ArcGIS 10.2.2 is now available for download from the Esri Customer Care site. For the most part 10.2.2 is about bug fixes. The complete list of issues addressed can be found here. If you plan on upgrading your 10.2 or 10.2.1 ArcGIS Server site to 10.2.2, please read the ‘What is new in 10.2.2’ section in the help as it includes helpful compatibility tables and other information. In addition to the issues addressed, here are some key new aspects of ArcGIS for Server and Portal for ArcGIS that you should be aware of:
- Support for Offline Capabilities: Offline capabilities allow you to take data from ArcGIS Server to the field and work with it while disconnected from the network. If any changes were made on your server or on your disconnected device, you can synchronize your data back and forth when connectivity is re-established. ArcGIS Server has supported offline capabilities from Windows and Windows Mobile client applications for years, but as of 10.2.2, you can also use iOS and Android applications. Specifically, with the 10.2.2 release of Collector for ArcGIS you can leverage these offline capabilities right from your iOS and Android smart phones and tablets.
We recorded a 15 minute video tutorial to give you a quick tour of this new functionality. If you would like to build your own applications, use the 10.2.2 release of the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs, they work well with your ArcGIS 10.2.2 Server.
- Esri Maps for Office: The Esri Maps for Office team launched version 2.1.3 recently. This version includes many enhancements that better support Portal for ArcGIS working in completely disconnected environments (no Internet), integration with LDAP and PKI authentication. If you plan on deploying Esri Maps for Office in large organizations, silent install parameters have been added so you can automate the installation and configuration of Esri Maps for Office against your own Portal.
- Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS: Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS 10.2.2 added support for ArcGIS Server map services as dynamic data sources. Previously, you were limited to using feature services, which made it difficult in some cases to get the best symbology and labeling for your maps. The 10.2.2 release of Operations Dashboard also brings a better user experience and enhanced widgets. The ability to use Operation Views in your Web Browser (new in Operations Dashboard 10.2.2) is not yet available in Portal for ArcGIS, but we plan on adding that option with the next major Portal release.
Important note: The installation utility for completely disconnected Portal for ArcGIS environments will be made available for download via the Esri Customer Care site the week of April 21st. Stay tuned!
- Scripting Portal for ArcGIS administration: We have greatly expanded our documentation to help you script the administration of your Portal for ArcGIS users and items. We added new sample scripts to get your started, and have also shared an entirely new Python 2.7 module called PortalPy. If you like Python, you ought to have a look at PortalPy because it makes automated administration of Portal for ArcGIS a lot easier. Two more notes: 1) PortalPy works too with 10.2 and 10.2.1 versions of Portal for ArcGIS and 2) The PortalPy source code is released under an Open Source license in Github, allowing you to also contribute to the project.
- Activity Dashboard: We are pleased to announce that the Activity Dashboard for ArcGIS can now be downloaded and configured against your own Portal for ArcGIS (10.2, 10.2.1 and 10.2.2). This is a web application built by Esri Labs that will give you insight into how people are using your portal and its content.Through highly interactive reports, you will be able to learn who is creating and sharing more items, which items are most popular and the geographic extents of the items being contributed. To learn how to configure this application against your own Portal, refer to this tutorial.
The ArcGIS Server Team.