Before you share a web scene layer, you can configure it to specify the cache location and other settings. Depending on the cache location, your web scene layer may include an associated web feature layer. If it does, the feature layer is also configurable.
This workflow explains how to modify the default configuration of a web scene layer. To begin the sharing process, set general properties, and finish sharing, see Share a web scene layer. For information about the types of data that can be shared as a web scene layer, see What is a scene layer.
Configure scene layer properties
Use the following steps to configure the scene layer properties:
- If necessary, open the Share As Web Layer pane.
On the General tab, confirm that the layer type is Scene.
- Click the Configuration tab. If necessary, click the Configure scene layer properties tab below it.
- Under Caching, choose where to build the cache.
If you share to ArcGIS Enterprise, you can cache on the server or locally. If you share to ArcGIS Online, you can cache online or locally.
Cache on the server or Cache online
(The option name depends on your portal.)
A web scene layer is shared with an associated feature layer. The feature layer supports editing, querying features outside the current view, and richer statistics. When this option is available, it is the default.
A scene layer package (.slpk) is shared to your portal and used to publish the web scene layer. An associated feature layer is not published. This is the only option available if you share a LAS dataset or voxel layer.
When publishing to ArcGIS Online, the .slpk file will not be added as an item in your organization if it is larger than 100 GB.
- If you cache locally, accept the default Temp cache location, which is determined by your share and download options settings, or browse to a different location.
- If you cache on the server or online, an Attributes heading appears. Use the check boxes next to field names to include or exclude fields from the web scene layer cache.
By default, the fields to be included in the cache are the ObjectID field, any fields being used to draw or filter the data, and any field named Name. The ObjectID field and all fields being used to draw or filter the data are required. Additional information about each field, including how a required field is being used, can be viewed in the detail table under the list of fields.
If you share a web scene layer that references registered data to ArcGIS Enterprise, no caching options are presented. The web scene layer is cached on the server automatically and an associated feature layer is published.
- If you share a LAS dataset, you can optionally configure the following parameters under Point Cloud Parameters:
Point size (m)
For airborne lidar data, specify a value close to the average point spacing. For terrestrial lidar data, enter the desired point spacing for the area of interest. The default value of 0 automatically determines the best value for the input dataset.
XY max error (m)
Specify a tolerance value that represents the maximum allowable x,y-error. A higher tolerance results in better data compression and more efficient data transfer.
Z max error (m)
Specify a tolerance value that represents the maximum allowable z-error. A higher tolerance results in better data compression and more efficient data transfer.
Configure web layer properties
If the web scene layer has an associated feature layer, you can configure the feature layer properties. The properties that can be configured depend on your active portal, your software version (if you are sharing to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal), and whether you are referencing data or copying data to the server. See the table in Configure a web feature layer for details.
- Click the Configure web layer properties tab .
- Under Operations, check the Approve for Public Data Collection check box to allow public editing on a web feature layer that copies all data.
You must approve the layer for public data collection before you can enable editing if the web layer is shared with everyone.
This option does not appear when you share a web feature layer that references registered data or share to an ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 or earlier portal.
If editing is enabled on a layer that is shared with the public, anyone can edit it without signing in to your organization. For optimal performance and to prevent data loss or corruption, disable editing or share the layer only with your organization. For more information, see Allow or prevent editing on public layers.
- Check the Enable editing and allow editors to check box to enable web feature layer editing.
If you are sharing a web feature layer that references registered data to ArcGIS Enterprise, editing is enabled by default. If you are sharing a web feature layer that copies all data to ArcGIS Enterprise, or if you are sharing to ArcGIS Online, editing is not enabled by default.
If you are sharing to ArcGIS Online, referencing registered data to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal, or copying all data to an ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8.1 or later portal, choose which editing operations are permitted from the following table:
Option Description Add
Editors can add feature geometry and provide attribute values when they create the feature. This option is enabled by default. Once features are created, the Update option must be enabled for editors to modify features or their attributes.
Editors can delete features. This option is enabled by default.
When this option is enabled, the Attributes and geometry option is enabled by default, allowing editors to update feature geometry and attributes. Choose Attributes only to allow editors to update attributes for existing features only. They cannot modify feature geometry.
For ArcGIS Enterprise 10.8 or earlier portals, the editing operations are different if you are sharing a web feature layer that copies all data.
ArcGIS Enterprise version Options
ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1 through 10.8
- Add, update, and delete features
- Add and update features
- Add features
- Update features
- Update attributes only
ArcGIS Enterprise 10.4 through 10.6
- Add, update, and delete features
- Update feature attributes only
- Add features only
If you share a web feature layer that references registered data, editing operations cannot be modified through the website for your ArcGIS organization; use ArcGIS Server Manager instead. For more information, see Edit service properties in Server Manager in the ArcGIS Enterprise help.
- Check the Enable Sync box to allow users to work with a local copy of the data when they are offline and to synchronize changes when they are online.
If you are sharing a web scene layer that references registered data and the data source is a file geodatabase, editing and sync operations are not available.
- Check the Export Data check box to allow others to export the data to different formats.
- Check the Apply default to features with z-value check box to allow editors to add or update features through clients that don't allow a z-value to be given.
- Use Default z-value when inserting or updating features to set a default z-value.
- Check the Allow geometry updates without m-value check box to allow geometry updates to m-enabled features without specifying an m-value.
- Optionally, check the Preserve editor tracking info box.
This option does not appear when you share a web scene layer that references registered data to ArcGIS Enterprise.
Features created before the layer is shared may store names in editor tracking fields that don't match user names in your ArcGIS organization. For example, they may store a user name from a desktop computer or database. When you subsequently manage the web layer in your portal, you may want to restrict editing privileges so that editors can edit only features they have created themselves. (On the web layer's item details page, on the Settings tab, this option is called What features can editors edit?) If you make this restriction, and if you also chose to preserve editor tracking information, no one in your organization—except administrators—can edit existing features in the web layer because no one is recognized as the creator of those features. This is the main reason to consider not preserving editor tracking information.
If you are sharing a web scene layer with an associated feature layer, complete the following steps to configure parameters. For more information, see Service parameters.
- At the top of the pane, under the Configuration tab, click Configure Parameters .
- Under Properties, specify a value for Maximum records returned by server.
This property appears if you are sharing to ArcGIS Enterprise. It specifies the number of records that can be returned by a user query. A large number may result in slower performance. The default value is 2,000.
- Optionally, under Date Fields, click the Time zone drop-down arrow and choose the time zone in which your date values are stored.
If your feature layer contains date fields, specifying the time zone allows date and time values to be converted correctly when users interact with the feature layer. If you choose a time zone other than UTC (coordinated universal time) and you want the time zone to account for daylight saving time, check Adjust For Daylight Saving.
If you don't specify a time zone, date values are assumed to be stored in UTC.