Supported functionality in MSD-based map services

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The following list shows which features are available with the fast drawing engine introduced at ArcGIS Server 9.3.1. This is the drawing engine used when you publish a map service from ArcMap using the Map Service Publishing Toolbar. When you publish from this toolbar, a map service definition (.msd) file is placed in your server input directory.

If the functionality you require is not listed here, you must use either Manager or ArcCatalog to publish your service from the map document (.mxd) file. Your service will use the standard drawing engine from ArcGIS Server 9.3 and previous.

Data types

The following data types are available:

Layer symbology

The following layer symbology options are available:


The standard ESRI labeling engine is available, as well as annotation. The Maplex labeling engine is not available.

Layer types

The following layer types are available:

Graphic elements

The following graphic elements are available:

Raster symbology

Most raster symbology is available. The raster pan sharpening filter is also available. Hillshading on the fly is not available.


Most 2D symbols are available. 3D symbols and chart symbols are not supported.

The following symbols are available:

ArcGIS Server map caching

You can create ArcGIS Server map caches with MSD-based services. Only Fused caches are supported, meaning all the layers in the MSD are "fused" into one image. Caches of type Multilayer are not available with MSD-based services.


Additional features that are available include:

Page layouts are not available. Scale bars are available through the service's Web Service Description Language (WSDL) only.