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Share a service with your ArcGIS organization using Server Manager

Using ArcGIS Server Manager, you can share services you own as items with your ArcGIS organization. You can share your services during or after publishing. To get started, follow the steps in the sections below.


When ArcGIS Server is federated with ArcGIS Enterprise, sharing settings can be updated in the ArcGIS Enterprise portal.

Configure sharing permissions during publishing

You can configure how to share your item during publishing. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Create a service definition file.

    Server Manager only allows you to publish service definition files (.sd) to the server. This file will take the form of your service once it is published. For full instructions, see Introduction to saving service definitions in ArcGIS Pro and Publish a service definition in ArcGIS Pro.

  2. Connect Server Manager to your organization by following the instructions in Connecting Manager to your ArcGIS organization.
  3. Remaining in Server Manager, click Services > Manage Services > Publish Service.
  4. Click the Browsebutton to browse to the service definition you want to publish, or type its path. You can only browse the file system of the machine that is running Manager. To browse to a location on another machine, you must map the drive before browsing. Click Next.
  5. Optionally, enter a new name for the service and specify a folder on the server where the service will be created. The name cannot be more than 120 characters and can contain only alphanumeric characters and underscores.
  6. Click Share service as item. This allows the item to be shared as a service. Click Next.
  7. Specify how your item will be shared and click Next.
    • My Content—Selecting this option only references the service in your personal workspace named My Content. The item is inaccessible to other users.
    • Everyone (public)—Selecting this option makes your service public. This means anyone can access and see your service, including users on the web.
    • Members of these groups—You can keep your service semiprivate by sharing it only with groups to which you belong. A current list of groups to which you belong appears once you select this option.
    • <Organization name>—If you're adding an item to your organization, the organization name will display as an option, for example, My Portal for ArcGIS. Selecting this option allows the item to be shared with all authenticated users in the organization.
  8. Optionally, choose to enable or disable capabilities for your service definition. Click Publish.

Configure sharing permissions after publishing

If you've already published your service, you can enable sharing or adjust its sharing permissions at any time. To do so, follow these steps.


Ensure you are the owner of the service before sharing it.

  1. Connect Server Manager to your organization by following the instructions in Connecting Manager to your ArcGIS organization.
  2. Remaining in Server Manager, click Services > Manage Services.
  3. In the Manage Services module, locate the service you want to update and do one of the following:
    • If the service is shared, click the Shared button Shared.
    • If the service has not been shared as an item, click the Not Shared button Not Shared.
  4. On the Edit Sharing Configuration dialog box, enable or adjust sharing permissions as necessary.
  5. Click Save.