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Is It Possible to Symbolize Layers and Export Images Without ArcMap?

Question asked by lloydbronn on Feb 22, 2017
Latest reply on Feb 23, 2017 by JQuinn-esristaff

My company generates daily PowerPoint reports from images exported from an MXD. I'm working on turning this workflow into a Python script geoprocessing service that can be triggered from our website. I will generate the PDF report in Python with Reportlab. We don't have ArcMap installed on our ArcGIS server machine, so I'm trying to figure out how we will symbolize our raster layers and export these as images without ArcMap. Is it possible to access an MXD on a workstation over our network through the server using Arcpy? Or should I publish the symbolized layers as a geodata service or map service? The rasters are global, but they will be extracted by country for the reports.