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What Type of ArcGIS Installation Is Required to Run Python Scripts as Scheduled Tasks?

Question asked by pmckinneyccpa on Dec 20, 2018
Latest reply on Dec 20, 2018 by mvolz47

Currently, our organization runs various ArcPy python scripts as Windows Scheduled Tasks from a workstation.  But I know some people prefer to run these from a server machine.  I am hoping to get some clarification on this issue.  So below are some questions:


1. What software needs to be installed on a workstation or server to run ArcPy python scripts as a scheduled task?

 1a. Does ArcGIS Desktop or ArcGIS Pro need to be installed? 

 2b. Or does only the ArcGIS 10.x Python installation need to be present?


2. If you run a Python script scheduled task on a server that has the ArcGIS 10.x Python installed, but not ArcGIS Desktop/Pro, are you limited with what functions you can run? (i.e., you can't run processes that required Standard or Advanced license).


3. What are the advantages/disadvantages of running the scheduled tasks from a workstation or a server?


Thanks everyone! Hopefully other Esri users find the discussion for this question helpful.