ArcGIS for Desktop is available as Basic, Standard, or Advanced. Both the concurrent-use and single-use versions are included in this media kit, which contains everything you need to install and use ArcGIS for Desktop on various computers on a network. Basic, Standard, and Advanced are licensing product levels of ArcMap and ArcCatalog applications. Once installed, you can change product levels or switch between concurrent-use and single-use versions without uninstalling or performing any installation action.
Concurrent use license
For concurrent-use versions, a license allows ArcGIS for Desktop products to be used on any machine. Each installation must access a license manager that contains the appropriate license for the software seat type of (Advanced, Standard, or Basic). The license manager, installed on the network, dictates the number of copies of Basic, Standard, or Advanced that can be run simultaneously. A 10.3.1 license manager is required to run ArcGIS for Desktop applications.
For single use, authorization is required for each machine. Once the ArcGIS for Desktop installation is complete, you will be provided with the opportunity to authorize your single-use product.
Installation overview steps
The installation of ArcGIS for Desktop is a multistep process (with only the first three steps required for ArcGIS for Desktop applications):
- Install the ArcGIS License Manager (if a 10.3.1 license manager does not already exist for your use). If you intend to use ArcGIS for Desktop as a single-use version only, you do not need to install ArcGIS License Manager. For ArcGIS for Desktop 10.3.1 applications, the ArcGIS 10.3.1 License Manager is required. See more information on installing the License Manager.
- Install ArcGIS for Desktop.
- Complete the ArcGIS Administrator wizard to specify your product type, assign a license manager (if using a concurrent-use product), or authorize your software (if using a single-use product).
- Install any of the optional components available for ArcGIS for Desktop. These components (outlined below) may be required depending on your use of ArcGIS for Desktop.
ArcGIS for Desktop components
To install a component, click the download link on the My Esri site which downloads a self extracting .exe file. After the download completes, you have the option of starting the setup immediately or running it manually. To run the setup manually, browse to the downloaded folder containing the setup and run setup.exe.
The download contains a PDF version of the license agreement displayed during each installation. The license agreement is located in the \Desktop\Documentation folder.
ArcGIS for Desktop contains the following components.
ArcGIS for Desktop
Contains the installation for ArcGIS for Desktop and its extensions
ArcGIS License Manager
Contains the license manager setup required for concurrent-use ArcGIS for Desktop
ArcGIS for Desktop VBA Compatibility
Installs Visual Basic for Applications (formerly installed by the ArcGIS for Desktop setup) (optional) for enabling VBA Editor in ArcGIS
Data Interoperability for ArcGIS for Desktop
Provides direct data access, transformation, and export capabilities
ArcGIS Data Reviewer for Desktop
Automate and improve data quality-control management
ArcGIS Workflow Manager for Desktop
Better manage GIS tasks and resources
Installation for SQL Server Express instance to store geodatabases. (optional)
ArcObjects Esri Developer Network (EDN) Resources for Developers
Contains the resources for extending ArcGIS for Desktop ArcObjects using the application programming interface (API) for .NET or Java (optional)
You must install the appropriate DBMS client on your computer to connect to a database or enterprise geodatabase from ArcGIS. You can download DBMS client files from My Esri or obtain them from your DBMS provider.