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Installing Business Analyst 2017 data

Available with Business Analyst license.


The installation process copies the necessary files to your machine so you can work with the Business Analyst Server software. Before installing the 2017 data, close all applications on your computer and verify that your computer meets the system requirements.


A minimum of Business Analyst Server 10.4 or newer versions are required to install the 2017 Data Update. Business Analyst 10.3.1 or earlier versions are not supported by the 2017 Data Update.

Downloading and installing from My Esri

Each 7-Zip file size is around 10 Gb. Make sure you have about 130 Gb of free space on the disk where these files will be downloaded and another 130 Gb on the disk to where the data will be extracted. Once extracted, you will begin the installation process. If they go to the same disk, then you are going to need another 130 Gb of free space on that disk. After you finish installation of the data, you can delete approximately 260 Gb of setup and 7-Zip files.


The 7-Zip open source program is required to extract and automatically reassemble the Business Analyst Data file archives. You will need to install 7-Zip to extract the necessary files from the downloads. Current 7-Zip users will want to install the latest version - ensuring a more efficient extraction process. You may download 7-Zip from the official site:

  1. On the My Esri site, click My Organizations and click Downloads.
  2. Verify that you are in the Products section. Enter Business Analyst or Business into the Quick Search text box.

    A list of Business Analyst products will be shown under the Products heading.

  3. Choose the appropriate software version and click View Downloads.
  4. Beneath the Download Components heading click Data and Content.

    There will be a list of five files. Each file will need to be downloaded.

  5. The first item on the list is #1 Esri Business Analyst 2017 Data. Click Download.

    The Esri Download Manager web page appears.

  6. Click Click to download your file now.

    Depending on your browser you may be prompted to select a location to where you want the file downloaded.

  7. Repeat the process for the remaining four files.

    For the 2017 US Data Update there will be five files downloaded to a folder on your local drive. They are as follows:

    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.001
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.002
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.003
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.004
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.005
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.006
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.007
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.008
    • ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.009

  8. Right click ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.001 and click 7-Zip > Extract Here.

    You will only need to extract from the first compressed file (ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update.7z.001). The extraction process automatically extracts and reassembles Files 001, 002, 003, 004, ... and 009 to create a full 2017 Data Update setup. Do not attempt to extract Files 002, 003, 004, ... or 009.

    Once the files are extracted you will have a folder called ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update that will contain a setup installer and all accompanying files.

    Extracted folder contents

  9. Run the setup installer from ESRI_BA_Server_2017_US_Data_Update folder to install the data components. As you click through the install process you will be presented with two installation options:
    • Typical - This is the default installation, which will automatically load all Business Analyst data components to your local hard drive to a default location, C:\ArcGIS\Business Analyst\US_2017\Data
    • Custom - The Custom option is recommended for users with limited disk space on the local hard drive where ArcGIS Desktop is located or for those who do not need to install all the data components. This option allows you to select which data components you wish to install and where you want to install them. You can also choose to not install any data components, and run Business Analyst from the USB media or from a network location.
    Setup type window

    The following is a list of Business Analyst components and their approximate sizes:

    Business & Shopping Center data

    2.5 GB

    Demographic data

    23 GB

    Geocoding data

    12 GB

    Streets and background data

    20 GB

    Street data Fast Map

    6.5 GB

Installing from a thumb drive

If installing directly from a USB drive you will follow the directions above - starting from step 7.

Alternative installation method for Windows 10 users

Windows 10 users experiencing intermittent installation issues may employ an alternative approach to installing the 2017 Demographic Data update. This method uses Command Line and requires a few additional steps of set up but will complete the installation more quickly than the standard process.

To employ this process, please follow the steps below:

  1. Create a new folder on your C: Drive titled 2017_Data.
  2. Download the data to this folder and unzip.
  3. Ensure that your C: Drive contains a Temp folder. This folder is where the log file will be created and stored. If there is no Temp folder here you will need to create one.
  4. Open the Command Prompt window by entering Command Prompt into the ‘Web and Windows’ search box. On Windows 10 machines, this is permanently located in the lower left.
  5. Once Command Prompt is initiated enter the following command:


    /wait msiexec /i "C:\2017_Data\Unpacked\setup.msi" /qn /norestart /Lv C:\Temp\datalog.log

    This command will be installing the full 65 Gb of data and therefore may run for several hours.

  6. Click Enter to initiate the installation process.

When the processes are finished, the Business Analyst MXDs will be added to your Desktop.