ArcGIS Server, not able to “input layers” for cache, or preview map in ArcCatalog

In trying to make an ArcGIS server (9.3) caching service I was initially not seeing any option for the required “input layers” parameter in the cache manager (through service properties).

Afterwards I noticed that I was unable to preview the map service in ArcCatalog (though coordinates were visible at the bottom of that frame).

This issue was probably fixed by changing properties to include all arcgis server related accounts (used “everyone”, just to make sure it was a permissions issue) as having read permissions for the individual shapefiles participating in the mxd I was trying to publish.

It may have also been fixed by not initially specifying a cache directory when creating the service through ArcCatalog, but probably not.

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