This guide is intended to help standardize GIS Software installations on managed and faculty/staff/student computers across campus. If you have questions or would like to see an application added to the suggested GIS software configuration, please send an e-mail to the Marx Library GIS team at email@example.com.
Lab Managers: The software is already deployed to all public and library computers in the Software Center. This video (no audio) shows the steps. If you have any questions, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yale users with personal computers:
Yale ITS Virtual Windows Desktop: We highly recommend you to review the information concerning "Remote Access for Esri ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap & Pro."
Installing in your own computer: ArcGIS Desktop is not available for Mac OS. However, Esri has published these recommendations. QGIS is an open-source desktop GIS alternative that runs natively on Mac OS, as well as on Linux.
In order to install ArcGIS in a Mac, you need to establish a windows environment. Yale ITS provides student support. To get a rapid and targeted response, identify your local support contact at https://its.yale.edu/about-it/leadership-organization/campus-it-support or attend a walk-in help session at https://its.yale.edu/walk-centers.
Running a complex software package in an emulated Windows environment places heavy demands on your computer's memory. For reliable ArcGIS processing, we recommend using a computer with at least 8 GB of RAM (preferably with an i5 processor and at least 256 GB storage) and allocating 4GB of that to your virtual windows machine. ITS can help you to determine if your computer meets these specifications and to configure your virtual machine appropriately.
Once you have windows installed in your Mac, please follow the installation guides provided above on this guide.
Alternatively, web-based mapping can be performed on a Mac environment using Yale ArcGIS Online.
The standard installation of the ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) in portable machines is single-use license and does not require to connect to any Yale license server.
If you plan to use ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) off the internet grid, please test before going to conduct your fieldwork and make sure the software is opening without any issues.
If you plan to use ArcGIS Pro off the internet grid, please contact email@example.com to discuss the additional steps you should take and request the travel ArcGIS Pro package.
If you are already out of the country and are experiencing issues to connect to ArcGIS, please refer to our Yale GIS FAQs for the latest solution on this issue.
Yale University offers hundreds of public computers that are located throughout campus and are intended for use by members of the Yale community. These computers have a common software image to provide ample access to academic programs and software needed for classes.
Regarding GIS software, this is not a complete list but includes locations where the GIS software has been installed. You may find one or a combination of the Esri ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) and ArcGIS Pro, Google Earth Pro, and/or QGIS:
June 01, 2020
The ITS Public Computing group has worked tirelessly, and now Yale members can access Esri ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) and ArcGIS Pro via MyApps.
Note: All students with an active Yale email address are licensed to access the MyApps at Yale service via their personal devices.
Will I be able to save personal files on the virtual desktop?
The virtual desktop allows access to software available on the Public Clusters (students), or for specific use by teams or departments at Yale. Personal files should only be saved to a cloud drive, such as OneDrive, or to a network share.
Will I be able to add software to the virtual desktop?
You can customize your view of the virtual desktop, but software downloads/additions are not permitted. If you or your group have a specific need for software on the virtual desktop, please reach out to your professor, proctor, or manager.
For additional assistance, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 203-432-9000 or visit our website to view answers to trending questions, search how-to articles, start a chat, or report a problem. You may also contact your local IT support provider.
E-mail sent to GIS-L mailing list on August 27, 2020
This message is for users who installed ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) on their personal computers.
Dear Yale ArcMap users,
Every year, in August, Yale renews its contract with Esri. If ArcGIS Desktop (aka ArcMap) is installed currently on your personal computer, your license, most likely, is set to expire on Monday, August 31, 2020. Therefore, by Monday August 31, 2020, you must authorize the ArcGIS Desktop Single-Use license, using a new provisioning file available in the Yale Software Library. The software package currently available is ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.8.1. However, recent versions can be re-authorized with the same provisioning file without updating the software version (e.g., from 10.7.1 to 10.8.1).
Since Fall 2019, Esri users no longer need to connect to a Yale license server. Similar to last year, you will authorize a single-use license. Its authorization is done directly with Esri via the internet, using a provisioning file included in the software package that is available to download from the Yale Software Library.
Once you download the software package, please follow the “ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.X Installation Guide” located at https://guides.library.yale.edu/GIS/GISInstall. If you have any questions or experience any issues, please send your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you and good luck with your installation,
ACTION 1: Download ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.8.1 at the Yale Software Library
ACTION 2: Install ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.8.1 and authorize the single-use license. The installation guide is available at https://guides.library.yale.edu/GIS/GISInstall
Yes, the provisioning file included in the ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.8.1 package can be used to authorize ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.7.1.