ArcGIS Installation

Summary

This article describes how to install ArcGIS, using ArcGIS, how to get assistance with the application, and how uninstall.

Content

Background

Plymouth State University and University of New Hampshire share a site license for ArcGIS and other products from ESRI.  These instructions are primarily intended for students who need access to the ArcGIS software, but they may also be used by faculty or staff who have basic needs.  If you have more complicated needs for using GIS, see the full details on this license and software, on the ESRI Site License information page.  

There are three core ArcGIS products that students may use:  ArcGIS Desktop (aka ArcMap), ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online. 

ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro

The instructions below are for students or faculty/staff who would like to install ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro on their own computers, using a central licensing server, instead of requesting your own personal license.

The instructions below apply to both Plymouth and UNH users with the exception that in cases that talk about the VPN services or license servers, PSU students and staff should use the Plymouth option listed whereas UNH students and staff should use the UNH one.

System Requirements

Your computer meet the following requirements to use ArcGIS Desktop:

  • Windows 10 or newer; Windows Server 2012 or newer
  • 4 G RAM, 8 G RAM recommended
  • 6 G available hard disk space 

Your computer meet the following requirements to use ArcGIS Pro:

  • Windows 10 or newer; Windows Server 2012 or newer
  • 4 G RAM, 8 G RAM recommended
  • 32 G available hard disk space 

Because ArcGIS Desktop must check out a license from the central license server each time it runs, you must be either on the PSU or UNH campus on a wired Ethernet connection or using the wireless network, or you must be connected to the PSU VPN service or UNH VPN service if using the software from off campus.

Installation

To obtain and install the software:

  1. Confirm that you are logged in to PSU or UNH VPN service, if you are off campus, or that you are on a wired Ethernet connection or the campus wireless network.
  2. You can download all of the available ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro verison and more at https://arcgis.sr.unh.edu/esri/.  This site will list all of the different versions of ArcGIS Desktop along with many other programs from ESRI.  You can access and use any of these tools, but we recommend you proceed to the next step to get the most recent release.
  3. For the current release, here is direct link to the ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1 or a direct link to ArcGIS Pro 2.6.  Click that link to download the executable to your computer.
  4. Double-click on the executable file.  This will expand the compressed archive.  Accept the default location to expand to.
  5. When done expanding, click Close.  The setup.exe program should start automatically.  If not, look in the ArcGIS folder in your Documents folder for the setup.exe installer.
  6. Proceed through the installer, accepting the license agreement and the default options.  You may opt out of the ESRI user experience program.  Installation will take several minutes due to the large size of ArcGIS.
  7. Click Finish when the installer completes.
  8. The ArcGIS Administrator Wizard will launch. Leave the settings in section 1 as Advanced (ArcInfo) Concurrent Use.  In section 2 of the screen, choose the option to Define a license manager now.  Plymouth users should enter gis-lic.plymouth.edu.  UNH users should enter academic.unh.edu.  
  9. Click the OK button.
  10. Click the OK button in the ArcGIS Adminsitrator window that opens.

Note that ArcGIS Pro can also be licensed and activated by using a Named User license.  If you are a student using ArcGIS Pro in a course, your instructor may have setup ArcGIS Online accounts for you.  In this case, you can use that username and password that you have setup to activate ArcGIS Pro.  For more details, see the instructions provided by ESRI.

Using ArcGIS Desktop

Because ArcGIS Desktop must check out a license from the license server each time it runs, you must be either on the Plymouth or UNH campus on a wired Ethernet connection or using the wireless network, or you must be connected to the PSU VPN service or UNH VPN service if using the software from off campus.

Run ArcGIS Desktop using the shortcut items in the Windows Start Menu.  The main program is named ArcMap.

 

ArcGIS Online

The online version is a cloud-hosted GIS software. You can use this version online or you can download it to your computer. To download it to your computer please follow the instructions below:

1. log in to ArcGis - https://myunh.maps.arcgis.com/home/index.html

2. Click on your name in upper right

3. Click My Settings

4. Click Licenses on the left

5. Click download next to ArcGis Pro

6. Save file and follow prompts - https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/get-started/install-and-sign-in-to-arcgis-pro.htm (The UNH domain is myunh.maps.arcgis.com)

 

Assistance With ArcGIS Desktop

If you require assistance using ArcGIS Desktop, you can get help from the following:

  • The on-line Help built-in to ArcGIS Desktop available via the Help menu
  • The ESRI web site

 

Uninstalling ArcGIS Desktop

If you wish to remove ArcGIS Desktop from your computer, you may do so via the Windows Programs and Features control panel.

 

Need Additional Help?

For additional training, please visit the Teaching & Learning Technologies Training site or contact the ET&S Help Desk team on your local campus.

Details

Article ID: 2189
Created
Thu 3/19/20 11:13 AM
Modified
Mon 4/5/21 1:10 PM