We recently obtained new imagery for my county and they delivered the images as tiles. There are around 1000 tiles for a 180 square mile county. I created a mosaic dataset, loaded the tiles into that dataset. The first problem I ran into was that only 20 tiles of the imagery were showing at any given time. I found out that was caused by a setting in the layers properties "Maximum Number of Rasters Per Mosaic Dataset." It was initially set to 20. So I bumped that up to 1000. At that point, the entire county would draw, but it was cripplingly slow. It took around 5 minutes to draw the county. I then ran the tools to build pyramids and overviews, however nothing has helped. The performance is awful and basically unusable. I know that what I am seeking to do is possible because my county has a 2016 and 2012 imagery that loads the entire county and works great. I'm just trying to turn this imagery into the same thing so we can roll it out to the rest of our county. I currently have a support call with both ESRI and the Imagery company but both calls have gotten nowhere, so I figured I would try here while I wait on responses from the support agents.
I just ran the tool with all options checked and got these results:
What is strange is that the dataset DOES have overviews. I ran the tool to create them and the folder with all of the images has tons of .OVR files.
Something must be wrong because I have run that tool (multiple times, in fact) and it doesn't appear to have worked. See my screenshot above. The analysis says that it does not have overviews even though I have run that tool.
Does your mosaic dataset reside in a File Geodatabase? If it does, another folder in the directory where the FGD resides will be created with the same name as the File Geodatabase, but with the extension .Overviews.
Within this folder should be the name of the Mosaic Dataset with a .Overviews extension. Within that folder will be the TIF files:
Are these being generated?
Interesting. It does not exist. Here is the directory.
I see that your directory is on your local PC whereas mine is on a network drive. I think I will try and moving the imagery to my local PC and starting from scratch. That leads me to another question, however. Assuming that it works from my local PC and it stitches together nicely and draws quickly, can I then export it to an enterprise geodatabase? That is the ultimate goal. To get this onto our imagery enterprise geodatabase and server out to other users in our organization.
I'm not sure if the mosaic dataset's overviews will export or copy/paste from a FGD to an Enterprise GDB. When a mosaic dataset is stored in an enterprise GDB, the overviews are stored within the enterprise GDB as well. It would be best to recreated the mosaic dataset in your Enterprise GDB.
I actually tried that to begin with. I created the Mosaic dataset on the enterprise geodatabase, ran the tool to load the rasters. However for some reason, that tool took days to run. I started it on a Friday morning, it ran all weekend into Monday night. Unfortunately we lost power on Monday night and naturally the tool didn't finish. I contacted ESRI support and they said that it was abnormal for it to take that long and they suggested creating it in a file geodatabase first and then exporting it.
Ok, so I just tried the process again from scratch. I created an empty mosaic dataset using the 'Create Mosaic Dataset' tool. I then ran the 'Add Rasters to Mosaic Dataset' tool. It ran for 1 hour and 33 minutes and at 99% completion, the following error message popped up.