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SAS For Dummies by Chris Hemedinger, Stephen McDaniel

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Chapter 15

Setting It All Up

In This Chapter

bullet Installing SAS Enterprise Guide and SAS for Windows locally

bullet Using server-based SAS with SAS Enterprise Guide

bullet Defining data sources once and for all

Installing and configuring SAS software can be as simple as popping a few CDs into your computer and clicking a few buttons — no more difficult than loading some music on a portable music player. Or it can be more complicated, like assembling a home theater system, requiring moderate site preparation before you get started. Then again, it can be a terrific engineering and political challenge, like launching an international space station, involving months of planning and coordination among several stakeholder groups before the first button is pushed.

In this chapter, you can read about the basic configuration of SAS on a personal computer, which is the easiest to set up and use. You can also read about some of the behind-the-scenes work required to configure SAS for use in a multi-machine environment, where multiple people use a centralized SAS installation in an administered setting. Finally, you see what’s involved in configuring your data sources so that nothing will stand in your way ...

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