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
GIS Support: Arc doesn't start. Error: Cannot find SERVER hostname in network database OR The lookup for the hostname .. failed
On a local installation of ESRI's ArcGIS desktop, this error appears on startup and ArcMap will not load.
‘Provide your license server administrator with the following information:
Cannot find SERVER hostname in network database
The lookup for the hostname on the SERVER line in the license file failed. This often happens when NIS or DNS or the hosts file is incorrect. FLEXlm error: -14,7. System Error: 11001 “WinSock: Host not found (HOST_NOT_FOUND)” ‘
The problem is that your copy of ArcGIS desktop isn't looking at a valid licensing server.
To fix it, follow these steps:
- Open "ArcGIS Administrator." It's in Start --> Programs --> ArcGIS
Depending on your version of ArcGIS, the administrator dialog will look different. But what you'll want to do is "change" the server. The basic IDFG ArcGIS License Server for ArcView is "IFWISARC"
- "Change" the server to IFWISARC and click OK. You should be off and running.
Thank you, Brian for bringing this to our attention.
When you need to export a PDF, EMF, EPS, AI or other vectorized graphic for a report or other format, you will inevitably run into the fonts problem. Especially when collaborating.
Here's a fix for you to consider.
When exporting your map, you click "File --> Export Map" The following dialog appears (this one for PDF export). The options available change depending on the export type, but the options to look for typically are always available:
This screen shot is from ArcMap 10, but the properties are similar in previous versions. Look for the following checkboxes, and mark them:
- Embed all document fonts
- this will keep the funny fonts you might have loaded on your machine within the document
- Convert Marker Symbols to Polygons
- this makes your graphic more portable between machines with different configurations
That's it. Your exports shouldn't give you and your collaborators a font headache if you use these steps.
I just stumbled on this most helpful post About geographic transformations and how to choose the right one by Aileen Buckley of ESRI's Mapping Center. I even learned a few things from the comments...
I'd highly recommend the read, but if you only have a moment, read this:
So how do you choose the geographic transformation that should be used? Here are two Esri Knowledge Base articles that can help you:
HowTo: Select the correct geographic (datum) transformation when projecting between datums. This article contains links to downloadable zip files (for different versions of the software) that contain a list of all available datum transformations and their appropriate geographic areas of use.
HowTo: Determine which NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984 transformation to use. The gist of this article is summarized below:
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_1 - for the entire North American continent.
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_2 - for the Aleutian islands.
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_3 - for Hawai'i.
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_4 - superseded by _5; this transformation method should no longer be used!
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_5 - for the 48 contiguous United States.
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_6 - for the Canadian province of Quebec.
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_7 - for the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
- NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_8 - for the Canadian province of Alberta.
Note that geographic transformations work in either direction. For example, the transformation listed as NAD_1983_To_WGS_1984_5 transforms from NAD 1983 to WGS 1984, as well as from WGS 1984 to NAD 1983. When using the Project Tool, the geographic transformation is recorded in the metadata.
Take a minute to check out the ESRI Mapping Centers' ArcGIS Styles page and you will see that we have included graphics of the contents of the styles you can download. The center is easy to browse and you can download any style or symbolset to use in ArcGIS. Ofcourse, some of the symbols will be a little hard to see in their full glory in these screen captures (for example, marker symbols that are bigger than the space allotted in the ArcMap Style Manager large thumbnail view.) However, you can still get a good idea of the contents.
Here's a couple examples to whet your appetite:
Elevation color ramps for different biomes. download ShadeMax
Set of light shades of a variety of hues. download Subtle Artist Light Colors
Set of colors for maps for the color deficient. download Color Deficient
View all the styles, plus models, scripts, expressions and more at the ESRI Mapping Center ArcGIS Resources Gateway
Also, just advertised, and to be added soon to the MapCenter Resource Page are National Park Service (NPS) symbol sets.
You can download these today from the NPS Harpers Ferry Center.
It is available there for download in a multitude of formats:
Recreation pictographs, north arrows, bar scales, road shields, etc.
- Adobe Acrobat PDF (268k – July 2006).
- Adobe Illustrator (1.4 MB – July 2006 Adobe Illustrator CS2 format).
Pictographs for accessibility, winter recreation, water recreation, etc.
- Adobe Acrobat PDF (200k – July 2006).
- Adobe Illustrator (1.0 MB – July 2006 Adobe Illustrator CS2 format).
NPS symbols are free and in the public domain. They derive from Ultimate Symbol Collection, a commercial product that offers hundreds of additional symbols.
TrueType Font Symbols
Fonts include both the Map Symbols and Other Symbols shown above.
Includes both the Map Symbols and Other Symbols shown above.
- ESRI.style (748k – November 2007).
Lava/reef, sand, swamp, and tree patterns (accessed as a swatch library in Adobe Illustrator CS or later).
- Adobe Illustrator (448k – July 2006 Adobe Illustrator CS format).
There's lots of great options out there! Try a new style today!
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