Full format name of files that use MSD extension is Map Service Definition Format. Map Service Definition Format format was developed by ESRI. MSD file format is compatible with software that can be installed on Windows system platform. MSD file belongs to the GIS Files category just like 251 other filename extensions listed in our database. ArcGIS Server supports MSD files and is the most frequently used program to handle such files, yet 2 other tools may also be used.
Programs that can handle MSD files are as follows. Files with MSD extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.
There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening MSD files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with MSD files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening MSD files is that no program that can handle MSD files is installed on user’s system. The most obvious solution is to download and install ArcGIS Server or one to the listed programs: Microsoft Windows, ArcGIS Desktop. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit ArcGIS Server website and download the installer.
You still cannot access MSD files although ArcGIS Server is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. Sometimes software developers introduce new formats in place of that already supports along with newer versions of their applications. This can be one of the causes why MSD files are not compatible with ArcGIS Server. The latest version of ArcGIS Server should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
After installing ArcGIS Server (the most recent version) make sure that it is set as the default application to open MSD files. The method is quite simple and varies little across operating systems.
The procedure to change the default program in Windows
The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the MSD file in question. Problems with opening the file may arise due to various reasons.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the MSD file hinders attempts to open it. Scan the MSD file as well as your computer for malware or viruses. MSD file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
If you obtained the problematic MSD file from a third party, ask them to supply you with another copy. During the copy process of the file errors may occurred rendering the file incomplete or corrupted. This could be the source of encountered problems with the file. When downloading the file with MSD extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Map Service Definition Format file again.
If the systems has insufficient resources to open MSD files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Map Service Definition Format files. Outdated drivers or software may have caused the inability to use a peripheral device needed to handle MSD files.
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