Software Access and General Overview

Our program utilizes e-Desktop for GIS to provide virtual software access to students 24/7. ArcGIS for Desktop Advanced 10.2, ERDAS Imagine 2010, and Corel Draw are the primary GIS related software utilized to complete course assignments.

eDesktop - GIS

What is eDesktop for GIS?

Students use the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) program on either PCs or Macs to connect to eDesktop for GIS. Their connections are distributed evenly among the GIS servers by our Load Balancer and Session Broker systems. The Session Broker will also attempt to reconnect a student to their previous work session if they were accidentally disconnected.

Roaming profiles are used to provide a seamless experience regardless of which GIS server is used. Additionally, all users of eDesktop for GIS are assigned a "Student Folder" where they can save large data files (typical of GIS) mounted as S:\

Network Drives


Student's personal network storage (10Gb limit shared)


Student's personal web storage (10Gb shared with H)


Read-only access to class data and samples


GIS online specific personal storage, Instructors have access to assist students with assignments.

System Requirements

Requirements to Participate

  • Students should be fairly knowledgeable about computers and how to navigate the internet. We will jump right in to GIS software and will not have time to teach these basic computer skills. Students who are comfortable navigating the internet, exploring new software programs and troubleshooting will do well in this program.
  • In order to participate, students must have consistent access to a computer or laptop with at least broadband/high speed internet access.