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Geographic Information Systems at Yale: GIS Software Installation

Geographic Information Systems at Yale University encompasses a range of spatial applications and services. GIS is used by many disciplines at Yale University.

Yale Esri ArcGIS Installation Guides

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 CSSSI GIS team at gishelp@yale.edu.

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 gishelp@yale.edu.

  • ArcGIS Pro: Keep in mind that ArcGIS Pro does not require a license server, Yale users authorize their access with their Yale ArcGIS Online login.
  • ArcGIS Desktop: Lab machines with ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap) should connect to the Library license server. Please send your inquiry to gishelp@yale.edu in order to obtain the latest license server information.

Yale users with personal computers: 

GIS Software for Mac OS

ArcGIS Desktop is not available for Mac OS. However, Esri has published these recommendationsQGIS 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

Planning to use the Esri software off the internet grid?

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 gishelp@yale.edu 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.

ANNOUNCEMENT: ArcGIS Desktop License Renewal 2019-2020

E-mail sent to GIS-L mailing list on Sept 28, 2019

IMPORTANT: If you already installed ArcGIS Desktop 10.7.1 Single-Use, please disregard this message.

Dear ArcGIS Desktop users,

Every year, Yale renews the contract with Esri. If ArcGIS Desktop was installed in your computer this past academic year, it is most likely that the Esri license was authorized through the Yale license server (“Cooke”). If that is the case, most likely, every time you launch ArcGIS Desktop, your computer might be issuing a warning concerning the license expiration date on September 30, 2019. If so, you must resolve the matter by installing ArcGIS Desktop 10.7.1 Single-Use.

This year we are shifting away from installing concurrent use, and it is no longer needed to connect to a Yale license server. This year, you will install ArcGIS Desktop Single-Use, which will not rely on a Yale license server. Instead, you will be authorizing through Esri directly using a provisioning file that is included in the package you will download from the Yale Software Library.

Please follow the "ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) 10.7.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 gishelp@yale.edu

Please remember, ArcGIS Desktop is a software developed for PCs; therefore, if you are a Mac user, please connect with your usual IT helpdesk to ask for guidance (e.g., virtual machine) on how to install the Esri software in a Mac.

Thank you, and good luck with your installation.

The GIS team at CSSSI.

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