Let's say I have web service X: maps.example.com/servername/rest/services/folder/ServiceName/MapServer/0

If I navigate to X in my browser's search bar, I get the following error:

    "Error": "Services Directory has been disabled",
    "Code": 403

However, when I add X into an ESRI web map using "Add data from the Web", everything displays fine. According to this ESRI documentation, one can disable a services directory. By my reasoning, this should prevent users from accessing or querying the data in the map or through an HTML page.

Why is it possible to add a service from a disabled directory to a web map? Is it a weird quirk with this particular X service, or does this have broader context?

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The documentation you link to is about the Services Directory functionality. Services Directory allows you to browse all your services through a normal browser. It is not about access to the underlying web services. To restrict access to your services you can look at the documentation here: https://enterprise.arcgis.com/en/server/10.3/administer/linux/restricting-access-to-gis-web-services.htm

  • Ah, so there's a difference between the directory and the actual service. What does that difference boil down to?
    – jesnes
    May 18, 2020 at 15:51
  • I think Services Directory is just the marketing-ified name for documentation :) Services Directory documents the web services.
    – Dataform
    May 18, 2020 at 18:18

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