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How many domain accounts do you need for ArcGIS Enterprise?

Question asked by mpschoelen0 on Feb 7, 2018
Latest reply on Feb 7, 2018 by jskinner-esristaff

We have a distributed deployment consisting of 5 machines:

  • Portal with WA
  • Hosting Server with WA and Data Store
  • GIS Server 1
  • GIS Server 2
  • GIS Server 3


One method would be to create domain accounts for the Portal for ArcGIS Account, and then a seperate ArcGIS Server account for each of the four server machines. This would result in 5 domain accounts that act to maintain the machines.


If I create one domain account that can access all of these elements, would there be any consequence (i.e. DOMAIN\arcgis)? Ultimately, the Servers get federated with the portal, if that makes any difference. 


Likewise, can I do something similar with the site administrator accounts, ultimately leaving us with two accounts to maintain (one for server/portal accounts, one for initial administration).