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License Changes coming to the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric with ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2.

The ArcGIS Parcel Fabric, released in July 2019, exposes functionality through the ArcGIS REST API and the Parcel Fabric Service.   When you deploy the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric with ArcGIS Enterprise, the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric is licensed through user types and the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric user type extension.   With ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2, the parcel fabric user type extension is replaced by the Advanced Editing user type extension. The new Advanced Editing user type extension enables parcel fabric functionality, in addition to versioning, validation and editing geodatabase topology.  If you are deploying the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric with a file or a mobile geodatabase, this change does not affect you.

 

The ArcGIS Parcel Fabric is the cutting-edge technology developed by Esri for effectively managing various types of land records, including tax parcels, transportation right-of-ways, agricultural and natural resource rights, and leases.

The ArcGIS Parcel Fabric offers a flexible data model and a comprehensive set of tools for efficiently managing, editing, and collaborating on parcel data within the ArcGIS Enterprise. Beginning with ArcGIS Pro 2.5 and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8, the use of the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric in a multi-editor environment requires assigning a Parcel Fabric user type extension to the editors within your Enterprise.

It is important to note that the Parcel Fabric technology is an integral part of the core ArcGIS Desktop software. Users with an ArcGIS Desktop (ArcGIS Pro) and a GIS Professional Standard or Advanced license have the capability to edit a Parcel Fabric. In a single-user deployment using a file geodatabase or a mobile geodatabase, no additional requirements are necessary. However, for a multi-editor deployment, the inclusion of a Parcel Fabric user type extension (PF UTE) is required.

Before we discuss how changes to the parcel fabric user type extension will be affecting your ArcGIS Parcel Fabric Implementation, I urge you to read the Blog by Scott Sandusky, Marley Geddes and Larry Young on Introducing the ArcGIS Advanced Editing user type extension.

How is my Parcel Fabric Implementation impacted by the Advanced Editing user type extension?

The ArcGIS Parcel Fabric, when configured for multi-editor environments, has been specifically designed to leverage a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). The user type extension enables ArcGIS to identify that a client application, licensed with the appropriate user type and user type extension, is authorized to access specific services or capabilities.  If you read the blog introducing the ArcGIS Advanced Editing user type extension, you know that the Advanced Editing user type extension will be introduced with the release of ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2.

ArcGIS Pro 3.2 is fully compatible with ArcGIS Enterprise versions 10.9.1, 11.0, 11.1.  If you are considering upgrading to ArcGIS Pro 3.2, rest assured that it will seamlessly work as long as you are using one of the compatible versions of ArcGIS Enterprise.

What happens if I upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2?

As described in the Blog, Introducing the ArcGIS Advanced Editing user type extension, The license will be introduced with ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2 (Q4 2023). If you are using ArcGIS Enterprise 11.1 , or an earlier version, you will not be impacted by this change and no action is needed.

When ArcGIS Enterprise organizations upgrade to version 11.2 (or beyond) or install new ArcGIS Enterprise deployments at version 11.2 (or beyond), clients that require the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric user type extension will need to change to the ArcGIS Advanced Editing user type extension.    The ArcGIS Advanced Editing user type extension will replace the Parcel Fabric user type extension.

When you decide to upgrade to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2, it is recommended to follow the guidance provided in the referenced blog above and review the information under the section titled ‘How do I prepare for the new user type extension when migrating to ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2

In Summary…

We have made efforts to minimize the impact of this licensing change on your organization. Our objective is to simplify the licensing model by replacing the different user type extensions with a single user type extension called the Advanced Editing user type extension.

The Advanced Editing user type extension provides the licensing required by parcel editors such as branch versioning, rule validation, and geodatabase topology.  This is also the mechanism that will be used to license a future webeditor application.

Upon the release of ArcGIS Pro 3.2 and ArcGIS Enterprise 11.2, documentation, including this topic on ‘Deploy and license the parcel fabric,’ will be updated to accurately reflect the licensing changes

About the author

Dan Stone

Dan is the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric Product Manager on the GeoEnabled System's team. He has 34 years of experience in Land Records, and has been with Esri for thirty years, where he focuses on the ArcGIS Parcel Fabric.

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