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Last week, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 was released, bringing a number of exciting and new features. I want to take a moment to spotlight some this great new functionality which was requested right here in ArcGIS Ideas!


Native Support for Group Managed Service Accounts (gMSA)  

We’ve heard this request asked around for a while, and I’m happy to share that the use of Group Managed Service Accounts is now supported directly in the software. Previously, this workflow was only achievable using PowerShell, but is now possible to configure much more simply. Some documentation on how to do this can be found here (for ArcGIS Server), here (for Portal for ArcGIS), and also here (for the ArcGIS Data Store).


ArcGIS Enterprise Website Maintenance Mode  

 At 10.8, it is now possible to place ArcGIS Enterprise in a read-only mode through the portal. Doing this does not prevent access to the portal, but it does prevent actions such as the creation, modification, or deletion of content and settings. You can set a custom message to display to users if they try to create, modify or delete any content while the system is in read-only mode. This can be a very helpful feature to leverage when making system updates and upgrading ArcGIS Enterprise, to prevent downtime and data loss. For information on how to enable this mode, check out our documentation on the topic. 

An example of setting ArcGIS Enterprise to read-only mode (Source: What's New in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 Blog)


How do I add a disclaimer to my portal?  

This post on GeoNet, while not technically an idea, is worth calling out because the functionality being requested here has been addressed thanks the new access notice feature within the Enterprise portal. Using an access notice, it is possible to provide a notice of terms that will be displayed to all users who access your Enterprise portal. For some more information on configuring an access notice, check out the ArcGIS Enterprise documentation.

Example Access notice (Source: What’s New in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 Blog)


Customize banner color in the Enterprise portal OR ArcGIS Online  

With the addition of the information banner to ArcGIS Enterprise, it is now easy to configure a custom banner which appears at the top and bottom of your site for users to see. This can also be combined with the new access notice to ensure that information can be easily delivered. Some information on the information banner can be found in the ArcGIS Enterprise documentation.

An example showing the creation of an information banner in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8



Proxy Login for Collaboration on Referenced Items                        

As the documentation says, “Starting at 10.8 you can now elect to save credentials for all service items that are shared by reference in a collaboration. The credentials are entered on the sending portal and are applied to services that shared with collaborating portals.” There are a few considerations in play, but this enhancement should be a helpful addition for those who are currently using distributed collaboration and are sharing items by reference.


Portal Department Field - My Organization  

This idea is asking for the ability to easily filter members based on what department they are in, to make administrative workflows easier. At 10.8, we have brought this functionality into ArcGIS Enterprise with administrative groups and group filtering! It is now possible to apply a filter on your member list based on groups within your organization. By adding your members to groups based on their departments, region, office, or more, it is easy to filter by the corresponding group. 

An example of filtering organization members by group


Offline map area size needs to be customized  

This idea has been implemented with the introduction of offline map areas. When preparing web maps intended for offline use, it is now possible to freeform define the area of data that should be included in the map when users take it offline. Some documentation on how to configure this can be found here.


GeoJSON output format for WFS GetFeature request  

This idea has been fully implemented with the 10.8 release! For some background information, the ability to output in the GeoJSON format was first introduced in 10.5.1. The output was based on the original community specification for GeoJSON. Since then, GeoJSON was formally standardized under IETF as RFC7946 which changed the format ever-so-slightly. With 10.8 it is now possible to request output in the RFC-compliant format as well as the original specification format. It is now also possible to use WFS GetFeature requests to output GeoJSON which is compliant with RFC7946. 


UPDATE:User Type Change needs to be a privilege, not just admin capability. 

This idea missed our review at first, but I'm also happy to share that it has been implemented at 10.8! With the 10.8 release, it is possible to create a custom role which has the ability to change user types, roles, and licenses in the Enterprise portal.   


The following idea has been marked as partially implemented:


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

This idea is asking for time-based interval queries (e.g. "In the last x days...") to be supported for layers with data hosted in the spatiotemporal big data store. We've implemented this, but there are still areas where these query options do not appear, such as in the Map Viewer. We've marked this idea as partially implemented until these query options are possible in the Map Viewer, which will be in a future release.


And lastly, we have placed the following idea under consideration:


Extend Webhooks also for features in the Enterprise portal/ArcGIS Online  

 This great idea is asking for webhooks to also notify about changes made to features in ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online, such as when features are created, updated, or deleted. Please feel free to add more comments to this idea, and share how this functionality would be useful in your workflows.


 As always, there are some great blogs and documentation to help guide you through the new functionality in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8, so please check them out. Here at Esri, your voice matters, and we're so grateful that our user community has continued to share their excellent feedback through ArcGIS Ideas. Keep posting your great suggestions and let us hear your needs! 

Have you heard? ArcGIS Online just released its latest update! I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the great ideas which came from our user community on ArcGIS Ideas, which have made their way into the product.


The following ideas have been marked as implemented:


  1. Administrate ArcGIS Online by Group

This idea is asking for the ability to have administrative privileges over certain groups of people in an organization, but not others. Administrative groups are a great new capability which allows for this additional level of control for organizations, especially when coupled with new improvements to member filtering and searching capabilities. If you’re interested in learning more, check out this blog which provides a great overview.


  1. Make ArcGIS Online Group-building easier

The latest update to ArcGIS Online has greatly improved the experience when building and managing groups, especially when working with large numbers of users. It is now possible to select multiple users in a list when inviting, and it is also easier to invite users to a group from the Organization’s Members list.


  1. Ability to add content to group from group page

Along with the other improvements made to groups, it is possible to add content to groups directly from the group page, which is what this idea was requesting. We’ve added this “Add Item to Group” button as seen below which can be used to accomplish this:

The "Add Item to Group" button allows users to directly add content to their groups from the group page


  1. Ability to assign a credit budget to a Group of people who belong to a specific office or division within my Organization

When undergoing the manage budget workflow, it is possible to manage your users based on which group they belong to, so that everybody in a single group can have the same credit allotment for example. Below is a screenshot of the "Manage Budget" panel where a group can be selected, and its group members are populated in the Member list:

Selecting a group in the "Manage Budget" panel allows you to configure certain credit allotments to specified group members.

  1. Create an option for ArcGIS Online administrators to allocate licenses by default

New in ArcGIS Online is the ability to configure new member defaults, which will allow for administrators to allocate licenses to new users automatically. Beyond just allocating licenses, new users can be automatically added to specified groups, granted a defined amount of credits, and more. Below is a screenshot of what the current "New Member Defaults" panel looks like:

The "New Member Defaults" panel, which allows administrators to specify certain user types, licenses, groups, credits and more for all new members.


  1. Allow adding of vector tile layer into Basemap widget

This request for the Web AppBuilder is also now possible. If your Organization has enabled the use of vector tile basemaps in the default basemap gallery, then these vector tile layers can be selected through the basemap widget in the Web AppBuilder. Some more information on accomplishing this can be found in the following article: How To: Add Esri vector basemaps to the default basemap gallery in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS


The following ideas have been marked as partially implemented:


  1. Group Member Management

Searching for users in the organization has seen some improvements so that it can better return partial results, which was one of the requests of this idea. We are marking this idea as partially implemented because of this.


  1. Vector Tile Style per Portal/AGOL layer instead of per service

This request is asking for the ability to customize the style of vector tile layers, which can be stored as individual layer items. It also asks that a style editing application should be integrated into ArcGIS Online (and the ArcGIS Enterprise portal). With the latest release of ArcGIS Online, it is now possible to customize vector tile layer styles directly in the map viewer, which can be saved as new layer items in your organization. Until this functionality makes its way into ArcGIS Enterprise, we will be marking this idea as partially implemented.


To learn more about the new functionality in the June 2019 update of ArcGIS Online, we have some helpful blogs and documentation for you to check out. Thank you all for your involvement in ArcGIS Ideas, and your valuable feedback. Please continue sharing your great ideas with us, and we hope you enjoy the latest update to ArcGIS Online!

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7 was released to the public on March 21st and contains an abundance of new features, many of which were requested by our community on ArcGIS Ideas! This makes for a great moment to spotlight a selection of excellent ideas which came from our user community, and those that were implemented in the latest release.


 The following ideas have been marked as implemented:


  1. Functional levels in AGO

This is one of the bigger updates delivered with 10.7, and a big request from the user community. Beginning at 10.7, there is a new licensing model for ArcGIS Enterprise users. This user type model was first introduced in ArcGIS Online, and can be considered fully implemented across the platform now that it has rolled out to ArcGIS Enterprise.


  1. View Portal users by Level

As part of the updates to the ArcGIS Enterprise portal to support user types, we have also taken the opportunity to make some improvements to administrative workflows. Among these improvements is the ability to filter users based on their user type (and/or role!), making them easier to manage:

Viewing portal users based on their user type


  1. Please make the AGOL & Portal user interface “My Organization” page consistent

At 10.6.1 and 10.7, the ArcGIS Enterprise portal has received quite an upgrade! This brings the user experience (especially for administrators) quite close to ArcGIS Online, save for a few things that are ArcGIS Online-centric such as credits. Which leads us to a similar idea…  


  1. Information about expiration of subscription in Portal for ArcGIS

At 10.7, you can now view the date each user type expires, an improvement that many of you administrators may appreciate. Keep the feedback coming on ArcGIS Ideas for any other ways that the ArcGIS Enterprise portal could be improved for your workflows!

License expiration is now visible in the Enterprise portal!


  1. Filter Living Atlas Content in Portal
  2. Remove Living Atlas content from My Organization's Featured Content

Continuing with enhancements to the Enterprise portal experience, 10.7 also improves how Living Atlas items are managed and filtered, namely so you can better segment what data is created by your organization compared to data provided through Living Atlas. These two ideas (5 and 6) were very similar, and both were implemented at 10.7:

Living Atlas of the World content in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7


  1. New Tools in GeoAnalytics Toolbox beyond ArcGIS Pro 2.1?

Ok, so this one is not an official Idea post but it was discussed on GeoNet and is now implemented, so it’s good enough for me! Through user feedback such as this discussion in GeoNet, we have now brought classic GIS tools like Merge, Dissolve, and Clip with ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server 10.7:

New tools added to GeoAnalytics Server at 10.7


  1. Certify Oracle / 18c for use with ArcGIS 10.6.1

With ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7, we will be officially supporting use with Oracle 18c! If you have ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1, you can also take advantage of Oracle 18c by applying a patch which was recently released.


  1. Included SHAPE and SHAPE.LEN SHAPE.AREA Fields in ArcGIS Server Feature Services

 This much-requested feature was implemented in 10.7. As our documentation puts it: “when you publish feature layers from ArcGIS Pro to one of your portal's federated servers, line and polygon feature layers now expose the geodatabase-maintained area and length fields—shape_area and shape_length respectively.”

Shape fields are now visible when publishing hosted feature layers.


  1. Add support for First Name, Last Name mapping with ADFS integration

The inability to fully support First and Last name mappings when using SAML IDPs was considered a bug, and has been addressed in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.


We have put these ideas in the product plan:


  1. User privileges ArcGIS Portal

This idea is asking for a way for separate types of Administrative roles between system and content-based workflows. It’s a great idea which we are actively working on for the upcoming ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1 release.


  1. Create and Maintain a Docker Container for ArcGIS Server

This popular request has been under consideration for some time now, and we have big plans in the area of containerization and providing an option to run ArcGIS Enterprise under Kubernetes. This is a big development effort so be sure to stay tuned for more updates in the future!


Lastly, these are some great ideas that we’re going to be putting under consideration.


  1. Prevent Portal users from creating apps

This request is seeking for further granularity with roles and privileges in the Enterprise portal and would like to restrict the type of content that certain users can make. This is a good idea and we encourage you to keep commenting if this is necessary for your organization.


  1. ArcGIS Enterprise Website Maintenance Mode

At 10.7, an “Under Maintenance” property can be applied to individual machines within a multi-machine ArcGIS Server site. This is useful when maintenance needs to be done on machines in a site, without taking the site down. In addition, a while back ArcGIS Server introduced a read-only mode that prevents changes from happening site-wide, while still providing service availability. This Idea is asking for a read-only like capability to be implemented across ArcGIS Enterprise and is a great suggestion for a future release.


To learn more about the new functionality in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7, we have some helpful blogs and documentation, so please be sure to give them a read. I want to thank everyone for their participation here at ArcGIS Ideas. We are always listening and want to continue engaging with the great ideas you send us, so keep them coming!