Map Services and Layers

To create the map for a site, you add map services, feature services, image services, and other types of service to the site. Collectively, the services that you can add to a map are called map services. (In the ArcGIS platform, they are called layers.)

The services that you add must be one of the supported types of map service. The service must also be web-based, on a network that Essentials has access to. You can add services from your corporate network, from the Internet, or from other networks that your organization has access to. You can add services from Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Online. You can combine different types of service in a single site, and you can combine dynamic and tiled map services. You can also add ArcGIS web maps to a site's map.

Most Essentials sites have multiple services in the map, but this is not a requirement—a site's map can have a single service, or no services. Essentials does not place a limit on the number of services that a site can have.

The spatial reference of each service that you add to the map must be compatible with the spatial reference of the map.

Supported Types of Map Service

Essentials supports the following types of map service:

Main Steps to Configure a Map Service

The following procedure applies to all the supported types of map service.

  1. If the service is secured, you must add a service connection before you can add the service to the map. Adding service connections also allows you to search and browse for services to add to the map.

  2. Add the service.

  3. Configure the service and its layers.

  4. If you have secured the site using Essentials Security, configure permissions for the service.

Access Secured Map Services

To use secured services in the map, you must configure the service's connection information in Essentials. The connection information includes authentication settings that Essentials uses to access the service.

The way that you configure a service's connection information depends on whether the service has been added to the map yet:

See also...

Set Up Access to Private Portal for ArcGIS Content

Set Up Access to Private Portal for ArcGIS Content

Portal for ArcGIS

You can add services and web maps that are hosted in Portal for ArcGIS to Essentials sites. Essentials supports:

See also...

Add a Web Map

Set Up Access to Private Portal for ArcGIS Content

When you create content in Portal for ArcGIS, by default only you can access it. If you share your content with Everyone (public), then any person or application, including Essentials, can access it. No special setup is needed for Essentials to access public content.

If your content is not shared with Everyone (public), then it is considered to be private. For example, content that is shared with your organization or with one or more groups is considered to be private.

In order to add private Portal for ArcGIS content to an Essentials site, you must register Essentials with Portal for ArcGIS.

To register Essentials with Portal for ArcGIS, you configure the Portal for ArcGIS method of signing in to Essentials in the Post Installer. The Portal for ArcGIS sign-in method enables you to:

For information on configuring the sign-in method, see Choose a Method to Sign In to Manager.

ArcGIS Online

You can add services and web maps that are hosted in ArcGIS Online to Essentials sites. Essentials supports:

Essentials supports the ArcGIS Online World Geocoding Service and other ArcGIS geocoding services. For information on adding an ArcGIS geocoding service to your site, see ArcGIS Geocoding Services.

See also...

Add a Web Map

Set Up Access to Private ArcGIS Online Content

When you create content in ArcGIS Online, by default only you can access it. If you share your content with Everyone (public), then any person or application, including Essentials, can access it. No special setup is needed for Essentials to access public content.

If your content is not shared with Everyone (public), then it is considered to be private. For example, content that is shared with your organization or with one or more groups is considered to be private.

In order to add private ArcGIS Online content to an Essentials site, you must register Essentials with ArcGIS Online.

To register Essentials with ArcGIS Online, you configure the ArcGIS Online method of signing in to Essentials in the Post Installer. The ArcGIS Online sign-in method enables you to:

For information on configuring the sign-in method, see Choose a Method to Sign In to Manager.

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