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Using ArcGIS at The Ohio State University

Learn more about using Esri products for teaching, learning, and research through Ohio State's education institutional agreement

Getting Started with ArcGIS Pro

ArcGIS Pro is a modern and powerful desktop GIS application with advanced functionality and hundreds of geoprocessing tools for managing, analyzing, and visualizing geospatial data.

 

For both new and established desktop GIS users, we recommend ArcGIS Pro. ArcGIS Pro has replaced ArcGIS Desktop (ArcMap) and its improved performance, additional capabilities, and integration with the ArcGIS Online platform make it the preferred choice for a desktop GIS available through our Esri education institutional agreement. This page provides instructions for downloading and licensing ArcGIS Pro.

 

If you are an existing ArcMap user, we encourage you to review Esri's documentation on Migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro for additional resources. If you have questions or concerns regarding migrating from ArcMap to ArcGIS Pro, please email esri-support@osu.edu.

ArcGIS Pro - Download Installation Files

Installation files for ArcGIS Pro are made available through Ohio State's SharePoint organization, and you will be prompted to log in with your university credentials to download the files linked below.

 

Should I install ArcGIS Pro 3.x or 2.x?

 

  • If you are using ArcGIS Pro in a course, check with your instructor regarding the appropriate version to use.
  • ArcGIS Pro 3.x projects are not backward compatible and cannot be opened in 2.x. However, ArcGIS Pro 2.x projects are forward compatible and can be opened in 3.x. See Esri's documentation on Migration from ArcGIS Pro 2.x to 3.x for additional information.
  • If you are a Mac user, first review Esri's documentation about Running ArcGIS Pro on a Mac.

 

ArcGIS Pro 3.2.2 (Latest 3.x version)

 

Download and install both files linked below. Install ArcGIS Pro 3.2 first, then install the patch.

 

ArcGIS Pro 3.x requires Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.5 or later. If you run the ArcGIS Pro installer and it is not present, you will see a message indicating you first need to install it. Review Esri's documentation on ArcGIS Pro 3.2 system requirements for complete details and to update your Microsoft .NET version if necessary.

 

 

ArcGIS Pro 3.1.4 (Previous 3.x version)

 

Based on Esri's release dates, ArcGIS 3.1 has also been in widespread use during the current academic year. If you require continued use of ArcGIS Pro 3.1, download and install both files linked below. Install ArcGIS Pro 3.1 first, then install the patch.

 

ArcGIS Pro 3.x requires Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 6.0.5 or later. If you run the ArcGIS Pro installer and it is not present, you will see a message indicating you first need to install it. Review Esri's documentation on ArcGIS Pro 3.1 system requirements for complete details and to update your Microsoft .NET version if necessary.

 

 

ArcGIS Pro 2.9.11 (Latest 2.x version)

 

Download and install both files linked below. Install ArcGIS Pro 2.9 first, then install the patch.

 

ArcGIS Pro 2.x requires Microsoft .NET Desktop Runtime 4.8 or later. If you run the ArcGIS Pro installer and it is not present, you will see a message indicating you first need to install it. Review Esri's documentation on ArcGIS Pro 2.9 system requirements for complete details and to update your Microsoft .NET version if necessary.

 

ArcGIS Pro - Named User Licensing

Named user licensing is the preferred method of configuring ArcGIS Pro for the vast majority of Ohio State users. With named user licensing, users are automatically assigned a license for ArcGIS Pro Advanced and all available extensions through their Ohio State ArcGIS Online organizational account. Named user licensing requires users to log in with their Ohio State credentials when starting ArcGIS Pro, meaning that it also requires an active internet connection.

 

In limited circumstances, an alternate license option may be appropriate. Individual users who need to use ArcGIS Pro offline or those working with S4 - Restricted data can be assigned a single use license instead. Concurrent use licensing is also available in cases where college/department IT staff need to manage multiple installations in computer labs and/or virtual environments. For additional information about these options, review the ArcGIS Pro - Other Licensing Options section at the bottom of this page.


Configure ArcGIS Pro for Named User Licensing

 

  1. Make sure that your computer has an active internet connection.
  2. If you have not already done so, create your Ohio State ArcGIS Online organizational account by following these instructions.
  3. Start ArcGIS Pro. You will be presented with a sign-in screen.
  4. Complete the sign-in process as shown below, and you will prompted to enter your Ohio State credentials. Your named user license will automatically be activated the first time that you start ArcGIS Pro and log in with your Ohio State credentials. 

 

Sign in to ArcGIS Pro by expanding the organization log in option, entering ohiostate (all one word and lowercase) as the org, and then clicking on The Ohio State University

ArcGIS Pro - Other Licensing Options

Single Use Licensing

 

In limited circumstances, single use licensing may be appropriate. Single use licensing requires that a user be provided with a license file to authorize their installation of ArcGIS Pro. Cases in which a single use license may be appropriate include:

 

  • Research or instruction in a location without a reliable internet connection, such that ArcGIS Pro would need to be used offline. Note that single use licensing is easiest to configure when you have internet access so please plan ahead.
  • Research that requires use of S4 - Restricted data.

 

Ohio State users who want to request an ArcGIS Pro single use license should email esri-support@osu.edu with a detailed summary of their academic use case and why it requires a single use license. Upon review, instructions for obtaining the license file and authorizing ArcGIS Pro will be provided. Single use licensing requires users to manually update the license each year, usually in late June/early July.


Concurrent Use Licensing

 

Concurrent use licensing is available in cases where college/department IT staff need to manage multiple installations in computer labs and/or virtual environments. For detailed instructions, see Esri's documentation on Starting ArcGIS Pro with a Concurrent Use License, and use the following settings:

 

  • License Level: Advanced
  • License Manager: esri.service.ohio-state.edu

ArcGIS Pro - Learn More

We encourage users to review the resources linked below to learn more about accessing relevant training opportunities and documentation for ArcGIS Pro.

 

 

For users who are new to ArcGIS Pro or looking for a refresher, we recommend the ArcGIS Pro Basics web course from the Esri Academy, as well as the other web courses included in the GIS Fundamentals and ArcGIS Pro Fundamentals learning plans.


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