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Adding a GIS server to a site in ArcGIS for Desktop

If you've installed the GIS Server component on one or multiple GIS server machines, you can add them to an existing site using ArcCatalog or the Catalog window in ArcGIS for Desktop.

To add a GIS server to a site, follow these steps:

  1. In the Catalog tree, expand the GIS Servers node.
  2. Double-click Add ArcGIS Server and establish an Administer GIS server connection to the server. See the topic Making an administrative connection to ArcGIS Server in ArcGIS for Desktop for instructions on how to connect. If you already have an administrative connection set up, you can skip this step.
  3. In the Catalog tree, right-click your server connection and choose Server Properties.
  4. In the ArcGIS Server Properties window, click the Machines tab.
  5. Click Add.
  6. In the Add Machine window, enter the name of the machine you want to add to the site, for example,

    You must type the exact name of the machine. Do not type localhost.

  7. Enter the URL of the machine you want to add to the site. The URL is formatted If the site uses HTTP only for its communication, you must use the URL in the format
  8. Optionally, add the machine to a cluster by selecting a cluster from the Cluster Name drop-down list.

    GIS servers must be configured to participate in a cluster before they can perform the work of satisfying requests issued to your services. If you do not want your machine to be immediately available to satisfy requests, select Do not add machine to a cluster from the drop-down list. You can add the machine to a cluster on the Clusters tab at a later time.

  9. Click OK. Your GIS server is added to the site and appears in the list of available machines.

You can repeat these steps as necessary to add GIS server machines to your site.