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Re: st: RE: RE: RE: network Stata

From   Russell Dimond <>
Subject   Re: st: RE: RE: RE: network Stata
Date   Tue, 05 Mar 2013 10:09:57 -0600

The Social Science Computing Cooperative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison uses Citrix in the same way Kit describes, and it works extremely well. A lot of the grad student offices just have cheap "thin clients" (what used to be called "dumb terminals") and they still have full access to Stata (and a whole lot of other stat software). I've even seen people connect to our servers and run Stata using iPads, though I wouldn't recommend it without a keyboard.

We have some regular PCs in our labs, and they use the same network location for ado files so people can download ado files once and use them anywhere with no sysadmin intervention required. I keep debating having Stata on our Linux servers use the same location, but I don't like having Linux Stata unavailable during Windows file server downtimes or vice versa.

Russell Dimond
Statistical Computing Specialist
Social Science Computing Cooperative
University of Wisconsin-Madison

On 3/2/2013 10:41 AM, Christopher Baum wrote:
On Mar 2, 2013, at 7:33 AM, Richard wrote:

On our campus, you install Stata on each machine, but only so many
copies can be running at once. So, with a setup like that, you can do
your own updates and install whatever ado files you want.

If that isn't the case with your setup, or if you don't have write
privileges on your machine (as is the case with our public labs),
then you have to harass the tech staff to keep Stata up to date. They
may not even know that you can do updates. I was using the original
Stata 12 in a classroom before I got them to update.
At Boston College, we are now using Stata in statistics and econometrics course labs for about 300 students per semester, who access Stata through a Citrix 'apps server'. When they connect to the app server (which they do with the downloaded Citrix Receiver app, which works much better than the web interface) they have a mapping to their "N:" drive, which is a web-accessible filestore that they can mount on any laptop (Win/Mac OS X). The "N" drive is set to be the current working directory for Stata, so any data files, log files, etc. that they create go there. Likewise, if they install anything from SSC or SJ, there is an \ado directory created on the N drive, so they have no problems installing user-written software and accessing it when they next open Stata (as they will again have their N drive linked).

The Stata on the app server is the 64-bit Windows version, for which we have ~90 licenses. Although most of the students have Mac laptops, they do not have any difficulty working with the Windows version of Stata.


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