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gis-studio ArcGIS Student trial software license and installation

Dear UvA student or UvA staff member,

there are two ways of installing your free UvA-copy of ArcGIS on your tablet, laptop or home computer:

1) Installation with a 1-year Student License
The ArcGIS for Desktop 1-year Student License provides a 1-year term license for ArcGIS for Desktop and Extensions and is limited to educational purposes (no commercial use allowed). Each authorization code is valid for one user on one computer. Please read the instructions (see below) before you begin installing the software. You will need to activate the authorization code using your Esri Global Account (if needed please create one) before it can be used.

2) Installation with a permanent internet connection and a UvAVPN-connection (via the program Pulse) to the license server of the UvA

The ArcGIS for Desktop UvA license provides a license for ArcGIS for Desktop and Extensions and is limited to UvA students and UvA staff members for educational purposes (no commercial use allowed). Please read the instructions (see below) before you begin installing the software. You will need to make a connection with your UvAnetID with Pulse over the UvAVPN connection before it can be used.
Note 1: you need a permanent internet connection to allow ArcGIS to reach the UvA license server.
Note 2: first you have to follow all the steps of Option 1 before going to Option 2.

Option 1: a one-year Student License with an authorization code

Before you install ArcGIS for Desktop 1-year Student license

  1. First ask permission for using the UvA\ESRI one-year license for ArcGIS 10.x, by sending an e-mail to: Thijs de Boer, e-mail address: w dot m dot deboer at uva dot nl. If he agrees, you will become a reply with an authorization code like EVA123456789. This EVA-license number is to be used in the following procedure.

  2. Check the ESRI ArcGIS system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the one year trial version.
    • The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS Desktop installed; if necessary, uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop. It's OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.
  1. Activate you authorization code
  1. Determine the version of the ArcGIS for Desktop you want. If you don't know which version you need, take the latest version that is being offered.
    • you need to choose the latest version from the following or similar screen:



      Download the ArcGIS 10.4.1 for Desktop so click that green button for access to the download site and further installation instructions

Install and authorize the ArcGIS for Desktop 1-year Student license software

    • Follow the steps on the website.
    • The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for a product to authorize; select "ArcGIS Desktop ArcInfo (Single Use)"
    • The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for an authorization code; enter your previously activated EVA-code.
    • Install also the Data Interoperability extension.

Authorization is also possible after installation of the ArcGIS software by using the ArcGIS Administrator. Open this program by clicking Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > ArcGIS Administrator. Choose in the left hand panel on 'Desktop' and in the right hand panel on 'Advanced (ArcInfo) Single Use' and 'Authorize Now'. Follow the steps on the screen an fill in your EVA-number that you've got from the GIS-Studio Staff.

Support for the ArcGIS Desktop Education Edition is available at esri.com/evalhelp.

 

Option 2: Installation with a permanent internet connection and a UvAVPN-connection (via the program Pulse) to the license server of the UvA

Follow the above steps 1-4 and the bullets below the Install and authorize section

After that, please follow these steps:

  1. Authorization via use of the UvA license server is possible after installation of the ArcGIS software by using the ArcGIS Administrator. Open this program by clicking Start > All Programs > ArcGIS > ArcGIS Administrator.
  2. Choose in the left hand panel on 'Desktop' and in the right hand panel on the radio button in front of the sentence 'Advanced (ArcInfo) Concurrent Use'.
  3. Click on the button 'Change'
  4. Fill in: 27004@arcgis.licenties.uva.nl and clik on OK.
  5. Click Apply.
  6. Click on 'Availability' (below 'Desktop') and see how many of the 1000 licenses are still available.
  7. Click on 'Borrow/Return' if you wish to borrow a ArcGIS license for 30 days to be able to work offline for 30 days.
  8. Select the licenses of 'Desktop Advanced' and the extensions you want to borrow.
  9. Click Apply.
  10. Click OK.

Support for the ArcGIS Desktop Education Edition is available at esri.com/evalhelp.

 

INSTALLATION of ArcGIS on a Apple Macintosh computer: follow the steps below and choose the option VirtualBox, VMware Fusion or Boot Camp (VirtualBox is advised).

The courses of the GIS-Studio require the use of the Geographical Information System ArcGIS by ESRI. However, this is a Windows-only compatible program and it requires some extra effort to run on Mac. This is a short guide explaining the two main options for people with Mac computers. It also includes a step-by-step guide of the installation process. The two options consists of a virtualization software (VMware Fusion) and the Apple-provided dual operating system program Boot Camp.

VMware allows the user to install Windows like a regular program and run it in a window while using the Mac OS. This allows easy file transfer back and forth from Mac to Windows. Furthermore, any calculations are still done in the Mac OS environment.

Boot Camp allows you to install windows and after booting your computer lets you choose which OS you want to run. This means you actually run the full windows operating system, just using your mac hardware.

Which option you choose is up to you. However, one could prefer VMware as it is fairly user-friendly and takes slightly less of your computers processing power.

Please note that for each option you need a copy of windows OS but they are provided by the University of Amsterdam (see below).

 

Disk space

Before using any virtual machine be sure to have enough free space on your hard disk (roughly 32

gb). The installation of the virtual machine itself does not consume a lot of space, however the

installation of Windows (11 gb) and Arcgis (3 gb) within this virtual machine does. If you have issues

cleaning your MacBook (air in particular) make use of the OmniDiskSweeper or Disk Inventory X

software or any other cleaning software such as Ccleaner (for cleaning temporary files),

CleanMyMac3 (easy to use), Gemini 2 (for duplicate files). All these programs are either open source

or provide a free trial on the link provided.


VMware Fusion Download and Installation

i) Go to https://datanose.nl/#byod and find Windows on Mac.

ii) Follow the steps to go to the Dreamspark store and download a Windows .iso file and product key.

iii) Once you have the downloaded .iso file and product key on your computer, go to https://datanose.nl/#byod and find VMware.

iv) Go to the store and search for VMware, add to cart and checkout.

v) Download and install VMware.

vi) Once the installation is completed, start the software and choose ‘Install from

disc or image’ ➔ Select the .iso file ➔ Enter the product key ➔ Follow the instructions to install and configure Windows.

vii) Use VMware to use Windows and follow the regular guidelines (see above on this website) to download and install ArcGIS.

viii) To allow you to use microsoft office format files, download the ‘Access database engine’ at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13255 .

Download this programme inside your Virtual Machine environment.


Boot Camp

This program is provided on all macs with operating systems from Leopard on (2007 and up)

i) Follow the steps i‐iii above to get the Microsoft .iso file and product key.

ii) Download Boot Camp assistant from the utilities folder in applications.

iii) Follow all the steps required by the assistant.

iv) Restart your computer and you can choose between Mac and Windows.

v) Run Windows and download ArcGIS as usual (see this website above under Windows).

vi) To allow you to use microsoft office format files, download the 'Access database engine' at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=13255.

Download this programme while running the microsoft OS.

 


Oracle VirtualBox

i) Go to https://datanose.nl/#byod and find Windows on Mac.

ii) Follow the steps to go to the Dreamspark store and download a Windows .iso file and product key.

iii) Go to https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads and click and download the OS X hosts

install the VirtualBox software.

iv) Open and install VirtualBox-5.1.10- 112026-OSX.dmg (176.5 MB required)

v) Open VirtualBox and select New in the top left.

vi) For Name you can type anything but its best to use a name such as “Windows 10”. For Type

select “Microsoft Windows”. For Version select “Windows 10 (64-bit)” (unless you downloaded the

32-bit version in which case choose “Windows 10 (32-bit)”). Click continue.

vii) For Memory size always use at least the recommended size of 2048 mb. If possible, use more

depending on your ram. For 8 gb ram MacBook’s we suggest using 4096 mb. However, the amount

of ram you decide to allocate for the virtual machine is up to you. Click continue.

viii) For Hard disk select create a virtual hard disk now and click create. Select VDI (VirtualBox Disk

Image) for hard disk file type and click continue.

ix) For Storage on physical hard disk it is up to you to choose which option you want to use, read

carefully! However, we advise to use fixed size considering this is often faster in use which is very

useful for Arcgis. When you’ve made a choice click continue.

x) For File location and size again check the name and select the amount of hard disk space. We

recommend to use at least 30 gb considering the size of the Windows and Arcgis installation.

Furthermore, you might need to install other software on Windows in the future. Click create.

xi) Now that the virtual machine has been created you can click on the “Windows 10” virtual

machine and then Start in the top left.

xii) Select the windows 10 .iso file as the start-up disk and click start and install Windows 10!

 

Good luck ! Thijs de Boer

Dr. W.M. de Boer
Manager GIS-studio
Institute for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED)
Faculty of Science (FNWI)
University of Amsterdam
P.O. Box 94248 | 1090 GE Amsterdam
Science Park 904 | Room C4.204 | 1098 XH Amsterdam
T +31 20 525 7665 | F +31 20 525 7832
http://www.gis-studio.nl

 

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