[Solved] ArcGIS Pro Distribute Settings to Users (inc. layouts, toolboxes, connections) without requiring Project Templates

Son of a Beach Asks: ArcGIS Pro Distribute Settings to Users (inc. layouts, toolboxes, connections) without requiring Project Templates
When I recently asked ESRI how to distribute all my settings for ArcGIS Pro (2.8.1) to all our users, they pointed me to the documentation regarding silent installs at: https://pro.arcgis.com/en/pro-app/latest/get-started/arcgis-pro-installation-administration.htm

…and told me that for all other settings, we should use Project Template files and that users should open a project template to have the settings as desired.

Well that was not good enough for me. People should not be required to open a particular project template to get the organisation’s default settings. Some settings should be configured by default even if opening ArcGIS Pro without any template.

In our case I required the following groups of settings to be configured by default.

This first group can all be done using the silent install options, as per the link above:

  • License Type: Concurrent Use License
  • License Level: Basic
  • License Manager: (our licensing server host)
  • Check for Update: OFF

The following items cannot be done using silent install options (as far as I can tell):

  • Layout Import Gallery Path
  • Spatial Reference – Horizontal
  • Spatial Reference – Vertical
  • Servers
  • Database connections
  • Folder connections
  • Custom Toolboxes

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