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Register an Informix database with ArcGIS Server

As an ArcGIS Server administrator or a publisher in your organization, you have the option to register your on-premises data stores and cloud stores. In doing so, you are registering data folders, databases, and geodatabases with ArcGIS Server so that services you publish can reference the data in those folders, databases, and geodatabases. Data registration provides ArcGIS Server a list of locations to access. Data registration also helps ArcGIS Server adjust data paths when publishing across machines.

The following sections describe how to prepare your ArcGIS client to connect to an Informix database (whether the database contains a geodatabase or not), and register the database with ArcGIS Server.

Install Informix client software

The Informix Client SDK or IConnect software must be installed on all ArcGIS client machines that will connect to the database. If you have multiple servers in your ArcGIS Server site, install the 64-bit Informix client on each machine. You must install a 32-bit Informix client on all ArcMap machines that will connect to the Informix database. You can obtain Informix client software from My Esri or IBM.

If ArcGIS Server and ArcMap are installed on the same machine, you must install both the 32- and 64-bit clients.

Be sure to set the same data source name for the Informix client on the ArcGIS Server machines and all ArcMap machines that will publish data from the registered database.

See Connect to Informix from ArcGIS for more information on setting up Informix client software.

Set variables

There are several variables you must set in the ArcGIS Server script when connecting to an Informix database from ArcGIS Server (Linux). They include the following:

  • PATH

See Configure a connection to a database in ArcGIS Server for more information.

Grant privileges

The login used to connect to the database must have specific privileges granted to it. For logins that will only publish read-only services, grant the privileges necessary for a data viewer as described in Privileges for geodatabases in Informix. For logins that will publish editable feature services, grant the privileges necessary for a data editor. If you will be registering the geodatabase as a managed database, grant the privileges necessary for a data creator.

If your connection to Informix uses operating system authentication, be sure to grant the appropriate privileges to the ArcGIS Server account.

Connect to Informix

To register an Informix database with an ArcGIS Server site, you'll need the following connection information:

  • The type of DBMS to which you are connecting (in this case, Informix)
  • Either the ODBC data source name or the connection string used for DSNless connections

    The DSNless connection string is in the form HostName=<server where Informix is installed>;ServerName=<Informix server>;ServiceName=<service name defined in services file>;Database=<database name>;. See Database connections in ArcGIS Desktop for more information and an example.

  • The type of authentication to be used: database or operating system

    Although all logins to Informix are domain or local operating system accounts (domain accounts are recommended), you can specify database authentication for your connection from ArcGIS, and Informix will validate your connection using the login and password you provide in the database connection file. To use with ArcGIS Server, you must save the user information with the connection file.

    If you choose to use operating system authentication instead, be sure your Informix server can authenticate the ArcGIS Server account.


Beginning with ArcGIS 10.3 geodatabases, you cannot use an ArcSDE service to connect to enterprise geodatabases. To connect to a 10.2.2 or earlier release enterprise geodatabase using an ArcSDE service, create an .sde file using the Create ArcSDE Connection File geoprocessing tool or a Python script, and import this connection when you register the geodatabase with ArcGIS Server.

Register with ArcGIS Server

You can register the database from ArcGIS Server Manager or the Catalog tree in ArcMap. See the following topics for an explanation of registration options and how to register the database: