Esri recently announced that utility customers will have an option to upgrade to ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1.  While ArcGIS Desktop and ArcFM 10.2.1x will continue to be supported through June 2021, ArcGIS 10.6.1 gives customers and partners longer -term support on the Geometric Network and ample time to prepare for the Utility Network and ArcFM Editor XI.


Below is a list of frequently asked questions and answers regarding Schneider Electric’s support for ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1:


Will ArcFM support ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1?

Yes, a new version of ArcFM products will be released later this year (2018) to support ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1. It will be called ArcFM Solution 10.6.1.


Will all products within the ArcFM Solution support ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1?

Yes, all ArcFM products and extensions that require ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Enterprise will be upgraded to support 10.6.1.  This includes, but is not limited to, ArcFM, Designer, Responder, Fiber Manager, and ArcFM Web.


I anticipated an ArcFM 10.2.1e release in 2018, will that still be an option for me?

ArcFM 10.2.1e will not be released; ArcFM 10.6.1 will take its place.  We anticipate ArcFM 10.2.1d will be the last full release of our 10.2.1x product line except for service packs and patches.


I’m an electric utility on ArcFM 10.2.1d.  Do I need to stay at that version?

ArcFM 10.2.1d is a perfectly viable option; you can stay at 10.2.1d but you’re not required to.  You now have the option to upgrade to ArcFM 10.6.1 if you want to stay on the Geometric Network and need more time to plan for Esri’s Utility Network Management Extension and ArcFM Editor XI.


Can I upgrade ArcFM and ArcGIS Desktop to something in-between 10.2.1 and 10.6.1 such as 10.4?

For ArcFM products that require ArcGIS Desktop, no.  ArcFM does not support ArcGIS Desktop 10.3, 10.4, 10.5 or other intermediate versions.  ArcFM 10.2.1 will still require ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.1.  ArcFM 10.6.1 will require ArcGIS Desktop 10.6.1.  To clarify, that policy only applies to desktop products.  ArcFM customers are encouraged to stay current on ArcGIS Enterprise (formerly ArcGIS Server) such as 10.4, 10.5, and 10.6.  A full list of supported versions of ArcGIS Enterprise can be found here.


Will ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.1x support ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6.1?

Yes, ArcGIS Desktop 10.2.1 and ArcFM 10.2.1d will support ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6 and 10.6.1.


Will you still patch releases of ArcFM 10.2.1x?

Yes, we will continue to provide patches that fix defects in supported versions of 10.2.1x. The original review process for patches remains in place. You may review the Maintenance Policy for more information.