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Considerations for upgrades

ArcGIS Enterprise 11.0 introduced several retired and modified workflows. These architecture and application changes are likely to impact your environment when upgrading from an earlier version of the software.

Before upgrading to 11.1, review each retirement notice carefully. You may also consider the benefits of a transitional upgrade to 10.9.1 before directly upgrading to 11.1.

If your organization is impacted by these retired or modified workflows, you are strongly encouraged to upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 before upgrading to this release. By doing so, you can migrate existing services and content as needed before upgrading.

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 is a long-term support release, and the last release to include all of the features that were removed in the 11.0 release.

To determine whether your organization will be impacted by these changes, review details for each retirement notice listed below.

If these workflows do not impact your organization, you can upgrade directly from ArcGIS Enterprise 10.7.1 or later to 11.1.

Retirement notices

Review each notice below and determine whether they impact your organization's workflows.

At 11.0 and later, the following are no longer supported in ArcGIS Enterprise:

ArcGIS Dashboards Classic

ArcGIS Dashboards Classic has been retired and is no longer available in the app launcher. All dashboards now open in ArcGIS Dashboards. Most dashboards authored in ArcGIS Dashboards Classic will continue to work in ArcGIS Dashboards.

To learn more, review the ArcGIS Dashboards Classic is Retiring blog and deprecation notice.

ArcMap-based publishing and administrative workflows

All ArcMap based publishing and administrative workflows are no longer supported. Instead, you will use ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Server Manager, or the ArcGIS Enterprise portal for these workflows. This change may impact your workflows as it means the following are no longer supported:

  • Install ArcMap on the same machine as ArcGIS Server 11.1
  • Administer or publish services from ArcMap to ArcGIS Server 11.1
  • Start services that were created from ArcMap-based runtime
  • Use ArcGIS Server Manager to publish an .sd file that originated from ArcMap
  • Build or consume ArcObjects SOEs and SOIs


User connections from ArcMap to ArcGIS Server continue to be supported and allow for the consumption of services in ArcMap.

If you upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 with ArcMap-based services present, these compatible ArcMap-based services will be migrated to the ArcGIS Pro-based runtime during the upgrade:

  • Map services
  • Feature services
  • Geodata services
  • Image services

ArcMap-based services that can't be automatically migrated will be stopped after an upgrade to this release. You will need to manually migrate these services to the ArcGIS Pro-based runtime:

  • Geocode services
  • Geoprocessing services
  • Network analysis services
  • Schematics services
  • Services using deprecated data sources
  • Services with ArcObjects-based Server Object Extensions (SOEs) and Server Object Interceptors (SOIs) enabled

For more information on this, see the Manually migrating services from the ArcMap-based to the ArcGIS Pro-based runtime technical paper.

.NET Framework-based extensions built with ArcGIS Enterprise SDK

The ArcGIS Enterprise SDK targets .NET 6 rather than .NET Framework 4.x. As a result, the software no longer supports extensions built using .NET Framework 4.x. Learn more in the ArcGIS Enterprise SDK .NET guide. Support for Java-based extensions remains unchanged.

Additionally, the APIs exposed in the ArcGIS Enterprise SDK will include some minor breaking changes. Your use of ArcGIS Enterprise SDK APIs will also need to be reviewed when moving to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1. These API changes will impact both .NET and Java-based extensions. Any development impact related to these API changes is expected to be minimal, but all extensions will at minimum need to be recompiled. If you have extensions from partners or other external suppliers, you will need to get updated extensions from them.

Presentation for Map Viewer Classic

Presentation for Map Viewer Classic is no longer available in ArcGIS Enterprise at this release. It is recommended that all existing presentations be retired before upgrading to ArcGIS Enterprise. As an alternative, you may use Exhibit, a new ArcGIS Instant Apps template available with ArcGIS Enterprise.

To learn more, review the deprecation notice.

Classic Esri Story Maps

Classic Esri Story Maps templates have been retired and are no longer available in ArcGIS Enterprise. For classic stories that are still in use, it is recommended that you remake them using ArcGIS StoryMaps or one of the recommended alternatives before upgrading ArcGIS Enterprise.

TemplateRecommended alternatives

Story Map Basic

Instant Apps (Basic, Media Map)

Story Map Cascade

ArcGIS StoryMaps

Story Map Journal

ArcGIS StoryMaps (Sidecar block)

Story Map Series

ArcGIS StoryMaps (Collection), Instant Apps (Portfolio, Category Gallery, Interactive Legend, Sidebar), Enterprise Sites, Experience Builder

Story Map Shortlist

ArcGIS StoryMaps (Explorer Map Tour block)

Story Map Swipe and Spyglass

ArcGIS StoryMaps (Swipe block), Instant Apps (Media Map, Imagery Viewer)

Story Map Tour

ArcGIS StoryMaps (Guided Map Tour block), Instant Apps (Attachment Viewer, Countdown)

To learn more, review the Why a New StoryMaps? story and deprecation notice.

ArcGIS Configurable Apps

All configurable app templates that are in retired or mature status are no longer available at this release. Existing apps created from these templates can also no longer be viewed in ArcGIS Enterprise. For a list of templates that have been retired at this release, see what’s new in ArcGIS Configurable Apps templates. To learn more, review the deprecation notice.

Before upgrading, you will need to re-create affected apps using one of the recommended ArcGIS Instant Apps templates. In addition, ArcGIS Configurable Apps templates no longer provide the option to download the app source code.

Raster basemaps

Several Esri raster basemaps have moved to mature support and will no longer be updated. It is recommended that you use Esri vector basemaps to take advantage of the additional map styles and latest data updates.

To learn more, review the Update Basemap Gallery blog.

Supporting documentation

For each retired workflow in this release, its supporting documentation has also been retired.

When accessing a retired documentation topic in a browser, you may encounter a 404 message. When this occurs, you can typically revert back to a prior version of the topic, where it still exists.

To revert a retired page back to a prior version, update the /latest or /<version number> portion of the URL with a prior version number and try again. For example, the page below has been removed at 11.0 as describes a workflow to publish from ArcMap:

To find the latest applicable version, replace /latest in the URL with a prior version number where it is still supported:

If you have questions about a retired topic or want more information about existing topics, you can submit feedback to the documentation team, either through the Feedback on this topic link on each page or the 404 page.

Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is no longer supported with ArcGIS Enterprise. For additional details regarding supported operating systems, see System requirements topics.

Benefits of a transitional upgrade

In most cases, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 includes the workflows and apps that have been retired at this release along with their recommended alternative. When upgrading to 10.9.1, you can use migration tooling and transition apps to their next generation alternatives at your own pace. Once you've made this transition, you can upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1.

Migrate services to the ArcGIS Pro-based runtime

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9 introduced migration tooling to help migrate ArcMap based runtime services to the ArcGIS Pro-based runtime. These migration tools were expanded upon in the 10.9.1 release.

Learn more about the options to migrate services.

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 also introduced the ability to disable the ArcMap Runtime Support feature. This means you can remove the ArcMap-based runtime from ArcGIS Server after an installation or upgrade. Disabling the ArcMap Runtime Support feature will remove Python 2.x from your system, conversely enabling the feature will install Python 2.x. This should be considered if Python 2.x is a concern or if you are ready to fully migrate to the ArcGIS Pro service runtime.

Recreate or migrate apps

ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 is the only release to include classic Esri Story Maps templates, ArcGIS Dashboards Classic, and all of the ArcGIS Configurable Apps side by side with Esri Story Maps, ArcGIS Dashboards, and ArcGIS Instant Apps. Before upgrading to 11.0 or later, create next generation applications in the same organization as your old applications.