CAED Technical Support

CAED Tech Team
Building 05, Room 105A
Email: caedtech@calpoly.edu
Phone: 805-756-2080

Computer Requirements

Minimum recommended computer requirements for successful computing in the CAED


Cal Poly students, faculty, and staff may download various software titles at no cost or purchase software at a significant discount.  Below is a list of commonly used software in the CAED and links on how to obtain the software.

  1. Office 365 Applications (Free from Cal Poly Office 365 online account)
  2. Microsoft Windows 10 Education (Free from "OnTheHub")
  3. Adobe® Creative Cloud (Free for faculty and discounted for students)
  4. Rhinocerous (Download from Rhino and purchase at a discount in the Cal Poly University Store)
  5. SketchUp Pro (Purchase from Creation Engine)
  6. AutoDesk Education Products (Free from AutoDesk Education)
  7. Microsoft Project and other Microsoft Software (Free from Azure Dev Tools for Teaching)
    "Sign In" with your full Cal Poly email address, click "Software" and search for "Project"

Windows on a Mac with VirtualBox

If you are using AutoDesk applications a virtual environment could work fine for you.  Your Mac should have at least 85 GB of free hard drive space for this to be successful.  Link to detailed video instructions

  1. Download and install "Oracle VM VirtualBox" for Mac OS X Platform
  2. Download and add "Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack" by double clicking and installing.
  3. Download one of the following Windows 10 Education VirtualBox images.  These files are large so make sure you have a good internet connection.
    Download Windows 10 with no applications installed (4.9 GB)
    Download Windows 10 with AutoCAD and Revit 2019 installed (18.1 GB)
  4. Launch VirtualBox from your Applications folder and go to Settings then System.  Under Motherboard, adjust Base Memory and under Processor, adjust Processors to between the red and green.  Click OK then "Start".
  5. Once Windows is up and running click the Devices menu, then click "Insert Guest Additions CD image" then double click "File Explorer".  Go to "CD Drive D:" then double click and install "VBoxWindowsAdditions".
  6. AutoCAD and Revit will need your student registration info from the AutoDesk Education Community.
  7. After Windows is up and running successfully you will need to register "Windows 10 Student Edition" with the serial number obtained from "OnTheHub".

Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp

If you are using high end rendering software such as Rhino and VRay and need full dedicated processing and video power, this method of installing Windows on a Mac would best suit your needs.  You will need at least 200 GB (gigabytes) of free space on your Mac.  Dedicate/partition at least 125 GB of hard drive space to Windows when installing Boot Camp.

Installing Boot Camp instructions

Getting Windows 10 Education ISO
Free Download from "OnTheHub" under "Microsoft Imagine" tab

Cal Poly OneDrive

OneDrive is a component of the Cal Poly Office 365 suite and provides 1 TB (terabyte) of cloud storage.  OneDrive allows users to upload and share files, in addition to creating and editing Office documents through a Web browser.

CAED Computer Labs

To use your department's computer lab, you need to login with your Cal Poly Portal username and password.  If you cannot login please check with the Cal Poly Service Desk 756-7000 to make sure your account is not locked.

Computer Lab Printing

The CAED has various computer labs that provide printing.  Please visit the following link to help understand the printing process.

CAED Plot Center

Cal Poly Wireless Network

To get connected to the Cal Poly "Secure Mustang Wireless" network please refer to Mustang Wireless for a complete set of directions.  If you have any questions about your Cal Poly Portal username or password, contact the Cal Poly Service Desk 756-7000

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