Frequently Asked Questions - General FAQs

There is no charge to use a current version of VGS. Any modules already available within VGS may be used without cost. However, if any new modules are required or significant customization is needed to meet specific requirements then appropriate charges may be required to fund development.  

VGS is available by choosing the "Downloads" tab on this web site.  Everything needed to use VGS is included with the installation.  However, after the installation, VGS will need to be configured to adapt it to your specific needs.  Contact us for help in configuring the software for use.

VGS is being used by a variety of entities involved in land management including USFS, BLM, NPS, NRCS, state land and natural resource departments, county resource managers, university extension specialists, university researchers, university courses, private consultants and ranchers.

VGS is distributed with Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition version 3.5 and is usually the database used by VGS on tablet computers or individual desktops or laptops.  However, VGS can be configured for use with any other version of SQL Server.  This means that VGS can also be configured to work with a central server database for access by multiple users over a network from their desktop or laptop computers.

Currently, VGS is available only for the Microsoft WindowsTM operating system.  It will work on tablet, laptop and desktop computers using:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8 Pro (*** Windows 8RT is NOT supported ***)
  • Windows 10

There is currently no version of VGS available for iPad or Android tablets. 

For more information see:


There are now many options for tablets that will work with VGS, but there are some things to look for and some cautions of which to be aware.   For details on what is required and recommendations as to the the kinds of tablets and features that should be considered,  see this document: