SAS University Edition

SAS University Edition (UE) is a SAS software product aimed at academics. Although other SAS products require active licensing, SAS UE can be ran without a license in an offline environment, such as a DRE workspace. Follow the instructions below to run SAS UE on a VM in your DRE workspace. Beware: read more about whom can use SAS UE and to which ends on the officiel SAS website.

Prerequisite: a suitable VM

First, you need to set up a suitable VM in your workspace. Because you will be running SAS UE in VirtualBox inside your DRE VM, your DRE VM must be capable of nested virtualization. In short, this means you need a sufficiently large VM. We recommend to resize a VM to the D8s_v3 type, which we succesfully used during testing.

Once the VM is set up, proceed below.

How to install SAS UE

These instructions are based on the steps on the SAS page for installing SAS UE. Because we are setting this up on VMs in DRE workspaces, the procedure is at times a bit different.


Step 1. Download VirtualBox and SAS UE

Download VirtualBox on your local PC, but do not open the file!

Also download SAS University Edition on your local PC. Be aware you need to create a SAS account if you didn’t have one yet.

There should now be a .exe file for VirtualBox and a .ova file for SAS UE in your downloads folder.


Step 2. Upload VirtualBox and SAS UE files to your workspace

Go to the workspace on the DRE webportal, go to Files, and upload the two downloaded files.


Step 3. Create two required folders in your workspace

Now, when you are still in Files on the DRE webportal, create a new folder called SASUniversityEdition in the main Data folder of your workspace.

Go into this new SASUniversityEdition folder, and create another new subfolder called myfolders.

Note: the spelling is important here!


Step 4. Install VirtualBox in your workspace VM

Now, connect to the VM you want to install SAS UE on.

Inside the VM, open file explorer and find the VirtualBox .exe file > right-click > Run as administrator.

Follow the prompts and complete the VirtualBox installation.


Now: follow step 3 and step 4 on the SAS page on installing SAS UE.


Note it will take some time to get the console screen in VirtualBox, and also to get SAS Studio running once you click on the button on the localhost page.