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5.2 Setting up an ArcGIS Server WMS

Initial set up of WMS services is relatively straightforward with the ArcGIS Server Manager, usually located at an address like: http://[hostname]/ArcGIS/Manager/Default.aspx.

Once you have logged onto the manager, you should navigate to the ‘Services’ option in the left hand menu where you are given two options for creating your service. Here we will describe how to use the ‘Add New Service’ option, which allows you to change the ESRI server default values for the service properties, if required.

ArcGIS Server Manager console

5.2.1 Add New Service

After selecting ‘Add New Service’ You will get a window like below.

Give your new ‘map service’ an appropriate name - this is used in the URL and the Service Title. You may optionally add any comment (in the description box) to help you distinguish the purpose of the service; this is for internal purposes only.

Adding a new service

Click Next to take you to the ‘Add New Service - Parameters’ section; now in the ‘Map Document’ text box you need to put the full network path to (and including) your .mxd file; this can be on the web server or at any location accessible by the server. Accept all the default parameters.

We note that in theory it is possible to create a service from a map service definition (.msd) file, but in our general experience, due in one instance to complex server and network configurations and in another to complex symbology, this is not always true. We therefore recommend you use an .mxd file.

Click Next; you will then need to select "WMS" in the capabilities section. After you have made this selection you will be presented with a form to edit your service level metadata (as below) or you may opt to use external capabilities. We suggest at this stage that you should use the form to fill in as much detail as possible, though you should note that you will eventually need to use external files to enter any layer level metadata and add missing service level metadata parameters; we can use the data you enter initially as the basis for these external static files.

Adding a new WMS service in ArcGIS

You also need to tick the "Use layer names from the map document" option otherwise the layer names will be given numbers instead, (this functionality was introduced in version 10 of ArcGIS server software). You will need to ensure that the ArcMap layer names follow the naming guidelines.

Using ArcMap layer names in the service

Note, when you select the "Use layer names from the map document" option, the service will use the Data frame name as the root layer name. The individual service layer names will use the ArcMap layer names. The service will also use the ArcMap layer names for the respective layer titles and layer abstracts.
Eg. an unmodified GetCapabilities (version 1.3.0) response for the above example would look like:

<Layer queryable="1">
        <LegendURL width="68" height="2048">
            <OnlineResource xlink:href="..." xlink:type="simple" 
            xmlns:xlink="" />
<Layer queryable="1">

The manager will now enable your service and use your form entries and .mxd layer information to create the capabilities response documents on request.

Your new service will have a URL like:

http://[hostname]/ArcGIS/services/[map service title]/MapServer/WMSServer

Section last modified: 26 April 2011


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