not staff... but in your link Project package—ArcGIS Pro | ArcGIS for Desktop any local data as in your basemap, will be consolidated since no one is going to be able to access it. Check the table in your link for more details as to what gets included in the package and what gets referenced. Is there a chance that your basemap is available elsewhere?
Thanks for your reply. That is unfortunate that it consolidates all local data. With ArcMap we could just save a map as our template (with an included local basemap that was linked locally) and easily use that.
We have 2 users in our office (me being 1 of them) and we both have the BA data saved/installed locally on our machines.
A workaround was to just remove the basemap data from the basemap 'tab' and then create the Project Template. Once the template is opened, we will add it manually to the "Basemap" tab.
I still think there should be a way to control whether data is packaged, or remains linked - even if its local. Just look at how easy things were in ArcMap, and how easy it is to create a template mxd for multiple users. Forced packaging local data isnt really useful or desirable in this case. Hopefully this is added to Pro as it continues to evolve.
Tyler, You might want to check if this is a bug, or by design, or whether this exists as an idea on https://community.esri.com/community/arcgis-ideas?sr=search&searchId=e787bb4c-7df4-4203-bba8-46623a9...
We are in the same situation. We are a small organization running data from a shared drive. Trying to make templates but do not want ANY data copied. I truly cannot understand the thinking behind copying data like this. NOT copying data should ALWAYS be the default.
Have you gotten into contact with ESRI tech support about this issue?
At my org we are starting to test project template creation and it is also not going very well as it runs for hours and we eventually kill the process. One item I have noticed is the raster data that should just be referenced from a network share location is being copied into the project template package which is definitely not want we want to occur.
Have you been able to make any progress in having the project templates just reference the data instead of copy the data (extreme data redundancy)?
Have not contacted tech support as I dont believe this is a bug/issue, but rather poor design. There are too many things like this that just dont work (well enough) in "Pro" so I have given up on it. Will try it again in a years time and see if they have resolved these issues.
@DanPatterson Do you have a more recent link to the idea (https://community.esri.com/community/arcgis-ideas?sr=search&searchId=e787bb4c-7df4-4203-bba8-46623a9...) the link doesn't seem to work.
I just want to create a simple template with links to the Basemap and some toolboxes.
Analyse works fine but when creating the package it just errors trying to reference some old project I haven't looked at in months:
2021-02-05 12:58:32 Status: Failed StatusMessage: ERROR 001707: Data cannot be opened: File Geodatabase(C:\Data\7A_MAPPINGDEV\MappingProject.gdb) SPATIALDATA
It's been a while since @TylerSchwartz2 's post, but the problem still exists. I have now run through several scenarios and tried to create templates with data from different sources and with different settings.
With a lot of help from @TillAders, this resulted in a documentation with an exact description of the problem and suggested solutions, which we submitted as a SupportCase. A bug report has now been opened based on this.
For the moment, we can only hope that the problem will be solved in a future version. I'll let you know here if I get any updates on the status of the bug report.