Installing ArcGIS in Parallels

I'm trying to install ArcGIS 10.1 Desktop Advanced Student Edition. I'm currently running Windows 8.1 on my Macbook Pro (2014, 16GB ram, 250GB SSD) using Parallels.

When I access the DVD from my USB optical drive, I can open up the ESRI.exe and the Quick Start Guide opens up as expected. I then click the 'Setup' hot button to the right of 'ArcGIS for Desktop', and a User Account Control window appears asking if I'd like to allow the program 'ArcGIS for Desktop 10.1 to make changes to this computer?'

I select 'Yes', at which point the User Account Control window disappears, and exactly nothing happens. The Setup does not begin. As well, the 'Install Guide' hot button to the right of 'Setup' does not link to a valid file.

Any ideas what could be inhibiting the installation?

Just tumbled into this question. Activate full folder sharing between Mac and your VM Windows, then use finder to browse to the folder "Desktop" in the .iso file. Then click "setup.msi" and installation will begin without that setup menu. Another way is to copy all files in the .iso to your HD then run the regular setup.

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  • Develop, sharpen, and reinforce geographical knowledge and spatial awareness across different fields
  • Demonstrate how a geographic perspective can complement, extend, and apply across the physical, biological, environmental, and social sciences
  • Learn how to use GIS software like ArcGIS and other platforms

Students can choose to take GEOG XL 7 in one of two formats: self-paced or cohort-based

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  • Students will have six months from the course's scheduled start date (NOT from the date of enrollment) to complete the course.
  • There are no scheduled due dates for course activities.

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  • Complete in ten weeks.
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Installing ArcGIS in Parallels - Geographic Information Systems

This course we will use ArcGIS Version 10 to 10.1. The software is installed at various locations around the UW campus. We assume that software installed on campus will work properly.

All software are downloadable. In the SECOND week, you will receive a code for a student version of ArcGIS 10.1 with a 1-year timeout license that allows you to activate the ArcGIS software so you can install it on your own computer with a 1-year timeout license. The code will let you install ArcGIS system in your own computer (PC only for Mac you will need a PC emulator such as Parallels, BootCamp, or VMWare). Software is for your academic use only. You will be able to access the code from Gradebook.


  1. Check our system requirements to make sure your computer has the hardware and software required for the trial.
  2. Uninstall any previous versions of ArcGIS that you may already have on your machine. The software cannot be installed on a computer that has a previous version of ArcGIS for Desktop or ArcGIS for Server installed. For best results, please download and use the ArcGIS Uninstall Utility (you will find it after the step 6).
  3. Visit to begin the process of activating and downloading your ArcGIS for Desktop Student Trial software.
  4. Log in using your Existing Esri Global Account, or Sign-up for a new Esri Global account, if necessary.
  5. Enter the authorization code and click Activate ArcGIS (If you received the ArcGIS for Desktop software already or will be installing from a network server, proceed to step 10).
  6. Select and click ArcGIS 10.1 for Desktop.
  7. Download ArcGIS for Desktop, Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, and the files you would like to install. If you didn't download the files at the time you registered, you must repeat the process to get to the download option.
  8. Install the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1.
  9. Install and authorize ArcGIS for Desktop.
    • Double-click ArcGIS_Desktop_101_129796_2.exe to extract the installation files.
    • Locate and run Setup.exe to install ArcGIS for Desktop. The &ldquoComplete&rdquo installation is recommended. (Youtube Demo). The complete installition may take 20-30 minutes to finish.
    • After the files are installed, the Authorization Wizard will open and prompt you to choose a product to authorize select &ldquoArcGIS Desktop Advanced (Single Use)&rdquo and click continue (Youtube Demo).
    • Enter your authorization number: EVAXXXXXXXXX. Follow the prompts and the software will authorize and be ready for use.
  10. Select all possible extensions, especailly "Spatial Analyst" & "3D Analyst" tool sets.

If you installed the software without selecting the extensions, it is possible to install them later following this process:

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You can not use ArcGIS on Bootcamp and VM with the same license key (single use license! - concurrenct use license with separat license server of course no problem). The license key is generated with some internal ids of your computer (eg ethernet MAC and other - you can match the ethernet MAC id in Parallels but thats not enough). You have to chose where you want to work with ArcGIS: bootcamp or VM (before licensing). Thats really annoying.

I had the same issue. Extremely annoying since it is without a doubt impossible to run both your BootCamp and VM versions at the same time. I never resolved it with traditional fixer.

If you are a student (hopefully you are) usually the person/department in charge of license distribution understand the need for both (rasters can be very sluggish on the VM side, but not always) when you are really putting the machine to the test.

SO, that is how i ultimately "solved" the issue. However, I believe the route issue to be the MAC address authentication, as I am experiencing the same problem in ArcGIS 10.2 when I tried to copy my VM from my MBP optical drive to my MBP sad - none of my tools are working.

When I first loaded the copied VM (by opening the VM file directly, not through Parallels) I was prompted if I wanted to use the same ". " (can't remember the actual term, but something along the lines of MAC id, or network address, etc.). Unfortunately I said no make a new one - WRONG ANSWER.

I'm trying to get it sorted now - just saved VM file, completely wiped Parallels, reboot, reinstall and now I'm on the message boards trying to get this install right) [helpful ideal VM settings for ArcGIS specifically: ).

All that being said the first time I had this issue (month of nightmares, and late GIS homework) I had imported my VM from Bootcamp, which seems logical, but at that time (Parallels 8 and ArcGIS 10) it was still a license error I was receiving, but for some unremembered reason I was convinced it was because the VM calls its hard drive the "C" drive which it clearly is not - parallels merely translates this virtual C drive between the 2 OSs and their respective boot drives.

( I have not tried this next part yet) it might be worth trying to install your VM on the Mac side and then use the Windows or Parallels Migration Tool to create a Win migration file and then go to your BootCamp side (IMPORTANT - DEACTIVATE YOUR ESRI LICENSE BEFORE UNINSTALLING ARCGIS - if you don't do then you'll be mired in the "this license has reached its maximum allowable installations" or whatever they say).

If your Bootcamp side still has your ArcGIS, deactivate, then uninstall that version. Then try to import your migration file, but I've lost some of my Windows skills since switching to Mac, so I would do some research on that part. In theory since, your VM version was pointing to (for all intents and purposes) your "C" drive on the Mac side, hopefully the BootCamp install won't get as tripped up by the double installs as the VM did. Just a thought, I realize as I finish this that you posted in October, so likely you've moved on, but if any of what I said is wrong, or if you found the best way to have it all, I would really appreciate your response.

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Come join us for an ArcGIS installfest. ArcGIS is the main GIS (geographic information system) software used with and beyond academia for geographical and spatial analysis as well as cartography and map production. The focus will be on helping attendees install ArcGIS on their Macs, as this is a much harder software setup than on a windows PC. But windows users looking for support are also welcome.

This is a proprietary software and quite expensive. Fortunately UCB has a site license for students, faculty and staff. You can apply for a one year academic license key via the UCB Geospatial Innovation Faciliaty (GIF) website.

Technology Capabilities Requirements: Because the Institute will be entirely online, you will need to have ArcGIS Desktop 10.7 or 10.8 running on your computer. All participants will receive a software license and instructions for downloading the software upon registering for the Institute. Participants who are students or full-time staff at Penn have the option of accessing the software through the VLab.

If you have a PC laptop or desktop computer, you should be able to install ArcGIS without too much trouble as long as your computer meets these system requirements.

If you have a Mac laptop or desktop computer, you will need to be running Windows operating system in order to install ArcGIS. Note, the parallels option will require an additional purchase (approximate $40-$80). There are multiple ways to do this as documented on the SFSU website and UCSC website.

Participants are encouraged to attempt to download and install the software at least two weeks before the start of the Institute. While our team can offer some suggestions and trouble-shooting, we recommend that you have access to an IT specialist in your school/office to assist you with the installation.

Expert Course Instructors:

Amy Hillier, MSW, PhD

Dr. Hillier is an Associate Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania and a faculty co-director of the Cartographic Modeling Lab. She teaches classes in GIS and research methods and has served as the faculty director for Penn's Master of Urban Spatial Analytics program. Her research focuses on geographic disparities in housing and health, including historical mortgage redlining, food access, and childhood obesity.

Jeremy Mennis, PhD

Dr. Jeremy Mennis is a Professor in the Department of Geography and Urban Studies at Temple University. He earned a Ph.D. in Geography from Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and is a certified GIS Professional. He has served as chair of the Geographic Information Systems and Science Specialty Group of the Association of American Geographers (AAG), and on the Boards of the Directors for both the GIS Certification Institute (GISCI) and the president of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science (UCGIS). Jeremy has published over 70 articles and chapters and has received funding from federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Justice (NIJ), and National Science Foundation (NSF). His teaching and research interests are in spatiotemporal data modeling and analysis, and GIS applications to environment, crime, and health.

Doug Wiebe, PhD

Dr. Wiebe is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania. He studies issue of geography and health, and measuring exposures and outcomes at relevant spatial and temporal scales, with a focus on injury science. He directs the CDC-funded Penn Injury Science Center and directs a D43 training program funded by the NIH Fogarty International Center to build capacity for trauma epidemiology and injury prevention in Botswana.

Raina Merchant, MD, MS

Raina Merchant is an associate vice president at Penn Medicine and an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She serves as the director of the Penn Medicine Center for Digital Health and co-director of the Penn National Clinician Scholars Program. Raina received her bachelor's degree from Yale University, her medical degree from the University of Chicago, and her master's in health policy research from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work focuses on the intersection of digital media and health. She has conducted projects evaluating health behaviors and communication on digital platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Yelp, Instagram, and Google.

Vicky Tam, MA

Vicky is a senior GIS analyst with the Department of Biomedical and Health Informatics (DBHi) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is passionate about working at the intersection of GIS, public health, and education. She has over fifteen years of progressive professional experience leveraging Esri enterprise mapping and software platforms as part of geospatial research support. In addition to her position at the DBHi, Vicky is also the senior GIS analyst with the Cartographic Modeling Lab at the University of Pennsylvania. Vicky received her masters degree in Environmental Policy and Analysis, focusing on sustainable development from Boston University.

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System Requirements

Prior to installing ArcGIS software, you’ll want to confirm that your computer hardware meets the minimum system requirements. For system recommendations, and to check your computer’s ability to run ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro software, see ArcGIS 10.8 System Requirements and ArcGIS Pro 2.5 System Requirements, respectively. If you’re purchasing a new computer to use for GIS coursework or research, you may also be interested in the hardware configurations ESRI is suggesting at Esri Corporate Hardware Partners.

Neither ArcGIS Desktop nor ArcGIS Pro will operate natively on an Apple Macintosh computer. To use the software on a Mac, you must be running Windows. Esri Tech Support does not officially support running ArcGIS Desktop or Pro on virtualization software like Parallels, Bootcamp, VMware Fusion, etc. While it is possible to install and use the software using virtualization software, it may not always function as well as in Windows. For additional information regarding running ArcGIS software on a Mac, see Run ArcGIS Pro in Mac OS X.

Please note that our Geography Department teaching and research labs, as well as the university computer labs (the Spidell Technology Center and Horn Center) provide computers with ArcGIS Desktop and Pro. Unfortunately, most of these resources are currently unavailable due to COVID-19 restrictions.


In order to provide computing resources during the COVID-19 building closure, students and faculty within the Geography Department can access our PH-1 lab computers via remote desktop connection. Similar access may also be provided by other colleges and departments on campus. Remote access services, or Virtual Private Network (VPN), is a campus network solution allowing individuals to securely access internal networks and computers over the Internet while away from campus using encrypted tunnels to ensure data cannot be accessed without authorization. Please see the separate link for instructions on student remote lab access.

Online learning resources

There are many online resources to help you learn GIS skills.

Learn ArcGIS – a collection of short and focused lessons to allow you pick lessons by GIS capability, product, subject area, and geographic region.

Esri Training – Esri education site license at Purdue allow all of our students to access Esri E-learning resources for free. Create your ArcGIS Online account as described above, and sign in to the training website. This includes all the web courses, training seminars, tutorials, videos, etc. (Instructor-led courses are excluded.)

ArcGIS Documentation – lots of tutorials depending on technology focus. Hiding in there are gems such as these Analytics case studies , many of which have accompanying Story Map, data, and guided workflows, for example.

Developer Labs – for students in programming-related courses.

  • Knowledge of how data classification methods and color schemes can be employed in thematic mapping
  • Techniques to create data visualizations linking maps and other non-geographic data visualizations
  • Communicate effectively using maps and cartographic data visualization
  • Learn key principles related to cartographic layout and structure
  • Identify essential concepts of cartographic representation

Available Format(s):

Course content is delivered through an online learning platform where you can engage with your instructor and classmates. There are no required live meetings, but assignments are due regularly.

Required course in the GIS & Geospatial Technology Certificate program.

This is an online course, wherein all course content is delivered online and all interaction among the instructor and the participants will take place online additional requirements include microphone, headphones/speakers, and webcam.

Technical requirements: Students are responsible for providing a personal computer with a minimum of 4GB of RAM that is capable of running Windows 10. Apple hardware running macOS can be used provided that Windows 10 is installed either using Boot Camp or virtualization (VirtualBox, Parallels, etc.) with at least 4GB of RAM allocated to Windows. Hardware specifications in excess of these minimum requirements will offer better performance and a better student experience. Students will be provided with a student license for ArcGIS as long as they are enrolled in program courses for which ArcGIS is required.

Enrollment limited to 50 students early enrollment advised. Visitors not permitted. Internet access required. Materials required.

Getting started with Esri ArcGIS

ArcGIS is a mapping software created by Esri. ArcGIS allows you to analyze your data and author geographic knowledge to examine relationships and test predictions. There are 2 versions of ArcGIS legacy ArcGIS Desktop and newer ArcGIS Pro. You may install both apps side-by-side. Depending on your need or the specific course you are taking, you may require either or both apps.

What should I know about running ArcGIS?

ArcGIS is designed to run on the Windows operating system. Additionally, an active internet connection is required for both apps.

  • Esri recommends running ArcGIS on a computer with a 4+ cores CPU, 8+ GB of RAM, 4+ GB of dedicated graphics memory, and 32+ GB of free space on a solid-state drive (SSD).
    • Refer to Esri detailed documentation for ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Pro.

    How do I install ArcGIS?

    1. Acquire a digital copy of ArcGIS Desktop/Pro at the University softwarewebpage.
    2. Install ArcGIS Desktop/Pro through the setup option with default settings.
      • Launch the ISO virtual disk to mount it then run “ArcGIS_Desktop_xxxx_xxxxxx.exe” (for Desktop) or “ArcGISPro_xx_xxxxxx.exe” (for Pro), where “x” are version numbers.
      • Unless a specific plugin is also required, you do not need to install anything else from the ISO virtual disk.
    3. License and activate ArcGIS
      • ArcGIS Desktop:
        • When prompted, copy and enter the following license server name:
        • Off-campus users : The UO VPN client is required! If you are not connected to the UO Network the software will be unable to verify your license and will not operate. Every time you use ArcGIS Desktop off-campus you MUST connect via the UO VPN.
      • ArcGIS Pro:
        • University-provisioned ArcGIS Online (AGOL) accounts are issued for ArcGIS Pro. The license server method above meant for activating ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) will also work but you will be required to connect to the UO VPN during use. Students taking courses requiring ArcGIS Pro should automatically been provisioned an account. Manual requests for Pro accounts are reviewed by the Esri Site License Contact through UO IS. SSIL does not directly provide support for organizational ArcGIS Online accounts.
        • Once an institutional account has been provisioned, you may log into ArcGIS Pro with your DuckID through the Enterprise login dialog.
          1. Launch ArcGIS Pro
          2. Select “Enterprise Login”
          3. Enter “uo-online” in the dialog box and click continue
            1. Full URL:
            1. An active internet connection is required to run ArcGIS Pro. However, you may check out your license for offline use for a max of 30 days at a time. You must complete the check out while still online. See detailed instruction here under “Authorize ArcGIS Pro to work offline”
            • To access your SSIL R-drive class files, see instruction for setting up remote network drive access.
            • See additional UO IS support documentation for ArcGIS here.

            What is ArcGIS Online (AGOL)?

            ArcGIS Online is a useful online tool that allows you to make and share webmaps, host your existing ArcGIS maps as webmaps, and perform basic analytical functions all within the web browser. Additionally, the online Gallery contains a myriad of interesting curated and community-generated maps and datasets. These online maps and datasets can even be incorporated, linked, or imported into your own local ArcGIS project (usage rights depend on data owner).

            • Students taking courses requiring ArcGIS Online or Pro should automatically been provisioned an account. If you do not require use of advanced AGOL features, you can make your own free personal ArcGIS Online account on the ArcGIS Online website.
            • If you need need to use premium ArcGIS Online advanced analytical tools or ArcGIS Pro as part of your coursework or university-related duties, but have not been provisioned an institutional account, you will need to request access through the university. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the Esri Site License Contact through UO IS. SSIL do not directly provide support for organizational ArcGIS accounts.
            • The UO institutional AGOL page is

            How do I access my UO ArcGIS Online Account?

            1. Go to
            2. Click and expand the “Enterprise login” dialog
            3. Click “University of Oregon”
            4. Log in with your DuckID and password

            Once signed on, you can use the “Map” tab at the of the webpage to create a webmap. You can use the “Gallery” button to explore the online map and dataset collection.

            You can learn more about ways you can use ArcGIS Online at the AGOL Help Portal.

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