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Training resource guide for ArcGIS Enterprise beginners

Overwhelmed by the thought of creating your first ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment? This article will equip you with resources and training materials to knock down those mental barriers! We deliver high-quality, high-value technology courses that are mapped to your specific learning needs. Whether you are a visual, auditory, or kinetic learner, there is a plethora of resource material created by Esri to get you started!

What is ArcGIS Enterprise?

ArcGIS Enterprise is the foundational software system for GIS, powering mapping and visualization, analytics, and data management. A base deployment is configured as shown below.

You may also extend a base deployment to include additional server roles and extensions. This introductory video will delve into the components that make-up ArcGIS Enterprise.

Our Enterprise help documents is an essential resource to explore, I would recommend bookmarking it in your browsers.

Esri Academy Courses

With a current maintenance subscription, you have unlimited access to a collection of Esri training materials. This self-paced e-learning catalog provides a multitude of web courses, training seminars, and videos. All you need to do is search for it!

The following are a few videos and documents that will assist you. Feel free to explore further courses in the Esri Academy as material is continuously being added and updated.

  1. ArcGIS Enterprise: An Introduction-Video
    Topics covered range from an overview of the base deployment to product functionality. This introductory video does expand upon the previous video mentioned. Click here for more information.
  2. Explore the World of ArcGIS Enterprise
    Learn basic server-based GIS and related IT concepts. Click here for more information.
  3. Migrating Standalone ArcGIS Server to ArcGIS Enterprise
    Do you already have a standalone ArcGIS Server and you’re ready to setup a portal? This documentation will guide you through this process.

Esri Canada Instructor-led Courses

Do you learn better in a classroom setting? Consider registering for one of our instructor-led courses. These courses are taught in real-time by a live certified Esri Canada instructor while you remain in the comfort of your own office or home. Ask questions and participate in discussions that encourage peer-to-peer learning.

These courses are continuously being updated and improved; if the following courses are no longer available, check the training catalog for an equivalent topic.

  1. ArcGIS Enterprise: Configuring a Base Deployment
    Learn how to install and configure an ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment. Click here for more information.
  2. ArcGIS Enterprise: Administration Workflows
    This course’s overview covers architecture, licensing roles, and best practices for system performance. I would recommend circling back to this course after your initial deployment. Click here for more information.
  3. ArcGIS Enterprise: Advanced Configurations
    This course will go through advanced configuration options within ArcGIS Enterprise deployments and the steps to troubleshoot common problems. I would recommend this course after you have successfully deployed your initial base deployment. Click here for more information.

Ready to Build Resources

You can deploy ArcGIS Enterprise using automation tools or manually by installing and configuring individual components. In both cases, guidelines for system requirements and installation steps are included in the documents provided. For a full list of capabilities, reference our latest Functionality Matrix.

Here are seven guides to help you develop your initial ArcGIS Enterprise base deployment.

  1. Manual Build Tutorial
  2. Enterprise Builder
  3. Automated Scripts using Chef
  4. Windows PowerShell DSC for ArcGIS Enterprise
  5. ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder for Microsoft Azure
  6. Amazon Web Services CloudFormation templates for ArcGIS Enterprise
  7. ArcGIS Enterprise Cloud Builder for Amazon Web Services

With GIS becoming ever more important in every area of business, a clear understanding of the technologies that you are working with is vital. Your success is the focus of everything we do at Esri Canada. Continue utilizing the resources that were listed, as well as, following our Getting Technical blog section and our Webinar section for even more training materials.

About the Author

Amanda De Medeiros is an Enterprise Support Consultant at Esri Canada. She provides support for enterprise customers and internal staff by identifying issues, troubleshooting software, developing workarounds and providing knowledge transfers. Amanda has a BA in Geography and Environmental Studies from McMaster University and a GIS post-graduate degree from Niagara College. Her interest in geography developed from city building and strategy games.

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