Live training seminar to demonstrate map caching strategies

During the past several weeks I’ve been working with Danielle Hopkins of ESRI Educational Services to prepare a live training seminar on ArcGIS Server map caching. The seminar is free and will be broadcast three times this Thursday, August 28 or you can watch it later in the seminar archives. This page has more information about how and when you can tune in to the seminar.

We prepared this seminar with two main goals in mind. First, we wanted to focus on caching strategies. The seminar will explain what map caching is and how to do it, but that is really just the beginning of successful caching. There are many things to think about when you create a cache, including how to design your map, how to choose a tiling scheme, where to create tiles, how to update the tiles, and so on. In this seminar, we’ll show some best practices and how to implement them using, in many cases, new features available at ArcGIS Server 9.3. Hopefully you’ll learn something new even if you’ve been caching for a while.

Second, we wanted to teach caching by showing it, so the presentation will include four demonstrations that might be similar to caching scenarios that you face. We’ll show how to create a base map cache, how to create an overlay cache that gets updated nightly, how to create a partial cache that gets filled in on demand, and how to create a cache for a Web mashup. At multiple points throughout the presentation, we’ll pause to take questions that you submit.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!

Update: The archived seminar is now available at

Contributed by Sterling Quinn of the ArcGIS Server software development team

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  1. sterlingdq says:

    Thanks for your comments on the seminar! On several of the sessions we had many more questions than we could answer. We’ll be addressing some of those soon on this blog and in the Web Help.

    As for sharing caches, yes, you can share caches across machines. You just need to make sure that your machines can “see” the server cache directory (usually through a shared folder referenced by a UNC path) and that the location is designated as a server cache directory for each ArcGIS Server you use. Also, your services need to be named the same on each machine so that they match the name of the folder that contains your cache. 9.2 caches can be used by 9.3.


  2. sterlingdq says:

    Mark- Look for this seminar to be available in the archives on within 1 – 2 weeks.

  3. SBLGIS38 says:

    Informative post.Such seminars on map caching is very useful so it is good to publish news letters to members.