Virtual Machines and Remote Software Access

We offer remote-access to specialized software on Azure Labs virtual machines thanks to a gift from Microsoft. This service will continue until December, 2022.

  • GeoSpatial Lab
    • Esri ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1 and ArcGIS Pro 2.7
      • Includes Esri's custom Python 2.7 and 3.7.9, including Jupyter notebooks.
    • QGIS 3.14
      • Includes LAS Tools for LIDAR analysis
    • Adobe/Terrago toolbar for viewing multi-layer PDFs
  • DataStats Lab
    • EViews
    • Eikon/Datastream (has special use requirements)
    • Mathematica
    • STATA
    • SPSS
    • R/R Studio
    • OpenRefine
    • Anaconda Python 3.6 distro
    • SAS (on request)

Git for Windows, MS Office (Excel, Powerpoint, and Word), and the Sublime text editor are included on both machines.

Request access to one or both virtual machines by filling out this google form

*If you are faculty or a TA who needs access for an entire course please contact the Collaboratory by emailing

Azure Labs Use Guidelines

Keep in mind when using our Azure Labs services:

  • Back up your work!  Access to files you leave on your Lab machine is not guaranteed.
  • Do not use a VPN, the campus VPN or otherwise! It will break your Lab VM. If this happens, you will have to start with a fresh machine.
  • Lab VMs are issued with 50 hours of use. You may request more.
    • ​Users will need to both sign off their VMs and stop the VM from running (see login instructions)
  • These are University computing resources.  UCSB Terms of Use apply.