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ArcGIS Server command line utilities

ArcGIS Server includes utilities that you can use to administer the server from batch files or the operating system command line. These are installed as a series of Python scripts in <ArcGIS Server installation location>\tools\admin.

With these utilities, you can do the following:

  • Start and stop services.
  • Publish services from a service definition file (.sd).
  • Back up or restore a site configuration.
  • Define new map caches.
  • Build and delete map caches.
  • Convert map cache formats from exploded to compact.
  • Scan ArcGIS Server for security best practices.

These utilities only support token-based authentication. If your site uses web-tier authentication, you'll need to run these scripts using a built-in account and specify the local URL to your site, as described below.

Common parameters

The parameters described in the following table are used in many of the utilities:



The name of an ArcGIS Server user who will execute the utility. The user must have the appropriate level of privileges to execute the action. If your site is configured with web-tier authentication, specify a built-in user, such as the primary site administrator account.


The password of the user who is specified with the -u parameter.


The URL of the site, in one of the following formats:

If your site is configured with web-tier authentication, you'll need to specify the local URL to your site.


Prints help for the utility.


An optional parameter to disable SSL certification verification.

These parameters are included in the following example:

<Python installation location>\python.exe "C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\Server\tools\admin\" -u admin -p admin -s

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