Publishing Data to ArcGIS Server

An ArcPad Project is published in a similar manner to any other ArcGIS Server Map Service in ArcCatalog. If you have not already, you must first copy the .mxd together with the associated .apo files to place that is accessable by the ArcGIS Server. It is recommended that you create the folder c:\MXD to store your mxd's.


Your spatial database connection properties are used in your published ArcPad files. When using a direct connection to your server, ensure that you include a Server name when you define the spatial database connection properties. For more information on database connections refer to Administering ArcSDE geodatabases in the ArcGIS Server Help.

The “Add New Service” option on the right click context menu of the ArcGIS Server (in ArcCatalog) provides you with the option to create an ArcPad enabled Map Service, as shown below


Follow the steps of publication as you would for any other Map Service. On the add GIS Service page of the wizard, select “ArcPad’.


If your ArcGIS Server environment uses a reverse proxy server, you should add the server's url on the GIS Service page of the wizard.


When you ‘Finish’ the wizard, an ArcPad enabled Map Service is created, which you can immediately preview in ArcCatalog or ArcMap as you would any other Map Service. Also created on the server are the ArcPad files for deployment.

After an ArcPad project is published to the ArcGIS Server successfully, a zip file and a .cab file are also created on the Server. If you wish to disseminate your data to a large group of field users, you can download the cab via your desktop web browser and email or distribute as required. The zip and cab files are stored on the ArcGIS Server in the folder \\[your GIS server name]\arcgisserver\arcpadpublications\DataForArcPad