My web app will (hopefully) use dynamic layers with symbols that are rendered dynamically, based on a user chosen attribute. So far I am doing this by defining a UniqueValueRenderer, then passing these properties to a layer with LayerDrawingOptions. My work so far is loosely based on this example.

I periodically add new layers to the map and then re-publish them with a Python script using ArcPy. As far as I know, ArcPy does not provide a way to overwrite an existing map service (please correct me if I am wrong! ) So instead, I delete, then publish, the map service from scratch.

So here is my issue: to allow dynamic symbol rendering in my map services, I need to enable per request modification of the services, which I can do in Manager for the services on that server (see image below). But, I have not found a way to do this with ArcPy. Once the map services are re-published, as of now I need to then log into Manger and manually check the 'allow modification' checkbox, and also re-register the file gdb as a dynamic workspace. I have several map services in this app that need to redner symbols dynamically. (This question is also posted on ESRI's Geonet here

from ArcGIs for Server, Capabilities tab - I cannot find this functionality in ArcPy or when publishing an mxd manually

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Here is the answer, from ESRI support:

import xml.dom.minidom as DOM 

            analysis = arcpy.mapping.CreateMapSDDraft(mapDoc, sddraft, service, 'ARCGIS_SERVER', 
                                                      con, True, serviceFolder, summary, tags)

            doc = DOM.parse(sddraft)
            keyps = doc.getElementsByTagName('Key')
            for keyp in keyps:
                if keyp.firstChild.data == 'enableDynamicLayers': keyp.nextSibling.firstChild.data = 'true'

            newXML = wrkspc + service + r'_NEW.sddraft'
            f = open(newXML, 'w')

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