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Promoting Map Services/Feature Services through enviroments

Question asked by MLF on May 4, 2015

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?