Using Portal for ArcGIS on your localhost

It’s been a while since I posted something, but now I solved a frustrating issue and I wanted to share that. Recently, I’ve installed ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 on a development machine, using my EDN licences (or should I say ArcGIS Developers license?). The base deployment of ArcGIS Enterprise is:

  • Data Store
  • ArcGIS Server
  • Portal
  • Webadaptor(s)

Everything installed fine, but when I wanted to create the Portal, my local machine was unreachable for the webadaptor. Long story short: the webadaptor uses a fully qualified domain name for accessing Portal, e.g. In my case, this address was unreachable. The workaround here is to change the hosts file in Windows (located in C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc). Add a new line to the hosts file:

This basically redirects the traffic from your windows computer to to your localhost, and that is where your Portal lives. Problem solved! For me anyway…

Portal for ArcGIS



ArcGIS Online Service Status: a shortcut

Last week, for the first time ever, we experienced an interruption in the hosted feature services of ArcGIS Online. Since we only found this out after colleagues started noticing strange behavior, I looked up the services status page of ArcGIS Online and added it to my bookmarks. It’s called ArcGIS Online Health Dashboard, and it’s located here:

Even more handy is the RSS to the same information: You can add this to your favorite RSS reader, such as feedly or even in your Microsoft Outlook.

By the way, since we also use our own hosted services on Amazon, the same applies for the service status of Amazon Web Services: (RSS to Elastic Cloud Computing in Ireland region: