SAS: How to update SAS license files

SAS licenses purchased through the University of Minnesota Information Technology Software License Program have license files (called SID files or setinit files) that expire annually. SAS users must download and apply new license files to continue using SAS beyond the license file expiration date. License file expiration date is independent of the period of time a user purchased a license to use SAS.

This article will help you complete the following:

  • Understand how users obtain new SAS license files
  • Use the SAS Renew SAS Software utility to apply a new SAS license file.

Obtain a new SAS license file

Users with current (paid up) SAS licenses through the University of Minnesota Information Technology Software License Program will receive information via e-mail on obtaining new SAS license files before the old ones expire. Users who do not receive new SAS license files may not have renewed the license (paid for another year's use).

For questions about license status, create a ServiceNow incident and assign it to T2 Software License with user's license information, or have the user e-mail [email protected]

Here are a few things to be aware of about SAS license files:

  • The license file is called a SID file or setinit file
  • The license file is a small text file.
  • Users must select the correct license file for their operating System, and SAS version.
  • The SID file name starts with SAS94_. SAS93_, or SAS92_.
  • When downloading the file, save it somewhere where it will be easy to find
  • The license file can be viewed with a text editor, but do not make changes.

Apply a new SAS license file

The directions below assume a user has already obtained a new SAS license file as described above. To apply the new license file:

  1. Go to Start > All Programs > SAS > Utilities > Renew SAS Software

  2. Run Renew SAS Software from an account with administrative-level access (you may need to right click on the file and select "Run as..."). If someone else manages the computer, you may need to ask them for administrative access.

  3. Browse to the SAS installation data (SID) that was previously downloaded and saved as described above. Select the file and click Open.

  4. Click Next.

  5. Review the operating system and SAS products and click OK.

  6. Click Renew. When complete you will get the following message: "The setinit was successfully applied."

The new expiration date should take effect. The next time you start SAS you should not see an expiration warning.

Additional Information

Video demo of SAS license renewal:

In case of problems applying the license file, find out what version of SAS is in use, and what version of Windows. Note any error messages. Create a ServiceNow incident and assign it to Software License.