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What's new in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 introduces great new features, stability enhancements, and improved functionality throughout the product.


If you are upgrading to 10.6, you will need to re-authorize your software for 10.6. You can access your new authorization files in My Esri.

It's recommended that you review the deprecation notice to determine if your hardware and software components are still compatible with version 10.6 and to see a list of functionality that has been deprecated. Note that search services are deprecated at 10.6.

ArcGIS Enterprise Builder

Upgrades using the ArcGIS Enterprise Builder

Beginning at 10.6, ArcGIS Enterprise Builder can upgrade a base deployment previously installed by the builder. See upgrade a base deployment for detailed steps.

ArcGIS Enterprise Builder upgradebasedeployment command line utility

The upgradebasedeployment command line utility can be used to upgrade ArcGIS Enterprise components once they've been installed. The alternative option is to use the upgrade configuration wizard. For more information, see steps to use the upgradebasedeployment command line utility.

ArcGIS Enterprise Builder configurebasedeployment command line utility

As an alternative approach to using ArcGIS Enterprise Builder's configuration wizard, the configurebasedeployment command line utility can be used to configure ArcGIS Enterprise components once they've been installed. For more information, see steps to use the configurebasedeployment command line utility.

ArcGIS Data Store and hosting servers

At ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6, it is no longer supported to use an enterprise geodatabase as the managed database for a hosting server. To support legacy installations, the functionality is still present in the software, but should not be used for new deployments. This functionality will be removed in a future release at which time legacy installations must migrate to using ArcGIS Data Store for the hosting server. Learn how to designate a hosting server using ArcGIS Data Store here.

This does not affect using enterprise geodatabases to serve out data through server-based layers published from ArcGIS Desktop. This remains a core capability of ArcGIS Enterprise.

ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server

GeoAnalytics Server 10.6 includes three new tools:

GeoAnalytics Server can be rerun through Map Viewer.

Reconstruct Tracks has new parameters, distanceSplit and distanceSplitUnit, to split tracks greater than a specified distance.

Big data file shares support datasets in ORC and Parquet.

ArcGIS GeoEvent Server

ArcGIS GeoEvent Server 10.6 includes stability enhancements and improved functionality when using the spatiotemporal big data store. See What's new in ArcGIS GeoEvent Server for more information.

ArcGIS Image Server

Raster analysis in ArcGIS Image Server now features six hydrology functions to help model the flow of water across a surface.

  • Fill repairs sinks in a surface raster to remove small imperfections in the data.
  • Flow Accumulation creates a raster of accumulated flow into each pixel.
  • Flow Direction calculates the direction of flow out of each cell to its steepest downslope neighbor.
  • Flow Distance computes, for each cell, the minimum downslope horizontal or vertical distance to cells on a stream or river into which they flow.
  • Stream Link assigns unique values to sections of a raster linear network between intersections.
  • Watershed determines the contributing area above a set of cells in a raster.

Combine these compute-intensive tools in distributed processing workflows to model how the landscape affects the amount and quality of water, understand drainage, derive runoff characteristics, and construct stream networks and watershed basins.

Raster analysis provides 4 distributed processing tools to analyze distance and proximity:

You can now apply custom image processing chains to imagery layers in ArcGIS Enterprise. From the Map Viewer, you can search for custom raster function templates that are shared with your organization. Once selected, you can alter the parameters in the template and process the results using raster analysis.

ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension

New in 10.6 is the ArcGIS Utility Network Management extension. This extension contains the utility network and other components for managing utility (gas, electric, water, sewer, stormwater, etc.) and telecom network data. Its services allow you to manage and analyze networks on any device, with real-world representations of your network assets.

The extension provides the following key capabilities for utility network management:

  • Sophisticated analysis — Configurable tracing routines to handle complex analysis capabilities.
  • Subnetwork management — Manage circuits, pressure zones, and other "subnetworks" within your network data
  • Improved mapping and visualization techniques — Generate and store the logical (schematic) view of the network, and work with 3D representations.
  • Expanded data exchange capabilities — Use routines to export connecting information to your other mission-critical systems.
  • Increased performance — Updated data and transaction model to decrease complexity and streamline queries.
  • Strong foundation for customers and partners to build on — Includes a configurable framework to create more complex solutions with less custom coding.

Distributed collaboration

Distributed collaboration updates in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 include:

  • The option to share feature layer data as copies from ArcGIS Enterprise to ArcGIS Enterprise is now supported.

    Hosted or server-based feature layer items can be shared with the option to copy data with other ArcGIS Enterprise portals. If you share a feature layer by copying data, a new item is created for collaboration participants and the copied data is used to publish a feature layer for collaboration participants. For more information, see About sharing feature layer data as copies.

  • Synchronization status reporting for copied items in a collaboration.

    Administrators of distributed collaborations can view the status for each scheduled synchronization. For example, for each scheduled synchronization, an administrator will be able to view:

    • When the last scheduled sync occurred
    • The status of the last schedule sync
    • When the last scheduled sync occurred
    • When the next scheduled sync will occur

    For content shared immediately, the administrator can view the status for the last synchronization.

  • Collaboration administrators can use a content deletion policy to determine how content shared to or received from a collaboration is maintained when a participant leaves a workspace or collaboration.

ArcGIS Web Adaptor

In previous versions, the default setting during configuration was to disable administration of the site through ArcGIS Web Adaptor. At this release, the default setting is to enable administrative access. For additional details, see the Web Adaptor install guides.

New in ArcGIS Enterprise on the cloud

For information on what's new for ArcGIS Enterprise on Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services, see the following topics:

New in enterprise components

See the following topics to find out what's new in ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Data Store: