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What is the password hash format used in the exported XML configuration file?

Question asked by lscharen on May 3, 2017
Latest reply on May 3, 2017 by lscharen

I am trying to set up some preconfigured XML configuration files to support an automated deployment of ArcGIS Server (and Portal) that uses the /ACCOUNT=UseConfigFile /CONFIGPATH=my_config.xml installer command line options.


I have an XML file that I saved from a previous install and was hoping to use that as a template.  However, the password field of the XML file appears to be stored as a base64-encoded hashed value. See examples below.


Is there any documentation on exactly how a password in encoded in this file?


Also related, the XML configuration file for Portal also encodes the password, but appears to use a different technique.  Is there any documentation on the Portal configuration file as well?


If there is a different approach to setting up deployment configurations without having to store plain-text credentials, I'm open to suggestions.


Example ArcGIS Server XML config file



  <ArcGISServerServicePassword>AgAAADAAAAAuaGNuU2Niq1ZpNjY5MmNaWXZOc3ZjRHNSMEhIadpo2G5oWVNkbAgzVkxVN1V9KgA= </ArcGISServerServicePassword>



Example Portal XML config file