Do I still need the utility network management extension if I use a file GDB?

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In the ArcGIS Pro 2.5 release I read that there is a single-user model now. Do I still need the extension?

"File geodatabase utility networks are now supported."

ArcGIS Pro help says that a multiuser model provides the "richest capability" while the single user model "provides the full analytic capability" using a fGDB. Are there any other differences in functionality?

Does a table exist that shows the similarities and differences between the multi-user and single user model?

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Those are great questions. The release of ArcGIS Pro 2.5 includes the ability to create a utility network in file geodatabase configuration without the ArcGIS Utility Network extension.  The intent of the file geodatabase configuration of the utility network is to enable a single-user environment for prototyping utility network schema, rules, and functionality.   It can certainly be used by utilities with a single GIS specialist.  The file geodatabase has all the trace, network management and diagram capabilities of an enterprise geodatabase, but it is limited to that single user and cannot be published to the mobile environment or as a map or feature service.  The ArcGIS Utility Network is a multi-user environment and was designed for utilities to remove information silos and to increase collaboration between utility business departments such as operations, engineering, planning, and maintenance.  The “richest capability” you described come from the ability of utilities to extend the ROI of their expensive engineering data and to provide solutions that optimize the volumes of information used to coordinate and manage their assets, operations, and customers. The utility network leverages many of the opportunities of the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 release and was designed to streamline communication and collaboration across your business. With the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 and the ArcGIS Utility Network, utilities can publish their assets and facilities across their organization everywhere.  The new User Type Extension for the ArcGIS Utility Network enables a more secure method of expanding the capability of their business, provides a safer operating environment, grows their customer base, and delivers a more reliable product to their customers.

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Those are great questions. The release of ArcGIS Pro 2.5 includes the ability to create a utility network in file geodatabase configuration without the ArcGIS Utility Network extension.  The intent of the file geodatabase configuration of the utility network is to enable a single-user environment for prototyping utility network schema, rules, and functionality.   It can certainly be used by utilities with a single GIS specialist.  The file geodatabase has all the trace, network management and diagram capabilities of an enterprise geodatabase, but it is limited to that single user and cannot be published to the mobile environment or as a map or feature service.  The ArcGIS Utility Network is a multi-user environment and was designed for utilities to remove information silos and to increase collaboration between utility business departments such as operations, engineering, planning, and maintenance.  The “richest capability” you described come from the ability of utilities to extend the ROI of their expensive engineering data and to provide solutions that optimize the volumes of information used to coordinate and manage their assets, operations, and customers. The utility network leverages many of the opportunities of the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 release and was designed to streamline communication and collaboration across your business. With the ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 and the ArcGIS Utility Network, utilities can publish their assets and facilities across their organization everywhere.  The new User Type Extension for the ArcGIS Utility Network enables a more secure method of expanding the capability of their business, provides a safer operating environment, grows their customer base, and delivers a more reliable product to their customers.

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Remi Myers‌ Thank you. A file GDB is exactly what I've been hoping would be made available to users. After 20 years of using the geometric network it is going to take time for me to learn about the utility network. So far I've only been able to read about it. I'm looking forward to learning about it with my data.

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"but it is limited to that single user and cannot be published to the mobile environment or as a map or feature service". I use the local govt geometric network as a single user and publish to ArcGIS for our staff.  I obviously want to move on but can't as our local municipal govt is too small for Enterprise.  Is it true Utility Network is coming for ArcGIS Online and might provide that solution?  I need a roadmap to understand where we are going, I want to get off geometric network and move to ArcGIS Pro.

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A utility network option for ArcGIS Online is on the roadmap, but at this time we don't have a specific target for releasing that capability.  As soon as we have an update for that feature on the roadmap I would be glad to pass it along.