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Overwrite map service with ArcPy but use existing service properties?

Question asked by alexandra.washburn on Apr 11, 2018
Latest reply on Oct 18, 2018 by alexandra.washburn

I am currently use a map service publishing script that uses CreateMapSDDraft to create the service definition draft and then I edit the service properties by treating it as an xml file. This script works for fresh publishes as well as overwrites. I'm curious if anybody has a workflow for overwrites that uses the service properties that already exist for the given map service, just like "Share As > Service... > Overwrite an existing service" in ArcMap does. I'd like to avoid having to repopulate the service properties every time I want to overwrite a map service because they differ slightly depending on the map service.


In case it's relevant, I am using ArcMap 10.2.1 and publishing to ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1.