Tag: ArcGIS Server

Getting a look at ArcGIS 10.1 for Server at the Esri International User Conference

The Esri International User Conference is coming this month, and it’s going to be an exciting one for all of us on the ArcGIS for Server development team. We can’t wait to show off the new features in the recent ArcGIS 10.1 for Server release, including a more web and cloud-friendly server architecture and a streamlined Manager.  But at the same time, we also want to gather your feedback on how we can improve the software to help you be more successful.

So much is new in the 10.1 server that we’ve expanded the “What’s New” technical workshop into two parts. The links below display the rooms and times for these sessions.

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ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 5

In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of ArcGIS, I’m happy to announce the release of ArcGIS 10.0 Service Pack 5

This Service Pack includes many fixes since the 10.0 release. Here is list of issues fixed in SP5. If you have any feedback or questions regarding this service pack, please post in the ArcGIS Resource Center Forums or contact Esri Support.

If you have additional enhancements or ideas that you would like to see included in future service packs or releases, please post them on the ArcGIS Ideas site.

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Downloadable tools for ArcGIS Server administration

With the release of version 10.1, automating administrative tasks on ArcGIS Server got a whole lot easier. The new ArcGIS Server Administrator API allows you to perform the same administrative tasks you can do in ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server Manager. Because it’s a REST-ful API, you can programmatically build up URLs to make calls to the server to perform tasks.

Using this API, I’ve published a sample that puts server admin tasks into an ArcGIS toolbox and ModelBuilder. The ArcGIS Server Administration Toolkit (download), written with Python, provides a variety of tools that you can use to administer the server. For example, there are tools for starting and stopping services, modifying log settings, registering server object extensions (SOEs), and publishing services from service definition files. You can chain these tools together in ModelBuilder to complete a workflow, or you can run them in a one-off fashion directly from the toolbox.

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New videos walk you through ArcGIS 10.1 for Server

The ArcGIS for Server development team has created a series of step-by-step videos to introduce you to version 10.1. These brief walkthroughs cover the basic tasks needed to install, configure, and administer an ArcGIS Server site. A few minutes exploring these videos can go a long way toward simplifying your transition to 10.1.

Installing ArcGIS 10.1 for Server on Windows

Installing ArcGIS 10.1 for Server on Windows

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Displaying a gallery of web maps

Have you been busy creating web maps on ArcGIS Online or your Portal for ArcGIS? If so, you are likely in need of an easy to use presentation layer to showcase your collection of maps. A brand new feature of ArcGIS Online is the ability to share an entire group of items in an easy-to-reference web page. Today, I’d like to introduce one of the templates you can apply to this page.

The Public Gallery template allows users to get an overview of your available maps and choose the ones they want to explore. It was inspired by the popular Public Maps Gallery template that you may have already been using, and has been implemented as an official template on ArcGIS Online.

View of the gallery

View of the gallery

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ArcGIS API for JavaScript Version 3.0 Released

Version 3.0 of the ArcGIS API for JavaScript is now available! Please refer to the full What’s New in 3.0 document for the full list of features and bug fixes. Highlights include:

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Uploading client data to perform thematic mapping on the server

You might have read this blog post about dynamic layers in ArcGIS 10.1 for Server that describes how you can change a map service layer’s symbology on a per-request basis. In this blog post, I’ll describe a JavaScript application that takes dynamic layers to the next step and allows server-side thematic mapping using data from your local machine. Server-side rendering is useful, especially when downloading features onto a client’s browser is expensive. For example, in this particular app downloading all 3,000+ county polygons onto a client’s browser could be very slow, assuming the server is even allowed to send that many features at once.

You can try the application here:

Test application for uploading client data

This application allows a client to upload a CSV file onto the server and to draw counties based on an attribute from the uploaded file. As part of that process, the application executes a geoprocessing task which converts the CSV file into a table in a file geodatabase, then sets a join and a renderer to a sublayer in the dynamic map service layer. Note that every draw request that goes to the map service needs to include the full definition of the join and the renderer because requests are stateless. Continue reading

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Hydro Basemap Gone GLOBAL

by Caitlin Scopel, Cartographic Product Engineer, Esri

World Hydro BasemapThe Hydro Basemap is now the  WORLD Hydro Basemap.  The World Hydro Basemap uses the same design as its predecessor, but extends the coverage to the World at scales of 1:147 million to 1:2.3 million.  The World Hydro Basemap includes the map tiles from the original Hydro Basemap, providing coverage of the United States down to the 1:18,000 scale.

The World Hydro Basemap is comprised of two map service layers: the World Terrain Base, and the World Hydro Reference Overlay.  The World Terrain Base provides the elevation context necessary to understand why the world’s surface water flows where it does.

The World Hydro Reference Overlay provides the streams, waterbodies, drainage areas, and cultural reference information necessary to make the World Hydro Basemap useful for scientists, professionals and researchers in the fields of Hydrology, Geography, Climate, Soils, and other natural sciences related to water.

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Creating a time aware web map for the torch relay event

By Kenneth Field, Esri Research Cartographer

Torch event web map

In the lead up to London’s big sporting event in July 2012, the symbolic torch will travel the length and breadth of the United Kingdom. The route has been designed to maximize the opportunity for the UK population to view the torch as it makes its way, across 70 days, stopping at over 1000 locations where bearers will parade the torch locally. The torch relay event web map provides a time aware window on the event for locals to follow and for more distant observers to explore.

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Aggregated Live Feed methodology: The next evolution

Have you ever wanted to add live weather, recent earthquakes, or perhaps current fire locations to your applications without writing any code?  Many of the projects we address in Esri Technical Marketing have this very requirement.

We tackled this challenge by using  what we call the Aggregated Live Feed methodology. This process downloads data from live sources such as NOAA and the USGS and aggregates it into a geodatabase, which is then served through ArcGIS Server as map services. You can see some of these feeds in action by visiting any of the ‘latest incident maps’ on the Esri Disaster Response site.

Recently we’ve developed a much simpler approach called ALF-Lite that doesn’t require specialized knowledge of the enterprise geodatabase or third-party components. This methodology can be deployed to any large or small environment that supports Esri’s ArcPy site package. Continue reading

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