The geometry service works behind the scenes and is only visible to server administrators and developers. Those who make user connections to the server do not see the geometry service. However, they may be affected by the increased functionality that the geometry service provides in the server applications. Also, developers can see the geometry service and discover its REST URL using the Services Directory.
Creating the geometry service
To create the geometry service, choose the Add New Service option in either Manager or ArcCatalog. For service type, choose Geometry Service. When creating the geometry service, remember these important points:
- The geometry service must be named Geometry.
- You can only have one geometry service per server; however, you can configure multiple instances of the service to run at the same time. You do this through the Maximum number of instances property.
- Geometry services are always pooled.
- You can stop, start, and delete a geometry service, just like you would any other service.
Developing with the geometry service
If you are building a Web ADF application and you want to use the geometry service, it's recommended that you use SOAP. You can find information on the geometry service in the SOAP SDK, available at the ArcGIS Resource Center.