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In our current age we tend to spend a fair amount of time on computers and traversing challenges we encounter is a part of that experience. This might be trying to figure out why a network drive is unavailable, ascertaining the best location to build your next store, digitizing your town’s power plant or simply working out why you can’t add a specific dataset to your project. For This Week’s Picks - ArcGIS Pro #8, we will look at a few resources that help troubleshoot issues with ArcGIS Pro.


For this we will get the help of Esri Canada Technical Support. Their two-part series, “Troubleshooting ArcGIS Pro like an Esri Canada Support Analyst” covers performance, crashes, data issues and errors with named user licensing. While these may not address every scenario, they cover much. The last pick is from the Technical Support Knowledge Base and covers high CPU usage when running GP tools.


Now on to the picks…

This Week's Picks-ArcGIS Pro #8 

Troubleshooting ArcGIS Pro like an Esri Canada Support Analyst: Part 1


Tackling performance issues is a tough task. Esri Canada lays down a primer to help with some of the most common areas like systems specs, drivers, ArcGIS Pro settings and using add-in’s like PerfMon. It also addresses some strategies for handling data issues and how to approach program crashes. If all else fails, follow their recommendation of reaching out to support to continue troubleshooting! Take a look at Part 1 here.


Troubleshooting ArcGIS Pro like an Esri Canada Support Analyst: Part 2 (Named User Licensing)


This of course is specific to the Named User License Type in ArcGIS Pro. Chances are that if you are using this type you may have encountered some of the errors this blog covers. I particularly like the format where it shows the issue, the cause, and how to fix it. Check it out here! Be sure to also review the supplemental links at the end of the blog for additional licensing resources that may be of use.


High CPU usage when running geoprocessing tools


While not necessarily something that impacts everyone, some situations may arise where running geoprocessing tools on large datasets impacts performance. Depending on several factors this to some degree may be unavoidable, but it may be due to not all cores on the CPU being utilized. Namely, if the tool allows parallel processing you can have ArcGIS Pro distribute the workload across multiple cores. Check out the article here.


NOTE: Per this doc, a word of caution: If you specify more processes than are available you could negatively impact performance. An exception here is when the analysis is I/O heavy or processing to an enterprise database.

Lastly, a quick tip to see if a tool can utilize parallel processing: look for the following icon underneath the tool in the geoprocessing pane:

GP Parallel Processing Icon  


Additional links:

Parallel Processing Factor (Environment setting)


Thanks for reading this week’s picks covering some recent resources that try to address some common issues that come into support. I hope they help with troubleshooting but when in doubt reach out to support! Stay tuned for future picks and if you are interested you can also check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Thanks again for reading and happy mapping!


(If you are interested in previous posts, they are archived here:



Today is release day, and This Week’s Picks - ArcGIS Pro #7 is all about ArcGIS Pro 2.5! A lot of major updates and customer ideas went into the release and these 3 picks focus on many of the equivalency items, enhancements and new tools within ArcGIS Pro 2.5. 


Specifically, we will look at your “Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.5,” highlight a popular request: GP scheduling functionality new at 2.5 and tie it together with the official What’s New in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 video. 

  ArcGIS Pro #7


On to the picks… 


Ideas in ArcGIS Pro 2.5  


Your feedback is important. One of the major focus areas at 2.5 was equivalency and getting input from the user community has been essential to this theme. ArcGIS Ideas were a major influencer in this release and Kory Kramer has demonstrated the impact of this feedback with his video/blog post available here. Half of the implemented ideas were ArcMap equivalency items and the other half? You guessed it, new functionality straight from the community. 


ArcGIS blog Focus: Schedule Geoprocessing Tools and Models in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 (ArcGIS Idea implemented) 


As was hinted at in an earlier This Week’s Picks and noted in the implemented ideas video above, this popular suggestion is live in 2.5! There may be many scenarios where automating your script tools and models streamlines your workflows. It may even be a requirement. This recent blog post covers the new functionality and provides a nice overview and practical example and it's done right from the Geoprocessing Pane! (and yes, you can run scheduled GP tools from outside of ArcGIS Pro too). Check it out here


What's New in ArcGIS Pro 2.5 Official Video 


Already over 10,000 views but a release day picks post would feel incomplete without covering all the highlights, major updates and new functionality shown in this video. This is the official YouTube video and if you haven’t watched it yet you can catch it here. This video is comprehensive so there is a pinned post that provides an index if you want to skip to your favorite topics/areas. 


Additional videos:  A Quick Tour of Raster Cell Iterator 


I hope you enjoyed the picks covering some highlights in ArcGIS Pro 2.5. I hope you have an opportunity to check it out soon. Stay tuned for future picks and if you are interested you can also check out This Week's Picks - ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. Thanks again for reading and happy mapping! 


(If you are interested in previous posts, they are archived here: