Install VertiGIS Studio Reporting on Premises

The instructions given below step you through the installation of VertiGIS Studio Reporting, including component installation, post-installation configuration, and registering the application with ArcGIS. When you have completed these steps, you will have a working installation of VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

Before you begin, download a copy of the installation package.

For information about system requirements, see Requirements for On-Premises Reporting.

Main Steps to Install VertiGIS Studio Reporting

The main steps to install VertiGIS Studio Reporting on premises are as follows:

  1. Install VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

  2. Configure post-installation settings.

Install VertiGIS Studio Reporting

To install VertiGIS Studio Reporting:

  1. Run the VertiGIS Studio Reporting installer.

  2. Click Next.

    The End-User License Agreement panel opens.

  3. Read the license agreement.

    To print a copy of the agreement for your records, click Print.

  4. If you agree to the terms of the license agreement and supporting documents, select the I accept the terms in the License Agreement checkbox, and then click Next.

    The Destination Folder panel opens.

  5. Select a location to install VertiGIS Studio Reporting, and then click Next.

    By default, VertiGIS Studio Reporting is installed in C:\Program Files\VertiGIS\VertiGIS Studio Reporting\.

    The Ready to Install panel opens.

  6. Click Install and wait for the installation to complete.

    The Completed panel opens.

  7. Make sure the Launch VertiGIS Studio Reporting Post Installer checkbox is selected and click Finish.

    VertiGIS Studio Reporting Post Installer

  8. Follow the steps in Configure Post-Installation Settings.

Configure Post-Installation Settings

The VertiGIS Studio Reporting Post Installer is used to configure on-premises deployments of VertiGIS Studio Reporting. You must configure the post-installation settings before you can run your on-premises installation of VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

The Post Installer creates a local user called GeocortexReporting that is required to run reports. You can change to a different local user or to a domain user. For information, see Manage the Service Account.

By default, when you install VertiGIS Studio Reporting on premises, the Post Installer opens after the installer completes. This allows you to do the required post-installation configuration right away. You can run the Post Installer at any time later to modify your configuration. See Manage an On-Premises Installation.

The Post Installer allows you to do the following:

To configure post-installation settings:

The first time you run the Post Installer after installing VertiGIS Studio Reporting, you must visit every panel in order and click Next to apply the panel's settings. If you navigate away from a panel by clicking a link in the sidebar, the configuration for that panel will not be applied, not even the default configuration.


VertiGIS Studio Reporting is licensed software. Use the Licensing panel to activate the product.

  1. Open the Licensing panel.

    Licensing panel

  2. Choose one of the following options:

    • Activate Online: To activate VertiGIS Studio Reporting online, you must have a VertiGIS Studio account.

      1. Click Activate Online.

      2. Sign in to your VertiGIS Studio account.

        If your organization already has a license, activation will complete automatically.

        If your organization does not have a license, the Post Installer will create a trial license, provided your organization has not previously had a trial license for VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

    • Activate Offline: To activate VertiGIS Studio Reporting offline, contact Customer Service at to request an activation key.

      When you receive the key, launch the Post Installer and open the Licensing panel. Paste the key into the Offline Activation Key box and click Activate. Click Close to close the Post Installer.


The Data panel allows you to specify the folder for storing files related to your VertiGIS Studio Reporting installation, such as configuration files and reports. This allows you to organize your files on a different drive or network location, to suit your environment.

The default data directory is C:\ProgramData\Geocortex\Reporting. Some possible custom locations are as follows:

If you use a custom location, you must give the application pool identity write permission. The default identity is IIS AppPool\VertiGISStudioReporting.

If you choose a location on another machine, you will have to change the application pool identity that VertiGIS Studio Reporting uses to one that can access both the Reporting server and data server, like a service account on your domain.

To move the data directory after you have used VertiGIS Studio Reporting, follow these steps to ensure you don't lose access to your existing reports:

  1. Stop the application pool to take the Reporting service offline.

    This prevents data changes while you move the data directory.

  2. Copy the data directory to the new location.

  3. Ensure the application pool identity has write permissions to the new location.

    The default identity is IIS AppPool\VertiGISStudioReporting.

  4. In the Post Installer, change the data directory to the new location.

  5. Close the Post Installer.

  6. Restart the application pool.

  7. Delete the old data directory.

  1. Open the Data panel.

    Data panel

  2. Enter the path to the data directory. Alternatively, if the data directory is on the same machine as VertiGIS Studio Reporting, click Browse to browse to the data directory.

    Remember to give the application pool identity write permission to the new location.

IIS Settings

The IIS Settings panel allows you to manage how VertiGIS Studio Reporting is deployed in IIS.

  1. Open the IIS Settings panel.

    IIS Settings panel

  2. To use a different website, select the website from the Website drop-down list.

    By default, VertiGIS Studio Reporting is deployed to IIS's Default Web Site.

  3. To use a different virtual directory, type the path in the Virtual Directory box.

    By default, VertiGIS Studio Reporting uses /vertigisstudio/reporting as the virtual directory.


In order to save and share reports, VertiGIS Studio Reporting must be registered with an ArcGIS portal, either your Portal for ArcGIS installation or ArcGIS Online. To register with a portal, you use an ArcGIS Application item in the portal and register it. This creates an app ID. You then copy the app ID to the Post Installer.

If your organization has more than one VertiGIS Studio application installed on premises, we recommend that you use the same portal and app ID for them all. This provides single sign-on between the designers, so you can switch freely between them without having to sign in again.

  1. Open the Portal panel.

    Portal panel

  2. Select the type of portal you use from the Portal Type drop-down list—ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

    The steps to register VertiGIS Studio Reporting are the same for both types of portal.

  3. Follow the instructions for the Portal Type you selected:

    • ArcGIS Online: In the Organization box, enter your ArcGIS organization name, for example myorganization, or the URL of your ArcGIS Online portal, for example,

    • Portal for ArcGIS: In the Portal URL box, enter the URL for your portal, for example, https://[host]/portal.

    We strongly recommend that you use HTTPS to access ArcGIS.

  4. In the Redirect URL area:

    1. Select the appropriate connection scheme for your Reporting server: https:// or http://.

      If the web applications that will host reports run on HTTPS then you must run VertiGIS Studio Reporting on HTTPS as well. Otherwise, the applications will not be able to connect.

      We strongly recommend that you use HTTPS to access VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

    2. Select the host name of your Reporting server from the drop-down list.

      Alternatively, type or paste the host name.

    3. Click Copy to copy the redirect URL to your clipboard for use in a later step.

    The virtual path is entered automatically based on the IIS Settings.

  5. Follow the instructions that apply to you:

    Register VertiGIS Studio Reporting Using an Existing ArcGIS Item

    1. Click Launch to open the portal in your browser.

    2. View the item's details.

      Details page for the ArcGIS item used to register VertiGIS Studio products

    3. On the Settings tab, scroll down to the App Registration area and click Update.

      Registered Info dialog box, with a redirect URL for VertiGIS Studio Workflow

    4. Paste the copied redirect URL into the Redirect URI box, and then click Add.

      The URL is added to the list of permitted redirect URLs.

      Redirect URL for VertiGIS Studio Reporting added to the ArcGIS item

    5. Click Update.

    6. Copy the App ID from the App Registration area to the clipboard.

    7. On the Overview tab, edit Tags and add one or more tags for VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

    8. Return to the Post Installer to enter the app ID.

    Register VertiGIS Studio Reporting Using a New ArcGIS Item

    There are two steps:

    1. Create the item.
    2. Use the item to register VertiGIS Studio Reporting with the portal.

    Step 1: Create the item

    1. Sign in to your portal and open the Content page.

    2. In My Content, click Add Item and select An application.

    3. Configure the application using the following settings, and then click Add Item.

      • Type: Web Mapping

      • Purpose: Ready to Use

      • API: JavaScript

      • URL: Paste the redirect URL that you copied in the previous step.

        For example:

      • Title: For example: VertiGIS Studio Reporting

      • Tags: For example: VertiGIS Studio and Reporting

        You may want to add additional tags used by your organization.

      Example configuration for the application

      A new application is added to the portal.

      New application added to Portal for ArcGIS

    Step 2: Use the item to register VertiGIS Studio Reporting with the portal

    1. On the Settings tab, scroll down to the App Registration area.

    2. Click Register beside App Registration.

    3. Paste the copied redirect URL into the Redirect URI box, and then click Add.

      The URL is added to the list of permitted redirect URLs.

    4. Click Register to complete the application registration.

    5. Copy the app ID to the clipboard.

  6. Enter the App ID: In the Post Installer, paste the app ID into the App ID box.

    The completed configuration will look something like this:

    Example app registration for Portal for ArcGIS

  7. Click Test to test the application registration.

    The Post Installer will either show a success message or prompt you to fix any errors.

    If Portal for ArcGIS is secured using Windows Integrated Security and anonymous access to the portal is disabled in IIS, the Post Installer will present a warning that says: "The portal application registration is valid—however the specified portal requires authentication". You must install the VertiGIS Studio Web Adaptor Extensions to allow VertiGIS Studio Reporting to communicate with Portal for ArcGIS.


The Summary panel shows Report Designer's URL for you to distribute to report authors in your organization. The Summary panel also provides a link to launch Report Designer.

  1. Click Launch Report Designer or copy the URL under Designer URL for distribution to your team.

    Before other members of your organization can access Report Designer, you must share the application item that was created with your organization within your portal. For information, see Allow Authors to Modify Reports.

    Summary panel

  2. Click Close to exit the Post Installer.

    You have now completed the post-installation configuration and deployment of VertiGIS Studio Reporting.

Configuration Options

Configure a Geometry Server

Once VertiGIS Studio Reporting is installed, you can specify a geometry service URL by configuring the web.config file.

To add a geometry server to your installation:

  1. Open the web.config file.

    Use the following file path as a guide to locate your own web.config file: 

    C:\Program Files\VertiGIS\VertiGIS Studio Reporting\Deployment

  2. Within the <appSettings> tag, enter a new line, using the following as a guide: 

    <add key="app:geometryServiceUrl" value="<your geometry service url>"/>