About adding Bing Maps to Web applications in Manager

You can optionally add Bing Maps layers to your Web applications that you build in Manager. These are tiled road and aerial maps developed and administered by Microsoft that you'll most likely use to provide a background or context for your own data. For instructions on adding the Bing Maps layer, see Adding Bing Maps to a Web application in Manager.

A connection to Bing Maps automatically appears when you add layers to a Web application in Manager. This connection is added at login. The Bing Maps key needed to make the connection is derived from your ArcGIS Server authorization file.

Your Bing Maps key is also visible in the Settings dialog box in Manager. If you're connecting to Bing Maps programmatically in a Web application, or using the Web ADF controls, you need to note this key and enter it when you make the connection.

Your ESRI customer service representative or distributor can provide more information about your Bing account and what level of access you have purchased.

Behavior of Bing Maps layers in a Web Mapping Application

When you add Bing Maps layers to your application, it's important to understand that you are accessing map image tiles from Microsoft. These images are not associated with any back-end data such as feature attributes or geometry, therefore the Identify tool does not work with Bing Maps layers. If a Bing Maps layer is the only layer in your map, the Identify tool will not appear.

In most cases, you should set the Bing Maps layer as the primary map resource, meaning that you use it to define the map's coordinate system. If you use another layer as the primary map resource, it should be a cached layer that uses the same tiling scheme as Bing Maps. This tiling scheme is a built-in option in the ArcGIS Server map caching tools. See Designing a map to overlay ArcGIS Online, Google Maps, and Bing Maps to learn more about creating cached maps to overlay Bing Maps.

You can add services to your application that do not match the coordinate system of Bing Maps (WGS 1984 Web Mercator [Auxiliary Sphere]); however, you will achieve the best performance if all source maps and data are projected into this coordinate system before they are accessed by the Web application.

Bing Maps geocoding

Bing Maps geocoding is available in the Web Mapping Application through the Find Address task. When you configure the task, you can choose to use the Bing Maps address locator.


Keep in mind that there are specific restrictions when using Bing Maps geocoding:

  • Geocodes may not be stored for any purpose except caching for performance.
  • Geocodes may not be displayed on any map other than a Bing Map.

For more information on the Bing Maps terms of use when using Esri products, see the Microsoft Bing Maps Services Terms of Use.

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