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Install ESA Snap for EPSSCI150

This guide will demonstrate how to install ESA SNAP software for use in EPSSCI150 – remote sensing.

click here to jump to macOS install instructions.

Windows installation instructions

First step is to download SNAP from the ESA website here: http://step.esa.int/main/download/snap-download/

You can download a development version of SNAP 8 from the course’s CCLE site.

This will download an .exe file, which you can click to launch. Because this is a development release of the software, you will have to allow windows to open the installer. My screen is green in this example, but yours may be a different color.

You will then be asked to confirm this installation by a windows utility called “User Account Control”. Please click yes/accept/ok on this prompt.

You should now see this window:

click “next” and accept the license agreement.

After this you will be asked to delete any existing snap data, please choose the default option “Delete only SNAP-internal configuration data (recommended)”

The next screen prompts for an installation directory. Leave this at the default value.

On the next screen make sure all the toolboxes are checked to install

You then will be asked if you want to create shortcuts, and add snap to the start menu. You can leave this with the default settings as well.

the final screen asks about if you want to configure snap to work with python. for now, skip integrating python.


macOS installation instructions

Make sure you have downloaded the macOS version of SNAP 8 from the course CCLE site.

This will download a .dmg file, which you can click to mount on macOS. For this tutorial we are using macOS Catalina (10.15.7) , but the process should be the same for most older versions.

Make sure you select “Save File” instead of “Open With”.

Once the file is downloaded, double click on it to open the installer.

You will encounter a message that says this installer cannot be opened because Apple cannot check if it is malicious software. This is OK, so click ok.

You’ll need to open System Preferences, which you can find by goign to the apple icon in the upper left corner of the screen and selecting “System Preferences”.

Once you have System Preferences open, click on “Security and Privacy”

You should see the message at the bottom of this screen (be sure you are on the “general” tab) and please select “open anyway”

Almost there! you will see another popup which again says the file cannot be opened. Click “open” on this window.

Now you are ready to start the installer (whew) !

You should see this:

Click “next”, and on the next screen accept the license agreement.

you will then be asked to select an option to delete SNAP user Data. Select the recommended option.

Now you are prompted to pick an installation destination. Leave this as the default value as well.

the next screen will ask you to select which components are going to be installed, check all the boxes

the following screen will ask if you want to configure SNAP to use Python. For now, leave this unchecked.

The Installer will now install SNAP, and when done prompt you to launch SNAP, which you should do.

Snap should ask you to install updates to plugins. You should choose yes.

Congratulations, you are done!

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New Grads Info

Remote edition!

Hi new and returning grad students! This is a list of useful links and services that are available in EPSS and at UCLA. Click the links below to learn more/visit those sites.

You can read about services that EPSS provides under the “Resources” tab. And, as always, you can email helpdesk@epss.ucla.edu with any questions!

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Remote tools!

Hi everyone! This post is intended to be a list of remote tools that we can use in the department to work collaboratively over great (or not so great) distances. These tools are primarily intended for adminstrative staff, but if you need access to them, please contact the helpdesk.

Zoom – a collaborative meeting tool (video conference, lecture, one on one meetings)

Remote Desktop (RDP) – A way to “screen Share” your work computer with your devices at home.

VPN – A way to remotely and securely access the UCLA and EPSS networks. (needed for RDP/ Remote Desktop)

Slack – Slack is kind of like email, but make it fashion? If you know, you know….

Other tools:

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New Grads Computing Information

(or for anyone new to EPSS!)

Welcome ! Below is a list of relevant information for new graduate students in EPSS in no particular order.

Internet Access

To get connected to the outside world, you can use either a hardwired Ethernet connection, or WiFi. Offices the building have Ethernet ports which look like this:

Ethernet Jack from Geology

The Easiest way to get connection is to email a photo of this box to helpdesk@epss.ucla.edu, and tell us which port you are going to be using. We can then remotely configure the ports to connect. You can also email us without a photo, and we can setup a time to come examine your office and help get you connected!

Wifi

UCLA and EPSS have many different WiFi networks, and your Lab, or research group may also have their own WiFi network. For official department business, we recommend that you use EDUROAM, which you can read more about here: https://www.it.ucla.edu/news/eduroam-wireless-network . For many tasks, such as printing to the department printers , this is the only wireless network that is supported.

Email

Most of you should already have a UCLA email through google apps. If you have not yet, please contact Bruin Online for help setting one up.

EPSS Also provides the option to have an @epss.ucla.edu email address. This service is provided by a different campus entity, and is not required. However, if you would like to have a department branded email, just click here and fill out the relevant information!

Printing:

You all will be given a copy code to use the Ricoh multi function printers in the copy room. These devices can be used for black and white, or color printing of materials relevant to your research and studies. These can be printed to from your office, over wifi, and at the device itself using a USB drive. You can read more about setting up the connection yourself here or you can email us to help you.

TA’s will also be given a separate code to use for class related materials.

Computer labs

EPSS has two student computer labs, one in Geology 4691 and Geology b707. Any Student is welcome to use the labs, which have a combination lock. The code can be obtained from the helpdesk if you have forgotten it.

Software:

EPSS licenses some software for use in the computer labs in the department including:

  • Matlab 2019
  • ArcGis Pro
  • Microsoft Office Pro Plus
  • Adobe Acrobat pro( PDF editing)
  • and More!

Students are all covered for Windows 10, Office Pro plus, and Adobe Acrobat pro. Please email the help desk if you need to install any of these, which are available for free to students in the department. We can install this on your personal devices as well. When in doubt, ask us!

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Using Zoom Meeting

Zoom is UCLA’s choice for video and web conferencing. Through a system-wide license agreement, the University of California has negotiated a significant discount off the regular price of a Zoom Pro license. You can read more about Zoom here.

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Downloading and installing Microsoft Office desktop apps from office 365

This tutorial is for Individuals with @epss.ucla.edu email accounts. If you are a student and would like to install office apps, please email the helpdesk. If you do not have an @epss.ucla.edu email address, this will not work for you. This will work for both macOS and Windows machines.

The following steps assume you have accessed the web portal at https://portal.office.com prior to this point and know your password and EM login. If you need help with these items, email the helpdesk

  1. Log in to the web interface for office apps using your EM login (username@ad.ucla.edu format) . It should look like this:
    portal login window
  2. One you have logged in, you should see a screen that has a row of Office apps, including Word, Power Point and Outlook like this:
  3. In the upper right hand corner of the screen, you should see a drop down menu that says “Install Office Apps”. Click this drop down and select “Office 2016” from the list.
  4. You will be prompted to download the installer, and an orange window with a link to installation instructions help will appear. If you need help installing from this installer, click the link at the bottom of the orange window.
  5. Once installation is complete, you will have to sign in with your EM credentials, (username@ad.ucla.edu) to activate the applicaitons. If you have any other trouble after this point, please email the helpdesk.
  6. Happy Computing!