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Software + Application Server

Access to CBE RDWeb from off campus requires the use of UW OnNet VPN prior to attempting to connect. The CBE RDWeb server is not visible from outside UW networks.

  1. To use CBE RDWeb off campus, download and install UW OnNet VPN from here: Login to UW VPN with your netid credentials.
  2. MacOS users will need to download and install the Microsoft Remote Desktop client from the MacStore. For older versions of OSX: MS Remote Desktop for OSX. Restart your computer after installation.
  3. Open a browser and go to .
  4. Log in using your UW email address.
  5. Single click an application icon to launch it. Click through the security messages (check “Do not ask me again..”) and login again with your uw email address. A CBE RDWeb application rdp file will download. Right-click, or click the down arrow next to the file at the bottom of the browser window and choose “Always open this type of file”. Double click the rdp file to launch the application
  6. You may launch any CBE RDWeb application directly from the downloaded RDP file. Off-campus use also requires connection to UW OnNet VPN.
  7. More detailed instructions may be found here: CBE RDweb Instructions
  8. For directions to map the UW Udrive on your personal computer: Map UW Udrive

Remote Access Lab (RAL)

The CBE Remote Access Lab is for use by students in CBE majors or currently taking CBE classes. These computers cannot be reserved and are first come, first served.

Students must use UW OnNet VPN to access CBE Remote computers from off campus. You might see it called Big-IP on your computer. Note: Connections time out after 72 hrs.

Mac users will need to download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop. Find the app in the Mac App Store.

Store all files in the Cloud. DO NOT STORE ANY FILES ON THE RAL COMPUTER, they may be deleted at anytime. Options include:

  • UDrive: Users auto-connect to their UW “U” Drive, with up to 50gigs of storage.
  • GDrive: Browse to, login to your personal or UW Google site.
  • Map a drive to a CBE Course file share. Your instructor will give you directions.

Remember to Sign out when finished, do not just close the Remote Desktop Program. Right click the Start Button, select “Sign Out” from the shutdown menu. Disconnected sessions will be automatically logged out after 10 minutes.

Only use 1 Remote Access Lab computer at a time and limit your sessions to when you are actually working. If you’ll be away for long, please log off. This will allow us to keep CBE Remote Access resources available to all who need them.

Email if you need assistance.


  • Download, Install and Connect to UW VPN. Launch Big- IP, click “Connect” and login with your UW netid credentials.
  • Browse to: (Requires UW VPN to access from off campus)
  • Choose an Available computer, click Connect, then Download to download a .rdp file.
  • Dbl click the .rdp file, select Open w/ Remote Desktop, check Do this Automatically, Connect. Users on Mac OSX 10.13, should right click the downloaded rdp file and choose Open with Microsoft Remote Desktop.
  • Login with your UW email address, {uwnetid} and your UW password. NOTE: You may need to click More Choices, if unable to provide login credentials.
  • Want to use Adobe software? You will need to create a Free Adobe Account using an email address (ie. your uw email) at Login with that email address when launching Adobe software in the RAL.
  • Click through a couple of security messages. Check boxes Don’t ask… Click Connect on the publisher, and Yes on the security messages.

CBE Labs & Windows LaptopsMacOS LaptopsRemoteApp Server
Title Version Note
7-Zip 22.01
Adobe Creative Cloud 2023 Acrobat DC, After Effects, Audition, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom Classic, Media Encoder, Photoshop, Premiere Pro
Anaconda 2023.03
ArcGIS (ESRI) 10.82 ArcCatalog, ArcGlobe, ArcMap, ArcScene
ArcGIS Pro(ESRI) 3.14
Arduino 2.1
Athena IE 5.4
Autodesk Suite 2024 3dsMax, Autocad, Inventor, Navisworks, Revit,
Bluebeam Revu 20.2.90
Climate Consultant 6.0
Comfen (LBNL) 4.1, 5.0
Conefor 2.6
Connectivity Analysis 1.3.2
Decision Tools(Risk) 8.2
Dialux 4.1,5.11
Energy Plus 22.1
ENVI 5.6.3
ESRI ArcGIS Desktop Apps(10.82):ArcCatalog,ArcGlobe,ArcMAP,ArcScene, ArcGIS Pro(3.14)
Fragstats 4.2
Google Chrome 114
Google Earth Pro 7.3.6
GrassGIS 8.2
HdrScope 1.0
IDL 8.8.3
IrfanView 4.60
JetBrains Pycharm 2022.13
Land F-X 19.19 AutoCAD Plugin
Lands Design 5.8.2 Rhino Plugin
LBNL Optics6, Therm 7.7, Window 7.7
Lumion 23.03
MeshLab 2022.02
Microsoft Office 365 16 Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, Word, Visio
Microsoft Silverlight 5.1.5
Mozilla Firefox 103.0
MySQL Workbench 8.0 CE
OnScreen Takeoff 3.98.8
Panopto Recorder
Primavera 6.21.12
P6 Risk Analysis 8.7
Project 365 16.0
QGIS 3.3o.2
R, R Studio 4, 2023
Rhinoceros 7.29 Plugins: Bongo 2, Climate Studio 1.8.8, Enscape 3.4, Flamingo nXT 5, Grasshopper 1.0, LadyBug Tools 1.36, Lands Design 5.5.0, OpenStudio 3.4, Polination 1.27, TT Toolbox 2030, UMI 3.10, V-Ray 6.10
Sage Estimating 20.1
SecureCRT 8.0
SketchUp Pro 2023 V-Ray 6.10 Plugin
Sococo 6.5
Stroboscope/EZStrobe 4.2 Visio 2016 Plugin
Tableau 23.19
UW VPN f5 BIG-IP Edge Client
VideoLAN VLC Player 3.0.8
Visio 365 16.0
Vuescan 9.7.89
WinSCP 6.1
WWHM 2012
Windows 11
Zoom Installer 5.7

Title Version Note
Adobe Creative Cloud 2020 Acrobat DC, AfterEffects, Audition, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom Classic, Media Encoder, Photoshop, Premiere Pro
Bluebeam Revue 20.1
Citrix Receiver 12.1.1 Citrix software portal
Fetch 5.8 File transfer
Firefox latest browser
Google Chrome latest browser
Google Drive latest desktop google drive access
HandBrake 1.3 video transcribing
iMovie 10.15 video editing
iTunes 10.15 music player, store
Microsoft Office 2019 Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, Teams (office software)
Microsoft Remote Desktop 10.5 remote access software- access CBE RAL computers
Panopto 5.4.0 lecture capture
Photos 10.15 Apple photo management
Quicktime Player 7 Screen, camera video recording
R 4 Statistical software
R Studio 1.4 GUI for R statistical package
Safari latest browser
SketchUp Pro 2020 3D design software
TOR Browser 10 Secure private browser
UW VPN f5 BIG-IP Edge Client
VLC Player 2.2 video player
xCode 8.2.1 Apple’s integrated development environment for macOS
Mac OS 10.15 Catalina
Title Version Note
ArcGIS Desktop 10.82 ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcScene
ArcGIS Pro 3.14
Athena IE 5.4
Bluebeam Revu Extreme 20.2
CircuitScape 3.54
DIALux 4.13,5.11
Equest 3.65
Fragstats 4.2
On-Screen Takeoff 3.98
Primavera 6.21.12
Primavera Risk Analysis 8.75
@Risk 8.2
R 4.3.1
R Studio 2023
Sage Estimating 20.1
Tableau 23.19

Free ArcGIS Desktop/Pro for UW students/staff/faculty.

UW students, staff and faculty can now install and run ArcGIS Desktop products on their personal Windows computers. Off campus use requires use of UW OnNet VPN to connect to the UW ArcGIS license servers. This software must only be used for UW-related academic purposes.

ArcGIS software downloads require being connected to UW OnNet VPN. Copy & Paste the download location into Windows File Explorer location bar, NOT a browser. Drag the ArcGIS Desktop or Pro installer from the ftp folder to your computer for installation.

ArcGIS Desktop:
UW ArcGIS Desktop Info:
ArcGIS Desktop Download: (access via windows explorer not a browser)
ArcGIS Desktop UW Licensing Info:

ArcGIS Pro:
UW ArcGIS Pro Info:
ArcGIS Pro Download: (access via windows explorer not a browser)

Free Autodesk software for UW students/staff/faculty

Anyone with a UW email address ( may participate in Autodesk’s Education Community program. Along with much educational material, most Autodesk applications are available for free through the program, on a three-year time out license.
UW-IT Autodesk for Education information page
Autodesk Free Software page
Fusion 360 Free Software page

Free Bluebeam Revu for Students

Bluebeam is now offering all students free 1 yr licenses to install Revu on their personal Windows computers. Fill out the form at this location and receive an email with download instructions and a license key.

Lumion licenses for UW students/faculty

UW students and faculty can gain free access to the educational version of this visualization/rendering package.

Lumion’s hardware requirements are significant, and may not run on some laptops. Details found here:

Free Microsoft software for UW students

Thanks in part to funding from the UW Student Technology Fee, several Microsoft applications are available for free download by UW students. For more information about this program, and to download the software, please check out UW-IT’s software site: UW-IT Microsoft Software for Students information page

Adobe software for UW students

UW students can purchase Adobe Creative Cloud directly from Adobe’s website at a reduced price. Adobe CC Student Pricing.

The per month price is for an annual commitment. Canceling early incurs penalties. See section “Education, annual contract, paid monthly” here:

Rhino software for UW students/faculty

Rhino is available for an extended 90-day free trial. Students can purchase a perpetual license at a reduced price here:

Free Enscape software for UW students/faculty

UW students and faculty can register with Enscape to receive a free 6-month license for non-commercial use. Register at EnScape Educational Licensing using your UW email address and follow the instructions.

Free ArchiCAD software for UW students/staff/faculty

UW students, faculty, and staff can register with Graphisoft to gain free access to ArchiCAD for the duration of their time at the UW. To take advantage of this offer, register at using your UW email address and follow the instructions.

Sketchup for students

Sketchup for the web is free, with reduced functionality.

Students can purchase Sketchup Studio at a reduced price:

Other packages may offer significant deals. Please email with any queries.