- Assign members to new membership levels and a default Viewer role
Living Atlas of the Worldcontent
- Perform big data analysis with
ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server
- Perform large raster data analysis with
ArcGIS Image Server
- Share content with multiple portals using portal-to-portal collaboration
- ArcGIS Python API
- Explore your data with
Insights for ArcGIS
- Enable portal members to use new apps
- Improvements in disaster recovery workflows
- Improved item pages
- Manage story maps with My Stories
- Option to unfederate
ArcGIS Serversite using the portal app removed
- Security fixes and enhancements
ArcGIS Enterprise on Amazon Web Services ArcGIS Enterprise on Microsoft Azure
- Chef cookbook updates
- New item types
- New analysis tool
- Improvements in the map viewer
- Improvements in the scene viewer
- Create apps based on scenes
- Enhancements for open standards
- Additional language support
- Changes in configurable app templates
- New functionality in Web AppBuilder
Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 includes stability enhancements and improved functionality. For a list of issues fixed at 10.5, see the 10.5 Issues Addressed List.
Review the deprecation notice to determine if your hardware and software components are still compatible with version 10.5 and to see a list of functionality that has been deprecated. To review which earlier ArcGIS product versions are compatible with Portal for ArcGIS 10.5, see Portal compatibility with earlier versions of ArcGIS.
Introducing ArcGIS Enterprise
At 10.5, the product formerly known as ArcGIS for Server is now called ArcGIS Enterprise. When you purchase ArcGIS Enterprise, you get the ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Data Store, and ArcGIS Web Adaptor software components; you can install these to deploy Web GIS in your own infrastructure.
As part of this name change, 10.5 also introduces licensing roles for ArcGIS Server to enable different capabilities for your ArcGIS Enterprise deployment. You install the ArcGIS Server component and license it as one of the following:
- ArcGIS GIS Server
- ArcGIS Image Server
- ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server
- ArcGIS GeoEvent Server
- Esri Business Analyst Server
Assign members to new membership levels and a default Viewer role
At 10.5, Portal for ArcGIS administrators can leverage two levels of membership when assigning organizational roles and privileges to members. These multiple levels of membership are designed to provide a broader range of privileges to your organizational members.
In addition to the default User, Publisher, and Administrator roles, a default Viewer role is available for members with a limited set of privileges.
Use Living Atlas of the World content
At 10.5, Living Atlas of the World content created by Esri is available through Portal for ArcGIS.
A subset of the Living Atlas content is available by default in your portal and accessible over the Internet. Portal members can add Living Atlas layers to their own maps and scenes, create apps that contain Living Atlas layers or maps, and use maps from Living Atlas. Content can be accessed from the Esri Featured Content tab of the Gallery or from within the map viewer or scene viewer. Portal members can also use these layers in analysis tools in the portal map viewer or Insights for ArcGIS.
As a portal administrator, you can configure the portal to allow access to additional Living Atlas subscriber and premium content. You can also configure analysis tools in the map viewer to access Living Atlas layers.
If your portal cannot access the Internet, you can still provide your portal members with access to a subset of Living Atlas content by configuring your portal to host Living Atlas boundary layers.
Perform big data analysis with ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server
Beginning at ArcGIS 10.5, you can perform feature analysis using distributed computing with the tools provided by ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server. These tools can analyze patterns and aggregate data in the context of both space and time as well as help you answer questions such as the following:
- Using millions of emergency calls accumulated over decades, which areas had the highest rates of emergency calls?
- What are the most popular locations for taxi pickups in New York City, and how is this trend changing weekly?
- What is the flight path of recorded GPS tracks, and how many of those paths occurred within 100 km of a no-fly zone in 2015?
ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server enables distributed analysis across multiple ArcGIS Server machines. By harnessing the compute power of multiple machines, your analysis can be performed more quickly and with larger quantities of data than could previously be computed on a single machine.
The big data analysis tools are hosted as a series of tasks in ArcGIS Server as part of GeoAnalytics Server. To expose the tools to your portal members—through the map viewer, ArcGIS Pro, or ArcGIS REST API—you'll need to follow the instructions in Set up ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server.
Perform large raster data analysis with ArcGIS Image Server
At 10.5, you can perform large raster data analysis using distributed computing with the tools provided by ArcGIS Image Server. These tools use the existing raster function analysis capability to allow you to build your own custom raster processing or analysis workflow using ArcGIS Pro as a client, and generate the analysis result at full resolution.
A subset of the raster analysis tools is also available in the map viewer.
The raster analysis tools are hosted as a series of tasks in ArcGIS Server as part of ArcGIS Image Server. To expose the tools to your portal members through the portal map viewer, ArcGIS REST API, or ArcGIS Pro, follow the instructions in Configure the portal to perform raster analysis.
Share content with multiple portals using portal-to-portal collaboration
Beginning with Portal for ArcGIS 10.5, you can establish a connection between multiple portals to allow users to share content across your organization. This connection, called a portal collaboration, can be between multiple on-premises portals. This allows you to distribute your Web GIS into one that spans multiple Web GIS deployments.
Once you've set up a portal-to-portal collaboration, members can share content to a group that's linked to the other portals in the collaboration. Content shared with that group will be copied to the other portals according to a schedule that you determine. See About portal-to-portal collaboration for more information.
ArcGIS Python API
ArcGIS Python API is a powerful, modern, and easy to use Python SDK for Web GIS. It empowers publishers, administrators, and developers to automate their workflows and perform repetitive tasks using scripts in ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS. By integrating with the Jupyter Notebook and the SciPy stack, it also enables academics, data scientists, and GIS analysts to share geo-enriched literate programs and reproducible research with others. To learn more about what you can do with this API, see ArcGIS Python API.
Explore your data with Insights for ArcGIS
Insights for ArcGIS allows you to create dynamic collections of data in workbooks where you visualize and interact with your data to gain spatial understanding. An Insights workbook is a new item type in Portal for ArcGIS that provides an exploratory spatial analysis experience.
See Configure the portal to support Insights for details on how to provide access to Insights to portal members.
Enable portal members to use new apps
Import entitlements into Portal for ArcGIS to provide your members with access to the following premium apps:
- AppStudio for ArcGIS
- Drone2Map for ArcGIS
- Esri Business Analyst web app*
- Roadway Reporter for Esri Roads and Highways
- GeoPlanner for ArcGIS*
- Insights for ArcGIS*
*Once portal members have been assigned a license for one or more of these apps, they can access the app through the Apps button , which appears in the header of the portal website when the member logs in to the portal.
Improvements in disaster recovery workflows
When you implement a replicated ArcGIS Enterprise deployment at 10.5, the machine names in the standby deployment do not have to be the same as the machine names in the primary deployment; you just have to use the same URLs to access the portal and the same services URLs for the ArcGIS Server sites in both the primary and standby deployments. For example, if the URL to access the portal on the primary deployment is https://myportalslb.organization.com/portal and the services URL for the GIS Server site on the primary deployment is https://myserverslb.organization.com/server, the standby deployment must use the same URLs for its portal and GIS Server site.
When you use the webgisdr utility to transfer data changes to the standby deployment or to create a backup of your deployment, you now have the option to create incremental backups. Creating an incremental backup of your ArcGIS Enterprise takes less time and produces a smaller backup file. Use a full backup to initially populate your standby deployment. Then use incremental backups to transfer the changes made to the primary deployment after that. For ArcGIS Enterprise backups used for disaster recovery, you can create full backups on a less frequent basis and create incremental backups at more frequent intervals in between the full backups. Incremental backups contain all changes since the last full backup, so if you have to restore your ArcGIS Enterprise deployment, restore the last full backup before you restore the last incremental backup.
Improved item pages
Item pages have been redesigned with improved workflows, performance, and layout. They also include new functionality that helps you explore and work with content. For content consumers, the pages provide more ways to explore items in depth. For content creators and administrators, the new design makes it easier to modify item properties and configure settings.
Design improvements include the following:
- A new tabbed layout that makes it easy to find, add, and edit information about an item.
- More in-depth information is provided for each item, with the most important information presented first.
- Convenient, in-place editing of item descriptions and other information.
- More intuitive workflow for configuring editing options for feature layers.
New functionality includes the following:
- An interactive attribute table that integrates related records and attachments, making it easy to navigate and edit hosted feature layer data and view all aspects of a field together, including field values, summary statistics, and settings.
- A focused experience for content creators and consumers to configure feature layer styles, pop-ups, and other layer properties without having to leave the item page to go to the map viewer.
- The ability to create configurable apps from maps and scenes directly from the item pages.
- You can now reply to a comment on an item when viewing an item page.
- Item owners are notified by email when a new comment is published. Email notifications are also sent to all comment thread participants when a new comment is added to a thread.
- Advanced offline options added to the item details page for maps allow you to optimize the amount of data downloaded when taking a map offline. For example, you can choose to only upload attachments when synchronizing, without having to download attachments from the layer.
Manage story maps with My Stories
My Stories is an app that portal members can use to build and manage story maps. To help your portal members access My Stories, you can configure an item that your portal members can use to open My Stories.
Option to unfederate ArcGIS Server site using the portal app removed
The button to unfederate an ArcGIS Server site from your portal has been removed from the Servers tab under Edit Settings for your portal. This option was removed to decrease the likelihood of unfederating sites without understanding the consequences of this action. Unfederating a site will break connections between items in the portal and the ArcGIS Server site, and portal members will no longer be able to use that content.
You can still remove a site using the Portal for ArcGIS administration API. See Removing an ArcGIS Server site from your portal for details.
Security fixes and enhancements
At Portal for ArcGIS 10.5, administrators have more control over the security settings in their organization. They can choose to allow members to edit biographical information and configure who can see their profiles.
Two new general privileges have been added to control edits on hosted feature layers: Edit and Edit with full control. When you add Level 2 licensed portal members to a custom role that does not have privileges to edit features, members of that role cannot edit hosted feature layers even if the layers are configured to allow editing. When you add Level 2 licensed portal members to a custom role that has privileges to edit with full control, those members can add, update, and delete features in editable hosted feature layers even if the layer is only configured to allow, for example, attribute updates.
ArcGIS Enterprise on Amazon Web Services
Since the Esri Amazon Machine Images include Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Data Store, the product formerly called ArcGIS Server on Amazon Web Services (AWS) is now ArcGIS Enterprise on Amazon Web Services.
Improvements for Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 deployments on AWS include the ability to store your portal content directory in an Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) bucket and new CloudFormation templates that allow you to deploy a Web GIS using multiple machines. See What's new for ArcGIS Enterprise on Amazon Web Services for details.
ArcGIS Enterprise on Microsoft Azure
ArcGIS Server on Microsoft Azure has been renamed ArcGIS Enterprise on Microsoft Azure, and the ArcGIS Server Cloud Builder for Microsoft Azure has been renamed ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder for Microsoft Azure.
ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder for Microsoft Azure has been improved to allow you to deploy additional ArcGIS Server sites, such as ArcGIS Image Server and ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server. See What's new in ArcGIS Enterprise on Microsoft Azure for details.
Chef cookbook updates
At 10.5, the Esri ArcGIS Cookbooksupports upgrading your Web GIS deployment (Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Data Store) from 10.4 or 10.4.1 to 10.5.
In addition to using Chef for the administration of your deployment, you can now also use Chef to automate the publication of ArcGIS Server services using service definition files.
New item types
The following new item types are supported in Portal for ArcGIS 10.5:
- Big data file share—A big data file share item is created for each big data file share you register with your portal's federated servers. The big data file share item in your portal allows you to browse for your registered data so that you can run GeoAnalytics Server tools on your datasets. A big data file share is only available for use if you have enabled ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server.
- Relational database connection—A relational database connection item allows client applications to browse the tables and views within a database for the purpose of analyzing its contents. An item of this type can be created when getting data from a database within the Insights for ArcGIS app by selecting New connection. When a relational database connection item is shared, the owner of the item is giving others the ability to browse the database's content and is not sharing any user name or password information. Before Insights for ArcGIS can create relational database connection items, an administrator must enable database connections on your portal's hosting server.
- Insights workbook—An Insights workbook collects or associates all data and analytical activity for a project in a single place, capturing and maintaining relationships such as data locations and storing results layers, models, pages, and cards.
- Insights model—An Insights model records your analysis steps on a workbook page, including adding and joining datasets, spatial analysis (such as spatial filtering), data analytics (such as attribute aggregation), and styling. You can edit, use, and share an Insights model to automate common analytical tasks.
- Insights page—An Insights workbook enables you to divide your work among different pages. Each page is where you add data and analyze related content and themes. Additionally, individual pages can be shared more widely so that the interactive visualizations can be explored by others in the Insights viewer.
- WFS layer—If you require OGC compliant feature layers, you can publish hosted WFS layers from an existing hosted feature layer or add a WFS service from an ArcGIS Server site as an item in your portal.
- Scene layer package—Scene layer packages are portable files that contain a single web scene layer. ArcGIS Pro 1.3 generated scene packages (.spk). Beginning with ArcGIS Pro 1.4, you will create scene layer packages (.slpk) instead. Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 can work with both types of packages.
- Image collection— An image collection is a .zip file that contains one or more image files. You can upload the .zip file to your portal and publish a hosted imagery layer.
- When you share a geoprocessing service from ArcGIS Pro 1.4 to one of your portal's federated servers, the corresponding item created in your portal will be called a Tool. This equates to a geoprocessing service running on the federated server.
You can publish hosted WFS layers from an existing hosted feature layer. Hosted WFS layers are OGC compliant, read-only views of the hosted feature layer data from which they are published.
Beginning at ArcGIS Pro 1.4, when publishing to one of your portal's federated servers, you can choose to cache your map image or imagery layers. You can also publish a Tool or Locator to a federated server. See Share with ArcGIS Pro in the ArcGIS Pro help for details.
Hosted tile layers published to Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 are enabled for WMTS. This allows WMTS client apps to consume hosted tile layers from Portal for ArcGIS. Once your portal and hosting server are upgraded to 10.5, existing hosted tile layers can also be used in WMTS client apps.
New analysis tool
The new Choose Best Facilities analysis tool finds the set of facilities that best serve demand from surrounding areas. Facilities might be public institutions that offer a service, such as fire stations, schools, or libraries, or they might be commercial ones, such as drug stores or distribution centers for a parcel delivery service. Demand represents the need for a service that the facilities can meet. Demand is associated with point locations, with each location representing a given amount of demand.
Improvements in the map viewer
- You can now search for layers in ArcGIS Online from your portal's map viewer. This option is enabled by default in the map viewer but can be disabled for disconnected deployments or otherwise by setting the advanced portal option for the searchArcGISOnlineEnabled property to false.
- You can now create a basemap containing multiple layers from your map. This is useful when you have two or more layers that you want to use together as a background, or context, for your map—for example, if you have a base imagery layer and want to add a map image layer that includes reference labels on top of it, or if you want to combine multiple base layers, such as a hillshade imagery layer with a topographic map image layer. Layer types that are currently supported as basemap layers—such as tiles and WMS—can be added to a multilayer basemap in the Contents pane.
- When using the map viewer to get driving directions, you can now make changes to the route. Drag the route on the map to dynamically alter the route and the turn-by-turn directions.
- It's easier to share pre-calculated, optimized routes with others to use in field apps such as Navigator for ArcGIS and in web and desktop apps. Create your route in the map viewer, save the route layer as an item, and share it through the item page.
- You can now filter your data by date to view events that happened within a certain time period—for example, in the last week, over the last two months, or in a specific year.
- Use the new Continuous Timeline (Color) or Continuous Timeline (Size) smart mapping styles to view dates sequentially on a map. For example, use color to see how the rate of measles immunizations changed in the weeks before and after the launch of a pro-immunization campaign.
- Use the new Predominant Category and Predominant Category & Size styles to compare multiple related attributes in a layer and show which attribute is predominant. For example, in a layer that shows crop production by county, it is useful to know which crop has the highest value and the degree of its predominance compared to other crops.
- The option to search layers on the web is no longer supported in the map viewer.
Improvements in the scene viewer
The following enhancements have been made in the scene viewer:
- Global scenes now support tile layers and base maps in WGS84 coordinate system.
- Integrated meshes—a new layer type for UAV- or airplane-based photogrammetric 3D scans of surfaces (published by Drone2Map for ArcGIS and third-party vendors)—are now supported.
- A new sun control option introduces daylight and shadow animation over a day or a whole year.
- The user experience for adding ground elevation layers to a scene has been improved.
Create apps based on scenes
You can use a configurable app or Web AppBuilder to create and publish an app based on a scene in My Content.
Enhancements for open standards
You can now add and use the following OGC service layers in Portal for ArcGIS
- Add OGC Web Map Tile Service (WMTS) services as items.
- Add OGC Web Feature Service (WFS) layers to maps and as items, or publish a hosted WFS layer from a hosted feature layer in your portal.
- Enable pop-ups in OGC Web Map Service (WMS) layers.
- Hosted tile layers are now enabled as WMTS items, allowing you to use them in WMTS clients.
Additional language support
The Portal for ArcGIS 10.5 website has been localized to the following new languages:
- Croatian (Hr)
- Serbian (Sr)
Changes in configurable app templates
The following configurable app templates are new at Portal for ArcGIS 10.5:
- 3D Data Visualization—From My Content, use this configurable app with a global or local scene to visualize numeric data.
- Basic Viewer (10.5 version)—The configuration experience for this new version of the Basic Viewer is easier to access and use. This is part of an ongoing goal by Esri to design and implement GIS products and technologies that everyone can access and use and that align with the objectives of Section 508.
- Compare Scenes—Explore different scenarios or locations with a side-by-side comparison of two local or global scenes.
- Simple Scene Viewer—Present a global or local scene with a custom color theme and more context, such as a title and subtitle, than the scene viewer provides.
- Time Aware (10.5 version)—This new version of the Time Aware app template includes improved date and time formatting and a new option for displaying data for the last 24 hours.
The Crowdsource Manager app now contains options for enabling attribute and time filters that have been set on the map, displaying noneditable layers in addition to editable layers, viewing and editing, and batch updating feature attributes.
The following app templates have been retired. Use the suggested replacement app templates instead.
|Retired app template||Replacement app template|
Basic Viewer (10.5 version)
Time Aware (10.4 version)
Time Aware (10.5 version)
New functionality in Web AppBuilder
The following functionality has been added to Web AppBuilder. For more information, see Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS Help.
- An improved building experience allows you to modify the map from within Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS; you no longer need to leave the app.
- You can now build 3D apps with scenes.
- The Attribute tab has a new app state option. This option allows you to choose if you want to keep the map extent and layers visible when you leave the app.
- Use the new District Lookup widget to find point features related to a selected polygon, view more detailed information about the related point features, and get directions to a selected point feature.
- The Edit widget includes a display field on the setting page so you can choose attributes for display only when performing editing.
- Use the new Plateau theme to create a modern and minimalist-styled app with flat toolbars and widget containers.
- Use the new Near Me widget to find features near a specified location, view more detailed information about those features, and get directions to a selected feature.
- The Add Color Picker theme allows you to choose your own color or match your agency's approved color palette.
- The Select widget enables other widgets to take an action on the selected features.
- Use the Share widget to enable a social sharing experience of apps.
- The Add Data widget enables you to search for layers in the organization, the web, ArcGIS Online, and GIS Server and add them to the map at run time.
- The enhanced Query widget adds spatial relationships such as intersect, overlap, and contain so you can perform the query against features in another layer. The result can be exported as a CSV file, GeoJSON, or feature collection.
- Use the Filter widget to filter features. Other widgets, if applicable, will use the filter accordingly.
- The Smart Editor widget extends the core editing widget.
- The Oblique Viewer widget displays images in their native coordinate system using the image's coordinate system. This allows you to pan in the oblique mode, in a single viewing angle, or switch angles to view an area of interest from different angles.