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You just created a Map/Layer package on your machine and upon clicking it, see the error: “The package is not valid. Check with the package publisher for an updated package”.
However, when you send the same map package to a colleague on the other side of the U.S., he can open it without a hitch. What’s going on?!?
Well, the behavior might occur if the you’re trying to unpack a map or layer package with the My Documents folder redirected to a UNC path. Quite often, the redirection of My Documents is not a change that you have implemented, but instead was changed by default to adhere to a group policy in an organization.
The screenshot below shows properties storing My Documents at \localhostdocuments instead of the default location, C:Documents and SettingsusernameMy DocumentsArcGISPackages.
By default, unpacking will always extract the package into your user profile under:
- XP – C:Documents and SettingsusernameMy DocumentsArcGISPackages
- Vista and Windows 7 – C:UsersusernameDocumentsArcGISPackages
If your My Documents folder is mapped to a UNC path, the ArcGISfilehander that is used to unpack the package will not honor the UNC path and therefore, will fail to open the package.
The workaround for this issue is to modify the package location options to specify a local folder to unpack the file in the ArcGISFileHandler.exe at C:Program Files (x86)Common FilesArcGISbin.
You can also Map the UNC path to a network drive and change the location of the My Documents folder to that mapped network drive.
Doing this, you can pack as many layer or map packages as you want and will be able to open them without any errors.
Sisi Y. Support Analyst – Desktop, Esri Support Services – Charlotte, NC
When using ArcSDE geodatabases, you may have noticed a change within the 10.0 release in how the upgrade process is now handled. Instead of using the Post Installation Wizard and selecting Repository Setup, as in previous releases, there is a new upgrade process. Upgrading your geodatabase is now performed within ArcCatalog using the new Upgrade Geodatabase (Data Management) tool.
The Upgrade Geodatabase (Data Management) Tool can be accessed in ArcCatalog via the Database Properties of a database connection under the General tab > Upgrade Status or within the Upgrade Geodatabase geoprocessing tool referencing an existing connection. For ArcSDE geodatabases, a direct connection to the geodatabase is necessary to run the upgrade.
Post Installation Wizard at 10.0:
The Post Installation Wizard in 10.0 can be used for the following:
- Defining Database and SDE DBA User – Creating new ArcSDE enterprise geodatabases
- Repository Setup – Populate system repository tables (for new geodatabases only)
- Authorize ArcSDE – Perform Software Authorization of the geodatabase
- Create ArcSDE Service – If using application server service (when not using direct connections)
More changes are on the horizon to incorporate Post Installation functionality into the client tools for the 10.1 release, so stay tuned!