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Publish a service definition in ArcGIS Server Manager

You can publish a service definition file (.sd) from ArcGIS Server Manager.

To publish a service definition using Manager, follow these steps.

  1. Open ArcGIS Server Manager and log in to your ArcGIS Server site as a publisher or administrator.
  2. Click Services > Manage Services > Publish Service.
  3. Click the Browse button to browse to the service definition file you want to publish, or type the path to the file.

    You can only browse the file system of the machine that is running ArcGIS Server Manager. If you want to browse to a location on another machine, map the drive before browsing.


    Manager only allows you to publish service definition (.sd) files to the server. If you want to publish another type of GIS resource, use ArcMap. See How to publish a service for instructions.

  4. Click Next.
  5. Optionally enter a new name for the service. The name cannot be more than 120 characters long and must contain only alphanumeric characters and underscores.
  6. By default, the service definition is published to the server folder specified in the service definition configuration. If you want to change the folder where the service definition will be published, choose a folder from the drop-down list.

    You cannot publish a service definition to the Hosted, System, or Utilities folders of ArcGIS Server. The System and Utilities folders are reserved for preconfigured services. The Hosted folder contains hosted services published to an ArcGIS Enterprise portal. This folder is only available if your ArcGIS Server site is a portal's hosting server.

  7. Only default clusters are supported, so leave Cluster set to default.
  8. If you want the service to be available immediately once publishing completes, choose to start the service immediately.

    If your service definition file was configured with a cache tiling scheme and you choose to start the service immediately, you also have the option to build the cache automatically on the server when the service publishes and starts. To do this, select the Build cache automatically when service starts option.

  9. Click Next.
  10. Choose to enable or disable capabilities for your service.
  11. Click Publish.

    If the service definition file you publish includes data, the size of the data and your network bandwidth impacts the time it takes to publish. Service definitions over 2 GB in size cannot be published using Internet Explorer or Firefox web browsers; therefore, use Google Chrome for service definitions over 2 GB.

Your service is now running on your ArcGIS Server site. If you chose to start the service and the service is not cached, other users and clients on your network can start using the service. If your ArcGIS Server administrator has allowed web access to the service, your service is also now available on the web.

If you built the cache for your service automatically, you can view the status of your cache in ArcMap or ArcGIS Server Manager. For more information, see View cache completion status.