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Server folders

ArcGIS Server allows you to organize your services in folders. You can create folders based on geographic regions, levels of security, web service messaging format, or other criteria. For example, you might create a Mumbai folder and put all services related to Mumbai City in it, or you might create a folder for high-security services and configure highly restrictive access parameters for it.

All folders reside within the Site (root) folder. In Manager, you see the root folder as containing all the other folders. Services can also reside at the root folder level. In the Catalog window in ArcGIS Pro, the root folder contains all the services and folders visible immediately under the name of the server. Web service messaging formats (in other words, SOAP and binary) are set at the root folder level. Consequently, changes to this property affect all other folders inside the root.

Unlike the file system on your computer, ArcGIS Server allows only one level of folders; thus, you can't nest folders inside folders. If you only have a few services, you can put them in the root folder of the server without creating additional folders. If a folder contains services, it cannot be renamed.

You can set web service security at any folder level. See Control access in ArcGIS Server to learn about restricting access to folders based on users and roles.

You can organize your services in folders using ArcGIS Server Manager. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Open Manager and log in. If you need help with this step, see Log in to Manager.
  2. Click Services > Manage Services.
  3. Click Add Folder Add Folder.
  4. Type a name for the folder and, optionally, give the folder a description.

    Click Create.

Your folder is created and appears in the Folders list.