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Remote Software Access

Installing ArcGIS Desktop on your Microsoft Windows computer

Follow the link below and read about the secure web-based remote file access application.

Once comfortable with instructions provided on the CNS web page, access the FileWay application (using the link provided on the CNS page).

You should see the contents of your campus "H:\" drive in the folder with the same name as your ESFiD.

Locate the "Faculty" folder and the "ArcGIS" folder within it. Use FileWay's Transfer tool to download the "ArcGIS" folder to your local computer.

When the download is complete, open the "ArcGIS" folder on your local computer. In that folder find and open the document (either the MS Word or PDF) "Single_Seat_ArcGIS_Installation_Procedure".

Follow the detailed instructions contained in this document.

Installing AutoCAD on your personal computer

Download AutoCAD from AutoDesk ( The download is large and it is recommended to use a wired connection if possible. You need to create an account to get the student version of AutoCAD. This is fully functional but prints are stamped to say it is an academic version of the software.

Note that ESF is running AutoCAD 2020 in the labs for the 2020-2021 Academic Year, and you will likely want to run the same version if you are taking a class that is using AutoCAD.

You can get AutoCAD to run on Mac's, but we can't help troubleshoot that since the functionality is somewhat different.

Access to other software

Below is a list of useful resources/services provided by Computing and Network Services when working/teaching remotely at ESF.

Remote access to on-campus storage:Access H: drive, departmental storage, research storage, and computing lab faculty drive resources:

Go to HTTPS:// and log in with your ESFiD

ESF Remote Labs:Remote access to computers in the ESF Computing Center (Baker Labs), running all the software used in ESF classes:

Go to for details and instructions on connecting from off-campus to this temporary system.

SU Virtual Lab:Remote access to computing resources hosted at Syracuse University, including many of the software titles used in ESF classes.

Go to https://rds.syr.eduand log in with your SU NetID. Remember that the H: drive in this system is your SU H: drive and not your ESF H: drive.

ESF Virtual Desktops:Remote access to a virtual desktop on the ESF campus network for administrative use and some software access.

Go to and log in with your ESFiD. Choose HTML access on this server.  

Go to and log in with your ESFiD. Choose ‘Install VMware Horizon client’ and remember to use the server when asked.

ESF Google Apps and Microsoft O365:Access collaboration and communications tools (Google Meet and Microsoft Teams) for remote group work.

Go to and log in with your ESFiD username and password to access ESF’s Google Apps (Faculty and Staff).

Go to and log in with your ESFiD and password to access ESF’s Microsoft O365 portal (Faculty, Staff, and Students).

SU Google Apps for students:Student access to SU google Apps (including how to log in)

Go to details (Students).