Upgrade ArcIMS 4.0 and 4.0.1 to 9.0

Last Published: April 26, 2020


Information provided describes how to update ArcIMS 4.0 and 4.0.1 to 9.0. This document helps answer common questions about the update process.


  • How do I backup all of the configuration files used by the current ArcIMS 4.0/4.0.1 Services?
    1. A. Record the data locations used by the current ArcIMS Services. (for example, :\\, or \\\\, SDE Settings, etc.)
    2. Copy any AXL, MXD, and PMF files being used to a safe location.
    3. Copy the SEZ files (ArcIMSSite.sez and ArcIMSFolders.sez) most commonly located in C:\Program Files\ArcGIS\ArcIMS\AppServer\ to a safe location.
    4. Record all the Service Properties for each of the Services listed in the ArcIMS Administrator.
      The settings and map service names are case sensitive.
      [O-Image] [O] Information to Record when Upgrading ArcIMS
  • Where can I find the Pre-Install Articles available for ArcIMS 9?
  • Where can I find information about the new Registration/Licensing Process required with ArcIMS?
    • Overview of the ArcIMS 9.0 licensing
      ArcIMS is an ArcGIS product and uses the new ArcGIS Licensing mechanism.
    • Technical Information on Licensing Concepts and Strategies
    • How can I check my Server and Developer product licensing?
      • When using versions prior to 10.0, to check for information, such as the registration number, time-out date, or version number for Windows Server and Developer products, such as ArcIMS, ArcSDE, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Engine Developer Kit and Runtime, use the AuthorizationSummary utility found at:

        Starting with version 10.0, the AuthorizationSummary utility is no longer installed. To check for licensing information, open the keycodes file located under C:\Program Files\ESRI\License10.0\sysgen.
    • Do I need the License Manager/Hardware key installed to run the ArcMap Server at 9.0?
      • No, this is no longer required.
  • Where can I find a list of the common problems found when using ArcIMS 9.0?
  • Where can I find information on using ArcIMS with HTTPS?
  • How do I limit who may access my map services over the internet?
  • Once ArcIMS is installed, how do I change the services to run under a non-administrative account?
    1. To change the account that an ArcIMS Service is using, or change the stored password that ArCIMS is using, follow these steps:

      Start > Settings > Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Services > "Right Click" on the service you want to change (Application Server, Monitor and/or Tasker) > choose "Properties" > Now choose the "Log On" Tab > Enter the account information you want the selected service to use.
    2. Ensure that the account used for each of the ArcIMS Services (Application Server, Monitor, Tasker) has at minimum the permissions outlined in the following articles:

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