ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3

Date Published: 03-17-2005


ESRI announces ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3. This Service Pack contains all the issues addressed in the previously released Service Packs for ArcGIS 9.0 (ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1, ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2) as well as additional improvements and maintenance fixes.


Important Note

A CD of this Service Pack is now available for users who experience difficulties downloading the Service Pack from the Web site. Simply fill out the Request a Service Pack CD order form.


We recommend that all ArcGIS 9.0 customers download and install this Service Pack, at their earliest convenience, to ensure the highest quality experience when working with ArcGIS 9.0.

This Service Pack also contains the (OGC) Web Mapping Service (WMS) client support to the ArcGIS 9.0 products. For detailed information on using OGC Web Mapping Services (WMS) in ArcGIS, you can access the WMS Support Guide from here or you can save it to your system: ArcGIS-90sp2-WMS-spt.pdf

NOTE: If you are using a localized version of ArcGIS, please contact your local distributor to get the updated language supplement.

Issues Addressed with this Service Pack

A complete list of the issues that have been fixed in this service pack is available here.

Files Installed with this Service Pack

A complete list of the Files installed in this service pack is available here.

Installing the Service Pack

Installation Notes

Installation Steps

    To Install:

    1. Make sure you have write access to your ArcGIS installation location, and that no one is accessing it.

    2. Download the appropriate files to a location other than the installation folder:

      ArcGIS Desktop (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, ArcView)
      ArcGISDesktop90sp3.msp 109 MB
      ArcGIS Desktop Developer Kit (no updates since SP2)
      ArcGISDesktopDevKit90sp2.msp 38 MB
      ArcGIS Engine Runtime
      ArcGISEngine90sp3.msp 55 MB
      ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit
      ArcGISEngineDevKit90sp3.msp 84 MB
      ArcGISArcReader90sp3.msp 24 MB
      ArcGIS Server
      ArcGISServer90sp3.msp 91 MB
      ArcGIS Server .NET ADF (no updates since SP2)
      ArcGISServerNetADF90sp2.msp 45 MB
      ArcGIS Server Java ADF (no updates since SP2)
      ArcGISServerJavaADF90sp2.msp 48 MB
      ArcGIS Tutorial Data (no updates since SP2)
      ArcGISTutorial90sp2.msp 2 MB

    3. Double-click the msp files to start the install process.

      NOTE: If double clicking on the MSP file does not start the Service Pack installation, you can start the Service Pack installation manually by using the following command:

        msiexec.exe /p [location of service pack]\ArcGIS<Product>90sp3.msp REINSTALL=ALL REINSTALLMODE=omus

    4. When Setup starts, follow the instructions on your screen.

    5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 for each product installed on your machine.

    NOTE: If you have installed client setups from a shared Network Administrative ArcGIS Desktop setup, this Service Pack must be applied to all client installations.

    NOTE: You will not be able to install this Service Pack directly from any removable media, you must copy the Service Pack Install file (MSP) locally or to a location on your network prior to installing the Service Pack.

    System Administrators note:
    A technical paper is available to provide information on deploying ArcGIS and Service Packs. This white paper discusses the deployment of ArcGIS 9.0 setups and Service Packs using Microsoft® Systems Management Server (SMS) and Group Policy, including additional system requirements, suggestions, known issues, and Microsoft Software Installation (MSI) command line parameters. Deployment in a lockdown environment is also covered.
    Deploying Managed ArcGIS 9 Setups.

ArcGIS Server JavaADF on UNIX (no updates since SP2)

    1. Make sure you have write access to your ArcGIS Server Java ADF installation location, and that no one is accessing it.

    2. For AIX only, as root, run the slibclean command:


    3. Download adf90-sp2.tar (56 MB) to your ArcGIS Server Java ADF installation location:

    4. Extract adf90-sp2.tar to get adf90-sp2_extract.tar, adf90-sp2_filelist and adf90-sp2-hp_backup.script files:

      %tar xvf adf90-sp2.tar

    5. Backup your original files. The HP-UX script will create adf90-sp2-hp_bak.tar which contains the Java ADF 9.0 final files the service pack will replace:

      AIX: %tar -cf adf90-sp2_bak.tar -L adf90-sp2_filelist
      HP-UX: %./backup.script
      Linux: %tar cf adf90-sp2_bak.tar -T adf90-sp2_filelist
      Solaris: %tar cf adf90-sp2_bak.tar -I adf90-sp2_filelist

    6. Check that your backup tar was created correctly and can be read:

      %tar -tvf adf90-sp2_bak.tar

    7. Extract the adf90-sp2_extract.tar:

      %tar -xvf adf90-sp2_extract.tar

    8. Run the SetupPostScript

      % ./SetupPostScript

Service Pack Updates

Check Online Support Center periodically for the availability of additional patches. New information about this Service Pack will be posted here.

How to identify which Service Pack is installed

To find out what products are currently installed on your machine, download the ServicePackFinder90.exe utility and run it from your local machine. This utility provides a report detailing which ArcGIS products are currently installed on your machine. The report also details which service packs have been installed. The report is displayed when the utility is run and a servicepack.txt log file is created in your temp folder. The Service Pack Finder utility searches for the following ArcGIS products.

Getting Help

Domestic sites, please contact ESRI Technical Support at 909.793.3774, if you have any difficulty installing this Service Pack. International sites, please contact your local ESRI software distributor.