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I'm afraid im quite new to geoserver and i have been set the task of configuring ArcMap applications to display data from postgis/geoserver. I realize that I will need to set up a WMS service in geoserver but I'm not really sure how one goes about doing this. If any one can give me some pointers or step by step guide it would be much appreciated. I have tried googling it but haven't had much luck.

Thanks in advance

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Don't forget that if you just need to view the data from PostGIS, in ArcMap 10 you can directly connect to PostGIS layers through a Query Layer. See these previous questions for more discussion of options:… ; – RyanDalton May 20 '11 at 18:19
it's hard to tell if you want to know how to set up GeoServer and PostGIS or how to add a WMS layer in ArcMap. – iant May 20 '11 at 18:21

ArcMap can read/edit postgis (via ArcSDE) and styled normally within ArcMap.

Assuming you do not have ArcSDE hence your postgis>geoserver>wms>arcmap route

(assume your postgis and geoserver is setup here)

Geoserver setup more specifically the output

before you do this check which images arcmap can read

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add wms to arcmap

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