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MSD File Extension

Map Service Definition Format
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What is MSD file?

MSD files store maps generated by ArcGis. MSD maps are generated based on data from MXD files, which store all relevant geospatial data and its sources. MSD files cannot be modified. MSD files are typically used by map publishing services such as ArcGIS Server.

Uses of MSD files

MSD and MXD files are used not only for publishing maps on the internet, but also for sharing data between project collaborators or publishing articles. The amount of information displayed on a MSD map can be customized form publishing application menu.

Programs which support MSD file extension

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.

Programs that support MSD file

Updated: 10/27/2022

How to open file with MSD extension?

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.

Step 1. Install ArcGIS Server software

Install software to open MSD file 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.

Step 2. Update ArcGIS Server to the latest version

Update software that support file extension MSDYou 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.

Step 3. Set the default application to open MSD files to ArcGIS Server

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.

Associate software with MSD file on Windows

The procedure to change the default program in Windows

  • Right-click the MSD file and choose Open with option
  • Next, select the Choose another app option and then using More apps open the list of available applications
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where ArcGIS Server is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open MSD files and clicking OK.
Associate software with MSD file on Mac

The procedure to change the default program in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected MSD file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Open the Open with section by clicking its name
  • From the list choose the appropriate program and confirm by clicking Change for all....
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with MSD extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Check the MSD for errors

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.

Check MSD file for viruses
1. The MSD may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

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.

2. Ensure the file with MSD extension is complete and error-free

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.

3. Ensure that you have appropriate access rights

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.

4. Make sure that the system has sufficient resources to run ArcGIS Server

If the systems has insufficient resources to open MSD files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Check if you have the latest updates to the operating system and drivers

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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