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Set up an ArcGIS Enterprise-to-ArcGIS Enterprise collaboration


When setting up a collaboration that will only contain ArcGIS Enterprise participants, keep the following in mind:

  • ArcGIS Enterprise deployments on Kubernetes can participate as either the host or guest in collaborations with other ArcGIS Enterprise deployments. For more information, see Key concepts for collaboration and About distributed collaboration.
  • ArcGIS Enterprise collaboration participants may be using version 10.5 or later. Collaboration participants will be limited to the functionality in the earliest version of ArcGIS Enterprise. For more information, see Collaborate with an earlier release of ArcGIS Enterprise.
  • At 10.6, ArcGIS Enterprise collaboration participants have the option to share feature layers as copies to other ArcGIS Enterprise participants.
  • At 10.6, participants can share web apps as copies.
  • At 10.9, feature layers allowing two-way data editing can be shared between the collaboration host and guests.
  • To allow communication in an ArcGIS Enterprise-to-ArcGIS Enterprise collaboration, guests' network firewall rules must support outbound communication over port 443.

Creating a collaboration involves multiple administrators: one from each participant. This means you will need to work with the other administrators to complete the collaboration setup, or if you are the administrator of multiple ArcGIS Enterprise deployments, you may take on host and guest responsibilities during this process.

For an introduction to key concepts and terms such as access modes and workspaces, see Key concepts for collaboration.

Get started with collaboration

  1. Choose which of your participants will act as the host of the collaboration.
    • The host is the participant who creates and manages the overall collaboration and the workspaces in the collaboration.
    • Guests push content to, and pull content from, the host depending on the access modes of the workspaces in which they participate.
  2. As a host, begin creating a collaboration, as outlined in Create a collaboration.

    A key part of creating the collaboration is the process of inviting guests. To do so, the host must generate and send an invitation file to each guest administrator.


    If your organization's portal does not trust the SSL certificate on the host, an error message will be displayed. The SSL certificate must be trusted before the invitation can be accepted. See Configuring the portal to trust certificates from your certifying authority for details on how to trust certificates.

    Once invitations have been sent, the administrators of each guest must accept the invitation by going through the workflow outlined in Join a collaboration.

  3. As an administrator, accept the invitation and send back the generated response file to the administrator of the collaboration host, who must then import using the workflow outlined in Create a collaboration.
  4. Now the collaboration creation is complete and a trusted relationship has been formed between host and guest participants.

    With the collaboration established and the desired workspaces defined, you can start sharing content between the participants, as outlined in Share content with collaboration groups.