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getting started with editing layers via Server

Question asked by imgooch on Dec 31, 2014
Latest reply on Jan 28, 2015 by imgooch

Hello and happy new year!


I've started researching what steps I need to take in order to allow editing of certain features within my web apps or mobile apps and am getting a little overwhelmed and question some things that I've read.  I'm hoping someone can start me on the right track with this by answering some questions so I can then continue learning the necessary steps.


I have all of my data layers in a file geodatabase, managed with ArcGIS Desktop Basic and have ArcGIS Server Workgroup Standard for supporting my web/mobile apps.  Currently using Flex and the basic ESRI app to access via mobile.  I do not use ArcGIS Online much at all and am unfamiliar with the inner workings. I want to be able to allow some users (currently no one but myself does any editing of our data at all so I have no existing users set up in any place)


  1. Is a "feature service" the only way to allow for editing via AGS?
  2. I read here that using a feature service requires an enterprise geodatabase (of which I have no experience).  Can you verify that this is the case before I would take the leap to completely change my entire data structure?
  3. Is there a way via AGO to allow editing without the enterprise gdb?
  4. I currently use the ESRI mobile app for viewing my map service but it, or Server, doesn't seem to support the ability to have 2 different connections, 1 open publicly and 1 requiring a login for editing.  At least this was the case a few years ago when I first set up the JSON for mobile.  Is this still the case?  Is there some alternative?
  5. Is "Collector" a better app for this?  It seems to be tied to AGO (it asks for a login rather than a way to connect to a map service) and I do not know what the relationship would be like between it and my Server services.
  6. Before I really dive in, what are the key things, or caveats, I need to keep in mind?


Thanks much for any info you can offer!