CAED Technical Support

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

Computer Requirements

Minimum recommended 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 Download from Cal Poly Office 365 online account)
  2. Windows 10 Education (Free Download from "OnTheHub" under "Microsoft Imagine" tab)
  3. Adobe® Creative Cloud™ (Purchase from "OnTheHub")
  4. Rhinocerous (Download fully functional 90 day evaluation version from Rhino website and purchase license from Cal Poly University Store at a discount)
  5. SketchUpPro (Purchase from Creation Engine)
  6. AutoDesk Education Products (Free Download from AutoDesk Education)
  7. Anti-Virus (Free Download from Cal Poly Software)

Windows on a Mac with Boot Camp (high end users)

If you are using high end software such as AutoCAD, Revit, or other 3D rendering software such as Rhino and VRay and need full dedicated processing and video power, this method for 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

Windows on a Mac with VirtualBox

If you are using light weight apps for occasional use, a virtual environment could work fine for you.  Your Mac should have at least 200 GB of free hard drive space for this to be successful.

  1. Download and install "VirtualBox for OS X hosts"
  2. Download and install "VirtualBox Oracle VM VirtualBox Extension Pack for All supported platforms" https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
  3. Download one of the following Windows 10 Education VirtualBox images.  These files are large so make sure you have a good internet connection.
    Link to download Windows 10 with no applications installed (4.9 GB)
    Link to download Windows 10 with AutoCAD and Revit 2019 pre-installed (18.1 GB)
  4. Once the download is complete and you have already installed VirtualBox and the Extension Pack double click it from your downloads.  After this import is finished you can delete this file from your downloads folder.
  5. 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".
  6. 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".
  7. AutoCAD and Revit will need your student registration info from the AutoDesk Education Community.
  8. After Windows is up and running successfully you will need to register "Windows 10 Student Edition" with the serial number obtained from "OnTheHub".

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
Download WiFi fix: Mac and Windows

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