If publishers need to access data in shared folders to publish web services that reference data in those folders, the organization administrator must configure shared folder locations for the organization to create folder data stores. These shared folders store data for publishing.
As the ArcGIS Enterprise administrator, set folder storage locations when you create the organization. This is the recommended method. If you don't, you must register folder storage locations in ArcGIS Enterprise Administrator API after the organization is created.
Adding folders when creating an organization
Esri recommends that you register shared folder data locations for all clients and the organization when you create the ArcGIS Enterprise organization. When you register a folder share to the organization, you must also add a client path. This allows organization members who have privileges to publish server-based web layers to include that data in the maps they publish from ArcGIS Pro to ArcGIS Enterprise.
By adding shared folder data locations before the deployment is in use, organization members can publish without disruption.
Adding folders after the organization exists
If additional folder locations are needed as data stores for the organization, the ArcGIS Enterprise administrator must add them using the ArcGIS Enterprise Administrator Site Directory. Click Data > registerItem to add a file share. See the ArcGIS Enterprise Administrator API help for more information.