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Modelbuilder - Run a model outisde of a map?

Question asked by gambrels on May 10, 2013
Latest reply on May 13, 2013 by LDanzinger-esristaff
Hi All,

Is there an easy way to set up a model to be run outside of ArcMap or ArcCatalog?

I've built a model that updates a "parallel" copy of our data, that is used in a map, that is in turn used in a separate program.  The first step of my model is to delete all of the previous data - which is replaced with fresh data later in the model.  I originally planned to have the model executable via a toolbar button on the map - but of course, I can't delete the existing data while the map is using it.  So I need to find another way for our technicians to run the model. 

My initial thoughts were to either have them run the model through ArcCatalog (though I'm a little concerned that the whole ArcCatalog interface might be daunting), or that I could create a blank map that only had a button for the tool (but that doesn't seem like a very graceful solution).  Any better ideas out there?