Tag: Automation

Three Themes of ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5: Analytics, Automation, and Distributed GIS

ArcGIS Enterprise comes with components which enable you to deploy an integrated system of systems.

I asked Jay Theodore, ArcGIS Enterprise CTO, to share the platform vision for the enterprise. He wanted to highlight three key themes for our latest release: ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5 is a full-featured mapping and analytics platform for organizing and sharing your … Continue reading

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Chef Cookbook available to automate ArcGIS for Server configuration

You can automate the installation and configuration of ArcGIS 10.3.1 for Server using a Chef Cookbook available on the Esri GitHub repository or Chef Supermarket. Download and run the tool to install and configure multiple GIS servers in a single site or install a full web GIS with the GIS server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Web Adaptor, and ArcGIS Data Store on a machine, and configure them to work together.

The cookbook does not require any changes; you can run it as-is and launch a site. But if you are experienced with Chef and want to customize the Cookbook before running it, you can do that too.

For more information on what the Cookbook does and how to use it, see Get Started with ArcGIS Cookbook and the ArcGIS Cookbook information on Esri GitHub.

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ArcGIS for Server Administrative Scripting and Automation session at the 2014 User Conference

The ArcGIS for Server Administrative Scripting and Automation session at the 2014 Esri International User Conference provided information on how you can automate the following tasks:

  • Publishing and starting services
  • Applying permissions to services
  • Monitoring services and databases
  • Determining popular extents for the creation of caches
  • Dynamically adding machines to your ArcGIS Server site

You can download sample scripts (.zip) demonstrated in this session from the following link:


You can also download a PDF of the session slides from the Esri website:


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Automated Data Acquisition for Integrating Multiple Datasets Using GIS Applications

by Alison Wood, Graduate Student, The University of Texas at Austin

New Jersey Application



As GIS users, we often have to collect data from many sources and compile them into a single map.  For just a few sources and a single map, this might be feasible.  But what if you have to make a new map with updated data every day?  Or every hour?  Automation can save you the enormous time it would take to do that by hand, and also help to avoid the errors that can happen in repetitive tasks done by hand.  In this blog entry, I’ll describe an example of automating a process to retrieve data, execute file format conversions, and update an online map; I’ll also talk a little bit about some of the tools and strategies I used that will be useful for someone else automating a similar process.

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Business Analyst & Server Side Scripting

A lot of us have been using the Business Analyst (BA) line of products in a variety of different ways. Business Analyst gives us access to business, consumer and demographic datasets along with capabilities to allow us to analyze our various markets, customers or competition. These interactions have usually been through focused applications:

  • BA for Desktop
  • BA Online
  • Web applications utilizing the BA Online APIs
  • BA Server
  • Community Analyst

These are typically all forms of client side driven analysis where we ask a question of the system and we get an answer back immediately. In some cases though we need to use the information & analysis that BA can provide as part of a larger business process e.g. tax reporting, outage management reporting…

Such business processes are likely to be running as part of a server side process, wont necessarily be initiated through any client side interactions, and may even take many hours to complete. The processes may just happen as a result of new data coming into the system or at a given time of the day/month/year e.g. a new network outage area, a quarterly reporting cycle is initiated.

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RF Prediction Cleanup Tools – Part 2

As promised i wanted to follow up on my previous discussion regarding the use of geoprocessing tools to automate the process of “cleaning” RF propagation data. In that article i talked about releasing an example GP model that shows how the different tools can be strung together to automate this complex business process.

I’ve just added such an example model to ArcGIS.com for download.

This download includes a sample map document containing 3 RF propagation studies in the Florida area. This is the raw engineering data output by a radio planning tool (in this case we used Cellular Expert).

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