I am unable to name a geocode service the same name as a previous service that has been deleted in ArcGIS Server Manager. The service definition file has been deleted, and the cache has been been cleared. I do not get the "your about to publish over an existing service" warning... yet, I still cannot publish the new service using the same name as the old one. Any variation of the name works, but not the EXACT name. I have even gone so far as to our server manager reboot the server the service is going on with no luck. Any ideas?
Thank you for responding. Have tried to follow the folder paths you suggest, but once I reach the 'directories' folder that is it - there are no further folders or files.
Bryan, keep in mind that the 'directories' directory and path Jonathan is referring to may not be on the C drive. The 'config-store' seems to always be in C, but the other can be pointed to a different drive in install. For example, ours is on the D. The 'directories' folder can get quite large since if also contains the caches.
you can find the path to the folder using the ArcGIS Server manager. If you do not have permissions, I would suggest having someone with admin rights check. This might not help with you issue, but just mentioning since you said that there was no directories\arcgissystem\arcgisinput There us a possibility that this may have been accidentally dragged to a dfferent folder using file explorer. That happens to many of us on occasion (myself included).
So to answer your immediate question I would download the Server Admin Toolkit from this site https://www.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=12dde73e0e784e47818162b4d41ee340
While that will answer your issue for renaming I am not sure it will correct your issue. Sounds like JQuinn-esristaff is heading down the same path I would so I will let him assist because it sounds as though there is an artifact floating in your directory folders still that is preventing you from publishing with the same name.
Try to rename the previous services if its preset using ArcGIS server admin account.
And Create a new service.
If you have already removed the old service then check in the AGS services directory if its present or not.the directories for proper deletion.
If service present in admin service account then below operation help you to complete your tasks.