Thursday, August 13, 2009

ArcGIS Server installed on a domain controller

Several folks have asked me if it is ok to install ArcGIS Server on a domain controller. The simple answer is no. The main reason is the GIS server uses local groups to control access and a domain controller does not allow for local groups. Another really good reason is that Microsoft says that you shouldn't use a domain controller as a server for IIS or otherwise.
See: (under specifically Do not use PDC as a server)