ArcGIS Pro at the University of Illinois

Students and faculty at the University of Illinois can access ArcGIS Pro desktop software in a variety of ways:

For most people in the U of I community wishing to do work using ArcGIS Pro while away from campus, the preferred option is to access on-campus computers using UIUC AnyWare. Even though you are interacting with the software as if it is on your own desktop or laptop computer (Mac or PC), the software is actually running on a computer on campus.

Note that you should never store personal or work files on these machines. These are shared machines and you have no assurance either that your files are secure from being viewed or modified by other users of these machines, or that your files will not get erased by other users or by system administrators.

NHB Classroom or Open Lab Computers

There a number of classroom and open lab computers that you can log into remotely using UIUC AnyWare, which is U of I's implementation of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops service. Note that some of these machines may not be available when the classroom is being used for a class, or if someone else is already using that machine.

On most personal machines you can access the remote machines either through a web app that runs in your browser, or through the Citrix Workspace application that you can install on your personal machine. The workspace application will usually be more responsive and offers more features, but may not be available for older machines.

Regardless of which access method you use, you log in to AnyWare at:

The machines with ArcGIS Pro include the ATLAS machines in NHB 1020 and 1088. Some ICS and ACES machines also have this software, although there may be differences in the way the software is configured on those machines, so you should first try to find an available machine in one of the two NHB labs.

Connecting to an NHB lab machine using UIUC AnyWare


Alternatively, SESE-GIS is a server computer maintained by ATLAS for the benefit of GEOG and ESES students and faculty.

Because this machine is shared, performance depends on how many people are logged in, and it can be quite slow and unreliable. However, this machine should almost always be available if you cannot find an available NHB lab computer.

You can connect to it by downloading the RDP file from the following link and opening it when prompted using the Remote Desktop Connection utility on a Windows computer.

Connecting to SESE-GIS Using Remote Desktop on PC

On Apple computers, you will first need to download the free Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the Apple Mac Store.

Microsoft Remote Desktop App in the Mac App Store

Home Installation

You can install the software on a home computer at no cost to you under a one-year student license.

However, the software only runs on Windows machines (or Macs with a Windows partition), requires significant memory and disk space, and can be quite tricky to install.

Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use ArcGIS Pro through UIUC AnyWare rather than by installing it on your own machine.

You can download ArcGIS Pro from the WebStore.

ArcGIS Pro Download From the U of I WebStore