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This whitepaper from the Esri Patterns and Practices team, presents some implementation guidelines in the form of a conceptual reference architecture diagram and associated best practice briefs. Organizations can use these guidelines to maximize the value of their ArcGIS implementation and meet their organizational objectives.


EDIT: This whitepaper has been updated February 2018

EDIT 2: This whitepaper has been updated May 2018.

EDIT 3: This whitepaper has been updated Dec 2018.


EDIT 4: This whitepaper has been updated June 2019.




Please be aware that if the recent Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) released on October 14th, 2014 is installed on your Oracle database, connecting to the Oracle database will crash ArcGIS.


This issue only affects you if you use Oracle. All versions of ArcGIS are impacted by this CPU.


What You Need to Do

  • If you have not yet installed the patch listed above, do not install it, per Esri's recommendation.
  • If you have installed the patch listed above, Esri recommends that you roll it back to restore normal operations.


Esri and Oracle are working closely to understand and resolve the problem.


For details, see Esri Knowledge Base article 43293.


cc: Esri Technical Support

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Participating in the ArcGIS Pro Beta program is just as easy at Beta 5 as in previous beta releases, however, there are a few things users and their ArcGIS Online administrators need to know, heading into this release.


What do you need to know?

At Beta 5, there is a new authorization process for ArcGIS Pro that is managed through ArcGIS Online. This change is in preparation for the ArcGIS Pro licensing model moving forward. Beta 5 and subsequent releases will require ArcGIS Pro licenses to be assigned to organization users by an administrator, through a new set of hosted tools in ArcGIS Online.


What do you need to do?

If you’re a non-admin user, please reach out to the administrator of your organization to request they assign an ArcGIS Pro license to your username. Once that is done, launch Beta 5 and you will be able to login.


If you’re the administrator of your organization, please login to your org and find the “Manage Licenses” button. From here, begin configuring licenses for individual users or a group of users, that wish to participate in the ArcGIS Pro Beta program. For further details, please review the help.


Kirsten Pinkston | Advocacy Lead – Enterprise GIS