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Configure a hosting server

Configure a relational and tile cache data store with one of your federated GIS Server sites and set that site as the hosting server for your ArcGIS Enterprise portal to allow members to do the following:

  • Publish hosted layers.
  • Share layers and maps from ArcGIS Maps for Office.
  • Add a zipped shapefile, CSV file, or GPS Exchange Format file to Map Viewer.
  • Batch geocode addresses from a CSV file or table.
  • Perform feature analysis in Map Viewer, Insights for ArcGIS, or ArcGIS Pro.
  • Perform raster analysis from Map Viewer or ArcGIS Pro.

To designate a GIS Server site as a hosting server, the site must be licensed as an ArcGIS GIS Server site at the Standard or Advanced edition. See What is ArcGIS GIS Server? for licensing details.

Configure a data store

Hosting servers need a way to store data for the hosted layers published to ArcGIS Enterprise. At a minimum, you must configure the hosting server to store hosted feature layer data. You can either install ArcGIS Data Store and create a relational and tile cache data store registered with your GIS Server, or you can create an enterprise geodatabase and register it as the GIS Server site's managed database. When users publish hosted feature layers to your portal, the data is copied to the data store you have registered.


In versions 10.5.1 and earlier, enterprise geodatabases were supported for use as the managed database for a hosting server. At ArcGIS Enterprise 10.6, this is no longer supported. A hosting server's managed database must be configured with ArcGIS Data Store as a relational and tile cache data store. An enterprise geodatabase can still be registered as an additional data store to an ArcGIS GIS Server site.

Use ArcGIS Data Store

ArcGIS Data Store is a separate installation available with ArcGIS Enterprise that lets you create and maintain the following data stores for hosted web layers you publish to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal:

At minimum, the GIS Server site you use as a hosting server must be configured with a relational and tile cache data store. See An overview of ArcGIS Data Store configuration and its related topics for instructions on installing ArcGIS Data Store and creating a relational and tile cache data store.


See Apps and functionality that require ArcGIS Data Store to help determine which additional types of data stores you need.

Register a managed database


As mentioned above, enterprise geodatabase are no longer supported as the managed database for a hosting server. Use a relational and tile cache data store for all newly configured hosting servers.

Specify the hosting server

Once one of your federated GIS Server sites has a relational and tile cache data store, register it as the portal's hosting server.

  1. Sign in to the portal website as an administrator and browse to Organization > Edit Settings > Servers.
  2. From the Hosting Server section of the page, click the drop-down list and choose one of the GIS Server sites you have federated with the portal. If you have added multiple GIS Server sites to your portal, only one can be designated as the hosting server.
  3. Click Save.

You can now publish hosted web layers.

Items for each of the services appear in the My Content tab of the content page in the portal website for your portal organization.

The services that power these items appear in a folder named Hosted, which you will see when you log in to your GIS Server site from ArcGIS Server Manager.

If you have not already done so, you should now configure utility services for your portal.