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I add the following WFS address to ArcCatalog just fine and the different feature classes show up in ArcCatalog. However, when I attempt to drag or Add a feature into the TOC of ArcMap, it gives me a "This dataset appears to be invalid" error and the feature gets added to the TOC but is empty with no feature records. Could I be missing a step here? I'm using ArcGIS 10.1. Here is the WFS address:
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I tried adding it in ArcMap 10 SP 4, and I didn't see any layers listed with the Service at that URL – Roy Jun 8 '12 at 17:33
@Roy So you went into Connection Properties after right-clicking the *.fdl file under Interoperability Connections and clicked "Settings"(Parameter button in 10.1) button and don't see list of features under the Constraints>Feature Types button? – wilbev Jun 8 '12 at 18:04
Sorry about that, I added it as a WMS -- I'm able to add layers from the WFS through interoperability connections. – Roy Jun 8 '12 at 18:28
Yep, it can be added thru interoperability connections. So do you get the same error and empty feature class when trying to add a layer to ArcMap? – wilbev Jun 8 '12 at 18:43
I have the same problem. ArcMap 10.1 release version. @wilbev: did you find an answer? – Claus_L Jun 21 '12 at 6:07

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