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What is ArcGIS GIS Server?

ArcGIS GIS Server provides fundamental mapping, analytics, and data management capabilities to your ArcGIS Enterprise deployment. You use ArcGIS GIS Server to publish services, to host layers, and to provide Living Atlas of the World content to either connected or disconnected deployments. ArcGIS GIS Server supports OGC web services and custom geoprocessing models. It's also the licensing role needed to deploy a hosting server in your base ArcGIS Enterprise deployment.


ArcGIS GIS Server is offered in three editions. Each successive edition offers additional functionality. You must apply the same ArcGIS GIS Server license edition to each machine in your site.

  • Basic—The Basic edition of ArcGIS GIS Server includes geodatabase management and the ability to publish (but not edit) feature services for map visualization and query. You also get the geometry service and the ability to publish geodata services. This edition cannot be used as a hosting server.
  • Standard—With the Standard edition, you get everything in the Basic edition, plus all the GIS web service types offered by ArcGIS GIS Server. This allows you to enable your maps for the web, support web-based editing using feature services, and publish geoprocessing services from any tool included in ArcGIS Desktop Standard. The Schematics capability is included, with several other extensions available for purchase. Finally, you can share maps, apps, and other geographic information with everyone in your organization through the ArcGIS Enterprise portal.
  • Advanced—With the Advanced edition, you get everything in the Standard edition, plus the ability to publish geoprocessing services from any tool included in ArcGIS Desktop Advanced. Additional capabilities for geostatistical models and spatial analyst tools are also included with the Advanced edition. All other extensions are optionally available for purchase.

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