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Plan a base deployment

Prepare to install ArcGIS Enterprise

Before you run ArcGIS Enterprise Builder, perform the following steps.

  1. Verify you do not have Portal for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Data Store or Web Adaptors named portal or server installed on the machine.
  2. Verify that your machine has a supported operating system installed. For more information, see the system requirements.
  3. Verify that your machine has .NET Framework 4.5 or later installed. The .NET Extension Support Feature is automatically installed with ArcGIS Server and can be used to develop and deploy .NET Server Object Extensions (SOEs) and Server Object Interceptors (SOIs).
  4. Verify that your machine has at least 20 GB of free disk space.
  5. Verify that your machine has at least 16 GB of RAM.
  6. Obtain authorization files for both Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Server. These files are required to complete the installation. The files can be in either .ECP or .PRVC format.
  7. Ensure that port 80 is enabled for HTTP communication.
  8. Create a domain certificate and enable HTTPS on your web server with the assistance of your IT administrator. See the next section for details.
  9. Log in to the machine as a user with administrative privileges.
  10. Close all applications on your computer.

Create a domain certificate and enable HTTPS

Successful completion of the ArcGIS Enterprise configuration wizard requires HTTPS to be enabled in IIS on the machine where the base deployment is installed.


In most cases, your IT administrator will give you certificates and bind them to HTTPS port 443. If not, you need to create and bind your own certificates.

If HTTPS is not enabled, the configuration wizard will not complete and report the following error message:

The Web Adaptor URL cannot be reached. Please check that HTTPS has been enabled for your web server. For instructions on enabling HTTPS, navigate to the Help Topic: Introducing ArcGIS Enterprise > ArcGIS Enterprise Builder > Plan a base deployment.

The following steps outline how to generate a domain signed certificate through IIS Manager. This requires that your organization be configured with a certificate authority through Active Directory.

Create a domain certificate in IIS

In IIS Manager, create a domain certificate:

  1. In the Connections pane, select your server in the tree view and double-click Server Certificates.

    Server Certificates icon in IIS Manager

  2. In the Actions pane, click Create Domain Certificate.

    Create Domain Certificate link in IIS Manager

  3. On the Distinguished Name Properties dialog box, enter the required information for the certificate:
    1. For the Common name, enter the fully qualified domain name of the machine, for example,
    2. For the other properties, enter the information specific for your organization and location.

      Distinguished Name Properties dialog box in IIS Manager

  4. Click Next.
  5. On the Online Certification Authority dialog box, click Select and choose the certification authority within your domain that will sign the certificate. If this option is unavailable, enter your domain certification authority in the Specify Online Certification Authority field, for example, City Of Redlands Enterprise Root\REDCASRV.empty.local. If you need help with this step, consult your system administrator.

    Online Certification Authority dialog box in IIS Manager

  6. Enter a user-friendly name for the domain certificate and click Finish.

Bind the domain certificate to HTTPS port 443

Once you've created a domain certificate, you'll need to bind it to the website that will host your base deployment's ArcGIS Web Adaptors. Binding refers to the process of configuring the certificate to use port 443 on the website. The instructions for binding a certificate with the website vary depending on the platform and version of your web server. For instructions, consult your system administrator or your web server's documentation.

In IIS Manager, do the following to bind a certificate to HTTPS port 443:

  1. Select your site in the tree view, and in the Actions pane, click Bindings.
    • If port 443 is not available in the Bindings list, click Add. From the Type drop-down list, select https. Leave the port at 443.

      Site Bindings list in IIS Manager

    • If port 443 is listed, select the port from the list and click Edit.
  2. From the certificate drop-down list, select your certificate name.
    • Click OK.

      Add Site Binding in IIS Manager.

You are now ready to proceed with installation steps for the base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment.