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Integrating ServletExec 5.0 with ArcIMS

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These instructions apply only to ServletExec 5.0 with ArcIMS 9.0, using a version of the Apache web server that is supported by ArcIMS 9.0. on a supported Unix operating system.
Note: In order to understand which versions of Apache are supported on which brands/versions of Unix (Linux, Solaris, HP-UX, etc...) you should access the System Requirements area of the Esri website.

Instructions for integrating other versions of ServletExec and ArcIMS can be found here.

The instructions at this website are provided by New Atlanta Communications.
At the time of this writing, Esri does not provide its own steps for installation and configuration of ServletExec and ArcIMS on a Unix platform.
However, several Unix platforms are supported... so in the event that they add such steps later,
a listing of all such Esri knowledge base articles can be found here.

Prior to Installation:

Before installing ServletExec you should first install the Java 2 SDK (not the JRE), Standard Edition version 1.4.2.
Note: The ArcIMS 9.0 Installation Guide (Install.htm on your ArcIMS 9.0 for Unix CD) states that SDK 1.3.1 or higher is supported, so we recommend that you use SDK 1.4.2 since it is newer.
In addition, that guide lists versions of JRE that you could use (instead of using the SDK), but if you use the JRE, there are several versions that Esri specifically states as NOT being supported with ArcIMS 9.0 (for its ArcIMS Manager and Java Viewers, or due to multi-byte environments).
Therefore, to make your life easier, just install the SDK (i.e. don't use the JRE).
Sun's SDK/JDK 1.4.2 can be freely downloaded from Sun's Website.

Note: Another term for JDK is SDK (Software Development Kit).

Esri also requires that the installed copy of ServletExec be a fully enabled/licensed* one prior to running ArcIMS. (An unlicensed copy of ServletExec will not be sufficient for running ArcIMS.)

*You may fully enable your free copy of ServletExec by any of the following means:
  1. Allowing the ArcIMS post-installer to install a free 30-day evaluation license key into your ServletExec 5.0 installation.
  2. Entering the key that you receive when you purchase a ServletExec license.
In the 2nd case, the key (registration number) is entered in your browser via the Administration tool which is included with ServletExec.
See step 'c' below for specific information explaining how to enter your key after you have installed and tested ServletExec.

Before installing ServletExec with Apache, you should stop the Apache web server.

Installing ServletExec:

Follow the ServletExec Installation Guide as the ServletExec installation script prompts you through the installation process.

Choose 'yes' when prompted by the ServletExec AS installer to allow the installer to update httpd.conf for you.

After installing ServletExec with the Apache web server you should do the following:

  1. start up the Apache web server.
  2. open a browser window and access http://<hostname*>/ to verify that your web server is still able to serve you a simple static html page. If it cannot, then something is wrong with your web server. Diagnose and fix that before continuing.
  3. start up your ServletExec instance by running the StartServletExec script file from a command window

To verify the ServletExec installation was successful:

a. Open a browser window and type:


If you see the TestServlet Output screen, your install was successful and you may continue. If you don?t see this screen, something is wrong. Carefully review the ServletExec Installation Guide and the FAQs at this website to make sure all installation steps have completed properly.
One specific FAQ that may be of general assistance in this case is:
FAQ #14
If that FAQ does not help you to solve the problem, then please send an email describing the problem along with any relevant data such as ServletExec.log output to Esri Support

b. To fully enable/license ServletExec type in your browser:


c. Access the license page, and in the License key box, paste in your license code and click Enter License Key. (Typing the key in manually can be error prone)

d. Close ServletExec Admin (your browser window).

<hostname*> is the name of the computer on which the HTTP Web Server (Apache) is installed.
If your browser is running on the same machine as your Web Server, then localhost or will usually work here.

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