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Federate an ArcGIS Video Server site with ArcGIS Enterprise portal

After you have installed ArcGIS Video Server, created a server site, and installed and configured ArcGIS Web Adaptor, you can configure the site with an ArcGIS Enterprise portal. You must federate the server site with the portal and designate it as the portal's video server.

Federate the ArcGIS Video Server site with the portal

You must federate the ArcGIS Video Server site so that  it can authenticate ArcGIS Enterprise portal members and allow them to access the video server. When you federate a server with your portal, the portal's security store controls access to the server.


ArcGIS Video Server cannot function as the hosting server for a portal; you must have already federated an ArcGIS Server and designated it as the portal's hosting server. When you federate the ArcGIS Video Server site with the portal, ensure that the hosting server and portal are running the same software version as ArcGIS Video Server.

To federate the ArcGIS Video Server site with your portal, complete the following steps:

  1. If you're federating ArcGIS Video Server that uses a wildcard security certificate, import the root certificate to your portal before federating.

    If the portal only has a domain certificate for the federated server, it cannot validate the certificate CNAME or publish services and perform other operations.

  2. Sign in to the Portal for ArcGIS website as an administrator and go to  Organization > Settings > Servers. 

    You must connect to the ArcGIS Enterprise portal through the ArcGIS Web Adaptor URL. Do not use the internal URL on port 7443.

  3. Click Add server site.
  4. Provide the following information:
    1. Services URL—The URL used by external users when accessing the ArcGIS Video Server site. If the site includes ArcGIS Web Adaptor, the URL includes the ArcGIS Web Adaptor address, for example, The federation operation performs a validation check to determine if the provided Services URL is accessible from the server site. If the validation check fails, a warning is generated in the Portal for ArcGIS logs. However, federation will not fail if the Services URL is not validated, as the URL may not be accessible from the server site, such as when the server site is behind a firewall.
    2. Administration URL—The top context or the root of the URL used for accessing the ArcGIS Video Server admin API to perform administrative operations, for example, for a reverse proxy (or similar), or for ArcGIS Web Adaptor.
    3. Username—The name of the primary site administrator account provided when creating the ArcGIS Video Server site.
    4. Password—The password of the primary site administrator account.
  5. Click Add.
  6. Configure the server role by enabling Video Server as the server role.

Designate the portal's video server

Once the ArcGIS Video Server site has been federated, designate it as the video server for the portal.

  1. Sign in to your ArcGIS Enterprise portal as an administrator of your organization.
  2. Click Organization at the top of the site.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click Servers.
  5. Locate the ArcGIS Video Server site, and click Options Options.
  6. Click Configure server role and choose Video Server from the list.
  7. Click Save.

Designating your portal's video server is the final step in the installation process. Your portal administrator can now grant users access to ArcGIS Video Server.