When publishing content to ArcGIS Enterprise users have the ability to provide metadata at both ArcGIS Server Service level, and ArcGIS Enterprise Portal content item level. Within ArcGIS Enterprise Portal the Metadata can be accessed via the “Metadata” button on the right-hand side of the item details page Service level metadata can also be found on the same page, but it is accessed through a “Metadata” link recorded against the Feature Layer. Content item metadata opens within the ArcGIS Enterprise Portal sharing directory Service metadata opens within the ArcGIS Server REST directory. These two pages look largely the same when ArcGIS Server REST, and ArcGIS Enterprise Sharing, directories are enabled. Through help pages for portalscan and serverscan Esri encourage users to disable these directories. Whilst disabled the ArcGIS Enterprise sharing directory leaves the content item metadata page available, disabling the ArcGIS REST directory also disabled the default metadata page offered to users from the content item details page. As such, when a user browses to the service level metadata they are presented with a 403 response. It would be beneficial if the ArcGIS Server REST directory metadata pages presented to via the content item details page continued to work when ArcGIS Server REST directory browsing was disabled. The ArcGIS Server help suggests that a different /info/metadata should be used when attempting to access Service metadata. This loads a page largely similar to the disabled REST service directory page, which is accessible even when directory browsing is disabled. Alternatively manipulating the default metadata url provided from the portal content item details page, changing &f=html to &f=xml , will also result in metadata being presented.
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Through help pages for serverscan Esri encourage users to disable the ArcGIS Server REST services directory. Users browsing ArcGIS Enterprise are offered links to this services directory from the ArcGIS Enterprise Portal content item page. Clicking the hyperlinked name of the Layer or selecting “View” beside the URL title both launch the ArcGIS REST services directory for the service. When ArcGIS Server REST service directory browsing is disabled the user is presented with a 403 response page This response can be confusing for users less familiar with GIS and/or the ArcGIS architecture as they are following default links presented to them within ArcGIS Enterprise, and despite the fact that the url is valid, the 403 warning does not make this clear to them. It would be valuable if an organisation had the ability to replace this 403 response page with a custom page which provided details of how to use an ArcGIS Server REST service url. The ability to add the organisation logo, and some custom text (dynamic or static) could make this page more user friendly. This in turn would help to avoid users feeling like they have made a mistake, and instead it rewards them for their curiosity and interest.
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