Your Ideas in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1

Blog Post created by TEdghill-esristaff Employee on Aug 11, 2020

It’s been two weeks since ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 was released to the public, along with some exciting new features for users to enjoy. This makes for a great opportunity to highlight some of the functionality included in this release that has been requested here on ArcGIS Ideas!


The following ideas have been implemented:

  1. Add support for Interval Queries on layers with data hosted in a spatiotemporal big data store 

When data is hosted in the spatiotemporal big data store, it is now possible to see “in the last”-style interval queries on this data. This functionality was available at REST in previous versions, but has now been surfaced in the UI, making it much easier to filter these hosted data using interval-based parameters, as seen below:

Interval query options available on data hosted in the spatiotemporal big datastore, available in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1


  1.  Separate Web Apps and Dashboards in Portal Filters

The 10.8.1 release brought about many helpful improvements to organization administration in the ArcGIS Enterprise portal, including more granularity when using filters for browsing content. This idea was asking for the ability to separate types of apps when filtering, and has now been implemented. As the screenshot below shows, various types of apps can be selected when filtering for content, making it much easier to find the items you need:

Filtering for types of apps in the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 portal


  1. Update Metadata during Sync of Bulk-Published Layers in Enterprise

Since ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1, users have been able to add a user-managed data store item to the ArcGIS Enterprise portal. This workflow is a helpful way to organize data store access, and perhaps most importantly, allows layers to be published in bulk. In the latest update, it is now possible to sync metadata and schema updates between the source data and their published layers.

New sync layer options for bulk published data in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1


  1. Allow Enterprise Sites Category items to use Portal Categories

ArcGIS Enterprise sites also received several updates as a part of the 10.8.1 release, including this idea! With this release, it is possible to configure the category card in Enterprise sites so that it can be used with any content categories that your organization has established for any data that is included in the site.

New Category settings for ArcGIS Enterprise sites in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1


  1. Portal Self-Service Password screen is confusing and incorrect

This idea describes a previous user experience when using the password reset workflow within the ArcGIS Enterprise portal, and has been addressed along with several helpful improvements to the portal website. Another way that the Enterprise portal’s password reset workflow can be enhanced is by integrating it with your organization’s SMTP server - a new feature introduced in 10.8.1. When this is done, new email driven workflows and notifications are unlocked, such as the password reset workflow, and license expiration notifications.


  1. Stop Disabling Delete Protection on Groups Created During Collaboration Workspace Configuration

When a collaboration group is established as a part of distributed collaboration, the group now has delete protection enabled by default. This setting can only be toggled off when the group is no longer linked with a collaboration workspace.


The following ideas have been partially implemented:

  1. Enhance the "Share" dialogue box

These three ideas contained several smaller suggestions within them, and most of them have been implemented! There is now an improved UI for the sharing dialogue in the Enterprise portal which includes the ability to search and filter groups, which was requested in this idea.

Sharing content to groups in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1


  1. Enhance Content page - list groups that items are shared with

This idea was also mostly addressed thanks to the updated UI in the Enterprise portal. There is now more detailed sharing information viewable from the content page in the portal, displaying information such as which groups items have been shared with. 

Information about which group an item has been shared with in the Enterprise portal 10.8.1 content page


  1. Licensing Process

This idea requested automated messaging when ArcGIS Server licenses were approaching expiration, which is a new addition to ArcGIS Server manager in the 10.8.1 release.


And that completes the ideas roundup for ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1. As always, this release has also been accompanied by some great content worth checking out, such as the What’s New video, introduction blog, and documentation pages for each component. Also worth mentioning is a recently-released technical paper called Content Management Techniques for your ArcGIS Enterprise portal, which covers helpful concepts and best practices for ArcGIS Enterprise administrators.


Thank you all for your continued participation here in ArcGIS Ideas, and for continuing to help shape our products in ways that best meet your needs. Please continue to share your great product ideas with us!