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Air Conditioner Failure - Servers Down Oct. 3, 2011 6:40AM - 11:20AM MST (-0600 GMT)

Air conditioners in Idaho Fish and Game's Server Room failed late Sunday resulting in shutdown of the Fish and Game servers and network at 6:40AM on Monday October 3.

The network and all servers are now back online.  If you experience any issues with our applications please let us know.

We apologize for the outage and any inconvenience this may have caused. 

Funding is short. If you've come to rely on our services and would like to contribute towards a redundant system/cloud hosting to avoid outages like this in the future we're all ears.

Preventing Schema Locks in ArcSDE from ArcGIS Server 10.1.

By default, ArcGIS Server creates a schema lock on all layers and tables in a Map Service while the service is running.  This will prevent adding or deleting fields or records. 

At 10.1 this and a lot of other admin tasks can be done directly on the rest endpoint as described below.

By default, ArcGIS Server map services use schema locking to prevent other users from altering the geodatabase schema while the service is running. If the schema locks are impeding your workflow, you can disable them by using the ArcGIS Server Administrator Directory.

To disable schema locking for a service, perform the following steps:

  1. Navigate to http://<server name>:6080/arcgis/admin.
  2. Click services.
  3. Click the service for which you want to disable schema locking.
  4. Click edit.
  5. Add the “schemaLockingEnabled” = “false” property within the service JSON, as in the following example:

    …………………………………………………..

    “maxImageHeight”: “2048”,

    “schemaLockingEnabled”: “false”,

    “maxRecordCount”: “1000”,

    …………………………………………………..

  6. Click Save Edits.

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NHD_LLID Tools for Creating Whole Stream LLID Routes Based on NHD

The NHD LLID Tools are an ArcMap 10 Add-in programmed in ArcObjects VB.net.  The purpose is to transfer the LLID whole stream route identifiers from our existing 1:100,000 whole stream route system to a whole stream route system based on the 1:24,000 NHD Hydrography, and to identify and resolve stream name conflicts between the two systems.  

The tool has three main components, organized into tabs on the ArcMap Add-in dockable window.  The first tab contains a tool to initiate an algorithm which assigns LLIDs to NHD ComID segments based on matching stream names.  The second tab provides a set of tools for assigning LLIDs to ComID segments for individual streams.  This tab also provides a tool for creating new LLID routes. The third tab provides a tool for identifying the location of stream name conflicts, as well as the nature of the conflict, how the stream was routed, why the stream was routed in this way, and what further action is required.  This portion of the application can be used without the LLID assignment functionality.

Click the following link to download the application, instructions,sample data, and sample map documents.  https://fishgame.idaho.gov/ifwis/download/NHD_LLID/NHD_LLID_Routing.zip

Unzip the LLID_RoutingTools file to C:\ .  This will create the directory C:\ NHD_LLID_Routing which includes the geodatabase NHD_LLID_Routing.mdb.  This file must be in this location for the program to function.  If you need to put the directory in another location contact tim.williams@idfg.idaho.gov

The NHD_LLID_Routing.zip contains the following:

- NHD LLID Routing Tools Instructions.doc. This document outlines how to use the tools to assign LLIDs to lines in the NHDFlowline layer and how to create a measured route system from these lines.

- The NHD LLID Routing Tools ArcMap 10 Add-in.

- A sample map document with no LLIDs assigned and the NHDFlowline layer unsymbolized. Start with this mxd if you would like to try out all the features of the NHD_LLID Tools. (NHDSampleUnrouted.mxd)

- A sample map document with LLIDs assigned. The State LLID route layer and the NHDFlowline layer are symbolized by LLID. The document also contains example IssuePoints highlighting discrepancies between the layers.  A completed NHD_LLID Route layer is also present. (NHDSampleRouted.mxd)

- A sample map document with the State LLID route layer and the NHDFlowline layer symbolized by Name and GNIS_Name. The document also contains example IssuePoints highlighting discrepancies between the layers.  (NHDSampleByName.mxd)

- The NHD_LLID_Routing.mdb geodatabase that supports the application.

- A sample NHD geodatabase where no LLIDs have been assigned (NHD17010304Unrouted).

- A sample NHD geodatabase where LLIDs have been assigned and a route system has been created (NHD17010304Routed).

Create GPX (gps files) from ArcGIS Shapefiles or GoogleEarth KML files

For some, DNR garmin (http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/mis/gis/tools/arcview/extensions/DNRGarmin/DNRGarmin.html) may be enough for converting shapefiles to gpx files but this program may not always work - especially for large files. I have found it easiest to convert ArcGIS shapefiles to KML and then to GPX files.

Shapefile to KML

Depending on the content of your shapefile, there are two different options for creating a KML.

1)      Open-source Shp2kml, available at: http://www.zonums.com/shp2kml.html .  This would be my first choice.  The GUI is very straightforward and gives you quite a few options for customizing your KML, such as: the color scheme, roll-over effect, and which attributes are displayed.  NOTE: The list of acceptable Datums is kind of short.  Found it easiest to just re-project shapefiles to WGS84.  Also, found that this tool would not always work for shapefiles with especially long text attributes and/or multi-part polygons. (This is discussed in more detail in a past blog called Shapefile to Google Earth kml - Customize Symbol Properties and Labeling (NO PROGRAMMING REQUIRED!).

2)      Create a layer file of your shapefile and use the ‘Layer to KML’ tool in ArcGIS.  You have less authority over the output with this method.  Limited customization of color scheme can be done in Google Earth (unless you would like to program some fancy customizations).  NOTE: Actually saves the file as a KMZ; resave the KMZ as a KML for conversion to GPX in GoogleEarth.  If you are using this options, delete all of the attribute fields that you do not want to show up in Google Earth – this information pops up when the feature is clicked.

KML to GPX

Lots of options. 

1)      Open-source KML2GPX, available at: http://groups.google.com/group/kml-support-getting-started/msg/ec5e2ae637ed4bfc

3)      Open-source GPSbabel, available at: http://www.gpsbabel.org/

4)      Built-in tool on gpsies.com, available at: http://www.gpsies.com/convert.do

I know that DNR garmin and the tool on gpsies.com are not good for very large datasets.

 

 

 

Missing Natural Heritage Content?

Missing some content?

The main website of the Idaho Fish and Game underwent a massive facelift in mid-July, 2011. Amidst the shuffle, we've lost a few data and content links.

In order to keep that data available to you while a few kinks are ironed out, we've copied content here and made some updates of missing files. The way we're sharing this data will be changing, so don't update your bookmarks just yet. 

 

Looking for Special Status Species lists?

Try here to find Federally listed Endangered, Threatened, Proposed and Candidate species in Idaho, Idaho's special status vascular and nonvascular plants, and Idaho's Species of Greatest Conservation Need (SGCN) (vertebrates and invertebrates).

 

Interested in Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) information?

Specifically, we found the Appendix F section of the website went rogue. You can find the CWCS PDF documents from 2005 here now.

 

Something else that you can't find from the Idaho Natural Heritage Program (formerly Conservation Data Center) CDC?

Let us know what you're looking for.

 

Taxonomy Search upgrade for Observations, Roadkill

You may notice the species selection has changed a little for animals in Observations and Roadkill forms. The usage method is still the same, but we've updated the species search to improve speed and add search options. Hopefully it will help you find the wildlife you're searching for, faster and easier.

The new selection looks like this:

**Note, when you select a species, the validation mentioning that "We need to know what you saw. Please search the species' list, then click on the appropriate match from the drop-down box." will disappear. :)

 

As always, please let us know if you have any questions, problems, or comments.

 

Ben

 

ArcMap 10 Add-ins - Accessing the new LayerFetcher Tools

Add-ins are the new way to deploy and access ArcMap 10 custom applications and tools. There is a new and improved version of the LayerFetcher tools developed as an ArcMap 10 Add-in.   All you have to do to access the new LayerFetcher application is reference the network folder where it is located and turn on the toolbar.  To add the LayerFetcher , do the following:

1) Click Customize on the top menu bar in ArcMap 10 then click Add-In Manager.
2) Click click the Options tab then click the Add Folder button.
3) Navigate to Q:\IFWIS\AddIns and click OK. Then close Add-In Manager.
4) Click Customize then Tool Bars and check on the IDFG LayerFetcher Tools.

That’s it! No installation programs, no copying files.  And you only have to do the first three steps once.  Any other tools we place in this folder will automatically be available to you.  Just check on the tool bar. Any updates we do to existing Add-ins will be available without you doing anything.

If you find other Add-Ins that you would like to use, you can create your own AddIns folder in you folder on the Q:\ drive.  Just save the Add-in to that folder, and then follow the same steps listed above to reference it in the Add-ins Manager.
 

You can dock the LayerFetcher toolbar and LayerFetcher window anywhere on the main ArcMap window.

Shapefile to Google Earth kml - Customize Symbol Properties and Labeling (NO PROGRAMMING REQUIRED!)

Although there is a tool in ArcToolbox (Layer to KML) that allows you to convert your ArcGIS file to a Google Earth KML file, this tool gives you no options for customizing how the information is displayed.

Let me present to you the opensource (aka FREE) Shp2kml tool:

http://www.zonums.com/shp2kml.html

Note:  The Download link is actually half way down the webpage, the large Start Download button at the top of the page is part of an ad for a different product.

Step 1:  Choose your input file and coordinate system.

Step 2: Decide which attribute you want to use as the label and check 'Mouse Roll over Effect' if you want to highlight a feature when the mouse is moved over it.

Step 3: Decide what color and transparency (opacity) you features will be.

Step 4: Decide what attribute information you would like in the pop-up balloon when a feature is clicked or selected and customize the balloons symbology.

Step 5: Give the kml layer a name and any descriptive information you would like and your done!

BRILLIANT!

 

 

Don't like ArcGIS 10 Metadata Editor? Download the FGDC Metadata Editor add-in (just like in 9.x)

Download Page for the FGDC Metadata Editor add-in (Direct Download Link to Add-in). Thanks Michelle H. for the link update!

Option #1

  1. Download and save the attached file (fgdc.esriaddin) to your ArcGIS Desktop add-in folder (C:\Users\...\Documents\ArcGIS\AddIns\Desktop10.0)
  2. Open ArcCatalog (if open, close and re-open)
  3. In ArcCatalog go to the Customize menu and select Customize Mode
  4. On the Commands tab scroll down to the Metadata category
  5. From the Metadata Commands, drag the Show Metadata Editor command to the Metadata toolbar or someplace on the users interface to access the FGDC Editor.
Option #2 (works for if you don't have the C:\Users\...\Documents\ArcGIS\AddIns\Desktop10.0 setup)
  1. Download and save the attached file to wherever you want (I like to save this kind of stuff in the Downloads folder).
  2. Open ArcCatalog.
  3. In ArcCatalog go to the Customize menu and select Customize Mode.
  4. On the Commands tab scroll down to the Metadata category and select it.
  5. click the Add from file... button at the bottom of the window and navigate to and open the fgdc.esriaddin file you downloaded.
  6. From the Metadata Commands, drag the Show Metadata Editor command to the Metadata toolbar or someplace on the users interface to access the FGDC Editor.
Note: If the add-in does not automatically show up in the Metadata Commands list close the Customize window then reopen it and drag to the Metadata toolbar.

If you created metadata using the FGDC metadata editor in ArcGIS Desktop 9.3.1 or the FGDC metadata editor add-in, this content is visible under the FGDC Metadata heading in the Description tab. You can export and validate this content using the USGS MP Metadata Translator tool.

 

Citrix ArcMap 10 Setup

First things first, if you're interested in using ArcMap 10, make sure you update your Citrix client, first. You can do so at the login screen. Just click the link above the username/password fields. If there is not a message, you should be up-to-date.

 

Performing the following steps will improve your ArcMap 10.1 performance in Citrix.

1) Open ArcGis 10 in Citrix  (Formerly known as ArcMap) 

  • Getting Started dialog opens
  • Click ‘Open’

2) CONNECT TO FOLDERS

  • Open the Catalog window
    • *Note: Starting at ArcGIS 10, Catalog is now included inside of the "ArcMap" application

  • Click “Connect to folder” 
  • Dismiss the “folder can’t be used” dialog by clicking “OK”
  • Type “O:” or browse to “O” drive, click “OK”
  • You now can connect to “O” drive folders in your session. You might need to do this for other drives, Like the K or Q.

 

3) CREATE A PERSONAL/DEFAULT GEODATABASE

  • We recommend personal geodatabase because of their portability and ease of access. Some users might need a file geodatabase.
  • In the ArcCatalog window, to the location on the O-drive where you’d like your geodatabase to live
  • Right-click the folder, click “new” --> “personal geodatabase”

  • Name the geodatabase (default will work)
  • Right-click on the new geodatabase and click “make default geodatabase”

 

4) ESTABLISH A WORKING DIRECTORY   

  • Click “file” --> “map document properties”

  • Verify that the “default geodatabase” is the geodatabase you just created, if not, set it here by clicking the browse icon

 

 

  • Next to Pathnames, “Store relative pathnames to data sources” should be checked
  • Click OK
  • Click “File” --> “Save As…”. Name it something like CitrixDefault.mxd

  • Close ArcMap, Reopen
  • The next time you open, select this document so that your settings are saved

 

 

In general, you’re changing the default .mxd and geodatabase to open from O: drive to enable write privileges (no access is currently granted to write to the C: drive on the Citrix servers). Just need to do this one time!