Software Distribution Center for personal or off-domain computers

A VPN connection is required for software that needs to contact our license servers, if off-campus or off-domain. Please see Important License Information on each set of instructions.
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Accessing the Software Distribution Center

Michigan Tech IT maintains a web-based Software Distribution Center that allows active faculty, staff, and students to download software that is licensed for use on their personally-owned computers. Only active faculty/staff and actively-enrolled students can use their Michigan Tech username and password to login. Incoming students will have access starting Orientation Week of the semester in which they are actively-enrolled Alumni or former employees do not have access.
Screen shot of the Software Distribution Center

Read Instructions Carefully

Please read instructions, before downloading and installing software.

Name, Version, Vendor, and Category

General information about the software


Operating system(s) on which the software will run


Expiration date of the license. You may need to renew your license annually, if it expires each year.

Description, Distribution, and Restrictions

Information for who can download install the software and where to access the download

Media Download

How to access the software download

Some downloads are shared through Google Drive, which will require you to login using your Michigan Tech email address. If you get an error that you do not have access to the Google Drive, please make sure you sign out of any other Gmail accounts or switch to your Michigan Tech email address at
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Installation Instructions

Please be sure to read and follow the instructions here carefully and in order. You will also get information regarding if the download is very large and receive a WARNING message in this section, if you notice that it is taking a long time to download. If it is a large download, then the installation will take some time, as well. For example, Matlab will often take several hours to download, then several hours to install.

Important License Information

Information regarding the license

A VPN connection is required for some software, such as NX, in order to access campus license servers. If the VPN is required, you will see: Important License Information: This installation requires communication with the campus license server in order to run the software. In order to contact the license server you must establish a VPN connection to campus.​​​​​​
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Microsoft Azure Products

Michigan Tech maintains an Azure Dev Tools for Teaching annual subscription license that covers all STEM Departments (as defined by Microsoft). Some of the Microsoft products included are:

  • Windows Desktop OS
  • Windows Server
  • Visual Studio
  • Visio
  • Project
  • SQL Server

Microsoft is very strict about the fact that student may only access this system during semesters in which they are actually enrolled for courses. This means that if you are not taking courses over the summer (even if you are coming back in the fall), you will NOT have access. During times when your account is not active, Michigan Tech IT cannot provide you with serial numbers or downloads, even if you registered for the product while you were enrolled.

Instructions for the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching system

You will login to the Azure Dev Tools for Teaching system with your Michigan Tech account and search for the software that you would like to download. We have specific instructions ad screenshots listed at Microsoft Azure Dev Tools for Teaching (formerly Imagine, formerly DreamSpark).

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