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We have implemented a system of distributed, synchronized GIS databases across the state. This should substantially increase the speed with which you can access and navigate GIS data in ArcMap.
There is now a copy of our GIS layers stored on the U:\ drive in each regional office as well as for Nampa Research and Eagle Lab. The database, U:\GIS_IDFG.gdb will be synchronized nightly with the main database at HQ.
We have also added a directory of Layerfiles to the U:\ drive. The directory is located at U:\IDFG_Layers. The Layerfiles reference the data in U:\GIS_IDFG.gdb and provide predefined colors, symbols, and labeling. You may add them to your map document through ArcCatalog, the AddData button, or the LayerFetcher.
Some of the Layerfiles, such as the aerial imagery and topo base maps, point to data that is delivered via the internet. The speed at which these layers draw will depend on the speed of the internet connection at your regional office. You can navigate around your map more quickly if you keep these layers turned off until you need them. The internet base map layers are located in the WebBaseMaps subdirectory of IDFG_Layers.
Other subdirectories include Hunt, Fish, Conservation, and Reference. Go in to ArcCatalog and take a look around in U:\IDFG_Layers and U:\GIS_IDFG.gdb to see what’s available.
This should be a significant improvement for IDFG GIS users but there will be some pain. Many of the data connections in your existing Map Documents may be broken. This is actually a good thing. It will encourage you to connect to the newer, better, faster data.
If you find a broken connection in your map:
Right-click the layer in your map project.
Select Data --> Repair Data Source --> Navigate to U:\ GIS_IDFG.gdb and select the equivalent layer - OR - use the LayerFetcher to add the new layer and remove the old one.
See this post on repairing broken data sources for a visual step-by-step and more options for fixing broken connections.
Thank you for your patience during this transition.
Posted by idfg-twilliams at 03/09/2015 in
Submitted by idfg-pbond on April 9, 2013 - 2:04pm
This dataset depicts the areas in Idaho that are closed to upland game animal hunting as outlined in the General Hunting Rules in the current Idaho Upland Game, Furbearer, and Turkey Seasons & Rules Booklet.
Please visit http://fishandgame.idaho.gov/public/hunt/rules for more information.
NOTE: Please read the comments field for exceptions and/or more specific information about the area closed.
You can use either or both. The best solution depends on three main factors.
· What am I doing?
· Where is my data?
· Where am I?
What am I doing?
Appropriate for Citrix
· making maps with existing data
· querying and selecting spatial data
· creating GIS points from XY coordinates (GPS files)
· Sub -setting data by selection and export
· Creating or editing GIS data feature by feature
· Buffering small data layers (few features, simple features)
· Joins on attribute tables
Not Appropriate for Citrix
· Geoprocessing (Intersect, Union, Identity, …)
· Sub -setting data by Clipping
· Spatial joins
· Spatial Analyst
· Buffering large or complex data layers
If you are doing one of the things on the Appropriate for Citrix list, Citrix may be your best option. This will also depend on the location of your data.
When you are accessing ArcGIS through Citrix, you may be sharing the resources on a server with other people. ArcMap shares resources very well with some operations, such as moving around on the map, making selections, and editing features. Operations such as geoprocessing or buffering a large number of features are very CPU intensive. When you start one of these operations, ArcMap assumes you are the most important person and this is the most important thing you are doing. This can render ArcMap unusable to anyone else on that Citrix server. Even if you are working with ArcMap loaded on your computer, don’t start one of these operations if you need to finish a Power Point for a meeting that starts in 30 minutes. ArcMap can gobble up all the CPU resources on your computer. Consider both the number of features and the complexity of the features. Points are simple. A rectangle is simple. A line or polygon with lots twists and turns is complex. It may take less time to buffer 1000 points than one complex polygon.
Where is my data?
IDFG Spatial Data Server (LayerFetcher, K:/ifwis/sdelayers) – This data source is available from both Citrix and desktop installations. In the Regions, these layers will usually draw faster over Citrix, provided there are no other data source issues in your map document.
IDFG Network Drives (Q, K, T) – If you access ArcMap through Citrix, or Citrix and your desktop, this is where you should store your data. In the Regions, layers stored here will usually draw somewhat faster over Citrix, provided there are no other data source issues in your map document. The T drive is for temporary storage and is purged every periodically.
Citrix works by sending your mouse and keyboard actions to a server. The actions are processed by ArcMap on the Server and an image is returned to your computer. When you use data from IDFG Network Drives or from the LayerFetcher, the data and the processing are in close proximity and the communication is fast.
Regional Network Drives (U, O, S) - It possible to access a regional network drive through Citrix, but it is not advisable, because it will be very slow. It will actually be pulling data back and forth over the network rather than just mouse clicks and images. You should only store GIS data on a regional drive if you are only accessing it from a local desktop installation. If you are at Boise HQ it is ok to use the O, S drives.
Your Local C: Drive – This will give you the fastest access to data if you are using a local desktop installation of ArcMap, however, you will not be able to access it through Citrix, it is accessible only to you, and it is not automatically backed up.
Where am I?
In the office - Here you have options. You can use either or both depending the factors listed above. If you have ever tried to use ArcMap, Excel, and Word at the same time, you have seen that everything slows down. Using Citrix can be like having a second computer on your desk.
At another IDFG facility – As long as you are connected to the IDFG Network you will have access to the ArcGIS license server and the LayerFetcher data, so it possible to use the local ArcMap Installation on your laptop. It is however, probably safer to put your map document and data on the Q drive and access through Citrix. If your project works on Citrix in your office it work anywhere you have a decent internet connection.
At home or anywhere not connected to the IDFG Network – Here the answer is easier. Citrix. Your only other option is to purchase your own ArcGIS license, and you will not have access to any network data source. You can access Citrix from anywhere with internet connectivity by going to https://linkup.idfg.idaho.gov/Citrix.
Will you be sharing your map documents or data with others? If the people you are sharing with are in your region and they are using a local install, then it’s ok to store data and map documents on your U drive. Otherwise store on the Q drive and make sure your document works on Citrix.
How fast is your computer? How full is your hard drive? If your computer is old and slow you are better off using Citrix. If your hard drive is near full you may not be able to install ArcMap. You’ll need about 3 Gigs of space on your C drive to install. Remember if you are doing any of the things on the “Not Appropriate for Citrix” list, you will need to install locally.
Problems with ArcMap on Citrix?
If you are unable to connect to ArcMap on Citrix or you get an error message when you try to open it, it may be a problem with the Network or Citrix itself. Contact the Help Desk and let them know there’s a problem. If it is running very slowly, it could be a network problem, but it is more likely to be a problem with a data source, data layer, or you map document. The best way to diagnose is to start with a new blank map document and add your layers one by one. If you are still having a problem, give me a call or send an email with the name and location of your map document and I will try to help to get to the bottom of the problem.
Posted by idfg-twilliams at 12/20/2012 in
New in 10.1!
Tired of scrolling through all the possible projections when you only use about 3 or 4 of them? In ArcGIS 10.1 you can now save commonly used projections as a ‘favorite’.
Next time you are specifing a projection for a dataset you can mark the projection as a 'favorite' by simply clicking the 'star icon' in the top right corner of the dialog box.
Next time you need to specify that projection, simply look for it within the 'favorites' section.
Posted by idfg-aschmidt at 12/13/2012 in
Submitted by idfg-pbond on May 22, 2012 - 11:45am
Wildlife linkage zones (travel/migration corridors) associated with Idaho state and federal highways across all of Idaho. Created using documentation collected from biologists and other experts during workshops and reveiw comments.
The user is intermittently unable to open ArcGIS (local installation) and connect to license server. The following error is presented:
The License server manager (lmgrd) has not been started yet, the wrong port@host or license file is being used, or the port or hostname in the license file has been changed.
FLEXnet Licensing error: -15,570
The cause seems to be that the default timeout setting for the FLEXLM license manager is 2-seconds. Which is more than ample on a LAN, but less than ideal on slower VPN’s, or DSL connections.
Solution can be found from this source http://blog.openlm.com/?p=321(referred to on several occasions). However, I would HIGHLY recommend that if this is indeed the patch, that we create a script for our clients to run rather than follow these steps.
- Right click My Computer and choose properties.
- On system property dialogue box choose advanced tab.
- Click on the environment Variables
- On environment variable dialogue box choose system variables field and hit the new button
- A new system variable dialogue box with two fields appears; put “FLEXLM_TIMEOUT” in variable name and put 1000000 in variable value field
- Click OK on all three dialogue boxes to close them
Posted by idfg-bstuder at 05/09/2012 in
Here's a couple general tips and tricks when using a webmap created using ArcGIS Viewer for Flex
- The more you utilize the map data viewer, the refresh and drawing time will decrease. Your computer’s web browser will cache some of the data so next time you draw that area it should perform quicker.
- Zoom into an area of interest before you check the data layers for display.
- Only choose 4 or 5 data layers to display at any one time. Displaying all the layers at once will tend to slow down the refresh time.
- Pressing F5 will zoom to the original extent as when initially opened and refresh all the layers.
Posted by idfg-aschmidt at 05/02/2012 in
Penn State is now offering Open Education Resources for a number of their departments including Geography that hosts coursework for a number of GIS and remote sensing related classes offered at the university. The bonus is, you are allowed to use and re-use materials you find on this website.
From the website:
GIS & Remote Sensing coursework currently up on their website:
Take a look: http://open.ems.psu.edu/courseware
Posted by idfg-pbond at 04/10/2012 in
Did you know there is a plethera of FREE, that's right I said FREE, ArcGIS tools and toolboxes available for wildlife habitat and corridor modeling? Conveniently, many of these tools are listed on the CorridorDesign website:
Posted by idfg-pbond at 04/02/2012 in
Don’t ask me why but… if you have office 2010 on your computer, you have to install the office 2007 system driver in order to see .xlsx files in ArcMap 10.
It’s a quick install. You can find it here.
Posted by idfg-twilliams at 01/25/2012 in
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