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When publishing a service from ArcMap to ArcGIS for Server, the following error is returned:
"The server is not ready for publishing. Please check if the Publishing Tools on the server are started".
There are several potential causes for this error.
• The Publishing Tools service on ArcGIS for Server is not started or is in a stopped state.
• The connection between the local machine and ArcGIS for Server is not stable and becomes intermittent. The disabled connection does not allow ArcGIS for Server to communicate with other machines and returns the error.
• Processing and memory limitations of the server may return the error. The server crashes or becomes unresponsive when it is overloaded with requests and is unable to process the large amount of data.
When publishing from ArcGIS for Desktop, select Feature Access > Service Editor > Capabilities > Feature Access. This creates a URL to access the feature service over the web.
The Analyze function checks if there are any potential performance issues before publishing a GIS resource as a service. The Stage function compiles a service definition file with all the relevant information needed to publish a GIS service, including data that must be copied to the server because it does not appear in the server's data store.