The best practice to transfer the ArcGIS Server data from one machine to another,

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01-14-2017 01:23 PM
JamalNUMAN
Esteemed Contributor

The best practice to transfer the ArcGIS Server data from one machine to another,

 

In case of failure, what might be the best practice to transfer the ArcGIS Server data (published services including the cached) from one machine to another? I’m aware that the ArcGIS Server is housed in arcgisserver by default in the C:\ drive. Is all what I need is to install the ArcGIS Server in the destination machine and just replacing the new arcgisserver with the old one? Does the ArcGIS Server recognize the published services of old machines in the new one right away?

 

The ArcGIS preserves a copy of the mxd in the folder below

C:\arcgisserver\directories\arcgissystem\arcgisinput\XXXX\extracted\v101

 

Thank you

 

Best

 

Jamal

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Jamal Numan
Geomolg Geoportal for Spatial Information
Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
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JordanPorter
New Contributor III

Hi Jamal,

Did you ever resolve this?  I am about to start attempting this same thing.

Juan_ManuelAngel
New Contributor III

Jamal i think the best practice is get a backup, then install a new site of the ArcGIS Server and in that new machine restore the back up, then manually copy and paste the caches, i hope this will help you or if you have information share it please.

this will help you Migration checklist—Documentation | ArcGIS Enterprise 

Thank You.

AhmadSALEH1
Occasional Contributor III

Hi Juan,

I tried this before, it seems a good tool to restore the site, but I think that the data source and mxds and the cache should be manually copied before restoring the site , also do you this that this tool can be trusted in case of system failure and after format?.

Thanks,

Ahmad

RebeccaStrauch__GISP
MVP Esteemed Contributor

Take a look at this thread

https://community.esri.com/message/316167 

I have had luck transferring services using the tool they mention that is on github.  I actually copy the .mxd and actual data and cache directories over first (using windows explorer or other OS tools), but then have success with the transfer services tool.  I've modified it some for our internal use, but it worked pretty much right away.

AhmadSALEH1
Occasional Contributor III

Hi Rebecca,

Suppose that your server A was suddenly down and you need to move the last version of your Arcgisserver  to Server B. I think this tool fails to do this.

Thanks

RebeccaStrauch__GISP
MVP Esteemed Contributor

correct.  This expects that both machines and AGS software are up and running.  This is more for moving to a new machine or from staging/development to staging.

JamalNUMAN
Esteemed Contributor

I’m not sure why this shouldn’t be as easy as copying the C:\arcgisserver for the first machine to the second! Why this might not work?

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Jamal Numan
Geomolg Geoportal for Spatial Information
Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
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JonathanQuinn
Esri Frequent Contributor

There are a lot of places within the config-store and directories that store values specific to the machine it's on, (machine name, file paths, etc).  You'll likely run into more problems with the machine name that's stored within the config-store and possibly directories than file paths, assuming all file paths are accessible on the second site.  Note that updating files manually within the config-store or directories is not supported and not recommended.

JamalNUMAN
Esteemed Contributor

Does this mean that there is no way to backup the services including the cached ones to be able to transfer them to another machine or even to restore them to the same machine (after being formatted) in case of failure

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Jamal Numan
Geomolg Geoportal for Spatial Information
Ramallah, West Bank, Palestine
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