current version of the SETINIT file and the files necessary to run the command line update once the SAS grace period has expired. Happy computing!
For More Information
Applying the SAS System SETINIT in the Microsoft Windows Environment (in PDF format): http://support.sas.com/documentation/installcenter/admindoc/setinit/WIN612.1.pdf