Author Archives: Kerry H.

ArcGIS Online and differing User types for ArcGIS Pro licenses.

You have renewed your ArcGIS Online subscription and ArcGIS Pro licenses but you find you can no longer access the license.  You have an error saying the license has expired.  Why has this happened? You have changed nothing, your renewal was on time and the license had worked previously.

It happened because by default ArcGIS Pro licenses are tied to a user type, and they must be assigned to a member in ArcGIS Online.  To address the error the Administrator needs to change the User Type.

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How to connect to an ArcGIS License Manager using IPv4 and IPv6 connections.

Are you having trouble connecting to the ArcGIS License Manager (LM) when using IPv4 and IPv6 connections?  When using Dual-IP stacks, your computers and other devices can run both protocols however there can be issues when connecting to an ArcGIS License Manager.  The connection is usually set to be IPv4 (e.g. internal network) or to IPv6, for example MS DirectAccess, that uses IPv6 connections; not to both protocols.

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Data quality checks and ArcGIS 10.x

As with any task carried out in the ArcGIS software suite,  data is the foundation.  The old saying of “Garbage in Garbage out” still applies.  Data, whether it is in a text format or geographic (shapefile or File Geodatabase Feature class) will impact on the behaviour, use and display of data in ArcGIS.

Data quality and ArcGIS 10


I do have one proviso in this situation and that is that I’ve given up on perfection.  Deviation from the real world is expected.  Distortions from the coordinate system chosen, method of capture and scale are some of the sources of error in geographic data.  What is important is what error is acceptable for the task you are carrying out.


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ArcGIS II: Essential Workflows (10.1 and 10.2)

Managers, are you looking to increase the productivity and efficiency of your GIS workforce through having knowledgeable and innovative staff? Do you want to enrich your use of ArcGIS in your business workflows? Are there problems that keep returning which you may be able to solve with more understanding of ArcGIS technology? Do you want to keep abreast of the latest GIS concepts and their application?

Analysts, are you looking to extend your use of ArcGIS Desktop? Have you been wondering about how to use the many functions available? Are you frustrated by limited knowledge of what’s possible with the many and varied features ArcGIS Desktop offers? Want to explore functions you haven’t yet used but don’t know where to start?

If these questions are familiar, what you need to do is to come to the Esri Australia training course:

ArcGIS II: Essential Workflows (10.1) (10.2 coming soon)

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ArcGIS 10.1 Licensing in a restricted environment.

Moving between licensing types in ArcGIS is normally done using the ArcGIS Administrator.

There are three license levels, Basic (previously ArcView), Standard (ArcEditor), or Advanced (ArcInfo). These license levels share the same core applications, user interface, and development environment however the higher the level the greater the functionality.   This is why it’s important to have the ability to move between license types. 

To be able to do this the user requires local administrative rights as
changing the license level makes changes in the registry and so edit
permissions are required. 
Having these rights can be problematic when working within a restricted environment.

A workaround for this is to set a user environment variable to allow individual users to change to the license type of their choice.  This can be done using Batch files.

In Notepad copy one of the following expressions into a text file:

Set Basic license level:

set path=%path%;C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\bin

Set Standard license level:

set path=%path%;C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\bin

Set Advanced license level:

set ESRI_SOFTWARE_CLASS=Professional
set path=%path%;C:\Program Files (x86)\ArcGIS\Desktop10.1\bin

It will look like the following:

bat101Change the extension to .bat and save it to the Desktop.

Double clicking on the bat file will change the license level for users who do not have administrator privileges.

There is further information in ArcGIS 10.1 help for Concurrent and Single Use  licensing.

Kerry H