A vendor was hired to create a custom application. That custom application requires map services, which will be served by the existing ArcGIS Server site I administer. What is the best way to port services/service definitions to test and production environments?
I don't want my staff to get stuck recreating the vendor's services, IT won't let vendors into my production environment (not sure I would either), and there are no parameters in the test Map Service Definition file which I can adjust to spontaneously create the new service in prod.
The only solution I can think of is to require the vendor to provide a python script which authors the service. Then vet the script, and execute.
Am I missing alternatives?