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Create a single machine portal

After the Portal for ArcGIS installation completes, you are prompted to create a new portal or join an existing one. If you will be using Portal for ArcGIS installed on a single machine, you will create a new portal. You will only join a portal if you are configuring a highly available portal with two portal machines.

To create a portal, follow these steps.

  1. Click Create New Portal.
  2. On the Import License File page, browse to your portal .JSON file containing authorized user types and app bundles. This file is obtained from My Esri. Click Next.
  3. On the Create Initial Administrator Account page, specify the user name and password of the initial administrator account. Select a user type from the drop down list, which lists the user types that are compatible with the initial administrator account that are included in your license file. The initial administrator account is required to register your portal with ArcGIS Web Adaptor. It is also required to configure Integrated Windows Authentication, LDAP, or PKI for portal authentication. See About the initial administrator account for details. Click Next.
  4. On the Enter Additional Account Information page, specify the first name, last name, email, identity question and answer of the initial administrator account. Click Next.
  5. Specify the location of the content directory. This location can be a local directory or a network share. The portal content directory is a directory created to store content saved and uploaded by users of the portal. The default location is <Portal for ArcGIS installation drive>\arcgisportal\content. If you are upgrading, ensure that you specify the location where your existing portal content resides.
  6. Click Create.

A new single machine portal will be created.

The default language when configuring the portal website is English. The initial administrator can change the organization language in the portal by navigating to Organization > Settings > General > Language. The desired language, or Browser Default, can be chosen from the drop-down list.

Once you have created a portal and its associated initial administrator account, you will be prompted to install ArcGIS Web Adaptor. To learn more, see About the ArcGIS Web Adaptor. For more information about getting started with your portal, see Getting started with Portal for ArcGIS.

See Tutorial: Creating your first web GIS configuration for instructions to create an on-premises Web GIS that integrates your portal with ArcGIS Server.


Esri recommends using the script to check for security best practices with your new ArcGIS Enterprise portal.