Verifying System Requirements

This section highlights the software components and prerequisites required to install Business Analyst Server.

To install Business Analyst Server, you need ArcGIS for Server - GIS Services.


Before installing Business Analyst Server, check that ArcGIS for Server is installed and functioning.

For more information on how to install ArcGIS for Server, refer to the ArcGIS for Server Installation Guide.


Before reviewing this section and installing Business Analyst Server, you should verify that ArcGIS for Server is installed correctly. The Business Analyst Server install assumes ArcGIS for Server is installed and running.

Business Analyst Server uses the security feature of ArcGIS for Server. To enable security for Business Analyst Server Web applications, you need to implement security using ArcGIS Server Manager.

The Business Analyst Server setup creates a map service with Business Analyst capability for you. However, you are not limited to using only this default map services. You can add additional map services with Business Analyst capability using the Business Analyst Server Post Install.

Preliminary Checklist

Supported Platforms

For supported platforms see the ArcGIS for Server System Requirements. Business Analyst Server is supported on all Windows platforms listed. Logging in with your Esri global account may be required.

.NET Version Support

  • Microsoft .NET Framework 4.0 is required.

Web Servers

Business Analyst Server is supported on the following Microsoft Windows Web servers:

  • IIS 6 with ASP.NET 2.0 (ASPX) support
  • IIS 7 with ASP.NET 2.0 (ASPX) support
  • IIS 7.5 with ASP.NET 2.0 (ASPX) support

Esri related software

There are certain features in Business Analyst Server that require Windows components or other Esri software to be installed. If those requirements are not met, the feature will not be available for installation. Once the necessary prerequisites are installed, dependent features will become visible. If the features are not available due to the missing dependencies, the installation process will complete successfully without installing these features.

Click here to see the Business Analyst Server features list and System Requirements. Logging in with your Esri global account may be required.

ArcGIS Server User Accounts

This installation guide assumes that you have already set up ArcGIS for Server. While setting up ArcGIS for Server, you created two user accounts for server operation and administration.

  • ArcGIS Server User - runs process for ArcGIS for Server
  • ArcGIS Server Manager User - Allows login to ArcGIS Server Manager, as well as connecting from ArcCatalog, and administering ArcGIS Server Services.

Securing Web applications

This installation guide assumes you're familiar with implementing Web applications security in ArcGIS Server Manager. If you want to secure your Business Analyst capable map services used in Business Analyst Server, you need to implement security with users and roles using the Configuring ArcGIS Server Security documentation.

Repository Types

The Business Analyst Repository stores files associated with the operation of Business Analyst Server. Business Analyst Server works with no repository, a File-based repository and an ArcSDE repository.

  • No repository

    Using the No Repository option allows users to perform business analysis without storing outputs from the analysis operations performed. All data and report templates are accessed from the Business Analyst Server Data install location. There are no workspaces, projects or item folders available to store your analysis results, report items and features.

  • File-based Repository

    In the file-based repository, the root corresponds to a shared folder on a file server accessible by ArcSOC machines. Each successive lower repository level contains subfolders of its next-highest folder. For example, tasks such as customer layers, analyses, and reports have file folders that correspond to repository folders contained in a higher level project folder. For platform independence, the repository stores output feature classes and tables in shapefile format. Repository root, workspaces, projects, folders, and items folders contain metadata .xml files that have additional information about folder contents. Workspace metadata contains information about data contained in the workspace, such as the selected dataset.

    Project metadata and lower-level metadata contain information such as creation, modification time and comments. Metadata for certain types of items may contain additional information about data inside the folder item. For instance, multilayer metadata keeps references to the main layer file and a list of references to additional layer files.

  • ArcSDE Repository

    The option to create your repository using an ArcSDE geodatabase is available. This allows for secure access to Business Analyst Server analysis results.

    For specific information see What is the geodatabase?


    The ArcSDE repository requires additional third-party Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) software. Use the file-based repository if you don't want to install an RDBMS such as SQL Server or Oracle.

Basic Conventions

Below are some conventions that are important for naming and reference to files and folders.

Naming Conventions

It is advisable to remember the naming conventions you used when installing the preliminary Esri software. Here are some things to remember:

  • Esri Business Analyst Server may be referred to as Business Analyst Server.
  • During the Business Analyst Server setup, you may accept the default Business Analyst Server instance name ArcGIS. This sets up your top-level Web directory path with an ArcGIS folder, accessible from a Web browser using the following URL: http://<localhost>/ArcGIS.
  • <localhost> refers to the local machine where the Business Analyst Server instance resides.
  • <port number> refers to the port number that the ArcGIS for Server machine uses to allow communication from a client or to a client.
  • ArcGIS products follow this folder structure {installDrive}:\>{installDir}\ArcGIS\.
  • Business Analyst Server setup installs the software specific files in the same location as your ArcGIS for Server. The Business Analyst Server Data can be installed to another location.
  • You can specify any name you want for your Business Analyst Server instance. Remember to use the instance name you chose during the installation, you will use this information during the post installations.

Data files and folders generated during installation

Here are some conventions to use when referring to files and folders.

  • By default, Business Analyst Server Data installs data to the following folder:

    <Install Location>\ArcGIS\Business Analyst

    This folder location may be referred to as <Data> in this document.

  • By default, Business Analyst Data installs datasets to the following folder:

    <Install Location>\ArcGIS\Business Analyst\US\Datasets

    This folder location may be referred to as <Datasets> in this document.

  • The location of the Data or Datasets installation folder is different; use your corresponding folder location whenever <Data> or <Datasets> is specified.
  • <Install Media> refers to the Business Analyst Server installation flash drive.