A scene service is a new type of ArcGIS Server web service originating from a 3D scene in ArcGIS Pro. Scene services (also known as web scene layers) allow you to share 3D content via web scenes to your organization using ArcGIS. Web scenes are similar in concept to web maps. However, instead of being powered by 2D map or feature services, they are powered by 3D scene services and give you access to 3D content originally created in ArcGIS Pro.
What are the prerequisites for creating a scene service?
You'll need to install and set up the following ArcGIS components to share a scene service:
- ArcGIS for Server
- Portal for ArcGIS
- ArcGIS Data Store
- ArcGIS Pro (1.1 and later)
Once the above components are installed, you'll need to do the following:
- If you want to store the vector data (points, lines, and polygons) associated with your scenes in ArcGIS Data Store, configure ArcGIS Data Store with the ArcGIS Server you use as your portal's hosting server. If you want to use an enterprise geodatabase to store the vector data, register the enterprise geodatabase as the managed database for the ArcGIS Server you use as your portal's hosting server, and run the configuredatastore command line utility in ArcGIS Data Store with the --nosql-only option set to true. This creates a data store for your scene layer tile caches only. In either scenario, ArcGIS Data Store is required, as it stores scene layer tile caches used by the scene service. See Configure a hosting server to learn how to register a managed database.
- Federate ArcGIS Server with your portal.
- Designate ArcGIS Server as the portal's hosting server.
- Configure ArcGIS Pro licenses with your organization and connect ArcGIS Pro to your organization.
How do I create a scene service?
All scene services begin inside ArcGIS Pro where you author a 3D scene. When you finish authoring and are ready to publish, select the desired layers in the Contents pane, right-click, and choose Share As Web Layer. The items in the Share Web Layer pane help you tune and configure your content for sharing to your organization. For full instructions, see Publish scenes in the Portal for ArcGIS help.