Hey Ohio GIS community - what is your workflow for working with GIS data that is stored on a network share. I am not talking about data stored in an enterprise database or workgroup database. I am talking shapefiles, file geodatabases, or personal geodatabases. I have recently been told by Esri support, after encountering some data corruption, that editing file geodatabases off a shared drive is not recommended.
Has anyone found one of the three data storage types listed above more reliable than others? It looks like my only avenue until I get SQL Server Express up and running on the network would be -
- Copy data to local drive
- This now means that I have one MXD linked to local data, and the viewer MXDs that are stored on the network linked to network data, unless I completely recreate the server file structure on my local machine, thus allowing relative paths to work for both MXDs.
- Make Edits
- Verify all Arc sessions are closed and copy the data back to the server
- Unless I do this daily, I have to then create a backup plan for my local data and MXDs (the server is already backed up)
- Scripting this will not work as I have to first verify all Arc sessions are closed and no lock files are present