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Addison, Aaron <aaddison@WUSTL.EDU>
Sent: donderdag 25 augustus 2016 16:04
Subject: Re: [HIGHERED-L] Configuration for Mac

Our approach is to know (operationally) how each Mac solution behaves with
ArcGIS. I have been running Win7 via bootcamp on my MacBook Air since 2012 without incident.  One observation, is that the bootcamp option allows windows to access the hardware directly, which
becomes more important as you get into graphics\memory intensive add-ons like 3D analyst. (I 've not tried it,
but I cannot imagine it would be a productive use of time working with LIDAR data in a VM on a laptop for
If your users only need to run basic ArcGIS desktop for routine tasks, then I would recommend one of the VM
solutions as the best practice.  However, do not expect to be able to start a process in ArcGIS and then toggle over to OSX to check email without prolonged viewing of the beach ball.....

Aaron Addison | Director, Scholarly Services
University Libraries | Washington University in St. Louis
1 Brookings Drive  CB 1061 | St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
T: 314 935 6198 |


Sent: donderdag 25 augustus 2016 17:57
Subject: Re: [HIGHERED-L] Configuration for Mac

Departments and Colleges can subscribe to both VMWare Academic Program ($250)  and Microsoft
DreamSpark ($99 or $499)--Note: MS Dreamspark is being rebranded in September to Microsoft Imagine.

With subscription you can assist students in implementing a Windows VM on OS X using VMWare Fusion and a Windows OS (7, 8, 8.1 10--32 or 64-bit) as preferred.

With 64-bit  Windows 8.1 or Windows 10, a MacBook Pro with Retina display and 16GB Ram does just fine hosting the Windows VM under VMWare Fussion and then running ArcGIS in the VM. 

VMWare Fusion handles the memory allocation and its driver package for Windows does fine with ArcGIS 10.4.1, or ArcGIS Pro 1.3.   A MacBook Pro with just 8GB of Ram will also work--but older MacBook Pros with just 4GB Ram are going to choke.

Nothing against Parallels, but their licensing is a lot more expensive than the VMWare subscription.

A bit of administrative overhead in getting the Kivuto web store set up for students and faculty--but nothing too daunting.  All considered the combination of VMWare and Microsoft subscriptions will cover most of your student and faculty needs for support of Apple OS X  laptops and workstations. Worth a look.

Stuart VStuart.Foote@UTSA.EDU 

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Category: ArcGIS software
Date added: 2016-08-30 14:36:56
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