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Getting Technical – January 2019

We’ve moved our Getting Technical eNewsletter to the Esri Canada Blog! If you were a previous eNewsletter subscriber, expect the same great, curated technical content–from key Esri product announcements to technical tips and tricks to service patches–to be delivered to your inbox every month as a blog digest. For those of you who haven’t subscribed yet, sign up now to the Getting Technical Blog.


Important updates for the ArcGIS platform and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocol support

Esri plans to switch over ArcGIS Online to support TLS 1.2 connections only and is removing support for TLS 1.0 and 1.1 on the evening of April 16. More details about Esri's support for TLS, including patches and instructions for updating software, can be found at Also, make sure to read How To: Test ArcGIS TLS 1.2 connections to ArcGIS Online

2018 ArcGIS Online year in review

Whether you’re making maps to fight fires, plan cities, improve your business or tell stories, ArcGIS Online continues to evolve to better support your needs. Here’s a recap of what was delivered in 2018 to help you discover new features you may have missed.

FAQ: Where can I find best practices for setting up ArcGIS Online?

Learn essential tasks and best practices for setting up ArcGIS Online in this new ArcGIS Online Implementation Guide (PDF).

Hot Tip: Taking user types to the field
As you plan your 2019 field season, consider how Esri’s new user type licensing model will help you optimize the licenses you purchase for your field workforce.

Video: Introducing ArcGIS User Types

Paul Ross, Esri senior product manager for ArcGIS Online, explains the additional licensing options (ArcGIS user types) included in the December ArcGIS Online release, and how they are administered within the software.


New mapping experience available for developers

How Java licensing changes will affect ArcGIS

ArcGIS Hub Site editing enhancements

Explore maps and scenes with the Compare configurable app

How to share social media on your Hub sites

ArcGIS Desktop Error Reporter learns its manners

What's new in Esri Vector Basemaps (January 2019)

What's new in Esri Vector Basemaps (December 2018)

Introducing Esri Vector Basemaps for the Data Appliance for ArcGIS

What's new in ArcGIS Maps for Office 5.0

Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS v2.11 Developer Edition now available

What’s new in AppStudio for ArcGIS 3.2 (December 2018)

What's new in ArcGIS API for JavaScript 4.10 (December 2018)

What's new in Configurable Apps (December 2018)

What’s new in Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS (December 2018)

What's new in Esri Demographics (December 2018)

New ArcGIS Online functionality supported by customer ideas (December 2018)

What's new in ArcGIS Online (December 2018)

Data Appliance 7.0: On-Premise Location Data

U.S. 2013, 2014 demographic maps to be retired

Learn ArcGIS December release

>>View more announcements

Service Packs, Patches & User Resources

Changes to organization security settings

An ArcGIS Online update earlier in 2018 introduced a couple of changes to the security settings available for your ArcGIS Online organization. The changes are related to the Allow access to the organization through HTTPS only and Allow only standard SQL queries security settings. To help ensure a secure platform for your organization’s hosted resources, Esri has made a few changes to these settings.

ArcGIS Business Analyst Desktop TLS Patch

This patch enables Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.2 connections, when accessing ArcGIS Online services such as basemaps, geoprocessing services and The Living Atlas from ArcGIS Desktop.

Portal for ArcGIS Privilege Escalation Security Patch

This security patch addresses a security vulnerability found in Portal for ArcGIS. Esri recommends that all customers using Portal for ArcGIS 10.6, 10.5, 10.4, and 10.3 apply this patch.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Engine, Server) 10.6.1 Support for Oracle 18c Patch

This patch addresses issues to support Oracle 18c databases on ArcGIS 10.6.1, including the error "Failed to connect. ORA-00933: SQL command not properly ended" when a user with CREATE SESSION privilege attempts to make a connection from ArcGIS Pro or ArcMap to an Oracle database.

ArcGIS (Desktop, Server) 10.6.1 Importing Raster to Enterprise Geodatabase Patch

This patch addresses a critical quality issue when using non-English versions of ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Server.

ArcGIS Location Referencing 10.6.1 Patch 1 for Server

This Location Referencing: Roads and Highways for Server patch addresses an issue where Event Editor assigns the lock to ::AnonymousWebUser for the first edit each day if Portal for ArcGIS is set up with enterprise logins.

ArcGIS Maps for Office 5.0 Issues Addressed List

This page contains a list of issues addressed in the ArcGIS Maps for Office 5.0 release that were logged through Support Services.

>>View more patches

Esri Product Retirement Notice

Products/versions retired on Nov 1, 2018

  • AppStudio for ArcGIS 2.0
  • Collector for ArcGIS (Android) 17.0.2
  • Collector for ArcGIS (Android) 17.0.3

The following products/versions will be retired in the coming months:

Dec 1, 2018

  • ArcGIS Runtime SDK for Android 10.2.8
  • Collector for ArcGIS (iOS) 17.0.3
  • Drone2Map for ArcGIS 1.2
  • Survey123 for ArcGIS 2.4

January 1, 2019

  • ArcGIS Pro 2.0
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.0.1
  • ArcGIS Pro SDK for Microsoft .NET 2.0
  • Esri Business Analyst for Desktop 10.4.1
  • Esri Business Analyst for Server 10.4.1
  • Operations Dashboard for ArcGIS 10.3.4
  • Workforce for ArcGIS (Android) 1.2.1
  • Workforce for ArcGIS (iOS) 1.2

February 1, 2019

  • Esri Maps for IBM Cognos 6.1.1
  • Survey123 for ArcGIS 2.5
  • Esri Maps for MicroStrategy 3.0

The Product Life Cycle Support Policy is designed to help communicate to Esri users the technical support resources available during a product’s life span and to provide advanced notification of planned changes to available support options. Please refer to the Product Life Cycle Policy document to understand the 4 different Support phases of Esri’s Product Life Cycle.

Web Watch –White Papers, Blogs and Useful Resources

January’s App of the Month: Toronto Police Service Crime App
Crime and true data. Find up-to-date, real crime data from the police force serving the largest city in Canada – the Toronto Police Service.

December's App of the Month: Squamish Development Showcase

See how the District of Squamish in BC enables the public to view new and active applications and weigh in on development plans in the district.

Maps & apps selected for the 2019 Esri Canada Map & App Calendars

Find out which maps made it to our 2019 Map Calendar and which apps will be featured as Apps of the Month in our blog!

Have you made the switch to ArcGIS Pro yet?

Find out how using ArcGIS Pro makes it easier for you to build and provide geospatial products and services that work well in a spatial data infrastructure (SDI) environment.

4 resources that will make your transition to ArcGIS Pro a success

If you’re an ArcMap user, you must be aware by now that you will need to transition to ArcGIS Pro. Read this summary of resources available to you for free or for a fee, and where to find them.


Sharing GIS content using ArcGIS

Enable location-based insights and data-driven decisions across your organization. Learn how to efficiently share a variety of geospatial resources to an ArcGIS Online organizational site or ArcGIS Enterprise portal website. This course teaches you how to publish high-performing services that extend ArcGIS mapping and analytics capabilities across your organization.

>>View Training solutions

Upcoming Webinars

What’s New with Collector for ArcGIS
Feb. 21, 1-2 pm ET

Why ArcGIS is the Ideal Platform for Data Collection and Asset Management (in French)
Feb. 28, 1-2 pm ET

Getting to Know ArcGIS Pro 2.3
Mar. 7, 1-2 pm ET

>>View recorded webinars

About the Author

George Kouroupis is the Director of Technology and Solutions for Esri Canada. His efforts are focused on advising customers and business partners on the latest ArcGIS trends and technologies. With over 35 years’ experience in software development, project management and product management, George takes a holistic and pragmatic approach to addressing customer’s technical and business problems.

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