Once you finish creating a map in ArcMap, you can publish the map document as a service to ArcGIS Server and share it with others both locally and on the web. To publish your map document as a service, follow the steps below.
- Open your map document in ArcMap and choose File > Share As > Service from the main menu.
The Share as Service window appears.
- Choose Publish a service and click Next.
- Choose the ArcGIS Server connection you want to use from the Choose a connection drop-down list. If the server connection you want to use is not listed, you can create a new connection by clicking Connect To ArcGIS Server . If you need help with this step, see the topic About connecting to ArcGIS Server in ArcGIS for Desktop.
- Optionally, in the Publish a Service window, enter a new name for the service. The name cannot be more than 120 characters long and may contain only alphanumeric characters and underscores.
- By default, services are published to the root folder (root) of ArcGIS Server. Services can be organized into sub folders under the root folder. Choose the folder where you want to publish the service, or create a new folder to contain the service, and click Continue.
The Service Editor appears.
- Set the properties that you want for your map service. Here, you can choose what users can do with your service and take fine-grained control of how the server will expose your service. For details on how to manually set map service properties, see the topic Setting map service properties. You can also automatically import properties from an existing service definition or a published map service by clicking Import . For information on how to best configure your service for deployment, see the help topic Tuning and configuring services.
- Click Analyze . This examines your map document to see if it can be published to the server.
- Fix any errors () in the Prepare window so you can publish your map document as a service. Optionally, you can fix the warnings and informational messages to further improve the performance and appearance of your map service. For more information about resolving these issues, see Analyzing your GIS resource.
- Optionally, click Preview . This can give you an idea of how your map will look when viewed on the web. See Previewing your map for more information.
- Once you've fixed the errors and, optionally, any warnings and messages, click Publish .
Your map service is now running on the server and can be accessed by users and clients on your network. If your server administrator has allowed web access to the service, your service is also now available on the web.