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Relationship between Published Map Service and Local .MXD

Question asked by jborgion Champion on Jul 6, 2016
Latest reply on Jul 6, 2016 by jborgion

ArcGIS Server 10.3.1 & Desktop ArcGIS 10.3.1


I'm confused as to how ArcGIS Server and the local data and/or .mxd interact after publishing.

I publish a map service where the local .mxd points towards feature classes within a local file geodatabase.  I can edit one of the feature classes and republish the .mxd using the overwrite option.  However, in order to edit the .mxd itself, (add or delete layers, or tables) I must first shut the published service down, before I can save the .mxd.


Is this expected behavior? I was under the impression that once published with data copied to ArcGIS server the 'chord is cut'.  I guess I'm under the wrong impression?