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Old 08-26-2009, 11:35 PM
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Default Now commuters can use academic software from off-campus

Drew Computing and Network Services and the new Enterprise Technology Center (announcement coming soon) are pleased to announce the availability of a new service for non-residential students and faculty working from home.

It is now possible to use academic applications--initially SPSS and ArcGIS with the possibility to expand in the future--from off-campus using our new Virtual Desktop solution.

You will find a link to the new system under Remote Access on the Drew start page or simply by pointing your browser to vpc.drew.edu. You will need to install a small client on your computer the first time you use the system by following the instructions on the VPC web site. A user guide for the system is available.

VPC is a new service and we would appreciate your feedback. While the initial focus was to deliver this widely used academic software to our off-campus students, we hope to greatly expand the use of virtual desktop technology at Drew in the future based on the success of this pilot project.
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Old 08-27-2009, 04:15 PM
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Default Clarification on ArcGIS?

This is great news, but I'm confused about the inclusion of ArcGIS as one of the applications accessible from off-campus by students. Isn't our license for using ArcGIS on university-owned computers only, with the possibility of getting stand-alone demo copies for students in select classes?

For faculty, we already have stand-alone license codes so ArcGIS does not need to run on a Virtual Desktop. This is not the default installation through Application Explorer, so anyone interested would need to see Paul Coen for assistance.

For students, they need to obtain software through their professor/advisor (who will contact ITS) or through an ESRI book that includes ArcGIS.
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Old 08-27-2009, 05:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Catherine A. Riihimaki
This is great news, but I'm confused about the inclusion of ArcGIS as one of the applications accessible from off-campus by students. Isn't our license for using ArcGIS on university-owned computers only, with the possibility of getting stand-alone demo copies for students in select classes?

For faculty, we already have stand-alone license codes so ArcGIS does not need to run on a Virtual Desktop. This is not the default installation through Application Explorer, so anyone interested would need to see Paul Coen for assistance.

For students, they need to obtain software through their professor/advisor (who will contact ITS) or through an ESRI book that includes ArcGIS.
They are University owned computers. They are virtual desktops sitting in our datacenter. You are viewing them remotely, but the software is physically running on a server a few feet away from my office in BC. This is different than running the software locally on your computer and merely obtaining a license key from a server.

Think of the VPC system is analogous to what would happen if you Remote Desktoped into your office PC. The VPC machines are like lab PCs that you can connect to over the internet.

Certianly if a student wishes to obtain a stand-alone license, that would probably perform better on their local machine, but the VPC system does provide another option for more casual users.
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