ArcGIS Enterprise

What's new in ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 on Kubernetes

More good news, everyone! As we shared recently, ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1, part of the ArcGIS 2021 Q4 release, is now available. We’re now excited to announce that the 10.9.1 release for ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes is also available to eligible customers. Kubernetes brings the benefits of microservices and containerization, further described in What is ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes?

Talk to your Esri representative about eligibility and whether ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes might be right for you. Customers require an active enterprise agreement with Esri. To learn more, see Determine whether Kubernetes is right for you.

About ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 on Kubernetes

This release marks the first time customers can perform a major upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes! Read more about the release in our product documentation. With this release comes substantial improvements to deployment, security and administration, backups, support for Google Kubernetes Engine, and continued progress toward including items that we had to defer from the initial release. Customers testing the process of upgrading have reported that they are pleased with its simplicity and speed.

ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes will follow the same release cadence as for the Windows and Linux deployment options: that is, two per year. In addition, we will release interim updates on Kubernetes that improve administrative functionality or performance.

Below, read more about what’s included in the 10.9.1 release.

Deployment Improvements

Google Kubernetes Engine. We now support GKE, part of the Google Cloud. Esri continues to support Amazon EKS, Microsoft AKS and Red Hat OpenShift for running ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes. We’re considering support in the future for additional Kubernetes environments such as Tanzu and Rancher. If this interests you, please talk with your Esri representative.

Self-managed container image registries. Some customers have requirements to use their own container image registry, rather than Esri’s privately managed repositories, to deploy or upgrade our software. Our deployment scripts facilitate this approach, and Esri will provide additional documentation and assistance if this requirement applies to you.

Password-Encrypt Utility Tool. We are now allowing for 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES-256) for passwords. This new tool is a script shipping with the product, as part of helping administrators to deploy or configure silently. This provides a significant improvement over Base-64 encoding.

ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes: cloud native from the ground up!

Security and Enterprise Readiness Improvements

Web-tier authentication. We now support web adaptor capabilities that were deferred from the initial release on Kubernetes. This includes web-tier authentication, allowing for integrated Windows Authentication (IWA) and public key infrastructure (PKI). As before, you can configure logins to work with your internal systems with OpenID Connect and SAML-compliant identity providers. Read more here about security administration with ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes.

Backup and restore. Administrators want to manage backup stores. We have built backup and restore workflows into ArcGIS Enterprise Manager. We are also adding the ability to schedule backups.

Administration Improvements

New Administrator APIs. Log entries are already visible and can be filtered in the ArcGIS Enterprise Manager interface. But with 10.9.1, users can search logs via the Administrator API, which helps with troubleshooting. You can submit an API call to search logs by keywords or phrases.

Improved upgrade and update process. We’re continuing to make the process more resilient to failures and able to self-recover in some cases. During an upgrade or update, the interface will provide more information about its progress.

…and more! We’re continuing to improve the administrator’s experience with enhanced messaging, management of asynchronous geoprocessing jobs, and much more. For example, at 10.9.1, you can mount NFS file shares directly from a container in a Kubernetes pod without requiring administration permission to the cluster nodes. Also at 10.9.1, usage statistics now supports image and geoprocessing services. We also added support to update the account used to connect to the container registry.

Capabilities Available

Along with these improvements, the software running on Kubernetes continues to move closer to what’s available when running on Windows and Linux. Below is a list of what is supported with ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 on Kubernetes, along with items deferred to a later release. Be sure to review the product documentation for further details.

Supported Environments
AWS Elastic Kubernetes Service (EKS)* Available
Microsoft Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) Available
Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) Available
Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform Available
Red Hat OpenShift running as a managed or dedicated service within the AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud environments is not supported. Please talk with your Esri representative about other environments you are interested in.
Deployment and Upgrading
Deploy an ArcGIS Enterprise organization in interactive or silent modes Available
Configure an ArcGIS Enterprise organization using a setup wizard or script Available
Upgrade or update the organization using ArcGIS Enterprise Manager or Administrator API Available
Support for self-managed container image registries Available
Select from several architecture profiles to optimize resources for high availability Available
Support multiple deployments in the same cluster Available
Support for fully disconnected environments Deferred
Monitor and search logs Available
Check health of system-managed stores Available
Monitor system and utility service pod status Available
Scale service and system deployments using ArcGIS Enterprise Manager or Administrator API Available
Create and administer web hooks Available
Obtain and view service usage statistics Available
Backup and restore the ArcGIS Enterprise organization using ArcGIS Enterprise Manager or Administrator API Available
Configure SAML and OpenID Connect Available
Configure LDAP and Windows Active Directory Available
Configure enterprise groups and users Available
Configure web-tier authentication including IWA and PKI with ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes Web Adaptor Available
Enable 256-bit AES for passwords Available
Data Management
Support for Amazon Redshift, Google BigQuery, and Snowflake cloud data warehouses Available
Register SQL Server and PostgreSQL as databases Available
Register your own data sources including folders and enterprise geodatabases Available
Add items that access storage locations in Google Cloud Available
Support for bulk publishing with an enterprise geodatabase Available
Support for distributed collaboration Available
Support for two-way editing with distributed collaboration Available
Support for Oracle or SAP HANA Deferred
Creating and Sharing Content
Publish map, feature, and geocode services Available
Publish map, tile, and scene tile packages Available
Publish hosted feature layers Available
Conduct spatial analysis Available
Publish from ArcGIS Pro 2.8 and higher Available
Consume services from ArcGIS Pro 2.7 and higher Available
Share routing services based on a network dataset Available
Share image services that reference large collections of imagery Available
Use web tools to share analysis across the organization Available
Publish scene services with associated feature layers Deferred
Support for ArcGIS Utility Network user type extension Deferred
Support for ArcGIS Parcel Fabric user type extension Deferred
Support for ArcGIS Workflow Manager user type extension Deferred
Server Federation Capabilities
Federate an ArcGIS GIS Server Available
Federate an ArcGIS Image Server (Raster Analytics functionality is deferred) Available
Federate an ArcGIS GeoAnalytics Server Deferred
Federate an ArcGIS GeoEvent Server Deferred
Federate an ArcGIS Notebook Server Deferred
Federate an ArcGIS Workflow Manager Server Deferred
Applications and Extensions
ArcGIS AppStudio Available
ArcGIS Collector Available
ArcGIS CityEngine Available
ArcGIS Dashboards Available
ArcGIS Drone2Map Available
ArcGIS Earth Available
ArcGIS Enterprise Sites Available
ArcGIS Experience Builder Available
ArcGIS Explorer Available
ArcGIS Field Maps Available
ArcGIS Instant Apps Available
ArcGIS for Office and ArcGIS for SharePoint Available
ArcGIS for Power BI Available
ArcGIS Navigator Available
ArcGIS QuickCapture Available
ArcGIS StoryMaps Available
ArcGIS Survey123 Available
ArcGIS Web AppBuilder Available
ArcGIS Workforce Available
Map Viewer Available
Scene Viewer Available
ArcGIS Business Analyst Enterprise Deferred
ArcGIS Data Interoperability Extension Deferred
ArcGIS Excalibur Deferred
ArcGIS Insights Deferred
ArcGIS Indoors and Space Planner Deferred
ArcGIS Mission Deferred
ArcGIS Solutions Deferred
ArcGIS Tracker Deferred
GeoAI Studio Deferred
Living Atlas Deferred
OrthoMaker Deferred
Parcel Fabric Deferred
Utility Network Deferred
Workflow Manager Deferred

Learn More

For more information about ArcGIS Enterprise 10.9.1 on Kubernetes, please speak with your Esri representative. Also check out answers to questions from the Esri User Conference 2021, and be sure to read our extensive product documentation.

Thanks for reading!

About the authors

Trevor Seaton is a Senior Principal Product Manager focusing on ArcGIS Enterprise on Kubernetes. His work emphasizes the delivery of cloud-native GIS software that excels in scalability, performance, and reliability. Trevor has led strategic initiatives in the sectors of software, aerospace, and philanthropy prior to joining Esri in 2019. He holds an MBA from the University of Washington and is pursuing a PhD in information systems at Claremont Graduate University. You can reach Trevor at


Sara is a lead product engineer on the ArcGIS Enterprise team. She enjoys spending time at the lake, non-fiction, and cooking.

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