Statistical Software SAS

  • SAS 9.4 is available to ISU students in our labs (Snedecor 1105, 3121 & Gilman 2272). ISU students can also use remote desktop on campus (or off campus with a VPN connection) to our dedicated SAS Terminal Server (
  • Documentation

Terminal Server SAS

The Department of Statistics is running a Windows Terminal Server with SAS installed that is accessible to Iowa State University students. To log into the Terminal Server follow these steps: (VPN Connection is required for Off-Campus Access - VPN

  • If you are using a Windows 7 or higher,
    • You can right click "SAS Server.rdp" file and select "Save Link As" to your desktop.  Double click the "SAS Server.rdp" from your desktop to run SAS.
  • If you are using a Mac you will need to..
    • Download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop client from here
    • Start the Microsoft Remote Desktop, create a new connection called "" and enter the PC name "".  Double click the new created "". (You can also right click "SAS Server (OSX).rdp" file and select "Save Link As" to your desktop.  Double click the "SAS Server (OSX).rdp" from your desktop to run SAS.)
  • Enter iastate\NET-ID for the user name and then click connect OK.
  • On the next screen enter your ISU password (make sure the last line says IASTATE, if not then pick it)
  • Now you should have a desktop where you can run SAS, print to your local printer, and save and load files from your local computer

Student/Faculty/Staff Windows SAS Installations (New Licenses & Renewals)

  • If you are a student, staff member, or active faculty member you may request a license at the following link. The same form should be used to request a renewal each year.

    SAS License Request Form

  • There is currently no user fee for a license.
  • If you have questions about accessing, installing or renewing SAS please email
  • For Windows computers owned by ISU, the SAS software can be installed from Software Center.  If you are STAT Student/Faculty/Staff and do not see the SAS 9.4 in Software Center, please contact STAT IT for assistance.  For other departments, please contact your local IT support to deploy SAS packages to Software Center.

Installation Tips

  • On the page where you will select the products, for a typical installation, do the following:
    • Uncheck “SAS Deployment Tester – Client”
    • Check “SAS Drivers for JDBC”
    • Check “SAS Drivers for ODBC”
    • Uncheck “SAS Formats Library for Teradata”
    • Check “SAS Power and Sample Size”
    • Uncheck “SAS Providers for OLE DB”
    • Check “SAS SQL Library for C” (If for a C-coder)
    • Check “SAS Universal Viewer”
    • Uncheck “SAS/GRAPH ActiveX Control”
    • Check “SAS/GRAPH NV Workshop”
    • Check “SAS/GRAPH ODS Graphics Editor”
    • Check “SAS/IML Studio”
    • Uncheck “SAS/SECURE Windows Client Components”
  • If you get stuck in a “Pending Restart” loop, try the following:
    • Delete the following registry keys, if they exist:
      • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\FileRenameOperations
      • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\PendingFileRenameOperations
    • Run the installation from the command line with the following flags:
      setup.exe -noreboot -nomsupdate
    • Try installing SAS while the computer is in Safe Mode.
    • Clean the computer of any Spyware, Adware, and Viruses.

SAS Online Documentation

SAS OnDemand For Academics

SAS made its OnDemand Program for Academics free beginning in 2010. The program allows faculty and students to download SAS Enterprise Guide, a GUI driven front end to SAS servers at SAS headquarters in Cray, NC. Read on for more info…

Why use this program?

  • There is no need for students and faculty to install SAS on their computers in order to run SAS code.
  • The Enterprise Guide is a great tool for introducing students to the power of SAS without getting too bogged with the programming.
  • It is available at no cost.

If you are using a Windows computer

Who can use this program?

  • Instructors who are teaching courses with SAS are eligible.
  • The instructor then sends an email to their students with instructions on how to sign up.

How can I find out more information?

  • Email Stat IT
  • Check out what SAS says about this program here