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Create shares on Data Appliance for ArcGIS for Server

Data Appliance 6.3 for ArcGIS must be configured to share the Data Appliance collections with ArcGIS 10.3, 10.3.1, 10.4, 10.4.1, or 10.5 for Server. The following instructions are for a Data Appliance configuration on Windows.

  1. Log in to Data Appliance for ArcGIS as an administrator.
  2. Click Start > Administrative Tools > Computer Management.
  3. In the Computer Management application, click Shared Folders to expand the tree, right-click the Shares folder, and then choose New Share.

    New Share options for the Shares folder

  4. In the Create a Shared Folder Wizard, click Next to begin.
  5. For Folder Path, click Browse, and browse to the hard drive with the Data Appliance collection (usually drive E). Choose the cache folder (or the source_documents folder) to be shared and click OK.

    Browse For Folder with cache folder selected

  6. Click Next.
  7. On the Name, Description, and Settings dialog box, provide the Share name and Description as indicated in the following table. For Offline setting, accept the default.

    Each product option comes with more than one collection of drives. Each collection requires uniquely named shares for the cache and source documents folders. When you enter the share name and description, use the following naming convention for your cache shares and source document shares according to the product option you purchased.

    CollectionFolderShare nameDescription

    Collection A

    \CollectionA v6.3\cache


    Collection A Cache

    \CollectionA v6.3\source_documents


    Collection A Source Documents

    Collection B

    \CollectionB v6.3\cache


    Collection B Cache

    \CollectionB v6.3\source_documents


    Collection B Source Documents

    Collection C

    \CollectionC v6.3\cache


    Collection C Cache

    \CollectionC v6.3\source_documents


    Collection C Source Documents

    Collection D

    \CollectionD v6.3\cache


    Collection D Cache

    \CollectionD v6.3\source_documents


    Collection D Source Documents

    Collection E

    \CollectionE v6.3\cache


    Collection E Cache

    \CollectionE v6.3\source_documents


    Collection E Source Documents

    Collection F

    \CollectionF v6.3\cache


    Collection F Cache

    \CollectionF v6.3\source_documents


    Collection F Source Documents

    Collection G

    \CollectionG v6.3\cache


    Collection G Cache

    \CollectionG v6.3\source_documents


    Collection G Source Documents

    Collection H

    \CollectionH v6.3\cache


    Collection H Cache

    \CollectionH v6.3\source_documents


    Collection H Source Documents

    Name, Description, and Settings dialog box with Share name and Share path for the cache directory

  8. Click Next.
  9. Choose the Customize permissions option and click Custom.

    Shared Folder Permissions dialog box with Customize permissions selected

  10. On the Customize Permissions dialog box, click Add.

    Customize Permissions dialog box showing the Add button

  11. On the Select Users or Groups dialog box, click Advanced.

    The Select Users or Groups dialog box expands.

    Select Users or Groups dialog box with two users highlighted
  12. Click Find Now to display a list of all local users. Press the Ctrl key and click the Administrator user and the arcgis user to highlight them. With both users highlighted, click OK above the Search results area.

    The dialog box reverts to a smaller size, and the two users you just selected are listed under Enter the object names to select.

    Select Users or Groups small dialog box

  13. Click OK.
  14. Make sure the permissions for the users and groups are set to Full Control.
  15. Repeat steps 3 through 14 for the source_documents folder.
  16. Repeat steps 3 through 15 to create cache and source_documents folders for each collection in your Data Appliance for ArcGIS product option.