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Is there a way to automatically change an MXD data source to a hosted feature service on AGO?

Question asked by bfausel on Oct 27, 2015
Latest reply on Oct 27, 2015 by rastrauch

I have found some very useful solutions to change MXD data sources using python.  The question: Is it possible to automatically switch MXD data sources to an AGO-hosted feature service?  It seems that the replaceDataSource() method would work, but there does not appear to be a workspace_type for AGO.


The added challenge here is that the feature class names change - the original file GDB uses the full name (i.e. "Major_Employers") and on AGO the name becomes the number for the REST service (i.e. "0").


I tried modifying the python example "A feature class is renamed" from the Esri help document and it didn't work.  Before I move forward with troubleshooting this code, my main question is can this be done in the first place?


Note: I modified the AGO URL in my code example below to remove specifics:



import arcpy
mxd = arcpy.mapping.MapDocument(r"C:\temp\MXD_Update\Data_Source_Update.mxd")
for lyr in arcpy.mapping.ListLayers(mxd):
    if lyr.supports("DATASOURCE"):
        if lyr.dataSource == r"C:\temp\MXD_Update\AGO_Sync_Testing.gdb\Major_Employers":
            lyr.replaceDataSource(r"[url]/ArcGIS/rest/services/[featureservicename]/FeatureServer", "NONE", "0")
   = "0"
del mxd