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ArcGIS Administrator

What is ArcGIS Administrator?

ArcGIS Administrator allows you to manage your license environments with the ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Engine software. You can define the product type, set a license manager, authorize single-use licenses, borrow and return concurrent use licenses, and repair licenses.

[Borrowing-is the process of temporarily obtaining concurrent use licenses from a networked license manager for the purpose for using the ArcGIS software while disconnected from the network.]

Administrator allows you to do the following:

  • View license availability.
  • Return borrowed licenses.
  • Add and remove data licenses.
  • Borrow available concurrent use licenses.
  • Select a product to use and define a license manager.
  • Select the language to use for your ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Engine environments.


The Administrator Wizard helps you administer your ArcGIS Desktop and provides valuable information about your installation. You can perform tasks such as:

  • Select Desktop to perform the following tasks:
    • Borrow and return licenses from a license manager
    • Switch your software product between concurrent-use Advanced (ArcInfo), Standard (ArcEditor), and Basic (ArcView), or single-use products
    • Change the license manager
    • View license availability
    • Launch the Authorization Wizard for single-use products

Using the License Server Administrator

License Server Administrator can be accessed from Start > Programs > ArcGIS > License Server Administrator.

On Linux, License Server Administrator can be launched from the license manager installation location:


Server Administrator Directory

The ArcGIS Server Administrator Directory is a web application primarily designed to help you write administrative scripts for ArcGIS Server. You can navigate the Administrator Directory to learn how to construct administrative web service requests through REST. You can then formulate these requests and send them over HTTP using a scripting language of your choice.

You can also use the Administrator Directory to perform certain administrative functions not available in ArcGIS Server Manager. For example, to create a new geometry service or search service, you must use the Administrator Directory.

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