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SAS License Renewal Tutorial

SAS software is licensed on a calendar basis. In order to run your licensed software, you must apply the SAS installation data file (SID file) to renew your software.  

Note: These instructions are not intended for client-only machines. If your installation is limited to SAS client software (such as SAS Enterprise Guide), no update is required.

Software Renewal Overview

These instructions explain the process of renewing your SAS software license:

A SAS installation data file (SID file) must be applied when the license period has expired, and/or there has been a change in the SAS software products covered by the license.

   * If you have added products, you must perform an add-on installation of those products using the new SAS installation data file.

   * If you have no product changes or you have dropped products, you just need to renew the license.

The SID file name is in the format 

For example,

or this 32-bit SAS example, 

You should add the SAS installation data file to the sid_files directory of the SAS Software Depot, rather than replacing the SID file that was delivered with the original order.

The information below is an overview of the software renewal process and the part that the SAS installation data file plays in it. For all the documentation needed for your installation, please visit Install Center,

SAS Installation Data File

  • When it is time to renew your SAS software license, or if SAS software is being installed, the sid file found at MyQueen'sU will need to be saved to your computer.
  • It is recommended that you save this file to your SAS Software Depot\sid_files directory or to your local hard drive.
  • It is important that your SAS installation data be stored in a location where regular backups occur. Without the data in the SAS installation data file, you will not be able to renew your license or add any newly licensed products to your existing SAS 9.4 installation.

Requesting a Temporary SAS Installation Data File (SID File)

For emergency situations, you can download a temporary SID file that will extend the use of your licensed SAS software products for six days. Please visit SAS Support's License Assistance page, and click Request a temporary license extension for all SAS releases. For security purposes, you will be prompted for your SAS Profile credentials. If you do not have a SAS Profile, you can create one from the License Assistance page.

If you already have SAS software installed, the Renew SAS Software utility applies the SAS installation data file. Run this utility on each machine in your deployment where SAS Foundation is installed. If your operating system is not Microsoft Windows, please refer to the SAS Software License Renewal instructions for that operating system.

Start the Renew SAS Software Utility

To view a video demonstration of the Renew SAS Software utility, please see "SAS Note 49679: License file renewal instructions for SAS(R) 9.4 personal installations on Microsoft Windows operating environments" at

Note:  If any SAS Servers or SAS Spawners are running on the machine, they must be stopped before you start the Renew SAS Software tool.

  • From the Start menu,
    • Select All Programs -> SAS -> Utilities 
    • Right-click on Renew SAS Software
    • Select Run As Administrator
  • Alternately, you can locate the utility on your hard drive. The default folder is: C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASRenewalUtility\9.4\ Or this example of 32-bit SAS on Windows x64,  C:\Program Files\SASHome\x86\SASRenewalUtility\9.4\ 
    • Right click on sasrenew.exe
    • Select Run As Administrator to start the Renew SAS Software tool.
  • There are two steps in the Renew SAS Software window:
    1. Select a SAS installation data file.
      • Select the SAS installation data file, click
      • Next, review and click OK.
    2. Specify product location.  
      • The "Folder for SAS config file" field usually defaults to the correct path. 
      • Click Renew to complete the steps.

Renewing SAS Software in Quiet Mode

The Renew SAS Software utility can run in Quiet Mode. This allows you to renew your SAS software license without user input or the display of dialog windows.

  • To renew your SAS software in Quiet Mode, locate the SASRENEW.EXE utility file on your hard drive.
    • The default directory is C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASRenewalUtility\9.4\ 
      Or this example of 32-bit SAS on Windows x64, C:\Program Files\SASHome\x86\SASRenewalUtility\9.4\ 
  • Run the following command from a command prompt: 
    • "[full path to sasrenew.exe]" -s "datafile:[full path to your SAS installation data file]"
    • For example:  "C:\Program Files\SASHome\SASRenewalUtility\9.4\SASRenew.exe" -s "datafile:c:\[SAS Software Depot]\sid_files\SAS94_order-number_site-number_host-platform.txt"
    • Note: The userid logged into the machine must have administrator rights. The files and folders in the directory where SAS is installed cannot be set to read-only.
  • Determine if the SID file was applied successfully is to search the setinit.log file for the text: "Siteinfo data have been updated," along with the new expiration date.  
    • The default directory for the setinit.log file is  c:\Program Files\SASHOME\SASFoundation\9.4 
    • Or this example of 32-bit SAS on Windows x64, c:\Program Files\SASHOME\x86\SASFoundation\9.4

If your SAS deployment includes specific SAS Solution software that depends on a SAS middle tier, then additional steps are required to update the SID file in metadata. This  procedure involves using the SAS Deployment Manager and the  specific SAS installation data file (SID file) that contains  the SAS Solution software to update your SAS metadata  repository. 

Note: This procedure is performed one time only in your deployment regardless of the number of machines in your deployment.

The following subset of the SAS Solutions require this procedure:
(For a complete list, please refer to

  • SAS Activity-Based Management
  • SAS Enterprise Miner(tm)  (server only, version 7.1 and above)
  • SAS Financial Crimes Monitor
  • SAS Financial Management
  • SAS Forecast Server
  • SAS Social Network Analysis Server
  • SAS Visual Analytics

Steps for the SID File Update in Metadata

Follow these steps to locate and apply your new SAS Solution software license in metadata:

  1. If an applicable SAS Solution was installed, review all renewal SID files associated with the renewal order to locate the SAS License File that contains the SAS  Solution product. You can review the SAS Software License Renewal Order email to see the products for each site, the operating system, and the corresponding license file name. For example, the email might contain a site with a SAS Solution, in this case SAS Visual Analytics, that requires the update to the metadata repository:

Tech Support Site Number:  70000000
Operating System:    Microsoft(r) Windows(r) Server for x64
Product:             SAS 9.4
License File:     SAS94_xxxxxx_70000000_Win_X64_xxx.txt

Product(s) Ordered         Expiration Date
* Base SAS     May 30, 2018
* SAS Visual Analytics    May 30, 2018

If an applicable SAS Solution is not listed, proceed to  Section D.

  1. Log into the Microsoft Windows machine as the SAS Installer userid where the SAS Metadata Server is installed and currently running. If it is not currently running, restart your SAS Metadata Server.  The SAS Installer user is the operating system userid with which your SAS deployment was installed. For more information, see "Required External User Accounts for SAS" in the SAS 9.4 Intelligence Platform Installation and Configuration Guide.
  2. Make sure the SID file that contains the applicable SAS Solution determined above is saved to a location accessible to the SAS Metadata Server machine.
  3. Go to Start -> All Programs -> SAS and right-click on the SAS Deployment Manager and choose Run As Administrator. Alternately, navigate to SAS-installation-       directory\SASDeploymentManager\9.4 and right-click on sasdm.exe, and choose Run As Administrator.
  4. In the SAS Deployment Manager, select Update SID File in Metadata.  If the Update SID file in Metadata option is not listed and the SAS Metadata Server is not installed on this machine, then the Update SID in Metadata file steps are not required on this machine, just on the machine where the SAS Metadata Server is running. Proceed to  Section D.
  5. In the next window, select the configuration directory (for example, C:\SAS\Config) and the level (for example, Lev1) for your SAS deployment that is displayed in the window. If your configuration is in another folder, enter that configuration directory and level.
  6. In the next window, verify the Host Name of the metadata server and port number. Enter the user ID and password for a SAS internal unrestricted administrative user (for example, sasadm@saspw).
  7. In the next window, enter the absolute path to the SID file containing the applicable SAS solution product, determined above (for example,    c:\SAS94_999AAA_70000000_Win_X64_Srv.txt.  Or this example of 32-bit SAS on Windows x64, c:\SAS94_999AAA_70000000_Win_Srv.txt).
  8. Click Start
  9. When the deployment manager has successfully updated your metadata, proceed to  Section D.

After applying all SID files in your environment, restart all  SAS Servers and SAS Spawners in your environment in the appropriate order, including any SAS Metadata server so new expirations dates and any newly licensed products will take effect.  For more information on restarting SAS Servers in the appropriate order, see "Starting, Stopping, and Checking the Status of Servers" in the SAS 9.4 Intelligence Platform System Administration Guide.

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April 26, 2017