Where to Find the desktop.msi File for Performing a Silent Install of ArcGIS for Windows

If you want to perform a silent install of ArcGIS desktop for Windows, you need to use the Microsoft Installer (.msi) file. You can follow the “Installing ArcGIS Desktop silently” guide from ESRI to get all of your parameters figured out. But finding the .msi file is difficult. The guide mentioned above doesn’t tell you where to get the installer and it’s nowhere to be found on the ESRI download site (that I could find).

It turns out to be quite easy to get the installer. First, download the ArcGIS desktop installation executable from the my.esri.com site. This will be named something like ArcGIS_desktop_108_172737.exe.  Using Winzip, 7-zip, or another compression utility, extract the files just like you would with a .zip file.  In the extracted directory, click into Desktop, then into SetupFiles. The desktop.msi file will be sitting right there.

How To Export A Feature Class Attribute Table From ArcGIS Pro

Several years ago I wrote about how to export an ArcGIS feature’s attribute table as a CSV file. ESRI didn’t make this extremely intuitive. Since that time I’ve moved into using ArcGIS Pro and thought I’d post about doing the same thing in this application.

It’s even easier to export table records in ArcGIS Pro. You can select a subset of records in your attribute table if you aren’t trying to export the entire thing. Then, right-click on the feature and click Data -> Export Table. Alternatively, click the feature layer “Data” tab and select Export Table. A geoprocessing dialog table will open with a Copy Rows task. 

Under the Output Table parameter enter a name for your table with a .csv extention. You can also choose to save your table as a .dbf, in a geodatabase or as a .txt file(comma delimited).

Incidently, if you try to save your table outside of a database but without an extention, the tool will default to exporting as a .dbf file.

This process isn’t difficult but it might throw some people off since you can’t select your extension in any dialog dropdown. You have to type it out yourself.