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ARCH 2500: Architecture Design Studio

Access ArcMap

ArcGIS for Desktop software is a Windows-only application. If you have a Mac, please access the software remotely or use it in the library.

Once you received the code from your instructor, follow the instructions here: 

Version 10.x - ArcGIS for Desktop Student Trial software Instructions
A. Before you install ArcGIS for Desktop
    1. Check our system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the trial.

B. Activate your authorization code 
    2.    Visit to begin the process of activating and downloading your ArcGIS for Desktop Student Trial software.
    3.    Log in using your Existing Esri account, or sign-up for a new Esri account, if necessary.
    4.    Enter the authorization code and click Activate ArcGIS.
          a.    If you need to download ArcGIS for Desktop, proceed to step 5.
          b.    If you received the ArcGIS for Desktop software from your instructor or license administrator, or will be installing from a network server, proceed to step 10.
    5.    Click the button for the ArcGIS for Desktop software version being activated.

C. Download and install ArcGIS for Desktop Student Trial
    6.    If necessary, download the ArcGIS Uninstall Utility and uninstall previous versions of ArcGIS Desktop or Server. The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS for Server installed. It's OK if the computer has ArcGIS Explorer installed.
    7.    If necessary, install the Microsoft .NET Framework (version 3.5 Service Pack 1 or higher).
       a.    If you are unsure if you have the .NetFramework installed, you can download a .net Version detector from the following site -
    8.    Determine the location for the ArcGIS for Desktop software you wish to install and click the Download button. You can also download the Tutorial Data, if desired.
   9.    Double-click ArcGIS_Desktop_10XXXXXXX.exe (Depending on the version you selected, the file extensions may be different) to extract the installation files.
   10.    Locate and run Setup.exe to install ArcGIS for Desktop. The “Complete” installation is recommended.
   11.    After the files are installed, the Authorization Wizard will open and prompt you to choose a product to authorize; select “ArcGIS Desktop Advanced (Single Use)” and click continue.
  12.    The Authorization Wizard will prompt you for an authorization code; enter your activated code. Follow the prompts and the software will authorize and be ready for use. Note: leave the default option for the software extensions selected; they will be authorized automatically.

Support for the ArcGIS Desktop Student Trial is available at


If you only have a Map computer, or would like to access the software remotely, you can follow the steps below:

You can access virtual software on your own device in two ways:

  • Desktop application that runs virtual software
  • Run virtual software in your browser using the web client

Run virtual software

1. Download and install VMware Horizon Client
The client is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, Android, and Chrome OS.

  1. Go to to download the client
  2. Select “Install VMWare Horizon Client”
  3. Find your operating system*, select “Go to Downloads,” and download the installation file
  4. After downloading, run the installation to install the client

*For Windows users, do not download the Windows 10 UMP version from the Microsoft store, as it as limited functions.

2. Connect to the server
After VMWare Horizon Client is installed on your device:

  1. Open VMware Horizon Client
  2. Enter the connection server:
  3. Select “Connect”

3. Login with CougarNet

  1. A login window will appear to enter your CougarNet
  2. Domain: COUGARNET
  3. Select “Login”

The list of available software should appear.

Using the web client

Go to VMWare Horizon HTML Access and log-in with CougarNet to access the web client, which does not require downloading any programs.

It has limitations compared to the desktop application:

  • Only your remote CougarNet drive is immediately accessible. Transferring files to and from your personal hard drive must be done with the File Transfer panel
  • 2GB maximum file upload size, 50MB maximum file download size
  • CougarNet drives have limited capacity (250MB), many large files cannot be saved there
  • CougarNet drives are not recommended for long term storage of important files

For more information about virtual software, visit:

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