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Is there an equivalent functionality (or way to achieve this functionality) to the Geoserver Layer Groups "Opaque Container Mode" in ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Server?

What I need to be able to achieve using Arc is to publish a WMS with a set of named layers which are each made up of various zoom levels with varying symbology. So far simply grouping the layers in Desktop and publishing via ArcGIS Online works fine. Now I need to be able to "hide" the child layers so the only advertised layers are the parent layers which act as a "proxy" for the child layers at the relevant zoom levels. The layers in the groups are currently set up to only show at the correct zoom levels, but the WMS still advertises all the layers as accessible resulting in far too many layers to choose from for the end user when all they need is the parent.

  • Parent 1 (advertised, can be requested)
    • Child 1-0 (not advertised, "requested" through parent at correct zoom level)
    • Child 1-1 (as Child 1-0 but different zoom level)
    • Child 1-2 (as Child 1-0 but different zoom level)
  • Parent 2 (advertised, can be requested)
    • Child 2-0 (not advertised, "requested" through parent at correct zoom level)
    • etc.

I have been trying to find an answer to this for the past week without any success. I've trawled through the Arc documentation and various Arc forums without any luck. This to me suggests it is either so easy to achieve that nobody has needed to ask, or so complex people tend to switch to Geoserver. Unfortunately I have not got access to Arc myself in this case and am relaying information to a third party waiting for a result to get back to me each time, which doesn't help.

I am aware of Loading group layer in ArcGIS Map Service? - While similar, the previous question was concerned with turning on and off layers manually and the effect on the layers shown.

ArcGIS Desktop Version 10.5 - preferred route via ArcGIS Online ArcGIS Server Version 10.2.2

PS: Switching to a different delivery mechanism other than ArcGIS Server or ArcGIS Online is not an option in this case.

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