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FAQ: What is the difference between public and private Virtual Servers?

Question

What is the difference between public and private Virtual Servers?

Answer

The terms public and private are used to distinguish the ArcIMS Virtual Servers. The Image, Feature, and Metadata* Virtual Servers are considered public, while the Geocode, Query, and Extract Virtual Servers are private. The extensions for ArcIMS, Route Server and ArcMap Server*, add two additional public Virtual Servers.

Public Virtual Servers can be directly specified by the Web developer. These are the only choices presented when using either ArcIMS Administrator, Service Administrator,* or Manager for site management.

Private Virtual Servers are used automatically when the ArcIMS Service requires the explicit functionality of the private Virtual Server. For example, if an Image Service contains a geocodable street network and the Geocode tool is included on the Web site, the Geocode Virtual Server is used with the Image Virtual Server.
*ArcIMS version 4.0 and later.