Vishful thinking…

SOEXplorer Update

Posted in Uncategorized by viswaug on February 19, 2008

I have added more features to the SOEXplorer application that I had previously blogged about. The new features make the application more handy. This application should allow you to administer your ArcGIS Server much more easily without the need for ArcCatalog. It also allows administrators to change certain properties that are not editable in ArcCatalog (for e.g. the maximum record count that will be returned by the server). The new version can be downloaded here. The 64-bit version of the application can be downloaded here.


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SOEXplorer Features:

  • Start, Stop, Pause Server Objects.
  • Get ArcGIS Server statistics.
  • Get Server and Server Object statistics.
  • Add/Delete host machines.
  • Add/Delete server directories.
  • Edit Server Object properties (some not accessible in ArcCatalog).
  • Delete Server Objects.
  • Save Server Object configuration to file.
  • Create Server Object configurations from previously saved files.
  • Register new Server Object Extensions.
  • Delete Server Object Extensions.
  • Activate/Deactivate individual Server Object Extensions on Server Objects.

If you are interested in contributing to the application or just the source code, the SVN repository can be accessed here on Assembla.


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  1. gismcieri said, on February 19, 2008 at 4:13 pm


    I downloaded your tool and it opens fine but every time i try and connect to the server I get an error:

    “An unexpected error occurred while trying to connect to the ArcGIS Server.

    An item with the same key has already been added.”

    Any idea what that could mean?


    • Andy said, on April 1, 2010 at 7:42 am


      I am getting the same. Did you ever get a reply to your post?


  2. Dave said, on March 2, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Nice work Vish! 😉


  3. […] an image of size (2048 X 2048). After, banging my head against the walls for a few hours and using SOEXplorer, I figured out that MapServer objects have “MaxImageWidth” and […]

  4. pete said, on March 10, 2008 at 9:08 am

    wow, been looking for something like this for a while. One question though, if I wanted to have a look at the source how would I go about doing that? I have a account on assembla but cant access the source. Anyway thanks for a nice application.

  5. Kevin said, on March 13, 2008 at 5:12 pm

    Excellent Tool Vish!

    I am curious if it would be possible to thread off a status display of sorts to let you know that the map service is stopping/stopped/starting/started with how many map instances are in use and running when you make edits/changes and press the OK button on the SOConfigurationProperties window as opposed to just freezing up?


  6. viswaug said, on March 13, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    Hi kevin,

    I am planning on updating the tool in the near future. I will keep you updated. This was one of those projects which started off small but grew larger with time and its usefullness.

    Thank You,

  7. Dave W. said, on March 28, 2008 at 5:08 am

    Thanks for your talk at the ArcDeveloper meeting. Very interesting and I’m looking forward to utilizing SOEXplorer!

    Having some trouble logging into my remote server

    password: myPassword
    Username: machinename\username

    Gives: “An error occurred while trying to connect to the specified ArcGIS Server. Identity Error: Server could not authenitcate the supplied identity”

    I’ve tried variations on the domain such as and
    Tried omitting the machinename from username. What is the app expecting from me?


  8. viswaug said, on March 28, 2008 at 6:17 am

    Hi Dave,

    You need to be on the network to administer the ArcGIS Server using the SOEXplorer.

    Thank You,

  9. […] And if you want to do the above and much more through another GUI didn’t want ArcCatalog installed all over the place, then the SOEXplorer would be the way to go. […]

  10. Adam V said, on May 20, 2009 at 2:58 pm


    I used the SOExplorer to up my image limits to 3024×3024 – thanks!

    Unfortunately, I’m now running into a weird issue. I had a habit of recycling the app pool for the REST website (http://SERVERNAME/ArcGIS/rest/services) whenever I added a new service, so that the site would list the new service along with the others. (I just noticed your article on the REST admin site!) Since I made my change, however, when REST loses its cache I get a 503 error. I have to go into ArcCatalog or the Server Manager website and stop all services before the site will come back up, and once I’ve done that, nothing is listed (which is because nothing is running).

    Have you run into this issue? Did I need to modify additional settings that I missed?

    Thanks a bunch!

    – Adam V

  11. Adam V said, on May 20, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    Aha – fixed half my problem. None of my services had their web access turned on, which is why nothing showed up in the list.

  12. kudos ltda. said, on September 14, 2009 at 7:29 pm

    Hi. How can I get access to the svn repository?
    thanks for your help

  13. Brian M said, on September 9, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Hey Vish, this looks like an awesome tool. I received errors like the others when installing the EXEs. I’d love to get the source code but no luck finding it in the Assembla SVN repository you mentioned. Have you been maintaining this and can you repost the code? Thanks.

    • viswaug said, on September 9, 2010 at 9:14 pm

      Hey Brian,

      I will have the code heade your way soon. I do have plans to upgrade it to support AGS 10.

      Thank You,

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